Russell Tours Tour du Mont Blanc singles 07-27-20

Russell Tours Tour du Mont Blanc Singles 07-27-20

Itinerary by direction:

Clockwise direction
Counter-Clockwise direction

NOTE: A second group has been formed that will go clockwise around the loop. Both ways are great for different reasons. The Counter-Clockwise route is full and we have a couple of spots left on the Clockwise route.

Read this: https://www.cicerone.co.uk/tour-of-mont-blanc-clockwise-or-anti-clockwise. The author notes that 4 decades of the book being published using the counterclockwise hike have given way to large numbers of hikers to go that route. But, the clockwise path is just a good and if not quieter than the other. Their latest book actually offers guidance for both directions.

Hike Days:Clockwise

Summary of Russell Tours Hike Itinerary

The Itinerary below is in several sections. Hotels, Hikes and Activities like Transportation, Locations and Notes.

1. Hike Summary
2. Hotels
3. Hikes
4. Transportation
5. Locations
6. Notes about hike

Calendar: We use European Calendar Day/Month/Year
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Code: RT_Custom_singles

Russell Tours mailto:services@russelltours.com
Created: Saturday Jan 25, 2020

Hike Days Summary:


Arrive: July 27, 2020
Depart: August 8, 2020

Number of Days: 12
Day 1 Arrive from Shuttle from Geneva to Chamonix. Hike Chamonix – Buvette De Mottes
Day 2 Hike TMB Chamonix Le Flégère – Aiguillette des Houches
Day 3 Hike TMB Chamonix La Flegere – Argentiere
Day 4 Hike TMB Argentiere – Trient
Day 5 Hike TMB Trient – Champex Lac
Day 6 Hike TMB Champex – La Fouly
Day 7 Hike TMB La Fouly – Val Ferret (LAVACHEY)
Day 8 Hike TMB Val Ferret (LAVACHEY) – Courmayeur
Day 9 Hike TMB Courmayeur – Rif Elisabetta
Day 12 Hike TMB Contamines – Les Houches
Day 10 Hike TMB Rifugio Elisabetta – Refuge Col Croix Bonhomme
Day 11 Hike TMB Refuge Col Croix du Bonhomme – Les Contamines
Day 13 Shuttle from Chamonix – Geneva

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Number in Group 8

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HOTELS


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Hike Day 1
Date 27/07/2020
Day Activity Day 1 Arrive from Shuttle from Geneva to Chamonix. Hike Chamonix to Buvette De Mottes.
Lodge Name HOTEL HELIOPIC
Hotel City Chamonix
Lodge Phone +33 (0)4 50 54 55 56
Lodge Email reservation@heliopic.com
Lodge Website http://www.heliopic-hotel-spa.com
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/9qaNfP
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Re: HOTEL HELIOPIC- RESERVATION MS DEMARET -ARRIVAL ON JULY 27TH 2020
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles
Reservation hotel Heliopic
Attachments
Oct 17, 2019, 4:46 PM

Dear Torrey,
We appreciate your confirmation and are looking forward to welcoming your client in our hotel.
Please find attached the proforma invoice, net rates, in BED & BREAKFAST package, local taxes ( 2.30€ per adult per day) included.

Hotel Booking reference : 194216

Name: DEMARET
Check in date: JULY 27TH 2020
Check out date: JULY 29TH 2020
Nb/Type of room(s): 4 STANDARD ROOMS WITH 2 SEPARATED BEDS
Person(s): 8 ADULTS

Spa Nuxe: For hygienic reasons, we advise swimming suits rather board shorts or bermudas
At last, our concierge is available for any request you may have at concierge@heliopic.com.
We remain at your disposal for any further assistance.
Kind regards,
Heliopic
Tiphaine
Service Réservation / Booking Department
Heliopic Hotel & Spa
610, route Blanche – 74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc
+33 (0)4 50 54 55 56 | reservation@heliopic.com
heliopic.com

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Hike Day 2
Date 28/07/2020
Day Activity Day 2 Hike TMB <- (1) Chamonix Le Flegere to Aiguillette des Houches
Lodge Name HOTEL HELIOPIC
Hotel City Chamonix
Lodge Phone +33 (0)4 50 54 55 56
Lodge Email reservation@heliopic.com
Lodge Website http://www.heliopic-hotel-spa.com
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/9qaNfP
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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See Above Reservation
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Hike Day 3
Date 29/07/2020
Day Activity Day 3 Hike TMB -> (1) Chamonix La Flegere to Argentiere
Lodge Name HOTEL SPA LE MONTANA
Hotel City Argentiere
Lodge Phone +33 4 50 54 14 99
Lodge Email info@hotel-montana.fr
Lodge Website https://www.hotel-montana.fr/en/
Lodge Map https://www.google.com/maps/place/hotel+le+montana+%26spa/@45.978862,6.9210503,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x67896d1599411afc!8m2!3d45.978862!4d6.923239
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Requested reservation

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Hike Day 4
Date 30/07/2020
Day Activity Day 4 Hike TMB -> (2) Argentiere to Trient
Lodge Name Auberge du Mont Blanc
Hotel City Trient
Lodge Phone +41 27 767 15 05
Lodge Email info@aubergemontblanc.com
Lodge Website http://www.aubergemontblanc.com/
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/F1WVQT
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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RE: Request Reservation for Russell Tours Client Last Name: Demaret, Number in Group: 8 Arrive July, 30, 2020
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles

Auberge du Mont-Blanc – Baptiste
Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 5:20 PM

Bonjour Russel,
Je vous confirme la réservation de 4 twins pour le 30 juillet 2019. Merci.
Meilleures salutations.
Baptiste Nicollier
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Hike Day 5
Date 31/07/2020
Day Activity Day 5 Hike TMB -> (3) Trient to Champex Lac
Lodge Name Splendide Hotel
Hotel City Orsières
Lodge Phone +41797201392
Lodge Email hotel-splendide@bluemail.ch
Lodge Website http://hotel-splendide.ch/
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/VbHY5n
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Re: Request Reservation for Russell Tours Client Last Name: Demaret, Number in Group: 8 Arrive July, 31, 2020
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles

hotel-splendide@bluemail.ch
Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 1:47 PM

Bonjour Torrey,
Thank you for your request.
Ok for me. I booked 4 twin rooms for the night of 31 July.
Best regards
Fanny

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Hike Day 6
Date 01/08/2020
Day Activity Day 6 Hike TMB -> (4) Champex – La Fouly
Lodge Name Edelweiss Hotel – La Fouly
Hotel City La Fouly
Lodge Phone +41 27 783 26 21
Lodge Email info@fouly.ch
Lodge Website http://www.ledelweiss.ch/Lafouly/index.php
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/dgNdCa
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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RE: Request Reservation for Russell Tours Client Last Name: Demaret, Number in Group: 8 Arrive August, 1, 2020
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles

Hotel Edelweiss
Attachments
Wed, Oct 16, 2019, 3:07 PM

Hello Torrey
Thank you for your mailing ; on August 1st we still have 4 twin rooms with balcony
Kind regards
Christophe
Hôtel Edelweiss
Marielle et Christophe Lonfat
Route de Ferret 44
CH-1944 la Fouly
Tél 0041 (0)27 783 26 21
Fax 0041 (0)27 783 28 20
info@fouly.ch

