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FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND Explore the Heart of the Alps

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most impressive multi-day tours in the Alps. The route is characterised by the unique backdrop of the Mont Blanc massif with its huge rock towers and imposing glaciers. Covering a distance of around 170 kilometers in 10 days the Tour du Mont Blanc is not just a great challenge but also one of the most scenic long distance walks in the world!
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Destination
France , Italy , Switzerland Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Main Train Station, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Return Location
Main Train Station, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Tour Start Date & Time
27/06/2021 08:00 View other Times
  • 18/07/2021 08:00
  • 08/08/2021 08:00
  • 22/08/2021 08:00
  • 05/09/2021 08:00
  • 19/09/2021 08:00
Price includes
  • A rich and healthy lunch pack on each stage
  • Accommodation (shared bedroom / dormitory)
  • All planned transportation according to the itinerary
  • Full qualified international mountain leader (IML)
  • Half-Board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Equipment rental
  • Luggage Transfer (max. 15kg per unit)
  • Pre- / post-trek accommodation
  • Private expenses (souvenirs, drinks, etc.)
Additional Prices
Luggage Transfer: € 295.- per bag, max. 15kg Private accommodation (twin / double): € 35.- per person and per day Private accommodation (single): € 55.- per person and per day
Aiguilles de Chamonix from Balcon Sud Traverse

Amazing Landscapes

The Tour du Mont Blanc or TMB is one of the most beautiful and diverse long-distance trekking in the world and definitely a must do for every ambitious hiker. Covering a distance of around 170 kilometers in 10 days the Tour du Mont Blanc is not just a great challenge but also one of the most scenic long distance walks in the world! Circumnavigate the Mont Blanc massif passing through traditional and picturesque Italian, Swiss and French villages. Beside the Mont Blanc, you will hike close to so many other impressive 4000m peaks, huge glaciers and crystal clear mountain lakes. The Mont Blanc massif is one of the most beautiful spots on earth with a great natural environment full of animals, flowers, history and culture.

The Tour du Mont Blanc is more than just a multi-day hike. 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 available on the trail. The great network on mountain huts on the trail do make it almost irresistible to stop for a treat along the way.

raphael goofing on border markers, col du balme
Sarah, raphi, grand balcon sud, gliders

The Tour

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is considered one of the classic longdistance 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.

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 long-distance footpath GR5 as it makes its way from the North Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. A link can also be made with the walkers’ Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt in the Swiss Alps.

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What to expect

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most impressive multi-day tours in the Alps and is full of highlights:

  • Hike through France, Italy and Switzerland
  • Spectacular views on the highest mountains of Europe
  • Enjoy culinary specialties such as a real Swiss cheese fondue
  • Swim in crystal clear mountain lakes
  • Meet other interesting and like-minded people
  • Challenge yourself and cover a distance of more than 170km by foot
  • YOUR ITINERARY
YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Your Adventure Begins

Chamonix (Les Houches) > Les Contamines

You’ll get picked up in the morning at your accommodation in Chamonix and driven to Les Houches (Bellevue cable car station) from where you will start your 10-day Tour du Mont Blanc adventure. Even before hiking, you’ll take the cable car up to Bellevue the official start point of the TMB and a great viewpoint with the first amazing views over the Chamonix valley.

From Bellevue, an interesting hike through alpine meadows and a nice forest brings you very close to the Bionassay glacier with the first highlight of the TMB the famous suspension bridge over a wild glacier stream. After crossing the suspension bridge a nice trail leads up to the Col du Tricot. Up there you’ll take a short break and get ready for the short but steep descent to the Chalets du Miage. At the Chalets du Miage there is definitely some time to take a rest and to enjoy our homemade lunch packs. For those who want there is the opportunity to taste one of the best blueberry cakes on the entire trip.

With fresh, energy you’ll be ready for the last climb of the first stage up to the Col du Truc. From there, an easy and nice trail is leading down to the small French mountain village Les Contamines where you’ll spend the night.

