Tour du Mont Blanc - with Guide and Donkey
Jonathan and Forrest on route to the top of Brevent, 1300 metres above the floor of the Chamonix Valley, with the Mont Blanc massif in the background

Trek dates with Oslo the Donkey - Summer 2017!

August 20th - September 3rd, 2017  - maximum 8 persons

September 10th - September 24th, 2017 - maximum 8 persons

£ 2,385.00 per person

Inclusive of:
Qualified guide, with previous route knowledge
2 Donkeys From Les Houches, France, to Val Ferret in Italy
Half board accommodation all nights (except in Chamonix and Courmayeur)
Baggage transfer for heavier case (up to 15kg) on hotel nights
Smaller private rooms (max 4 persons) in most mountain huts
On-suite rooms in hotels (2 or 3 star dependant on location)

Not Included:

Lunches and drinks with meals
Transfer to/from trip start/end point
 

Oslo, wearing his pack saddle and halter, is ready to go!
Oslo, taking a meal break, outside the Refuge du Balme, on the French section of the TMB
TMB with a difference! Spend the first week walking with donkeys. There will be oppotunities to take control and walk with the donkey's as well as learn how to care for them, learn how to put on and remove pack saddle and equipment and carry out their daily health checks.

The second week of the tour goes through Switzerland before coming back into France, offering a chance to use a route of ladders to ascend part of the Aiguile Rouge and visit Lac Blanc, one of the premier view points on the west side of the Mont Blanc massif.
​Bill, one of this years clients, takes control

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Chamonix, meet your guide. Outline of journey, weather brief and kit check.

Day 2 - A short bus ride to Les Houches where we meet Oslo. We then walk up over the Col du Vosa, stpping at a village refuge for lunch, before descending into Contamines. Overnight at the Hotel Gai Soliel

Day 3 - We start with a walk along the valley floor to the Gorge du Notre Dame, before starting a 4 hour climb to the Refuge Croix du Col du Bonhomme. Overnight in hut.

Day 4 - A 45 minute walk brings us to the Col du Fours, joint highest point on the tour at 2665 metres. We descend to the Refuge Mottets for lunch before climbing 700 metres to the top of the Col du Seine, before descending into Italy and our second night in a hut , Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini.

Day 5 - We descend by track as far as the Glacier Miage lateral morraine before climbing up on to a balcony route, offering staggering views of the more rugged side of the Mont Blanc massif. We follow the path which finally takes us on a big descent into Dolonne and Courmayeur. Overnight and rest day in Hotel.

Day 6 - Rest day. Your guide will have given you options for things to see and do in the area.

Day 7 - Climb out of Courmayeur and up to Col Sapin. Beyond is more wild terrain before reaching the Rifugio Bonatti. Overnight in hut.

Day 8 - Follow the Valle Ferret north and climb to the summit of the Grand Col Ferret, entering Switzerland. Descend past a small Alpage, La Pearle and down to La Fouly. Overnight in hotel.

Day 9 - We follow the valley floor and river through woodlands and boulder fields before a 450 metre climb brings us to the small picturesque resort of Champex Lac. Overnight at Hotel

Day 10 - Choosing either the Arpette route or the easier Bovine route we travel to Trient. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 11 - A climb up to the border with France at the Col du Balme. We contour around Le Tour, with views of glaciers and Mt Blanc before descending into Argentiere. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 12 - A climb to Lac Blanc, via the ladders behind the Aiguilette Argentiere. Stunning views abound on route. After lunch at the lake we descend to Flegere and overnight in the hut at 2000 metres.

Day 13 - Follow the balcony route for 2 hours to Plan Praz. We then climb 500 metres to the Brevent. Descend to a balcony overlooking the Bosson glacier before dropping all the way to the valley floor at Les Houche. The circuit completed, we return to Chamonix.

Day 14 - Departure

​Below a snow covered Refuge, Oslo stops for a break, glad to be back in the sun!
After the steady climb out of Courmayeur, Italian section of the TMB, comes the dramatic backdrop of the Mont Blanc massif.
​Ibex on he TMB, infront of the optional 'Ladder' route, above Argentiere, France.
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Why Donkey's too?

Duncan, your guide on these trips, loves animals. After recovering from a spinal injury, and spending time learning about care and welfare of Donkeys at the 'Donkey Sanctuary', a British Charity, Duncan returned to the Alps and working together with a local french family, Eric and his daughter Ti Phane, they have collaborated to provide unique experience akin to the anciant ways of journeying.
Early days - Duncan lis taught at the Donkey Sanctuary's Woods Farm in Somerset, England, by Lily the Donkey