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During your self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc hiking trip, accommodations are provided on a double occupancy basis. If you prefer a single room, an additional fee can be arranged to accommodate your request, ensuring your privacy and comfort wherever possible (Houches / Contamines / Courmayeur / Fouly / Champex / 2 nights in Chamonix). It is important to note that single rooms are not available in Chapieux, at the Rifugio Elisabetta, and some other places.

For those seeking to further explore the Chamonix Valley beyond the completion of the Tour du Mont Blanc, an enticing extension package is offered. This extension includes two additional nights at a 3-star hotel, complete with daily breakfast. Moreover, you will receive vouchers granting access to captivating attractions, such as the renowned Aiguille du Midi cable car, the Montenvers-Mer de Glace excursion, the Tramway du Mont-Blanc experience, and the extraordinary Skyway adventure. Furthermore, you will enjoy access to the rejuvenating SPA at QC Termes of Chamonix, as well as the cable cars spanning Brevent-Flégère/Grands Montets and Balme-Le Tour-Vallorcine, along with the Les Bossons chairlift.

If you want your TMB experience to be as fuss-free as possible, you can book an additional night at the starting point of the tour—Les Houches.

If you want your TMB experience to be as fuss-free as possible, you can book an additional night at the ending point of the tour—Chamonix.

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  • For those who want a comprehensive TMB experience, this 12-day version will do it. Covering more places and offering a longer total distance, this version provides a more in-depth experience of the Mont Blanc region. Everything, except for length, remains very similar in terms of inclusions, but this tour goes the extra mile, including a memorable night at a mountain hut and a leisure day in Chamonix for added relaxation.

    • Begin your journey in the charming village of Les Houches. After arriving at Geneva Airport, transfer to the village. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity for a leisurely walk.

      Accommodation: 4* hotel
      Meals: Dinner
      Hiking: Optional

      Traditional Alpine wooden houses in the village of Les Houches with snow-capped mountains in the distance.
    • Set out from the picturesque village of Les Houches, taking the cable car to Bellevue for a smooth start. Traverse the TMB path through lush forests above the Bionnassay Valley, passing through charming Alpine hamlets. Marvel at the stunning views of Mont Blanc and the foothills of the Alps. Ascend the Col de Tricot and descend through switchbacks to Chalet de Miage. A delightful riverside path leads you back to Les Contamines.

      Accommodation: 4* hotel
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Hiking: 4 to 5 hours of walking, +640m (2,100 ft), -1,275m (4,183 ft)
      Distance: 11,5 km / 7,1 miles

      Les Contamines alpine villages with mountains in the distance.
    • Enjoy a short transfer to Notre Dame de la Gorge. Traverse the Col du Bonhomme and the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, leading to the scenic Chapieux valley. Revel in the splendid sights as you hike amidst the beauty of the Aiguille des Glaciers.

      There is a possibility of staying in a hotel in Bourg St Maurice instead of Les Chapieux, only if no accommodation is available there. In that case, please note that the shuttle from Les Chapieux to Bourg St Maurice on day 2/3 and back on day 3/4 (depending on the itinerary) is not included, with a total cost of approximately $10 (paid on site). For clients hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc outside the high season (before ~June 25th and after ~August 27th), a private round transfer will have to be organized for an additional fee of $185.

      Accommodation: 3* hotel*
      Meals: Breakfast
      Hiking: 6 to 7 hours walking, +1,200m (3,937 ft), -900m (2,953 ft)
      Distance: 15,25 km / 9,5 miles

      *Please note that an ensuite room may not be available 

      Alpine landscapes near Col du Bonhomme with peaks and an Alpine lake.
    • Start the day with a walk to Ville des Glacier (45 minutes in summer) before crossing the border to the Italian side through the Col de la Seigne. Be prepared for spectacular views along this unforgettable hike. Descend with panoramic vistas of the Aiguilles of Peuterey and the Mont Blanc of Courmayeur.

      Accommodation: Refuge Elisabetta (dormitory-style accommodation)
      Meals: Breakfast
      Hiking: 5 hours of walking, +730m (2,395 ft), -315m (1,033 ft)
      Distance: 9,4 km / 5,8 miles

      Alpine scenery on the self-guided TMB.
    • Embark on one of the most scenic sections of the tour, ascending to the pass of Chécroui before descending into the charming town of Courmayeur. Marvel at the magnificent views throughout the day, with the option to walk or take the cable car.

