€869
Price
Italy, France, Switzerland
Location
June – Sept
Dates
6, 7 or 10 days
Duration
Guided, Self-Guided
Type

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HIGHLIGHTS OF TOUR DU MONT BLANC SELF-GUIDED TREK

  • Visit three countries – France, Italy, and Switzerland on one trek.
  • 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. You’ve earned bragging rights!

DURATION6, 7, or 10 days
DISTANCE92km (57 mi) to 130 km (81 mi)
AVAILABILITYJune 22nd – Sept 14th
START/FINISHLes Houches / Chamonix, France
GRADEModerate to Strenuous
ACCOMMODATIONDormitory or private double
PRICES (from)€869 pp
INCLUDED
Detailed route description, & mapUnlimited email support pre-tour
Accommodation – your choice of dormitory or private double Phone support while on your tour in case of emergency
Breakfasts & dinners (as indicated on each tour page)

TRIP SUMMARY

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the best long-distance treks in the world! You’ll hike ~ 92 km (57 miles) on the 7-day tour and 130 km (81 mi) on the 10-day tour as you hike around the glacier-covered Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe. This classic well-signed hike takes you through pristine alpine regions of France, Italy, and Switzerland. Your efforts will be rewarded each day with delectable local cuisine shared in the company of fellow TMB hikers.

hiker resting and enjoying the gorgeous scenery while hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc

Even if you’re not a morning person, you’ll wake up excited for the day’s adventure, before your mug, or three (I don’t judge) of piping hot coffee. You’ll find yourself smiling more, laughing more. I know I did. It’ll dawn on you that you haven’t thought about work in several days. You’ll discover for yourself the healing powers of Mother Nature.

In a word “MAGIC”. An unforgettable experience that makes you want to start over. – Patrice

READ THIS FIRST if you haven’t already. It documents my TMB trip and what I would have done differently so that you don’t repeat the mistakes I made.

This self-guided tour gives you the freedom to hike on your own without the time-consuming hassles of booking accommodation in three different languages and planning your route. We do the heavy lifting. You just need to focus on having the best trek of your life.

IS THE TMB TREK RIGHT FOR ME? YES IF YOU WANT TO…

  • Challenge yourself physically. You’ll feel the burn but you’ll be doing it with a smile.
  • Enjoy being in nature, without being in it 24/7. You love being outdoors, but you also love a hot shower and a roof over your head.
  • Say WOW, a hundred time a day. Glaciers, mountain peaks, and wildflowers await.
  • Feel happier. Hiking has been used to treat depression but provides everyone with a natural hiker’s high.
  • Figure out the answers to life’s great questions.  Hiking increases creative problem solving by up to 50%.
  • Connect with a loved one. Hiking the TMB is an incredible way to bond.
  • Feel calm and relaxed and less stressed. Being in nature for days at a time is a miracle cure for an OM state of mind.
  • Eat delicious regional food. Start your day with French croissants and finish with regional cuisine like homemade pasta in Italy.
  • Fit into your skinny jeans again. Hiking burns up to 500 calories an hour.
  • Save major moola! Hiking is a relatively inexpensive holiday, especially in Europe.

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a unique trek of approximately 200km around Mont Blanc that can be completed in between 7 and 10 days passing through Italy, Switzerland and France.

 

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TMB TOUR REVIEWS

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TOUR INFO

The TMB Luxury Tour starts is the most luxurious offer we have for the TMB and is 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, 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 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 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 self-guided tour allows you to experience the freedom of independent hiking without all the headaches of organizing the logistics.

An extraordinary trip! You have to love the effort, but it’s nothing insurmountable with a little drive. A daily panoramic view that you will never have in the office unless you are a guide. I highly recommend it. – Jean

PRICING

€1299 for five nights accommodation. Book by Jan 31st & get early bird pricing! 

INCLUSIONS

  • 5 nights of accommodation, 4 nights in three-star accommodation with your own private bathroom, and 1 night in two-star superior accommodation with a shared bathroom)
  • 5 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Luggage transfer (limit one bag per person 15 kg (33 lbs)
  • Transfer to and from Bourg St Maurice on day 2 and 3
  • In-person pre-tour briefing for Mon-Sat departures
  • Detailed route description, walking times road 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

Young woman with the backpack walking on a footpath in the mountains. Sunny summer day with blue sky and clouds. France, Mont Blanc

  • Your in-person orientation will be offered in our Chamonix office where you’ll also pick up your  Travel Pack. It’s offered at 5:00 pm if you start hiking Tue – Thur or Mon morning at 9:00 am if you start hiking on a Monday. Get a good night sleep before your first day of hiking tomorrow!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Day 5: Champex – Les Bovines (option: fenêtre d’Arpette (Arpette Window) – Trient - 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 Argentière: 15 km or 10 km by foot.
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Day 6: 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 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).

