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TRAVEL UPDATE TO FRANCE, ITALY AND SWITZERLAND

The Tour du Mont Blanc isn’t possible for American travellers until at least August 1st (TBA) and currently isn’t possible for UK or Canadian travellers until further notice. If you have residency within the EU your trip may be possible. Please contact us before booking and for modified options of the TMB.

Alternatively, consider another tour that we can currently confirm which include: the Walker’s Haute Route in France and Switzerland (possible for Americans), Alta Via 1 in Italy (possible if you arrive on a covid-tested flight), Via Dinarica in Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania (possible for most travellers) and the White Mountains in Crete, Greece (possible for most travellers). 

TOUR DU MONT BLANC HIKING TOUR OVERVIEW

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the best long-distance hikes in the world! 
This classic well-signed hike takes you around the glacier-covered Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe. You’ll hike through pristine alpine regions of France, Italy, and Switzerland. You’ll climb dramatic mountain passes, hike through alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, and pass pristine mountain lakes.

Your efforts will be rewarded each day with delectable local cuisine from each country shared in the company of fellow TMB hikers.

Our Tour du Mont Blanc self-guided tours give you the freedom to hike on your own. But without the time-consuming hassles of booking accommodation in three different languages, planning your route, or trying to look up bus schedules. You also get peace of mind, knowing if something goes wrong on the trail, we’re only a phone call away.

With our Tour du Mont Self-Guided Tours, you’ll hike with a group of like-minded people and can focus on having the best hike of your life without worrying about any of the logistics. 


HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TOUR DU MONT BLANC HIKING TOUR

✔ Hike in 3 countries – France, Italy, and Switzerland.

✔ Be wowed by the incredible views of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe from all sides.

✔ Hike one of the most iconic long-distance trekking trails in the world. 

✔ Pass through charming mountain villages in the Alps.

✔ Eat delicious meals with a regional flair from each country.

✔ Hike dramatic mountain passes, meadows filled with wildflowers and gorgeous mountain lakes.

✔ Choose to stay in mountain huts on the trail or hotel/ B&Bs in nearby villages.


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6-DAY TOUR DU MONT BLANC SELF-GUIDED TOUR INFO

The Tour du Mont Blanc Self-Guided Luxury Tour starts is the most luxurious offer we have for the TMB. It’s an excellent choice if you prefer more creature comforts. After hiking, you’ll stay in 3-star accommodations each night and have your own private bathroom. Note: with the exception of one night when only a 2-star superior accommodation is available.

Your tour starts in Les Houches and finishes in Chamonix. You’ll hike the most scenic parts of the trail totally ~ 76 km (47 miles) and skip the less beautiful parts via transfers (buses, lifts or private taxis).

This is an excellent choice if you want more comfortable accommodation, are new to long-distance trekking, are short on time. Or simply want to spend a few days eating croissants at cafes in Paris (no judgment here).

You’ll hike ~4 – 6 hours each day w/ 500 m – 1300 m of elevation gain. Our TMB self-guided tour includes a detailed route description, walking times and a map. We’ll also provide you with a contact number should any emergencies arise during your trip.

Our TMB self-guided tour allows you to experience the freedom of independent hiking without all the headaches of organizing the logistics.

Day 1: Les Houches – Bellevue – Col du Tricot – The Les Contamines

Your tour starts at the lift in Les Houches which you’ll take up to Bellevue (1780 m).

You’re now at the foot of the route of the regular route to the summit of the Mont-Blanc, and at the starting point of your incredible trek!

Your hike starts with a beautiful crossing that takes you under the glacier of Bionnassay. Then, you’ll climb the alpine pastures to the Col du Tricot (2120 m). Reward your efforts so far by taking in the panorama of the Contamines-Montjoie valley, before descending a steep path on the rustic chalets of Miage (1559 m). Finally, you’ll go around Mount Truc (1811 m) to reach the village of Les Contamines-Montjoie where you’ll spend the night.

  • Hiking Time: 5 hours, 600 m ascent, 1200 m descent, ~ 11 km.
  • Transfers: Lift from Les Houches to Bellvue (2 km, Cost: €14.30 pp, 10 minutes). If you wish to hike this section and skip the transfer, it’s 4.5 km, 797 m ascent and takes ~1.5 hours.
  • N.B.: it is possible to shorten this stage by removing the climb to Col du Tricot. You’ll find info on the alternate route in your Travel Pack.

Day 2: Les Contamines-Montjoie – Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge – Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme – Les Chapieux – Bourg St. Maurice

You’ll start the day with a short transfer to Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge (1210m) and an optional visit to the famous Baroque church. Then, it’s a progressive hike up to Bonhomme Pass (2329m) between the Mont-Blanc and Beaufortain mountain range. You continue going up until you reach Croix-du-Bonhomme Pass(2433 m) where a beautiful panorama of Mont-Pourri (3779 m) is the reward for your efforts.

Then, you’ll hike down through an alpine pasture that leads you to the hamlet of Chapieux. From there, you’ll take a private transfer (included in the price) to your accommodation in Bourg St Maurice.

