THERE'S MORE WHERE THIS CAME FROM...

Compare all our Tour du Mont Blanc treks.
Hero Image
4.9
| 169 reviews

Trek the Tour du Mont Blanc in a Weekend: The Hut-to-Hut Edition

3 nights
Challenging

Hike a mini version of this world famous long-distance trek. Three countries, four days, one epic adventure

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with experienced, English-speaking IML-certified guides

Mountain hut

3 nights staying in alpine mountain refuges

Meals

Breakfast and dinner will be served up with picnic lunches on the trail

Transfers

Transfers to and from Geneva airport

Equipment

Pillows and blankets are provided at the refuges. Trekking poles are available for hire.

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 15 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 169 reviews
Better than I could have imagined
June 2024
Kelsie G.
Better than I could have imagined
June 2024
Kelsie G.
Fantastic little adventure
June 2024
Sylvie W.
Fantastic little adventure
June 2024
Sylvie W.
Fantastic little adventure
June 2024
Sylvie W.
Fantastic little adventure
June 2024
Sylvie W.
Fantastic little adventure
June 2024
Sylvie W.
Excellent
June 2024
Ruth C.
Excellent
June 2024
Ruth C.
Excellent
June 2024
Ruth C.
Excellent
June 2024
Ruth C.
Excellent
June 2024
Ruth C.
Excellent
June 2024
Ruth C.
Excellent
June 2024
Ruth C.
Excellent
June 2024
Ruth C.
Action packed four days of hiking in the mountains
June 2024
Sarah B.
Action packed four days of hiking in the mountains
June 2024
Sarah B.
Action packed four days of hiking in the mountains
June 2024
Sarah B.
Gruelling but great
June 2024
Richard b.
Gruelling but great
June 2024
Richard b.
Gruelling but great
June 2024
Richard b.
I was hiking a Tour de Month Blanc. Unfortu...
November 2023
Magdalena
I was hiking a Tour de Month Blanc. Unfortu...
November 2023
Magdalena
A challenging trip with the potential for e...
November 2023
Sarah
A challenging trip with the potential for e...
November 2023
Sarah
Fantastic Trip! This trip was exactly what...
November 2023
Stephanie
Fantastic Trip! This trip was exactly what...
November 2023
Stephanie
Fantastic Trip! This trip was exactly what...
November 2023
Stephanie
Fantastic Trip! This trip was exactly what...
November 2023
Stephanie
Fantastic Trip! This trip was exactly what...
November 2023
Stephanie

Trek through Italy, Switzerland and France in a long weekend, bedding down in Alpine mountain huts along the way

Hike the twin valleys of Val Ferret with its vantage point over Mont Blanc, Dent du Géants and the Grandes Jorasses

Ascend the Col de Balme (2190m) and traverse to L'Aiguillettes des Posettes for inspiring views of Mont Blanc

Key Information

Day 1

Hike up Val Ferret

Hiking

3-4hrs · 7km · 590m up · 150m down

After meeting your hosts at either Geneva Airport or Les Houches, you'll be driven through the tunnel to Plampincieux, just outside of Courmayeur on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. From there you’ll ascend into the Val Ferret heading towards the Italian-Swiss border, the trail providing inspiring views of Mont Blanc, Dent du Géants, and the Grandes Jorasses massif. You’ll reach your mountain refuge high up in valley in time for a hearty dinner with your fellow hikers.

Day 2

Into Switzerland

Hiking

7-8hrs · 20km · 950m up · 1250m down

Start the morning with an invigorating ascent up to Grand Col Ferret (2536m), crossing from Italy into Switzerland. This is one of the most challenging passes on the TMB route, a long steady climb with incredible views of Val Ferret, Mont Dolent and the Swiss side of the valley. From the top of the pass you'll take the more gradual, long descent down to La Fouly village, stopping at a traditional dairy farm along the way with the chance to sample some of the local produce. From La Fouly you’ll be driven to Champex for the night.

