Trip ReportSecrets of the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) - Happy Tracks Ltd

Starting in France and passing through Italy and Switzerland – the Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most beautiful and diverse trails in the world! On your multiple day (hut to hut trekking adventure you will circumnavigate the highest peak of Europe, whilst you can explore the different cultures and languages. You will get rewarded with an outstanding nature of glaciers, crystal clear alpine lakes, beautiful meadows and forests.

Tour du Mont Blanc

What is the Tour du Mont Blanc?

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is considered one of the classic long distance hiking trails. The circular route is normally walked in a counterclockwise direction in 10 days. It is also the route of an annual mountain marathon in which the winner normally covers the entire distance in less than 24 hours. The route passes through seven valleys around the Mont-Blanc massif, an anti-clockwise start in Chamonix would lead through the Chamonix (or Arve) valley, then Montjoie, Vallée des Glaciers, Italian Val Veny, Val Ferret, Swiss Val Ferret, and either the Arpette or Trient valley in Switzerland, dependent on the route chosen. The highest points on any variant of the trail are the Col des Fours in France and the Fenêtre d’Arpette in Switzerland, both at an altitude of 2,665 m.

chamonix valley in the morning france PXVT7HR scaled

The ‘official’ route has changed over the course of the years and many alternatives, or so called variants, exist to the standard route. Some of these take the intrepid walker onto paths requiring greater fitness, awareness and skill. Others provide less demanding options, which are often quicker than the accepted route, but provide lesser viewpoints onto the mountain ranges. For a part of the way, between Les Houches and the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, the route coincides with the European makes its way from the North Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. A link can also be made with the walkers’ HauteRoute from Chamonix to Zermatt in the Swiss Alps.

Mont Blanc South Val Ferret scaled

What about the accommodation?

Plentiful accommodation exists along the entire route, allowing it to be broken into segment to suit any available time frame. This takes a variety of forms, from separate bedrooms to large mixedsex dormitories. Cooked meals are available at most. Along the trail there are plenty of opportunities to try out the local cuisine. The choice is great and you can select from a wide range of different meals. From a simple French blueberry cake to a traditional Italian polenta or a Swiss style Rösti with local wine, there is pretty much everything.

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