  • Hiking Time: 6 hours, 1300 m ascent, 950 m descent, ~ 15 km.
  • Transfer 1: Notre Dame de la Gorge: 3.6 km.
  • Transfer 2: Bourg Saint Maurice 15km (transfer to your accommodation in the village). You’ll do the same transfer the next morning to start hiking again.

Day 3: Bourg Saint Maurice – Col de la Seigne – Val Veny – Courmayeur

You’ll start the day with a private transfer (included in the price) to la Ville des Glaciers (1800 m) and start hiking from there. But first, you may want to start with a visit to the cheese farm to discover how the famous Beaufort cheese is made. Then, you’ll hike up to an alpine pasture to La Seigne Pass (2516 m).

You’ve now reached the Italian border. It’s a stunning viewpoint with views of legendary summits like Mont-Blanc of Courmayeur, Noire de Peuterey, and Grandes Jorasses. They all seem so close!

Then, you’ll hike down to the Val Veny at the end of Miage Glacier. It’s a short transfer by local bus to Courmayeur (1226 m), the capital of the Italian Alps where you’ll be spending the night.

  • Hiking Time: 5 hours, 750 m ascent, 900 m descent, ~ 13.5 km.
  • Transfer 1: Bourg Saint Maurice – La Ville des Glaciers: 19 km.
  • Transfer 2: To Courmayeur: 7 km.

Day 4: Courmayeur – Grand Col Ferret – Ferret or La Fouly – Champex

Courmayeur to the end of the Val Ferret. You’ll begin the hike at the end of the Pré-de-Bar Glacier and Mont Dolent (3823 m) and hike until you reach Elena Hut (2052 m).

Then, you’ll continue hiking in the direction of the Grand Ferret Pass (2 57m), the border pass between Italy and Switzerland. Take one last look at the Val Ferret before you hike down through the picturesque Swiss mountain pasture to reach the hamlet of Ferret (1 740m). Then you’ll take a short transfer on a local bus to the village of Champex and its charming lake where you can cool off with a swim.

  • Hiking Time: 5 hours, 800 m ascent, 850 m descent, ~ 12 km.
  • Transfer 1: To Arnuvaz: 13 km.
  • Transfer 2: To Champex: 19 km.

Day 5: Champex to l’Argentière

From Champex, you’re going to discover the famous Swiss mountain pastures and the cows that produce some of the most famous cheese of the Alps! From Bovines, the view of the valley of the Rhônes and of the Swiss Valais is amazing.

There’s also an option for a longer and harder hike to the Fenêtre d’Arpette (2665m), a splendid pass that’s one of the highlights of the trip. Note: this option should only be done in good weather. Your hike finishes in the village of Trient (1 280m). From there, you’ll take a private transfer to l’Argentière. You’re now back in France.

  • Hiking Time: Bovines Route: 5:30 hours, 700 m ascent, 800 m descent OR Arpette Window: 8
    hours, 1200 m ascent, 1400 m descent, ~ 14 km.
  • Transfers To l’Argentière: 15 km or 10 km by foot.

Day 6: l’Argentière – Tré-le-Champ – lacs Chéserys – Lac Blanc – La Flégère – Chamonix

You’re in for a treat on your final day. This hike in the Aiguilles-Rouges Massif in front of Mont Blanc provides spectacular viewpoints of glaciers and summits. FromMontets Pass (1 461m), you’ll follow a balcony trail to Chéserys Lake. It’s famous for its reflection of Mont Blanc!

You’ll continue to the beautiful Blanc Lake (2352m), then hike down to La Flégère (1877m). You can either take the Lift Les Praz de Chamonix or hike down to Chamonix. It’s your choice. Your hike finishes at the train station in Chamonix where you’ll pick up your luggage.

  • Hiking Time: 5 hours, 950 m ascend, 650 m descent, ~ 10 / 11 km.
  • Transfers: Argentière – Col des montets (10min, 3km), Lift of la flégère 30 min, Bus Praz de Chamonix to Chamonix (5min, 3km).

COST OF THE 6-DAY LUXURY TOUR DU MONT BLANC SELF-GUIDED TOUR: 

€1449

30% is due at the time of booking. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

✔ 5 nights of accommodation (4 nights in three-star accommodation with a private bathroom and 1 night in two-star superior accommodation with a shared bathroom)
✔ 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners (dinner in Bourg St Maurice and Courmayeur are not included)
Luggage transfer (limit one bag per person 15 kg/33 lbs)
✔ Transfer to and from Bourg St Maurice on day 2 and 3 and from Trient to Argentière on day 5
✔ In-person pre-tour briefing in Chamonix for Mon-Sat departures
✔ Detailed route description, walking times, and map
✔ Unlimited email support pre-tour
Tour du Mont Blanc Toolkit (useful resource)
✔ 24/7 phone support while on your tour in case of emergency

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance that covers you for this tour and includes pandemic, emergency evacuation and hospital care in the unlikely incident that you get injured. World Nomads insurance covers this which is why we recommend it
  • Transfers, ~ €70 pp. We provide you with the information, but they’re not included in the price except for the transfers to Bourg St Maurice as indicated above. If you book the tour in June or September, you may have to take a taxi, which is more expensive than public transportation.
  • Dinner on days 2 and 3 in Bourg St Maurice and Courmayeur, but there are restaurants nearby.
  • Lunches, but they can be ordered for the next day at mountain huts or hotels for an additional fee.
  • Snacks and personal items.
  • Accommodation on the last day of your trip.
  • Optional rest day in Courmayeur. Stay at a B&B for an additional cost of €85 per person. It does not include dinner, but there are plenty of restaurants to choose from nearby.
  • Anything not indicated above.