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance which is required. (We recommend World Nomads)
  • 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 day 2 (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.
  • 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. 

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TOUR INFO

The best of the TMB 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. This is the easiest hiking tour. 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 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.

An extraordinary trip! You have to love the effort, but it’s nothing insurmountable with a little drive. A daily panoramic view that you will never have in the office unless you are a guide. I highly recommend it. – Jean

PRICING

€869 pp for dormitory style accommodation and €1199 pp for private double accommodation in mountain huts (auberges and gîtes) and hotels/inns in nearby villages. Both options include six breakfasts and six dinners.

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INCLUSIONS

  • 6 nights accommodation in either in dormitory style or double accommodation in hotels/inns in nearby villages
  • 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • In-person pre-tour briefing for Mon – Sat departures
  • Detailed route description, walking times road 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

hikers on a flat section of the Tour du Mont Blanc

  • Your in-person orientation will be offered in our Chamonix office where you’ll also pick up your  Travel Pack. It’s offered at 5:00 pm if you start hiking Tue – Thur or Mon morning at 9:00 am if you start hiking on a Monday. Get a good night sleep before your first day of hiking tomorrow!
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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, 1050 to 1150 m descent, ~ 10.5 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.
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Day 2: Les Contamines-Montjoie - Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge - Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme - Les Chapieux ou Ville des Glaciers

  • 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 a refuge in Ville des Glaciers if you’ve chosen dormitory accommodation.
  • Hiking Time: 6 hours, 1300 m ascent, 950 m descent, ~ 14 km.
  • Transfers:* Bus (3.7 km, optional).
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Day 3: Les Chapieux or Ville des Glaciers - Col de la Seigne - Val Veny - Courmayeur - Refuge Elena

  • 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 and the Refuge Elena (2052 m).
  • Hiking Time: 5:30 hours, 1050 m ascent, 900 m descent for dormitory accommodation; OR 5 hours, 750 m ascent, 900 m descent for private accommodation, ~ 14 km.
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Day 4: Refuge Elena - Grand Col Ferret - La Fouly or 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. If you stay in Chamex, you’ll take a bus to the village 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 or taxi (4.5 km, optional) and a bus transfer to Courmayeur (15 km).
  • Note: it’s possible to extend this step by hiking to the village of La Fouly.
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Day 5: La Fouly or 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, ~ 13.5 km.
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Day 6: Trient - Col de La Balme - Le Tour - Montroc - Tré-le-Champ

  • 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.
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Day 7: Tré-le-Champ - 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.
  • Walking Time: 5 hours, 900 m ascend, 500 m descent, ~ 9 km.
  • Transfers: Bus (2.5 km, optional).
  • Congratulations! You’ve now completed the Tour du Mont Blanc!

Sommets et glacier dans le massif du Mont Blanc

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance which is required. (We recommend World Nomads)
  • 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.
  • 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 8-day tour. Our carrier requires a minimum of two bags for the luggage transfer.

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. 

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TOUR INFO

The tour starts in Chamonix and finishes in Chamonix. This tour is more challenging than the 6 and 7-day trips as you’re taking fewer transfers.

This hiking tour is an excellent choice if you’re seeking a challenge but at a more relaxed pace. Several transfers are required.

DESCRIPTION

You’ll hike ~5:00 – 5:30 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.

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc was one of the best holidays I’ve ever had. It’s a great way to experience Europe in a way that most people never will. – Nicole

PRICING

€1199 pp for dormitory accommodation and €1499 pp for private accommodation in mountain huts (auberges and gîtes) and hotels/inns in nearby villages. Note: for two nights, it’s only possible to have dormitory accommodation, even if you’ve chosen the private option. It includes ten breakfasts and nine dinners.

EARLY BIRD PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL JAN 31st!