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Hike Day 7
Date 02/08/2020
Day Activity Day 7 Hike TMB Courmayeur village to Mountain Lodge Walter Bonatti Refuge Courmayeur
Lodge Name Refuge Walter-Bonatti
Hotel City On Trail
Lodge Phone 390 335 684 8578
Lodge Email rifugiobonatti@gmail.com
Lodge Website https://rifugiobonatti.it/?lang=en
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/2iZdSr
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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On Mon, Nov 18, 2019 at 4:58 PM Rifugio Alpino Walter Bonatti
Good morning,

CONFIRM FROM YOU before 2 July with exact number

We confirm you your reservation as
M. Torrey Russell
Sunday 02 August (1 night)
16 people
Half board (shower and visitor tax included)
Dormitory
(personal sleeping liner mandatory or possible to rent,in cotton, a € 3)
(towel possible to rent, a € 3)

Timetable:
Check in: after 3.30 PM
Dinner: 6.45 PM
Silence: 10.00 PM
Breakfast: 6.15 AM > 7.45 AM

Many thanks
Best regards,

L’équipe del Rifugio Alpino Walter Bonatti
Rifugio Alpino Walter Bonatti
Val Ferret – 11013 – Courmayeur(AO)
+39 335 6848578
www.rifugiobonatti.it
rifugiobonatti@gmail.com

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Hike Day 8
Date 03/08/2020
Day Activity Day 8 Hike TMB -> (6a) Mountain Lodge Walter Bonatti Refuge – Courmayeur
Lodge Name Walser Hotel
Hotel City Courmayeur
Lodge Phone +39 0165 844824
Lodge Email info@walserhotel.com
Lodge Website http://www.walserhotel.com
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/1FZ7Lk
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Re: Request Reservation for Russell Tours Client Last Name: Demaret, Number in Group: 8 Arrive August, 3, 2020
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles

Hotel Walser
Tue, Oct 15, 2019, 8:55 PM

Dear Torrey,
We confirm you one quadruple room and two double room in half board accomodation for requested period 03/08/20 check in -04/08/20 check out.
Best regards,
Sanja
Walser Hotel

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Hike Day 9
Date 04/08/2020
Day Activity Day 9 Hike TMB -> (7) Courmayeur – Rif Elisabetta
Lodge Name Elisabetta Refugio
Hotel City On Trail
Lodge Phone +39 0165 844080
Lodge Email info@rifugioelisabetta.com
Lodge Website http://www.rifugioelisabetta.com/
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/ZtLmuK
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Re: Please confirm reservations for 2020 Russell Tours
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles/

RIFUGIO ELISABETTA
Dec 28, 2019, 11:44 PM
to me

Hi,OK,perfect!
Greets
David

El sáb., 28 dic. 2019 a las 21:34, Torrey Russell () escribió:
Ok please reserve these rooms

On Sat, Dec 28, 2019, 10:28 PM RIFUGIO ELISABETTA wrote:
Hi Torrey,Happy New Year too..!!
Concerning your request I can offer you:

Aug 4 Demaret: 6 person room + 2 beds room for 4 people

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Hike Day 10
Date 05/08/2020
Day Activity Day 10 Hike TMB -> (8) Rifugio Elisabetta to Refuge Col Croix Bonhomme
Lodge Name Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme
Hotel City Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Lodge Phone 33 4 79 07 05 28
Lodge Email refuge.bonhomme@free.fr
Lodge Website http://www.refuges.info
Lodge Map http://lerefugedubonhomme.free.fr/tmb.php?l=en_US
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Autorisation de débit acceptée, votre paiement est en cours de traitement

Suite à votre réservation, vous allez recevoir un mail récapitulatif de votre
commande, si ce n’est pas le cas, merci de contacter notre support réserva-
tion.
Merci de l’imprimer et de venir avec au refuge.
Commande : 202002102013_GIK5LSOD6CL4
Date : lundi 10/02/2020
Limite annulation pour remboursement :01/08/2020 23:59
REFUGE DE LA CROIX DU BONHOMME (FFCAM)
Total estimation séjour selon vos informations
Total des arrhes à verser
Le mercredi 05/08/2020 Quantité Prix TTC
Nuitée(s) 8
Repas + petit-déjeuner 8

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Hike Day 11
Date 06/08/2020
Day Activity Day 11 Hike TMB ->(9) Refuge Col Croix du Bonhomme to Les Contamines
Lodge Name Hôtel Le Christiania
Hotel City Les Contamines-Montjoie
Lodge Phone +33 4 50 47 02 72
Lodge Email contact@lechristiania-hotel.com
Lodge Website http://www.lechristiania-hotel.com/
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/eqVN7i
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Re: Request Reservation for Russell Tours Client Last Name: Demaret, Number in Group: 8 Arrive August, 6, 2020
dear
yes it’s of for me i confirmed to you this booking
regards
mermoud angeline
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Hike Day 12
Date 07/08/2020
Day Activity Day 12 Hike TMB -> (10) Contamines to Les Houches
Lodge Name HOTEL HELIOPIC
Hotel City Chamonix
Lodge Phone +33 (0)4 50 54 55 56
Lodge Email reservation@heliopic.com
Lodge Website http://www.heliopic-hotel-spa.com
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/9qaNfP
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Reservation see Heliopic at the begining of hotels
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Hike Day 13
Date 08/08/2020
Day Activity Day 13 Shuttle from Chamonix to Geneva

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HIKES


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Day 1
Hike Date July 27, 2020
Hike Day Day 1 Arrive from Shuttle from Geneva to Chamonix. Hike Chamonix to Buvette De Mottes.
Hike Name Hike Chamonix to Buvette De Mottes
Hike Link https://pt.wikiloc.com/trilhas-back-country-ski/les-rochers-des-mottets-desde-planards-chamonix-mont-blanc-21660828
Hike Description Climb up to the Buvette De Mottes

Have lunch.
View the Drus Needle
Distance: 5,75 mi
Up 2.257 f
Down 2.257 f
High 5.331 f
Low 3.411 f
Difficulty Moderate
Time 2 Hours 36 Minutes

Other maps

https://pt.wikiloc.com/trilhas-back-country-ski/les-rochers-des-mottets-desde-planards-chamonix-mont-blanc-21660828
Hike Instructions Hike Instructions This is a stretch your legs and get used to the altitude day. Low impact hike. Couple of hours. If you are feeling up to it there is plenty more trail up the mountain from lunch spot.

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Day 2
Hike Date July 28, 2020
Hike Day Day 2 Hike TMB <- (1) Chamonix Le Flegere to Aiguillette des Houches
Hike Name Hike TMB <- (1) Chamonix Le Flegere to Aiguillette des Houches
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/9-9-tour-du-mont-blanc-refuge-de-la-flegere-les-houches-19241247
Hike Description Distance: 10.86 mi
Up: 2,795 f
High:8,172 f
Down: 5,692 f
Low:3,213 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Time 7 hours
Hike Instructions See options below to shorten this hike.
Hike Instructions Staying at the Heliopic Hotel another night but taking the trail for the TMB along the West ridge of town and at end of day taking the local shuttle back to your hotel.

Starting at La Flegere Cable Car and then heading southwest along the ridge overlooking Chamonix.