Note: All times, distances and elevations are approximate. The route may vary slightly depending on whether you’ve chosen dormitory or private accommodation and on availability. On some sections, you have a choice of an easier or more difficult route. You’ll find all this information in your Travel Pack that you’ll receive before your tour. The times indicated above don’t include breaks. Allow more time than you think you’ll need.

Please carefully check the difference in elevation gains and times to make sure you have the ability to do this tour. It’s not technical but it does require a good degree of fitness. In June and into July, there will still be snow in some sections and again in September so please ensure that you’re comfortable hiking in snow if you book your tour at these times. Contact us before booking if you have any doubts or questions. 


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7-DAY TOUR DU MONT BLANC SELF-GUIDED TOUR INFO

The best of the Tour du Mont Blanc self-guided tour starts in Les Houches and finishes in Chamonix. You’ll hike the most scenic parts of the trail and skip the less beautiful parts via transfers, totally ~ 92 km (57 miles).

This is the second easiest hiking tour. The easiest is the 6-day self-guided tour but only because it’s one day shorter. It’s an excellent choice if you’re new to long-distance trekking, are short on time, or simply want to spend a few days eating croissants at cafes in Paris (no judgment here).

You’ll hike ~4 to 6 hours each day w/ 500 m – 1300 m of elevation gain. Our TMB self-guided tour includes a detailed route description, walking times and a map.

This allows you to experience the freedom of independent hiking without all the headaches of organizing the logistics.

Day 1: Les Houches – Bellevue – Col du Tricot – The Les Contamines

 

Your tour starts at the lift in Les Houches which you’ll take up to Bellevue (1780 m).

You’re now at the foot of the route of the regular route to the summit of the Mont-Blanc, and at the starting point of your incredible trek!

Your hike starts with a beautiful crossing that takes you under the glacier of Bionnassay. Then, you’ll climb the alpine pastures to the Col du Tricot (2120 m). Reward your efforts so far by taking in the panorama of the Contamines-Montjoie valley, before descending a steep path on the rustic chalets of Miage (1559 m). Finally, you’ll go around Mount Truc (1811 m) to reach the village of Les Contamines-Montjoie where you’ll spend the night.

  • Hiking Time: 5 hours, 600 m ascent, 1200 m descent, ~ 11 km.
  • Transfers: Lift from Les Houches to Bellvue (2 km, Cost: €14.30 pp, 10 minutes). If you wish to hike this section and skip the transfer, it’s 4.5 km, 797 m ascent and takes ~1.5 hours.
  • N.B.: it is possible to shorten this stage by removing the climb to Col du Tricot. You’ll find info on the alternate route in your Travel Pack.

Day 2: Les Contamines-Montjoie – Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge – Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme – Les Chapieux

You’ll start the second morning with a short transfer to Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge (1210 m) and a visit to a famous baroque church. The progressive climb to the pass of Bonhomme (2329 m) gives you a superb view of the Mont Blanc massif. The climb continues to the Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme (2433 m), and a magnificent panorama on Mount Pourri (3779 m) rewards your efforts. Then you’ll descend into alpine pastures in the hamlet of Les Chapieux (1549 m). You’ll spend the night in Chapieux if you’ve chosen the private accommodation option or refuge in Ville des Glaciers if you’ve chosen dormitory accommodation.

  • Hiking Time: 6 hours, 1300 m ascent, 950 m descent, ~ 15 km.
  • Transfers: * Bus (3.7 km, optional).

Day 3: Les Chapieux – Col de la Seigne – Val Veny – Courmayeur

You’ll make your way to the Ville des Glaciers (1800 m) where you’ll want to stop at a farm to discover the production of the famed Beaufort cheese and naturally stock up. Then you’ll climb in the beautiful alpine pastures of the Col de la Seigne (2516 m) to the Italian border. From this point of view, the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif are splendid!

Then you’ll descend into the Valle Veny at the foot of the Miage Glacier and its pastoral lake where you’ll find unique alpine flora. You’ll cap off the day with a short transfer to the bottom of the Val Ferret (2052 m).

  • Hiking Time: 5 hours, 750 m ascent, 900 m descent ~ 13.5 km.

Day 4: Courmayeur – Grand Col Ferret – Champex

This shorter day is an opportunity to let your weary muscles recover. After an unforgettable night at the foot of the Pre-de-Bar suspended glacier and the Dolent mountain (3823 m), you’ll drive in the direction of the Ferret Pass (2537 m), the border between Italy and Switzerland.

Take a last look at the Italian Val Ferret as you climb in mountain pastures to reach the hamlet of La Fouly. You’ll take a bus to the village of Champex and its charming little lake. Are you ready for a refreshing dip?

