Monday, May 2, 2011

Tour du Mont Blanc Trek continued- 2nd stage

Above the Refugio Elna

Continuing from last weeks post the second half of the Tour du Mont Blanc is often undertaken as a separate trek. Mont Blanc Treks offers an 8 day itinerary featuring the 5 day classic trek from Courmayeur to Chamonix. The route follows the 65kms 2nd stage of the Tour du Mont Blanc which takes you through Italy, Switzerland & France.

Swiss Val Ferret

After arrival & transfer from Geneva airport to the hotel in the Chamonix Valley day 2 commences with a private transfer to Courmayeur where we start our trek ascending to the Refuge Bertone 1989m we then traverse above the stunning Val Ferret before reaching or accommodation at the Refuge Bonatti 2025m. 

Day 3 sets out from Refuge Bonatti to the Co du Ferret 2537m with stunning views of the Italian side of the Grand Jorasses, Aiguille Leschaux and Mont Dolent. Crossing the boarder into Switzerland and descent to the beautiful Swiss Val ferret and La Fouly 1610m to the Hotel Edelweiss.

Day 4 brings a relatively easy day walking down the Val Ferret we make our ascent through the woods to the picture postcard village of Champex-Lac 1466m and our resting place for the evening.

Ferret, Swiss Val Ferret

Day 5 sets out from Champex Lac to Alpage Bovine 1987m above Martigny, Col du Forclaz 2191m and Trient 1279m as we reach accommodation for the night.

The final day of the tour takes us steeply up to the Col du Balme 2191m, crossing the boarder into France we end the day with a descent to the beautiful village of La Tour at the head of the Chamonix Valley before heading back to Chamonix.

Finally we have a free day to explore the Chamonix and take advantage of the many excursions on offer, perhaps the Aiguille du Midi cable car to 3842m, Mer du Glace train journey or a day back through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to the Aosta Vally and a day at an Italian Spa at Pre St Didier.

View the Tour du Mont Blanc 2nd Stage Map

Mont Blanc Treks 2011

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