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- Les Bossons
- Les Bossons
- Experience stunning views of Mont Blanc
- Walk through meadows and lakes
- Visit charming mountain towns
- Explore the town of Chamonix
- Age range
- 16 to 80 year olds
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- Hiking & Trekking, Mountain Hikes
Start and end in Les Bossons! With the hiking & trekking tour Tour du Mont Blanc Camping Trek, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Les Bossons, France and 10 other destinations in Europe. Tour du Mont Blanc Camping Trek is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a campsites as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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- AnonymousWritten on October 7, 20135.0 - ExcellentIf you're considering it, do it!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?When the clouds cleared and we saw Mont Blanc for the first time. Just beautiful.What did you think of your group leader?Really knowledgeable. Interesting to talk to.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?In my view there are only a couple of difficult days really, the rest can be long but are not too strenuous. I was worried it would be harder than it actually was.Is there anything else you would like to add?I had a really really great time on this trip and didn't want to come home! Really nice bunch of fellow walkers too. And the food - WOW! Glad I went for the camping option with Graham the gourmet chef.
- AnonymousWritten on October 7, 20135.0 - ExcellentA wonderful trekking holiday through spectacular alpine scenery. The guidance from the leader and the support from our camp support meant I could focus on enjoying each day's trek to the fullest.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me the border crossings, from France to Switzerland, Switzerland to Italy and Italy to France were all spectacular - difficult days that made me feel a sense of achievement as passes were crossed, moving from one country to another. On two of the rest days I took the opprtunity to take the respective cable cars up to stations high up on glaciers. An amazing experience to see the high mountains without having to be a mountaineer.Â What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Jenny was quite frankly superb. She was organised, kept us well briefed throughout the trek, and was tremendous fun to socialise with. It was pretty obvious she had many years of leading and her experience showed.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?For anyone who walks regularly or is reasonably active, this trek should not pose any significant physical challenges as long as you are reasonably fit before you come on this trek. That being said the more physical preparation you can do pre departure, the more you can enjoy the trek. Read the pre departre notes and even look at the Exodus trekking fitness guide and be honest with yourself you can do what's described. You want a challenge not an ordeal.Is there anything else you would like to add?Graham, our support: supported the camp site, drove the support vehicle and was our camp cook. The meals Graham made for us on trek were fabulous; he really put a lot of effort into the meals and it showed in the quality of theÂ cuisineÂ he prepared. We were also lucky to have as a bonus a trainee leader on trek, Tom. Tom, Graham and Jenny made a great team who at all times went out of their way to make our trek as enjoyable and hassle free as possible - they were friendly, social and thoroughly good fun to trek with -what a great holiday, thanks guys.
- AnonymousWritten on September 17, 20135.0 - ExcellentAn absolutely brilliant trip - the views were truly spectacular and I thoroughly enjoyed the walks.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Passing from Switzerland into Italy over the Grand Col Ferret was a really special moment.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader was extremely helpful, friendly & knowledgable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just go for it, you won't regret it!Is there anything else you would like to add?Thank you for a truly memorable trip!
- AnonymousWritten on August 28, 20135.0 - ExcellentA great trip, with great scenery and cake stops. It's hard work though!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?At the Col du Bonhomme refuge one of our party played the guitar that was in the refuge.Â It seemed quite surreal for us to be singing along to the Pretenders 500 miles at 2,100 metresThe views across the whole trek are sensational, hard to pick a highlight, but the descent into Italy down the Col Ferret was pretty niceThere are plenty of cake stops along the route, which certainly helped me, the cakes at each refuge were really good and I was lucky to be part of a group that wanted to stop and partake at regular intervals.What did you think of your group leader?Mike Rhodes was an excellent leader.Â I have no experience of the other leaders, who I would expect to be just as good, but if you end up with Mike you are really lucky.He is a really nice man, who knows the area like the back of his hand.Â He can identify every flower, peak (including who climbed it first) & animal you might encounter and is a wealth of knowledge on the area generally, including recommended activities on the rest days.Because of his knowledge he is able to adjust the route to fit the group's ability, he put several tougher climbs in for our group as we were all fairly fit, but these were also avoidable for those who would rather have a rest.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Compeed! - I was lucky and didn't suffer with blisters, but on a 10 day trek, if you do suffer you will certainly get through them.Â Mike also uses surgical tape over the top of the Compeed to stop them rubbing on your sock and coming off.Â a bit of vaseline on the top of the tape helps even more.Â There are quite a few chemists, shops etc on route who sell them, but better to be self sufficient Don't wear white t-shirts - I doubt mine will ever be white againYou can buy stuff in Chamonix before the trek starts, but it is pretty pricey and best left for things you forgot to bring, I would recommend purchasing anything you need at home. Take your camera, ipod etc chargers.Â The support van is well kitted out and I was able to charge batteries in it once we got to camp or overnight (it had about 8 socket points the group could use) A book is useful for the evenings, as is a small speaker for your ipod, but obviously only if the whole group like your taste in music! Wet wipes are useful for the 2 days you are basic camping (ie no hot showers, but there are toilets)Is there anything else you would like to add?This is a really good trip, I would recommend to anyone who wants to see the Mont Blanc area.Â A good level of fitness is necessary, but that said, the guide won't leave anyone behind - not that you have to walk in a group, our party of 16 tended to spread out to around 5-10 minutes apart over a 1.5 hour section.Â You also get to chat to everyone else in your group, although ours wasn't a 'singles trip' there were 2 couples, 2 pairs of friends and a whole lot of single travellers, you should be prepared to mingle and chat to others even ifyou come in a 'couple'.