  • Hiking Time: 4 hours, 500 m ascent, 900 m descent for dormitory accommodation OR 4:30 hours, 800 m ascent, 850 descent for private accommodation, ~ 12.5 km.
  • Transfers: Bus from Courmayeur to Arnouvaz in the morning (13km) and then from La Fouly to Champex (19km).
  • Note: it’s possible to extend this step by hiking to the village of La Fouly.

Day 5: Champex – Les Bovines (option: fenêtre d’Arpette (Arpette Window) – Trient

If you have stayed in La Fouly, take a bus to the village of Chamex and its charming little lake

You’ve been discovering the Swiss mountain pastures and their cows that produce some of the most renowned cheeses from the Alps, so it should come as no surprise that the regular route is called the Bovine Route.

It offers fantastic views of the Rhone Valley and the Valais Mountains. We highly recommend this route in the early season and when the weather is bad.

If you’re seeking more of a challenge, Arpette Window (2665 m) is a more technical route. You should only take this route in good weather and when there’s no snow. The day ends at the village of Trient (1280 m).

  • Hiking Time: Bovines Route: 5:30 hours, 700 m ascent, 800 m descent OR Arpette Window: 8 hours, 1200 m ascent, 1400 m descent, ~ 14 km

Day 6: Trient – Col de La Balme – Le Tour – Montroc – Tré-le-Champ (Dormitory) or Argentière (Private)

From Trient, you’ll head back to the French border, the Col de Balme (2191 m). Here you get a fantastic view of Chamonix Valley and one of the most beautiful panoramas on the summit of Mont Blanc, the Sea of Ice and the glacier of Argentiere!

You have the option of descending by foot or taking the lift (1453 m). Then walk to Montroc (1370 m) and Tré-le-Champ.

  • Hiking Time: Dormitory accommodation: 5 hours, 900 m ascent, 750 m descent, ~ 10 km. Private accommodation: 5:30 hours to the hotel in Argentière. It is possible to take a lift down Col de Balme and a bus from Le Tour to Argentière (for private accommodation only).

Day 7: Tré-le-Champ (Dormitory) or Argentière (Private) – lacs Chéserys – Lac Blanc – La Flégère – Chamonix

This is one of the best days of the Mont-Blanc massif. The trail takes you across Les Aiguilles Rouges (a nature reserve) in front of the glaciers and the great summits of the Mont-Blanc range; Aiguille Verte, Mer de Glace, north face of Grandes Jorasses, and of course Mont-Blanc itself.

  • Hiking Time: 5 hours, 950 m ascend, 650 m descent, ~ 11 km.

Congratulations! You’ve now completed the Tour du Mont Blanc!


COST OF THE 7-DAY TOUR DU MONT BLANC SELF-GUIDED TOUR AND INCLUSIONS

€999 pp for dormitory-style accommodation and €1299 pp for private double accommodation in mountain refuges (huts/auberges/gîtes) and hotels/inns in nearby villages.

Both options include 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners. For dormitory-style accommodation, we include 1 night in a private room in Courmayeur at no extra cost.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

✔ 6 nights accommodation in either dormitory-style or in private double rooms
✔6 breakfasts and 5 dinners (not included in Courmayeur)
✔1 night in private accommodation in Courmayeur (for dormitory bookings)
✔In-person pre-tour briefing in Chamonix for Mon-Sat departures
✔Detailed route description, walking times, and map
✔Unlimited email support pre-tour
✔Tour du Mont Blanc Toolkit (useful resource)
✔24/7 phone support while on your tour in case of emergency

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance that covers you for this tour and includes pandemic, emergency evacuation and hospital care in the unlikely incident that you get injured. World Nomads insurance covers this which is why we recommend it
  • Transfers. This tour requires transfers as indicated above  (lifts, buses or taxis). We provide you with the information, but they’re not included in the price. Plan ~€50 per person, but it will likely be €20 – 30. Note: some of the lifts and buses only run in July and August. If you book the tour in June or September, you may have to take a taxi, which is more expensive than public transportation.
  • Dinner on day 3, but there are plenty of restaurants to choose from nearby.
  • Lunches, but they can be ordered for the next day at mountain huts or hotels for an additional fee.
  • Snacks and personal items.
  • Accommodation on the last day of your trip.
  • Luggage transfer is available. We transport your luggage each day and it will be taken to your next accommodation. Luggage is limited to one case/bag per person weighing up to 15 kg (33lbs) per bag. It costs €179 for the 7-day tour. Our carrier requires a minimum of two bags for the luggage transfer.
  • Optional rest day in Courmayeur. Stay at a B&B for an additional cost of €90 per person (does not include dinner, but there are plenty of restaurants to choose from nearby).
  • Anything not indicated above.

Note: All times, distances and elevations are approximate. The route may vary slightly depending on whether you’ve chosen dormitory or private accommodation and on availability. On some sections, you have a choice of an easier or more difficult route. You’ll find all this information in your Travel Pack that you’ll receive before your tour. The times indicated above don’t include breaks. Allow more time than you think you’ll need. 

Please carefully check the difference in elevation gains and times to make sure you have the ability to do this tour. It’s not technical but it does require a good degree of fitness. In June and into July, there will still be snow in some sections and again in September so please ensure that you’re comfortable hiking in snow if you book your tour at these times. Contact us before booking if you have any doubts or questions. 


