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Whoever said hiking and luxury don’t go together, clearly hasn’t dipped their toes into the Alpine scene! First off, if there is one thing the Alps don’t lack, it’s luxurious hotels. And who wouldn’t want to hike the coveted Tour du Mont Blanc while staying in some of these fine establishments, with heavenly spas and all? Well, Emma Jack, your trusty trip planner, has cracked the formula to make it a reality. With over 50 treks along the TMB under her belt, she’s got all the insider tips to make your self-guided TMB journey truly one-of-a-kind. Her secret formula? Foolproof trip notes, only the best hotels, epic hikes, and a boatload of jaw-dropping Alpine sights. Plus, there’s no shortage of cute towns and villages straight out of a postcard. Explore the Alps the way you’ve always wanted—let’s make the magic happen!

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  • Exploring the Alps in style

    Spend your evenings in luxury 5* hotels with spas after days spent immersed in the magical Alpine scenery

  • Your people, your pace

    This self-guided adventure is ideal for those who want a private hiking experience without worrying about the logistics

  • It’s TMB!

    What’s so special about the Alpine trail around the highest European mountain that crosses 3 countries? Asked no one ever.

Itinerary

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind 10-day deluxe hiking tour along the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc. Stay in luxurious 5-star hotels for six or seven nights, with one or two nights in charming 4-star accommodations and one night in a cozy guest house. Indulge in gourmet breakfasts and explore top-notch amenities like swimming pools and spas. With expertly crafted trip notes and breathtaking hikes, this adventure promises the perfect blend of luxury and authenticity in the heart of the Alps. Plus, enjoy the convenience of luggage transport, transportation included in the itinerary, and office support from a team of experienced guides.

  • Your trip begins in Chamonix, a mountain town world-famous for its mountaineering history, and the dramatic scenery that greets you as you approach the valley is just a taste of the trip to come. Overlooked by Mont Blanc, western Europe’s highest mountain, and surrounded by jagged peaks and tumbling glaciers, this Alpine valley is breathtakingly beautiful. You can normally check-in to your accommodation and access your rooms from around 16:00. If you arrive earlier, it’s no problem to leave your bags at your accommodation and explore the town. There’s a wealth of outdoor shops so you should have a little time for last minute supplies before your trip. Ask at the hotel reception to receive your Guest Card, which will entitle you to free trains and buses in the Chamonix valley.

    Accommodation: 5* hotel

    Bell tower in Chamonix.
  • Your day starts with a private transfer from Chamonix to Les Houches to take you to the official TMB start sign in the center of Les Houches. It is recommended to start the day with a journey on the Bellevue cable car from Les Houches as it makes the day a sensible distance, and then makes it feasible to do the Col de Tricot variant to reach the Chalet de Miages, and also cuts out a 2-hour walk uphill on a track. For folk who want to do every step of the day, it’s still possible to hike up without using the cable car, but it makes for a rather long first day. After reaching the Col de Voza, you then cross the spectacular suspension bridge at the foot of the Bionnassay glacier, from where you have several route choices to reach St Nicolas-de-Véroce. It is usually done by crossing the Col de Tricot, with a coffee stop at the spectacularly-located Chalet de Miage, but if the weather is bad then you can take a lower level route through the scenic villages of Bionnassay, Champel and La Gruvaz.

    Distance: 14 km / 9 miles
    Ascent: 900 m / 3,000 ft
    Descent: 1,500m / 4986 ft
    Walking time: 6-7 hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: 5* hotel

    Traditional Alpine wooden houses in the village of Les Houches with snow-capped mountains in the distance.
  • A 15 minute transfer will take you to the start of today’s hike at Notre Dame de la Gorge. From the chapel at Notre Dame de la Gorge. you start on the old Roman road: it’s a bit of a rude awakening with a steep uphill, but it doesn’t take long to get into a rhythm! You continue past the Chalet de Balme (if you’re doing well for time, it’s a perfect coffee stop!) and up to the Col de Bonhomme (6,640 ft / 2,329 m) for a well-earned lunch break. Next is a climbing traverse, often with snowy patches until mid-July, to the Col de la Croix de Bonhomme (8,133 ft / 2,479 m), from where you have a great view towards the Vanoise National Park. After this, there is a 2-hour walk down to Les Chapieux, where you can stay either in an auberge or a chambre d’hôte, depending on availability.

