Tour du Mont Blanc Self-Guided Trek Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Destinations:
France, Italy, Switzerland
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
W11MB
Activity Rating - Challenging
Challenging

You have a good level of fitness and are looking for a physically challenging holiday.  Previous experience is essential for activity based trips.

12 Days Flight Inclusive
12 Days Land only
Min age: 18

Trip Overview

For those confident of their walking ability we offer the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc as a self-guided itinerary.

The majestic beauty of the surrounding scenery is best appreciated on foot as you walk point-to-point each day, staying in friendly hotels and auberges at night. Your main baggage is transported for you by van, and using comprehensive route notes you follow the well-marked trails across the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. The walking is challenging, but the views and the sense of achievement are well worth it!

At a Glance

  • 7 nights 2 and 3-star hotels, 3 nights auberges and 1 night mountain refuge
  • 10 days point-to-point walking with baggage transfers
  • 8 days challenging and 2 days moderate walking
  • Altitude maximum 2537m, average 1525m 
  • Self-guided holiday. Min. age 12 years
  • Not possible for Solo Travellers (guided options possible)

Trip Highlights

  • Admire spectacular views of Mont Blanc
  • Walk through 3 countries in 12 days
  • Stay in family-run hotels, auberges and 1 night in a mountain refuge

Is This Trip for You?

Activity level 5 - Challenging

10 days walking; 2 days Moderate, 8 days Challenging

Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc is a wonderful experience and challenge. Many choose to enjoy this trek with a guided group and this offers numerous advantages. If you think you would prefer trekking within a group being led by a qualified and informative mountain leader, Exodus run one and two week versions of this trip, either camping or hotel based. Please see trip codes TWO, TWB and TWP. Some people prefer to trek independently, without the constraints of a group. Please consider carefully if this trip is for you. Although the Tour du Mont Blanc is a well trekked route please only book an self-guided trek if you are an experienced mountain walker and have trekked independently in challenging mountain terrain. Bearing this in mind, this trip has a minimum of 2 people on each booking as solo travellers are not permitted.

Please consider if you have the skills to remain safe in bad weather, bad visibility, snow and snow covered paths, steep, loose or slippery ground, possibly all at the same time. Although comprehensive route notes and local information will be provided, we would still expect travellers on this trip to have good navigational and first aid skills and be able to find and understand a weather forecast for the region and assess the dangers. Finally please be aware that not everyone will speak English. It is your responsibility to assess your own abilities and choose if it is safe to trek on any given day. On bad weather days you may need to turn back and take public transport to the next hotel. We will provide suggestions for this in the route notes.

The Tour du Mont Blanc has many variations and options and is not one set route. We have provided notes for what we believe is the best route. That said you may choose to follow variations and in which case our estimated timings and distances will no longer be valid.

Most of the days are long, quite often involving an ascent of 900-1200m (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. You need to be confident that your fitness will allow you to enjoyably walk at a consistent and steady pace allowing you 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.

This trek is graded Activity level 5 - Challenging as it has 2 easier moderate graded days and 8 challenging graded days. A Challenging graded day would be equivalent to walking up Scafell Pike or Ben Nevis and take between 3 to 5 hours of walking up hill and up to 9 hours in total depending on the pace. We recommend that you make a special effort to get in good physical condition for the trip. Walking hours stated are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

We suggest this as a family trip for children over 12. That said, although there are on some days options to take public transport, please consider carefully the fitness of you children before booking this trip. If you would like further advice please do ask a sales consultant.

Please note: We book hotels when you book the holiday so there will be approximately a weeks delay before you receive a definitive confirmation. This adds a lot of flexibility as it allows you to select any departure date you want well as add free days to the trip enroute if you wish. We need to contact 10 different hotels and we don’t always get our first choice and may have to look for other similar hotels locally and the price may increase or decrease marginally because of this. It is also the case that occasionally on the refuge night (night 6) and also in Les Chapieux (night 8) there may only be dormitory accommodation available. If this is the case we will book a dormitory for you and put you on the wait list for a room. If there are any discounts because we have had to use a dormitories or cheaper hotels then we will refund you locally in cash at the start of your holiday. If there are any moderate additions to the price due to an upgraded room or hotel then you will be charged this addition when you make final payment.