Day 3

Hike to Trient

Hiking

6-7hrs · 16km · 780m up · 890m down

Today you’ll hike up and over the mountains via the classic Bovine route to Trient. This winding forest trail leads you up past mountain streams to the Bovine Refuge and the high alpages, where you are rewarded with spectacular views of the Rhone Valley. Make sure to stop for a slice of the best cake the region has to offer! From the top of Bovine you'll descend down the wooded trail to the Col de la Forclaz. Shortly after you'll be able to enjoy deep valley views from a boardwalk, looking down on Trient and it's famous pink church. From there it's a short section down to the village and your well earned rest for the night.

Day 4

Trient to Tré-le-Champ and departure

Hiking

5-6hrs · 12km · 950m up · 800m down

In the morning you’ll ascend Col de Balme (2190m), your last long ascent of this route, to be rewarded with an expansive vista down the Chamonix Valley towards Mont Blanc and the Aiguille du Midi. You’ll then traverse round to another excellent view point, L'Aiguillettes des Posettes, and descend through peaceful glades and forests to Tré-le-Champ.

Usually the hike is finished around 15:30 and you arrive back in central Chamonix via the valley bus. There is just time for a quick celebration drink with the group before your shared bus transfer departs at around 17:00 for Geneva Airport, for those heading off that day.

Day 1

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfasts and dinners will be served at the refuges. Breakfasts always include coffee, bread, jam and butter. Depending on the refuge, they may also include orange juice, cereal, yoghurt, fruit, cheese and meats. Dinners are hearty and served in large portions – just what a hungry hiker needs! Typical meals include a soup starter, a main course of meat and veggies with a side of grains or pasta, and a dessert like vanilla pudding or creme brûlée. Picnic lunches will be provided each day, featuring a large main item like a sandwich or wrap, a salad, and a selection of fruit, muesli bars, chocolate, nuts, etc.

Vegetarian, vegan and most other dietary requirements (including gluten-free) can be catered for with advanced notice. Just let your host know when booking. Whilst dietary needs are sent to each refuge with the group reservations, please consider that the mountain refuges will have a limited range of choice to offer guests due to their remote locations. People with very specific dietary requirements typically choose to also bring some of their own snacks with them to ensure they have sufficient fuel for hiking up and down the beautiful mountain trails.

What is the accommodation like?

On the trek

You’ll be staying at authentic mountain refuges. The accommodation is simple, clean and comfortable, and there is a variety of accommodation options used throughout the hiking season. Groups typically sleep in mixed dormitory rooms of up to 20 persons, usually in bunk or single beds. They feature hot showers, running water, pillows and blankets, and a bar serving cold drinks. Most refuges also have outlets for charging your electronics, and some even have WiFi. Some refuges are more modern in style, others have a more traditional heritage, most are busy throughout the hiking season; it's the refuge's location and its remoteness that largely decides what comforts and conveniences are available. It's best to keep your expectations simple and enjoy the time on the trail to unplug from everyday life.

Groups will usually stay at the following accommodation:

  • Day 1: Refugio Walter Bonatti or Refugio Elena (Val Ferret)
  • Day 2: Gite Bon Abri (Champex)
  • Day 3: Hotel La Grande Ourse (Trient)
Upgrades

Upgrades are not available within the mountain refuges used on this trip. However, if you'd like a little more comfort between hikes, check out our adventure Trek the Tour du Mont Blanc in a Long Weekend: The Hotels Edition.

Hotel La Grande Ourse

Your final night of the trek is spent at the Hotel La Grande Ourse in the picturesque village of Trient at the foot of two glaciers and the Col de la Forclaz. You'll stay in mixed dorms, with shared bathrooms and single-sex showers to use. There is a bar and a lovely garden to grab a drink and toast the last stage of your trek.

Upgrades

This trip has been rated as Challenging

This trip is suitable for experienced hikers in good shape. You'll need to be able to hike 15–20km on mountain trails, with as much as 1000m of elevation gain and descent, each day. You will be carrying your own overnight pack between the refuges, so should be confident hiking with a 30-50L pack for multiple days. Doing some practice hikes before the trip with your pack and boots is strongly recommended to help you prepare for this adventure!

