From €999
Price
Italy, France, Switzerland
Location
June – Sept
Dates
7, 8 or 11 days
Duration
Self-Guided
Type

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!

DURATION 7, 8, or 11 days
DISTANCE 92km (57 mi) to 130 km (81 mi)
AVAILABILITY June 22nd – Sept 14th
START/FINISH Les Houches / Chamonix, France
GRADE Moderate to Strenuous
ACCOMMODATION Dormitory or private double
PRICES (from) €999 pp
INCLUDED
Detailed route description, & map Unlimited 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 8-day tour and 130 km (81 mi) on the 11-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.

Monkeys and Mountains provided my Dad and I with a wonderfully organised Tour du Mont Blanc. Friendly interaction, attention to deal, baggage transfer and a thorough packing list all made the trip very smooth. But best of all, Laurel booked us an excellent route featuring the most charming refuges.read more
James Thomas
James Thomas
2018-09-16T15:47:01+0000
We did the Tour Du Mont Blanc trek in August 2018. These guys executed perfectly. Very well organised. Fast communication via email. They even reacted immediately to a landslide on the path on our trek, rerouting us with taxis and new directions. 10/10. Highly recommended. The next European trek we do, we'll do it with these guys.read more
John McIntyre
John McIntyre
2018-09-05T03:10:18+0000
Monkeys and Mountains were very easy to work with and answered our many, many questions! We enjoyed our experience very much and not having to worry about finding all the refuges on our own was wonderful. Thanks Laurel!read more
Vicky Jaeger
Vicky Jaeger
2018-08-15T15:58:42+0000
Laurel is my go-to source when I want to know anything about adventure travel, wildlife conservation and great hiking destinations. I know she puts so much time and passion into researching every element of her tours and giving personal recommendations, she is the expect in this field and I would really only trust her to book such a life-changing trip for me!read more
Nienke Krook
Nienke Krook
2018-05-04T13:02:03+0000
Laurel really cares about making each person's experience an incredible one. I am not much of an adventure person so when I came in touch with Laurel I didn´t know what to expect. But she provided details I didn't even know I need to know and most of all, she got me very excited about trying something new. I definately got out of my comfort zone and have never regret it.read more
Lidwine H.
Lidwine H.
2018-03-23T22:11:08+0000
Laurel is an expert in her field and goes above and beyond to make every experience exceptional. Her local knowledge, great contacts and expertise means tours are really unique, travel planning is hassle free and also full of thoughtful details, that you’d never have thought of yourself.read more
Ceri Temple
Ceri Temple
2018-03-21T21:23:43+0000
Laurel personally researches, plans & trials every adventure to make sure each client has the best experience possible & she can answer any questions imaginable. I know this as I have asked a lot of questions! Every adventure is now on my bucket list as they are unique, exciting & have the 'I'd love to do that' quality that lacks elsewhere. Her commitment to providing the best possible service is evident from the booking process right through to follow up and there is support available the whole way through your trip. I would not hesitate to recommend Monkeys & Mountains as Laurel shares her passion for travel & creating life long memories.read more
Wendy Andrew
Wendy Andrew
2018-03-21T09:01:28+0000
Laurel brings together serious topics like wildlife conservation with fun, adventure, and having a great time. A win-win for all species. Can highly recommend her tours and work.read more
Philipp Steinweber
Philipp Steinweber
2018-03-19T09:57:24+0000
Laurel is a real exception when it comes to travel agencies. She knows her tours personally, she adds an original twist to every tour she offers and manages to amaze her clients with her attention to detail, caring attitude and genuine love and passion for enriching travels.read more
Elena Herdieckerhoff
Elena Herdieckerhoff
2018-03-16T22:35:07+0000
Laurel’s attention to detail and years of experience make it an easy choice to trust her with travel. I love knowing that she’s personally taken each of the hikes and tours she recommends.read more
April Ebeling
April Ebeling
2018-03-16T12:17:21+0000
Laurel puts an extensive amount of time and research in to creating the perfect tour for you. She is passionate that you have an incredible experience and provides first class customer service. She pays attention to every detail to make your trip very special. Every trip has been researched and experienced by Laurel before launch and she has extensive knowledge of hiking, wildlife and ecotourism. I highly recommend Monkeys and Mountains.read more
Julie Leonard
Julie Leonard
2018-03-16T10:06:28+0000
Whether you are passionate about hiking and trekking, a wildlife lover, or keen about responsible tourism, Monkeys and Mountains is likely the right tour company for you. Laurel has experienced each one of the trips, which are carefully selected and organized upon first-hand knowledge. I have rarely seen a person providing such a great customer service, and doing everything possible to provide a memorable experience.read more
Simon Falvo
Simon Falvo
2018-03-15T22:18:56+0000
Laurel is my go-to person for anything hiking related. She knows what gear you need in which conditions and always makes personalized recommendations. She takes into account my hiking experience and always makes sure to thoroughly answer my questions. With her, I know I have someone who cares deeply about giving me the best possible experience.read more
Sofie Couwenbergh
Sofie Couwenbergh
2018-03-15T15:59:06+0000

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Self-guided tour on the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), one of the most epic treks in the world! You'll hike around the second highest glacier-covered peak in Europe and hike in France, Italy and Switzerland for the trip of a lifetime!

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

€1319 for six nights accommodation. Early-early bird price in effect only until Oct 31st!