We ask you to pay a deposit before we book the hotels. We also require you to accept the risk that there may be up to two dormitory nights. If after you have asked us to make the booking you choose to cancel or change the dates then there will be a £50 per person admin fee charged. If we can’t make the booking for you due to no availability, or there are more than 2 dormitory nights, or we could not find a hotel at only a moderate increase in price then you can cancel with no penalty. 

Group

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. The route notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number. In an emergency, the hotel is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Adult min age:
18

Itinerary

Map LTI

Land Only

Start City:
Chamonix
End City:
Chamonix

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Chamonix

    Start at your hotel in Chamonix. Enjoy dinner (not included) in one of the town's many delightful restaurants.
    2-Star Hotel

  • Day 2

    Walk the balcony route to Argentiere; beautiful views of Lac Blanc

    From Chamonix, take the Le Brevent teleferique (cable car) to the mid station at Plan Praz and walk to the top of the La Flegere cable car (1877m/6158ft). The trail today is named the 'Grand Balcon Sud' and is on the opposite side of the valley from Mont Blanc, affording excellent views of the whole massif lying to your south. Initially the route contours and then climbs to reach the high point of the day, Lac Blanc (2352m/7715ft). The trail descends past the photogenic lac de Cheserys and then downwards again to Argentiere (1240m/3720ft). In the afternoon there is a very short section of ladders/steep steps with handrails to descend.

    (Due to maintenance on the Flegere cable car, this walk has been amended from our previously advertised walk to Lac Blanc. This trek is 4km longer than the original and is equally beautiful).

    2-Star Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 14 km / 8.7 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    500
    Total descent (m):
    1000
  • Day 3

    Walk from Col du Balme to Col du Forclaz; views of Aiguille du Tour and its glacier

    A short walk to Montroc at the top of the Chamonix valley where the path begins the ascent to the Aiguillette de Posettes (2201m/7200ft), descends a little and then climbs towards the Col de Balme (2,191m/7190ft) where it crosses the border from France to Switzerland. Excellent views all morning of Aiguille d'Argentière and Aiguille du Tour and its glacier. You will then head to the small Swiss hamlet of Trient (1,296m/4250ft), with good views of the Trient Glacier. There is a sting in the tail today as you finish with a steep climb from Trient to our Auberge at the Col de la Forclaz (1527m/5010ft).

    Auberge

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 17 km / 10 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    1190
    Total descent (m):
    1060
  • Day 4

    Bovine Route to Champex through meadows and alpine pastures

    Leaving the Col de la Forclaz, with views directly down into the Rhône Valley and the Swiss town of Martigny the route follows an historic path used to take the cows to high pasture, the 'Bovine route' (2049m/6720ft). The trail takes you through meadows and high alpine pastures before descending to the charming town of Champex (1486m/4880ft) set beside a picturesque alpine lake.

    3-Star Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 13 km / 8 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    730
    Total descent (m):
    750
  • Day 5

    Walk to La Fouly; enjoy the wildflowers en route

    Now on the east side of the main Mont Blanc Massif the path turns south, descending through woods to the Val Ferret and on to Issert (1,055m/3460ft) and other small, pretty, alpine farming villages. This is a good day for flowers, including orchids. Continue up the valley to the remote village La Fouly (1600m/5250ft). This is at the foot of Mont Dolent, whose summit is at the meeting point of France, Switzerland and Italy.

    Auberge

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    440
    Total descent (m):
    540
  • Day 6

    Walk over Grand Col Ferret towards Bonatti; night in a refuge.

