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Tour du Mont Blanc Week - Exodus Travels
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26 reviews
Starts
Geneva
Destinations
+13
Ends
London
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Start in Geneva and end in London! With the hiking & trekking tour Tour du Mont Blanc Week, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Geneva, Switzerland and 13 other destinations in Europe. Tour du Mont Blanc Week is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Max Group Size
14
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking

26 Reviews

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  • Tour du Mont Blanc Week reviewer 1
    Written on September 30, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent trip in an area I'd never visited before.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The views of Mont Blanc and associated mountains on the last day. It was clear, the sky was blue - you couldn't help but keep stopping to admire the viewWhat did you think of your group leader?Nick was a great bloke who was a very relaxed leader but willing (and able) to exercise control when necessary.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack light and then remove half of what you've packed - honestly you don't really need that much for what is 4 nights away. You'll appreciate it going up those passes.

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Week reviewer 2
    Written on September 16, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A wonderful week! Great walking, though quite hard work with a pack. You certainly need to be reasonably fit. Fabulous mountain scenery and every day different. The September sunshine added to the beauty. We were part of a lovely,varied group of people and had an excellent guide. We are already planning our next trip into the mountains!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Col de Ferret: beautiful weather, a lovely day's walk and incredible views.What did you think of your group leader?Nick was superb. A light touch from someone with a great deal of experience and knowledge.  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?You need to be quite fit to walk for 7 hours a day up and down mountains carrying your pack.make the pack as light as possible. Nowhere really to do washing. Washed hair once in hotel, but not in dormitory accommodation so no need to carry shampoo along.  Showers were sometimes busy so needed to queue and occasionally cold!Is there anything else you would like to add?It was a really superb week and I would highly recommend the walk.

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Week reviewer 3
    Written on July 31, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent alpine walking holiday - lived up to all my expectations.  Fantastic scenery, wild flowers, characterful accomodation and excellently led.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Being able to see so many alpine flowers in mid July - this was because the snow had stayed later this year - and having a leader who was as interested in identifyingand talking about wild flowers as I am!The baked apple stuffed with nuts and fruit, heated up in an aga at one of the refuges. Walking across snow bridges over glacial streams and seeing glaciers close up. Rupert's homemade dice game with the wooden dice he made - played on a pavement while waiting for the bus!What did you think of your group leader?Rupert was excellent in leading us all, excellent knowledge of alpine wild flowers, very relaxed approach, made sure everyone was OK in the group all of the timen.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Long walking days with over 1000 metres of ascent and descent most days are wonderful - but good to be reasonably fit before you come to get the most out of the trip.Think minimal when packing your rucsac - pack as little as you need - then rethink and pack less!Walking poles are really useful for both the descents and for crossing snow patches.Don't worry about the dormitory sleeping - its fun!Is there anything else you would like to add?As a vegetarian I thought I might have a very boring diet - but no, the trip is fine for vegetarians - I really enjoyed the food.I enjoyed every minute!

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Week reviewer 4
    Written on July 21, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A great trip with stunning scenery.Long days short nights.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The view from Grand col Ferret.The camaraderie of the group members.What did you think of your group leader?Rupert was very knowledgeable about the local flora & fauna,customs & food.He tried hard to keep together a group of differing fitness levels & was always encouraging everyone.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?A good level of fitness is required & be prepared for very basic levels of accommodation in the hotel dormitories'.Keep your rucksack as light as you can.Is there anything else you would like to add?Hard days .Tired nights but a great experience.

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Week reviewer 5
    Written on July 16, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    great route, great guide. well organisedWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The scenery and the isolationWhat did you think of your group leader?excellent. very knowledgeable. Looked after the group well - knew how to set the walking paceDo you have any advice for potential travellers?don't under-estimate the physical work involved. If you're prepared then you'll love it.Is there anything else you would like to add?Personally, i would like to have done 1 - 2 hours more walking each day, especially as it is labelled as a challenging trip. However, i appreciate the guide has to cater for various people.The food at each of the huts / hotels was excellent - better than i expected

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Week reviewer 6
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Had a great time. Breathtaking scenery & great way to see the Alps in a week.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Crossing the Col du Bonhomme.What did you think of your group leader?Alison was great. Very informative but relaxed.Is there anything else you would like to add?1 week isn't enough, but if you are thinking about this trip, because you only have a week, go for it. Just one day in the Alps is better than a week in the office.

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Week reviewer 7
    Written on September 9, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A trek through the most impressive scenery I've encountered in EuropeWhat did you think of your group leader?Our leader was Rupert, an international mountain guide who obviously new the area well .  A convivial chap and skilled leader in many ways - he really enhanced our enjoyment of this holiday.   5 star.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take flip flops for the evenings as boots have to be left at the door of the refuges.   Is there anything else you would like to add?Be prepared not to get much sleep in the dorms, some of the bunks are 6 beds wide and you may find yourself in the middle surrounded by snorers! 