INCLUSIONS

  • 9 nights accommodation in either dormitory style or in private double rooms
  • 9 breakfasts and 9 dinners
  • In-person pre-tour briefing for Mon-Sat departures
  • Detailed route description, walking times road 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

  • Your in-person orientation will be offered in our Chamonix office where you’ll also pick up your  Travel Pack. It’s offered at 5:00 pm if you start hiking Tue – Thur or Mon morning at 9:00 am if you start hiking on a Monday. Get a good night sleep before your first day of hiking tomorrow!
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Day 1: Chamonix - Les Houches – Bellevue – Col du Tricot – The Les Contamines

  • Your tour starts in Chamonix. 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 start 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 – 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 hours, 600 m ascent, 1250 m descent, ~ 6 km.
  • 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.
  • N.B.: It’s possible to shorten this stage by removing the climb to Col du Tricot. You’ll find the details for an alternate route in your Travel Pack.
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Day 2: Les Contamines-Montjoie - Tré la Tête - Refuge de Nant Borrant or La Balme

  • 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 Tré la Tête Hut before descending to Nant Borrant Hut following an old Roman path.
  • Hiking Time: 4 hours, 850 m ascent, 650 m descent, ~ 12 to 13 km.
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Day 3: Refuge de Nant Borrant - Col de la Croix du Bonhomme - Les Chapieux

  • It’s an easy 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: 5 hours, 1000 m ascent, 950 m descent, ~ 13 to 14 km.
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Day 4: Les Chapieux or Ville des Glaciers - 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.
  • Transfers: Dolonne lift (5 km, 20 min), optional. Only open in July and August. Or in place of the lift, you can take a bus from la Visaille – Courmayeur (7km, 20 min) (optional).
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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 1/2 hours, 1100 m ascent, 200 m descent, ~ 10 to 11 km.
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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 1/2 hours, 850 m ascent, 1300 m descent, ~ 15 to 16 km.
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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.
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Day 8: Champex – Arpette window (optional: The Bovines) – Trient

  • 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).
  • Walking 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.
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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.
  • Walking Time: 5:30 hours, 900 m ascent, 750 m descent, ~ 8 to 10 km.
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Day 10: Argentière - Cheserys 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. If you choose the luggage transfer option, you’ll meet the taxi at Chamonix Train Station in the early afternoon.
  • Walking Time: 5 hours, 900 m ascent, 500 m descent, ~ 10 to 11 km.
  • Transfers: Argentière – Col des Montets (3 km, 10min, optional)*, la Flégère Lift 30 min, Bus Praz de Chamonix to Chamonix (5min, 3km) (optional).
  • Transfers in blue are only for private double accommodation which are not always directly on the trail.

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

hiker on the Tour du Mont Blanc

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance which is required. (We recommend World Nomads)
  • 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.
  • 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 €269 per bag. Our carrier requires a minimum of two bags for the luggage transfer.

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 challenging route. These are all detailed in your Travel Pack that you’ll receive before your tour. The walking times don’t include breaks, so allow for longer than indicated.

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7-DAY GUIDED TOUR INFO

New for 2019! For the first time, we’re offering guided tours.

This hiking tour is an excellent choice if you’re relatively new to long distance trekking, are short on time, and enjoy hiking with others. 

A guided tour allows you to experience the TMB without all the headaches of organizing the logistics during your trek. With the support, knowledge, and expertise of a guide, you won’t have to worry about route finding or figuring out transfers.

You’ll have more time to enjoy the scenery while making friends along the way and learning from an experienced guide who will point things out that we likely wouldn’t notice on our own.

You’ll hike the most scenic parts of the trail and skip the less beautiful parts via transfers. This is one of the easiest hiking tour (but still not easy) that we offer.  

DESCRIPTION

You’ll hike ~5 to 6 hours each day w/ 600 m – 1200 m of elevation gain. It starts in Les Houches and finishes in Chamonix.

PRICING

€1699 pp (+ €209 if you require a single supplement for accommodations) Early-early bird price in effect until Jan 31st! 


2019 DATES

July 15th – July 21st

July 29th – August 4th

August 12th – August 18th


GROUP SIZE

Your group will have a maximum of 14 people.

