Mont Blanc holiday, Tour du Mont Blanc

“This tour takes in the highlights of the classic Mont Blanc Circuit in one week rather than two, dropping you off each day to complete a different segment of the trail.”

Highlights

Walking through the Swiss, Italian & French Alps | Chamonix Valley | Carlaveyron Natural Reserve | Summiting the Aiguillette des Houches & the Aiguillette du Brevent | Bel Lachat Refuge | Bonatti Refuge | Walk above the Ferret Valley | Lac Blanc

Description of Mont Blanc holiday, Tour du Mont Blanc

Western Europe’s highest mountain is surrounded by seven beautiful valleys, and the Mont Blanc circuit follows the paths that link them together. The full circuit takes around two weeks to complete – but this week-long Tour du Mont Blanc holiday is perfect with those for less time, as it is based in the charming town of Chamonix, and takes minibuses out each day to explore the diverse highlights of the circuit. Each day you’ll walk a different section of the Tour du Mont Blanc, ensuring you take in the most outstanding landscapes that this route has to offer.

You’ll walk between 9 and 16km each day, over five days, and while there are some steep ascents, you’ll stay at a comfortably low altitude – although there is an optional cable car ride from Chamonix up to 3,842m on your free day, for spectacular views of Mont Blanc. Each day, you’ll experience different terrains and vistas – crossing into Switzerland for views of Mont Blanc’s glaciers and the Swiss Alps, trekking up to mountain refuges and traversing Alpine meadows and natural reserves. You’ll pass quaint farmhouses and idyllic hamlets, look out for ibex and walk around mountain lakes.

Your base for the week is the delightful Chalet Chamonix, which enjoys its own views of the mountains, and after your trek you’ll be glad of the chalet’s soothing Jacuzzi at the end of the day.

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Mont Blanc holiday, Tour du Mont Blanc

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking and trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints and have a strict policy with proper disposal of litter. We understand that this sense of responsibility is even more necessary in the case of Mont Blanc than some other trekking sites as the mountain does not have National Park status and regulations to protect it. Our staff are trained with environmental stewardship in mind and protective guidelines are then passed on to our clients through briefings in order to keep our impact neutral.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trekking trips- especially as this trip reaches at altitude of over 2,500m at the highest pass of the route, Lac Blanc, which might be quite challenging. Whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should use fresh water springs on the way to re-fill a singular container. These springs are clean and are a wonderful resource for reducing plastic waste, or guests can simply re-fill at the campsites, mountain huts or village inns where they stay.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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Accommodation & Meals:
For accommodation and eating out we use smaller business that benefit the local community by keeping investment in the area. We spend the duration in a locally owned chalet within minutes of Mont Blanc, therefore reducing our need for transport and carbon footprint; and meals are usually communally organised which is more efficient and less impactful. Where meals are provided, we try to use local supplies if possible and encourage clients to do the same when they shop independently: for example, there is a Saturday market in Chamonix with plenty of local shops and cafes en route. We stop almost daily in locally run refuges where our trekkers usually have a coffee and a big slice of cake. It does not sound like much but these are all locally owned establishments and our business is an excellent source of income for them.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Overall arrangements were very good

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Wear good boots

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Probably but not in any special way

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The scenery

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If in Chamonix/ Mont Blanc, do a self guided tour, not an operator guided tour.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Only by bringing $ to a tourist area. Nothing regarding environmental impact or conservation except re-using lunch boxes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We were disappointed. The tour leader appeared disinterested and either lacked knowledge of the area or was a poor communicator or both. The chalet hosts were authoritarian and treated the clients like school children.

Read the operator's response here:

We would like to thank Warwick for his feedback, although, we were very sorry to read that he was unhappy with the tour’s leadership and chalet staff.

Jenny, the tour leader, is an extremely qualified International Mountain Leader and has received very positive feedback over the past three summers that she has worked for us. Sarah and Rich, the chalet hosts, have been with us for the past three years, and their feedback has also been overwhelmingly positive during this time with many describing their food as the highlight of the holiday.

We are committed to responsible travel and use local supplies where possible in the chalet, as well as encouraging groups to use local cafes and refuges to boost the local economy. Additionally, our tour leaders ensure that they stick to the correct trails to avoid any potential damage to the landscape. We nonetheless remain sorry that Warwick felt that improvements could have been made to the holiday.

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The views of Mt Blanc were amazing, especially when taking the Cable Car to the very top of the Glaciers.

For my wife, this was her first experience of a 'Chalet' holiday and she found the food and atmosphere wonderful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The terrain for the walks is very very rough (rocks). You really must have proper mountain walking boots. My high class 'Hokka' trail running shoes were completely 'finished' after the week.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Hard to answer.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely wonderful. The Chalet staff and the mountain guides were first class.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Michael,
Firstly, thank you for your comments, we are delighted that overall you had a great trip.

We’d like to give you a little more information regarding your comments in question 3. As we’re sure you’re aware few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking and trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints and have a strict policy with proper disposal of litter. We understand that this sense of responsibility is even more necessary in the case of Mont Blanc than some other trekking sites as the mountain does not have National Park status and regulations to protect it. Our staff are trained with environmental stewardship in mind and protective guidelines are then passed on to our clients through briefings in order to keep our impact neutral.

Where meals are provided, we try to use local supplies if possible and encourage clients to do the same when they shop independently: for example, there is a Saturday market in Chamonix with plenty of local shops and cafes en route which we hope you got to visit. When eating out, we use family run business that benefit the local community by keeping investment in the area. We stop almost daily in locally run refuges where our trekkers usually have a coffee and a big slice of cake. It does not sound like much but these are all locally owned establishments and our business is an excellent source of income for them.

Water is a really important issue with trekking trips- especially as this trip reaches at altitude of over 2,500m at the highest pass of the route, Lac Blanc, which might be quite challenging. Whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should use fresh water springs on the way to re-fill a singular container. These springs are clean and are a wonderful resource for reducing plastic waste, or guests can simply re-fill at the campsites, mountain huts or village inns where they stay.

We do hope that this explanation provides an adequate response to your review and offers you reassurance that we are continuously working on ensuring our trips are as responsible as possible. We hope to welcome you back to France one day.


Reviewed on 16 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Beautiful scenery.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Please make sure you are well trained for hiking.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Good and I am happy with it.

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