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Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek - Exodus Travels
Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek - Exodus Travels
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Chamonix
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Chamonix
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Highlights

Start and end in Chamonix! With the hiking & trekking tour Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Chamonix, France and 9 other destinations in Europe. Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Max Group Size
14
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, Mountain Hikes

39 Reviews

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  • Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek reviewer 1
    Written on September 12, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Three hours into the walk on day 1 and all is perfect, too good to be true as it happens. The company of the group members is good, the weather excellent, the flowers prolific and the view stunning but then I fell from the path. Are exodus good when things go wrong? YES!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Finding out that the Alps is great when you return in your 60s to match up with your memories from years pre children when you were in your 20s. Inspirational is not quite the word, more amazing as the rescue helicopter arrives after only a short while to sort out a broken wrist and winch me off the slopes where I had rolled to transfer me to hospital.What did you think of your group leader?Calm, efficient and totally in control to summon help in what could have been a very serious situation.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you have an in date EHIC card (I didn't realise they expired.) your national insurance number is the bit of information you then need to know. Check helicopter rescue higher than 2000metres is included. Mine did have and repatriation to UK was easy with a family member being flown out to escort me home.Is there anything else you would like to add?I was thinking a review of a holiday which only lasted 24 hours would not be relevant but then I thought it is reassuring that in the unlikely event of things going wrong it's good to know that the travel company you're with will be supportive. I fell, rolling down a mountainside for 30 metres or so. This was a result of a stumble from me, very easy to do and there was nothing exodus or anyone could have done to prevent this simple accident. After the transfer to hospital via helicopter and care in A and E there was an exodus rep to offer support. During my 4 day stay in hospital exodus reps visitedu, sorting out my belongings from the hotel and retriving my rucksack from the helicopter garage and also rang from the London office. The purpose of this review is to say - when things go wrong you can trust exodus to be supportive.

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek reviewer 2
    Written on September 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    As experienced walkers with a few long distance treks behind us, the TMB exceeded our expectations. Great scenery, well led and wonderful company. We were fortunate that our waterproofs were worn for only 20 minutes in the whole fortnight!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Every minute of every day was inspirational. Just being in the natural environment of the mountains, enjoying the fresh air and exercise with a fun-loving group of people. Particular highlights were soaking up the wonderful scenery from the alpine passes and the close view of the ibex on the final day.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader, Frank, was excellent in all respects. He was knowledgable about the geography, history and culture of the area and provided us with plenty of extra information. His daily briefings were concise and accurate so that we knew what to expect each day. Frank understood the needs, strengths and weaknesses of each person in the group and acted upon this information so that everyone could enjoy their holiday to the fullest extent. A great sense of humour!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Are you capable of completing this trek? Exodus grade the TMB as moderate/challenging; I would grade it as moderate for the following reasons: Although the average walking day length is about 8 hours we found that 2-3 hours per day was rest time. Morning and afternoon coffee stops are usually scheduled at mountain refuges and the lunch stop can be about one hour. (If you are on the slow side then these times may be reduced for you).There was no difficult walking terrain. All of the walking is on paths so no technical skills required beyond being careful in where to place your feet. The short chained and laddered sections of the paths present little difficulty for the typical walker.There is only one "long" day (Les Contamines to Les Houches) - about ten hours in total.In our mid fifties we found this walk to be quite easy and feel we have a few more treks ahead of us!If in doubt, go for it! Is there anything else you would like to add?We completed the Alpine Pass Route trek in 2011 and at the time thought that it could not be bettered. However, the TMB, although less strenuous was its equal in terms of scenery and interest.Although most of our previous trekking has been self-guided, going with a group on the TMB was the right thing to do. The social side of the trip made it so much more fun. We enjoyed the company of a great group of people from different countries and backgrounds.

