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Tour du Mont Blanc – Classic Route

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10 days
Availability : June - October
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Max People : 12
Tour Details

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most beautiful and diverse long-distance trekking in the world and definitely, a must do for every ambitious hiker. Covering a distance of around 170 kilometers in 10 days the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is not just a great challenge but also one of the most scenic long distance walks in the world! You will circumnavigate the Mont Blanc massif passing through Italian, Swiss and French villages. Beside the Mont Blanc, you will hike close to impressive peaks, huge glaciers and crystal clear mountain lakes.

Along the trail there are plenty of opportunities to try out the local cuisine. The choice is great and you can select from a wide range of different meals. From a simple French blueberry cake to a traditional Italian polenta or a Swiss style Rösti with local wine, there is pretty much everything.

To participate on the Tour du Mont Blanc you should have a reasonable fitness and be able to walk between 15 to 20 kilometers with around 1000 meters ascent a day.

Departure & Return Location

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France (Google Map)

Departure Time

08:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Full qualified International Mountain Leader (IML)
  • 9 nights accommodation (shared bedrooms) with half-board
  • A rich and healthy lunch pack on each stage
  • All planned transportation according to the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Pre- / post-trek accommodation
  • Extra services (luggage transfer / private accommodation)
  • Private expenses (souvenirs, drinks, etc.)
  • Airport transfers

Additional Services

  • Luggage Transfer
  • Private Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Pre- / Post-Trek Accommodation
What to Expect

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most impressive multi-day tours in the Alps. The route is characterised by the unique backdrop of the Mont Blanc massif with its huge rock towers and imposing glaciers.

  • Hike through France, Italy and Switzerland
  • Spectacular views on the highest mountains of Europe
  • Enjoy culinary specialties such as a real Swiss cheese fondue
  • Swim in crystal clear mountain lakes
  • Meet other interesting and like-minded people
  • Challenge yourself and cover a distance of more than 170km by foot
Itinerary

Day 1Chamonix (Les Houches) > Les Contamines

You’ll get picked up in the morning at your accommodation in Chamonix and driven to Les Houches (Bellevue cable car station) from where you will start your 10-day Tour du Mont Blanc adventure. Even before hiking, you’ll take the cable car up to Bellevue the official start point of the TMB and a great viewpoint with the first amazing views over the Chamonix valley.

From Bellevue, an interesting hike through alpine meadows and a nice forest brings you very close to the Bionassay glacier with the first highlight of the TMB the famous suspension bridge over a wild glacier stream. After crossing the suspension bridge a nice trail leads up to the Col du Tricot. Up there you’ll take a short break and get ready for the short but steep descent to the Chalets du Miage. At the Chalets du Miage there is definitely some time to take a rest and to enjoy our homemade lunch packs. For those who want there is the opportunity to taste one of the best blueberry cakes on the entire trip.

With fresh, energy you’ll be ready for the last climb of the first stage up to the Col du Truc. From there, an easy and nice trail is leading down to the small French mountain village Les Contamines where you’ll spend the night.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: Chamonix > Les Houches
Cable Car: Les Houches > Bellevue

Bellevue – Col du Tricot – Chalets du Miage – Col de Truc – Les Contamines
Distance: 11.00 km / Ascent: 668m / Descent: 1344m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 2Les Contamines > Les Chapieux

After a cosy night you’ll walk along the river on an easy path to the end of the village to the famous Notre Dame de la Gorge church, the official start point of the second stage of the TMB. From the church, an interesting and diverse hike is leading up to the famous Col du Bonhomme. Along the way up you’ll pass alpine meadows, farms, typical mountain huts, sheep and rugged rocky terrain. About half-way up to the Col du Bonhomme there is a nice resting area and the possibility to fill up your water reserves. Once you reach the Col du Bonhomme, anice traverse is leading over to the famous Croix de la Bonhomme mountain hut.

At the hut, it’s definitely worth to plan a short break to try their homemade cake. From there you’ll descend over open meadows down to the small alpine village Les Chapieux. Once you reach Les Chapieux there is enough time to try some local cheese & sausages or to cool down with a cold drink.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

N.D. de la Gorge –  Tumulus – Col du Bonhomme – Ref. Croix du Bonhomme – Les Chapieux
Distance: 23.90 km / Ascent: 1603m / Descent: 1031m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 3Les Chapieux > Val Veny

The third stage of the TMB and it is already time for Italy. After the breakfast, you’ll start your trek directly in the Les Chapieux valley and climb up to the Col de la Seigne the border between France and Italy. From the Col de la Seigne you’ll have the first great views on the Mont Blanc and the ongoing TMB trip. With good weather conditions, you can even see over to Switzerland and the great Grand Combin massif. On the way down you’ll pass the so called Casermetta, a mountain museum with a huge 3-D relief map of the entire Mont Blanc Massif and the TMB. Furthermore you can learn many interesting facts about the wildlive and the human impacts on the area.

