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Remaining 2024 Dates €1845
Prix
€ 1950.- par personne
Durée
10 days
Destination
Mont Blanc Massif
Voyageurs
12 Hikers Maximum

FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND Panoramic views.

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is the most popular multi-day hike in Europe, and for good reason! Against the backdrop of the Mont Blanc massif, with its unique granite towers and hanging glaciers, the TMB classic route covers around 170 kms. This is a must for any ambitious hiker, and an opportunity to get up close to Europe's highest mountain.
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Destination
Date et heure de début de la tour
14/09/2024 08:30 Voir les autres dates
  • 07/06/2025 08:30
  • 21/06/2025 08:30
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  • 16/08/2025 08:30
  • 06/09/2025 08:30
Le prix comprend
  • Accommodation (shared bedroom / dormitory)
  • All planned transportation according to the itinerary
  • Full qualified international mountain leader (IML)
  • Half-Board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)
  • One complete lunch pack for every day
  • Support from a local team
Le prix ne comprend pas
  • Airport transfers
  • Equipment rental
  • Luggage Transfer (max. 15kg per unit)
Prix supplémentaires
Luggage Transfer: € 335.- per bag, max. 15kg
Alpine mountain range landscape at dusk of the Trient Valley, Va
Chamonix Mont Blanc France

What is a Guided Tour du Mont Blanc?

Joining a Guided Tour du Mont Blanc group allows you to complete this classic route alongside an experienced guide. You’ll hike with other, like-minded hikers, with a maximum of 12 hikers per group. It’s common for people to join a guided TMB group on their own. This is a nice way to meet like-minded people and make new friends! We also get couples, small groups of friends and family joining guided groups. Everybody is welcome! We just insist that you have a good level of fitness (more details below!)

Happy Hikers jumping in Val Ferret

Guided TMB : The Route

Our Guided Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) follows the classic route through France, Italy and Switzerland. It starts in Les Houches and finishes in Chamonix, making an almost-complete circuit around Mont Blanc. The total distance of the TMB is around 170 kilometres (105 miles), with 10,000 metres of ascent.

Typically, the TMB takes 10 days to complete. Each day is around 15 – 20 kilometres (12 miles), with 1000 metres of ascent. The highest point of the TMB is at 2665m above sea level. We offer guided TMB tours between June and September. For information about the best time to do the TMB, read this post.

Believe it or not, there is an annual ultra-marathon which follows the TMB route. The winners of the Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc (UTMB) complete the whole route in less than 20 hours!

How difficult is the Tour du Mont Blanc?

The classic route is considered a difficult hike. This is because of the distance, the ascent, and the terrain. It crosses several high mountain passes, and follows some technical, rocky trails. Hiking the TMB therefore requires a good level of fitness. You should be able to hike 15km per day, with 1000m of ascent. That said, you don’t need specific experience in the mountains. It’s the perfect beginner multi-day hike, and there is no mountaineering involved.

Will I do any variants?

There are many alternatives, or so called “variants”, to the classic route. Some take steeper, more technical trails, which require a greater level of fitness. For example, the most difficult part of the TMB is the climb up to Col de la Fenêtre. However, this is a “variant” that most guided groups choose not to do. Other TMB variants take shorter, easier trails. If you join a guided TMB group, the exact route that you’ll take will depend on the fitness of your group, as well as the trail and weather conditions.

last climb before fenetre d'Arpette
Lac Blanc, Tour du Mont Blanc

Guided TMB : Top Highlights

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is more than just a hike. Completing the circuit is a physical, once-in-a-lifetime achievement. It’s something you can be proud of! And by joining a guided group, you’ll get to feel an unbeatable sense of camaraderie. Many TMB hikers stay in touch, and go on to build long-lasting friendships.

Tour du Mont Blanc Nature

Hiking the classic route, you’ll see a huge variety of plants and landscapes. From dark, damp forests, you’ll emerge into the bright alpine meadows, full of colour and fragrance. Further up, you’ll reach the rocky, windy mountain passes, where only the most specialised plants can survive. Look carefully and you’ll notice different plants at different altitudes. You might even spot a precious gem, such as the Martagon Lily or the Black Vanilla Orchid. Listen out for the distinctive, high-pitched call of a marmot. And if you’re lucky, you might spot a herd of chamois, or an ibex perched on a rock.

