You’ll need to be in good shape and capable of hiking between 15-20km each day with a pack on your back and gains of as much as 1000m
Border-hop your way through the Alps, crossing from France into Switzerland and Italy as you circumnavigate the Mont Blanc massif
Trek beneath towering 4000m giants, traverse valleys and reach high passes for epic lookout spots over Lac Blanc and the Cheserys Lakes
Bunk down in cosy village hotels as you tackle 'the TMB' in style, refuelling each evening on tasty French, Swiss and Italian mountain cuisine
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The trek begins: La Flégère to Argentière
Meet up with your guide first thing this morning and head to the cable car station for the ride up to La Flégère at 1877m, taking in the breathtaking views of the Mer de Glace valley on the northern slopes of Mont Blanc. Hit the Tour du Mont Blanc trail, beginning along a balcony path and ascending steadily up to Lac Blanc (2353m) and its spectacular view of the massif. Tuck into a picnic lunch here accompanied by clear views of Les Drus, the Aiguille Verte, the Aiguille du Midi and the Mont Blanc summit. This afternoon, continue along the trail passing by the Cheserys Lakes, descending down one of the most scenic trails in France to where you'll spend the first night of your trip in a peaceful hotel in Argentière.
Argentière to Trient
Tuck into a big breakfast at your hotel in Argentière before a short transfer to Tré le Champ to pick up the trail. The panoramas get better and better today as you make your way up to the Col de Balme (2191m) on the border between France and Switzerland. During the early summer months, this part of the Alps is full of wildflowers including Alpine orchids, with the blooms often continuing into August. Grab an ice cream at Refuge du Col de Balme before reaching the point which marks the crossing of the border into Switzerland. Descend through the woods all the way down to Trient for a well-earned dinner. You'll either overnight here, or take a short transfer and overnight in Argentière, depending on accommodation availability.
Trient to Champex
Pick the trail back up straight from Trient, setting off after breakfast for a short hike to reach the Col de la Forclaz pass. Hike up through a pine and larch forest to join the high pastures of Bovine, from where you'll enjoy lunch with an expansive view of the Martigny Valley and the surrounding mountains. Wind your way down through the woods, cross cool mountain streams, and in the afternoon you'll arrive in Champex, a charming lakeside village where you'll spend the night.
Champex to Val Ferret
Today's section starts from La Fouly after a short transfer from your hotel, picking back up the TMB trail as you begin to trek up the valley towards the Grand Col Ferret (2537m), the border between Switzerland and Italy. Reaching the top of the pass you'll see jaw-dropping views open out in front of you looking down the Val Ferret and the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif. The towering peak of Mont Dolent (3823m) acts as the shared border of all three countries; next is the Grandes Jorasses and the Dent du Géant (4013m) and in the distance, the summit of Mont Blanc itself. After an epic border crossing, you'll tackle the descent to Arnouvaz, from where you'll be transferred to your next cosy hotel in Courmayeur. Enjoy a taste of some of the Aosta specialities offered in Courmayeur’s many atmospheric restaurants.
La Visaille to Les Chapieux
Enjoy the short and incredibly scenic transfer to La Visailles first thing this morning as the hiking kicks off from the bottom of Val Veny, climbing the valley to Lac Combal and past the majestic Glacier du Miage which descends from high up on the flanks of Mont Blanc. Eventually, you'll reach the Col de la Seigne pass (2516m) where you'll say, "Arrivederci, Italia" and cross the border back into France. From here, you'll descend down the long remote valley to Les Chapieux (1549m) where you'll either spend the night in a typical Alpine lodge, or take a short transfer and overnight in Bourg Saint Maurice, depending on accommodation availability.
Les Chapieux to Les Contamines
The biggest day of the trip awaits today, setting off from Les Chapieux to tackle the steep ascent to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2433m). There is a grand old refuge here to grab snacks and drinks from while you take in the ever-present and ever-changing views of the Mont Blanc range. After lunch, you'll continue on to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m) before taking a sharp descent down to the pastures of the Bois de la Rollaz, through pine forest, and eventually to an ancient Roman road which leads the way to the small chapel of Notre Dame de la Gorge. Follow the valley floor to the town of Les Contamines, where you'll rest and recover for the evening.
The final climb, and back to Chamonix
Your final day on the Tour du Mont Blanc takes you from the village of Les Contamines up to to the hamlets of Gruvaz, Champel and Bionnassay – a typical Savoyard hamlet with a magnificent 17th-century chapel. From there, you'll take the path that brings you to the Col de Voza pass (1653m). You'll then take the Bellevue Gondola to descend to Les Houches, the traditional start/finish point of the TMB circuit, before hopping on the bus back to Chamonix where your epic Alpine adventure comes to an end.
Experienced, English-speaking mountain guides
6 nights in village hotels
6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
All transfers throughout the trek, via a mix of private vehicles and public buses
Luggage transfer of your main bag throughout the trip
Flights to and from the meeting point
Travel to and from the start point
Visas where required
Day 1 – Day 6
What is the food like?