Further down you’ll pass by the Rifugio Elisabetta a typical Italian mountain hut with great food and Italian coffee. Why not stopping there for a strong Italian coffee or delicious Polenta?

You’ll end the third stage of the TMB at the Cabane du Combal, a nice and modern mountain hut in a great location. In the afternoon there is the possibility to go swimming in a natural glacier lake and to see ibex very close.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Refuge des Mottets – Col de la Seigne – Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini – Cabane du Combal
  Distance: 13.60 km / Ascent: 917m / Descent: 502m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 4Val Veny > Courmayeur

A nice stage is waiting for you with great views over the whole Mont Blanc range. From the Cabane du Combal an easy climb brings you up to the south terrace of the Mont Blanc. From there you’ll walk down to the Maison Vieille a nice place for lunch. If someone is tired there is the option to take a cable car down to Courmayeur. In Courmayeur, you’ll stay in a hotel close to the center and you’ll have time to explore the village a bit and to try a real Italian gelato. In the evening your guide will take you to a local restaurant for dinner.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Cable Car: Maison Vieille > Courmayeur (optional)

Cabane du Combal – Maison Vieille – Dolonne – Courmayeur
Distance: 12.70 km / Ascent: 492m / Descent: 1274m

3-Star Hotel in the center of Courmayeur in twin, triple or quadruple room
Buffet breakfast at the hotel
Typical dinner à la carte in an Italian restaurant

Day 5Courmayeur > Val Ferret

The last full day in Italy is waiting for you. A nice hike up along the Val Ferret takes you from Courmayeur over the Rifugio Bertone and Rifugio Bonatti, two very famous and nice mountain huts to  the Italian Val Ferret. You’ll start your day with an easy but steep ascent to the upper end of Courmayeur. On the way up you can admire the beautiful and very typical architecture. Once you left Courmayeur the trail is leading further uphill through a dense forest. The trail is steep and you have to work hard to reach the Rifugio Bertone, but hey the views are worth it!

At the Rifugio Bertone there is the perfect opportunity to refill your water bottles and to stop for another Italian Coffee. Behind the hut there is an amazing viewpoint, offering views on the sheer south side of the Mont Blanc and the famous Skyway (= recently built cable car).

The second part of your hike is rather easy and you’ll follow the nice traverse high up over the Val Ferret towards the Rifugio W. Bonatti where you will stay overnight. For those who are still energized at the end of the day, there are some beautiful extra loops to discover behind the hut and your guide is happy to show you those secret spots!

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Courmayeur – Villair – Rif. Bertone – Rif. W. Bonatti
Distance: 11.90 km / Ascent: 1100m / Descent: 288m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 6Val Ferret > La Fouly

In the morning you’ll continue the traverse further to the end of the Italian Val Ferret. At the end of the traverse you’ll reach the Chalet Val Ferret, a perfect spot to enjoy one of the last Italian coffees of the trip with the morning sun.

From Arpnuova (Chalet Val Ferret) you’ll climb up the steep but nice slopes to the Swiss border and the Grand Col Ferret. Duringyour ascent, you’ll have magnificent views over the entire south face of the Mont Blanc range. After the first big climb of the morning, you’ll pass by the Rifugio Elena, a welcoming stop for to refill your water reservoirs and for a snack, so that you’ll have enough energy to climb the second part up to the top. Once you reach the the mountain pass you’ll enter into Switzerland over the Grand Col Ferret (which will also be the highest point of the entire tour unless you’ll take the Fenêtre d’Arpette variant later on the tour).

From the Grand Col Ferret,there is the possibility to add a small extra loop and to climb the Tête de Ferret peak. The second part of the day you’ll be descending into the Swiss Val Ferret towards La Fouly. Half-way down there is the Alpage de la Peule, a really nice farm with great food, cold drinks and locally made cheese to try. You’ll end your day in the small mountain village La Fouly. Of course you’ll have the opportunity to buy some well deserved Swiss chocolate after a long day!

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Rif. Bonatti – Grand Col Ferret – La Fouly
Distance: 19.70 km / Ascent: 867m / Descent: 1310m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 7La Fouly > Champex-Lac

An easy day is waiting for you. On this stage, you’ll experience many nice alpine meadows, beautiful Swiss villages and you’ll pass the probably most photographed and unexpected object along the TMB. The day is full of “swissness” and you can learn a lot about the history, the so called forts (underground bunkers from WWII) and of course the nature.

