- Additional Info
- 20/07/2024 08:30
- 17/08/2024 08:30
- A rich and healthy lunch pack on each stage
- Full qualified international mountain leader (IML)
- Half-Board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)
- Luggage Transfer (max. 15kg per unit)
- Private Accommodation (twin / double)
- Equipment rental
- Pick-up / drop-off in the Chamonix-Valley
- Pre- / post-trek accommodation
- Private expenses (souvenirs, drinks, etc.)
Hiking the Comfort Tour du Mont Blanc, you’ll get a twin room for at least seven out of nine nights. If you are traveling as a two you will share with your partner or friend. If you are travelling alone you will room with another guest. You’ll stay in small hotels, auberges and a few mountain refuges. Please note, however, that private rooms in mountain refuges are not comparable to hotel rooms. When you stay at mountain refuges, you may have to share a bathroom with the other people on your floor (single sex bathrooms). You will spend one or two nights in a shared dorm at a mountain refuge.
Luggage transfers are included in the Comfort Tour du Mont Blanc, so you won’t have to carry a huge bag. Just carry your day pack, and we’ll transport the rest to your next location. This allows you to pack some extra comforts for the evenings, such as a laptop and a thick book!
Comfort Tour Route
The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) circles around Mont Blanc, passing through France, Italy and Switzerland. The route is around 170 kilometres (105 miles), with 10,000 metres of ascent. Some of the trails are rocky, and completing the route requires a basic level of fitness. The Comfort Tour du Mont Blanc takes 10 days to complete. Each day is around 15 – 20 kilometres (12 miles), with 1000 metres of ascent. We offer trips between June – September. For information about the best time to do the Comfort Tour du Mont Blanc, read this post.
There are many alternatives, or so called “variants”, to the classic route. Some take steeper, more technical trails, whilst others take shorter, easier trails. It’s possible to shorten some days by taking buses or riding a list. The exact route taken depends on the overall fitness of the group.
Believe it or not, there’s 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!
Comfort Tour 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 hiking the TMB with a group, you get to feel an unbeatable sense of camaraderie. Many of our guided groups stay in touch, and go on to build long-lasting friendships.
Hiking the Comfort Tour du Mont Blanc, 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.
A popular Tour du Mont Blanc 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”.
For more Tour du Mont Blanc highlights, read this post.
What to Expect
Hiking the Comfort Tour du Mont Blanc, you will :
- Hike through France, Italy and Switzerland
- Get big views of 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
- Sleep at least 7 out of 9 nights in a private room (2 people in a twin room)
- Benefit from luggage transfers
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More about this tour
This tour includes luggage transfer. With the luggage transfer you will only hike with a daypack, with the most necessary things in it which you need during the day. On the Tour du Mont Blanc we can offer you luggage transportation on 8 out of 9 nights, that means that you'll need to carry for one night just what you need for the overnight stay. The rest of your luggage gets transported during the day to the next destination. You'll need to pack your luggage in a duffle bag, no hard suitcases can be transported. We do not have a size restriction on the bags but the weight is limited to 15kg per bag. Please note that loose single items or open bags cannot be transported. Furthermore short-life food products (e.g. cheese, fresh meat etc.) are not allowed in your luggage.
A general note about the accommodation
On a long distance trekking, you will experience the mountain lifestyle and sleep in authentic places.
On this tour we will stay in a mixture of mountain refuges, small hotels and local auberges. The accommodation along the way offers a charming and friendly atmosphere and a real insight into traditional mountain life. You will experience both accommodation high up in the mountains far away from civilization or located in a typical mountain village or even a small town. The accommodation offers many services such as a hot shower and running water.
Most nights of this tour you will share a twin room with another hiker in the group but on one or two nights we will stay in a shared dormitory. This is a real alpine experience but still comfortable. You’ll stay in bunk beds with a pillow and blankets (a thin and light sleeping bag liner is advisable for hygienic reasons).