Breakfast at each of the hotels is usually continental – think juices, teas, coffee, yoghurt, bread and preserves, pastries, cheese and cereals. Your host will provide healthy packed lunches. They’re big and include things like sandwiches, wraps or a salad, as well as a selection of fresh fruits, muesli bars, chocolate and nuts (for example). Dinner each evening will be taken either in the hotel or at a nearby restaurant. There'll be a variety of classic options for you to choose from, and the classic French, Swiss and Italian variations will be on display as you dip your toe into each country along the route.
Dietary requirements, including vegetarian and vegan, can be catered for: just let your host know in advance.
What is the accommodation like?
Throughout the trip you'll bunk down in a variety of cosy hotels along the route, letting you soak up the quaint character of the Alpine villages nestled beneath the peaks. On certain days you'll be able to hike directly down off the Tour du Mont Blanc to drop into your overnight village hotel, whereas on other days a short transfer will be taken to shuttle you from the trail to your hotel and back to pick up the next section the following morning.
You'll stay in same-sex, twin-share rooms. While the exact hotels you'll stay in will depend on availability, the likely choices will be as listed below (anytime an alternative is used, it will be of similar standard and style).
Argentière: Le Dahu Hotel or Le Couronne Hotel
Trient: Auberge du Mont Blanc
Champex: Relais d'Arpette
Courmayeur: Edelweiss Hotel
Les Chapieux: Autantic Hotel or Auberge Refuge de la Nova
Les Contamines: Le Pontet Cottage
Unfortunately due to availability of accommodation on the Tour du Mont Blanc route, we are unable to offer an optional private room upgrade on this trip.
La Flégère cable car station, Chamonix
08:30 on Day 1
17:30 on Day 7
Your adventure will begin at 08:30 on Day 1 at the La Flégère cable car station in Chamonix. You should arrive any time the day before the start date, and book a hotel of your choice.
There are regular buses from Geneva Airport and Geneva Bus Station to Chamonix, which take around an hour. Your host will be able to recommend an airport transfer company. Alternatively, you could also fly to Milan Airport (LIN) which is about three hours from Chamonix.
Your adventure ends in Chamonix at 17:30. You are free to make your own way back to Geneva or Milan airports, or Geneva railway station for those travelling onwards by train. We advise that you book any onward trains from Geneva to depart after 19:30, and any flights from Geneva or Milan to depart after 20:30. You also have the option to stay additional nights in Chamonix.
Air travellers can fly into Geneva Airport (GVA) which is approximately one hour from Chamonix. Alternatively, you can fly into Milan Airport (LIN) which is about three hours from Chamonix.
For those who wish to avoid flying, why not travel by train instead? Chamonix is accessible by train via the St. Gervais-les-Bains (Le Fayet) station at the base of the valley which connects to Chamonix Mont Blanc train station. For example, take the Eurostar from London to Paris and then connect to a number of direct lines or an overnight sleeper train from Paris to St. Gervais-les-Bains, then on to Chamonix Mont Blanc station.
You can also travel to Geneva by various train routes from other parts of Europe and travel on to Chamonix from there by bus. Geneva bus station is a 5-minute walk or short taxi ride from the central train station. There are various bus services from Geneva bus station to Chamonix, the quickest option taking 1 hour and 8 minutes.
For those wanting to arrive a day early or extend their trip, your host is happy to recommend pre- or post-trip accommodation in Chamonix.
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What do I need to bring?
- Overnight Duffle Bag for main luggage (Luggage Transfer included)
- Hiking Daypack (20-35 litres)
- Waterproof liner for hiking pack
Lightweight down or synthetic jacket
Lightweight waterproof and windproof jacket
Breathable wicking layers
Fleece jacket or similar
Buff or neck scarf
Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts for hiking
Underwear and socks
Swimwear for hotel
Something to sleep in
Hiking boots (worn-in) or trail shoes Lightweight shoes for evenings in the villages
Universal travel plug adapter
Power bank or solar charger
Passports (and visas)
Travel insurance documents
Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Two reusable water bottles x1 litre, or a water bladder
Trekking poles (highly recommended) Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
No optional extras are available for this trip.
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We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.
What's the number?
It works out on average at 60kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.
The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2023 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.
But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:
- Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
- A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
- 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.
What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.
Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.
This trek is no easy feat – so you’ll need to be in good physical shape and able to hike for between 6-8 hours per day (equating to 10-16km) with 1000m ascents/descents. That said, it's a great trip for those who are new to long-distance hiking as no previous experience is required.
Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
The Tour du Mont Blanc trekking season is from June to September. Expect warm days with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) at the lower elevations. Things are a little cooler at higher elevations, especially in the early morning and late evening. Occasional rain showers or thunderstorms can occur, especially in the afternoon – the likelihood of these is stronger in August. Snow and ice are typically not a concern on the main trails during this season, but you might encounter some residual snow patches at high altitudes.
Luggage transfers are included in the cost of the trip, so your main bag will be transported from hotel to hotel while you hike the sections each day. You just need to bring a hiking pack to take whatever you need each day while on the trail.
The tap water in the Alps is safe to drink, so bring along a minimum of two litres carrying capacity in water bottles and/or a water bladder to fill up each morning before setting off. There will be opportunities to fill up along the route at refuges and other stops – your guide will advise as you go.
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Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.
Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.
We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!
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