Tour du Mont Blanc

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Dates: Jun-Sep - see all dates

Total Days: 13

Activity Level: 3-4

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Price:

2014

REI member: $4,899

Non-member: $5,199

2015

REI member: $4,999

Non-member: $5,299

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Jun 9–21
  • Jun 16–28
  • Jun 23 – Jul 5
  • Jun 30 – Jul 12
  • Jul 7–19 Sold out
  • Jul 14–26
  • Jul 21 – Aug 2
  • Jul 23 – Aug 4
  • Jul 28 – Aug 9 Sold out
  • Jul 30 – Aug 11
  • Aug 4–16
  • Aug 6–18
  • Aug 11–23
  • Aug 13–25
  • Aug 18–30
  • Aug 20 – Sep 1
  • Aug 25 – Sep 6 Sold out
  • Sep 1–13
  • Sep 8–20

2015

  • Jun 8–20
  • Jun 15–27
  • Jun 22 – Jul 4
  • Jun 29 – Jul 11
  • Jul 6–18
  • Jul 13–25
  • Jul 20 – Aug 1
  • Jul 22 – Aug 3
  • Jul 27 – Aug 8
  • Jul 29 – Aug 10
  • Aug 3–15
  • Aug 5–17
  • Aug 10–22
  • Aug 12–24
  • Aug 17–29
  • Aug 19–31
  • Aug 24 – Sep 5
  • Aug 31 – Sep 12
  • Sep 7–19

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Group Size: 4-14

Activity Level: 3-4

Activities:

  • Hiking

Accommodations:

Hotels, 6 nights; Auberges, 5 nights; Mountain hut, 1 night

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Trip Highlights

  • Hike one of the world's classic treks, the Tour du Mont Blanc
  • Take in phenomenal mountain views from France, Italy, and Switzerland
  • Taste regional cuisine and enjoy distinct cultures in the villages of the Alps
  • Carry only a light pack and follow local guides; stay at comfortable lodging

What makes the Tour du Mont Blanc one of the world's classic hikes? Perhaps it's the perfect set of awe-inspiring mountain views, or maybe the vibrant influence of French, Swiss, and Italian cultures – or it could be the delicious and varied regional cuisine. Whichever reason, the beauty and wonder found along the trail are sure to delight.

Hiking nearly 100 miles with only a light pack, we circumnavigate the sparkling glaciers of Mont Blanc (15,771'), Western Europe's highest peak. Cross borders by foot and experience challenging, but spectacular, hiking in the Alps. Our expert guides lead us from village to village along high trails into picture-perfect landscape.

Along the way, we experience delightful culture at the lovely medieval city of Courmayeur, Italy, the French resort town of Chamonix, and the quaint alpine villages of Switzerland. At each stop, we enjoy delicious and hearty meals made from fresh ingredients including locally produced breads and cheeses. Our lodging includes one night in a mountain refuge and the rest in comfortable hotels and auberges.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Explore delightful Chamonix, nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc.
  • Day 2 - Hike on the Grand Balcon with views of the Mont Blanc massif.
  • Day 3 - Hike below the tumbling Bionnassay Glacier to Les Contamines.
  • Day 4 - Hike an old Roman road to Col du Bonhomme. Descend to Les Chapieux.
  • Day 5 - Hike into Italy under the dramatic south face of Mont Blanc.
  • Day 6 - A balcony trail leads us to the Rifugio Bonatti with magnificent views.
  • Day 7 - Views of the Val Veny are our backdrop en route to Grand Col Ferret.
  • Day 8 - Walk through quaint Swiss villages to Champex, set on pretty blue lake.
  • Day 9 - Hike along the "Bovine Route" that herders once used to guide stock.
  • Day 10 - Hike to the French border. See breathtaking views of the Chamonix Valley.
  • Day 11 - Close our loop on the Grand Balcon, hiking to Lac des Chérsey.
  • Day 12 - Ride a historic train and hike near the Mer de Glace.
  • Day 13 - Say farewell to the Alps and return to Geneva.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Explore delightful Chamonix, nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc.

    Our trip begins today in Geneva, Switzerland. Arrive in Geneva by noon to rendezvous with our trip leader and transfer (approx. 90 minutes) to the first night's hotel in Chamonix. We have some time this afternoon to settle in, relax and explore delightful Chamonix, a world-famous resort town nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc and the site of the first Winter Olympics held in 1924. Tonight we share a welcome dinner and get acquainted with our traveling companions and guides. Group transfer from Geneva and dinner included.