INCLUSIONS

  • 6 nights of accommodation (1 night in Chamonix in a three-star hotel on your arrival day, 4 nights in three-star accommodation with your own private bathroom, and 1 night in two-star superior accommodation with a shared bathroom)
  • 6 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

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Day 1: Arrival in Chamonix

  • You’ll arrive in Chamonix and stay in a 3-star hotel. Your in-person orientation will be offered at 5:00 pm in our Chamonix office. Your Travel Pack will be waiting for you in your hotel. Get a good night sleep before your first day of hiking tomorrow!
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Day 2: 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 3: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 4: Les Chapieux – 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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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Self-guided tour on the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), one of the most epic treks in the world! You'll hike around the second highest glacier-covered peak in Europe and hike in France, Italy and Switzerland for the trip of a lifetime!

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

€999 pp for dormitory style accommodation and €1149 pp for private double accommodation in mountain huts (auberges and gîtes) and hotels/inns in nearby villages. Both options include seven breakfasts and six dinners. Early-early bird price in effect only until Oct 31st!

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 nights accommodation, 1 night in Chamonix in a three-star hotel on your arrival day, then either in dormitory style or double accommodation in hotels/inns in nearby villages
  • 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • Luggage storage in Chamonix
  • 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

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Day 1: Arrival in Chamonix

  • You’ll arrive in Chamonix and stay in a 3-star hotel. Your in-person orientation will be offered at 5:00 pm in our Chamonix office. Your Travel Pack will be waiting for you in your hotel. Get a good night sleep before your first day of hiking tomorrow!

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Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 Courmayeur (1226 m), the capital of the Italian Alps. You’ll take a quick walk through the city, which is also a good place to stock up on snacks before reaching 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 5: Refuge Elena - Grand Col Ferret - Ferret or La Fouly - 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 Ferret (1740 m). Then 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 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 6: Champex - Les Bovines (option: fenêtre d’Arpette (Arpette Window) - Trient

  • 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 7: 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 8: 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!</strong

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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Self-guided tour on the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), one of the most epic treks in the world! You'll hike around the second highest glacier-covered peak in Europe and hike in France, Italy and Switzerland for the trip of a lifetime!

TOUR INFO

The tour starts in Les Houches and finishes in Chamonix. This tour is more challenging than the 7 and 8-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

€1249 pp for dormitory accommodation and €1549 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.

INCLUSIONS

  • 10 nights accommodation, 1 night in Chamonix in a three-star hotel on your arrival day, then either dormitory style or in private double rooms
  • 10 breakfasts and 9 dinners
  • Luggage storage in Chamonix
  • 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

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Day 1: Arrival in Chamonix

  • You’ll arrive in Chamonix and stay in a 3-star hotel. Your in-person orientation will be offered at 5:00 pm in our Chamonix office if you start hiking Tue – Thur or Mon morning at 9:00 am if you start hiking on a Monday. Your Travel Pack will be waiting for you in your hotel. Get a good night sleep before your first day of hiking tomorrow!
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Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: Courmayeur - 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 (2-3 bags) or €215 (4+ bags) for the 10-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 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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INFO

Availability

This trip is available from June 22nd – September 23th, 2019. It’s 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.

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

Luggage storage is included in our 8 and 11 day tours. Alternatively, if you want your luggage with you, we also offer luggage transfer. The rates are:  €179 for the 8-day tour and €269 for the 10-day tour. Discounted rates are available if you have 4+ bags. Luggage transfer is included in our 7-day luxury tour.

On the 11-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 11-day tours.

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

Self-Guided Tours

This trek is a self-guided tour. 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 this is a self-guided trip so you also need to use your judgment. Our goal is to make this the easiest holiday that you’ve ever planned while giving you the freedom to experience it in your own way.

Location

Your tour starts in Les Houches (if you’ve chosen the 7 or 8 day tour) and Chamonix (if you’ve chosen the 11-day tour). You’ll 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 7-day tour, which is the lightest tour and involves ~4 to 6 hours of hiking each day and 2) Choose the luggage transfer service, so that 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).

I find the best deals on Skyscanner and book most of my flights through them.

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 end point will be either of these as well which are only 8 km (5 mi) apart. It takes ~15 minutes.

Additional Accommodation

Your tour includes 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.  I recommend using Booking.com to book additional accommodation.

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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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Self-guided tour on the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), one of the most epic treks in the world! You'll hike around the second highest glacier-covered peak in Europe and hike in France, Italy and Switzerland for the trip of a lifetime!

Why Travel With Us

I started Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel as a travel blog in 2010. To my surprise, it has grown to become one of the top adventure travel blogs in the world.

After receiving multiple requests from readers asking for help in planning their adventures, I started offering adventure tours in 2016 by becoming a tour operator. I put my 20+ years of travel experience to use in helping you plan your active holidays.

I’m passionate about long-distance hiking and cycling trips. They can radically change your life, as they’ve changed mine. Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc helped me recover from a low point in my life and started an obsession with long-distance trekking. It may very well do the same for you.

I believe the more time we spend in the beauty and healing power of nature, the more likely we are to take steps to save this incredible planet of ours. We’ve created mass destruction but it’s not too late. Each of us can make a difference.  This is why I look forward to Monday mornings. I really love what I do.

The best customer service I’ve ever received from booking a trip! – Jim

There 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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Self-guided tour on the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), one of the most epic treks in the world! You'll hike around the second highest glacier-covered peak in Europe and hike in France, Italy and Switzerland for the trip of a lifetime!

You can change your life with a hiking trip like the TMB.
Tour du Mont Blanc self-guided hiking tour around the highest mountain Western Europe - an adventure of a lifetime!
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hikers on a flat section of the Tour du Mont Blanc
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Tour du Mont Blanc Self-Guided Tour