This trail is part of the Tour du Mont Blanc and is optional to do.

You can shorten your time by starting at the Brevnet Cable Car from Chamonix and taking that up to the trail and then down to Les Houches.
https://www.wikiloc.com/trail-running-trails/plan-pratz-brevent-les-houches-26824281
Distance: 7.83 mi
Up: 2,152 f
Down: 5,541 f
High: 8,260 f
Low: 3,233 f
Difficulty: Moderate
4 hours.

Hike down to Les Houches and take the Marie Bus Stop back to the Hotel in Chamonix (Hotel Heliopic)
http://www.leshouches.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/plan_general_reseaudebuspdf.pdf
or take the trail along the river back to the hotel which is 1 1/2 hours longer

Or take the day off and enjoy Chamonix
https://russelltours.com/locations/chamonix

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Day 3
Hike Date July 29, 2020
Hike Day Day 3 Hike TMB -> (1) Chamonix La Flegere to Argentiere
Hike Name Hike TMB -> (1) Chamonix La Flegere to Argentiere
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/la-flegere-lagos-blancos-lagos-cheserve-argentiere-10155644
Hike Description Distance: 6.09 mi
Up:1,736 f
High:7,767 f
Low: 4,118 f
Down: 3,819 f
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 4 to 6 hours depending on trail options.
Hike Instructions Take the cable car at La Flegere in Chamonix to the trail. Head along the ridge to the northwest to Argentiere. There are extensive options along this ridge to hike further and in a more varied direction. Using your map or your smartphone you will see both direct paths to Argentiere or other options to fill your day with more hiking.

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Day 4
Hike Date July 30, 2020
Hike Day Day 4 Hike TMB -> (2) Argentiere to Trient
Hike Name Hike TMB -> (2) Argentiere to Trient
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/tmb-8-10-trient-argentiere-28013387
Hike Description This is a lovely walk up and over the Col de Blaine. You will be crossing over into Switzerland at the top. NOTE: your maps we send you will show the detail of many options for this hike. It is important to note that you can take the ski lifts up to the top of the mountain cutting hours and miles off of your hike. The gentle trail down into Trient is wooded and goes through pastures at the end. There are alternative ways down the mountain as the maps will show.
Hike Instructions Distance: 9.94 mi
Up: 3,675 f
High: 7,240 f
Down:3,747 f
Low:4,178 f
Difficulty: Moderate

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Day 5
Hike Date July 31, 2020
Hike Day Day 5 Hike TMB -> (3) Trient to Champex Lac
Hike Name Hike TMB -> (3) Trient to Champex Lac
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/col-de-la-forclaz-fenetre-darpette-champex-28841355
Hike Description Trient to Champex Lac

Distance: 11,92 mi
Up 3.127 f
Down 2.444f
High 6.725 f
Low 4.268 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Time:6 hours 20 minutes.
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Alternate Route: over fenetre-darpette
Distance: 8.96 m
Up: 4,557 f
High: 8,730 f
Down: 4,698 f
Low: 5,019 f
Difficulty:Moderate
Time:7 hours 10 minutes plus 30 minutes to get to hotel ~ 8 hours

This is an alternate route that takes a little longer but walks you by the Chalet du Glacier in between Trient and Champex.

There are other more difficult and 3 mile shorter routes but they are much more difficult.

https://pt.wikiloc.com/trilhas-trekking/trient-lac-de-champex-26628932
Hike Instructions Choose to go by the Glacier which adds another hour or so or go up and over the mountain for a great view.

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Day 6
Hike Date August 1, 2020
Hike Day Day 6 Hike TMB -> (4) Champex – La Fouly
Hike Name Hike TMB -> (4) Champex – La Fouly
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/champex-la-fouly-25624301
Hike Description Distance:10.19 mi
Up: 2,001 f
Low: 3,473 f
High: 5,255 f
Down: 1,565 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Moving time 3 hours 57 minutes
Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Hike Instructions This is a moderate hike that leads you through one of the more beautiful valleys on the TMB. It is easy to get distracted and stop and enjoy sights and scenery along the way. Be careful to start to late so you can enjoy every step of this classic hiking area.

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Day 7
Hike Date August 2, 2020
Hike Day Day 7 Hike TMB -> (5) La Fouly – Rifugio-Bonatti (LAVACHEY)
Hike Name Hike TMB -> (5) La-Fouly to Rifugio-Bonatti
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/la-fouly-rifugio-bonatti-25673949
Hike Description La Fouly – Rifugio Bonatti
Distance: 13.59 mi
Up: 4,249 f
High: 8,261 f
Low: 5,239 f
Down: 2,907 f
Moderate
Difficulty: Moderate
Time 7 hours

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Day 8
Hike Date August 3, 2020
Hike Day Day 8 Hike TMB -> (6a) Mountain Lodge Walter Bonatti Refuge (LAVACHEY) – Courmayeur
Hike Name Hike TMB -> (6a) Mountain Lodge Walter Bonatti Refuge (LAVACHEY) – Courmayeur
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/lavachey-bonatti-bertone-courmayeur-10316959
Hike Description Distance: 8.03 mi
Up: 2,365 f
Down: 3,753 f
High: 6,880 f
Low: 4,088 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Instructions Hike Lavachey – Bonatti – Bertone – Courmayeur

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Day 9
Hike Date August 4, 2020
Hike Day Day 9 Hike TMB -> (7) Courmayeur – Rif Elisabetta
Hike Name Hike TMB -> (7) Courmayeur – Rif Elisabetta
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/courmayeur-rifugio-elisabetta-19944077
Hike Description There are several trails up and back. pick one going up and one coming back
Distance: 18km
Start altitude: 2300m
High point: Mont Favre spur 2430m
Height gain: 460m
Height loss: 1560m
Hike Instructions See video of trail
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLE91me_rPU
Take cable car up to Plan Checrouit from Town and walk up to Rifugio Elisabetta
https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/tmb-courmayeur-rifugio-elisabetta-7853056
Take the bus up the road to ValVeny
https://is.gd/Sh0LUi
(note set your date and time)
Then walk the rest of the way 1 1/2 hours
https://is.gd/0eDVSx
Hike the entire trail see link below

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Day 10
Hike Date August 5, 2020
Hike Day Day 10 Hike TMB -> (8) Rifugio Elisabetta to Refuge Col Croix Bonhomme
Hike Name Hike TMB -> (8) Rifugio Elisabetta to Refuge Col Croix Bonhomme
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/7-elisabetta-de-la-croix-du-bonhomme-41303995
Hike Description Distance:11.1 mi
Up: 3,983 f
High: 8,659 f
Down: 3,166 f
Low: 5,854 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Moving time 5 hours 21 minutes
Time 8 hours 14 minutes
Hike Instructions Easily distracted along this wonderful trail. Stopping and taking photos taking side trails… plenty of good hiking.

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Day 11
Hike Date August 6, 2020
Hike Day Day 11 Hike TMB ->(9) Refuge Col Croix du Bonhomme to Les Contamines
Hike Name Hike TMB ->(9) Refuge Col Croix du Bonhomme to Les Contamines
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/gr-tmb-tour-du-mont-blanc-dia-2-les-contamines-refuge-du-col-de-la-croix-du-bonhomme-18986975
Hike Description Distance: 7.18 mi
Down: 4,232 f
High: 8,145 f
Up: 89 f
Low: 3,863 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Instructions Note there are several variations to this trail. Some having you walking down hill the entire way and others take you around into another valley for a more interesting hike.

