Tour du Mont Blanc Camping Trek

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Trip code: 
TWB
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
4–14
Min age:
16

A point-to-point trek with 3 rest days to enjoy spectacular surroundings

Experience has taught us that 15 days is the perfect duration to fully appreciate this iconic circuit around Mont Blanc - 10 days of trekking complemented by three rest days with a wide choice of activities to try. Led by an experienced International Mountain Leader (IML) the circuit crosses three borders, climbs over six passes, traverses beneath huge glaciers, and meanders through beautiful alpine meadows and picture-book villages. We provide comfortable camping from scenic sites with roomy, modern tents (designed for 3 but only allocated for twin share) and unlimited single tents, mattresses and sleeping bags available to hire. Delicious home cooked food is on the menu when in camp and our baggage is transported between each location by our dedicated camp support leader and van, leaving you free to enjoy the inspiring scenery found only on this classic trek.

Exodus run this same trek as a hotel version ‘Tour du Mont Blanc hotel trek’ - Trip Code TWO. If time is limited Exodus run an excellent one-week circuit ‘Mont blanc highlights’ – Trip Code TWN - which tick off some of the best bits with easier shorter days or our ‘Tour du Mont Blanc Week’ that is a little tougher – Trip Code TWP.

Highlights

  • Fully supported camping
  • Admire spectacular views of Mont Blanc
  • Enjoy 3 rest days to relax or sightsee

Key information

  • 14 nights supported camping, mostly in good campsites with hot showers
  • 10 days walking with vehicle support; 3 rest days
  • 8 days challenging and 2 days moderate walking
  • Altitude maximum 2537m, average 1525m

 

  • Countries visited: France, Italy, Switzerland

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches, 8 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
+356 21423994
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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10

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 6-8hrs walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 210.0km/6.0miles
Day 313.0km/8.0miles
Day 416.0km/10.0miles
Day 515.0km/9.0miles
Day 614.0km/9.0miles
Day 814.0km/9.0miles
Day 924.0km/15.0miles
Day 1017.0km/11.0miles
Day 1218.0km/11.0miles
Day 1311.0km/7.0miles
Relaxation time on the Mont Blanc Circuit

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start at Les Bossons, near Chamonix.

    Our start point is the campsite in Les Bossons, with wonderful views from the campsite of Mont Blanc and the dramatic crevassed Glacier des Bossons, especially at sunset. In the evening there is an introductory briefing by the trek crew.

    Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Le Bossons

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Follow the Grand Balcon Sud from Chamonix to les Frasserands.

    From Les Bossons (1,012m – 3320ft) we have a short bus journey to Chamonix from where we walk to Les Praz and take the cable car to La Flégère (1,860m – 6100). The trail today is named the 'Grand Balcon' and is on the opposite side of the valley from Mont Blanc, affording excellent views of the whole massif lying to our south. Initially we contour and then climb to reach the high point of the day, Lac Blanc (2352m - 7715ft). The trail descends and then contours high above the valley before dropping steeply to the hamlet of Les Frasserands (1,371m - 4500ft). In the afternoon there is a very short section of ladders/steep steps with handrails to descend.

    8.00 hours walking. 500m – 1640ft up, 980m – 3220ft down

    Campsite: Camping Les Rocailles, Champex Lac

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Cross over Col de Balme to Switzerland and camp at Trient.

    We begin by climbing steeply to the Aiguillette de Posettes (2201m – 7200ft), descend a little and then ascend towards the Col de Balme (2,191m – 7190ft) where we follow one of the paths across the border from France to Switzerland. Excellent views all morning of Aiguille d'Argentière and Aiguille du Tour and its glacier. After lunch we descend to the small hamlet of Trient (1296m – 4250ft). Good views of the Trient Glacier. 

    7.5 hours walking. 970m – 3200ft up, 1060m – 3466ft

    Campsite: Basic Camping, near Trient

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Cross Col de la Forclaz to Champex.