  • Day 2 - Hike on the Grand Balcon with views of the Mont Blanc massif.

    Today we begin our spectacular journey on a trail beneath the Aiguilles Rouges (Red Peaks), a crystalline mountain massif opposite the Mont Blanc range. We hike to La Flégère (6150') where we come to an amazing high path known as the Grand Balcon. Along this trail we enjoy magnificent views of the rocky spires and glaciers draping the Mont Blanc massif across the valley before descending back to Chamonix. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Hiking: 7 miles; Elevation gain: 2,770 ft. Elevation loss: 2,770 ft.
    Please note that hiking distances and elevation gain/loss are estimates for all days.

  • Day 3 - Hike below the tumbling Bionnassay Glacier to Les Contamines.

    The day begins with a cable car ascent from Les Houches to Bellevue where we start our hike beneath the tumbling Bionnassay Glacier to the Col du Tricot (6955'). Along the way we'll watch for bounding chamois, a goat-like antelope, on the hillsides. After a steep descent to Chalets de Miage we stop for lunch amongst picturesque alpine meadows. From here we continue up to Chalet du Truc (5642') and then on to Les Contamines (3828'), a charming town proud of its gastronomical heritage. We stay in a local auberge tonight. All meals included.

    Hiking: 8 miles; Elevation gain: 2,367 ft., Elevation loss: 3,127 ft.

  • Day 4 - Hike an old Roman road to Col du Bonhomme. Descend to Les Chapieux.

    This morning we follow in the footsteps of the ancients as we hike on an old Roman road, making our way steadily uphill and passing a very early chapel with Renaissance frescoes on its interior. We'll be reminded of why this area is such a magnet for hikers and climbers as we follow varied terrain through forests, gentle glens and the treeless gorge of the Nant Borrant on our way to Col du Bonhomme (7640'), our lunch spot. In the afternoon we descend a relatively steep grassy trail leading to the remote hamlet of Les Chapieux (3785') and our evening's auberge. All meals included.

    Hiking: 11 miles; Elevation gain: 4,318 ft., Elevation loss: 3,048 ft.

  • Day 5 - Hike into Italy under the dramatic south face of Mont Blanc.

    Our path today leads us out of France and into Italy (from "bonjour" to "buon giorno!"). We initially transfer from Les Chapieux to the trailhead at the Vallée des Glaciers, climb east over the Col de la Seigne (8252') and finally descend into Italy to reflective Lac Combal. If the weather cooperates the views along our route will take your breath away! The dramatic southern face of the Mont Blanc range is fully exposed above us as we hike down to La Visaille from where we transfer to the lovely Italian resort town of Courmayeur (4014'). You'll have time to enjoy the town with a dinner on your own. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Hiking: 8 miles. Elevation gain: 2,400 ft., Elevation loss: 2,740 ft.

  • Day 6 - A balcony trail leads us to the Rifugio Bonatti with magnificent views.

    This day promises to be a highlight of the TMB! Today we start hiking right from our hotel and on to La Montagne de la Saxe (6970'). The ascent rewards us with magnificent views of the Grandes Jorasses, Brenva Glacier and the Italian side of Mont Blanc soaring into the air. A balcony trail leads us to the Rifugio Bonatti (6745'), named after the famous Italian alpinist and adventurer Walter Bonatti. This is one of the best-kept huts in the Alps, and the walls inside are decorated with pictures showcasing Walter Bonatti's impressive life story. The dramatic scenery is best appreciated while enjoying a drink in the sunset light. The hot chocolate here is decadent! For those who want to relax and enjoy Courmayeur, it is possible to join the group at the hut in the afternoon (~ 1 hour hike). Overnight at the hut. Note: There is no vehicle access to this hut. You must carry what you need for one night in your daypack. All meals included.

    Hiking: 8 miles; Elevation gain: 3,000’; Elevation loss: 600’. Optional mileage: Weather and group dependent, we may offer a longer route to Rifugio Bonatti: 12 miles; Elevation gain 3,600’; Elevation loss 1,500’. Note: There is no vehicle access to Rifugio Bonatti. You must carry what you need for one night in your daypack.

  • Day 7 - Views of the Val Veny are our backdrop en route to Grand Col Ferret.

