Tour du Mont Blanc camping

The trek for those who love nature and freedom

Tour du Mont Blanc camping

A completely different way of experiencing the TMB!

From mountain passes to valleys, from villages to glaciers, few mountain ranges offer such diverse scenery as the Mont Blanc massif.

In this magical landscape, enjoy the simple pleasures of camping. Enjoy nights in the wilderness, the sun rising over the peaks, and the feeling of exploring the mountains on your own…

Your tent and luggage will be waiting for you at the end of each stage. In the evenings, share unforgettable moments under the starry sky.

Your consultant
Pierrick Delattre, guide Watse
Pierrick Delattre 06 65 93 29 29 contact@watse.fr
Pierrick, the founder of the agency, grew up in the Mont Blanc region.

As a true mountain lover, he has made the area his playground and his profession, always with your happiness as his goal. He will take you off the beaten track on routes that he has designed and mapped himself. Sharing his experience and passion with you every step of the way, you can entrust yourself completely to his guidance.

The advantages of the TMB camping

best stages The best stages of the TMB in 7 days
A direction that makes sense, even though it’s the opposite direction to that which other agencies offer, which means the paths are less busy
departure guaranteed Departure guaranteed as soon as 4 people have signed up
guides Guides who come from the Mont Blanc region know this route like the backs of their hands
comfortable refuges The convenience and comfort of meals in refuges and inns
Luggage transfers Luggage transfers

Duration

duration7 days

Difficulty

difficulty3/5

Group

group12 max.

Starting from

starting placeLes Houches

Date of departure

date of departureEvery Sunday in summer

Accomodation

hébergementTents

Luggage

bagagesEvery evening

The programme in detail

Day 1: Les Houches – Bionnassay

5 hrs 30 walking time – Accommodation: Night camping – Dinner and breakfast in a refuge – 950 m (3,120 ft) ascent / 500 m (1,640 ft) descent
Meet at 9 am in the car park for the Bellevue cable car. On this first day of walking, you will climb to the summit of Le Prarion (1,860 m / 6,100 ft) via the magnificent Charousse mountain pastures. Enjoy your first vast and grandiose panoramas of the Mont Blanc massif and the valley below!

You will then walk back down to the Col de Voza pass (1,657 m / 5,440 ft) where you will find the campsite.

Tour du Mont Blanc en bivouac - jour 1

Day 2: Bionnassay – Les Contamines

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: Night camping – Dinner and breakfast in a refuge – 1,000 m (3,300 ft) ascent / 1,350 m (4,430 ft) descent
The day begins with a beautiful climb up to the Col de Tricot (2,120 m / 6,955 ft) pass and on to the Alpage du Truc mountain pastures.

Follow a beautiful itinerary at the foot of the glaciers between the Aiguille de Bionnassay and the Dômes de Miage to Les Contamines.

Tour du Mont Blanc en bivouac - jour 2

Day 3: Les Contamines – Les Chapieux

7 hrs walking time – Accommodation: Night camping – Dinner and breakfast in a refuge – 1,300 m (4,265 ft) ascent / 950 m (3,120 ft) descent
This morning you’ll head up the Roman road to the Col du Bonhomme (2,408 m / 7,900 ft) and its refuge.

You will then enter the Les Chapieux valley, where Beaufort cheese is made

Tour du Mont Blanc en bivouac - jour 3

Day 4: Les Chapieux – Val Veni

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: Night camping – Dinner and breakfast at the campsite restaurant – 750 m (2,460 ft) ascent / 1,000 m (3,300 ft) descent
After a short morning transfer to the Ville des Glaciers, you will embark upon a climb to the Col de la Seigne (2,516 m / 8,250 ft), which marks the border between France and Italy. You will then enter the Aosta Valley via Val Veni. From here, the Italian side of Mont Blanc is revealed!
You will then return to the valley via Lac Combal.
Tour du Mont Blanc en bivouac - jour 4

Day 5: Val Veni – La Fouly

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: Night camping – Dinner and breakfast in an inn – 850 m (2,790 ft) ascent / 1,000 m (3,300 ft) descent
This morning you will take the bus to Courmayeur.

After a short walk through the centre, you will take another bus to Arnouva at the end of Val Ferret. From here you will climb up to the Grand Col Ferret (2,537 m / 8,325 ft) pass to cross into Switzerland and La Fouly, in the Valais canton.

The pass is situated at the foot of Mont Dolent, the famous meeting point between the French, Swiss and Italian borders.

Tour du Mont Blanc en bivouac - jour 5

Day 6: La Fouly – Champex – Trient

Night camping – Dinner and breakfast in an inn.
Option 1: 715 m (2,345 ft) ascent / 925 m (3,030 ft) descent / 5 hours walking time
Option 2: 915 m (3,000 ft) ascent / 1,260 m (4,130 ft) descent – 7 hours walking time
After a quick transfer in Val Ferret to Champex, you will embark on a beautiful high-level traverse above Martigny and the Rhone valley. In the distance, the vineyards bear witness to the canton’s wine production.

Descent towards the small village of Trient along the irrigation channel. Depending on how the group feels and current conditions*, there may be an option to take a more alpine route via the Fenêtre d’Arpette. *Your guide will decide on the best option.