In every place, there is electricity to charge your phone or other devices. Phone signal is sometimes limited and in the high mountain refuges there is no wi-fi connection.
This tour includes several nights in private accommodation. This means a twin room, shared with 1 other hiker from our group. Please note that a private double or twin room in a mountain hut is not comparable to a hotel room. It is already luxury to have a private room in such great locations high up in the mountains. Therefore there is not always an ensuite bathroom but shared bathrooms and showers. Also, towels are usually not provided so please bring your own towel (if possible fast drying). A single supplement might be charged, depending on group size and room availability.
During the trekking, you will have the chance to taste the great variety of local specialities. The accommodations offer half-board with your stay which includes a breakfast and a three-course dinner. The breakfast is simple continental style and always includes: coffee / tea, bread, butter and jam. Depending on the location of the accommodation there is also orange-juice, cereals, yoghurt, fruits, cheese and meat available for breakfast. The three-course dinner in the evening is hearty and the plates are quite big. A typical menu could be a soup for the starter, a main course with meat, vegetables and a side dish (rice, polenta, pasta) and a dessert which can be for example vanilla pudding, crème brulée or fruit salad. For drinks only tap water is included, soft drinks such as wine or beer are available and must be paid separately .
During the day we provide a picnic lunch for your or sometimes stop along the way for lunch at a mountain refuge. We try to offer you a big variety of lunch packs so that it does not get boring after 10 days. Our lunch packs consist usually one big item such as a sandwich, a wrap, a salad and of course a selection of fresh fruits, muesli bars, chocolate, nuts, dried fruits, juice, crackers, cakes etc. If you have any food restriction (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance etc.) please let us know as soon as possible. It is no problem to arrange the meals and lunch packs according to your preference as long as we know in advance.
Carrying enough water each day on the hike is essential. We recommend having a 2 litre capacity for carrying water. We highly recommend a soft flask style container or bladder that doesn't take up too much space in your bag.. The tap water is usually drinkable, but there are limited resources on the trails to fill up your bottle. Your guide will give you an advice for each day.
During the summer in the Alps (June – September) we experience fair and quite warm weather. It is often sunny and the temperatures can reach up to 30° Celsius, although it is a dry heat. The weather in the mountains can often be quite unpredictable and meteorological situations can change very quickly. Therefore, it is necessary to always be prepared for such a change. During the hike we will gain andlose a lot of altitude and there will be a significant change between the valley ground and the high mountain passes. On a rainy day temperatures can drop quite low and it is necessary to have a good rain jacket and even a hat and a pair of gloves. If you stick to our equipment list, you will be ready for any weather situation. Please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any questions about this topic.
Trail / Conditions
From the moment you start the trekking we highly recommend you to have a valid travel, medical & mountain evacuation insurance, which is a very important factor in case of an accident. You will need full travel & holiday insurance suitable for a trekking holiday. This will need to be organized by you before the trek starts. It is essential that you have the correct insurance in case of a medical emergency on the mountain, as rescue can be costly. Rescue in France & Italy is usually not charged, depending on the circumstances. In Switzerland however you will always be asked to pay and this could be several thousand Swiss francs, especially if a helicopter rescue is necessary. The cost of hospitalization and subsequent care is normally the most expensive part of any accident if you do not have the correct cover and are hospitalized 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.
Along the TMB you will travel through France, Italy and Switzerland. It is always worth to have some Euros (EUR) and some Swiss Francs (CHF) in cash with you, if you would like to buy some drinks and souvenirs along the way. All of the places in Switzerland accept Euros but it is sometimes better to have some Swiss Francs as the conversion rate at the shops is quite bad. In the bigger villages (Chamonix, Les Houches, Les Contamines, Courmayeur, La Fouly, Champex, Argentière) there are also ATM cash machines. Most of the places also accept the most common credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, American Express), but please bear in mind that there might be a small commission fee or a minimum amount.