DAY 2

On Ancient Paths

Les Contamines > Les Chapieux

After a cosy night you’ll walk along the river on an easy path to the end of the village to the famous Notre Dame de la Gorge church, the official start point of the second stage of the TMB. From the church, an interesting and diverse hike is leading up to the famous Col du Bonhomme. Along the way up you’ll pass alpine meadows, farms, typical mountain huts, sheep and rugged rocky terrain. About half-way up to the Col du Bonhomme there is a nice resting area and the possibility to fill up your water reserves. Once you reach the Col du Bonhomme, anice traverse is leading over to the famous Croix de la Bonhomme mountain hut.

At the hut, it’s definitely worth to plan a short break to try their homemade cake. From there you’ll descend over open meadows down to the small alpine village Les Chapieux. Once you reach Les Chapieux there is enough time to try some local cheese & sausages or to cool down with a cold drink.

DAY 3

The Lost Valley

Les Chapieux > Val Veny

The third stage of the TMB and it is already time for Italy. After the breakfast, you’ll start your trek directly in the Les Chapieux valley and climb up to the Col de la Seigne the border between France and Italy. From the Col de la Seigne you’ll have the first great views on the Mont Blanc and the ongoing TMB trip. With good weather conditions, you can even see over to Switzerland and the great Grand Combin massif. On the way down you’ll pass the so called Casermetta, a mountain museum with a huge 3-D relief map of the entire Mont Blanc Massif and the TMB. Furthermore you can learn many interesting facts about the wildlive and the human impacts on the area.

Further down you’ll pass by the Rifugio Elisabetta a typical Italian mountain hut with great food and Italian coffee. Why not stopping there for a strong Italian coffee or delicious Polenta?

You’ll end the third stage of the TMB at the Cabane du Combal, a nice and modern mountain hut in a great location. In the afternoon there is the possibility to go swimming in a natural glacier lake and to see ibex very close.

DAY 4

Breathtaking Views

Val Veny > Courmayeur

A nice stage is waiting for you with great views over the whole Mont Blanc range. From the Cabane du Combal a short but steep climb brings you up to the south terrace. On the way up you’ll enjoy the sound of a mountain stream, the music of the cowbells and the whistles of the marmots far in the distance. Once you reach the top, you’ll get rewarded with magnificent views over the steep and sheer south side of the Mont Blanc range. If the weather conditions allow, you’ll get a sneak preview of the ongoing route of the TMB further towards Switzerland.

After a relaxing break and a few great photos later, you’ll walk down to the next waypoint of the stage. A nice traverse brings you to the  Maison Vieille, a nice place for lunch with great views. If the lunch break tired you out, there is the option to take a cable car down to Courmayeur. Otherwise you’ll descend on the steep and dusty trail down to the small hamlet Dolonne, before you reach the picturesque Italian town Courmayeur at the foot of Mont Blanc.

In Courmayeur, you’ll stay in a hotel close to the center. After the check-in you’ll have time to explore the village for a bit and to try a real Italian gelato. In the evening your guide will take you to a local restaurant for dinner.

DAY 5

The Balcony Trail

Courmayeur > Val Ferret

The last full day in Italy is waiting for you. A nice hike up along the Val Ferret takes you from Courmayeur over the Rifugio Bertone and Rifugio Bonatti, two very famous and nice mountain huts to the Italian Val Ferret. You’ll start your day with an easy but steep ascent to the upper end of Courmayeur. On the way up you can admire the beautiful and very typical architecture. Once you left Courmayeur the trail is leading further uphill through a dense forest. The trail is steep and you have to work hard to reach the Rifugio Bertone, but hey the views are worth it!

At the Rifugio Bertone there is the perfect opportunity to refill your water bottles and to stop for another Italian Coffee. Behind the hut there is an amazing viewpoint, offering views on the sheer south side of the Mont Blanc and the famous Skyway (= recently built cable car). The second part of your hike is rather easy and you’ll follow the nice traverse high up over the Val Ferret towards the Rifugio W. Bonatti where you will stay overnight.