    We climb first to the Col de Forclaz (1527m – 5010ft) and then onwards from where we can look directly down into the Rhône Valley and the Swiss town of Martigny. We follow a historic path used to take the cows to summer grazing, the 'Bovine route' (2049m – 6720ft) that takes us through meadows and high alpine pastures before descending to the charming town of Champex (1486m – 4880ft) set beside a picturesque alpine lake.

    7 hours walking. 920m – 3017ft up, 720m – 3261ft down

    Campsite: Camping Les Rocailles, Champex Lac

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Head up Val Ferret to La Fouly.

    Now on the east side of the main Mont Blanc massif we walk south, descending through woods to the Val Ferret and on to Issert (1,055m – 3460ft) and other pretty alpine farming villages. This is also quite a good day for flowers earlier in the season, including orchids. We continue up the valley to the remote village of La Fouly (1600m - 5250ft) which lies at the foot of Mont Dolent, whose summit marks the meeting point of France, Switzerland and Italy.

    6 hours walking, 440m – 1450ft down, 540m – 1780ft up

    Campsite: Camping les Glaciers, La Fouly

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Climb to Grand Col Ferret, the highest pass of the trek.

    Still following the same valley and the river 'La Drance', we climb to the 'Grand Col Ferret' (2537m – 8320ft), the highest pass of the tour. Now in Italy, the valley is also called 'Val Ferret'. The mountain views from the Col are stunning with Grandes Jorasses dominating the scene. We walk down the valley to Arp Nouva (1,770m – 5800ft) where we then take an optional bus to Planpincieux (1,600m – 5250ft). For the first and last trip of the season the bus may not be running and we may need to walk to camp.

    7.5 hours walking. 970m - 3180ft up, 800m – 2600ft down.

    Campsite: Camping Grands Jorasses, Val Ferret

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Rest day.

    The nearby ex-spa towns of Courmayeur and Entrèves have picturesque older sections, which are worth a visit, especially for the keen photographer. There is a cable car from La Palud to Point Helbronner (3461m – 11350ft) and on across the glacier to the Aiguille du Midi (and in fact on down to Chamonix). This is a splendid (optional) excursion, which gives close-up views of all the big peaks.

    Campsite: Camping Grands Jorasses, Val Ferret

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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.

    We start with a short bus ride to pick up the TMB and from the road (1675m – 5500ft ) climb up to the Bonatti refuge (2025m – 6640ft). Today we follow a beautiful contouring path around Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur. The views of the south Mont Blanc massif are exceptional as are those of the towering, peaks of the 'Grandes Jorasses' and the glaciers which crowd the northern flank of the Val Ferret. In the afternoon we have a long, steep descent to Courmayeur (1230m – 4030m) (superb ice creams!) from where we take a short bus ride into the spectacular Val Veny (1530m – 5020ft).

    8 hours walking. 500m – 1640ft up, 900m 4400ft down

    Campsite: Camping Aiguille Noire, Val Veny

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Re-enter France across Col de la Seigne and through La Ville des Glaciers to Les Chapieux.

    The trail climbs gently along the Val Veny beneath the moraine of the massive glacier du Miage and passes Lac Combal before the gradient becomes steeper as we follow the old Roman road across today's pass, the 'Col de la Seigne' (2516m – 8250ft), marking our re-entry into France. A fairly steep descent brings us through La Ville des Glaciers (1,789m – 5870ft) and finally to Les Chapieux (1553m – 5090ft), a small hamlet which is only inhabited in the summer months. This is one of the longer walking days.

    8.5 hours walking. 990m – 3250ft up, 970m – 3180ft down

    Campsite: Basic Camping, Chapieux 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    Climb to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and contour around to Col du Bonhomme.

    We have now reached the southwest corner of the circuit and turn north to climb once again. Today is a longer day; first we make a steep climb to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2478m – 8130ft) and then contour around to the Col du Bonhomme (2328m – 7640ft). We then descend (again on a Roman road) to our campsite in Les Contamines (1180m - 5900ft).

    8 hours walking. 930m – 3050ft up, 1375m – 4510ft

    Campsite: Camping le Pontet, Les Contamines

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Rest day.