What will I need to carry?

You will be carrying your own 30-50L pack between the refuges, with everything you need for the four day trek. A luggage transport service is unavailable on this trip as not all accommodation is accessible by road. So don't over pack, a lighter pack will be more enjoyable, but also don't skip the essentials and risk getting caught out in bad weather. It's a good idea to do some hiking before the trip so you are comfortable with the gear you plan to bring on the trek. Check out our kit list section for the basics to consider putting in your pack.

The Tour du Mont Blanc trekking season is from June to September. Summer around Mont Blanc is generally warm and fair, but the weather can change very quickly in the high mountains, bringing cold rain and wind. Average temperatures range from 6 to 26 °C. It rains roughly half of the days each month, but storms generally pass through quickly. There can be snow on the mountain passes at the start of the season. Even in the peak of summer you can have very mixed conditions, especially when climbing over the high mountain passes above 2000m. Heatwaves have also been a feature of recent European summers. Our kit list is intended to guide you on what to pack for this trip.

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Geneva International Airport, Switzerland

Catch any flight arriving by 10:30 on Day 1

Ends

Geneva International Airport, Switzerland

Catch any flight departing 20:30 onwards on Day 4

Transfers

To take advantage of the airport transfers included at the start of the trip, you'll need to arrive into Geneva Airport no later than 10:30 on Day 1 – your transfer will depart for Chamonix at 11:30 sharp. It takes around one hour to get from Geneva to Chamonix. Your return transfer will arrive at Geneva Airport at around 18:30 on Day 4, so you'll need to book flights departing from 20:30 onwards.

If making your own way to Chamonix, you will need to be at Les Houches Marie, by the TMB Archway next to the tourism office, at 12:15 on Day 1. The group transfer will stop at Les Houches on the way from Geneva Airport to the Mont Blanc Tunnel and do a pick up there for those already in the Chamonix area. Les Houches is easily reachable from central Chamonix using the local bus network, there is also a local train service which links the valley.

Travel options

The latest possible joining time for this trip is either 11:30 at Geneva Airport or 12:15 at Les Houches Tourism Office, even in the event of a flight delay. If you arrive beyond these times, it will not be possible to catch up with the group on Day 1. Therefore, you may wish to arrive a day early and overnight at an airport hotel or spend some time in Chamonix before your trip gets underway (Geneva Airport (GVA) is approximately one hour from Chamonix).

For those who wish to avoid flying, Chamonix is also 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 five-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.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's available to hire?

  • Trekking poles (see Optional Extras for prices)

What do I need to bring?

You'll be carrying all you need for the four day trip on your back, so don't over pack but also don't skip the essentials. Hiking in the Alps even in the peak of summer you can have very mixed conditions, both hot and cold, especially when climbing over the high mountain passes.

KIT

  • 30-50L backpack with waist belt (plus a rain cover)
  • A Pack Liner or Dry Bag is also good protection in case of rain
  • Sleeping bag liner (cotton or silk). This is very important as it's a mandatory requirement at the mountain refuges. Pillows and blankets are provided by the refuges.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended due to altitude)
  • Hydration/Electrolyte tablets
  • Preferred snacks for the trail
  • Towel
  • 2L water bottle(s)
  • Toiletries and personal first aid items
  • Swim suit
  • Earplugs and Eye Mask (recommended)
  • Cash (EUR) for drinks, snacks along the trail, tips etc.
  • Plug adaptor and/or battery pack to charge electrical devices (note Switzerland uses a different standard to the rest of Europe)
  • Headlamp

CLOTHES

  • Waterproof Jacket (with hood) and Trousers
  • Synthetic (e.g. Primaloft) or Down Puffy Jacket
  • Fleece or merino pullover or sweater
  • Synthetic or merino wool base layers
  • Warm hat and gloves (really important in mixed weather conditions)
  • Sunhat or cap
  • Synthetic shirts/T-shirts and trousers (zip-off preferable) or shorts for hiking
  • Comfortable clothes to wear post-hike in the refuges
  • 2+ pairs of hiking socks, wool or synthetic (not cotton)
  • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes (worn in)
  • Comfortable light shoes for around the refuge
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Trekking Poles