- AnonymousWritten on August 26, 20135.0 - ExcellentYes, it’s the best trekking trip I have ever had. Good roomy, thunderstorm proofed tents (easy to pitch up and dismantle), great camping sites (only two had no internet access, and no showers) with one having a large LCD TV screen to watch the Tour D’ France going up Alpe d’Huez (an excellent treat for me as I had biked up it 10 days ago), and, not forgetting, good food (four nights at local restaurants on Exodus tab). Of course, the scenery was just awesome, and we took lots of beautiful picture postcards. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Too many. Â Most would include doing the touristic stuff in Chamonix (Aguille du Midi to see Mt Blanc at close range; trip to Heilbroner; Â seeing skiers going down Vallee Blanche, Mers du Glace and the Cave); having lunch at Lac Blanc; seeing Ibex, Marmot, and even a baby poisonous snake; Â doing the Balcony and the Bovine trail; multi day view of Grand Jorasse; having gelato in Courmeyer; ascending Col du Tricot in just over an hour; watching the bungee jumpers in St. Gervais; the paragliders taking off in Mt Brevent and toasting our successful completion at the top of Mt Breventâ€¦.10 days trekking, 3 countries, 176 km, 10000m cumulative elevation.Â Too many pleasant memories so much so some of us had withdrawal symptoms on returning home.What did you think of your group leader?Mike was knowledgeable and experienced.Â He modified the start times based on his estimate of what time we would like to arrive at camp e.g. on the day of the TDF going up Alpe dâ€™Huez, he made sure we arrived at 2.30 pm in camp so we have time to settle down, and get to watch the race at 3 pm.Â This flexibility also ensured we did not get caught in bad weather, although there may be an occasion when we got wet (although not very heavy).Â Â Safety was always a priority, and he was always around to lend a helping hand whenever there were obstacles such as crossing a fast running stream, climbing down a ladder, walking over a slippery patch of snow, and climbing over steep rocks adjoining deep ravines. Matt, our driver and cook ensured we always have enough fruits, bread, cheese, and salad for our lunch bags.Â We were never hungry.Â And dinner was something that was always a pleasant surprise, with enough for second helpings for those who wanted more.Â I am still trying to lose the 2 kg I put on.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My group was an experienced group, having done tougher treks in higher altitudes.Â Â However, this trek was still very challenging, especially the last two days where climbs of cumulative 1500m elevations were the norms.Â Train hard.Â Also bring lots of warm clothing as it can be very cold at night.Â Â Â Bring long sleeves/pants, a hat and sun block to protect from the UVâ€¦we were deep fried by the end of the trek.Â Be careful of ticks even though lyme disease is not prevalent in the alps.Â I may have been bitten, and had symptoms that were indicative such as muscle and joint ache/pain, fatigue, ear ache, and other normal flu symptoms after returning home.Â As a precaution I took doxycycline (an antibiotic) to kill the bacteriaIs there anything else you would like to add?Read up on Lyme Disease and preventive measures, Â but do not let that discourage you from going for this very enjoyable and comfortable camping trip.Â Â Go for it.Â This is a very popular trek with hikers from all over the world
- AnonymousWritten on August 26, 20135.0 - ExcellentYes, it
- AnonymousWritten on August 14, 20135.0 - ExcellentThe best trip ever! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing on the Auigille de Midi on our last free day, with the cloud swirling around us.Â What did you think of your group leader?Our leader, Jenny, could not have been better. She is experienced, caring, thoughtful and knowledgeable. I would also like to mention the camp manager, Graham, who is a fantastic cook, and gave us 110% effort. He adapted his repertoire to the weather, and was always ready to give a hand with things not strictly his responsibility, like sorting out mobile phones, helping to pack tents etc.Â Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pay attention to the kit list!! Including the optionals like poles and umbrella. Take as many clothes as you can fit in your bag as stuff gets dirty and wet and there are not many opportunities to wash clothes ... Take lots of COMPEED :-), neurofen and bite cream. You need a warm sleeping bag, it can be cold at night.Â Is there anything else you would like to add?The walking is strenuous, the people who enjoyed the trip most were those who had prepared by walking up and down steep mountains. Cycling / swimming / other forms of exercise won't cut it, even if you are very fit.Â
- AnonymousWritten on August 4, 20135.0 - ExcellentAmazing trip with stunning scenery. Walks were challenging as described but rewarding and well guided. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Took a short but steep detour to a quiet peak with a 360 degree view of Mont Blanc and surrounding mountains with clear blue skies and no one but a pipe smoking Italian who was striking a pose to share it with.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leaderÂ was perfect for the task. He dealt with a range of abilities and experience and ensured everyone had the holiday they wanted and more.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be fit and comfortable with ascents and descents. Take an umbrella as it's infinitely better than putting waterproofs on in a short shower. Take an inflatable pillow as clothes in a bag can get a bit much after 2 weeks.Is there anything else you would like to add?Take a bottle of something from duty free for an impromptu cocktail party under a glacier with your new travelling companions!