    Distance: 15 km / 9.5 miles
    Ascent: 1,348 m / 4,450 ft
    Descent: 960m / 3,150 ft
    Walking time: 7 hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Auberge or Chambre d’hôte

    View of a picturesque 17th-century church of Notre Dame de la Gorge seen during the Tour du Mont Blanc trek.
  • There is now a newly-cut path from just after Les Chapiuex up to Ville des Glaciers (in previous years the TMB took the tarmac road). There is usually the option to have a minibus transfer from Les Chapieux if you prefer. After passing Refuge des Mottets, you’ll start to climb more steeply up to your goal, the Col de La Seigne, at 8,255 ft/2,516 m, it is the 2nd highest pass on the Tour du Mont Blanc. Once there, you’ve reached the border with Italy! From here you descend past the Elisabetta hut (you can divert here for lunch or coffee if you like) to La Visaille, where you take transport to the vibrant mountain town of Courmayeur, where you’ll stay in another luxurious hotel.

    Distance: 21 km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1,004 m / 3,300 ft
    Descent: 850 m / 2,800 ft
    Walking time: 6 hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: 5* hotel

    Views from Col de la Seigne during Tour du Mont Blanc.
  • Courmayeur offers an excellent opportunity for a rest day, with an abundance of activities to enjoy. You can take in breathtaking views of famous alpine summits, including Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and the Gran Paradiso, by riding the famous revolving Skyway Monte Bianco cable car. Additionally, Cave Mont Blanc offers a unique high-altitude wine cellar experience. For those seeking relaxation, the Dolonne cable car provides access to the Plan Chécrouit outdoor swimming pool. Adrenaline junkies can satisfy their cravings with white water rafting on the Dora Baltea river. If you prefer a leisurely hike, consider walking to the fantastic Plan Gorret restaurant for lunch or venture a bit higher to Baita Ermitage, both serving delicious Valdostan cuisine. Lastly, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of bustling Courmayeur, exploring its shops, indulging in gelato, and soaking up the lively ambiance.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: 5* hotel

    An Italian Alpine town of Courmayeur with a medieval church.
  • The day begins with a steep walk up from Courmayeur to the Bertone hut, which is a great little coffee stop. From here, you have 2 choices: either the balcony route (signposted TMB), or the Mont de la Saxe ridge, a longer, more spectacular variant. If the weather is good and you’re feeling energetic, then the Mont de la Saxe ridge offers incredible views of Mont Blanc. You climb up to the summit of the Tête de la Tronche, and then down steeply to the Col Sapin. From here you descend into the Armina valley before climbing again to the Col Entre Deux Sauts. There are not usually many people, and the scenery is breathtaking. If you prefer an easier route, and a relaxed lunch at the Bertone, then you can take the official TMB route, along a spectacular balcony path. The views just don’t stop: along the whole route between Bertone and Bonatti, you’re directly opposite Mont Blanc and the Grand Jorasses, high above the Val Ferret. After Bonatti there is around 1.5 hours to walk to Arnouva, followed by a transfer back to Courmayeur.

    Distance: 22 km / 13.7 miles or 17 km / 10.5 miles
    Ascent: 1,584 m / 5200 ft or 860 m / 2,820 ft
    Descent: 1,140m / 3,740 ft or 900 m / 2,950 ft
    Walking time: 8-9 hours or 5-6 hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: 5* hotel

    Bucolic Val Ferret Valley, encircled by mighty Alpine peaks, seen during the Tour du Mont Blanc Trek.
  • You will first take a short transfer up the Val Ferret to our starting point at Arnouva, where you stopped hiking yesterday. Today’s trek will take you over the Grand Col Ferret (one of the highest cols on the trip at 8,323 ft / 2,537 m). There are stunning views of the Grandes Jorasses, the Grand Combin and Mont Dolent (the summit of which is on the border of France, Switzerland and Italy). At the top of the col you cross over into Switzerland, where the scenery changes yet again. If you’re doing well for time you might stop for a coffee at La Peule, followed by a transfer to Champex, a Swiss town where you’ll stay for the night.