    There are short and long optional walks in the area, many accessed by a chairlift or gondola, that have spectacular views of Mont Blanc. Mountain cafes make a nice place for a scenic lunch. Alternatively, you could take the Mont Blanc cog driven tramway to the eagle’s nest – the starting point for many wanting to conquer Mont Blanc itself. There is little there but the view but the journey is charming and scenic. Otherwise time can be spent visiting the half-day market in Les Contamines, or you can simply relax around town or in camp and recharge your batteries for the days ahead.

    Campsite: Camping le Pontet, Les Contamines

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Cross Col de Tricot and Col de Voza to re-enter Chamonix Valley and descend to village of Les Houches.

    Another long day; we walk through Les Contamines, ascend to Chalets du Truc (1720m – 5614ft) and then descend to the Chalets de Miage (1,560m – 4120ft). From here we take the trail that climbs steeply to the Col de Tricot (2119m – 6950ft) before descending very close to the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay where we will enjoy good views of the north side of the Mont Blanc massif. Eventually we make another short ascent to reach the Col de Voza (1652m – 5418ft) where we re-enter the Chamonix Valley and descend to the village of Les Houches (dependent on the time of year there is optional cable car descent from Bellevue to Les Houches). A short bus ride takes us to our camp in Les Bossons (1,012m – 3320ft).

    9 hours walking. 1200m – 3980ft up, 1370m – 4500ft down

    Campsite: Camping les Marmottes, Les Bossons

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Probably best views of Mont Blanc today on the long ascent to Brevent; descend to Plan Praz.

    We cross to the north side of the Chamonix Valley and climb through pine forest. The high point of the day is Brevent (2525m – 8290ft) from where there are panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Massif and the Chamonix Valley. We walk down to Plan Praz (1970m - 6460ft) and then descend by cable car to Chamonix and then on to our camp at Les Bossons (1012m - 3320ft). It is possible to take the cable car descent from the top (dependent on the time of the season), this extra journey will be payble locally should you choose not to walk. Our last day on the TMB circuit is long with a tough climb of over 1500m but affords the best views of Mont Blanc and its neighbours of the whole trek.

    7.5 hours walking. 1480m – 4850ft up, 520m – 1690ft down

    Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Free day at Les Bossons.

    Today is a free day for optional walks or sightseeing. Your leader will be able to advise you of possible walking routes or you may choose to visit the bustling alpine resort town of Chamonix, which has numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. There are several cable car excursions you can make from Chamonix, of which the most spectacular is the ascent to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m - 12600ft), offering fantastic views of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks. It should also be possible to take the mountain train up to Montenvers for close up views of the glacier, Mer de Glace or if you are feeling adventurous you could enjoy a tandem Paragliding flight. 

     Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

No visa required for British passport holders.

Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Eating and Drinking

We provide 8 home cooked 3 course group meals in camp, 14 breakfasts and 10 picnic lunches. 5 group menu meals will be taken in local restaurants and will be payable locally €110 per person. Due to the small size and remoteness of several of these restaurants and for speed when serving a large group these will be set menus. Your leader will collect money for these at the beginning of the trip. If you wish to opt out of these please let them know.

Breakfast: Will usually consist of coffee, tea, cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, bread, and conserves.

Lunch: Picnic style lunches will normally include bread, cold meat, cheese, sometimes boiled eggs or tinned fish, fresh salad vegetables and fresh fruit. You may wish to bring (or purchase locally), snack bars for an extra energy boost throughout the day.

Evening meal: Whether in camp or in a nearby restaurant will consist of a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat with one or two vegetables or rice or pasta and a dessert course.

Beer, wine, bottled water, coffee, tea or other drinks are not included in the price of evening meals taken in restaurants. Coffee and tea are included with the evening meal when we eat in camp and beer and wine are also available for purchase at a modest cost.

Vegetarians will usually find that there is little difficulty, as long as they are prepared to be reasonably flexible.

If you take a vegan diet you should expect that variety of food may be limited whilst on this trip as this kind of diet is relatively uncommon in this region. We cannot guarantee that the restaurants will provide meals that have the necessary variety to be considered satisfying when on a more restricted diet.