Tour du Mont Blanc Food

A popular TMB highlight is, of course, the food! Because you pass into three different countries, there are many local dishes to try! We especially love the blueberry tarts, which use fresh, hand-picked mountain berries. Other popular favourites include Italian polenta, and Swiss “rösti”.

Ibex on TMB Route (photo credit : Raphi)
Marmot animal in the Dolomites

What to expect on a

Guided Tour du Mont Blanc

  • Hike through France, Italy and Switzerland
  • Experience spectacular views of the Mont Blanc
  • Enjoy culinary specialties
  • Swim in crystal clear mountain lakes
  • Meet other interesting and like-minded people
  • Physically challenge yourself to hike 170km
  • Feel a sense of achievement and camaraderie
  • YOUR ITINERARY
YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Your Adventure Begins

Chamonix (Les Houches) > Les Contamines

At 8:30 AM, you’ll meet your guide and the rest of your group. We’ll take a short bus ride to Les Houches, the official starting point of the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB).

Riding the Bellevue cable car up, we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the massif. Above us, we’ll see Dôme du Goûter, and the glistening top of Mont Blanc. But don’t forget to look down! Through the glass, we’ll get a full view of the Chamonix valley as it stretches towards Col de Balme. Remember this, and think back to it in 8 day’s time as you descend into Le Tour!

Stepping out, we’ll follow an undulating ridge towards an open meadow, with staggering views of the Bionnassay glacier. We’ll reach a wooded moraine, where we’ll descend towards the glacial torrent. Here is the first TMB highlight : the infamous suspension bridge! Bouncy and exhilarating, this bridge crosses the turbulent end of the glacier. Take a moment to absorb this wild place!

A gradual climb now leads to our first “col”, before a steep descent to the Miage Chalets. These chalets serve delicious cakes and tarts, so what better place to stop for lunch? 

With new energy, we’ll climb up to Col du Truc, before taking an easy trail down to Les Contamines. Les Contamines is a sleepy, picturesque village, where we’ll spend the night.

Today you have hiked 14 kilometres, with 750 metres of climbing. 

DAY 2

On Ancient Paths

Les Contamines > Les Chapieux

After breakfast, we’ll start our second day of the TMB by strolling along a shady river path. We’ll reach a pilgrimage chapel, the Notre-Dame de la Gorge, which is well-worth a visit. From here, we’ll take the old Roman road up a steep, wooded ravine, stopping to admire the humpback Roman bridge. 

Popping out of the trees, we’ll reach a bright, open meadow. You’ll glimpse a huge waterfall to your left, which pours down from a hanging valley. The trail up to Col du Bonhomme becomes technical, so we’ll hike this section slowly. At the col, we’ll rest in a shepherd’s hut before continuing over more rocky trails. Here and there, small patches of snow might linger, and the landscape is rugged. Only the most specialised plants survive up here, hidden in rocky crevices. At 2665 metres, we’ll reach the Col des Fours, which is one of the highest points of the TMB.

A steep, shaley descent will lead us back onto easy trails, and eventually we’ll join a farm track down to Refuge des Mottets or take a short taxi to Bourg St Maurice for the night.

Today you have hiked 20 kilometres, with 1400 metres of climbing. 

DAY 3

Welcome to Italy!

Les Chapieux > Val Veny

The third stage of the TMB, and already it’s time for Italy! A gradual climb out of the valley will bring us to Col de la Seigne. It is here that we’ll cross in the border, with fantastic views in every direction. We’ll see the west face of Mont Blanc, and if the skies are clear, we’ll see down into Switzerland, and over to the Grand Col Ferret. 

Descending from the col, we’ll pass beneath a series of imposing limestone pyramids. The valley sweeps steeply down, and is criss-crossed by many streams. Cows graze the pastures, and there are always lots of marmots. 

Strangely, there’s a mountain museum partway down this path. If it’s open, this is well-worth a visit. Further down, we’ll pass by Rifugio Elisabetta and the Cabane du Combal, both of which serve delicious Italian dishes. Beside the Cabane du Combal lies a milky-blue glacial lake. Dip your toes into the waters, or if you’re feeling brave, why not have a swim?