The hike link is in reverse but shows you the shortest route. The other link (up and down) takes a detour and offers more hiking.

Up and down version
https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/tour-mont-blanc-8-ref-croix-de-bonhomme-les-contamines-4888099#wp-4888100

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Day 12
Hike Date August 7, 2020
Hike Day Day 12 Hike TMB -> (10) Contamines to Les Houches
Hike Name Hike TMB -> (10) Contamines to Les Houches
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/walking-trails/les-contamines-montjoie-les-houches-25787664
Hike Description Distance: 12.45 mi
UP: 2,507 f
Down: 3,317 f
High: 5,453 f
Low: 2,526 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Moving time: 4 hours 56 minutes
Time: 8 hours 7 minutes
Hike Instructions Short Cuts

Short cut 1 – Bellevue cable car

The Bellevue cable car at Les Houches cuts out at least two hours of an uphill schleck to Col de Voza on the traditional route. For 14.5 euros (adult) you can cut this section out by taking the Bellevue cable car up to the Bellevue plateau. It’s then just a 20-30 min walk to pick up the main trail. Alternatively you can take the Tramway du Mont Blanc from St Gervais to Col du Voza, but you would need to get a taxi or a bus down the valley from Chamonix to St Gervais for the starting point, which seemed like more of a faff than it was worth.

Short cut 2 – public bus from Le Chapelle to Les Contamines & onto Gorge du Notre Dame

This public bus along the valley floor cuts out 1 hour of hiking into Les Contamine and a further hour if you take it all the way to Gorge du Notre Dame (5.8km of the trail)

When you arrive in Les Houches take the tram back to Chamonix or walk the 35 minute hike along the river. Either way you are staying in Chamonix at the Hotel Heliopic see Hotels above by clicking the Back to top link.

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End of Clockwise Tour
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Summary of Russell Tours Hike Itinerary

The Itinerary below is in several sections. Hotels, Hikes and Activities like Transportation, Locations and Notes.

1. Hike Summary
2. Hotels
3. Hikes
4. Transportation
5. Locations
6. Notes about hike

Calendar: We use European Calendar Day/Month/Year
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Code: RT_Custom_singles

Russell Tours mailto:services@russelltours.com
Created: Saturday Jan 25, 2020

Hike Days Summary:

Arrive: July 27, 2020
Depart: August 8, 2020

Number of Days: 12

Hike Days:Counterclockwise

Day 1 Arrive Geneva Airport Shuttle to Chamonix – Light Hike on Mont Blanc
Day 2 Hike TMB La Flegere to Les Houches
Day 3 Hike Les Houches to Les Contamines-Montjoie
Day 4 Hike TMB Les Contamines to Refuge Col Croix du Bonhomme
Day 5 Hike TMB Refuge Col Croix Bonhomme to Rifugio Elisabetta
Day 6 Hike TMB Elisabetta to Courmayeur
Day 7 Hike TMB Courmayeur village to Mountain Lodge Walter Bonatti Refuge Courmayeur
Day 8 Hike TMB Mountain Lodge Walter Bonatti Refuge Courmayeur to La Fouly Switzerland
Day 9 Hike TMB La Fouly to Champex
Day 10 Hike TMB Champex to Trient
Day 11 Hike TMB Trient to Argentiere
Day 12 Hike TMB Argentiere to Chamonix

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HOTELS


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Hike Day 1
Date 27/07/2020
Day Activity Day 1 Arrive Geneva Airport Shuttle to Chamonix – Light Hike on Mont Blanc
Lodge Name HOTEL HELIOPIC
Hotel City Chamonix
Lodge Phone +33 (0)4 50 54 55 56
Lodge Email reservation@heliopic.com
Lodge Website http://www.heliopic-hotel-spa.com
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/9qaNfP
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
Lodge Reservation and Instructions Bring your swim suit. Full Spa available
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Re: HOTEL HELIOPIC RESERVATION MR WHAM -ARRIVAL ON JULY 27TH 2020
RussellTours/Suppliers/Media

Reservation hotel Heliopic
Attachments
Fri, Oct 11, 2019, 5:00 PM

Dear Torrey,

We appreciate your confirmation and are looking forward to welcoming your client in our hotel.
Please find attached the proforma invoice, net rates, in BED & BREAKFAST package, local taxes ( 2.30€ per adult per day) included.

Hotel Booking reference : 192734
Name: WHAM
Check in date: JULY 27TH 2020
Check out date: JULY 29TH 2020
Nb/Type of room(s): 4 STANDARD TWIN ROOMS
Person(s): 8 ADULTS
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Hike Day 2
Date 28/07/2020
Day Activity Day 2 Hike TMB La Flegere to Les Houches
Lodge Name HOTEL HELIOPIC
Hotel City Chamonix
Lodge Phone +33 (0)4 50 54 55 56
Lodge Email reservation@heliopic.com
Lodge Website http://www.heliopic-hotel-spa.com
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/9qaNfP
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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See hotel reservation above
========== HOTEL ==============
Hike Day 3
Date 29/07/2020
Day Activity Day 3 Hike Les Houches to Les Contamines-Montjoie, France
Lodge Name Hôtel Le Christiania
Hotel City Les Contamines-Montjoie
Lodge Phone +33 4 50 47 02 72
Lodge Email contact@lechristiania-hotel.com
Lodge Website http://www.lechristiania-hotel.com/
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/eqVN7i
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
Lodge Reservation and Instructions Bring Suit have a spa
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Re: Request Reservation for Russell Tours Client Last Name: Wham, Number in Group: 8 Arrive July, 29, 2020
LE CHRISTIANIA
593, route Notre Dame de la Gorge 74170 LES CONTAMINES
MONTJOIE
Tél : 04 50 47 02 72 Fax : 04 50 47 06 90 e-mail : :
12/09/2019
ATTN : Mr / Mrs RUSSELL TOURS

REF : Reservation n° 12305

Dear Sir, Dear Madam,
Referring to your kind request, we would like to thank you for your interest in our property
and we are pleased to confirm you the above mentioned reservation as follows :
Room type : 1 Twin confort famille 1-4 ,
1 Twin confort 2-3 ,
1 Twin confort 2-3 ,
1 Twin standard 6 ,
Arrival date : 29/07/2020
Departure date : 30/07/2020
Hotel Convention : Demi pension
Option date before automatic release :
Check-in time: 1 pm

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Hike Day 4
Date 30/07/2020
Day Activity Day 4 Hike TMB Les Contamines to Refuge Col Croix du Bonhomme
Lodge Name Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme
Hotel City Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Lodge Phone 33 4 79 07 05 28
Lodge Email refuge.bonhomme@free.fr
Lodge Website http://www.refuges.info
Lodge Map http://lerefugedubonhomme.free.fr/tmb.php?l=en_US
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Autorisation de débit acceptée, votre paiement est en cours de traitement