      Accommodation: 3* hotel
      Meals: Breakfast
      Hiking: 4.5 hours of walking, +550m (1,804 ft), -980m (3,215 ft)
      Distance: 15,8 km / 9,8 miles

      An Italian Alpine town of Courmayeur with a medieval church.
    • Take a bus from Courmayeur to Val Ferret, then enjoy a short 1-hour walk to Refuge Elena. Cross the Grand Col Ferret, taking in exceptional views of the Combins massif and the Italian side of Mont Blanc, before arriving in the charming village of La Fouly.

      Accommodation: Hotel
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Hiking: 4.5 hours of walking, +475m (1,558 ft), -930m (3,051 ft)
      Distance: 12,6 km / 7,8 miles

      Rugged mountains seen from Col Ferret, along the Tour du Mont Blanc.
    • Embark on a scenic hike through the Val d’Arpette, one of the most beautiful valleys in Valais. Admire the quaint villages with their typical architecture as you make your way up to the village of Champex and its idyllic lake.

      Accommodation: Hotel*
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Hiking: 5 to 6 hours of walking, +600m (1,968 ft), -500m (1,640 ft)
      Distance: 15,5 km / 9,6 miles

      *Please note that an ensuite room may not be available 

      A Swiss Alpine lake and village of Champex.
    • Reach the tour’s highest point as you ascend the Fenêtre d’Arpette at an elevation of 2,750m (9,022 ft), surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views. Descend alongside the Trient glacier, reveling in the natural beauty that surrounds you.

      Accommodation: Lodge in Trient*
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Hiking: 7 to 9 hours of walking, +1,050m (3,445 ft), -1,385m (4,544 ft)
      Distance: 13,8 km / 8,6 miles

      *Please note that an ensuite room may not be available  

      Trient glacier seen on the self-guided TMB.
    • Cross the Col de la Balme, offering magnificent views of Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte, as you make your way back to France. Descend into the charming village of Argentière, immersed in picturesque Alpine surroundings.

      Accommodation: 2* hotel
      Meals: Breakfast
      Hiking: 6 to 7 hours of walking, +1,000m (3,281 ft), -820m (2,690 ft)
      Distance: 15,5 km / 9,6 miles

      Argentiere, a trendy Alpine village along the Tour du Mont Blanc Trek.
    • Embark on an awe-inspiring journey along the Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges, followed by a climb to Lac Blanc. Delight in the breathtaking scenery, including Aiguille Verte, Les Drus, La Mer de Glace, Aiguilles de Chamonix, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Aiguille du Goûter, and the majestic Mont Blanc itself. Descend to Chamonix, with the option to take the cable car or bus if desired.

      Accommodation: 3* hotel
      Meals: Breakfast
      Hiking: 6 hours of walking, +900m (2,953 ft), -1,100m (3,609 ft)
      Distance: 21 km / 13 miles

      Lac de Cheserys near Chamonix, in the French Alps.
    • Enjoy a well-deserved day off in the vibrant town of Chamonix. Explore its charming streets, and weather permitting (outside the early season), take the cable car from Chamonix to Plan Praz or from Plan Praz to Le Brevent, followed by a walk to Les Houches. Conclude the day with a train or bus journey from Les Houches back to Chamonix.

      Accommodation: 3* hotel
      Meals: Breakfast
      Hiking: 6 hours, +515m (1,690 ft), -1,540m (5,052 ft)

      Chamonix valley with typical Alpine architecture and green areas surrounded by mighty snow-capped peaks.
    • Depart at your leisure after enjoying a satisfying breakfast, taking with you cherished memories of your remarkable adventure on the Tour du Mont Blanc.

      Meals: Breakfast

      A red train moving past sublime Alpine landscapes near Mont Blanc.
    • For those seeking to further explore the Chamonix Valley beyond the completion of the Tour du Mont Blanc, an enticing extension package is offered. This extension includes two additional nights at a 3-star hotel, complete with daily breakfast. Moreover, you will receive vouchers granting access to captivating attractions, such as the renowned Aiguille du Midi cable car, the Montenvers-Mer de Glace excursion, the Tramway du Mont-Blanc experience, and the extraordinary Skyway adventure. Furthermore, you will enjoy access to the rejuvenating SPA at QC Termes of Chamonix, as well as the cable cars spanning Brevent-Flégère/Grands Montets and Balme-Le Tour-Vallorcine, along with the Les Bossons chairlift. This way, you can turn your hiking trip into a bona fide holiday!

