Tour Du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc, frequently referred to as the ‘TMB’, is known throughout the world as one of the ultimate long distance Alpine walking routes. It circumnavigates Mont Blanc, which at 4808m is the highest mountain in Western Europe.

Over its 105 mile distance, the hiking route passes through some of the most stunning and beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe, crossing between France, Italy and Switzerland. The route leads dramatically over high mountain passes, past ancient glaciers and down into pristine valleys always with a view of mighty Alpine peaks and often the great Mont Blanc itself.

Better than any geography text book, throughout the trek, you will see great glaciers forging down the mountains, be amongst fabulous glaciated U shaped valleys rising up to steep arêtes and pyramidal peaks, not to mention lateral moraines, terminal moraines, and glacial lakes.

There is also always an abundance of alpine flora to admire throughout the journey which varies with season, altitude and aspect. In late spring and early summer the Alpine meadows are truly exceptional. With luck we will also encounter some wildlife including Ibex, Marmottes, Chamois and possibly the elusive Lamergeyer.

Along the way you will encounter a rich variety of local customs, foods, architecture and people as we pass though gorgeous alpine villages adorned with flowers and full of history.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Arrival in Chamonix – evening briefing with your guide.
  • Day 2: Chamonix to Les Contamines.
  • Day 3: Les Contamines to Chapieux.
  • Day 4: Chapieux to Courmayeur.
  • Day 5: Rest day in Courmayeur.
  • Day 6: Courmayeur to Refuge Walter Bonatti.
  • Day 7: Refuge Walter Bonatti to Champex.
  • Day 8: Champex to Trient.
  • Day 9: Trient to Mont Roc.
  • Day 10: Mont Roc to Chamonix via Lac Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouges.
  • Day 11: Depart Chamonix.

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Accommodation

Due to the nature and remote location of the Tour du Mont Blanc it is not always possible to find luxury 4 star accommodation, in fact it’s impossible! We tailor our itinerary in order to maximise the number of nights that we stay in good quality hotels. Wherever possible, accommodation is in twin or double en-suite rooms.

At the auberge in Chapieux we always request twin or double private rooms. However, occasionally these rooms are not available. If this happens we will be in a small dormitory-style room which is comfortable but basic and will have shared bathrooms.

At the Walter Bonatti Refuge accommodation is in clean dormitory-style rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

Baggage

In order to maximise your enjoyment of the TMB, all you will need to carry each day is a light day pack with food, water and a few spare clothes. All your other overnight baggage will be transported for you by road and will be waiting at the following nights’ accommodation. The one exception to this is the night we spend at the delightful Walter Bonatti Refuge where there is no vehicular access.

Kit List

Even if you are used to walking trips in the mountains we recommend that you take a look at our full kit list.

What’s included?

  • 8 days guided walking with an International Mountain Leader.
  • Half board accommodation.
  • Picnic lunch on walking days.
  • Cable car uplift if required.

What’s not included?

  • Transport to and from the airport.
  • Drinks or snacks along the way.
  • Lunch and dinner on the rest day in Courmayeur.
  • Any activities undertaken on the rest day.
  • Wine or drinks with evening meals.

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Alpine footprints map of the Tour Du Mont Blanc

Map of the Tour Du Mont Blanc