Payable In Resort

Trekking Poles

Kelsie G.(June 2024)
Better than I could have imagined
Better than I could have imagined
Better than I could have imagined

Everything about this trip was incredible. Our group got on brilliantly, the route was challenging at times but fun and very do-able, the scenery idyllic. The refuges had everything you needed and the food filled the gap. Our guide, Astrid, was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, encouraging, fun and inspirational. Would go back again in a second.

Sylvie W.(June 2024)
Fantastic little adventure
Fantastic little adventure
Fantastic little adventure
Fantastic little adventure
Fantastic little adventure
Fantastic little adventure

An absolutely brilliant trip with great organisation, really lovely food, the best bunch of people imaginable and our guide Joel was just fantastic! We had it all - sun, rain, snow, vast views, and whiteouts, so definitely pack for all weather and bring plenty of socks because your feet are likely to get wet! Hikes were really rewarding and you definitely felt like you'd earned that beer (or two) at the end of each day!

David B.(June 2024)
Excellent trip, extremely well guided.

Excellent trip, extremely well guided. Varied group which made for very good company.

Ruth C.(June 2024)
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent

What a great 4 day hike. I’m no adrenaline junkie so was nervous of any scrambling or technical parts. I need not have worried, the walk was lovely, lots of climbing but generally the paths were great, some river crossings and snow but not too scary. The food and huts were perfect and more than adequate. Definitely be prepared for all weather conditions, temp was variable and the rain is heavy when it comes. Our guide Fernado was amazing, knowledgeable, skilled and just a genuine nice guy. Would highly recommend this walk. Recommend hiking poles, waterproof shoes/coat. We went 7th June 2024. Thank you Fernado and Co

Karen B.(June 2024)
EXCELLENT

Superb organisation and arrangements. Expert on site company and guide who managed a large group brilliantly. It lived up to expectations. Great walking, scenery and company. We had an excellent, fairly closely matched group - not sure how much this was down to luck though. but we were all extremely well looked after and in good hands with the Chamonix company and guide used by MBA

Sarah B.(June 2024)
Action packed four days of hiking in the mountains
Action packed four days of hiking in the mountains
Action packed four days of hiking in the mountains
Action packed four days of hiking in the mountains

Husband David & I really enjoyed the 4 day adventure. Due to the May snowfall we enjoyed the delights of a late Spring, although this prevented hiking through the Grand col Ferret on day 2. We did however experience the excitement of snow traverses and river crossings! Our guide Fernando was brilliant- he really looked after everyone and fortunately the group of 15 worked well together.

Richard b.(June 2024)
Gruelling but great
Gruelling but great
Gruelling but great
Gruelling but great

Mega trip - pretty challenging, fab and very funny group. Joel was a brilliant guide. Amazing scenery, scrambling across ice, big climbs, breathtaking scenery everywhere. Accomodation is simple but clean, friendly and all part of the experience.

Yeo(November 2023)

David was an amazing guide and I had an awesome experience on the Tour du Mont Blanc with a bunch of the loveliest people!

Magdalena(November 2023)
I was hiking a Tour de Month Blanc. Unfortu...
I was hiking a Tour de Month Blanc. Unfortu...

I was hiking a Tour de Month Blanc. Unfortunately the weather conditions weren’t great so I believe we’ve lost most of the gorgeous views that this tracking can offer. But definitely I would come back and do it once again. In terms of the organisation there are definitely place for improvement. Lunches during the day were very poor and not very nutrition so make sure you have some snacks with you. Another disadvantage was the fact there was only one tour guide and slower group was left at the back with no care. Generally I would super recommend the trail, it’s a stunning area and people I’ve meet were amazing.

Sarah(November 2023)