- AnonymousWritten on August 1, 20135.0 - ExcellentA challenging walk for those people with a reasonable level of fitness. Beautiful views, great scenery.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Whilst the walks were fantastic taking the cable car up to the Aguille du Midi was absolutely awesome.Â The views of Mont Blanc were amazing.Â What can I say, simply brilliant.What did you think of your group leader?Our leader was really good considering this was her first time on this tour and she had to cater for a range of walking ability.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As you can guess the first is at the end of the tour go up the Aguille du Midi and buy a multipass ticket (4 euros extra).Â However, go early to avoid the queues.Â Take a packed lunch, water and walking trainers and walk the balcony route to the Mer de Glace from the mid station.Â You can then get the cable car down the ice caves and get the train back to Chaminox on your multipass ticket.Take compeed and a knee brace (we had several people develop knee trouble and braces were expensive).Â Take some gaffer tape in your bag (comes in useful for all sorts).Â Fill up on snack bars and chocolate on the first day as it may be sometime before you can again.Â It's expensive so take plenty of money if you want drink and cake etc at the refuges.Is there anything else you would like to add?I had a great holiday with a fantastic bunch of people.Â The walking was really good with stunning views.Â We went in July and still got to see loads of wild flowers.Â Each day was like a lakes walk so you have to be reasonably fit.Â Our first real challenge was the Col de Ferret which is the day before the first rest day. The second half of the tour are the harder walking days. On the day we did Mont de la Saxe we went went up the Tete de la Tronche.Â Tough, but epic views.Â If its hot the hardest walk was the second part of day 12 up to Col de Voza, harder than 1500 metre ascent of Brevant on day 13.Â On Brevant look out for base jumpers in wingsuits.Â We saw three jump.Â Those guys are totally bonkers.Â You'll throughly enjoy the whole experience.Â I know I did.
- AnonymousWritten on August 1, 20134.0 - GoodMesmorizing and awesome tour of Mont Blanc... to see the mountains up close was such a pleasureWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Trekking up close to the mont blance massive rangeÂ and se the reflections of the mountains on the river ..wowWhat did you think of your group leader?Trip leader was experienced and knowledgeÂ in regards to the mountains and the tour ...Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't wait... go for trek...Is there anything else you would like to add?Fantastic overall experience...thanks alot.
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- Day 1: Start at Les Bossons, near Chamonix.
- Day 2: From Chamonix the route heads past Lac Blanc to Les Frasserands.
- Day 3: Cross over Col de Balme to Switzerland and camp at Trient.
- Day 4: Cross Col de la Forclaz to Champex.
- Day 5: Head up Val Ferret to La Fouly.
- Day 6: Climb to Grand Col Ferret, the highest pass of the trek.
- Day 7: Rest day.
- Day 8: Climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse high above the spectacular Ferret Valley around Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur and on to Val Veny.
- Day 9: Re-enter France across Col de la Seigne and through La Ville des Glaciers to Les Chapieux.
- Day 10: Climb to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and contour around to Col du Bonhomme.
- Day 11: Rest day.
- Day 12: Cross Col de Tricot and Col de Voza to re-enter Chamonix Valley and descend to village of Les Houches.
- Day 13: Probably best views of Mont Blanc today on the long ascent to Brevent; descend to Plan Praz.
- Day 14: Free day at Les Bossons.
- Day 15: End Les Bossons.
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Covering a total distance of approx 127 km.
- Les Bossons (France)
- 3 km
- Chamonix (France)
- 9 km
- Les Frasserands (France)
- 8 km
- Trient (Switzerland)
- 8 km
- Martigny (Switzerland)
- 9 km
- Champex (Switzerland)
- 11 km
- La Fouly (Switzerland)
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- Col de Grand Ferret (Switzerland)
- 23 km
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- 21 km
- Les Chapieux (France)
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