Trek the Tour du Mont Blanc
Trek through Italy, France and Switzerland on one of the world’s great hikes
France, Italy, Switzerland
10 days off work
Up to 10 people
Guesthouse · Mountain hut
Make no mistake, with 15-20km a day and some serious alpine ascents, you will need good fitness, but no prior experience required.
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Trek across three countries and through the heart of the Alps as you circumnavigate the Mont Blanc massif
Experience rustic, mountain life - remote and authentic – the perfect first foray into long-distance trekking
Ride the cable car from Les Houches to Bellevue and see the Alps in all their glory laid out before you
Experienced, English speaking guides
9 nights in remote mountain huts and guesthouses
Munch on tasty food throughout
To and from Chamonix
Flights to and from the meeting point
08:00 on Day 1
17:00 on Day 10
Your adventure will begin at 08:00 on Day 1 when you'll be picked up by your host from your hotel 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, or your host can book you a private transfer (see Optional Extras for prices). Alternatively you can also fly into Milan Airport (LIN).
Your adventure ends at Chamonix at 17:00. 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).
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 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. Your return leg at the end of the trip can begin at Zermatt train station for various onward train travel routes throughout Europe.
For those wanting to arrive a day early or extend their trip - your host is happy to help arrange pre or post-trip accommodation on your behalf, with the price and style depending on availability and your budget.
Guesthouse · Mixed dorm
Day 2 – Day 4
Guesthouse · Mixed dorm
Mountain hut · Mixed dorm
Day 6 – Day 7
Guesthouse · Mixed dorm
Mountain hut · Mixed dorm
Guesthouse · Mixed dorm
What is the food like?
The mountain huts offer half-board. Breakfasts are usually continental - think juices, teas, coffee, yoghurts, bread and jams. Dinners, meanwhile, are hearty - expect soups, a main course with meat, vegetables and a side dish (rice, polenta, pasta), and dishes like vanilla pudding, crème brulée and fruit salads for dessert. Please note there is an extra charge for soft and alcoholic drinks.
Your host will also provide healthy packed lunches. They’re big and include sandwiches, wraps or a salad, as well as a selection of fresh fruits, muesli bars, chocolate and nuts (to name a few). All dietary requirements including vegetarian and vegan can be catered for: just let your host know in advance.
What is the accommodation like?
You’ll stay in remote mountain huts and traditional guesthouses.
- Day 1: Gite Le Pontet (Les Contamines)
- Day 2: Refuge des Mottets (Les Chapieux)
- Day 3: Cabane du Combal (Val Veny)
- Day 4: Hotel Croux (Courmayeur)
- Day 5: Rifugio Elena (Val Ferret)
- Day 6: Hotel Edelweiss (La Fouly)
- Day 7: Pension en Plein Air (Champex)
- Day 8: Refuge Le Peuty (Trient)
- Day 9: Auberge La Boerne (Argentière)
Each is unique but you can usually expect hot showers and running water (often in a shared bathroom with a time limit), bunk beds with a pillow and blankets, and a bar with cold drinks. They're basic but friendly and provide an excellent opportunity to get away from civilisation and reconnect with nature (but you can also charge your phone and access free Wi-Fi at many).
For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked (subject to availability). Please note that due to the nature of the Refuges, even private rooms are small room with shared bathroom facilities. See Optional Extra for prices.
6hrs · 15km · 672m up · 1142m down
Travel to the commune of Les Houches, traditional start point for the Tour de Mont Blanc and get your first view of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc Massif. Ride the cable car to Bellevue and hike to Col de Tricot, crossing the famous suspension bridge over the Bionnay glacier. End the day in the French resort of Les Contamines.
8hrs · 15km · 1274m up · 923m down
Take a moment to explore Notre Dame de la Gorge, an ancient church with a fascinating history that dates back to the 14th century. Climb up the the Col du Bonhomme and walk through the nature reserve and mountain pass of Savoie county. See the Roman bridge, beautiful mountain lakes and traditional farmhouses (Le Balme), then after lunch, descend to the village of Les Chapieux, where you’ll spend the night.