    Distance: 15.5 km / 9.6 miles
    Ascent: 910 m / 2,985 ft
    Descent: 1,100 m / 3,908 ft
    Walking time: 7 hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: 5* hotel

    Rugged mountains seen from Col Ferret, along the Tour du Mont Blanc.
  • There are 2 options today. If you’re feeling fit and the weather is good, you can consider taking the Fenêtre d’Arpette, the highest col on the TMB at 8,710 ft (2,665 m). It’s a fantastic route with stunning views of the Trient glacier. If you want to be a little more relaxed, you can take the normal route via Bovine to the Col de la Forclaz. The Bovine route is gorgeous and should not be considered a “2nd choice.” The Fenêtre d’Arpette is a more serious undertaking, with a bigger climb, looser terrain underfoot, and 1 or 2 sections where you need to take care. Bovine is the normal TMB route and you are rewarded with amazing views of the Rhone valley, gorgeous views of the Dents du Midi and the Grand Combin, and there’s a delightful “buvette” where you can have lunch. Once you’ve reached Col de la Forclaz, you should have time for a celebratory ice cream before taking a 20-minute transfer to Argentiere.

    Distance: 15.4 km / 9.5 miles or 16 km / 9.9 miles
    Ascent: 800 m / 2,625 ft or 1,400 m / 4,593 ft
    Descent: 750 m / 2,460 ft or 1,600 m / 5,250 ft
    Walking time: 6 hours or 8-9 hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: 4* hotel

    A village in the French Alps called Argentiere, one of the stops during the classic Tour du Mont Blanc trek.
  • From either Argentière or Tré-le-Champ, you climb up towards the Col des Montets. From here, you hike up to the famous Lac Blanc via the Lac des Chéserys, with simply the best views of Mont Blanc. You can either take the route via the ladders taking you more directly to the Lac des Chéserys, or you can take a slightly longer route that zig-zags up from the Col des Montets. Either route is spectacular and takes you through the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve, and you are often lucky enough to see ibex, chamois and marmottes. After a hard-earned refreshment at the Lac Blanc refuge, you can descend to the Flégère.
    From the Flégère you normally take the cable car down to Les Praz and walk along the river to Chamonix to return back to your hotel.

    Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles
    Ascent: 1,000 m / 3,280 ft
    Descent: 550 m / 1,800 ft
    Walking time: 6 hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: 5* hotel

    The glacial lake lac Blanc reflecting glaciated peaks seen during TMB trek.
  • Your alpine adventure finishes after breakfast. Catch a flight back home or continue exploring the Chamonix area!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Summer vedute of Chamonix.
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  • What you get on this adventure:

      • 7 days of hiking along the Tour du Mont Blanc with the first non-hiking day in Chamonix, one rest day in Courmayeur, and one departure day (10 day in total)
      • Accommodation in luxury 5* hotels (6 or 7 nights), a 4* hotel in (1 or 2 nights), and a guest house (1 night) based on double or twin occupancy
      • Luggage transport
      • Breakfasts
      • All transportation that forms part of the itinerary
      • Our app with your itinerary, hotels and route notes with tips that you won’t find in the guide book
      • GPS tracks
      • Office support from a team of guides who know every inch of this route

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Chamonix
      • Personal drinks, lunches, and evening meals
      • Any transport, accommodation or additional expenses due to a participant being unable to complete the itinerary
      • Travel and medical/emergency insurance
  • Even though Tour du Mont Blanc is not technically difficult, it is generally recommended for those with at least an extensive experience of longer day hikes on mountain trails and great fitness. You can expect daily ascents and descents between 2,600 and 4,500 ft (790-1,370 m) and hiking 10 miles (16 km) on average for a total of 7 days. On some days, you’ll have the option to either choose an easier or a more difficult route, depending on how energetic you feel that day. The good thing about this luxury self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc is that you get a rest day in Courmayeur on the fifth day of the adventure. Keep in mind that hiking can be made more difficult because of changing weather. Needless to say, you will be able to take many breaks. Due to some more exposed sections, the tour is not recommended for those with severe fear of heights.