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10-DAY TOUR DU MONT BLANC SELF-GUIDED TOUR INFO

The 10-day TMB self-guided tour starts in Chamonix and finishes in Chamonix. It’s more challenging than the 6 and 7-day trips as you’re hiking more, ~130 km (81 miles) and taking fewer transfers.

The 10-day TMB self-guided tour is an excellent choice if you’re seeking a challenge but at a more relaxed pace. Several transfers are required. You’ll hike ~5 to 6 hours most days w/ 400 m – 1050 m of elevation gain each day. Our self-guided tour includes a detailed route description, walking times, a map and all your accommodation.

This allows you to experience the freedom of independent hiking without the time-consuming headaches of organizing the logistics.

Day 1: Chamonix – Brevent – Les Houches

 

Your tour starts in Chamonix with a lift. You’re now at the foot of the route of the regular route to the summit of the Mont-Blanc, and at the starting point of your incredible trek!

You’ll hike to Brevent Pass and Brevent Summit(2525 m). Here you’ll get amazing views of Mont Blanc and its glaciers. Then you’ll hike down to Bellachat Hut, where you take a break before climbing up to Aiguillette des Houches, then descending down to Houches.

  • Hiking Time: 6 hours, 600 m ascent, 1670 m descent, ~ 6 km.
  • Transfers: Gondola lift from Chamonix to Plan Praz (2000m). (Cost: €24.50 pp).

Day 2: Les Houches – Les Contamines Monjoie

You’ll start the day by taking a lift for Les Houches to Bellvue. Here you’ll start hiking at a beautiful crossing that takes you under the glacier of Bionnassay from a Nepali hanging bridge.

Then, you’ll climb the alpine pastures to the Col du Tricot (2120 m). Reward your efforts so far by taking in the panorama of the Contamines-Montjoie Valley – you’re really doing this – before descending a steep path on the rustic chalets of Miage (1559 m).

Finally, you’ll go around Mount Truc (1811 m) to reach the village of Les Contamines-Montjoie where you’ll spend the night

  • Hiking Time: 5- 6 hours, 600 m ascent, 1200 m descent.
  • Transfers: Lift from Les Houches to Bellvue (2 km, Cost: €14.30 pp, 10 minutes). For hikers wishing to hike this section and skip the transfer, it’s 4.5 km, 797 m ascent and takes ~1.5 hours.

Day 3: Les Contamines-Montjoie – Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge – Col de la Croix du Bonhomme – Les Chapieux

You’ll start the day with a short transfer to Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge (1210 m) where you have the option of visiting a famous Baroque church.

Then it’s a progressive hike up to Bonhomme Pass (2329 m) between the Mont-Blanc and Beaufortain massifs. The trail continues up to Croix-du-Bonhomme Pass (2433 m), where the beautiful panorama of Mont Pourri (3779 m) awaits. The descent leads you through an alpine pasture to the hamlet of Chapieux.

  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours, 1300 m ascent, 950 m descent.

Day 4: Les Chapieux – Col de la Seigne – Val Veny – Courmayeur

You’ll start hiking at the Ville des Glaciers (1800 m) where you can visit a cheese farm to discover the famed Beaufort cheese for yourself. That’s one of the great things about hiking, you get to reward yourself with treats like yummy cheese! Then you’ll hike up to the alpine pasture to La Seigne Pass (2516 m) to reach the Italian border for a stunning viewpoint of legendary Mont Blanc summits like Mont-Blanc of Courmayeur, Noire de Peuterey, and Grandes Jorasses. Then you’ll hike down in the Val Veny to the end of Miage Glacier before taking a short transfer to Courmayeur (1226 m), the adventure capital of the Italian Alps.

  • Hiking Time: 5:30 hours, 1050 m ascent, 900 m descent, ~ 17 km + 5 km if the lift (optional) is closed in June and September.

Day 5: Courmayeur – Refuge Bertone – Refuge Bonatti

Walk up to the Bertone Hut (2000 m) to discover one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Tour du Mont Blanc on the famous Grandes Jorasses. The balcony path leads you to the Bonatti Hut (2025 m) where you can reward your efforts so far with a stunning sunset.

  • Hiking Time: 5:30 hours, 1100 m ascent, 200 m descent, ~ 10 to 11 km.

Day 6: Refuge Bonatti – Grand Col Ferret – La Fouly

You’ll walk down to the Val Ferret and hike to the Elena Hut (2061 m) in front of Mont Dolent (3820 m). Then, you’ll hike up to the Grand Col Ferret Pass (2537 m) to enter Switzerland. You’ll finish off with a walk down to the hamlet of La Fouly.

  • Hiking Time: 5:30 hours, 850 m ascent, 1300 m descent, ~ 15 to 16 km.

Day 7: La Fouly – Val Ferret Suisse – Champex

This short day gives you time to rest near the lake of Champex. From La Fouly an easy walk leads you to the village of Praz le Fort. (1151 m). The path follows the river of Ferret to the hamlet of Issert. Then you’ll hike up to the beautiful lake of Champex (1477 m). Ready for a refreshing dip?

