Mont Blanc holiday, Tour du Mont Blanc
Minimum age 16.
Description of Mont Blanc holiday, Tour du Mont Blanc
Western Europes 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 youll walk a different section of the Tour du Mont Blanc, ensuring you take in the most outstanding landscapes that this route has to offer.
Youll walk between 9 and 16km each day, over five days, and while there are some steep ascents, youll 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, youll experience different terrains and vistas crossing into Switzerland for views of Mont Blancs glaciers and the Swiss Alps, trekking up to mountain refuges and traversing Alpine meadows and natural reserves. Youll 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 youll be glad of the chalets soothing Jacuzzi at the end of the day.
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5 Reviews of Mont Blanc holiday, Tour du Mont Blanc
Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019 by Peter RoobeteThe walk in Courmayeur. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by Brian CollinsOverall arrangements were very good Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Aug 2018 by Warwick LeeThe scenery Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Jul 2017 by Michael CookeThe views of Mt Blanc were amazing, especially when taking the Cable Car to the very top of the Glaciers. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Oct 2017 by Lim Seop LingBeautiful scenery. Read full review
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 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.
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.
PeopleAccommodation & 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.
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.