Continuing down, we’ll reach the forest and descend down and easy trail to Rifugio Monte Bianco. 

Today you have hiked 17 kilometres, with 720 metres of climbing.

DAY 4

Italian Food and Culture

Val Veny > Courmayeur

With three long days behind you, it’s time for an easier day. We’ll start with a steep climb through spruce forests, following a narrow, winding trail, before popping out of the tree-line. These slopes are scarred with ski pistes, and here and there we’ll see the cable-lines from lifts. It will feel strange to arrive here, after hiking through such wild landscapes! 

Arriving at Maison Vieille, we’ll stop for a hot drink and a snack. From here, if your legs are tired, you can take the cable car down to Courmayeur. If you’re feeling energised, you’ll join your guide down a steep and dusty trail, which eventually drops back into the forest. A highlight of this descent is passing through Dolonne, a charming village made of local granite stone. This village, with its quiet, modest streets, feels more authentically Italian than its neighbouring sister, Courmayeur, which is a little more touristic. 

As we walk along the road from Dolonne, we’ll see the Dent du Géant – the “giant’s tooth” – a distinctive tower of granite that straddles France and Italy. Arriving into Courmayeur can feel like entering a new world. The streets are vibrant, lively and stylish. The architecture feels both grand and grounded, and the locals are proud of their rich mountain history. We’ll enjoy a hearty lunch in a typical restaurant, before checking into our hotel. This evening you can explore the town, or simply kick back and enjoy the luxuries of a private hotel room! 

Today you have hike 8 kilometres, with 300 metres of climbing.

DAY 5

The Balcony Trail

Courmayeur > Val Ferret

In good conditions, this fifth day of the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is an absolute treat. Leaving Courmayeur, we’ll take a steep trail up through dense spruce forests, zigzagging sharply at an easy pace. Here and there, natural tree clearings will allow us to glimpse the Aiguille Noire and the summit of Mont Blanc. As the trees thin, we’ll see a series of stone buildings, and then finally the Rifugio Bertone. We’ll rest our legs here and, if you want, you can enjoy an Italian coffee.

The next section is a popular TMB favourite. We’ll join a gentle, undulating balcony trail, which contours the valley hillside. This trail is so smooth, you can look up from your feet and really take in your surroundings. Thickets of alpenrose, juniper and bilberry colour the slopes, sending up thick, fragrant scent. Looking back along the length of the valley, you’ll make out the Col de la Seigne (day three of our TMB). But dominating all of this is the view from across the valley. Just there, across the other side, are the big mountains of the Mont Blanc massif. Great, tumbling glaciers hang down, and you can make out the ripples of their crevasses. Huge granite towers, that until now were far off in the distance, now seem alarmingly close. We get to feel the sheer scale of these mountains from the safety of our beautiful balcony trail. 

The trail will take a few twists and turns, dropping briefly into a larch forest, and then back out and up again. A another short climb will eventually lead us to our next stop, Rifugio Bonatti.

You may spend the night here, the next stop at Rifugio (Rifugio Elena) or head back to Courmayeur for the night.

You will have walked 15-18km with 1100m of climbing.

DAY 6

Into Switzerland!

Val Ferret > La Fouly

Today is a long day, so we will maintain an easy pace. We’ll start by continuing along the balcony trail, still enjoying intimate views of the Mont Blanc massif, before dropping down into Val Ferret. An easy walk up-valley will take us to Chalet Val Ferret, where we can have our last Italian coffee.  

Now we’ll begin a steep climb to the Grand Col Ferret. Part way up, look out for a natural dip in the ground, where we can often see Martagon Lillies. A little past this, we’ll take a break at Rifugio Elena. In the 1950’s, the Elena was completely destroyed by a winter avalanche. This new building is sensibly built into the hillside.

From Elena, the trail zigzags up, but it is not technical. Reaching the col, we’ll look back at the lengths of Val Ferret and Val Veni. In the far distance, we’ll make out the Col de la Seigne (day three of our TMB). Crossing the col, we’ll now be in Switzerland. We can climb up to an extra peak here, or else we’ll start our descent into Swiss Val Ferret.