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek reviewer 3
    Written on September 4, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Scenery and walks fantastic.Food some good and some not so good. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Border crossing at the col from Switzerland into ItalyWhat did you think of your group leader?Good as a team coach getting the best from us.Not so good at realiisng we wanted to enjot it, not go for records. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Get fit,

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek reviewer 4
    Written on September 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Pain is temporary; pride is forever! This phrase sums up my experience of the Mont Blanc Trek. The challenge was immense but the satisfaction that I completed th trek will stay with me for the rest of my life! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Every day had its inspirational moments. The views were stunning and the company fabulous. The group I traveled with were diverse and we all got on extremely well. I enjoyed the idea of moving from one place to another and exploring The Alps on this Trek. I was lucky enough to see the start of The Ultra Trail; the electric atmosphere will stay with me forever! What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was excellent. He was knowledgable and led the group with care and consideation for the whole group. He did not make anyone feel that they were not up to the walking; infact we all worked at our own pace which made a very challenging holiday a relaxing one!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure that you are in good physical health before you embark on this trip. It is a very challenging trek but an immensly rewarding one. Invest in some walking poles and learn how to use them before you do the Trek; they proved to be an extremely useful tool.  If you are interetste in Alpine Flora; invest in an identification book; I really wished I had one with me to identify the beautiful flowers in bloom! Is there anything else you would like to add?The only negartive think I would like to add is that my flight details were not sent to me and I had to ask for them to be sent. The day before traveling, I noticed that the terminal was not written on the flight details and I had to call the emergency number to find this information.

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek reviewer 5
    Written on July 28, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    This was a great holiday for getting away from it all.  However, the effort required in traversing several mountain passes requires a high level of stamina and physical effort; certainly not a trip for the unfit.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Our leader inspired us to be enthusiastic about the events of each day.  The opportunites for exellent photgraphy was something that cannot be understated.What did you think of your group leader?Nick obviously loved his job and was always positive, no matter what challenges we faced.  Nick struck an excellent balance between keeping us safe and giving us enough freedom to please ourselves when it was appropriate.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This trip is very tough.  Be prepared to make a big effort, even on those days when the views may not be rewarding due to the cloud cover.Is there anything else you would like to add?The absence of traffic and background noise together with the clear mountain air is very pleasant.

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek reviewer 6
    Written on July 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    We were looking for an active two week holiday that left on a specific date, was within budget and didn’t involve a long haul flight.  We found the Tour de Mont Blanc trip on the Exodus website, loved the itinerary, saw there was availability and were booked on it within 24 hours of holiday searching! I would highly recommend this trip, despite some weather challenges we had the most wonderful time (summer hadn’t quite arrived yet so there was rain, hail and lots of snow to deal with).  There were eight of us in the group and we were looked after by Nick, our excellent Group Leader. The scenery, when we saw it, was stunning.  Fortunately we’ve signed up for similar holidays before so knew to come prepared for all extremes and we were so pleased we did.  We were also really pleased to have booked to have a hotel room at the end of each day – this meant our clothes and day pack could dry out, plus we could have a lovely hot shower and sleep in a bed. All of the hotels were welcoming, comfortable and had all the facilities you needed after a long day of walking.  The food was quite bread, cheese and chip based so we were missing fresh vegetables and fruit by the end of the two weeks.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Appreciating the distance we covered, the stunning views, visiting three countries, the fun people in our group, the places we stayed in, making it through all of the Cols despite the snow, the tram in St Gervais, the cable car in Chamonix, the flowers, the cow bells (now a ringtone), red wine, chocolate and the blue sky when it arrived!  Sorry had to list more than one JWhat did you think of your group leader?We were very impressed with Group Leader Nick.   He took the time to answer all of our questions or find out the answer if he didn’t know.  Nick made sure we had enough lunch each day and that he bought what we would like to eat.  Nick made us feel confident in situations we were unused to such as walking in the snow and dealing with steep slopes.  Words to describe Nick would be; good fun, very experienced, confident, relaxed and considerate about the group.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The trip notes do explain that this is a moderate to challenging walk – the days can be quite long and you do ascend and descend some quite steep slopes.  We personally found a walking pole very useful especially when dealing with the snow on the side of a mountain.  Worth getting fit beforehand as a reasonable level of fitness is required.  For those that like gadgets that need charging up – Switzerland has a different adapter to France and Italy!Is there anything else you would like to add?Book it, prepare for it physically and clothing / equipment wise, take camera and thoroughly enjoy every day.

