Wake up, grab a croissant and your morning coffee, and start your day the French way. Then it’s off to the trails. There are so many options! On this tour, we’ll focus on our absolute favorite corners of Chamonix. Slow the pace a bit, spend extra time in the quiet side-valleys around Chamonix and enjoy unparalleled vistas. There are easy balcony walks, stages of the TMB, and big hikes to incredible viewpoints. You get to decide.
Chamonix is wonderful, with great restaurants, a walkable village center, and a lively mountain vibe plunked right in the middle of some of the best mountains in the world. Yes, we know, inn-to-inn treks are adventurous and fun, but we love staying in one place too. Unpack, unwind and get off-the-beaten-path to those discoveries that make a trip truly special. Your own pace in your own way. It doesn’t get better than this.
Chamonix – Arrive in Geneva, and we will arrange your transfer to Chamonix, the world-famous resort and mountaineering center in France.
Enjoy your first impressive views of Mont Blanc, with perhaps time for a daytrip up the Aiguille du Midi cable car. Stroll along Chamonix’s vibrant village center or relax and enjoy the views from your charming Chamonix hotel.
Chamonix – One of the classic hikes in the region leads to Lac Blanc for an introductory dayhike. This high-mountain lake sits in the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Preserve, a rugged ridge across the valley from Mont Blanc, and commands one of the greatest mountain views anywhere.
Make good use of local cable cars to enjoy more time hiking near the lake, and keep an eye open for bouquetin – a mountain goat with long curved horns that are frequently sighted in this region.
Chamonix – Hiking the traditional first stage of the Mont Blanc tour brings you to the minor Voza pass and to the lovely Bionnassay valley, a wooded region with impressive glaciers and waterfalls, and capped by blinding peaks.
Hike on quiet trails to a rustic inn where you can enjoy a coffee or cold drink along with boundless alpine views. After a day exploring this valley, return to Chamonix by cable car and bus.
Chamonix – Heading now toward Switzerland, you’ll hike another traditional stage of the TMB, the Col de Balme pass. Heading up from le Tour, the delightful trail below the Posettes ridge brings plenty of scenic beauty. Alpenrose and wild blueberry bushes surround the trail, with incredible views to the entire Mont Blanc range.
After reaching the Balme pass, you’ll have your choice of an easy descent back to le Tour or a secondary climb up to the Refuge Albert 1er. This alpine club hut is perched high above the le Tour glacier with commanding views and a wonderful sense of accomplishment.
Chamonix – If you’ve been in Chamonix for 4 days and haven’t been to Mer de Glace yet, well, it’s time to fix that. The hike up to the “sea of ice” is a Chamonix classic, with very pleasant views down to the Chamonix valley, and then astounding views of France’s largest glacier. At 7 km long, the Mer de Glace is a sight to behold.
Stop for lunch or just a drink at the panoramic terrace of the Montenvers hotel just to take it all in. You might decide to visit the cave that is annually carved into the glacier to see the blue ice up close. Then return on a delightful trail that weaves through the forests along the ancient lateral moraine wall of the glacier back down to Chamonix.
Chamonix – We’ve saved the best for last. Now that you have your legs under you, a steep ascent up to la Jonction, the stunning confluence of the Bosson and Taconnaz glaciers, is about as close as you can get to Mont Blanc without climbing. It’s a steep hike, but definitely worth it.
If you’d rather take it easier today, the short walk up to la Floria brings you to a flower-bedecked restaurant with gorgeous views. It also leaves plenty of time to explore around town or visit the spa.
Depart – After breakfast, an airport shuttle van will pick you up at your hotel and take you right to the Geneva airport. Au revoir!
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