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Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Geneva. Transfer to Les Houches

On arrival in Geneva you'll be transferred to your hotel in the picturesque town of Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley at the base of Mt Blanc. D

Day 2 – Les Houches to Les Contamines

Your first day is a fairly straightforward and easy ascent over the Col de Voza and descent into Bionnassay before arriving in the heart of Les Contamines-Montjoie. BD

Day 3 – Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

Follow the Roman road past stunning waterfalls and over the Col du Bonhomme before arriving in the hamlet of Les Chapieux. BD

Day 4 – Les Chapieux to Rifugio Elisabetta

Today you'll depart France and enter Italy as you cross the Col de la Seigne, an easy crossing that affords great views of the Mont Blanc and the Aiguille Noire. BD

Day 5 – Rifugio Elisabetta to Courmayeur

Your route follows a high contour above the Val Veni before making a gentle descent into the bustling resort of Courmayeur. BD

Day 6 – Courmayeur to Rifugio Bonatti

Along the alpenrose-covered slopes of Mont de la Saxe you'll ascend above the Val Ferret to one of the finest rifugios on the route with stunning views of the Mont Blanc. BD

Day 7 – Rifugio Bonatti to La Fouly

In crossing the expansive Grand Col Ferret you depart Italy and enter Switzerland. On both the ascent and descent the views are commanding in all directions as you descen into the idyllic Val Ferret and the laid back resort village of La Fouly. BD

Day 8 – La Fouly to Champex Lac

This is the easiest stage of the TMB and can even be used as a rest day. But you won't want to miss spending time in the lakeside village of Champex with views to the Grand Combin. BD

Day 9 – Champex Lac to Col de la Forclaz

You have the option of crossing the spectacular Fenetre d'Arpette, a challenging route, or taking the more gentle ascent over Alps Bovine which offers commanding views into the Rhone Valley. BD

Day 10 – Col de la Forclaz to Argentiere

Starting with a descent into the village of Trient, you'll then start an ascent over the Col de Balme before descending along the massive Trient glacier and .continuing on to Argentiere. BD

Day 11 – Argentiere to Chamonix

It's a short walk downvalley to Chamonix, but the most spectacular way to enter Chamonix Valley is along the Grand Balcon Sud passing the Lacs des Cheserys and Lac Blanc before arriving in Chamonix. B

Day 12 – Chamonix

This is the perfect day to enjoy the best of what Chamonix has to offer with an ascent of the Aiguille du Midi or excursion to the Mer de Glace. B

Day 13 – Depart Chamonix

Transfer to Geneva for return flights or onward travel. B

Self-guided hiker

Activity Level

Alpenwild Adventures are designed for people who are energetic, active and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as strenuous. You should be a strong and experienced hiker with proven endurance and in good physical condition. You should be capable of walking 5 to 8 hours per day on good trails, ascending up to 3,900 vertical feet per day, at an elevation up to 10,000 feet above sea level.