INCLUSIONS

  • 6 nights accommodation, 5 nights of double accommodation in hotels/inns in nearby villages (private bathroom), one night in a guesthouse (shared bathroom) 
  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners, and snacks
  • Trekking guide (UIMLA certified) who speaks both English and French
  • Luggage transfer for the entire trek
  • Lifts and transfers as described on the itinerary
  • Unlimited email support pre-tour
  • Tour du Mont Blanc Toolkit (useful resource)

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Day 1: Les Houches- Bellevue - Col du Tricot - Les Contamines

  • At 9:30  am we’ll all meet at Télécabine de Bellevue where you’ll meet your guide and drop off your luggage for the luggage transfer which is arranged for the entire trip.
  • The lift will take us up to Bellevue where the hike starts. Then we’ll start hiking to the end of Bionnassay Glacier for a lovely view from the Nepali hanging bridge. Then we’ll climb up the Col de Tricot (2120 m) and then hike down to Chalets de Miage (1560 m), a charming hamlet overlooked by the Dômes de Miage. We’ll take a rest before hiking up to Chalets du Truc (1720 m). Finally, we’ll hike down to the village of Les Contamines Montjoie where we’ll spend the night.
  • Hiking time: 5 hours, 600 m ascent, 1300 m descent.
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Day 2: Les Contamines - Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme – Les Chapieux - Bourg Saint Maurice

  • We’ll take a short transfer on a local bus to Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge (1210 m), a famous Baroque church. We’ll start our hike, the longest hiking day of the tour, on an old Roman road and make a progressive ascent to Col du Bonhomme (2329 m) between the Mont-Blanc and Beaufortain mountain ranges. We’ll continue hiking up to the Croix-du-Bonhomme Pass (2433 m). We’ll enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the Vanoise range, the first national park in France. We’ll finish the day by hiking down through alpine pastures, which lead to the hamlet of Les Chapieux. Then we’ll take a  private transfer to our hotel in Bourg-Saint-Maurice.
  • Hiking time: 7 hours, 1250 m ascent, 950 m descent
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Day 3: Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Ville des Glaciers - col de la Seigne - Courmayeur

  • After a morning ride to the trail, we’ll start hiking from la Ville des Glaciers (1790 m) where we’ll see a cheese farm. Then, we’ll hike through an alpine pasture to col La Seigne (2516 m) until we reach the French-Italian border. We’ll take in the stunning scenery of the legendary summits of Mont-Blanc de Courmayeur, Noire de Peutrey, and Grandes Jorasse. Then we’ll hike down into the Val Veny to the end of Glacier de Miage. A short transfer will bring us to Courmayeur (1226 m), a town known as the capital of the Italian Alps.
  • Hiking time: 5 hours, 750 m ascent, 850 m descent
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Day 4: Courmayeur - Grand col Ferret - La Fouly - Champex

  • Today is a shorter day of hiking, giving us time to rest and enjoy our surroundings. We’ll take a short transfer from Courmayeur to the end of Italian Val Ferret. Then, to reach Rifugio Elena (2052 m), we’ll start hiking at the foot of the Pré-de-Bar Glacier. We’ll hike up the Grand col Ferret (2537 m) to the Italian-Swiss border. We’ll enjoy the last views of Italy before hiking down through the Swiss alpine pasture to reach the hamlet of Ferret (1740 m). We’ll take a short transfer in a private vehicle to the village of Champex and its charming lake where we’ll spend the night.
  • Hiking time: 5 hours, 800 m ascent, 850 m descent
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Day 5: Champex - Bovines - Trient

  • From Champex, we’ll walk through the famous Swiss mountain pastures and spot their cows producing the famous cheese of the Alps! From the Bovines, we’ll get amazing views of the Rhône Valley and Swiss Valais. Our day ends in the village of  Trient (1280 m).
  • Hiking time: 5.5 hours, 700 m ascent, 800 m descent
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Day 6: Trient - Col de La Balme - le Tour – Argentière

  • From Trient, we’ll hike to the Swiss-French border at the Col de Balme (2191 m). We’ll enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the Mont Blanc Summit and the Chamonix Valley. Then, we’ll hike down to le Tour (1453 m) where we’ll reach the village of Argentière (1250 m). There’s also an optional lift.
  • Hiking time: 5 hours, 950 m ascent, 950 m descent
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Day 7: Argentière - Lac Blanc – Chamonix

  • We’ll spend our last day in the mountains with views of the Aiguilles-Rouges and Mont Blanc range. From Col des Montets (1461 m), we’ll follow the trail up to Lac des Chéserys with views of the most famous mountain of the Alps! We’ll continue to the beautiful Lac Blanc (2352 m). Finally, we’ll hike down to La Flégère (1877 m) to reach les Praz de Chamonix with a lift (or hike down to Chamonix as an option) where our trek will finish
  • Hiking time: 5 hours, 950 m ascent, 650 m descent

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

hiker on the Tour du Mont Blanc

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance which is required. (We recommend World Nomads)
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips for the guide and during the tour
  • Pre and post tour accommodation

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10-DAY GUIDED TOUR INFO

New for 2019! For the first time, we’re offering guided tours.