Hiking Time: 3 hours, 400 m ascent, 100 m descent, ~ 14 to 15 km.

Day 8: Champex – Arpette window (optional: The Bovines) – Trienta Fouly – Val Ferret Suisse – Champex

You’ve been discovering Swiss mountain pastures famous for the cows that produce some of the best cheeses in the Alps. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the regular way is called the Bovine Route. It offers fantastic views of the Rhone Valley and the Valais Mountains. We highly recommend this option in the early season and in inclement weather.

If you’re seeking more of a challenge, Arpette Window (2665 m) is a more technical route. You should only take this way in good weather and when there’s no snow. The day ends at the village of Trient (1280 m).

Hiking Time: 5:30 – 6:00 hours, 700 m ascent, 800 m descent (The Bovines route) OR 8 hours, 1200 m ascent, 1400 m descent (Arpette Window), ~ 14 to 15 km.

Day 9: Trient – Col de La Balme – Argentière

From Trient, you’ll hike up to the French border at the Balme Pass (2191 m). Here you’ll get one of the best panoramas of Mont Blanc Summit and Chamonix Valley. Then you’ll either hike down to Le Tour (1453 m) or take a lift, your choice. You’re almost there; it’s just a bit further to reach Montroc (1370 m) and the village of Argentière.

Hiking Time: 5 hours, 900 m ascent, 750 m descent,  10 km (dormitory). 5:30 hours to the hotel in Argentière (private accommodation). It’s possible to take a lift down Col de Balme and a bus from Le Tour to Argentière (private accommodation only).

Day 10: Argentière – Chèserys Lake – Lake Blanc – Chamonix

You’re in for a real treat on your last day. This hike in the massif of the Aiguilles-Rouges is n front of the Mont Blanc Summit. It offers a spectacular view of glaciers and summits. From the Montets pass (1461 m), you follow a balcony trail to Chéserys Lake which reflects the most famous mountain in the Alps! You’ll continue to the beautiful Lake Blanc (2352 m). Then you’ll hike down to La Flégère (1877 m) to reach the Lift Les Praz de Chamonix. 

Hiking Time: 5 hours, 950 m ascent, 650 m descent, ~ 10 to 11 km.

Congratulations, you’ve now completed the epic Tour du Mont Blanc Self-Guided Hiking Tour! You’ve earned your bragging rights.


COST OF THE 10-DAY TOUR DU MONT BLANC SELF-GUIDED TOUR AND INCLUSIONS

Price: 

€1325 pp for dormitory accommodation and €1619 pp for private accommodation in refuges (huts/auberges/gîtes) and hotels/inns in nearby villages. It includes ten breakfasts and eight dinners. For dormitory-style accommodation, we include 1 night in a private room in Courmayeur at no extra cost.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

✔ 9 nights accommodation in either dormitory-style or in private double rooms
✔ 9 breakfasts and 8 dinners (not included in Courmayeur)
✔ 1 night in private accommodation in Courmayeur (for dormitory bookings)
✔ In-person pre-tour briefing in Chamonix for Mon-Sat departures
✔ Detailed route description, walking times, and map
✔ Unlimited email support pre-tour
✔ Tour du Mont Blanc Toolkit (useful resource)
✔ 24/7 phone support while on your tour in case of emergency

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance that covers you for this tour and includes pandemic, emergency evacuation and hospital care in the unlikely incident that you get injured. World Nomads insurance covers this which is why we recommend it
  • Transfers. This tour requires transfers as indicated above (lifts, buses or taxis). We provide you with the information, but they’re not included in the price. Plan ~ €50 per person, but it will likely be €20 – 30.  Note: some of the lifts and buses only run in July and August. If you book the tour in June or September, you may have to take a taxi, which is more expensive than public transportation.
  • Dinner on day 4, but there are plenty of restaurants to choose from nearby.
  • Lunches, but they can be ordered for the next day at mountain huts or hotels for an additional fee.
  • Snacks and personal items.
  • Accommodation the last day of your trip.
  • Luggage transfer is available in which we transport your luggage for you each day (with the exception of one day when it’s not possible). Luggage is limited to one case/bag per person and costs €249 per bag. Our carrier requires a minimum of two bags for the luggage transfer.
  • Optional rest day in Courmayeur. Stay at a B&B for an additional cost of €90 per person (does not include dinner, but there are plenty of restaurants to choose from nearby).

Note: All times, distances and elevations are approximate. The route may vary slightly depending on whether you’ve chosen dormitory or private accommodation and on availability. On some sections, you have a choice of an easier or more difficult route. You’ll find all this information in your Travel Pack that you’ll receive before your tour. The times indicated above don’t include breaks. Allow more time than you think you’ll need.

Please carefully check the difference in elevation gains and times to make sure you have the ability to do this tour. It’s not technical but it does require a good degree of fitness. In June and into July, there will still be snow in some sections and again in September so please ensure that you’re comfortable hiking in snow if you book your tour at these times. Contact us before booking if you have any doubts or questions. 


ibex seen on the tour du mont blanc hiking tour

8-DAY GUIDED TOUR DU MONT BLANC INFO

The 8-day TMB guided tour takes you through routes and towns from France, Switzerland, and Italy. It starts and finishes in Chamonix. It’s not a true- TMB round tour as our self-guided tours are. Instead, it includes the highlights of the region including hiking, a wine & cheese tasting and a spa day. You get the perk of having a guide to support you at all times. It’s a good choice if you want a mix of hiking with other activities.