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek reviewer 7
    Written on July 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    We were looking for an active two week holiday that left on a specific date, was within budget and didn

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek reviewer 8
    Written on June 29, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a great walking holiday - beautiful scenery, very experienced competent and chirpy guide who managd the group well, and good sometmes fairly strenuous walking.  The only issue was the unusually large amount of remaining snow from the winter/spring (1st tour of this season) meaning we couldn't walk over the higher passes due to snow and related safety concerns - for which Exodua and our guide tried hard and did well to adapt the route and itinerary.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Being in the mountains around Mt Blanc where the views and scenery were spectacular and varied.  Beautiful spring flowers and meadows, glaciers, dramatic peaks, and valleys.What did you think of your group leader?Very experinced and knowledgeable leader (been doing this for many seasons), managed the difficult snow conditions well, made all in the group feel comfortable, included and cared for without being intrusive or fussy. Took everything in his stride and excllent at judging everyone's capabilities and pace and accomodated needs in a relaxed and positive way.  He was also very attentive on food preferences/allergies/restrictions.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Walking is fairly strenuous, but if you are actively fit or an experienced walker it should not be too difficult, but there's quite a bit of up and down and some longish days.  Well worth getting fit for maximum enjoyment and also to ensure that the group can move along and complete all the route without compromises (luckily our group was all very capable and similar abilities which made it very enjoyable and fun).  Very glad we were on the hotel tour on the colder and wetter days.Is there anything else you would like to add?Great trip an well worth it .......

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek reviewer 9
    Written on January 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A brilliant trip.  I am now so glad I took the plunge and booked it.  Good company, good hotels and great walking!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Too hard to pick out just one. Everyday had moments of magic and there is such a great sense of achievement at the end.What did you think of your group leader?Rupert was an excellent walk leader - setting a good pace whilst being aware of and responding to individual needs.  He was very informative on the huge variety of local plants and flowers.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just book the trip - it is worth it.  As a solo traveller this trip was perfect for me.

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek reviewer 10
    Written on October 18, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Very enjoyable trip, well worth the effort involved. I thought the accomodation was exactly as described in the trip notes. Even where basic it was very clean, when "splendid" it was indeed splendid. All the accomodation felt very homely and authentic. I loved the food, being a fan of cheese. The views were incredible. I found the two weeks to be a great relaxing break from "real life", and I would love to go again. It was well worth it to have a bed each night after the walk.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I loved every day, and the fact that it is a circuit with a long history. Some of the refuges we stopped in were very cute, but mostly I just loved being on the cols looking at the panoramas.What did you think of your group leader?Liz kept us well informed but didn't overwhelm us with the difficulty, I think this helped people to keep their confidence up so that they could take the journey one step at a time.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?It is important to be fit enough to enjoy the trip so that you don't dread the climbs each day. Don't underestimate the difficulty, it really is challenging, particularly the last few days. I think poles are essential. Ability in French will help you to enjoy the cultural aspects.

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  1. Day 1: Start Chamonix.
  2. Day 2: Follow Grand Balcon Sud, excellent views of Mont Blanc; return to Chamonix.
  3. Day 3: Over Col de Balme into Switzerland; night at Col de la Forclaz.
  4. Day 4: Follow Bovine Route to Champex.
  5. Day 5: Head up the Val Ferret to La Fouly.
  6. Day 6: Follow river La Drance; climb to the highest point of the tour at Grand Col Ferret and into Italy. Overnight at La Palud.
  7. Day 7: Rest day.
  8. Day 8: Climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse high above the spectacular Ferret Valley around Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur.
  9. Day 9: Cross the Col de la Seigne back to France, descend through la Ville des Glaciers to Les Chapieux.
  10. Day 10: Ascend to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, then contour across to the Col du Bonhomme.
  11. Day 11:
  12. Day 12: Over Col de Tricot to the Chamonix Valley; overnight at Les Houches.
  13. Day 13: Best views of Mont Blanc today; long ascent to the Brevent, descend to Chamonix.
  14. Day 14: Free day in Chamonix.
  15. Day 15: End Chamonix.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 123 km.
  • Chamonix (France)
  • 22 km
  • Champex (Switzerland)
  • 11 km
  • La Fouly (Switzerland)
  • 9 km
  • Col de Grand Ferret (Switzerland)
  • 23 km
  • Courmayeur (Italy)
  • 17 km
  • La Ville des Glaciers (France)
  • 4 km
  • Les Chapieux (France)
  • 3 km
  • Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (France)
  • 19 km
  • St Gervais (France)
  • 7 km
  • Les Houches (France)
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