This hiking tour is an excellent choice if you prefer to hike with a guide and are seeking a challenge. You will spend more time hiking and take fewer transfers. A guided tour allows you to experience the TMB without all the headaches of organizing the logistics before and during your trek.

With the support, knowledge, and expertise of a guide, you won’t have to worry about route finding or figuring out transfers. You’ll have more time to enjoy the scenery while making friends along the way and learning from an experienced guide who will point things out that we likely wouldn’t notice on our own.

DESCRIPTION

You’ll hike ~6 hours each day w/ 800 m – 1000 m of elevation gain. It starts and finishes in Chamonix and goes in a clockwise direction.

PRICING

€2099 pp based on dormitory accommodation for 7 nights and private double accommodation for 2 nights. A single supplement of €110 applies for the 2 nights of private accommodation. Early bird price in effect until Jan 31st! 

2019 DATES

June 22nd -July 1st

July 22nd -July 31st

September 2nd – September 11th

GROUP SIZE

Your group will have a maximum of 14 people.

INCLUSIONS

  • 9 nights accommodation, 7 nights in dormitory accommodation and 2 nights in double accommodation in hotels/inns in nearby villages
  • 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners, and snacks
  • Trekking guide (UIMLA certified) who speaks both English and French
  • Luggage transfer (except for 1 night at Bonatti)
  • Lifts and transfers as described on the itinerary
  • Unlimited email support pre-tour
  • Tour du Mont Blanc Toolkit (useful resource)

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Day 1: Chamonix – Col des Montets – Lac Blanc – Le Tour

  • We’ll take a transfer to Col des Montets, to reach the start of our hike. We’ll hike up to Lac des Chéserys and along the famous Lac Blanc (2352 m), then down to Argentière to catch our transfer to Le Tour.
  • Hiking time : 5.5 hours, 900 m ascent, 1100 m descent
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Day 2: Le Tour – Col de Balme - Trient

  • From Le Tour, we’ll hike the Posette Crest, a very nice trail offering amazing views of Mont-Blanc. After arriving at Col de Balme (2191 m), a Swiss-French border with panoramic views of the Chamonix Valley, we’ll make our way down to Trient, a village in Switzerland where we’ll spend the night in a guesthouse.
  • Hiking time: 7 hours, 1000 m ascent, 950 m descent
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Day 3: Trient – Bovine - Champex

  • Today, we’ll hike the northern part of the TMB. We’ll make our way through the Swiss alpine meadows around the Bovine, where the views open up to the Rhône Valley. As we approach Champex, we’ll notice the gorgeous Swiss chalets before arriving at the beautiful and charming lake. We’ll spend the night in a guesthouse near the lake.
  • Hiking time: 5.5 hours, 800 m ascent, 700 m descent
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Day 4: Champex – Praz de Fort – La Fouly

  • Today is the last day in Switzerland and one of the shortest hiking days on this tour. We’’ll hike through different Swiss hamlets and alongside the Val Ferret to La Fouly, the last Swiss Village before entering Italy.
  • Hiking time: 4 hours, 500 m ascent, 450 m descent
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Day 5: La Fouly – Petit col Ferret – Refuge Bonatti

  • We’ll say goodbye to Switzerland and hello to Italy at the Grand col Ferret (2537 m) after a nice climb. We’ll enjoy the views of the Italian side of the Mont-Blanc range, on the way down stopping at Rifugio Elena. Once we arrive in the valley, we’ll take the trail leading to Bonatti Refuge where we’ll spend the night. Luggage transfer is unavailable here, but we’ll get a beautiful view of the southern rock faces!
  • Hiking time: 6.5 hours, 250 m ascent, 750 m descent
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Day 6: Day 6: Refuge Bonatti – Refuge Bertone - Courmayeur