Suite à votre réservation, vous allez recevoir un mail récapitulatif de votre
commande, si ce n’est pas le cas, merci de contacter notre support réserva-
tion.
Merci de l’imprimer et de venir avec au refuge.
Commande : 202002102007_AI45LSOB0UQF
Date : lundi 10/02/2020
Limite annulation pour remboursement :26/07/2020 23:59
REFUGE DE LA CROIX DU BONHOMME (FFCAM)
Total estimation séjour selon vos informations 422.40 €
Total des arrhes à verser 80.00 €
Le jeudi 30/07/2020 Quantité Prix TTC
Nuitée(s) 8 198.40 €
Repas + petit-déjeuner 8
Repas + petit-déjeuner 8

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Note:This high altitude mountain hut is only serviced by helicopter meaning that they fly everything in. Water is expensive. This is a dorm style accommodation at high altitude – 7874 feet. The food is hearty but plain. Shower can have long lines. Limited facility for power, recharging or other amenities. The view is amazing. Does have clothesline for hanging out wet stuff.
========== HOTEL ==============
Hike Day 5
Date 31/07/2020
Day Activity Day 5 Hike TMB Refuge Col Croix Bonhomme to Rifugio Elisabetta
Lodge Name Elisabetta Refugio
Hotel City On Trail
Lodge Phone +393472574536
Lodge Email info@rifugioelisabetta.com
Lodge Website http://www.rifugioelisabetta.com/
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/ZtLmuK
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Re: Please confirm reservations for 2020 Russell Tours
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles/

RIFUGIO ELISABETTA
Dec 28, 2019, 11:44 PM

Hi,OK,perfect!
Greets
David

El sáb., 28 dic. 2019 a las 21:34, Torrey Russell () escribió:
Ok please reserve these rooms

On Sat, Dec 28, 2019, 10:28 PM RIFUGIO ELISABETTA wrote:
Hi Torrey,Happy New Year too..!!
Concerning your request I can offer you:

July 31 Wham: 2 beds in a room for 5 + 6 people room

========== HOTEL ==============
Hike Day 6
Date 01/08/2020
Day Activity Day 6 Hike TMB Elisabetta to Courmayeur
Lodge Name Walser Hotel
Hotel City Courmayeur
Lodge Phone +39 0165 844824
Lodge Email info@walserhotel.com
Lodge Website http://www.walserhotel.com
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/1FZ7Lk
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Re: Request Reservation for Russell Tours Client Last Name: Wham, Number in Group: 8 Arrive August, 1, 2020
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles

Hotel Walser
Thu, Sep 12, 2019, 10:27 AM

Dear Torrey,
We are pleased to confirm you 4 double room (with separated bed) in half board accomodation , for night for period 01/08/20 check in -02/08/20 check out.
At your disposal for any further information, we remain
Best regards
Sanja
WALSER HOTEL

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Hike Day 7
Date 02/08/2020
Day Activity Day 7 Hike TMB Courmayeur village to Mountain Lodge Walter Bonatti Refuge Courmayeur
Lodge Name Refuge Walter-Bonatti
Hotel City On Trail
Lodge Phone 390 335 684 8578
Lodge Email rifugiobonatti@gmail.com
Lodge Website https://rifugiobonatti.it/?lang=en
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/2iZdSr
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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On Mon, Nov 18, 2019 at 4:58 PM Rifugio Alpino Walter Bonatti
Good morning,

CONFIRM FROM YOU before 2 July with exact number

We confirm you your reservation as
M. Torrey Russell
Sunday 02 August (1 night)
16 people
Half board (shower and visitor tax included) € 55 per person
Dormitory
(personal sleeping liner mandatory or possible to rent,in cotton, a € 3)
(towel possible to rent, a € 3)

Timetable:
Check in: after 3.30 PM
Dinner: 6.45 PM
Silence: 10.00 PM
Breakfast: 6.15 AM > 7.45 AM

Many thanks
Best regards,

L’équipe del Rifugio Alpino Walter Bonatti
Rifugio Alpino Walter Bonatti
Val Ferret – 11013 – Courmayeur(AO)
+39 335 6848578
www.rifugiobonatti.it
rifugiobonatti@gmail.com

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Hike Day 8
Date 03/08/2020
Day Activity Day 8 Hike TMB Mountain Lodge Walter Bonatti Refuge Courmayeur to La Fouly Switzerland
Lodge Name Edelweiss Hotel – La Fouly
Hotel City La Fouly
Lodge Phone +41 27 783 26 21
Lodge Email info@fouly.ch
Lodge Website http://www.ledelweiss.ch/Lafouly/index.php
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/dgNdCa
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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RE: Request Reservation for Russell Tours Client Last Name: Wham, Number in Group: 8 Arrive August, 3, 2020
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles

Hotel Edelweiss
Attachments
Thu, Sep 12, 2019, 6:04 PM

Hello
Thank you for your message
We confirm the reservation of 4 en suite twins on August 3rd 2020 for Mr Wham
Kind regards
Christophe

Hôtel Edelweiss
Marielle et Christophe Lonfat
Route de Ferret 44
CH-1944 la Fouly
Tél 0041 (0)27 783 26 21
Fax 0041 (0)27 783 28 20
info@fouly.ch
========== HOTEL ==============
Hike Day 9
Date 04/08/2020
Day Activity Day 9 Hike TMB La Fouly to Champex
Lodge Name Splendide Hotel
Hotel City Orsières
Lodge Phone +41797201392
Lodge Email hotel-splendide@bluemail.ch
Lodge Website http://hotel-splendide.ch/
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/VbHY5n
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Re: Request Reservation for Russell Tours Client Last Name: Demaret, Number in Group: 8 Arrive July, 31, 2020
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles

hotel-splendide@bluemail.ch
Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 1:47 PM

Bonjour Torrey,
Thank you for your request.
Ok for me. I booked 4 twin rooms for the night of 31 July.
Best regards
Fanny

========== HOTEL ==============
Hike Day 10
Date 05/08/2020
Day Activity Day 10 Hike TMB Champex to Trient
Lodge Name Auberge du Mont Blanc
Hotel City Trient
Lodge Phone +41 27 767 15 05
Lodge Email info@aubergemontblanc.com
Lodge Website http://www.aubergemontblanc.com/
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/F1WVQT
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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RE: Request Reservation for Russell Tours Client Last Name: Wham, Number in Group: 8 Arrive August, 5, 2020
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles

Auberge du Mont-Blanc – Baptiste
Wed, Sep 11, 2019, 10:34 PM

Bonsoir Torrey,
Confirmé dans 4 chambres doubles. Merci.
Meilleures salutations.
Baptiste Nicollier

========== HOTEL ==============
Hike Day 11
Date 06/08/2020
Day Activity Day 11 Hike TMB Trient to Argentiere
Lodge Name HOTEL SPA LE MONTANA
Hotel City Argentiere
Lodge Phone +33 4 50 54 14 99
Lodge Email info@hotel-montana.fr
Lodge Website https://www.hotel-montana.fr/en/
Lodge Map https://is.gd/qaOz7C
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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Re: Request Reservation for Russell Tours Client Last Name: Wham, Number in Group: 8 Arrive August, 6, 2020
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Hotel Montana
Wed, Sep 11, 2019, 7:13 PM

hi
i confirm it’s possible
best regards
céline

Hôtel Le Montana
24 clos du Montana
74400 Chamonix Argentière
Tél: +33 4 50 54 14 99, Fax: +33 4 50 54 03 40
www.hotel-montana.fr
email:info@hotel-montana.fr