For those who are still energized at the end of the day, there are some beautiful extra loops to discover behind the hut and your guide is happy to show you those secret spots!

DAY 6

Over High Alpine Passes

Val Ferret > La Fouly

In the morning you’ll continue the traverse further to the end of the Italian Val Ferret. At the end of the traverse you’ll reach the Chalet Val Ferret, a perfect spot to enjoy one of the last Italian coffees of the trip in the morning sun.

From Arpnuova (Chalet Val Ferret) you’ll climb up the steep but nice slopes to the Swiss border and the Grand Col Ferret. During your ascent, you’ll have magnificent views over the massive Grande Jorasses and the Mont Dolent with its impressive glacier. After the first big climb of the morning, you’ll pass by the Rifugio Elena, a welcoming stop for to refill your water reservoirs and for a snack, so that you’ll have enough energy to climb the second part up to the top. From the Rifugio the trail winds up in steep serpentines towards the saddle. Once you reach the the mountain pass you’ll enter into Switzerland over the Grand Col Ferret (which will also be the highest point of the entire tour unless you’ll take the Fenêtre d’Arpette variant later on the tour).

From the Grand Col Ferret, there is the possibility to add a small extra loop with a few extra meters of ascent with the aim to climb the Tête de Ferret peak. On the second part of the day you’ll be descending into the Swiss Val Ferret towards La Fouly. Half-way down there is the Alpage de la Peule, a really nice farm with great Swiss style food, cold drinks and locally made cheese to try. You’ll end your day in the small mountain village La Fouly. Of course you’ll have the opportunity to buy some well deserved Swiss chocolate after a long day!

DAY 7

Discover Pure Swissness

La Fouly > Champex-Lac

An easy day is waiting for you. On this stage, you’ll experience many nice alpine meadows, beautiful Swiss villages and you’ll pass the probably most photographed and unexpected object along the TMB. The day is full of “swissness” and you can learn a lot about the history, the so called forts (underground bunkers from WWII) and of course the nature.

You’ll reach Champex-Lac (also called „little Canada“), a picturesque Swiss village with a beautiful lake. At the end of the day you’ll enjoy an ice cream at the lake where you can go swimming, stand up paddling. You’ll stay overnight either in the village or in the beautiful Arpette Valley!

DAY 8

Alpine Meadows & Pink Church

Champex-Lac > Trient

From Champex-Lac a very nice and great hike is leading over to the small and picturesque village of Trient. The day starts easily through the lower part of the village and along open meadows. You’ll be able to admire typical Swiss chalets and to listen to some interesting stories about local life. The way up to the Bovine is steep and challenging but definitively worth it, especially when you keep the best cake on the entire TMB which you can get at Bovine in your mind. 

After a nice stop at the Bovine mountain hut, you’ll take your way down to the Col de la Forclaz (an important mountain pass and part of the Tour de France 2016). From the Col de la Forclaz you’ll take a nice trail down to Trient where you’ll spend your last night in Switzerland.

Fenêtre d’Arpette variant:

If the group fitness and the weather conditions allow you might also tackle the tough and difficult trail over the Fenêtre d’Arpette to reach Trient. Instead of strolling along meadows you’ll accept the challenge and hike up the steep, remote and rugged Arpette valley. Shortly before you’ll reach the pass the trail gets very rocky and a little bit of scrambling brings you to this exceptional mountain pass.

From the top you’ll see the impressive Trient Glacier and with good weather conditions you’ll be able to see the Matterhorn in the far distance. After a rest you’ll tackle the still steep and difficult descent towards Trient. The trail is long and it winds along a huge glacier moraine towards Trient. At the end of the difficulties you’ll reach the Chalet du Glacier, a welcoming buvette where you’ll stop for a cold drink and a snack. The rest of the way into Trient is short and easy.