The feedback we receive for the food we serve is great but please be aware that facilities are limited and practicality forces us to put our efforts in to make one excellent group meal with a vegetarian option. Of course, we will respect allergies but otherwise please don’t expect us to be able to make cook you an a la crate meal to suit your personal tastes.

Weather

From late June to early October fair weather is to be expected, but all mountain ranges create their own weather patterns and the Alps are no exception. It can and does rain and especially on the high passes it can be surprisingly cold at times. Expected daytime temperatures are in the range of 15 to 25ºC in the valleys (although it can sometimes reach 30ºC in July/August), 5 to 15ºC on the passes (though it will feel colder if wet and windy) and 5 to 15ºC in the valleys at night; possibly a little lower early and late in the season. There is always the possibility of lying snow, especially in the early season, and snowfall even in August and September when we may find new snow on the passes. Please note that on late season treks (September) the days are shorter and we will need to make early starts to make the most of the available daylight hours.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded Activity Level 4 (moderate/challenging) - it involves 10 days of walking; 2 days at a Moderate level and 8 days at a Challenging level. Most of the days are long, quite often involving an ascent of 900-1200m (or 3000 - 4000 feet), equivalent to 3 to 4 hours walking uphill, followed by a similar descent. Although the paths are well maintained there are sections that are rough underfoot. On day 2 there are 2 metal ladders to descend en route from Lac Blanc, these are secured against the rock, consist of approximately 12 steps and are not difficult to climb down. The route throughout is non-technical however we will be walking mountain paths and this trip is not advised for severe vertigo sufferers.

Please be aware on days 6 and 8 we take a short bus transfer to avoid trekking on busy roads.

Most people trek the TMB anti clockwise. From years of experience we have discovered that trekking the route clockwise allows for quieter trails and avoids a tough ascent of the first couple of days. The views and walks are still just as beautiful in this direction.

As this is a group holiday you need to be confident that your fitness will allow you to enjoyably walk at a consistent and steady pace that matches the group average, therefore allowing the group to finish the day at a reasonable time. You will also enjoy the trek a great deal more if your fitness allows you to walk the route in relative ease. A Challenging graded day would be equivalent to walking between 3 to 5 hours uphill and a similar time descending downhill, so up to 9 hours in total depending on the pace (including breaks). Due of the lower altitude, climate, and overall comfort of this trek, it is graded Level 4 (moderate/challenging). The Activity Level reflects that overall endurance of the trip, not just the ease of any particular walk. Other treks with a higher Activity Level, requiring a higher overall endurance due to their remoteness, lack of facilities or average weather etc, may have shorter easier walks. Please read the daily itineraries below when make comparisons to other walks/trips you may have done before.

If you are unable to walk during the itinerary and want to opt out of a day, please take note that this can sometimes be a little tricky dependent on where on the circuit you are. To reach the next point you will need to take a public bus (which run at limited times) or taxi (which can be expensive when in a more remote location). Our support vehicle is not suitable for taking passengers so please be aware of this when deciding to book this trip.

 You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference:

http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

All ascents, descents and walking distances listed below are approximates. We have decided the most accurate method is to map the routes carefully using google earth. That said it is impossible to obtain a completely true figure of the distances walked. Regarding GPS - due to the inherent inaccuracies of defining an exact waypoint with a GPS and the cumulative overall inaccuracy this causes, you may find that our distances and GPS distances you obtain on trek with your personal GPS/phone, may differ by quite a margin. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

This trek is based on the 'supported camping' concept, with a vehicle doing all the hard work of transporting luggage, equipment and supplies. Whilst camping the support leader will erect your tent but, in the morning you will be expected to pack away your own tent (these are modern pop up style tents that are very easy and quick to fold away and pack) and deliver your own bags to the back of the van. On 4 of the 8 nights we eat in camp you should expect to help with the washing up as well as washing your own breakfast dishes each morning. 

Please note: On this trip it is essential to have helicopter evacuation cover within your travel insurance.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
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Accommodation

Camping

The campsites are mainly comfortable and modern with hot showers and electricity to recharge batteries etc. Many have a bar and WiFi and a lounge or sitting area to relax in. We provide a large communal tent (if we do not use the campsites communal area) where we eat at tables with chairs and have an unlimited tea and coffee station, camp bar and some more relaxing seating such as inflatable sofas. The campsite are in stunning settings and sharing an after trek drink with newly made friends as the sun sets over a glaciated mountain vista is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors.