  • It’s a short day of hiking in Italy, but we’ll be trekking through some of our favourite places on the entire tour. Today we’ll hike from Rifugio Bonatti to Courmayeur, a charming Italian alpine village. The first part of the trail alongside the mountain is easy and steady. Then we’ll arrive at Rifugio Bertone where we’ll stop for some well-deserved coffee before heading down to Courmayeur.
  • Hiking time: 4.5 hours, 250 m ascent, 1050 m descent
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Day 7: Courmayeur – Col de la Seigne – Les Chapieux

  • After a short local bus ride from Val Veny to La Visaille, we’ll hike up to Lac Combal, a glacier lake at 1950m. Then we’ll hike up Col de la Seigne (2516 m), one of the highest mountain passes of this trip, and make our way to the French-Italian border. We’ll trek through some nice alpine meadows before reaching Vallée des Glaciers for the night.
  • Hiking time: 5.5 hours, 950 m ascent, 750 m descent
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Day 8: Les Chapieux – Col de la Croix du Bonhomme – Les Contamines-Montjoie

  • This is the last high pass of our tour. We’ll hike uphill to get to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and the most southern point of the range. We’ll soak in the beautiful views of the Vanoise and Beaufortain ranges before heading down. The first part of the way down is rocky as we  hike alongside the mountain. We’ll make our way down to the valley and use an old Roman path leading to the Notre Dame de la Gorge Chapel. Then we’ll take a short transfer (local bus) to the village of Les Contamines-Montjoie where we’ll spend the night.
  • Hiking time: 6 hours, 950 m ascent, 1300 m descent
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Day 9: Les Contamines – Col du Tricot – Bellevue – Les Houches

  • Today, we’ll be hiking the Chamonix Valley by crossing two passes. First we’ll hike around Mont Truc to get to the charming alpine hamlet of Miage. Then we’ll hike straight up the Col de Tricot (2120 m) and down the other side. We’ll arrive in Bellevue (1780 m) and take the cable car to get down to the village of Les Houches.
  • Hiking time: 6 hours, 1150 m ascent, 600 m descent
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Day 10: Les Houches

  • After a short transfer to Merlet, we’ll hike on a trail that offers amazing views of the snow-covered northern side of Mont-Blanc, as well as Aiguilles de Chamonix. We’ll hike past Refuge de Bellachat and follow the trail to the Brévent Summit, alongside the natural reserve. Once at this highest point, we’ll take in the 360° view before starting our last descent to Chamonix, passing Col du Brévent. From Planpraz, we’ll take the cable car down to the center of Chamonix.
  • Hiking time: 5.5 hours, 1000 m ascent, 550 m descent

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

hiker on the Tour du Mont Blanc

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance which is required. (We recommend World Nomads)
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips for the guide and during the tour
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Museum entrance fee in Courmayeur or Chamonix (optional)

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Not sure which TMB tour is right for you? Check out our comparison chart below to help you find your perfect tour.

TOUR6-DAY

LUXURY

7-DAY SELF-GUIDED10-DAY SELF-GUIDED7-DAY GUIDED10-DAY GUIDED
Level of DifficultyModerateModerateIntermediate – StrenuousModerateIntermediate – Strenuous
~Elevation Gain Each Day500 – 1300 m

(1640 – 4265 ft)

500 – 1300 m

(1640 – 4265 ft)

400 – 1050 m

(1312 – 3444 ft)

600 – 1200 m

1968 – 3937 ft

800 – 1000 m

2624 – 3280 ft

~Hiking Time Each Day4 – 6 hours4 – 6 hours6 hours5 – 6 hours6 hours
This Tour is Perfect for You 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.want luxury and a worry-free tour without the hassle of figuring out routes/ transfers. You enjoy the camaraderie of hiking in a group and love learning from a local guide.are an experienced hiker who enjoys the camaraderie of hiking with others and is OK with sleeping in a dorm. You enjoy hiking and letting someone else figure out the route/transfers and benefiting from the expertise of a local guide.
Prices per person (in effect until Nov 28th, 2018). Note: Private accommodations require 2+ participants.€1199 (private double, upgraded)€849 (dormitory)/ €999  (private double)€1099 (dormitory) / €1399 (private double)€1659 (private double)€1959 (dormitory)

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INFO ABOUT OUR TMB SELF-GUIDED AND GUIDED TOURS

Availability

Our TMB trips are available from June 22nd – September 23th, 2019. They’re not available during selected dates in August due to the TMB Ultramarathon and other racing events which would have a negative impact on your experience. You choose your starting date for the self-guided tours. Our guided tours have select starting dates.