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Week reviewer 8
    Written on July 18, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fast and (preferably) light tour around the iconic Mont Blanc Massif. With an emphasis on seeing the highlights of the Mont Blanc circuit, you can definitely expect your money’s worth of walking when trying to cover as much of the amazing scenery as this trip takes in.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Just being in the surroundings makes you want to get out and walk. There was never any reservation on waking each morning. Anticipating what was to come and looking forward to each day meant I couldn’t wait to get started each day!What did you think of your group leader?Graham led us with humour, panache and a very finely judged approach. It’s easy when leading in potentially hazardous environments to set rules in stone and forget that the group is composed of adults, not children requiring herding for a to b. Graham was able to move the group at a pace that kept most people happy most of the time, provide plenty of stops for information, breath catching, photos and snacks. If you find yourself being guided by Graham, consider yourself lucky – he’s as good as I’ve come across in my adventures.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Travel light. No, lighter than that. A bit lighter still... Save that half used toothpaste tube and use it on this trip. Take a smaller bit of soap, not a massive new showergel bottle. There’s no getting away from it. You walk up hills a lot on this trip. The lighter the bag, the easier it is. You come down them too. Your knees will thank you for leaving the hardback bestseller back in Chamonix. For example, two tee-shirts (one day, one night) will see you through the week easily. If you must, you could even wash the daytime tee and dry it overnight. If you're wondering why I say all this, what with three litres of water, lunch, an SLR and a bit too much in the way of clothing, my bag was 17kg, joint heaviest on our trip. I figured I could cut four kg out easily and will do next time! Earplugs are a must for a good night’s sleep in the dorms. Someone will snore. Someone will get up for a wee. If you’re used to dorm living, this will be normal to you. If you’ve never stayed in dorms before, fear not – these were some of the nicest I’ve experienced, with comfy beds, nice and warm. They may feel cosy, with fellow travellers in close proximity, but embrace it and enjoy it! Watch the guide. If they put a jacket on, it’s probably going to get wet. If they’re in a tee-shirt, it’s looking good. Get some training done. Each day contained a significant climb and descent. Our group was described as averagely fit and we spent between six and eight hours walking each day. The fitter you are, the more time you can spend looking at the magnificent views, instead of staring down at your feet on a never ending trudge. I absolutely promise the views are worth the extra effort. If you get a nosebleed and use a tampon to staunch the bloodflow, be prepared for your fellow walkers to point, laugh and take photos. Thank you Richard for this most memorable of moments.Is there anything else you would like to add?If you love walking and want to cover some ground in a week, take in some world-class views and blow away any lingering cobwebs that have accumulated since your last holiday, this is a great trip. If told I was leaving on Saturday to repeat it, I would be on that plane with no hesitation.

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Week reviewer 9
    Written on July 18, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fast and (preferably) light tour around the iconic Mont Blanc Massif. With an emphasis on seeing the highlights of the Mont Blanc circuit, you can definitely expect your money

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Week reviewer 10
    Written on July 12, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A really good trip, with some great views and hard intense days but a lot of fun, overall an excellent trip.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The col climbs were often very tough with 1,000m of height gain in 3 - 4 hours! As well as this the weather was very changeable and we had a number of rainy days which meant making sure waterproofs were close to hand and that things didn't get to wet.What did you think of your group leader?Alison was knowledgable and friendly and seemed to have a lot of mountain walking experience which was very reassuring. A very good leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack as light as possible and certainly don't take more than a 35 litre pack, it is unlikely you would use all the stuff in a bigger pack and you will really appreciate the lighter load as you carry it day after day across the trip. Our leader showed us what she was taking and it was minimal my advice would be ask yourself if you really need it before packing it in your pack for the main trek.  

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  1. Day 1: Start Col de la Forclaz.
  2. Day 2: Follow Bovine Route to the pretty village of Champex Lac and on to Orsières.
  3. Day 3: Short bus transfer to La Fouly and climb to the highest point (2536m), Grand Col Ferret, and descend into Italy.
  4. Day 4: Trek from Val Veny over Col de la Seigne to Les Chapieux (1549m).
  5. Day 5: A tougher day over two cols; Croix du Bonhomme (2443m) and Col du Bonhomme (2329m); descend to Les Contamines.
  6. Day 6: Over the Col du Tricot to the Chamonix Valley.
  7. Day 7: Final day trekking past Lac Blanc (2352m) before descending to Chamonix.
  8. Day 8: End Chamonix.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,014 km.
  • Geneva (Switzerland)
  • 73 km
  • La Forclaz (Switzerland)
  • 28 km
  • Martigny (Switzerland)
  • 9 km
  • Champex (Switzerland)
  • 2 km
  • Orsieres (Switzerland)
  • 11 km
  • La Fouly (Switzerland)
  • 9 km
  • Col de Grand Ferret (Switzerland)
  • 34 km
  • Col de la Seigne (France)
  • 8 km
  • Les Chapieux (France)
  • 3 km
  • Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (France)
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