    If you think you may not be ready for this trek at the moment, we suggest you adopt a training regiment in the weeks leading up to the trip, with long full-day hikes in hilly terrain, as well as activities like jogging, swimming, playing squash, or circuit training. By adequately preparing both physically and mentally for this adventure, the vast majority of the hikers can fully enjoy the challenges and rewards that this remarkable trek has to offer.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment and clothes you need to bring:

      • Good, comfortable, waterproofed mountain hiking boots with good tread
      • Hiking trainers
      • Comfortable daypack (30 to 35L)
      • Kit bag or soft suitcase (for your main luggage)
      • Hiking poles
      • Waterproof jacket and waterproof hiking pants
      • Moisture-wicking T-shirts
      • Warm sweater or a fleece
      • Lightweight warm jacket and hat (in case of unexpected weather conditions)
      • 2 Pairs of lightweight hiking pants and shorts
      • Swimwear (for pools at your hotels)
      • Cap and a sunhat
      • 2-3 Pairs of gloves (liner gloves, waterproof gloves, and warm gloves)
      • Hiking socks and underwear
      • Pair of outdoor shoes
      • 2L water bottle (two bottles)
      • Swiss knife, compass, whistle, head torch
      • Plastic bags / dry sacks to keep essentials dry
      • Good sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip protection
      • Your toiletry bag and a mini first-aid kit
      • Other clothes and personal change
      • Small towel (for the mountain hut)
      • Travel bag or a small suitcase for the luggage transport
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Typically, the weather along the route is warm and fairly stable, requiring minimal extra gear. However, it’s crucial to bring all the items from the list due to unseasonal conditions that can occasionally occur. At least once every summer hikers witness unseasonal snow and heavy rainfall, with temperatures plummeting from mid-30s°C (86°F) to below zero (0°C/32°F). For rain, waterproof jackets and trousers are essential, along with multiple pairs of gloves. In the event of snow, quality hiking boots, walking poles, warm clothing, and gloves are necessary. Sometimes hikers experience heatwaves, meaning that they need to be equipped with rehydration salts, 3-4L of water, and a sun hat. Don’t underestimate the importance of proper gear; be well-prepared for any situation. You’ll be able to discuss your packing list with the adventure company prior to your trip.

  • One of the best things about this Tour du Mont Blanc self-guided luxury hiking tour is that luggage transport is organized during the entire trip. You’ll have access to your luggage in the evenings. Keep in mind that your luggage (a travel bag or a small soft suitcase) may not exceed 15kg (33lbs).

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this adventure, the usual number of clients depends on the desires of the group who wishes to participate.
      • It takes a minimum of 2 people for this self-guided tour to operate.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Self-guided luxury Tour du Mont Blanc hiking tour can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to the Chamonix, France—your starting point—most people fly into Geneva Airport in Switzerland 1.5 hours away. Once you arrive, there are several ways to reach your destination, including public transport. Looking to make the airport transfers hassle-free? Check out Mountain Drop Offs—they provide door-to-door service in their comfy and spacious shuttles. Use the code 57HCHX to get a 5% discount!

  • It is obligatory for this adventure that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical/rescue insurance and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in France, Switzerland, and Italy please refer to the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affair travel information on France, Switzerland, and Italy.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 30% non-refundable deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 10 weeks (70 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to seventy (70) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client’s deposit will be forfeited.
      • For cancellations thirty-one (31) to seventy (70) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total price of the trip.
      • For cancellations thirty or less days in advance, Client is not entitled to any refund.
      • Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide
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