You’ll reach Champex-Lac (also called „little Canada“), a picturesque Swiss village with a beautiful lake. At the end of the day you’ll enjoy an ice cream at the lake where you can go swimming, stand up paddling. You’ll stay overnight either in the village or in the beautiful Arpette Valley!

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

La Fouly – Praz de Fort – Issert – Champex-Lac
Distance: 14.80 km / Ascent: 473m / Descent: 608m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 8Champex-Lac > Trient

From Champex-Lac a very nice and great hike is leading over to the small and picturesque village of Trient. The day starts easily through the lower part of the village and along open meadows. You’ll be able to admire typical Swiss chalets and to listen to some interesting stories about local life. The way up to the Bovine is steep and challenging butdefinitively worth it, especially when you keep the best cake on the entire TMB which you can get at Bovine in your mind.

After a nice stop at the Bovine mountain hut, you’ll take your way down to the Col de la Forclaz (an important mountain pass and part of the Tour de France 2016). From the Col de la Forclaz you’ll take a nice trail down to Trient where you’ll spend your last night in Switzerland.

Fenêtre d’Arpette variant:

If the group fitness and the weather conditions allow you might also tackle the tough and difficult trail over the Fenêtre d’Arpette to reach Trient. Instead of strolling along meadows you’ll accept the challenge and hike up the steep, remote and rugged Arpette valley. Shortly before you’ll reach the pass the trail gets very rocky and a little bit of scrambling brings you to this exceptional mountain pass.

From the top you’ll see the impressive Trient Glacier and with good weather conditions you’ll be able to see the Matterhorn in the far distance. After a rest you’ll tackle the still steep and difficult descent towards Trient. The trail is long and it winds along a huge glacier moraine towards Trient. At the end of the difficulties you’ll reach the Chalet du Glacier, a welcoming buvette where you’ll stop for a cold drink and a snack. The rest of the way into Trient is short and easy.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Champex-Lac – Bovine – Col de la Forclaz – Trient
Distance: 16.90 km / Ascent: 764m / Descent: 1036m
Distance: 14.50 km / Ascent: 1194m / Descent: 1418m (Fenêtre d’Arpette variant)

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 9Trient > Argentière

Your second last day of the Tour du Mont Blanc brings you over the Col de Balme back to France. You’ll start your day early in the morning and climb up to the Col de Balme. From up there you’ll have the most amazing views of the Mont Blanc.

From the Col de Balme, you’ll take the trail back down to Le Tour. If the group is fit there is the possibility to include the Col des Possettes and the Aiguillette des Possettes peak. Once you reach Le Tour you’ll walk along some nice meadows to Argentière. In Argentière you’ll have some time to discover the pretty village and to go for an Apéro before dinner.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Trient – Col du Balme – Col des Possettes – Argentière
Distance: 16.40 km / Ascent: 1134m / Descent: 1157m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
  Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 10Argentière > Chamonix

The last day of the TMB is full of highlights again. If you are up for it you can climb up to the famous Lac Blanc over some nice and adventurous ladders or take the normal way up there. Best panoramic views and the ultimate photography spots won’t be missed. If you feel tired there is the option of taking the cable car from Flégère back down to Chamonix.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Cable Car: Flégère > Chamonix (optional)

Argentière – Aiguilles d’Argentière – Lac Blanc – Flégère – Chamonix
Distance: 15.90 km / Ascent: 1111m / Descent: 1313m

No accommodation included in the tour price.

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Anne-Sophie

Solo Traveller

Had a fantastic time on this trip. The views were absolutely stunning, worth every step, great group and thanks to Dave for being a great guide! Highly recommend!

1. September 2020

John

Solo Traveller

Everything ran smoothly. The guide was knowledgeable and considerate. The food was great.

1. September 2019

Melissa

Solo Traveller

The guide had local knowledge and kept us on interesting paths in the quiet alternative routes to the main TMB routes. All with great views, good humour and some great packed lunches!

1. September 2019

Karen

Solo Traveller

Joel and Rachel were amazing when I had to leave the mountain on the second day (health problems). They couldn’t have been kinder and more accommodating a big thank you from me.

23. August 2019

Hannah

Solo Traveller

The trip was very well organised and a great challenge from start to finish. It was made a trip of a lifetime by our guide Joel who was top rate and made sure we got the absolute maximum from each day. The group size and mix were also perfect and I’ve made some great friends!

22. August 2019
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