DAY 9

Views of Mont Blanc

Trient > Argentière

Your second last day of the Tour du Mont Blanc brings you over the Col de Balme back to France. You’ll start your day early in the morning and climb up to the Col de Balme. From up there you’ll have the most amazing views of the Mont Blanc.

From the Col de Balme, you’ll take the trail back down to Le Tour. If the group is fit there is the possibility to include the Col des Possettes and the Aiguillette des Possettes peak. Once you reach Le Tour you’ll walk along some nice meadows to Argentière. In Argentière you’ll have some time to discover the pretty village and to go for an Apéro before dinner.

DAY 10

Superb Scenery & Last Day

Argentière > Chamonix

The last day of the TMB is full of highlights again. If you are up for it you can climb up to the famous Lac Blanc over some nice and adventurous ladders or take the normal way up there. Best panoramic views and the ultimate photography spots won’t be missed. If you feel tired there is the option of taking the cable car from Flégère back down to Chamonix.

More about France

The Haute Savoie is a department in the Rhône Alps, which is located in the south east of France. The Haute Savoie is border to both countries - Italy and Switzerland. The capitol of the department is Annecy, a town with a beautiful lake and a historical old-town. It is also nicknamed “The Venice of the Alps”. The breathtaking mountains in the entire region and especially in the Mont Blanc range, attract thousands of tourists every year. Many ambitious alpinists challenge their selves by climbing the roof of Europe - the famous Mont Blanc with an altitude of 4810 meters above sea level.

The Mont Blanc Valley

Chamonix is known as Europes outdoor capitol. Each year, it attracts thousands of extreme mountaineers and skiers from all over the world. Via the Aiguille Midi cable car, one can access the world’s most famous off-piste run, the Vallée Blanche. The run starts at 3842 meters above sea level and ends down in the center of Chamonix. The Mer de Glace is the biggest glacier in France and one of the biggest in Europe. You can visit a real ice cave which is underneath the glacier.Chamonix is also the town of the first winter Olympics ever held in 1924. In 1741, the two young English aristocrats, William Windham and Richard Pocock, visited the Mer de Glace above Chamonix. They had no idea that the recital of their visit to this small mountain village and its glaciers had such an impact on the whole of Europe. The first hotel opened in 1770 and marked the early development of the hotel trade and the first mountaineering exploits. The Mont Blanc was first climbed in 1786 by Jacques Balmat and the doctor Michel Paccard. The ascent had a great impact on Chamonix to become a popular mountaineering destination. In 1821, the Compagnie des Guides was created and tourism increased immensely. Only six years later there were already 39 hotels in Chamonix. Chamonix is surrounded by impressive peaks. The Aiguille Rouges on the north-west side and the MontBlanc massif with the famous Aiguille du Midi on the southeast side.

Les Houches

Located only 6 kilometer away from Chamonix, Les Houches is a relatively quiet and small town which makes it ideal as a family summer and winter resort. The village is located directly on the foot of Mont Blanc and many alpinists take the cable car up to Bellevue to start their ascent onto Mont Blanc. Most of them will spend the night at the futuristic looking Gouter refuge which is located on the edge of the Aiguille du Gouter at an altitude of 3835 meter. Les Houches is also home for the famous Kandahar slope. Since 1924 the world downhill ski championships take place here every other year in February.

Les Contamines

The village is located on the foot of the Mont Joly (the pretty mountain) on an altitude of 1150 meter. It is surrounded by some impressive peaks such as the Domes de Miage, the Tré la Tête and the Mont Blanc. At the end of the valley along the TMB lies the beautiful baroque church which is named after the gorge next to it: “Notre Dame de la Gorge”. The church was once used as a sanctuary and it was and still is an important and spiritual location for pilgrims.

Les Chapieux

The village is located near the Italian border at an altitude of 1550 meter. In 1856 the first hotel was already built in Les Chapieux to accommodate the pioneering English hikers on the famous Tour du Mont-Blanc. During the 2nd world war the few houses in Les Chapieux where abandoned by their owners and used as refuges for soldiers. Today you can visit the war monument just next to the village. Les Chapieux has a small shepherds market where you can buy local cheese, sausages or other homemade specialties.

