Tour du Mont Blanc - a classic circuit of the Mont Blanc massif is a "must-do" for every mountain hiker!
Three countries, three cultures, three cuisines - all on one great trip!
Breathtaking alpine and glacial scenery every single day. Charming hotels and fine dining by night!
Experienced mountain guides bring a wonderful combination of history, geology, and local color to every aspect of the trip
Spectacular trek around the Alp's highest peak! The Mont Blanc Circuit - Wilderness and Travel Medicine conference is one of the world's classic treks!
The spectacular Alps are a mecca for hikers, and the famous "Tour du Mont Blanc" is the centerpiece. This wonderful journey takes us through an ever-changing panorama of dramatic peaks, glaciers, meadows, and alpine beauty! The circuit of Western Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc (15,771') is one of the world's premier treks!
Along the way you'll be hiking through France, Italy, and Switzerland, each place with its own distinctive culture and flair!
Experienced, colorful mountain guides bring a wonderful blend of history, geology, and local flavor to every aspect of the trip. After a vigorous day of hiking, you'll welcome the comforts of quaint mountain inns and cozy hotels - all featuring excellent meals and great local wines! Wilderness and Travel Medicine lectures take place in the inns each evening.
Hiking Europe’s Mont Blanc Circuit
Wilderness Medicine CME
DAY 1 Group transfer from Geneva Airport at 2:00 p.m. to your hotel in Chamonix. Group briefing before welcome dinner. (D)
DAY 2 Train ride up to Montenver to see the Mer de Glace with stunning views of the glacier and the surrounding summits. We continue the ascent to Point Vue to appreciate this wonderful view. Descend to Chamonix. Dinner on your own. Hike time: 5 hrs. (B+L)
DAY 3 Hike below the tumbling Bionnassay Glacier. Walk through the thickly wooded hillside to the charming small town of Les Contamines where we will overnight. Hike time: 6 hrs. (B+L+D)
DAY 4 Today we have a long ascent! A true mountain day on a variety of trails. We spend the night in the simple but welcoming Auberge La Nova at Les Chapieux. Hike time: 7 hours. (B+L+D)
DAY 5 We transfer to the end of the "Vallee des Glaciers," then enjoy a relatively easy hike over the Col de la Seigne (8,245'), where Mt. Blanc re-appears, and down into Italy. Transfer to our hotel in Courmayeur. Hike time: 6 hours. (B+L+D)
DAY 6 One of the finest views of the impressive south flanks of the Massif. A steep ascent to the refuge Bertone for a well earned drink before continuing the trek. Descend to the Val Ferret to transfer to our hotel. Hike time: 7 hours. (B+L)
DAY 7 Today we enter Switzerland and we explore the scenic village of La Fouly (5,280'), located beneath the Glacier de l'A Neuve. Then we transfer to small resort of Champex. Hike time: 6 hours. (B+L+D)
DAY 8 Hike through woodland, traverse a forest trail, and begin a steep uphill to reveal a delightful path along alpine pastures with great views. Descend and transfer to Argentiere. Hike time: 6 hours. (B+L+D)
DAY 9 Hike back into the Chamonix Valley, enjoying majestic views of Mont Blanc. Transfer to the small village of Argentiere at the top of the Chamonix valley. Hike time: 6 hours. (B+L+D)
DAY 10 Trek and steep climb around Chamonix Valley. The views just get better and better! We'll take the cable car down into the Chamonix Valley and transfer to our hotel. Hike time: 6 hours. (B+L+D)
DAY 11 Group transfer from Chamonix to Geneva airport will leave around 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.. Please book your flight to leave no earlier than noon, to ensure ample time before boarding
Hiking Europe’s Mont Blanc Circuit
Trip Cost: $5,450 (2021 pricing), $5,600 (2022 pricing)
(Includes: 11 days / 10 nights. Professionally guided trek.)
Optional CME Cost: $695 (Approved for 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
*per person, based on double occupancy.
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Testimonials From Your Colleagues
"The CME trip to Mont Blanc was fabulous. Very well organized... even above expectations. The guides in particular were exceptionally professional, affable, very knowledgeable and mindful of our safety. The guides helped to create a very relaxed, friendly and joyous atmosphere within the group with their humor and piquant stories. The choice of hotels, restaurants, food for lunches on the trails was excellent ..."
CRISTINA TULAI, MD
"The most interesting CME I have ever attended. Instructors well-versed and entertaining guides very safety oriented and helpful food was amazing! This was the best CME I have attended in my 13 years of practice and I look forward to attending again"
DAN WEILER, MD
"A wilderness adventure with top-notch staff providing excellent food , fun and facts. Beautiful scenery and outstanding faculty make this a must do for every outdoor enthusiast and medical types alike"
KRISTEN WHEELER, RN, BSN PHOENIX, AZ
Faculty for the Hiking Europe’s Mont Blanc Circuit
Wilderness Medicine CME
August 30-September 9th, 2021 Trip Faculty
Susan M. Swetter, MD: Professor of Dermatology; Co- Director, Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program, Stanford University Medical Center and Cancer Institute.
Dan Guenin, MD, FAAEM: Board Certified Emergency Physician, Peninsula Hospital, Burlingame, CA; Medical Team Leader FEMA USAR CA-TF3 Menlo Park, CA.
September 9-12, 2021 Trip Faculty
Timothy B. Erickson, MD, FACEP, FACMT, FAACT: Chief, Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham Health, Harvard Medical School. Core faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Section Editor, Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, Boston, MA.
Valerie Dobiesz, MD, MPH, FACEP: Director of Internal Programs, Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, Director of Women’s Leadership Initiative, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Boston, MA.
COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES
- Altitude Illness
- Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
- Environmental Heat Illness
- Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
- Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
- Lightning Injuries
- Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
- Management of Fractures and Dislocations
- Preparing for Foreign Travel
- Backcountry Medical Kits
- Wilderness Wound Management
- Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Marine Hazards & Envenomations
- Snake Envenomation
CME ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."
The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only. Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.