========== HOTEL ==============
Hike Day 12
Date 07/08/2020
Day Activity Day 12 Hike TMB Argentiere to Chamonix
Lodge Name HOTEL HELIOPIC
Hotel City Chamonix
Lodge Phone +33 (0)4 50 54 55 56
Lodge Email reservation@heliopic.com
Lodge Website http://www.heliopic-hotel-spa.com
Lodge Map https://goo.gl/9qaNfP
***************** -> Room plus 1/2 board (breakfast and dinner) prepaid by Russell Tours.
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HOTEL HELIOPIC . RESERVATION WHAM – ARRIVAL ON AUGUST 7TH 2020
RussellTours/CI/Clients/Singles

Reservation hotel Heliopic
Attachments
Oct 11, 2019, 5:13 PM

Dear Torrey,
We appreciate your confirmation and are looking forward to welcoming your client in our hotel.
Please find attached the proforma invoice, net rates, in BED & BREAKFAST package, local taxes ( 2.30€ per adult per day) included.

Hotel Booking reference : 192738
Name: WHAM
Check in date: AUGUST 7TH 2020
Check out date: AUGUST 8TH 2020
Nb/Type of room(s): 4 STANDARD TWIN ROOMS
Person(s): 8 ADULTS
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HIKES


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Day 1
Hike Date July 27, 2020
Hike Day Day 1 Arrive Geneva Airport Shuttle to Chamonix – Light Hike on Mont Blanc
Hike Name Hike Chamonix to Buvette De Mottes
Hike Link https://pt.wikiloc.com/trilhas-back-country-ski/les-rochers-des-mottets-desde-planards-chamonix-mont-blanc-21660828
Hike Description Climb up to the Buvette De Mottes. Have lunch. Walk back down.

View the Drus Needle
Distance: 5,75 mi (Roundtrip)
Up 2.257 f
Down 2.257 f
High 5.331 f
Low 3.411 f
Difficulty Moderate
Time 2 Hours 36 Minutes

Hike Instructions This is a stretch your legs and get used to the altitude day. Low impact hike. Couple of hours. If you are feeling up to it there is plenty more trail up the mountain from lunch spot.

Blogs About Trail https://www.chamonix.com/balade-des-mottets,48-623932,en.html

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Day 2
Hike Date July 28, 2020
Hike Day Day 2 Hike TMB La Flegere to Les Houches
Hike Name Hike TMB La Flegere to Les Houches
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/9-9-tour-du-mont-blanc-refuge-de-la-flegere-les-houches-19241247
Hike Description Distance: 10.86 mi
Up: 2,795 f
High:8,172 f
Down: 5,692 f
Low:3,213 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Time 7 hours

See options below to shorten this hike.
Hike Instructions Staying at the Heliopic Hotel another night but taking the trail for the TMB along the West ridge of town and at end of day taking the local shuttle back to your hotel.

Starting at La Flegere Cable Car and then heading southwest along the ridge overlooking Chamonix.

This trail is part of the Tour du Mont Blanc and is optional to do.

You can shorten your time by starting at the Brevnet Cable Car from Chamonix and taking that up to the trail and then down to Les Houches.
https://www.wikiloc.com/trail-running-trails/plan-pratz-brevent-les-houches-26824281
Distance: 7.83 mi
Up: 2,152 f
Down: 5,541 f
High: 8,260 f
Low: 3,233 f
Difficulty: Moderate
4 hours.

Hike down to Les Houches and take the Marie Bus Stop back to the Hotel in Chamonix (Hotel Heliopic)
http://www.leshouches.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/plan_general_reseaudebuspdf.pdf

Or take the day off and enjoy Chamonix

Chamonix


Blogs About Trail https://www.thefamilyfreestylers.com/day-2-hiking-tour-du-mont-blanc-stage-11-la-flegere-to-les-houches/

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Day 3
Hike Date July 29, 2020
Hike Day Day 3 Hike Les Houches to Les Contamines-Montjoie, France
Hike Name Hike TMB Les Houches to Contamines
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/les-houches-les-contamines-montjoie-19250942
Hike Description Hike from hotel or take bus Start the TMB in Les Houches (Bus stop Mairie – Les Houches) located 7 kms from Chamonix., Instructions
Distance:10.25 mi
Up:3,156 f
Down:2,579 f
High:5,495 f
Low:3,278 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Time:5 hours

See other options below to reduce hiking time and distance.
Hike Instructions Hike from hotel or take bus Start the TMB in Les Houches (Bus stop Mairie – Les Houches) located 7 kms from Chamonix.

See bus from Hotel Heliopic to Start of trail in Bus Stop Marie. http://www.leshouches.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/plan_general_reseaudebuspdf.pdf

Map of trams and trails

https://www.chamonix.com/img/sitra/fiche/179584-plan-houches.jpg

Want to cut the trail shorter.

Take the cable car from Les Houches up the Bellevue Telepherique at the Bellevue Bus Stop.
Cuts 1 1/2 hours off trip and 2.5 miles.
https://www.chamonix.com/telepherique-de-bellevue,231,fr.html

Not feeling like hiking today. Take the day off and take the bus from Chamonix to Contamines
https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Les-Houches/Les-Contamines-Montjoie#r/Train-bus

See red line for TMB trail
https://umap.openstreetmap.fr/fr/map/tour-du-mont-blanc-ccpmb-_206457#16/45.8904/6.7909

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Day 4
Hike Date July 30, 2020
Hike Day Day 4 Hike TMB Les Contamines to Refuge Col Croix du Bonhomme
Hike Name Hike TMB Les Contamines to Refuge Col Croix du Bonhomme
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/tmb-02-les-contamines-refuge-col-croix-du-bonhomme-11051167
Hike Description
Distance: 8.59 mi
Up:4,409 f
Low: 3,774 f
High: 8,158 f
Down: 233 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 6 hours

Hike Instructions Crossing includes a pass that could be snow. This high altitude mountain hut is only serviced by helicopter meaning that they fly everything in. Water is expensive. This is a dorm style accommodation at high altitude – 7874 feet. The food is hearty but plain. Shower can have long lines. Limited facility for power, recharging or other amenities. The view is amazing. Does have clothesline for hanging out wet stuff.
Blogs About Trail https://www.lifetimetrails.com/tmb-day-2-les-contamines-to-refuge-de-la-croix-du-bonhomme/

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Day 5
Hike Date July 31, 2020
Hike Day Day 5 Hike TMB Refuge Col Croix Bonhomme to Rifugio Elisabetta
Hike Name Hike TMB Refuge Col Croix Bonhomme to Rifugio Elisabetta
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/tmb-refuge-col-croix-bonhomme-rifugio-elisabetta-alpes-francia-italia-1919779
Hike Description
Distance:10.38 mi
Up:3,707 f
High: 9,060 f
Down: 4,488 f
Low: 5,826 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Time 8 hours

Hike Instructions: Short Cuts

It’s possible to cut around 1.5 hours off the trail today by taking a shuttle bus from Les Chapieux to either La Ville des Glaciers or Les Mottets parking.