Self-Guided Tours vs Guided Tours

On our self-guided tours, you get the flexibility and freedom of starting your day when you choose, hiking at your own pace and taking breaks whenever your heart (or lungs) desire, without the pain in your butt planning and booking accommodations in three different countries.

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).

On our guided trips we take care of everything for you. This is a good option if you enjoy hiking with hikers, are new to hiking and want to focus on the hiking itself and not worry about route finding, or figuring out how to take transfers on your own. You’ll also get or want the expertise of a local guide who will point things out that you wouldn’t likely notice while hiking on your own.

Our goal is to make this the easiest holiday that you’ve ever planned while giving you the freedom to experience it in the way that’s best for you.

Booking in Advance

Book as soon as possible to ensure that accommodation is available on your start date. Private double accommodation fills up VERY quickly.

Cow in an Alpine meadow. Melchsee-Frutt, Switzerland

Luggage Storage or Transfer

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). Otherwise, we can store your luggage for €75 for up to three bags.

Alternatively, if you want your luggage with you, we also offer luggage transfer. The rates are:  €179 for the 7-day tour and €279 for the 10-day tour. Discounted rates are available if you have 4+ bags. 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 and Terrain

Grade 3 (middle) for the 7 and 8-day tours and Grade 4 (challenging) for the 10-day tours.

In a word “MAGIC”. An unforgettable experience that makes you want to start over. – Patrice

Location

Our self-guided tours start in Les Houches (if you’ve chosen the 6 or 7-day tour) and Chamonix (if you’ve chosen the 10-day tour). All our tours finish in the high-mountain town of Chamonix.

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Packing Info

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

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is required and must include emergency evacuation and hospital care in the unlikely incident that you get injured. We recommend World Nomads insurance.

The Tour du Mont Blanc was brilliant! We had sun every day on our 7-day hike. The highlights were the beautiful landscapes and the local culinary specialities. – Sam

Fitness Level

You should be in good physical condition and have hiking experience. If you are concerned about your ability and want to make it easier, you can do so in two ways.  1)Take our 6 or 7-day tour, which are the lightest tours and involve ~4 to 6 hours of hiking each day and 2) Choose the luggage transfer service. That way you only need to carry your day-hiking backpack instead of a much larger and heavier one.

Payment Info

20% of 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.

General

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations as are the hiking times, which don’t include breaks. The itineraries shown may change slightly based on the available accommodation.

Extras

Transfers (lifts and buses ) if required are not included but 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 so you can either choose to hike this section or take the transfers to make it easier. It’s your choice.

Lunches are not included but 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 highly recommended and not included.

Refunds

Your trip is nonrefundable but it is transferable if you can find someone to take your spot 45 days in advance of your tour start date. You can view the full Terms and Conditions here.

TRAVEL

Arriving By Air

While many people assume that it would be Paris, it’s actually in Geneva Switzerland. There are various shuttle services available directly from Geneva airport to Chamonix.  Alternatively, you can use this site to find train and bus options. The fastest is by bus which takes 1:30 hours, while trains can take up to 5 hours.

From there, you can either take the Mont Blanc Express Train or the Chamonix Bus to the starting point in Les Houches (~ 7 km).

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Note: We highly recommend waiting to book your flights or making other travel arrangements until you receive an email from us notifying you that all your accommodation has been confirmed.

Train Travel

The starting point for the tour is either Les Houches or Chamonix depending on your tour. The endpoint will be either of these as well which are only 8 km (5 mi) apart. It takes ~15 minutes.

Additional Accommodation

You’ll need to book your own pre-tour accommodation the night before you start hiking in Chamonix.  It’s also a good idea to book a hotel in Chamonix on the day that you finish.  You’ll likely be tired, but feel fantastic, and the last thing you want to do is have to search for accommodation. If you have extra time, it’s worth spending a couple of days in Chamonix, a popular mountain town.  We recommend using Booking.com to book additional accommodation but will provide recommendations for you upon booking, including hotels that will often store your luggage for you.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Mountain Hut Accommodation (Refuges/Auberges/Gîtes)

Your standard accommodation is dormitory style and will include shared bathroom facilities. Showers are available, usually for an additional fee and a time limit.  Accommodation is simple, yet clean.   There’s usually a strict lights-out policy at around 10:00 pm and hikers are up at approximately the same time to eat a light breakfast served between limited hours. Staying in a mountain hut is a great way to connect with fellow hikers. Huts are usually right on the trail or close to it.