Accompanying you throughout the trek is a dedicated camp support leader who will take care of all the logistics and catering. Your tent will be put up for you each night. In the morning you will be asked to take your own tent down, put your bag in the back of the van and wash up your own personal breakfast dish. On four nights out of fourteen you will be asked to join a washing team and help with dishes of that night. A 20 minute job. Otherwise you are free to relax and your time is your own.

You will spend 14 nights camping in roomy 3 person tents, but with a maximum of 2 people per tent. Single tents are available for a small additional cost, please ask your sales consultant for further information. Mattress hire and sleeping bag hire is also available.

Two campsites are a little more basic than average and don’t have showers. We eat in restaurants on these nights.

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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2019
    Kevin Power

    2019 TMB Trek

    Our recent TMB was excellent. Not only did we have spectacular weather to go along with the stunning scenery we had two top notch guides in John and Emily. The pace John set for the 14 trekkers was bang on; resting when called for and pushing us as we needed to be coupled with a great 👍 sense of humour. Emily made certain out campsite was setup each evening after our long treks and cooked us fabulous meals given we were camping ⛺️. Her energetic personality provided a welcome spark especially at the beginning of the day. G Adventures in Peru 🇵🇪 were really great 👍 too but Exodus our did them with respect to quality of the guides and the excellent dinners. A little more variety in breakfasts and lunches is strongly 💪 recommended for sure. I would also suggest stretching the tour to 14 days given there are currently some extraordinarily long days of trekking. Another trip of a lifetime for me. Thanks John and Emily! 🥾

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The energy from other trekkers to grind out the long hikes each day.
  • Reviewed September 2019
    Paul McGuire

    A trip of a lifetime

    We did the TMB in July - 14 trekkers from Canada. John and Emily were our guides and they were amazing. I can actually say I learned how to walk again in the mountains with John's careful guiding instructions. By the end of the trek, we were able to trek straight up 4 km with a verticle of 1500 m. There is no way we could have done this without our amazing guides. I cannot say enough about Exodus and the people who work with this amazing organization. They are truly professional and we are well into planning our next group trek for July 2020 to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Can't wait!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Making it to Brevant at 1500 m on the last day and looking down into the valley and seeing Chamonix, realizing that we had done it. Easily one of the most challenging treks I have ever done!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    John was amazing. He is truly a gifted leader and I would recommend him for any group planning a trek in the Alps. Very wise and experienced, a really amazing leader and teacher. Emily was wonderful. The two of them worked together as an expert team. They were both what made the trip an incredible success.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You certainly need to train for the TMB. Once you have done this please listen to your guides, they really know what they are doing and you need to listen and trust them. Exodus has chosen well and their guides are truly amazing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank-you Exodus - Tony, John and Emily did everything they could to make this trip a huge success. We were able to raise over $35,000 for recreation programs for kids here in Ottawa, Canada. Exodus is a great partner for us and Christie Lake Climb for Kids will be trekking again with Exodus in 2020, this time all the way to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro!
  • Reviewed July 2019
    mark Flaherty

    Mont Blanc camping trek

    I did the Mont Blanc camping Hike it late June 2019 with a group of 7. The first day i had doubts i would make it from the uphill climb, it was tough. I got in better shape as the trip progressed, i made it. 110 mile hike, the scenery was incredible, its just awesome. Exodus employees were great. If your in shape you can do this trip, we slept in tents, hike 1000 meters uphill some days. You break camp in the morning and hike to your next destination, the hotel group stayed in the hotel we camped two different trips

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finishing the hike at almost 1500 meters uphill. what a great trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Aglier or (AGS) was great really helpful, she made the trip fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get in shape before you go, don't pack to much stuff like i did. Its going to be tough don't complain, expect it. Be very careful when walking i fell 3 times on the snow and mud, but not on the rocks

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks Exodus
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Michelle Stracey

    Challenging and joyous!