    Still following the same valley and the river 'La Drance', the path climbs 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 the Grandes Jorasses dominating the scene. The path descends into the valley to Arp Nouva (1,770m/5800ft) then climbs and traverses a little to the refuge Walter Bonatti. (2025m/6640ft). The rooms are 2 and 4 bed. This is a splendid place to spend a night and is a true mountain hut experience (there is no baggage delivery to the hut!). There is the option to change this hut night to a hotel night in Courmayeur. Please inform your sales consultant if you would like to have this option. In this case baggage will be delivered. Depending on hotel availability there should be no change in price but dinner will not be included.

    Mountain Refuge

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 17 km / 10 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    950
    Total descent (m):
    770
  • Day 7

    Walk from Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur. Spend the night in Courmayeur or La Palud

    If you spent the night in Courmayeur, after a short local bus ride you will re-join the path and climb to the Refuge Walter Bonatti. Walking from the Refuge (2025m/6640ft) the path follows a beautiful contouring route around Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur. The views of the south Mont Blanc massif are exceptional as are those of the towering, cliffy peak of the 'Grandes Jorasses' and the glaciers which crowd the northern flank of the Val Ferret. In the afternoon there is a long and reasonably steep descent to Courmayeur (1,230m/4030m) a town that boasts superb ice creams!

    3-Star Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 13 km / 8 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    270
    Total descent (m):
    840
  • Day 8

    Walk over Col de la Seigne heading back into France to Les Chapieux

    After a short local bus ride to La Vissaille (1660m/5450ft) in the Val Veny the TMB path climbs gently beneath the massive glacier de Miage and past Lac Combal before the gradient becomes steeper again as it follows the old Roman road and heads for today's pass: the 'Col de la Seigne' (2,516m/8250ft), which marks our re-entry into France. A fairly steep descent brings us through to la Ville des Glaciers (1,789m/5870ft) and finally after quite a long walking day to Les Chapieux (1,553m/5090ft), a small, remote hamlet inhabited only during the summer months.

    Auberge

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 20 km / 12 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    870
    Total descent (m):
    970
  • Day 9

    Climb to reach Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and onwards to Col du Bonhomme and Les Contamines

    Having now reached the southwest corner of the circuit the route turns north to climb once again. First there is a steep sustained climb to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2,478m/8130ft), before contouring around to the Col du Bonhomme (2,328m/7640ft). From here the path descends steeply through meadows and over a Roman bridge and finally to the village of Les Contamines (1180m/5900ft).

    2-Star Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 17 km / 10 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    930
    Total descent (m):
    1340
  • Day 10

    Col du Voza to Les Houches; challenging day of ascents and descents

    Today is a challenging day with plenty of ups and downs. From Les Contamines the path re-joins the TMB route ascending to the Chalets de Miage (1,560m/5120ft). From here the trail climbs steeply to the Col de Tricot (2,119m/6950ft) before descending and passing very close to the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay. There are good views of the north side of the Mont Blanc Massif. The path then re-ascends to reach the Col de Voza (1,652m/5418ft) and ahead lies the Chamonix Valley and the final descent to the village of Les Houches (993m/3225ft).

    2-Star Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 16 km / 9 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    1200
    Total descent (m):
    1370
  • Day 11

    Brevent to Chamonix; fantastic views of Mont Blanc

    Crossing to the north side of the Chamonix Valley the path climbs steeply through pine forest and then on open mountainsides to reach the high point of the day at Brevent (2,525m/8290ft). This is a long walking day but will probably afford the best views of the French side of Mont Blanc and its neighbouring peaks that will be seen on the whole trek. The path then descend to Plan Praz (1970m/6460ft) from where you can take an optional cable car to Chamonix (1,061m) for a well-deserved drink.