      A woman experiencing a “Step into the void” attraction in the mountains near Chamonix.
    • What you get on this adventure:

        • 6 or 10 days hiking along the Tour du Mont Blanc (depending on your chosen itinerary)
        • Accommodation based on double occupancy for 7 or 11 nights (depending on the chosen itinerary) — single rooms available for an additional fee
        • Luggage transport (except on day 4 if choosing the 12-day version of the tour)
        • Transfer on Day 2/Day 3 (depending on the chosen itinerary)
        • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (breakfasts and most dinners)
        • Transportation during the adventure
        • Maps and walking notes
        • Phone apps with GPX tracks

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to the starting point of the tour (Les Contamines or Le Houches, depending on the chosen itinerary)
        • Drinks, lunches, and other meals not mentioned in the itineraries
        • Bus transfers from Visaille to Courmayeur, from Courmayeur to Val Ferret, from Fouly to Champex, and from La Nova to Seloge (if choosing the 8-day itinerary)
        • Bus transfers from Visaille to Courmayeur and from Courmayeur to Val Ferret (if choosing the 12-day itinerary)
        • Luggage transport on Day 4 (if choosing the 12-day itinerary)
        • Travel and medical/emergency insurance — recommended

      There is a possibility of staying in a hotel in Bourg St Maurice instead of Les Chapieux, only if no accommodation is available there. In that case, please note that the shuttle from Les Chapieux to Bourg St Maurice on day 2/3 and back on day 3/4 (depending on the itinerary) is not included, with a total cost of approximately $10 (paid on site). For clients hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc outside the high season (before ~June 25th and after ~August 27th), a private round transfer will have to be organized for an additional fee of $185.

      In the itinerary, you will find optional extensions for your trip (to explore more of the Chamonix valley). These are not included in the price but can be added for an additional fee during booking. Additionally, you have the option to add an extra night before the tour (in Les Contamines or Le Houches) or after the tour (in Chamonix) for an additional fee.

    • 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 up to 3,000ft of daily ascent and descent and hiking 10 miles on average for 6 or 10 consecutive days, for up to 9 hours a day. Keep in mind that hiking can be made more difficult because of changing weather. Obviously, 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’re looking for a TMB adventure suitable for advanced hikers, check out this high-level Tour du Mont Blanc adventure and this more rugged version of the Tour du Mont Blanc.

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

        • Good, comfortable, waterproofed mountain hiking shoes with good tread
        • Comfortable rucksack (40 to 50L)
        • Hiking poles — optional
        • Raincoat or a Gore Tex jacket
        • Warm sweater or a fleece
        • 2 Pairs of hiking pants
        • 2 Pairs of hiking shorts
        • Cap and a sunhat
        • Pair of gloves
        • 5 Good pairs of hiking socks
        • Pair of outdoor shoes
        • Sheet or a sleeping bag liner
        • 2L water bottle
        • Swiss knife
        • Flashlight or a frontal lamp
        • Good sunglasses and sunscreen
        • Your toiletry bag and a mini first-aid kit
        • Other clothes and personal change
        • Towel
        • Travel bag or a small suitcase for the luggage transport
        • Camera — optional (but recommended)

      We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. 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 hiking trip is that luggage transport is organized during the entire trip. You’ll have access to your luggage in the evenings, except for the night spent at Elisabetta refuge (if you choose the 12-day itinerary). Keep in mind that your luggage (a travel bag or a small 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 these self-guided tours to operate.
        • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

      Self-guided hiking along the Tour du Mont Blanc 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 Les Contamines or Le Houches, most people fly into Geneva International Airport, which is around one hour away from both places. From there, most people take a shuttle service since it’s the most economical option. To get to Les Contamines, 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!

    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Mont Blanc areas in France, Switzerland, and Italy please refer to France Diplomacy’s advice for travelers and foreign nationals, Switzerland’s official COVID-19 travel guidelines, and Official Italian Tourism Website.

      Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

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