This is a gentle second half of the day, through meadows and pastures. Half-way down, we’ll stop at the Alpage de la Peule, a dairy farm which serves cold drinks and a selection of their own cheeses.

Having stopped for lunch, we’ll enter a larch forest and take an easy path down to La Fouly. In La Fouly, you can buy some well deserved Swiss chocolate!

Today you have hiked 20 metres, with 850 metres of climbing.

DAY 7

Discover Pure Swissness

La Fouly > Champex-Lac

This is the easiest day of the TMB. We’ll stay in the valley, hiking at a comfortable, leisurely pace. We’ll pass through low forests and pastures full of blooming subalpine flowers. We’ll stroll through hamlets and farming communities. Incongruous to this idyllic, peaceful setting, we’ll also pass by a World War Two bunker, disguised as a chalet. 

By late lunch, we’ll have reached Champex-Lac, a small town on the edge of a natural lake. You’ll have plenty of free-time this afternoon, so why not enjoy an ice cream, or take a swim? You could even rent a pedalo or a paddle-board! When you’re ready, we will hike up our last hill to Relais d’Arpette

Today you have hiked 16 kilometres, with 520 metres of climbing.  

DAY 8

Alpine Meadows & Pink Church

Champex-Lac > Trient

This eighth day of the TMB starts easily. We’ll stroll through the lower part of Champex-Lac, which has an excellent bakery for those who want a pastry. We’ll continue through open meadows, and past barns full of fresh, fragrant hay. We’ll pass old chalets with brimming window-boxes.

Finally, we’ll enter the forest and will start a steep climb up to the Bovine. This is a challenge, especially with seven long days behind you, but we’ll take our time. We’ll stop for many breaks, and to look at the forest flowers. Eventually the trees will start to thin, and we will gradually come out into the open pastures. A short trail contours around the hillside. We’ll see the sprawling town of Martigny below, and sunny vineyards on the south side of Valais. 

Soon, you’ll arrive at the Bovine refuge. This is a great place to try the famous Swiss Rösti, and they also serve fantastic omelettes and cakes. Having stopped here, we’ll continue to contour round the hillside, before dropping back into the forest. An easy descent will take us to Col de la Forclaz, and then down to Trient.

Fenêtre d’Arpette variant:

In good weather, you could challenge yourself to this more technical TMB variant. Instead of climbing up to Bovine, you’ll hike up the remote and rugged Arpette valley. Shortly before the top, the trail gets very rocky and requires a bit of scrambling.

From the top, you’ll see the tumbling Trient Glacier, and the Matterhorn in the far distance. You’ll then tackle the long and arduous descent, following the rocky glacial moraine. Here and there, patches of snow might linger. Finally, you’ll reach the Buvette du Glacier, where you can enjoy a well deserved cake or tart. From here, the final stretch to Trient is short and easy.

*Note : whether you do this variant will depend on weather conditions, and the fitness level of the whole group.  

Today you have hiked 16 kilometres, with 850 metres of climbing.  

DAY 9

Views of Mont Blanc

Trient > Tré-Le-Champ

Your second-to-last day of the TMB will bring you back into France. We’ll start early, climbing the north-facing forests of Trient. These forests are cool and dark, but we’ll slowly zigzag our way out of the trees, and back into open pastures. A huge flock of sheep often graze up here, and sometimes you’ll see the shepherd with his dog, whistling commands. We’ll traverse this hillside gently, before arriving at the Col de Balme. 

From the Col de Balme, we’ll take the trail down to Tré-Le-Champ through the now south-facing Le Tour forests. If the group is keen, we could descend via the Aiguillette des Possettes, a beautiful little peak covered in Alpenrose and Blueberries. This variant involves an airy but not technical ridge hike, followed by a short, steep climb.  

Tré-Le-Champ is a tiny hamlet just to the side of the TMB trail. Nestled between Le Tour and Argentiere, it is quiet and picturesque, with fantastic views of the Mont Blanc massif. On our Classic Tour you will stay in a small refuge here. On our Comfort Tour you will head down to Argentiere for the night.