I would highly recommend saving your legs by taking this as the trail either walks along a tarmac road (or near to it) so you’re not missing any dramatic scenery.

Cut time off the trail but hiking down to
Hike down to Les Chapieux

https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/gr-tmb-tour-du-mont-blanc-dia-3-refuge-du-col-de-la-croix-du-bonhomme-les-chapieux-18987035
3 1/2 miles
Take the bus from Les Chapieux to Ville de Glacier-REFUGE DES MOTTETS
https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/03-tmb-refuge-des-mottets-col-de-la-seigne-rf-elisabetta-26869691
Distance: 5.17 mi
Up:2,162 f
High:8,198 f
Down: 1,171 f
Low:6,184 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 2 1/2 hours

https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/tmb-tour-du-mont-blanc-day-4-2009-07-31-496244

Blogs About Trail https://www.lifetimetrails.com/tmb-day-3-refuge-de-la-croix-du-bonhomme-to-rifugio-elisabetta-soldini/

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Day 6
Hike Date August 1, 2020
Hike Day Day 6 Hike TMB Elisabetta to Courmayeur
Hike Name Hike TMB Elisabetta to Courmayeur
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/tmb-rifugio-elisabetta-courmayeur-alpes-italia-1919798
Hike Description
Distance: 9.26 mi
Up:1,772 f
Low: 3,867 f
High: 8,016 f
Down: 4,898 f
Difficulty: Easy

Hike Instructions After an easy 1 hours walk from Refuge Elisabetta along an ancient, arrow straight Roman road, the trail climbs up the side of the V shaped, moat like Val Veni to the highest point of the day, the Mont Favre spur (2430m). With every step along the high balcony path, the sheer southern flanks of the imposing Mont Blanc Massif range rising on the opposite side, take your breath away.

Short cuts

It’s possible to slash this day into a couple of hours if time is limited or if the trail has overwhelmed you. Merely walk the 1 hour easy hike from Rifugio Elisabetta along the Roman road to Pont Lac Combal to where the real road starts and continue along for a further 50 minutes onto the village of La Visaille. From here there’s a regular bus service straight to Courmayeur. We met one family on the trail who had limited time and so had chosen this option.

However, with shockingly jaw dropping views from the high balcony trail continuing on the traditional TMB route along the far side of the Val Veni, it would be a shame to miss this section. The incredible vistas this section allows, of the ice tongues of Glacier de Bruillard and Glacier de Fréney and the ragged, rocky snow covered peaks of the Mont Blanc massif are mesmerising and it really is one of the most scenic, dramatic stages of the entire Tour du Mont Blanc trail.

We hiked the majority of this leg, hiking along the high balcony path to drink in the enchanting scenery, and shortened the day by catching the chairlift and cable car down from Col Chécrouit to Dolonne (a village near Courmayeur) instead of hiking the descent.

Blogs About Trail https://www.thefamilyfreestylers.com/day-6-tour-du-mont-blanc-trek-elisabetta-courmayeur/

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Day 7
Hike Date August 2, 2020
Hike Day Day 7 Hike TMB Courmayeur village to Mountain Lodge Walter Bonatti Refuge Courmayeur
Hike Name Hike TMB Courmayeur to Rifugio Bonatti
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/tmb-courmayeur-rifugio-w-bonatti-alpes-italia-1919816
Hike Description
Distance: 7.37 mi
Up: 3,622 f
High: 6,726 f
Down: 922 f
Low: 3,941 f
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 4.5 hours

Hike Instructions Mont Blanc Tour, between the town of Courmayeur and the Walter Bonatti Refuge (Alps, Italy).

From Courmayeur ascend to the Refugio G. Bertone, continue to the hillside, and after passing through Arpe Milk and Arpe Secheron, arrive at the Refugio W. Bonatti.

This hike can be cut down to less than an hour but taking the bus just outside the hotel in Courmayeur to Lavachey and walk up the trail to the lodge.

Map: https://is.gd/I4EVv4

================ HIKE ==============
Day 8
Hike Date August 3, 2020
Hike Day Day 8 Hike TMB Mountain Lodge Walter Bonatti Refuge Courmayeur to La Fouly Switzerland
Hike Name Hike TMB Mountain Lodge Walter Bonatti Refuge Courmayeur to La Fouly Switzerland
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/6-tmb-bonatti-la-fouly-4859575
Hike Description
Distance: 12.84 mi
Up: 3,087 f
High: 8,327 f
Down: 4,406 f
Low:5,220 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Time 8 hours

Hike Instructions Cut time from this hike by walking down to the road at Lavachey, 11013 Aosta Valley, Italy bus stop (45 minute walk)
https://is.gd/Fa8k0j

Then taking the bus to the end of the valley at Rifugio Elena.
https://is.gd/7WxCbj
And rejoin the trail to walk to La Fouly

Saves about 5 miles of walking

================ HIKE ==============
Day 9
Hike Date August 4, 2020
Hike Day Day 9 Hike TMB La Fouly to Champex
Hike Name Hike TMB La Fouly to Champex
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/la-fouly-champex-lac-25984076
Hike Description
Distance: 7.94 mi
Up 1,138 f
High: 5,510 f
Down: 1,657 f
Low: 3,590 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 4-5 hours depending on stops

================ HIKE ==============
Day 10
Hike Date August 5, 2020
Hike Day Day 10 Hike TMB Champex to Trient
Hike Name Hike TMB Champex to Trient
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/08b-champex-to-trient-via-fenetre-darpette-24909186
Hike Description https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/08b-champex-to-trient-via-fenetre-darpette-24909186
Distance: 9.34 mi
Up: 4,022 f
Low: 4,619 f
High: 8,751 f
Down: 4,201 f
Difficulty: Moderate

Hike Instructions There are several variations of this trail
This alternative route via Fenetre d’Arpette is spectacular, yet much more demanding and should not be attempted in poor weather conditions. For an easier route, please see seperate entry ‘Champex to Trient via Alp Bovine

Up and over:
https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/champex-trient-26556610

Or along the Glacier.
Champex to Trient via Fenêtre d’Arpette
https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/08b-champex-to-trient-via-fenetre-darpette-24909186
A steeper climb but worth the views of it.

Description:
Starting from the Relais d’Arpette

(1) Relais d’Arpette.
take the path on the right-hand side. Go past Arpette village (after the bridge) then leave the large path taking the trail heading to the right. Go along a small stream in a rural setting, leaving it behind a bit further along.
The track gradually rises, you’ll get to a ledge after having crossed the stream. You’ll reach Arpette’s scree (approximately 2000 m). Follow the waymarks. The track keeps rising until the path divides in two, take a right, following the direction indicated on the rock.