    We will experience hiking at its finest with alpine meadows, rushing streams and stunning views of the Val Veny as a backdrop en route to the Grand Col Ferret (8320'), the border between Italy and Switzerland. Mont Dolent towers above and its summit is the meeting point of the borders with France, Italy, and Switzerland. You'll continue to be amazed by fabulous close-up views of rocky spires and sparkling glaciers. Our grassy path ultimately leads us to the quiet but scenic village of La Fouly (5280') where our auberge's large patio is a perfect spot for relaxing. All meals included.

    Hiking: 10 miles. Elevation gain: 2,520 ft., Elevation loss: 3,830 ft.

  • Day 8 - Walk through quaint Swiss villages to Champex, set on pretty blue lake.

    Today is a day for soaking up the pure pleasures of being in the truly great outdoors as we proceed at a leisurely pace, trekking through forests, fields of wildflowers and quaint Swiss villages. After lunch our hiking gets steeper as we climb through woodlands to the lovely alpine town of Champex (4808'), offering a perfect resting spot for the night - a small resort beside a pretty blue lake with several restaurant choices for dinner on your own. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Hiking: 9 miles; Elevation gain: 1,378 ft., Elevation loss: 1,854 ft.

  • Day 9 - Hike along the "Bovine Route" that herders once used to guide stock.

    We continue to enjoy this picturesque area beginning with an hour and a half of easy hiking along the "Bovine Route" that herders once used to guide their stock across the mountains. You might even catch the sound of cowbells tinkling in the breeze as we walk. Continuing across the rolling terrain, we enjoy views of the rocky Dents du Midi and ascend through the forest to lookouts high over the lovely Rhone Valley and the town of Martigny. Views of the Bernese Alps are impressive before beginning an easy descent to the Col de Forclaz (3,900'). All meals included.

    Hiking: 9 miles, Elevation gain: 2,434 ft., Elevation loss: 2,238 ft.

  • Day 10 - Hike to the French border. See breathtaking views of the Chamonix Valley.

    Our path follows an old smuggler's route back into France. We hike to Col de Balme (7,186'), the border between Switzerland and France, and eat our picnic lunch while gazing down at the Swiss countryside behind us and the Chamonix Valley ahead. The views to Mont Blanc are absolutely phenomenal! We descend to our hotel in Argentière, just north of Chamonix. All meals included.

    Hiking: 8.5 miles; Elevation gain: 3,507'; Elevation loss: 3,225'.

  • Day 11 - Close our loop on the Grand Balcon, hiking to Lac des Chérsey.

    We take a short drive to the Col des Montets where we begin our hike along the Grand Balcon to the spectacularly situated Lac des Cheserys with the many glaciers and peaks of the entire range in view. We finally close the loop of our tour at La Flégère (6150') where our unforgettable journey began 10 days ago. The cable car at La Flégère carries us down into the valley over alpine pastures to Les Praz where we meet with our driver and return to Chamonix. Dinner on your own. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Hiking: 5 miles. Elevation gain: 2,460 ft., Elevation loss: 1,103 ft.

  • Day 12 - Ride a historic train and hike near the Mer de Glace.

    This morning we take a historic 100-year-old cog-wheel train up to the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), one of the largest glaciers in the Alps. Early in the day Montenvers (6276'), the upper station, is still quiet and boasts an imposing panorama of the Mer de Glace, the Aiguille Drus and the Grand Jorasses. A short ascent to Signal Forbes (7217') grants us even better vistas. From Montenvers, we traverse on the Northern Grand Balcon to the Plan de l'Aiguille (7518'), mid-station of the cable car to Aiguille du Midi. On this high path we have lovely views over the Chamonix Valley and to the Aiguilles Rouges. After lunch the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. You may ride a cable car back down to Chamonix for sightseeing and shopping, or up to the breathtaking site of Aiguille du Midi (optional; cost not included). From the top of the Aiguille du Midi (~12,600') there are spectacular views over the entire Mont Blanc range and of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps. On a clear day it is possible to see the Matterhorn, Monta Rosa and the Grand Combin in Switzerland. We gather together again in the evening to raise a toast to an excellent adventure and enjoy a farewell dinner in Chamonix. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3-4 miles. Elevation gain: 1,720 ft.

  • Day 13 - Say farewell to the Alps and return to Geneva.

    After breakfast, we transfer back to Geneva and connect with homeward-bound flights, ending our exciting walk around Mont Blanc. You are welcome to schedule your homeward flight or train for any time after 11 a.m. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.  The final route is always left up to the discretion of the trip leader in the field.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate. 

