Tour du Mont Blanc
High-level route

The trek for those who want to go up high!

Tour du Mont Blanc High-level route

If you love summits, the TMB by the High-level route is just perfect for you!

Over the course of seven days, experience an adventure rich in emotions on a wild and alpine itinerary through exceptional glacial landscapes. Experience the unique atmosphere of the high mountains as you cross glaciers and major passes.

You’ll sleep in some of the most iconic mountain refuges in the Alps.
From France to Switzerland via Italy, the High-level route promises an unforgettable week of trekking.

Listen to the guide's description of the trip (french)
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 High-level route

alpine itinerary A wild alpine itinerary at high altitude
glaciers crossings Glacier crossings!
physical trekking A physical challenge in a magnificent setting
comfortable accomodation High-quality accommodation
departure guaranteed Departure guaranteed as soon as 4 people have signed up.

Duration

duration7 days

Difficulty

difficulty4/5

Group

group10 max.

Starting from

starting pointLes Houches

Date of departure

date of departureEvery Sunday in summer

Accomodation

AccomodationDormitories/rooms

Luggage

luggageExcept for 3 nights

The programme in detail

Day 1: Les Contamines – Les Conscrits

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: night in a refuge – 1,350 m (4,430 ft) descent

Meet at 9 am in the car park for the Le Cugnon cable car in Les Contamines.

A small path through the forest will take you to the traditional Tré la Tête refuge. Depending on the conditions, you will then either take the high-level traverse or cross the glacier to reach the Les Conscrits refuge at the end of the day. No luggage tonight.

Les Contamines - Les Conscrits

Day 2: Les Conscrits – Robert Blanc refuge

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: night in a refuge – 650 m (2,130 ft) ascent / 350 m (1,150 ft) descent

After crossing the glacier, you will embark upon a beautiful wild climb up to the Col du Tondu (2,880 m / 9,450 ft).

The descent is a little more technical, albeit still enjoyable, with a few cables, before staying high and traversing towards the Robert Blanc refuge, perched at 2,750 metres (9,020 ft) in the Vallée des Glaciers. No luggage tonight. 

Les Conscrits - Robert Blanc

Day 3: Refuge Robert Blanc – Maison Vieille

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: night in a refuge – 850 m (2,790 ft) ascent / 1,000 m (3,280 ft) descent

Following a beautiful high-level traverse, you will reach the Col de la Seigne (2,516 m / 8,255 ft) and the classic TMB route. Descend to Lac Combal and its milky waters before taking the traverse path to the refuge.

Rising up proudly in front, you can see the back of Mont Blanc, famous for its mountaineering history.

Robert Blanc - Maison Vieille

Day 4: Maison Vieille – Refuge Bonatti

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: night in a refuge without luggage – 1,100 m (3,600 ft) ascent / 1,000 m (3,280 ft) descent

The fourth day of the walk starts with a descent into Courmayeur, the Italian “Chamonix”, passing through the historic centre of the village.

You will then climb back up to Val Sapin and the Bertone refuge to finish with a beautiful panoramic traverse to the Bonatti refuge, named after the famous Italian mountaineer.

Maison Vieille - refuge Bonatti

Day 5: Refuge Bonatti – La Fouly

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: night in an inn – 1,000 m (3,280 ft) ascent / 1,300 m (4,265 ft) descent

Mont Dolent, the famous peak on the border between the three countries on the TMB, stands ahead of you on today’s trail. At the Grand Col Ferret (2,537 m / 8,320 ft), Switzerland will welcome you!

This stage ends with a pleasant descent to the mountain pastures of La Peule and the village of La Fouly, nestled in the heart of the Valais canton.

Refuge Bonatti - La Fouly

Day 6: La Fouly – Champex -Trient

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: night in a refuge – 1,600 m (5,250 ft) ascent / 300 m (985 ft) descent

After a short transfer to Praz de Fort, you will embark upon a beautiful climb to the Cabane d’Orny, situated at over 2,800 m (9,185 ft). Enjoy the high mountain atmosphere of this small mountain refuge nestled at the foot of the glaciers! No luggage tonight.

La Fouly - Champex - Trient

Day 7: Orny – Le Tour

7 hrs walking time – 500 m (1,640 ft) ascent / 1,000 m (3,280 ft) descent

The high glaciers await for your last, magnificent day. There will be time to contemplate the many surrounding peaks as you approach Le Tour glacier leading to the Albert I refuge. A final descent above the Chamonix Valley will take you to the village of Le Tour, the final stage of your trek.

End of the Tour du Mont Blanc in the village around 3 pm.

Orny - Le Tour

Useful information

Les informations pratiques
Comfort option

The Comfort option costs €1515 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:

  • 2 nights in a double room with or without bathroom facilities in the room
  • 4 nights in small shared dormitories

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

Directions and accommodation

Directions to the starting point:

Meet at 9 am in the car park for the Le Cugnon cable car in Les Contamines.

Accommodation before and after the trek:

  • Hôtel la Gelinotte aux Contamines : 91 Chemin de la Revenaz, 74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie – 04 50 47 01 61
  • Hôtel Le Christiania aux Contamines : 593 Route de Notre Dame de la Gorge, 74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie – 04 50 47 02 72
  • Chalet du CAF aux Contamines : 22 Route du Plan du Moulin, 74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie – 04 50 47 00 88
  • Camping Gîte le Pontet aux Contamines : 2585 Route de Notre Dame de la Gorge, 74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie – 04 50 47 04 04
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 High-level route – 7 days

Date Options QuantityTotal
11/07/2022 to 17/07/2022Comfort
-
+
1515,00 

11/07/2022 to 17/07/2022Dormitories
-
+
1420,00 

25/07/2022 to 31/07/2022Comfort
-
+
1515,00 

25/07/2022 to 31/07/2022Dormitories
-
+
1420,00 

01/08/2022 to 07/08/2022Comfort
-
+
1515,00 

01/08/2022 to 07/08/2022Dormitories
-
+
1420,00 

8/08/2022 to 14/08/2022Comfort
-
+
1515,00 

8/08/2022 to 14/08/2022Dormitories
-
+
1420,00 

29/08/2022 to 04/09/2022Comfort
-
+
1515,00 

29/08/2022 to 04/09/2022Dormitories
-
+
1420,00 

Included in the price
    • Supervision by a qualified mountain guide and a hight-mountain guide for glacier crossings
    • 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 except 3 nights
    • Showers where applicable (as described in the trek programme)
    • Cable car ticket
    • The necessary technical equipment on the glacier
    Not included in the price
    • Transport to and from the start of the trek
    • Drinks other than water served with meals
    • Supplement for a private or single room, as part of our comfort offer (contact us)
    • Any private transport or cable car tickets not included in the trek programme
    • Assistance and cancellation insurance
    • Anything not listed in “Included in the price”

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