    2-Star Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    1550
    Total descent (m):
    520
  • Day 12

    End Chamonix

    Check out of your Chamonix hotel after breakfast.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels, Auberges and 1 night in refuge

Auberge in La Fouly

You will spend 5 nights in 2-star hotels , 2 nights in 3-star hotels, 3 nights in an auberge and 1 night in a mountain refuge. The hotels have ensuite facilities but depending on the availability there may be shared facilities in the auberge and refuge. Couples travelling together will have their own room but we cannot always say whether this will be twin or double or even very occasionally a room with bunk beds. It is also possible that on day six, Refuge Bonatti, and day 8, Les Chapieux, where availability of rooms are very limited that only shared dormitory space will be available. Dormitories are for the most part 8 to 12 bed rooms with separate bunkbeds. If you accept a dormitory option then we will put you on the wait list to be upgraded to rooms if a room becomes available. If it does not then we will refund you the difference in Euros locally at the beginning of the trip.  Single traveller supplement is not available for this trip. A single room is on a request basis.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £406.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

Included in the trip are all breakfasts and 7 hotel/restaurant dinners. Evening meals are taken in the hotel in which you are staying or a nearby restaurant. For dinners not included expect to pay €20 for a good 3 course menu (not including drinks). Lunch prices can vary depending on whether you have a picnic or eat in a restaurant, but €15 is a good estimate for a sit down meal. You can order a packed lunch from the hotel in which you are staying when you check in.

Typical Meals:

Continental Breakfast will normally include coffee, tea, hot chocolate, French bread, croissant and conserves.

Evening meal: a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat with one or two vegetables or rice or pasta, a dessert course.

Beer, wine, bottled water, other drinks, coffee or tea are not included in the price of evening meals taken in restaurants.

Vegetarians: Although vegetarianism is not common in this part of Europe and most meals are based on meat and fish there are no problems catering for vegetarians as long as they are prepared to be flexible. If you eat a vegan diet you should expect that the 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 hotels and restaurants will provide meals that have the necessary variety to be considered satisfying when on a more restricted diet.

Drinks: Please note that drinks are not included and you will be expected to pay directly for any wine/tea/coffee taken at dinner.

Transportation

Your luggage is transported from hotel to hotel for you. It will be your responsibility to ensure that your bag is left in the correct place for pickup (at 08.00) and has the correct label attached. Bags need to be 15kg or less, with no medicine, food, drink or money to be left in these. The suggested walking itinerary involves a local bus on day 8 and optional buses on days 6 & 7. For departures in the months of June and September the bus schedules cannot be guaranteed; instead it may be necessary to take a shared transfer or as a last resort; a taxi (approx €60; the hotel can help arrange this for you). Please take this into consideration when choosing your date of departure.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

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 snow, even in August, and in September trips may find snow on the passes. Please note that on late season treks (September) the days are shorter and you will need to make early starts to make the most of the available daylight hours.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling land only: 12 days starting in Chamonix and ending in Chamonix 

Your trip starts in Chamonix on day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start hotel are given in the Final Joining Instructions. 

Full joining instructions including route notes, hotel list, and local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent. Please note, you will receive your maps upon arrival.

Flights from the UK
Geneva is easily accessible with many budget and non-budget airlines from the following airports in the UK: Bristol, Manchester, Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool, Edinburgh – Easyjet. Heathrow – BA. City, Heathrow – Swiss Air. Please speak to the sales consultant at the time of booking if you would like Exodus to book your international flights.

Take the Train
Both Geneva Airport and Chamonix are easy to reach by train. Times and prices are available to view on http://uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/
It is only possible to reserve train seats 3 months before your departure date and our sales team will be happy to book this for you in cooperation with Rail Europe.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are not included on this trip.

A shared transfer (with others who have booked with them also) will cost from €31 one way if booked in advance with Mountain Drop Offs. Book on their website ‐ www.mountaindropoffs.com and quote the following promotional code EXOCHX. Unfortunately the discounted rates only run from 17 June to 10 September. Outside this time the full price will be charged.