Available for private groups. Please request a date. 

Day 1: Chamonix

 

Meet with your guide at the Aiguille du Midi cable car station in Chamonix and take a cable car from Chamonix to the top of the Aiguille du Midi. Visit.

Descent from the top to Plan de l’Aiguille and hike from Plan de l’Aiguille to Montenvers. Visit of the Ice Cave.

Finally descent by train to Chamonix and enjoy dinner with the group at your hotel in Chamonix.

  • Ascent: 187m.
  • Descent: 588m.

Day 2: Chamonix

Have breakfast at your hotel in Chamonix before departing from the hotel with your guide to La Flégère cable car station.

Take a cable car to the top of La Flégère, the starting point of the hike to start your hike to the famous and most beautiful lake of the Mont Blanc range: the White Lake.

In the end, have a picnic lunch by the lake before starting your descent to Chamonix.

  • Ascent: 566m.
  • Descent: 566m.

Day 3: Chamonix – Champex

After having breakfast at your hotel in Chamonix you will start your day with a transfer from Chamonix to Saillon, Switzerland, where you will enjoy a delicious “wine and cheese tasting” in a lovely vineyard.

When that is done take a transfer from Saillon to Champex where you will have dinner and stay the night.

Day 4: Champex

After breakfast, you will take the chairlift of La Breya.

From the top, you will start hiking to the Cabane d’Orny and stop only for lunch.

Situated at 2831m high, the cabane d’Orny is a charming little mountain hut, where you sometimes get the chance to see ibex. At the end of the day, you will descent back to Champex.

  • Ascent: 649m.
  • Descent: 649m.

Day 5: Champex – Courmayeur

In the morning you will depart from Champex to Grand Saint Bernard hospice. You will then transfer from Grand Saint Bernard to Pré Saint Didier in Italy and enjoy a relaxing afternoon Spa in a historical place. The last part of the day will be a transfer to the charming village of Courmayeur.

Day 6: Courmayeur

This morning you will quickly reach 3462 metres and the Helbronner peak by cable-car. The view up there is absolutely stunning. Don’t forget your camera! And because we think hiking across a glacier is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you will get to traverse the Col du Géant with one of our high mountain guides. Descent by cable car and go on a short transfer to your hotel in Courmayeur.

Day 7: Courmayeur

Start hiking on to La Montagne de la Saxe where a balcony trail leads to the Rifugio Bonatti, named after the famous Italian alpinist and adventurer Walter Bonatti. From there, start the descent and head back to Courmayeur to spend the last evening of the trip. 

  • Ascent: 649m. 
  • Descent: 649m.

Day 8: Courmayeur – Chamonix

It’s time to say goodbye …

This morning is the last morning of your trip, you and your guide will drive you back to Chamonix.


PRICING AND INCLUSIONS

Price: 

€2,790 pp (max 8 people in a group).

WHAT’S INCLUDED

✔Accommodation: 2 nights in Chamonix, 2 nights in Champex and 3 nights in Courmayeur; in a twin room (2 separate beds)
✔Meals: Breakfasts from day 2 to day 8 / Picnic lunches from day 1 to day 7 / Dinners on day 1, 3, 4 and 7
✔Guiding: international certified trekking guide(s) for 7 days
✔A private minibus throughout the trip
✔Lift tickets on day 1 and day 6
✔Wine & cheese tasting on day 3
✔Spa entrance on day 5
✔International certified high mountain guide on day 6 + equipment

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance that covers you for this tour and includes pandemic, emergency evacuation and hospital care in the unlikely incident that you get injured. World Nomads insurance covers this which is why we recommend it
  • Airport transfers
  • The pre-trip and the last night of the trip
    Dinner on day 3, 5 and 6; drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs)
  • Repatriation and cancellation insurance.
  • Anything not indicated in the inclusions section

Note: All times, distances and elevations are approximate. The route may vary slightly depending on whether you’ve chosen dormitory or private accommodation and on availability. On some sections, you have a choice of an easier or more difficult route. You’ll find all this information in your Travel Pack that you’ll receive before your tour. The times indicated above don’t include breaks. Allow more time than you think you’ll need. 


TOUR DU MONT BLANC TOUR INFO

Availability

Our TMB trips are available to start between June 22nd – September 14th, 2021. You can choose a start date for your Tour du Mont Blanc self-guided tour that’s convenient for you. We recommend starting your tour on a Saturday since we’ve already pre-booked some accommodations and may be able to confirm your accommodations more quickly. Book as soon as possible to ensure that accommodation is available on your start date. Private double accommodation fills up VERY quickly and most of the first week of July is already full.

Self-Guided Tour Details

On our TMB self-guided tours, you get the flexibility and freedom of starting your day when you choose. You hike at your own pace and take breaks whenever your heart (or lungs) desire. But without the pain and time-consuming planning and booking accommodations in three different countries in three different languages.