    A really super trip. The leader Kim shared her love and knowledge of the mountains and kept our spirits high. Neil, our camp manager, cooked incredible three course meals every night, despite all our various dietary needs. It was a challenging trip but so much fun.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Mont Blanc in all its guises, the wild flower meadows and celebrating with Prosecco at the top of the final ascent.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kim was kind, funny and inspirational. We all loved her.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Mariana Kelemen

    Tour of Mont Blanc

    All went smoothly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Mont Blanc from Punta Helbronner cable Car station.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good judgement in all his decisions.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read Exodus instructions carefully, follow them thoroughly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    no
  • Reviewed October 2018
    christopher Spencer

    Spectacular adventure

    This was our first group travel expedition and it did not disappoint. We had been looking at this trip for a number of years through another tour company but we went with Exodus because of the supporting camping option which the other company did not offer (and a benefit that we thoroughly enjoyed). We found the entire experience to be very positive, professional and well organized with just the right amount of flexibility so that we didn't feel like we were micro-managed. Our mountain guide was experienced and did a very good job of watching over the group while allowing us to go at our own pace (within reason). The camp support leader was funny, helpful, and a fantastic cook. The near-perfect weather and jaw dropping views obviously played a big part in how much we enjoyed this trip but I definitely think that the quality of this trip was above the pack.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every valley and every col had its own 'personality' and this made each day different. I loved turning a corner and discovering another fantastic view. It was also nice to be with a group so that the experience could be shared with others.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shaun, our mountain leader was knowledgeable and experienced. He knew the route and the region well and provided very accurate introductions to each day's hiking. His pace was as steady as a metronome and perfect for the speed of our group. Once he understood our capabilities on an individual level he was good about letting us go on ahead or lag behind the pack if that's what we preferred. I definitely felt like I was in capable hands. Peter our camp support was so much fun and a delight to see at the end of each day because he has such a positive and warm personality. We arrived to a camp that was already set up which allowed us to chill out and relax as soon as we arrived. His cooking was fantastic and much better than the few restaurant dinners we had along the way. He was good about ensuring that each of the group members had what they needed for breakfasts and lunches.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be very honest with yourself when evaluating your abilities if you're considering this trip. Our group overall was comprised of fairly experienced hikers. I think that someone who's not able to maintain the group pace would risk not enjoying this trip themselves and also negatively impacting the group. Proper equipment is also a must. Weather can change quickly and being unprepared can make for a miserable and potential hazardous day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I loved the supported camping option on this trip. I think the group had much more fun and bonded more than we would have had we stayed in hotels.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Matt Walker

    Another one ticked off the bucket list!

    Fantastic experience with a great group! This is one of the great hikes in the world and a fantastic way to experience the Alps. The camping element added to the camaraderie of the group and saw us all bond quickly. Paul was an excellent leader, very knowledgeable on the mountains, nature and wildlife, his company and humor were very much appreciated! Kieron managed the camp to perfection with his excellent cooking and organisation, and always ready with an story to share. Don't expect to lose much weight on this trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The glacial lakes and passing over the highest point, the Grand Col Ferret.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Nigel Donovan

    Great walk

    Wonderful to get on this walk at the last minute. 11 other generous minded walkers. Lotte a talented leader and Pete a great cook and camp organiser.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Each day was great.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lotte Stuer was excellent. Talented in making people feel at ease. Thorough and funny in her pre walk briefings. She kept a quiet eye on us all but was ready to let is go at our own pace in appropriate places. An excellent leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get a few good walks in to ensure the boots are broken in and know the challenge of a grade 4 week.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Both Lotte and Pete worked well together and worked well together.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Sara McDonagh

    I would do this again!

    This was an amazing adventure. I had never camped before nor had I ever trekked in the Alps, so lots of reasons to be a little nervous before I went. On reflection, any worry was unnecessary. The camping was fun and well managed. The scenery was amazing. And the trekking, although hard work at times, was entirely manageable and hugely rewarding. Incredible views. Wonderful people. If I could, I would do this all again. In fact I just might!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    How could you ever grow tired of looking at these mountains and trekking among them?
  • Reviewed August 2018

    Tour du Mont Blanc Camping Trek

    'It is what it says on the tin.'