Tour du Mont Blanc en bivouac - jour 6

Day 7: Trient – Le Tour

5 hrs walking time – 1,000 m (3,300 ft) ascent / 850 m (2,790 ft) descent
Today it’s time to return to France. As you descend to the village of Le Tour, the views over the Chamonix valley open up and becoming more and more stunning. The small village marks the end of your adventure.
Tour du Mont Blanc en bivouac - jour 7

Useful information

Les informations pratiques
Comfort option
The Comfort option costs €1,330 per person.

The itinerary described remains the same. You will sleep in the same accommodation or somewhere close to the accommodation stipulated on the trek programme. The option includes:

  • 6 nights in a double room with or without bathroom facilities in the room
  • 1 night in a room for 4 with bathroom facilities on the landing
  • 1 night in a shared dormitory

To choose this alternative, select the “Comfort” option when you book your trek!

Directions and accommodation
Directions to the starting point:

Meet at Bellevue cable car station at 9 am on Day 1.

> Map to get to the starting point

Accommodation before and after the trek:

  • Saint Antoine hotel – 7 route Napoléon 74310 Les Houches
  • Les Campanules hotel- 450 route de Coupeau 74310 Les Houches
  • Les Mélèzes hotel – 333 rue de l’Essert 74310 Les Houches
  • Michel Fagot B&B- 2 Allée des Sorbiers 74310 Les Houches
Equipment
Even if you choose to do it in summer, it can get cold on the TMB! We strongly recommend that you pack clothes suitable for a multi-day hike, such as:

  • A fleece
  • A windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Walking trousers.

The terrain is varied and we recommend you wear walking boots that protect your ankles.

For more information, voir notre our special TMB equipment page.

Insurance
To ensure your TMB goes off without a hitch, Watse Trekking Mont Blanc offers three insurance policies with our partner April International Voyage, and a comprehensive Covid-specific contract.
These contracts are designed especially for treks like the Tour du Mont Blanc.

The Comfort cancellation contract covers you in the case of cancellation before your departure and/or a missed flight.

The Comfort multi-risk contract includes:

  • Cancellation before departure and interruption of your trek
  • Missed flight and flight delay
  • Luggage and personal belongings option
  • Worldwide repatriation and travel assistance
  • Search and rescue costs up to €15,000
  • Individual travel accident option
  • Third-party liability abroad
  • Impossible return and early return

The COVID contract includes:

  • Cancellation before departure and interruption of your trek
  • Missed flight and flight delay
  • Luggage and personal belongings option
  • Worldwide repatriation and travel assistance
  • Search and rescue costs up to €15,000
  • Individual travel accident option
  • Third-party liability abroad
  • Impossible return and early return
  • Cancellation due to illness 30 days before departure
  • Cancellation due to denied boarding
  • Remote consultation before departure
  • Medical repatriation
  • Hotel costs and medical fees
  • Psychological support
  • Grocery deliveries and home help

The price varies according to the Tour du Mont Blanc you choose. To take out one of these two contracts, just select the option when you book your trek!

Book
To book, you must:

  • Click on one of the “book this trek” links and select the insurance, accommodation and date options.
  • Select your payment type (cheque, bank transfer, debit card): There are several ways to pay.
    • To pay by cheque: please make it out to WATSE and send to: WATSE – 63 avenue de la gare – 74170 Saint Gervais les Bains Le Fayet – France.
    • To pay by bank transfer: contact us for our bank details.
    • To pay by debit card: your invoice will be in your online account as soon as your payment has been confirmed by the bank. You will then be able to pay the balance directly from your account. The balance must be paid at least one month before departure without a reminder from us.
    • To pay by French travel voucher: please send us your vouchers and any remaining balance by cheque.
  • Pay a 30% deposit or the balance for your trek
  • Print out the booking form then fill it in, sign it and send it back to us by email or post.

Your reservation will only be effective when 30% of the total cost is credited to WATSE’s bank account.

Dates and prices

Tour du Mont Blanc camping – 7 days

Date QuantityTotal
05/06/2022 to 11/06/2022
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+
625,00 

12/06/2022 to 17/06/2022
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+
625,00 

19/06/2022 to 25/06/2022
-
+
625,00 

26/06/2022 to 02/07/2022
-
+
625,00 

3/07/2022 to 9/07/2022
-
+
625,00 

10/07/2022 to 16/07/2022
-
+
625,00 

17/07/2022 to 23/07/2022
-
+
625,00 

24/07/2022 to 30/07/2022
-
+
625,00 

31/07/2022 to 06/08/2022
-
+
625,00 

7/08/2022 to 13/08/2022
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+
625,00 

04/08/2022 to 20/08/2022
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+
625,00 

21/08/2022 to 27/08/2022
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+
625,00 

Included in the price
  • Supervision by a qualified mountain guide
  • Accommodation, as described in the trek programme
  • Half board, as described in the trek programme
  • Packed lunches prepared by a chef
  • Dried fruit and nut snacks prepared by a chef
  • Luggage transfer every night
  • Showers where applicable (as described in the trek programme)
  • Cable car ticket
Not included in the price
  • Transport to and from the start of the trek
  • Drinks other than water served with meals
  • Assistance and cancellation insurance
  • Anything not listed in “Included in the price”

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