Today you have hiked 16 kilometres, with 1150 metres of climbing. 

DAY 10

The Home Stretch!

Tré-Le-Champ > Chamonix

The last day of the TMB is not one to miss! If your legs are feeling good, we’ll climb up the south-facing forests to the crystal-clear Lac Blanc. Because of its beauty, this lake is always busy, but its still an incredible place. From here, we’ll take an undulating trail with a slight incline to Flégère, and we’ll start our last descent into Chamonix. 

If you’d prefer a shorter day, we can take the shady balcony trail from Tré-Le-Champ all the way to Chamonix. 

Today you have hiked 16 kilometres, with 1200 metres of climbing. 

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Luggage Transfer
Some people like to trek the TMB with the comfort of lots of extra clothes and snacks. We get this! It can also be nice to bring luxury items for the evenings, such as a laptop or a big book. If this sounds like you, we recommend using our luggage transfer service.

Using the luggage transfer service will allow you to trek with a small, light-weight day-bag. While you're trekking, we'll drive your bag safely to the next destination. This service is available for 8 out of 9 nights.

To benefit from this service, you'll need to pack your luggage into a soft bag, such as a duffle bag. There aren't any size restrictions, but the weight is limited to 15kg per bag. Loose, single items or open bags (e.g. shopper bags) cannot be transported, and valuable items (e.g. a laptop) should be safely packed to avoid damage.

A general note about the accommodation

Hiking the TMB, you'll get a real feel for Alpine culture by sleeping high up in the mountains. Some nights you'll stay in remote mountain towns and villages, with just a few simple shops. On other nights, you'll stay in mountain refuges.

Mountain refuges are special places. High up in the mountains, they're only accessible by foot or helicopter. The staff often live up here all season, with just the occasional trip down now and then. You will sleep in a dormitory with other people. For more information about mountain refuges, read this post.

In all of these places, you will have access to hot showers and running water. There is electricity, so you can charge your appliances. You will be provided with a blanket and a pillow, but we recommend you bring a sleeping-bag liner.

Private Accommodation

For private accommodation please see our Comfort Tour or ask about custom tours for your group.

Food

Trekking the TMB, you'll pass through three distinct countries. Because of this, you'll have the chance to try a variety of dishes. There are lots of mountain refuges along the trail where you'll be able to buy a snack. These refuges often serve warm savoury snacks, such as omelettes and rostï, and they always serve sweet snacks, such apricot cakes and blueberry tarts.
Each day, we'll provide you with a new lunchpack. These consist of one big unit, such as a fresh sandwich or a quiche, a piece of fruit, and an extra snack (e.g. a muesli bar or a bar of chocolate).
The amount of choice that you'll have at breakfast and in the evening will vary, depending on where you are on the TMB. There is more choice in the towns than in the mountain refuges.
A typical refuge breakfast consists of bread, jam, fresh fruit, tea and coffee. A typical refuge evening meal consists of soup, cooked meat (e.g. chicken or beef), vegetables, carbohydrates (e.g. potatoes, polenta), and a dessert (e.g. créme caramel, chocolate pudding). If you want more food, you can normally just help yourself.

Our top 5 TMB food highlights are :

  1. Beef stew and home-made cheese selection (Day 2, Refuge Mottes)
  2. Pizza, pasta and gelato (Day 4, Courmayeur town)
  3. Evening meal (Day 5, Bonatti Refuge)
  4. Raclette (Day 6, Fouly)
  5. Rostï and homemade cakes (Day 8, Bovine)

If you have a dietary requirement, it's essential that you let us know in advance.
The TMB refuges and hotels can accommodate the following dietary requirements :

  • A nut allergy
  • Vegetarian / vegan
  • Coeliac / gluten-intolerant

If you have a more complicated dietary requirement, you might have to carry some of your own food. We can easily provide custom-made lunch packs to accommodate dietary requirements.

Water

Most days of the TMB are around 15 kilometres, with 1000 metres of ascent. Even for an experienced trekker, this can be a challenge! Added onto this, the valley temperatures can exceed 30°c, especially in August. It's therefore essential to carry enough water. We recommend carrying 2 - 3 litres of water each day (100floz). Bottles are fine, but a camel bag (water bladder) is easier and comfortable, because you can drink while trekking. Every TMB refuge and hotel has free, drinkable tap water. On the trails, there are safe water fountains to fill up from. Your guide will advise you each day about where you can re-fill your water container.