(2) Fenêtre d’Arpette.
The slope gets slightly steeper, but without difficulty along the mountainside. You then reach a huge scree. There’s no particular issue with orientation, just keep following the paint markings on the rocks. However, put your hiking pole aside, you’re better off using your hands at this point. Cross over the firn reaching the final climb: you’re facing a vertical grassed over wall, you get to the top using the trail/trails that wind along the wall. That’s when you reach Fenêtre d’Arpette

(3) At Fenêtre d’Arpette
Once you’re at Fenêtre d’Arpette, you’ll be overlooking Trient glacier and its superb view. Start a long trip downhill taking the path to the right, a rocky path at first.
Not a dangerous track but challenging due to its length, the fairly steep slope goes down towards Trient stream which you can spot a bit further down.
Pass by Vésevey

(4) The descent (a building undergoing restoration in 2011).
The descent finally comes to an end when you reach the stream, following it on the right bank. You then go through a coniferous forest leading to the Prise de Bisse building

(5) Prise de Bisse building (refreshment bar).
From there, follow the track along the irrigation canal (bisse) that remains at the same altitude (don’t cross the Trient stream), stay on this track (ignore the trails that head down to the valley). After an hour or so, you’ll reach Trient

There are no short cuts, a car can drive around for several hundred dollars or take a bus and train and bus which can take all day.

Blogs About Trail https://trailtopeak.com/2014/08/02/tmb-day-7-champex-to-trient/

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Day 11
Hike Date August 6, 2020
Hike Day Day 11 Hike TMB Trient to Argentiere
Hike Name Hike TMB Trient to Argentiere
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/tmb-8-10-trient-argentiere-28013387
Hike Description
Distance: 9.94 mi
Up: 3,675 f
High: 7,240 f
Down: 3,747 f
Low: 4,178 f
Difficulty: Moderate
time: 5 hours

Hike Instructions: Ways to cut the hiking time.

Climb up the hill of Col de Balme out of the village of Trient to the top and take the Col de Balme chairlift to the bottom
cutting 2 1/2 hours walking.

Take the train.
https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Trient-Switzerland/Argenti%C3%A8re#r/Line-213-bus-train

https://followingthearrows.com/2018/09/10/tmb-day-9-argentiere-to-trient/

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Day 12
Hike Date August 7, 2020
Hike Day Day 12 Hike TMB Argentiere to Chamonix
Hike Name Hike TMB Argentiere to Chamonix
Hike Link https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/tmb-8-argentiere-la-flegere-3168370
Hike Description
Distance: 5.82 mi
Up: 3,852 f
High: 7,613 f
Low: 1,834 f
Down:3,883 f
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 5 hours

Hike Instructions: There are a number of trails along this ridge. At the end take the Le Flegere cable car down to town.

There are a number of trails along this ridge. Le Flegere or Brevnet another few miles along – take the cable car down to town.

https://www.chamonix.com/telepherique-de-la-flegere,48-156960,en.html

or Brevnet
https://www.chamonix.com/telepherique-du-brevent,48-156996,en.html

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ACTIVITY – TRANSPORTATION


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The shuttle provided for our group will be leaving the Geneva Airport at 9:30am on Monday July 27,2020.

Please let me know if that doesn’t work for you. As we discussed before if you are leaving west of the Mississippi you will probably have to fly in the day before and spend a night in Geneva.

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Activity Name Custom Travel Itinerary
Activity Date July 27, 2020
Activity Phone 234-567-9006
Activity Email hiking@russelltours.com
Activity Description Russell Tours Shuttle leaves from Geneva Airport at 9:30 am
Activity Instructions A person will be holding a sign saying Russell Tours will be at the “Yellow” information desk in the terminal and direct you to our shuttle.

Private Transfer (#transfers_798520)
from Geneva airport :
July 27, 2020, flight TBC arriving at TBC, pick up 11:30am
group Wham, 24 pax in 3 mini-vans
to Chamonix: Hotel Heliopic

Transfer Company:
Reference Transfer
Liana Deciu
+33 679 212 332
contact@referencetransfer.com
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1-Aug-20
Luggage Only: Wham 24 person
Hotel Heliopic Chamonix to Walser Hotel Courmayeur
9:00 am Pickup 

Mont Blanc Transfers
e-mail: office@mont-blanc-transfers.com
phone: (+33) 681 77 99 14
Contact: Dimitri
================== Transportation ==============

4-Aug-20
Luggage Only: Wham 24 person 
Walser Hotel Courmayeur to Hotel Heliopic Chamonix 
11:30 am Pickup 

Mont Blanc Transfers
e-mail: office@mont-blanc-transfers.com
phone: (+33) 681 77 99 14
Contact: Dimitri
================== Transportation ==============

Activity Name Custom Travel Itinerary
Activity Date August 8, 2020
Activity Description Russell Tours Shuttle to Geneva Airport leaves at 8:00am

Private Transfer (#transfers 798520)
from Chamonix :
August 8, 2020, pick up at TBC from Hotel Heliopic
group Wham, 23 pax in 3 mini-vans
to Geneva airport:for flight TBC

Transfer Company:
Reference Transfer
Liana Deciu
+33 679 212 332
contact@referencetransfer.com

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Alerts and Notes:


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ISSUE: Weather Alert!
We just had a group come back (3 women who were 70+ yrs old) who warned me that the river crossings can be very harrowing. In particular any valley you are walking down where there is a glacier/snow field above. The issue is flash rain/floods you don’t know are happening above you… upstream/valley. PLEASE talk to your lodge manager (also known as the “Commander”) before heading out each day to be sure you know the weather. This is another reason to have a cell phone so you can look at a weather map. Flash snow, hail and torrential rain are not uncommon and can come on quickly.

just some thoughts before you go.

This itinerary uses International date formats Day/Month/Year

Reservations:

NOTES:
The day before you arrive at each new lodge, know that we are sending each inn/refugio an email with your confirmation information and your name so they know you are coming the next day. Also know that we have already done a triple confirmation with each hotel over the last few months regarding your reservations…. doesn’t mean they won’t screw it up. Most of these people are small in-keepers that milk cows on the side. Be gentle with them.

Maps-Apps
We will send a complete set of maps to the tour leader. The maps are more accurate than the open source hike links we use below so be sure to refer to your maps.

There are good smartphone Apps you can download (The reviews are pretty good. ) and in some it requires you to buy maps for your area and some are free:

If you do this bring a backup battery for your phone. They all have off-line map modes that you can use so that way you don’t have to have a cell connection.

Thoughts about travel:
Cell Phones. Please read this https://russelltours.com/hikingwithyourcellphone/
So please send me your cell phone you plan to use or the local number if you are going to just have a local (French recommended) SIM card and that number.
Also this: https://russelltours.com/readingtopomaps/

Check List:
https://russelltours.com/packing-list/

Bring:
Sleeping Bag Liners. https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/sleeping-bag-liners.html
Which also make great light cover while waiting in cold airports or on your flight.
Small towel
In house slippers or water-shoes for the shower
If you plan to use your smartphone a lot please buy a back up power supply to ensure you have enough power.

LASTLY:
Pictures… Please also include @russelltours or @russelltourshikes when sharing your photos…In October we are going to pick the best picture from our hikers… get dinner for 2 at your local favorite restaurant if you do.
Good Luck,

Remember this is a vacation not a forced march. If you are out for a day, just not feeling it, we can arraign for a car to pick you up and move you to the next point for a hundred bucks or so.

We are available 24/7 while you are on your hike.
Let us know if you need anything else.

Have fun!
Best,

Torrey Russell
234.567.9006
TorreyRussell@gmail.com
https://RussellTours.com

Schedule a call with me anytime and for any reason:
https://calendly.com/torreyrussell/schedule_call
(Note you need to change the time zone to your area)

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Locations:


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Chamonix

Courmayeur