Price Includes

All lodging including hotels (double occupancy), auberges (double occupancy) and one night in a mountain refuge (co-ed dormitory style); meals as noted in the daily itinerary; all land transportation and luggage transfer; cable car rides as noted; skilled English-speaking guides; group airport transfers.

Not Included

Airfare to Geneva; 1 lunch and 4 dinners; Aiguille du Midi cable car; excess baggage charges, airport taxes (if any); trip cancellation insurance; alcoholic beverages; laundry; optional gratuities to your guides and items of a personal nature.

Qualifications

This trip is rated as Moderate Plus [3-4] and consists of a combination of moderate and more vigorous hiking days. Trip members should be strong, experienced hikers in excellent physical condition and capable of hiking 5-7 hours a day (8-14 miles) on trails with steep ascents and descents. Trails are often rocky and daily elevation gains and losses can exceed 3,000 feet. We hike about 100 miles during the course of the adventure, much of which falls between 6,000-9,000' of elevation. We strongly recommend beginning a conditioning regimen at least 3-4 months prior to departure that includes hiking and/or walking/running in order to best prepare for the cardiovascular component of this trip. The better shape you're in when you arrive in Chamonix, the more you will enjoy all this amazing itinerary has to offer!

Weather

Summer daytime temperatures along our route range from 60 to 75°F. Evening temperatures generally drop into the 50s. As we are in the Alps, participants must be prepared for variable weather conditions that can change suddenly and include hot, sunny days, prolonged rainfall and even an occasional dusting of snow.

Single Travelers

No single rooms are available for request on this adventure. All group members are paired with a roommate of the same gender when possible. There is a maximum of two forced singles per departure.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

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Tour du Mont Blanc Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • One piece of luggage
  • Small duffel bag, to store extra gear and clothing at the Chamonix hotel (optional)
  • Daypack, large enough to carry your camera, water bottles, lunch, extra clothing and overnight items you will need on Day 6
  • Rain cover for daypack, waterproof
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Passport pouch or money belt
City Clothing
  • Bring a few casual, lightweight, easily washable items for travel and city wear
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain or wind pants, waterproof and breathable
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Down or fleece vest
  • Light fleece pants or tights
  • Lightweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Hiking pants, lightweight and synthetic, zip-off legs work great!
  • Hiking shorts, lightweight and synthetic
  • Long-sleeve shirts (quick-drying, synthetic)
  • T-shirts (at least 2 quick-drying, synthetic)
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Casual socks
  • Swimsuit (for use at some hotels)
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Bandana
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Warm gloves (for early June and late-August departures)
Footwear
  • Hiking boots, waterproof, broken-in, aggressive tread
  • Comfortable shoes for evenings and travel
Travel Accessories
  • Travel towel (see "Things to Consider")
  • Sleep sheet and pillowcase (see "Things to Consider")
  • Two 1-quart water bottles or hydration system
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Gaiters, short (all departures) or knee high (June and early July departures)
  • Headlamp, spare batteries and bulb
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock and lip balm with high SPF
  • Toiletry kit
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Toilet kit ditty bag containing: 1 roll toilet tissue, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer or Wet Ones
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, memory cards and spare batteries
  • Battery charger, converter, plug adapter
  • Small binoculars
  • Altimeter
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Knee supports
  • Insect repellent
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Ear plugs
  • Shower thongs/sandals

Things to Consider

  • Always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, medications, hiking boots and a change of clothing in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
  • There is no vehicle access our accommodations on Day 6. Each guest will carry their daily necessities, as well as their overnight items in their daypack on Day 6. The mountain hut provides beds, blankets, sleep sheets and pillowcases. If you wish to bring and use your own sleep sheet, it can be purchased at your nearest REI store or online at www.rei.com.
  • Auberges and refuges do not have elevators. Please be prepared to carry your luggage between your room and the reception area.
  • We recommend the REI MultiTowel (available in various sizes) or similar as a quick-dry towel for this trip. See www.rei.com for details.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin or blister remedies for foot treatment. Thin liner socks made of silk or synthetic fibers worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Bring a small ditty bag that includes a Ziploc bag with toilet tissue, spare Ziploc bags to dispose of soiled tissue, a small bottle of hand sanitizer and/or wet wipes. Women should include any necessary feminine hygiene products. Your ditty bag will be carried in your daypack every day of the trip.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This trip is a must!!!