6.5hrs · 15km · 800m up · 1034m down
Follow the river as it winds its way through Alpine valleys and climb up to the Col de la Seigne, 2516 meters above sea level and straddling the French-Italian border. From there, make your way back down to the Cabane du Combal, where you can rest up and take in the views.
The high 4000’s
6hrs · 11km · 500m up · 1283m down
Experience some of the route’s most beautiful views (and that's saying something) as you trek from Cabane du Combal to Courmayeur. Fall silent as you see the range’s famous 4000-meter peaks and explore the village of Courmayeur before catching a local bus to tonight’s accommodation in La Palud.
7.5hrs · 16km · 1171m up · 612m down
Hike through the Val Ferret on the Italy/Swiss border. See Mont Blanc, the Dent du Géants and the Grandes Jorasses massif in the distance, before arriving at your mountain hut, Refuge Elena with views over two countries.
The Grand Col Ferret
6.5hrs · 13km · 600m up · 1005m down
Wake up early and climb 500 meters to the Grand Col Ferret and step over the border into Switzerland. It's now time for the final stage of your trek, beginning with a hike to the lovely village of La Fouly where you’ll spend the night.
Amble through La Fouly
5hrs · 17km · 617m up · 781m down
Enjoy a (significantly) easier day as you walk through rolling, green valleys. See quaint villages and rustic farmhouses, before arriving in the picturesque Swiss mountain resort of Champex.
6hrs · 14km · 739m up · 873m down
There are two options today: take the hard route over the Fenetre d’Arpette, or the slightly easier (official) one over Bovine. Both are beautiful, but the harder route takes you to the highest point so far with views to match. Whichever you choose, you’ll end the day in the small village of Trient where your accommodation, Refuge Le Peuty, awaits.
The Col de Balme
7hrs · 13km · 875m up · 992m down
Travel to the Col de Balme marking the Swiss-French border at an altitude of 2190 meters. Lose yourself in the views of the Aiguille du Midi and Aiguilette de Possettes and finish the day in Tré-le-Champ.
Back to Chamonix
7.5hrs · 15km · 1041m up
Trek over the Grand Balcon Sud and past the Lac Blanc, before heading to either Flégère or Planpraz. If you’re keen for more, hike back to Chamonix, or alternatively ride the cable car one last time, before your epic trek comes to an end.
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What do I need to bring?
- 35 to 40-litre backpack
- Hiking boots (Strong and waterproof with a high ankle)
- Hiking poles (optional - can be rented from your host)
- Warm clothes – jumpers, hats, gloves
- Shorts, tee shirts (bring lots of layers, preferably synthetics)
- Trainers for the evenings
- Water and windproof jacket and trousers
- Sun protection – glasses, sun cream, lip balm
- 2-litre camelback for water or 2 x bottles
- Small quick-drying towel
- Sleeping bag liner (silk or cotton)
You will be carrying your own kit and lunch so the key is to pack light!
This trek is no easy feat – so you’ll need to be in good physical shape and able to hike between 6-8 hours per day (equating 10 to 16km) with 1000m ascents/descents. That said, it's a great trip for those who are new to long distance hiking with no previous experience required.
Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
Warm and sunny, but prone to turn a little chilly in the altitude. Snow is possible, as are thunderstorms (particularly in the late afternoon in August).
Yes. Excess luggage can be stored for the entire trip. There is a storage fee of 25.00 EUR per bag which needs to be stored during the hike. This can be paid in cash at the time. Please let your host know in advance if you have excess luggage so that they can plan the logistics accordingly.
Daily luggage transfer between accommodation during the trip can be organized. This is available on 7 out of 9 nights, however there are 2 nights when the luggage transfer is not possible because the accommodation is not accessible by car. Therefore, for those two nights you'll have to carry everything required in your backpacks, whilst the rest of the luggage is transferred to the next stage.
Price: €290 per person
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