We’ll take care of booking your accommodation at our preferred providers, arrange for daily luggage transfer (if you wish), provide you with a map and instructions in English.

We’re there for you both prior and during your trip, if you have any questions. But keep in mind that these are self-guided trips so you also need to use your judgment and arrange your own transfers (unless otherwise indicated).

Luggage Storage and Luggage Transfers

Upon booking with us, we can recommend hotels that will likely store your luggage for you while you trek.  Always check with the hotel when you book that they’ll do this. 

Alternatively, if you want your luggage with you, we also offer luggage transfer. The rates are €179 for the 7-day tour and €249 for the 10-day tour. Luggage transfer is included in our 6-day luxury tour.

On the 10-day tour, there’s one day that luggage transfer isn’t available due to the location of the hut. On this day, you’ll pack what you need for the night. Your luggage will be transported to your next accommodation.

Grade & Terrain and Required Fitness Level

Grade 3 (middle) for the 6 and 7 day tours and Grade 4 (challenging) for the 10 day tours. We recommend that you are in decent shape,  and active. Otherwise, you likely will find it too challenging.

Altitude Sickness

While Mont Blanc is an incredible 4807 m (15,781′), on your Tour du Mont Blanc Self-Guided Tour, the highest elevation you’ll be going is 2532m (8307 ‘) at the Grand Col Ferret. The second highest is Col de la Seigne (2516m) (8255 ‘). This isn’t high enough to cause altitude sickness in most people.

Packing for the Tour du Mont Blanc.
See our  Tour du Mont Blanc Packing List for full details of what to bring.

Hiking Times/Distances

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations as are the hiking times. These don’t include breaks. We’ve used the times indicated on the hiking isgn posts on the trail to be consistent, but most people find it takes them longer than the times indicated.

The itineraries shown may change slightly based on the available accommodation for your self-guided tour.

Extras

Transfers (lifts and buses ) if required are not included. The total cost will come to less than €50, unless you take a taxi. You’ll take transfers on selected days as indicated in each tour section. Some of these are optional. You can either choose to hike these sections or take the transfers to make it easier. It’s your choice.

Lunches are not included. They can be ordered from your mountain hut (refuge) or hotel the night before for an additional fee. You’ll also need to bring your own snacks.

Travel insurance is required and not included. We recommend World Nomads since it includes mountain rescue and repatriation insurance which are required and not covered by all insurance polices.

Payment Schedule and Refunds

30% of the payment is due at the time of booking. As soon as we receive your deposit, we will start making the arrangements for your accommodation.

The remaining balance is due 45 days before the onset of the trip. If you’re booking within 45 days, payment will be charged as indicated above.

Your trip is nonrefundable but it is transferable for a fee of €50 per person if you can find someone to take your spot 45 days in advance of your tour start date. That’s why we recommend that your travel insurance also includes Trip Cancellation Insurance.

If for some reason we’re not able to find suitable accommodation for your self-guided tour, you’ll receive a full refund.

 


BOOK YOUR TOUR DU MONT BLANC SELF-GUIDED HIKING TOUR  NOW

Our Tour du Mont Blanc self-guided hiking tours give you the freedom to hike on your own. But without the time-consuming hassles of booking accommodation in three different languages and planning your route.

We’ve partnered with our trusted partner Nuyama located in Chamonix, France with whom we work closely and trust to offer you an incredible trip with exceptional customer service. By using the booking form below you’ll be booking your trip directly with them.

 


  RESERVE YOUR TMB HIKING TOUR NOW


+ YOU’LL GET THE FOLLOWING BONUSES WHEN YOU BOOK:

✔ BONUS 1:Trekking Tips Online Course (value $97)

so that you get the most from your amazing trek

✔ BONUS 2: Hiking & Trekking Gear Online Course (value $47)

so that you bring everything you need and nothing you don’t

✔ BONUS 3: Soft Copy of our Hiking Logbook (value $9)

so that you can remember your incredible hiking trip to the Dolomites.

TOTAL VALUE: $153 FREE as a thank you for your booking and to have an incredible vacation.


COMPARE

Not sure which Tour du Mont Blanc Self-Guided Tour is right for you? Check out our comparison chart below to help you find your perfect tour.

TOUR 6-DAY LUXURY SELF-GUIDED 7-DAY SELF-GUIDED 10-DAY SELF-GUIDED
Level of Difficulty Moderate Moderate Intermediate – Strenuous
~Elevation Gain Each Day 500 – 1300 m (1640 – 4265 ft) 500 – 1300 m (1640 – 4265 ft) 400 – 1050 m (1312 – 3444 ft)
~Hiking Time Each Day 4 – 6 hours 4 – 6 hours 5 – 8 hours
This Self-Guided Tour is Perfect if You: want luxury (mountain-style). You’ll stay in 3-star accommodations every night but one. want to experience the most beautiful parts of the TMB, and still have time to relax. are an experienced hiker who enjoys a challenge and wants to hike as much of the TMB as possible while hiking at your own pace.
Prices per person. Note: Private accommodations require 2+ participants. €1449 (private double, upgraded) €999 (dormitory)/ €1299  (private double) €1325 (dormitory) / €1619 (private double)

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