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    One member initially nearly keeling over due to a lack of electrolytes, to go on to be as strong or stronger than the rest of us.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Severely competent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes. (See below.)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Random comments on the TWB trip transpiring 7/7/17 to 7/21/18: Participants: Seven, plus guide and support driver/cook. All Brits, except for one US (me). The weather was exceptionally good. During the day, it sputtered a couple of times, but no heavy rain at all. Clouds had only a minor impact on views. Periods of rain on a couple of nights. All in all, far better than I expected. Only one morning I would call cold. (And I get cold easily.) Nothing approaching freezing, AFAIK. Photos here: https://len5742.smugmug.com/Len/2018-Tour-du-Mont-Blanc/ Campgrounds: Les Marmottes campground is said to be three-star rated. You will spend four of your fourteen nights here. - No toilet paper. No toilet seats. (Not a hole-in-the-ground squat toilet, just no toilet seat.) But you do have toilets! Bring a roll of TP. - Couple of the sinks have liquid hand-washing soap dispensers. Bring a bar of soap. - Crowded, at least at the Exodus-designated area, next to the toilet/shower building. (See photos.) Expect a fair amount of noise and kids running around until about 11pm. I arrived early from the US, and stayed at an auberge in Les Houches, before moving to the campground. After we finished the hiking and returned again to Les Marmottes, I bailed back to the auberge instead of spending the last two nights in the campground. I highly recommend moving to more peaceful accommodation for the last one or two nights, if you can afford it. All of the campgrounds had toilets, even the so-called wild camps. Some even had TP and toilet seats. There was at least one with squat toilets. Showers, when available, were at least adequately warm. We went to a refuge-prepared dinner at at least one of the two wild camps, can't remember about the other. 'Wild camp' = lack of showers and wifi? Certainly there was no lack of other campers. Showers: Some are free and as long as you want, a couple are pay-to-play. Protip: Note that for one shower we were given a card to use (for a fixed number of minutes), without further explanation. Turns out, you hold the card up next to sensor box that's in the shower, thus activating. Wifi: worked pretty well most of the time. I think I remember one camp where it didn't. Of course, each has its own connection ritual. At one place, you had to pay a euro or two. Food: Breakfast: - Tea and coffee. Also, orange juice and milk. I asked for hot chocolate mix, supplied w/no problem, but then I realized water plus mix tastes like hot chocolate water, so I gave that up. (Needed powdered milk.) - Muesli, all the way down. This particular mix was primarily uncooked oats, plus some unchewable things I think were raisons or similar. And a few clumps of not-oats. Mixing thoroughly with yogurt saves the day. Should do better here. Lunch: After you wolf down breakfast, you race to prepare your pack lunch. What I would call, in my lack of sophistication, 'French bread' (not sliced bread), is the base for make-your-own sandwiches. Sliced ham plus various cheeses, plus lettuce, onions, mayonaisse, etc. (Peanut butter and sliced bread available for US-passport-carrying participants only.) Also, bananas, oranges, apples, etc. Dinner: Either prepared by our support driver, or taken at a refuge/restaurant. The dinners prepared by the support driver I rate as pretty good to great. A couple of the refuge meals were just meh, otherwise good enough. One special note: The pizza we ordered out at an Italian campground was unequivocally the worst I've ever seen or eaten. Protip: Bring Clif bars or similar. My stomach was off the entire trip. It was suggested that it might have been due to the excessive consumption of dairy products. Something to keep in mind. Tent: The tent Exodus uses appears to be a Quechua '2 Seconds XL Air'. Never heard of this brand before, but saw a fair number of their tents and backpacks on the hike. The tents have what is, to me, a novel design. The trip instructions tell you you're gonna have to pack up your tent. I envisioned just extracting some collapsible poles and rolling up the canopy, shoving in a stuff sack. Wrong. You need to watch and study this last 20 seconds of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAtckY8Vejs&list=PLIZaXMUrOOZcqXogjXImTYrpSsSvZsSSJ&index=233 The Exodus tents are an older version of the tent in the video, I think. In any case, you get to gather up, wrestle the tent into a figure 8, and fold up, without any assistance from straps shown in the video. But the video does give you a general idea what to expect. I'd guess on average it took three-four morning rituals to become adequately proficient in packing the tent. Protip: For the first couple of days, work with a partner to wrestle with this thing. Protip 2: If the tent is really wet, wear rain gear during the wrestling match. Typical Trekking day: 7-7:30 Individual packup 7:30-8 Breakfast, lunch prep 8-8:30 Wash dishes, pack support van 8:30-16:30 Walk Includes 'second breakfast' and lunch breaks, and a few other rests, combined or separate from two or more breaks at refuges. >16:30 Teatime? 