Weather

The "summer" months are June, July, August and September. Each month is unique, so the type of weather you'll experience will depend on which month you choose to come. June and September are fairly dry months, and the temperatures are typically cool, at around 18°C (64°F). As the temperatures increase in July and August, we start to see more afternoon showers and thunderstorms. The TMB classic route crosses several high mountain passes, which can be windy and cold. For more information about TMB weather, visit this post.

Trail / Insurance

In general, trekking the TMB is safe and incidents are not common. In fact, in our 10 years of organising TMB trips, we have never had a single medical incident. That said, the classic TMB route does cross several mountain passes, and it follows some technical trails. It is considered a difficult trek, and the objective dangers should be taken seriously. We strongly recommend getting insurance (travel, medical and mountain insurance). Medical and mountain insurance are both very important, because mountain rescue in Switzerland can be extremely expensive (several thousand Swiss francs, especially if a helicopter rescue is necessary). Rescue in France and Italy is usually not charged, depending on the circumstances. The cost of hospitalisation and subsequent care is normally the most expensive part of any accident if you do not have the correct cover and are hospitalised without insurance. The cost could easily reach an immense level. It is your responsibility to take out the correct level of insurance and we accept no responsibility for any costs that occur as a result of inadequate insurance. If you have any questions about this topic, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Currency

Along the TMB you'll travel through France, Italy and Switzerland. France and Italy use Euros (EUR), and Switzerland uses Swiss Francs (CHF). All the places in Switzerland accept Euros, but it's better to have some Swiss Francs as the conversion rate can be high. In the bigger towns (Chamonix, Les Houches, Les Contamines, Courmayeur, La Fouly, Champex, Argentière) there are ATM cash machines, and most places in these towns will accept card payments. The refuges on the TMB trail normally do not accept card payments, so it is a good idea to take out a bit of cash in both Euros and Swiss Francs.

Trip Data 

Day Distance Ascent Descent
Day 1 13.80 km 668 m 1344 m
Day 2 20.70 km 1650 m 1073 m
Day 3 12.00 km 828 m 460 m
Day 4 12.70 km 492 m 1274 m
Day 5 17.20 km 1194 m 641 m
Day 6 14.40 km 773 m 957 m
Day 7 14.80 km 473 m 608 m
Day 8 16.90 km 764 m 1036 m
Day 9 16.40 km 1134 m 1157 m
Day 10 15.90 km 1111 m 1313 m

 

Fitness

Do I need experience to hike the TMB?

The Tour du Mont Blanc is suitable for fit and experienced hikers who exercise on a regular basis. Previous trekking / multi-day hiking experience is not a must, but an advantage. You should be able to hike 1000m of ascent and 15km distance per day on mountainous terrain. Count in that you will hike with your backpack (incl. full kit for the tour) unless you have booked luggage transfer.

Fitness

How fit do I need to be for this tour?

You should be physically fit and in good shape. Regular exercise is not foreign to you have been hiking before. You should be able to hike at least 15km and climb 1000m per day.

Fitness

How can I get prepared?

To get prepared for a hiking adventure like the Tour du Mont Blanc any endurance training is suitable. Exercises like running, walking, cycling etc. are good. It is also important to get used to your hiking boots and to your backpack (with weight!). Try to break them in and to get a comfortable feeling. Even a round in the park every now and then helps to find out if your boots or pack are comfortable.

Gear

What do I need to bring?

You can download our packing list here. Depending on the time of the year of your journey some items might not be necessary (beanie, gloves etc.). If you strictly follow the packing list, you’ll be prepared for every situation and your backpack won’t get too heavy. You should aim for no more than 10kg on your back, otherwise it will get tough! We have also created a blog post, to explain a few tips & tricks.

Gear

Do I need walking poles?

