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Mont Blanc Hiking Tours

Walk the legendary trails and discover hidden-gem hikes surrounding Western Europe's tallest peak.
Tour du Mont Blanc hikes
Guided or self-guided, classic or custom trips.
Women-only trips
Bond over beautiful adventures.
Beginner-friendly trips
Less demanding, but equally spectacular trails.
Luxury retreats
Fine dining & 5-star accommodations.
Tour du Mont Blanc hikes
Guided or self-guided, classic or custom trips.
3-12 days /  From $890 /  10 Trips
Women-only trips
Bond over beautiful adventures.
3-8 days /  From $890 /  4 Trips
Beginner-friendly trips
Less demanding, but equally spectacular trails.
3-8 days /  From $890 /  2 Trips
Luxury retreats
Fine dining & 5-star accommodations.
8-12 days /  From $2,820 /  6 Trips
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Steve M

We just finished a 12 day Mont Blanc tour and with the help of Cloud 9 it was an incredible experience. Our original trip was booked in 2019 and postponed due to Covid. Cloud 9 offered a full refund or the opportunity to continue with no additional cost both years we postponed. Once we finally hit the trail, the accommodations, trip notes and attention to the smallest of details made the tour an outstanding experience for us. I will certainly consider using Cloud 9 again and highly recommend it to anyone wishing to tour Mont Blanc.

Ludovic Botzung

A great organization. No complaints. Marion gave very good advice. I recommend without any hesitation. Thank you.

Dan Otto

My wife and I recently completed the TMB Highlights Tour with Cloud 9 and Tom as our guide. It was the best trip of our lives. Challenging, beautiful, rewarding. We are still thinking about it daily and I’m actually emotional thinking that’s it’s over. Cloud 9 took care of everything and made it all very easy to plan. Tom did a great job making sure everyone was doing well and guiding us to the best spots in the trails. I couldn’t recommend them more!

Emi Lehane

A super mountain guide who can guide you around the mountains safely. Olle, her dog was very welcoming to my dog too when we both joined for a Thursday morning hike. I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a nice way to spend time in nature

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Discover the heart of the Alps on epic long-distance hiking trails

A world-famous hiking mecca

Mont Blanc is a bucket-list adventure for a reason. Escape the crowds on a guided or self-guided hike. Hike the entire trek or just part of it. Almost every step will be a revelation of the Alpine grandeur. The towering peaks, pristine lakes, lush meadows: you’ll get it all.

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Hiking around Western Europe’s highest peak

The finest trails in Europe

  • Make your mark on the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Haute Route, or many other spectacular Alpine trails.

Itineraries tailored to you

  • From relaxation & luxury to physical challenges and personal bests, numerous options cater to every type of traveler.

Local guides lead the way

  • Leave the crowds behind and discover the best-hidden secrets of the Alps with seasoned & certified local guides.
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Best hikes in the Mont Blanc area

  1. Tour du Mont Blanc
    This world-famous multi-day trail circles Mont Blanc. Traverse through France, Switzerland, and Italy, encountering glaciers, meadows, and dramatic mountain scenery.
  2. Haute Route
    A legendary multi-day traverse across the Alps. Hike from Chamonix to Zermatt, passing by iconic glaciers, soaring peaks, and charming mountain villages.
  3. Lac Blanc
    This moderately challenging hike rewards you with a breathtaking panorama of Mont Blanc. Take in the views of the pristine alpine lake and surrounding peaks after a scenic climb.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hiking Mont Blanc

  • Yes, while reaching the summit of Mont Blanc itself is not recommended for beginners, the Mont Blanc area offers a variety of hiking options suitable for beginners. The key is to choose trails that match your experience and fitness level. Here are some examples:

    The Lac Blanc hike: This beautiful lake hike is a short and easy trail with stunning views of the Mont Blanc massif. It’s a perfect option for families with children or those looking for a leisurely stroll.

    Lac des Chêvres: This scenic hike takes you through a lush forest to a picturesque lake surrounded by mountains. It’s a moderate hike with some gradual climbs but offers plenty of rewarding views for anyone looking to push their limits.

  • The time it takes to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc trail depends on your experience level, fitness, and how many rest days you take. However, most people take between 7 and 11 days to complete the entire circuit, which is roughly 170 kilometers (105 miles) long. 

    Experienced hikers will generally take 7-8 days, intermediate hikers can take 9-10 days, while a more leisurely hiker could hike the Tour du Mont Blanc for 11 days or more. Your choice of route and the weather conditions will also play a big role. Make sure to plan your trip carefully and be realistic about your abilities when estimating how long your Tour du Mont Blanc hike will take you.

  • The best time for a hiking tour in the Mont Blanc area depends on your priorities and preferences.

    Mid-July to mid-August: This is the peak season for hiking in the Mont Blanc area, with the warmest temperatures, longest daylight hours, and tons of greenery. But, it’s also the busiest and most expensive time to visit.

    Mid-June to late June: Early summer offers pleasant temperatures, fewer crowds, and beautiful wildflower displays. However, there might still be snow on some higher-altitude trails, so checking trail conditions beforehand is crucial.

    Early September: Early fall means comfortable hiking temperatures with fewer crowds compared to peak season. But, some accommodation options and facilities might have limited hours or be closed by this time.

    Late September to mid-October: Shoulder season means stunning fall foliage and minimal crowds, but be prepared for colder temperatures, shorter daylight hours, and the possibility of snowfall at higher elevations.

  • Yes, hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) trail is absolutely possible without a guide, and it is actually a popular option for many experienced hikers. The trail is well-marked, with clear signage and markers throughout the route.

    However, before you decide to go guideless,  it’s crucial to consider the following factors:

    1. The TMB is a challenging trek, requiring good physical fitness and some prior experience navigating mountainous terrain.
    2. While well-marked, knowing how to use a map, compass, and GPS device can be helpful in case of unexpected situations.
    3. You have to thoroughly research the trail, understand the route options, accommodation availability, and potential challenges like weather conditions.
    4. Be aware of potential risks associated with mountain hiking, such as altitude sickness, avalanches, and sudden weather changes. Always pack appropriate gear and clothing, and consider informing someone about your itinerary.

    Going with a guide or choosing a well-planned self-guided tour will usually mean a safer, logistically smoother & more comfortable experience. Weigh your options and choose the right one for you.

  • The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB): This classic 7-11 day circuit is arguably the most popular hike in Europe. The trail circumnavigates Mont Blanc, offering stunning scenery & diverse alpine landscapes throughout. While not technically challenging, it requires good fitness and experience navigating mountain terrain.

    The Walkers Haute Route: Originally a ski traverse, this route is great pick for anyone looking to escape the crowds of the Tour du Mont Blanc. It stretches from Chamonix to Zermatt, and provides breathtaking views of the most impressive summits in the Alps, including Mont Blanc & Matterhorn.

    Mer de Glace: This beginner-friendly, but breathtaking glacier hike offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains without requiring any technical skills. You can access the starting point by taking a scenic train ride from Chamonix.

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By Erik Den Oudendammer
Adventures in the High Alpine: Mountain Biking the Tour du Mont Blanc
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