      By MikeJane

      from Chagrin Falls, OH

      About Me Avid Adventurer, Casual Adventurer, Selective On Vacations

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      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Great Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Unbelievable Guides
      • Well Organized Itinerary
      • Well Planned And Organize

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          Comments about REI Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc:

          We thought that it would be good to give us maybe one day during the trek to unwind and see a village; an opportunity to write, read, etc. The pace was pretty much the same: breakfast, hike, lunch, hike, dinner, sleep, start over. There were a couple of villages that would have been enjoyable to get to know/see, but everyday we would move on to the next destination. Hotels/auberges were good . . . quaint. Do not take this trip thinking "5 Star".

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • Wanted to experience this part of the world. We were matched with incredible guides and support, hiking with the most incredible people, awesome views and strenous hiking and great accomodations. REI worked with a French hiking company, and our guides were mature, intelligent, knew the area well and judged the pace of our group effectively.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • The views, settling in on our various accommodations, meeting and hiking with a dozen of the most wonderful people we could ever ask to hike with. Our ages varied from 53 to 73 years of age. Moreover, our guides were incredible in knowing our limitations, educating us, and pumping us with chocolate every day!
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Don't be hesitant to take this trip if you are in your late 50's to 70's. It IS imperative that you get yourself into great "aerobic" shape. Some of the hikes have brutal uphills, and we did them without stopping. The downhills can be difficult as well on your legs and knees. It is important to plan on ALL kinds of weather on the trail; hence, have the proper attire for whatever faced with.
           
          5.0

          Great hikes, guides, group & weather

          By Musescaper

          from Camano Island, WA

          About Me Casual Adventurer

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          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organized Itinerary

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              Comments about REI Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc:

              If the weather is good, this trip is simply fantastic. The guides are GREAT, the hikes are stunning and the accomodations and food are very good. By the time I left for this trip, I was walking about 3 - 4 miles a day at sea level. My boots were well broken in, too. The Mont Blanc hiking is challenging but the guide "broke us in" nicely and I had no real problems with the hikes. You might want to pack a pair of comforatable noise cancelling headphones for the night in the mountain hut. :-)

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Recommended by a Friend
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Everyday was a highlight on this trip. It helped to have had such great weather, too!
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Pray for sunshine and hope that you get Francoise as your guide.
               
              5.0

              Incredible sights, people and food

              By Marta

              from Boulder, CO

              Pros

              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Tough Training A Must

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc:

                  Great trip but I'd add the guide tip to the cost of the trip. I'd rather have the guides be paid well by REI than rely on tip. Europe does not have this culture of tipping so why change that?

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • The location, the chance to be in the culture of the mountains in Europe
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • The guides
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • Hike in altitude and with hills.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I loved every minute

                  By Hiker Linda

                  from Long Island, New York

                  About Me Aspiring Avid Adventurer

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                  • Accommodations
                  • Activity Level
                  • Exceeded Expectations
                  • Food
                  • Group Camaraderie
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                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                  • Well Organized Itinerary

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                      Comments about REI Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc:

                      This is hiking at its most sublime. Being able to be above and away from it all for hours, but then dropping into a lovely village or encountering a high mountain hut serving the most delicious coffee and pastry is an experience you can't get hiking anywhere else. You will exert yourself physically yet feel completely relaxed and refreshed.

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • I heard about the Tour du Mont Blanc from a friend several years ago, and it instantly became my dream trip. Looking at US tour groups, REI offers the most thorough experience--amazing local guides and the extra days in Chamonix turned out to be really important and special to the experience.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • Everyday was new highlight--the mountains, the flowers, the snow fields, the forest trails, going through three countries. The food (the cheese!), the guides...the list goes on and on.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • Make sure to be in shape and be open to meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. Don't worry about the accommodations: all facilities are clean, spacious and friendly. A hot shower was available every night.

                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Fabulous trip!

                      By HandN

                      from Maryland

                      About Me Casual Adventurer

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                      Pros

                      • Activity Level
                      • Beautiful scenery
                      • Food
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides
                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

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                          Comments about REI Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc:

                          Beautiful scenery, great group of fellow hikers, friendly and knowledgeable local guides and great lunches were the highlights. We lucked out and only had one day of cold, cold rain (snow even! In sept!). More days of bad weather would impede the views and the overall enjoyment. We loved it!

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • Liked the idea of hiking from place to place, and for the beautiful scenery.
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • Hike lots before you go! None of the days are terrible, but back-to-back-to-back hiking days does take a toll.

