Half Tour du Mt Blanc Guided Walk With Donkeys

Guided Walk With Donkeys Overview! (Groups Only)

The Tour du Mont Blanc with a difference! Spend 5 days walking with donkeys .You’ll have opportunities to take control, as well as learn how to care for these loveable creatures. Learn useful skills such as putting on and removing a pack saddle, attaching essential equipment and carrying out daily health checks.

How this unique experience began

Duncan, your guide on these trips loves animals. In 2017 while recovering from a spinal injury, Duncan spent some time learning how to care for donkeys at the ‘Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary’, a British Charity. During this time Duncan had the idea to combine his mountaineering knowledge with his love for donkeys – hence the guided walk with donkeys.

Alpine Walks currently work in partnership with a local french family, Eric and his daughter Ti Phane, who breed and look after donkeys, to provide a unique experience akin to the ancient ways of journeying.

Day 1 – Arrival at Chamonix

We start this family adventure by arriving in Chamonix and meet your guide. Receive an outline of the journey, weather brief and kit check.

Day 2 – Chamonix to Le Champel

Take a short bus ride to Les Houches to meet the donkeys. We then climb to the Col du Vosa, with stunning views back across the Chamonix Valley. Continue via Bionassay village to our first Refuge (Hut) at Le Champel.

Day 3 – Le Champel to Refuge Nant Borant

Traversing around Mont Verassay, we pass though Chelet Miage, take a coffee stop below the Domes du Miage and the glacier, before a descent into Contamines. Walk to the end of the valley and the Gorge de la Notre Dame. From here a short climb brings us to the Refuge Nant Borant and the home of Oggy the cat (one of the donkeys best friends on the TMB).

Day 4 – Refuge Nant Borant to Refuge Croix du Col du Bonhomme

Today we climb to the Col du Bonhomme pass, 2329m. You are now in one of the most remote areas of the Grand Tour. From here we traverse around the mountainside to the Refuge Croix du Col du Bonhomme.

Day 5 – Refuge Croix du Col du Bonhomme to Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini

A  short 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 a hut , Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini.

Day 6 – Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini to Courmayeur

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 Mt Blanc massif, including the Dent du Geant (the Giants tooth). We follow the path which finally takes us on a big descent into Dolonne and Courmayeur where our tour ends with an overnight in a Hotel (family run 2-3 star).

Included:

  • Qualified guide, with previous route knowledge
  • 2 Donkeys From Chamonix, France to Courmayeur, Italy
  • Half board accommodation all nights (except in Chamonix and Courmayeur)
  • Smaller private rooms (max 4 persons) in most mountain huts
  • On-suite rooms in hotels (2 or 3 star dependant on location)

Excluded:

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

Additional Information

Information on how to arrive at Chamonix from any airport/rail station will be included in your welcome instructions on receipt of booking. Likewise, your return journey information will also be included. ​

£1170 per person is based on shared twin/double room on hotel nights and dormitory style accommodation (bunk beds) in huts. Single supplements are only possible on the nights in hotels.​

Dates available

Our Mt Blanc walk with donkeys runs any time from June-September available during any day of the week.

How fit do I need to be?

This Mt Blanc trip is suitable for anyone who is a regular walker. You will need to carry a medium sized rucksack (a maximum of 30 Litres in size) and the total weight based on the kit list provided should not exceed 10 kilograms.

How long will we be walking for each day?

You should expect to be trekking for 5-8 hours per day, based on a walking speed of 3 kilometres per hour, known to some as ‘Alpine plod’. It’s not a race and there is plenty of time for taking in the scenery and stopping for picnic lunches on route. The tracks and paths are rocky in places, but of good quality.

Can we customise the experience?

Alpine Walk’s guided walking tours are all about the personal touch. We will plan your journey along a range of different routes that provide different challenges based on what you want from your walking break. Do you want the best views? Do you want the chance to experience some of the local wildlife?

You should also consider the different types of accommodation available on these routes. Spending a night in a hut does not necessarily involve sharing a dormitory with 30 other people! Some huts have smaller private rooms.

So if you are considering this journey and need to discuss your requirements, please feel free to contact us. We’ll arrange a chat on Skype to discuss your personal tour.

Mt Blanc Guided Walk With Donkeys £7020 (6 People)

Basic requirements:

Min group size is 6 / Max group size is 12

Suitable for anyone who is a regular walker carrying a medium rucksack (max 30 litres)

You must be comfortable working with and being around work animals.

You'll spend 5-8 hours walking per day at a moderate walking pace