Walking poles are not mandatory but strongly recommended. The right use of hiking poles has many benefits. The uphills are easier and on the downhill you can take weight off your knees. Generally spoken hiking poles help to prevent knee and ankle injuries. We know that traveling (especially by airplane) can be tricky with hiking poles in your luggage, that’s why we rent hiking poles to our clients on demand.

Gear

Do I really need hiking boots?

We recommend to bring a lightweight pair of hiking boots (GoreTex, Leather or similar) which cover your ankles. The Tour du Mont Blanc is an alpine hiking tour and you’ll be hiking on various terrain. With hiking boots you are perfectly prepared to walk sure footed and injury free on any terrain, especially at the beginning / end of the season where you might have to cross some last snow fields from the winter. We recommend to bring a light pair of sneakers as a second pair of shoes in your backpack for the evenings or for an easy stage to give your feet a rest.

Food

What’s the food like?

The food on the Tour du Mont Blanc offers a great variety. Meals are hearty and usually consist big portions. You’ll be able to taste the different specialties from France, Italy and Switzerland. Mountain food contains often dairy and wheat products as well as meat.

Food

Can my dietary requirements be catered for on the TMB?

Yes! If you have any food restriction (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance etc.) or if you follow a special diet please let us know as soon as possible. It is no problem to arrange the meals and lunch packs according to your requirements when we know this in advance, however we do not have any influence on what options will be served by the accommodations as it is usually a set menu.

Food

What beverages are included?

Tap water is always available and free of charge. The tap water is usually drinkable if not elsewhere mentioned or announced by your guide. Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks are not included and on your own charge.

Tech

Can I use my mobile phone?

The mobile phone coverage is quite good on the Tour du Mont Blanc, however in a few locations you’ll be off signal. As you will be traveling through 3 countries it might be worth to check with your provider what costs for roaming will apply, as it could be quite costly to use mobile data outside your country.

Tech

Is WiFi available?

Free WiFi is available in most of the places. It might not be the fastest or most stable connection but enough to send some photos to your people back home, to send some emails and check the news.

Misc

What month is best for Tour du Mont Blanc?

Hiking on the Tour du Mont Blanc is possible between the start of June and the end of September. 

During this period, we experience mostly dry summer weather. Each month is beautiful and has its own advantages.

June: The start of the month is the quietest time on the TMB trail. There can be snow on the high passes,  but this can be negotiated safely with your guide. Later in the month the wildflowers will be in full bloom!

July: A bit busier than June. July can be warm, and the wildflowers are still out until later in the month. The warmer weather can start to create some impressive afternoon thunderstorms.

August: Holiday season is in full swing. This means the trails are busier, and the towns are vibrant with cultural events and festivities. It’s often very warm at the start of the month, and becoming Autumnal by the end of the month.

September: The flowers are gone but the autumn colours arrive! Of the summer months, September is the driest. Expect quiet trails, crisp evenings, and pleasantly warm afternoons.

For more information, read this blog post. In this post, you’ll find a fun, interactive quiz to help you decide which month is the best for you. 

Tech

Can I charge my electronical devices?

In every place there are electricity (in a very few places only USB outlets) outlets available to charge your electric devices. Please bear in mind to bring a suitable adapter for your plugs. You will need a EU plug for France and Italy and a CH plug for Switzerland. The standard bi-pol plugs which are often used for smartphone chargers often work in all of the countries.

Misc

What happens if I can’t complete a stage / the tour?

If you are feeling unwell / unable to complete a stage of your tour, you will have to rely on public or private transportation to get to the next stage. On some stages it is quite easy to “skip the day”, on others it can be quite a mission. Your guide and the Happy Tracks team will assist you in finding a suitable solution. Please bear in mind that any extra cost which will occur are on your own charge.

In the case you cannot finish the trek, your guide and the Happy tracks team will assist you in finding a suitable solution, to get you back to the start respectively end point of the hike. Unfortunately we cannot offer you a pro-rata refund for not used services such as guiding, accommodation etc. of the remaining days.

Misc

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If you have any other questions or require more specific information on a certain topic, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or simply give us a call!

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Guided Tour du Mont Blanc - Classic Route

Prix
€ 1950.- par personne
Durée
10 days
Destination
Mont Blanc Massif
Voyageurs
12 Hikers Maximum

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