Location start:
Chamonix
Location end:
Chamonix

What to Take

Essential Equipment

As well as casual clothes for travel we recommend you bring the following:

Walking boots with good ankle support and a strong sole

A good quality waterproof/windproof jacket and waterproof trousers

Hat and gloves (even for August)

A warm 2/3 season fleece jacket or lightweight down jacket

Day sack with 30-40 litres capacity

Sun cream, sun hat, sun glasses

2 litre water bottle/Camelbak

Walking poles are highly recommended

It is advisable to take a compass if you are skilled at using one

A French language book would be useful as English is not widely spoken

All luggage is transported between the hotels by a support vehicle (but not to your room). Bags need to be at the collection point each morning by 8.00 am and depending on the day may not arrive at the next hotel until 18.00, but usually earlier. Please note that we must limit you to one item of luggage each, weighing a maximum of 15kg per person to be carried in the support vehicle. Valuables and medicine should be carried with you. Excess baggage can be left in the hotel store in Chamonix. You should pack your belongings in a sturdy kitbag or holdall; suitcases should not be used, as they cannot be packed easily in our support vehicle. Exodus kitbags are available for purchase at £25, which includes postage, packaging and VAT. Please note that they are only available to residents of the UK.

If you are staying in a dormitory you will need to bring a travel towel and a sleep sheet to use with the blankets/duvets that are provided.

Optional Equipment

Swimming costume/trunks

Towel

Umbrella

Gaiters

Reading List

The recommended maps for this trek are the two sheets 3630 OT Chamonix Massif du Mont Blanc and 3531ET St–Gervais les–Bains issued by IGN series at a scale of 1:25,000 which covers most of the trek. The best alternative is the single sheet 1:50,000 map issued by Rando-Editions `Pays du Mont-Blanc' (sheet A1). Maps will be provided when you arrive in Chamonix. There will also be smaller copies of the maps indicating the daily route included in the route notes.

Practical Information

Passport

France

Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Italy

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Switzerland

Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Passports: check if you need to renew

You may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Certain European nationalities may be able to travel within Europe on their national identity card. Check carefully with the relevant authorities if you intend to do this.

Visa

France

Italy

Switzerland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

France

There are no specific health risks.

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Switzerland

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) are still valid and offer the same cover as GHICs in the EU. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and in some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance. Once your EHIC has expired, you’ll be able to replace it with a GHIC.

Local Time

France's Timezone:
Europe/Paris CEST (GMT +02:00)
Italy's Timezone:
Europe/Rome CEST (GMT +02:00)
Switzerland's Timezone:
Europe/Zurich CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

France's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Italy's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins.

Switzerland's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC. Switzerland also has a 3 round pin plug, which includes a grounding pin (type J). 

230 Volts AC, standard European adapter required.

Money

France's Currency

The national currency of France is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.66 to the AUD and 0.59 to the NZD.

Italy's Currency

The national currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

 

Switzerland's Currency

The national currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (June 2017) of approximately 1.2 to the GBP,  0.96 to the USD, 0.74 to the CAD, 1.1 to the EUR, 0.73 to the AUD and 0.69 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

We recommend you bring your spending money in Euro cash, but credit or debit cards may be useful for shopping/extra excursions. Cash points are available in Chamonix (€s) as well as most of the other larger villages. Most restaurants in villages and towns will accept credit cards as will some shops, but refuges on the hill may not.

All establishments (shops, bakers, hotels refuges etc) in Switzerland will accept Euros, but France and Italy do not accept Swiss Francs. For ease we recommend that you only use Euro cash.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

The cost of the lunches varies depending on whether you buy picnic ingredients from a shop, prepared picnics from the hotel or eat in refuge on the hill. 5€ to €18 per lunch should suffice. For the free dinners allow €20-30 each. You will also need money for drinks in cafés or huts during the day's walk and drinks in restaurants where we take our evening meal. Typically a large café au lait or a soft drink would cost between €4-5, and a glass of beer €4 - 5. A bottle of wine can be bought for approximately €10-16 in these restaurants.

Cable Car – Day 2 ascent, 11 decent. A return ticket (valid for both journeys. 16.50€
Local bus journey: Day 8 and optional day 6 and 7 approx. 3€ per journey.

 

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.