Circling Mont Blanc, the crown jewel of the Alps, is one of the “Great Hikes of the World,” and we’ve honed this classic journey to perfection. Our well-designed hiking days bring you to high cols flanked by peaks, past epic glaciers that feed glistening streams, across meadows carpeted with wildflowers, and into culturally distinct valleys radiating into France, Italy, and Switzerland. Each day unfolds with new delights as we cross from one country to the next, savoring meals that reflect each region’s specialties, with a special visit to a cheesemaker, and overnights in cozy hotels and hiker’s inns. Our experienced guides (up to three on each departure!) are the best in the Alps, and they’ll share the wonders of this mountainous realm with you in style!
This trip would not have been half as amazing without our two amazing guides, Tania and Giuseppe. Their knowledge, professionalism, teamwork, and personal touches were beyond expectations. Thank you all for a memorable 50th birthday trip!
— Catherine R., Sacramento, CA
Chamonix / Les Contamines
In the mountaineer’s paradise of Chamonix, our warm-up hike brings you to the jagged needles of the Aiguilles Rouges and mountain-ringed Lac Blanc. From the Col de Voza, we descend to Bionnassay Glacier, with great views of the Dômes de Miage, before descending to charming Les Contamines.
Crossing the Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme, we reach remote Les Chapieux, where we overnight at a family-run auberge. After visiting a local cheesemaker (superb Beaufort!), we hike across the border and enjoy fantastic vistas of Mont Blanc’s 11,000-foot-high southern face. On one festive evening we may find ourselves passing the traditional grolla bowl (espresso and grappa—flambé!) to toast our day’s adventures.
Val Ferret, Switzerland / Champex / Trient Glacier / Col de la Forclaz
Our hike into Switzerland via the Grand Col Ferret traverses the Val Ferret, with its flower-filled meadows and charming chalets. From lakeside Champex, hike switchback trails up to the dramatic pass overlooking the magnificent Trient Glacier, and descend right along its edge to Col de la Forclaz.
Col de Balme / Chamonix
Climbing through larch forests to the Col de Balme, we cross back into France. We’ll savor jaw-dropping views of Mont Blanc as we come full circle to the Chamonix Valley. Depart on Day 8.