More about Italy

The Aosta valley starts with its northern borders in the well-known alpinism town Courmayeur, which is located on the south side of the Mont Blanc. The Aosta valley is home for the highest peaks in Italy – the Cervino (Matterhorn), Monte Rosa, the Grand Paradiso and of course the Mont Blanc! The capital city of the region also named Aosta has the reputation to be the most authentic Roman town after Rome. One can see many well preserved ancient roman buildings.

Val Veny

The valley starts from the Col de la Seigne which is the border between Italy and France. It was once formed by the two huge glaciers Brenva and Miage. The Miage glacier is with more than 10 km the longest in Italy. At the entrance of the valley lies the shrine of Our Lady of Healing (French: Notre-Dame-de-guérison)

Courmayeur

The town is the base camp for many mountaineers. While the ascent from Chamonix up the Mont Blancis relatively easy the south face of the Mont Blanc is dominated by impressive ridge lines which are tough climbs! While Courmayeur is quite calm during the summer month it gets a very busy ski town in the winter. There are many nice cafés selling excellent Italian ice cream and of course not to forget the pizza. Courmayeur shares the administration of Mont Blanc with its neighboring municipality of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains in France, and is consequently able to claim the title of highest commune in Italy. Close to the town there is the bottom station of the Skyway Monte Bianco. The construction of this new cable car with 360° rotating cabins was finished in 2015. A total investment of 110 million Euro was made. The top station is located nextto the point Hellbronner on 3450 meters above sea level. It offers access to the famous Vallée Blanche ski descent.

Val Ferret

The Val Ferret is the name of the two valleys departing from the Col Ferret on the border between Italy and Switzerland, on the southern side the Mont Blanc Massif. To the northeast, the Swiss valley, which drains into the Rhône basin; to the southwest, the Italian valley, which drains into the Po basin. The two valleys are connected by a mountain footpath through the Col Ferret which is part of the TMB.

More about Switzerland

The canton of Valais is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland. It is the canton of the giant mountains. There are 41 peaks above 4000 meter located in the Valais whilst there are only 82 in the entire Alps. The canton of Valais is widely known for the Matterhorn and resort towns such as Crans-Montana, Saas Fee, Verbier and Zermatt. It is composed of 13 districts (hence the 13 stars on the flag). The canton is simultaneously one of the driest regions of Switzerland in its central Rhône valley and among the wettest, having large amounts of snow and rain up on the highest peaks found in Switzerland. The Rhône valley is famous for its numerous vineyards and apricot trees. Many of the towns, down in the valley, such as Martigny, Visp or Leuk, where once settled by the Romans.

La Fouly and Ferret

The area around the small villages la Fouly and Ferret is also called the country of Saint Bernard. The huge Bernese dogs were once used to rescue victims out of avalanches. They we raised up at the Grand Saint Bernard hospice (named after the so called mountain pass) which is bordering Italy. Nowadays, they are a national symbol of Switzerland. In the town Martigny one can visit the Saint Bernard museum and the friendly dogs. La Fouly is located on the foot of the Mont Dolent which summit is exactly the border between Switzerland, Italy and France. The area is still dominated by several alpine farms producing delicious cheese and other farm products.

Issert

Issert is a small village with only 87 inhabitants. The decrease of the glacier left numerous boulders which were used to stabilize the houses and to build walls.

Praz de Fort

This peaceful village will give you the impression to go back in time. Many old raccards (attics to store the hay) turned into charming family houses, leaving the outside of the building still in its original. Praz de Fort means the meadow of the chalk kilns – have a closer look and you will see the remaining of some old chalk kilns.