Refuge Elena

Staying in a mountain hut is a great way to connect with fellow hikers and is a budget-friendly alternative. Furthermore, huts are usually conveniently located right on the trail or close to it.

dormitory accommodation on the TMB
Dormitory accommodation at Refuge de Nant Borrant

Private Double Accommodation 

You’ll be staying in a combination of mountain huts (refuges/auberges/gîtes) and inns, in a private room.  The hotels and inns are usually in small villages.

This is a good option if you prefer a bit more luxury, would like more privacy and/or are a light sleeper.   Note: you will still be sharing a bathroom some nights as some providers have limited bathroom facilities.

private double accommodation in a mountain hut
One example of private double accommodation found in a mountain hut.

Accommodation is very simple by hotel standards and we carefully choose accommodation that appeals to hikers. That way you can still connect with other hikers and get the TMB experience – which you won’t get by staying in 4-star hotels. It’s a treat to even have the option of private double accommodation on a trek.

room in a mountain hut in the Alps
Another example of mountain hut accommodation.

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Why Travel With Us?

We know that you have other choices when it comes to booking your tour, so why should you travel with us?

1)Laurel Robbins, the founder of Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel has personally done every tour that we offer. You may think that’s true of most tour companies but unfortunately, it’s not. It’s not uncommon that in companies offering a huge selection of tours,  no one in the company has actually done them.

I hear this from local partners that I work with all the time. And unsurprisingly the results are often disastrous for the clients. To us, that’s unacceptable, which is why we have a small but personally curated selection of tours.

review of TMB tour2)Laurel is really picky about the tours she offers. Blame it on growing up in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, but she was very spoiled when it comes to hiking. As a result, she tests many hiking tours and decides not to offer most of them. She doesn’t want a nice hike. She wants an amazing one for our clients. One that’s unforgettable.

3)We work in partnership with local tour operators to offer so that we can provide on the ground support if needed during your tour. This is true of most tour operators but as Laurel has personally done each tour, we change tour details that aren’t obvious from a website but make a huge difference to your experience. An example of this is insisting on accommodation in a more convenient location.

4)We’re hikers and nature lovers who know how to design tours for hikers and nature lovers. Laurel is in the mountains hiking almost every weekend. She also volunteers with monkeys at an animal shelter weekly and has a degree in Primatology (the study of primates). She’s also been in the travel industry for 8 1/2 years so know what makes a good tour and what doesn’t.

Tiffany who is a key team member has also worked in the travel industry and is an avid mountain climber and hiker who has scaled peaks all over the world.

Lourdes, another team member who provides backend support and writes articles about hiking is also an avid hiker.

Collectively, we put our knowledge together to provide the best adventures for you.

review of TMB hiking tour5)Laurel and Tiffany are very well-travelled Canadians who know which information makes your vacation easier to plan and more enjoyable. Laurel currently lives in Munich, Germany where she’s lived for the past 8 1/2 years. She uses her knowledge of both cultures to bridge North American expectations with European culture.

That’s why we offer practical advice pre-tour like How Not to Get Yelled at in a Mountain Hut. Our knowledge gives us cultural insights to make your tour an unforgettable experience.

6)Finally, we know that your time is precious. You work hard for your money. We truly value that. We want you to have an incredible vacation. That’s why we’re very honest. If a tour isn’t right for you, we’ll tell you.

review of the TMB hiking tourThere can be a lot of anxiety when booking a trek; Am I fit enough to do it? How do I figure out all the logistics? How do I get there? What’s it really like to sleep in a dormitory in a mountain hut?

Our goal is to make your Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc Trek the easiest you’ve ever planned.

By booking with us you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited email support. Ask all the questions you need to
  • Practical tips to help make the TMB an incredible experience for you
  • Opportunity to ask questions on a live webinar before your TMB adventure
  • Packing list of what you need for the TMB
  • Emergency support while hiking the TMB if needed

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a hiker on one of the two highest points of the Tour du Mont Blanc
You can change your life with a hiking trip like the TMB.
hiker on the Tour du Mont Blanc
hikers on a flat section of the Tour du Mont Blanc
tour du mont blanc mountain hut