Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tour du Mont Blanc Trek 1st stage

Aiguillette des Houches- Day 2
One of the most popular long distance treks in Europe approximately 170kms in length with an accumulation of 9,500 mtrs of height gain, the Tour du Mont Blanc is truly spectacular. It can be tackled in various stages, in various lengths and in various ways. To undertake the full trek allow at least 8-9 days of trekking but as an alternative doing the TMB in half stages is a great idea if you are limited with time or want a more relaxed experience. Mont Blanc Treks offers an itinerary that allows you time to prepare by doing the Chamonix to Les Houches section of the TMB as a day walk before embarking on the 4 day hut to hut classic trek from Les Houches to Courmayeur of approximately 54kms through France & Italy. The trek also builds in time to explore Courmayeur and 1 free day to take advantage of the many excursions on offer in Chamonix.
Above the Contamines Valley- Day 4
The holiday starts when you are 

transfered from Geneva airport to the hotel in the Chamonix Valley an early evening welcome & trek briefing allowing you time after to explore the bars and restaurants for evening meal.
On day 2 we take the Brevant télépherique from Chamonix and commence a day walk within the stunning Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve and the Chamonix to Les Houches section of the TMB.

Day 3 starts from Les Houches 1007m were we take the Bellevue télépherique to gain a bit of height before climbing to the Col du Tricot at 2120m we then descend to the beautiful Chalets du Miage for a well-earned refreshment break. Continuing to Les Contamines and on to our accommodation for the night at Nant Borrant.
Italian Val Veny- Day 5
We start day 4 with a steady climb to the Col du Bonhomme 2329m and the Croix du Bonhomme 2483m where we can enjoy stunning views of Beaufortaine region of the Alps. We then descend to the remote alpine village of Chapieux where we will send the night at the Refuge de la Nova.
Day 5 takes us up to the Col du Seigne 2516m and across the Italian boarder with sunning views of the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif. Gaze in wonder at the Glacier de la Leé Blanche above the Refuge Elizabetta whilst we sample delicious Italian coffee. We continue along the idyllic Val Veny to our accommodation for the night at the Refuge Maison Vielle 1956m.
The last day on our trek takes from Refuge Maison Vielle to the stylish Italian village of Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley. On arrival we have time time to explore the old Italian alpine village before getting our private transfer back to Chamonix.
Refugio Maison Vielle above Courmayeur- Day 6
We reserve the final day to explore Chamonix and take advantage of the many excursions and ‘must do’ tourist attractions like the Aiguille du Midi or the Montenvers train to the Mer du Glace.
Day 8 brings our farewell and departure via private transfer to Geneva Airport.

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Mont Blanc Treks 2011

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