19:00 or 19:30 Dinner, then wash dishes if not dining out The trail: Busy, busy, busy, busy. The trail tread itself is not that rough. I wore trail runners. Worked just fine. Heavy boots and their 'ankle support' not needed. Because the trip notes said otherwise, I asked for special dispensation for my footwear, and was allowed to proceed at my own risk. The last three days do have some steep climbs. The views/scenery: Nice enough. Spectacular? Hmm...For me, Val Farret col was the only place that came close to a knock-your-socks-off view. You never really get high enough to get a layers-and-layers type of mountain views. I rode up to Aguille du Midi before the start of the trek, and the views from up there kind of deflated the hiking views, at least for a while. I guess the repeated combination of strenuous hiking for a few hours, followed by sitting a refuge deck and drink lattes while enjoying mountain scenery makes for an enjoyable experience. Do not find Mont Blanc itself aesthetically appealing. I am reminded of a combination of the Michelin Man and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Extra credit activities: Ride up to Aguille du Midi makes for great views. Also enjoyed Montenvers train to the glacier. Personnel: Driver/cook: Very friendly, good sense of humor (laughed at my jokes). Perpared generally great meals. Guide: Very knowledgeable about flora/fauna, geology, etc. Set a reasonable hiking pace. She said at the beginning we didn't have to hike in a cheek-by-jowl configuration, but the majority seemed to prefer that. I generally hung back in my own space, as did a couple others. It seemed to work OK. Note re: The guide vs. the itinerary. The two descending cable car rides on the last two hiking days listed as optional (you have to pay for them) are really 'optional'. That is, particularly for the one on the second-to-last hiking day, you will be verbally brow-beaten into submitting to riding the cable car down. 'I don't know why anyone would want to walk.'...'will absolutely ruin your day'...'terrible trail tread'...worst of all...'takes two hours'. The whole group was sort of shocked at the level of vehemence. The excoriation of this particular section of trail was so over the top, I asked to walk down. Just had to see this awful no good really really bad section of trail. One other guy who had also initially expressed an interest in walking rather than riding first gave in, but then when I persisted, joined in again. So the guide and us two descended by foot, while the others rode down. It turned out to be a decent enough hike, with terrific views up and down the Chamonix valley initially, and then dropped into a cool (temp-wise) downhill walk in the forest. The trail tread was well-maintained. There was a short steep bit that required a minor amount of care, but was not at all outside the realm of prior experience on this trail. As it was of moderate downhill grade, could easily jog parts of it. Best of all, WE WALKED FOR AN HOUR AND SAW ONLY A COUPLE OTHER HIKERS. An absolute impossibility anywhere else on this trail. We finished in an hour. There was also another place earlier in the trek where the guide said 'I don't know why anyone would walk here', and yet some of us did walk, and enjoyed it. You will ride enough buses and cable cars as an aleady-fixed part of the itinerary, why add to it? I can sympathize with the guide getting bored after several years of guiding multiple groups each year, and wanting it to be overas quick as possible. But for the rest of us, this is a one-time experience. Maybe pick a new trek to guide? Random last thoughts: Bring electrolyte tabs, especially if you don't have a lot of experience full-day, strenuous, warm weather hiking. Bring a pee bottle if you're old like me. The tents have zipable windows on the side which make it easy to dump out. Bring shock cord or similar to rig a drying line for your always-wet towel.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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