Champex

Champex has a beautiful alpine botanic garden which is located on the south slopes of Mont Catogne. There is also an underground fortress which has been used by the Swiss army during the second world war in case of an attack of the Italian troops coming over the Grand Saint Bernard pass. It is possible to visit the fortress. You can also swim in the cold mountain lake, go fishing or hire a paddle boat.

Bovine

The alpage along the TMB trail is a great place to rest. Not just the delicious cake but also the surroundings make it worthwhile to stop. The alpage is very proud of their black, strong cows.

Col de la Forclaz

The Col de la Forclaz is a mountain pass on 1500 meter. It is connecting Martigny with Trient. In 2016, the Tour de France passed over this pass.

Trient

Trient is located on the foot of an impressive glacier. In the 19th century huge ice blocks where transported by train and soled expensive in the big cities such as Paris. One of the steepest cog rail trains (87%) leads up to the Emosson dam. The water is used to produce electricity for the Swiss railway. Trient has a bright pink church and is also home for Raphael and Anja from Happy Tracks.

More about this tour

Luggage Transfer
If you would like to enjoy the Tour du Mont Blanc the most and don’t worry about your luggage and what to pack, our luggage transfer service is the perfect choice. If you book our luggage transfer you will only hike with a small 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, to prevent any damage or loss to your belongings. We do not have a size restriction of the bags but the weight is limited to 15kg per bag. Please note that loose single items or open bags (e.g. shopper 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. Mostly you will be staying in mountain huts. The accommodation along the way offers a charming and friendly atmosphere in a mountainous atmosphere. 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. For the nights in the mountain huts 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 batteries and Wi-Fi (not in Les Chapieux) for free.

Private Accommodation

If you choose private accommodation for your trip, we organize a double or twin room for you on each stage of the tour if not mentioned else in our pre-departure e-mail conversation. Please note that a private double 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 (it is sometimes a shared bathroom on the floor). 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.

Food

During the trekking, you will have the chance to taste the great variety of local specialities. The accommodations offer always half-board with your stay which includes a breakfast and a three-course dinner. The breakfast contains always 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 the dinner only tap water is included, soft drinks such as wine or beer are on your own charge.

During the day we provide a rich, healthy and daily fresh prepared lunch-pack for you. 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 unit 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 when we know this in advance.

Water

To do a long distance trekking is a great challenge and a good physical workout. During the summer it can be quite warm in the Alps so it is important to carry enough water. We strongly recommend to take between two and three liters of water on such a trekking. We recommend taking at least two one-litre bottles (plastic or aluminium) or a camel bag (water bladder). 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.

Weather

During the summer in the Alps (June – September) we experience usually 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 be sometimes quite unpredictable and meteorological situations can change very quickly. Therefore, it is necessary to be always prepared for such a change. Another fact is that you will be hiking in different altitude levels, so 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 depending on the season 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.

Currency

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.

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 hiking / trekking experience?

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

Whats 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?

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.

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

I have more questions!

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!

User Reviews & Comments

  • Anne-Sophie
    5 out of 5

    Had a fantastic time on this trip. The views were absolutely stunning, worth every step, great group and thanks to Dave for being a great guide! Highly recommend!

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    01/09/2020

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  • John
    5 out of 5

    Everything ran smoothly. The guide was knowledgeable and considerate. The food was great.

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    22/08/2020

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  • Hannah
    5 out of 5

    The trip was very well organised and a great challenge from start to finish. It was made a trip of a lifetime by our guide Joel who was top rate and made sure we got the absolute maximum from each day. The group size and mix were also perfect and I’ve made some great friends!

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    22/08/2019

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  • Melissa
    5 out of 5

    The guide had local knowledge and kept us on interesting paths in the quiet alternative routes to the main TMB routes. All with great views, good humour and some great packed lunches!

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    15/07/2019

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  • Karen
    5 out of 5

    Joel and Rachel were amazing when I had to leave the mountain on the second day (health problems). They couldn’t have been kinder and more accommodating a big thank you from me.

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    29/06/2019

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Tour du Mont Blanc - Classic Route

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10 days
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