The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most famous long-distance hikes, not only in Europe but in the world! But it can also be intimidating knowing what to pack for a long distance trek – especially when you’re carrying everything yourself! That’s why I’ve created the Tour du Mont Blanc Packing List!
It inspires awe every day as you circumnavigate Mont Blanc, the second highest mountain in Europe. If you’re planning a trip, you’ll definitely want to check out Tour du Mont Blanc: How to Plan for this Epic Adventure and the 7-day, 9-day and 10-day TMB Self-Guided tours that I offer!
This was my first real long distance hike and I had only a vague idea of what to pack since most of my other hiking trips were day hikes or just an overnight backcountry camping trip. When I first laid everything out on my bed and tried to stuff it in my backpack a third of it didn’t fit. The next attempt, I managed to get it closed, but just barely. After strapping it up and staggering a few steps, and realized that if I was having a hard time making it across my bedroom, I had no chance of making it 160km across mountain passes every day. So I reduced again. Reflecting on my TMB (short for Tour du Mont Blanc) afterwards I probably overpacked a tiny bit but was overall happy with my packing list. I’ve modified a bit to reflect that.CHECK OUT OUR SELF-GUIDED TOUR DU MONT BLANC TREKS
Using this Tour du Mont Blanc Packing List:
This list assumes that you will be staying in refuges, and taking between 7 – 12 days to do the hike. If you plan to sleep in a tent, of course, you would need camping gear, and decide whether you would be cooking your own food or eating at a nearby refuge. It also assumes that you will be carrying your own pack – You’ll need a 60-L backpack. If you pack really light you can get away with a 45-litre backpack, which I used. If you don’t want to carry your own pack, then I highly recommend doing a self-guided tour booked through an amazing tour operator that I’ve partnered with. They can take care of that for you and book all your accommodations as well! If you’re having your luggage transferred daily, a 35-L backpack is fine.
If you have any questions about this packing list, leave a comment below and I’ll try to answer it. Happy Packing!
Hiking boots – Choose an ankle-height pair that is waterproof or water resistant. VERY IMPORTANT: Be sure to break them in before you start the Tour du Mont Blanc. You don’t want to be in constant agony because of blisters.
Clothing for Hanging out After Hiking in the TMB Refuges
Nightshirt or something to sleep in – You may be sharing a room with others. Even if you have your own private room, you will be sharing a bathroom, so bring something that covers everything. I.e. leave the negligee at home.
ALPS Mountaineering MicroFiber Rectangle Sleeping Bag Liner – The refuges provide blankets and a pillow. A sleeping bag liner serves as a barrier between you and the blankets. Bring this even if you’re staying in private rooms since some but not all accommodations provide linens.
Nutritious Snacks that don’t squish easily. Nuts and dried fruit are good choices. Crackers and wafers get crushed easy and chocolate melts. If you crave something sweet, then gummy bears are a better choice than chocolate since they don’t melt. If you have any food allergies, like me, I’m Celiac so can’t eat any gluten, then bring a few extra snacks in case the refuges aren’t able to accommodate your allergy or forget, as happened to me on a couple of occasions.
Note: Breakfast and dinner are both served in the refuge. You have the option to purchase a to-go lunch from them which is what we did. The other option is to bring more food, or plan to stop at one of the refuges en route for lunch. If you choose the last option, prepare to do more route planning so that you don’t end up eating lunch at 10:00 am or 4:00 pm.
Miscellaneous Hiking Gear
Universal Travel Adapter. You’ll need an adapter that works in Europe and that has multiple outlets. Outlets are in short supply in the huts and this one allows you to charge multiple devices at the same time.
Most refuges do not accept credit cards and there are only cash machines in the towns – of which you will not be in everyday if you stay in refuges, so be sure to bring enough cash with you.
]In Europe it’s required by law that you carry identification with you. If you’re not European, you must carry your passport with you.
Camera or phone with a good camera like an iPhone or Android phone.
That my friends is your complete Tour du Mont Blanc packing list! If you have any other essential items for this trip, let me know in the comments below. Happy packing!
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