                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Such a challenge....such a reward!

                          By Pixil

                          from Denver, CO

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                              Comments about REI Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc:

                              A very memorable trip. A wonderfully fun group of people from all over the US and of all ages from 15 up through the 50s. I would have liked to have had a few more international participants, but we came across those along the way. Our guide Claire and our van driver Isabelle were wonderful and energetic.... sometimes too energetic :-).

                              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                              • Active Adventures, I Liked the Itinerary, Try new travel company
                              • Why did you choose this trip?:
                              • It's one of the 10 classic treks in the world and they are not kidding. The REI itinerary provides a great opportunity to mix the hiking challenge with the local cultures in the small (and not so small - Chamonix/Courmayeur) towns you wander through.
                              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                              • We totally lucked out with the weather - only one morning of rain. The views are absolutely stunning the entire circuit.
                              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                              • The hiking is not technical in any way, but it's super steep up and down so get the quads and lungs strong before you go. I was on a later July departure and it was hot and humid, which I guess I wasn't expecting in the mountains. Be prepared to eat a lot of cheese!

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Epic Trek

                              By drocles

                              from Australia

                              About Me Casual Adventurer, Challenging in a nice way

                              Site Member

                              Pros

                              • Accommodations
                              • Activity Level
                              • Exceeded Expectations
                              • Food
                              • Group Camaraderie
                              • Guides are fantastic
                              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                              • Quality Equipment Provided
                              • Well Organized Itinerary

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about REI Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc:

                                  Standing on mountain passes and looking back at the end of a day's hike and realising that we had accomplished more than we had dreamed before we started. This feeling is very powerful. It lifts your spirit into a new plain.

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • Like to try new groups
                                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                  • Always wanted to do TMB. Have friends who did part of it, but thrilled that we completed it.
                                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                  • The company, the views, the sense of accomplishment and last but not least our French Guides
                                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                  • Be fit and prepared for all weathers. We had blistering heat and driving snow.

                                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  This is one for your Bucket List

                                  By KRR

                                  from Poulsbo, WA

                                  About Me Casual Adventurer

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                                  Site Member

                                  Pros

                                  • Accommodations
                                  • Group Camaraderie
                                  • Guides
                                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about REI Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc:

                                      It was such a blessing to be able to complete one of the world's great treks in our late 60's. We came back to the USA energized and with big smiles on our faces. To experience three different cultures and to meet others who share our appreciation for the beautiful outdoors will forever be etched in our memories. For us, the Tour du Mt Blanc was a grand adventure.

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • We are retired and doing a hut to hut trip in the Alps has been on our Bucket List. This Tour du Mt Blanc fit the bill.
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • The scenery was amazingly beautiful. The villages where we stayed every night were charming.
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • GET IN SHAPE! Be aware that this hike includes lots of steep climbing and descending daily.

                                      (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      The guides are the bomb!

                                      By Hikinbikinfun

                                      from USA

                                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                                      Site Member

                                      Pros

                                      • Accommodations
                                      • Activity Level
                                      • Guides
                                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                                      Cons

                                      • Unfit participants

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about REI Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc:

                                        Guides were fantastic. Participants were at various levels of fitness. Guides and driver managed this well but it disrupted the hiking and the pace of the days.

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                        • The landscape and the route
                                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                        • Come prepared. Joining a strenous trip unprepared is disrespectful and disruptive to your co-travelers and the guides

                                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Better than Expectations

                                        By Scotty Lover

                                        from Applegate, CA

                                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                                        Site Member

                                        Pros

                                        • Accommodations
                                        • Activity Level
                                        • Exceeded Expectations
                                        • Food
                                        • Group Camaraderie
                                        • Guides
                                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                                        Cons

                                        • There were no cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about REI Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc:

                                          We had a variety of weather from a few rain days, some cloudy days and some sunny. It was fun to see these beautiful mountains in all kinds of conditions. We were lucky to hit a time when the wildflowers were still in their prime. We felt we picked the perfect dates for this trip - late July, early August.

                                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                          • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend
                                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                          • We wanted to see this part of the Alps.
                                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                          • The scenery, the wildflowers, our group members and our fantastic guides. Marie-Guislaine is the best and her co-leader Isabelle was great, too. Our driver, Mathilde was a wonderful cook and had regional delicacies for us to add to our lunches each day. We loved all the accomodations - not 4 star, but comfortable and funky in a fun way.
                                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                          • Read all the information that REI sends you and follow their advice.

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