Trip details

Accommodation options * 

During your trip you can share a room with another hiker or reserve a single room for an additional fee.

  • Get to know the heart of the Alps and hit the high-altitude hiking trails around Mont Blanc. Starting and ending in Chamonix, you will learn why finishing the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc is more than 10 days of top-notch hiking with a backdrop of magnificent Alpine scenery. Enjoy the cultural, historical, and gastronomical aspects of the area located at the juncture of 3 countries and avoid the crowds (your guide knows the paths walked by few). Find out for yourself what makes this one of the world’s best treks!
    • Your trip begins in the mountain town of Chamonix, famous for being the adventure capital of the Alps. Located at the foot of Mont Blanc, its cobblestone streets breathe adventure while also exhibiting Alpine small-town charm combined with French sophistication. You will meet the rest of the group at 6pm at your hotel for a short trip briefing and gear check, followed by dinner. 

      Meals: Dinner
      Accommodation: Hotel in Chamonix

      A landscape of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc town at sunset with Mont-Blanc mountain and the Alps in the background, France
    • After a hearty breakfast you will take a cable car connecting Les Houches with the Bellevue Plateau, during which you get to enjoy the panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Massif. After crossing the suspension bridge at the foot of the Bionnassay glacier, your guide will choose the best route taking your group to Les Contamines. This usually includes passing the Col de Tricot (6,955 ft / 2,120m), with a coffee stop at the Chalet de Miages at the foot of the mighty peak Dome de Miages (3,675m / 12,055 ft), but a lower level route may be utilized.  Spend the night in a charming local 3* hotel in the French village of Les Contamines.

      Distance: 15km / 9.3 miles
      Ascent: 837m / 2,746 ft
      Descent: 1,520m / 4,985 ft
      Walking time: 6-7 hours
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: 3* hotel in Les Contamines

      Tour of Mont Blanc trail, Green alpine landscape sunrise - Chamonix, French Alps.
    • Day 3 begins with trekking up the old Roman road to the picture-perfect 17th-century church of Notre Dame de la Gorge. From here your path goes uphill, past the Chalet de Barme (a perfect coffee stop!) and all the way to the Col de Bonhomme (2328m / 7,635 ft), where you will take a lunch break. Another climb—this time gentler—will take you to Col de la Croix de Bonhomme (2478m / 8,130ft), offering a great view towards the Vanoise National Park. After an additional 2 hours, you will have reached Les Chapieux, the location of your lovely chambre d’hôte (bed and breakfast). 

      Distance: 19km / 11.9 miles
      Ascent: 1,348m / 4,450 ft
      Descent: 960m / 3,150 ft
      Walking time: 8 hours
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Bed and breakfast in Les Chapieux

      View of a picturesque 17th-century church of Notre Dame de la Gorge seen during the Tour du Mont Blanc trek.
    • A minibus ride will take you to the Ville des Glaciers. After crossing a river, head to the Refuge des Mottets, followed by a climb to the Col de la Seigne (2516m / 8,255ft). You are now stepping into Italy! Relish in the great views of Val Veny and Val Ferret, and see the Italian side of Mont Blanc and the other Chamonix giants. A descent past the Elisabetta hut takes you to La Visaille, where your group will take a transfer down to the traditional Italian town of Courmayeur, where you will stay in a family-run hotel.

      Distance: 21km / 13 miles
      Ascent: 1,004m / 3,300 ft
      Descent: 850m / 2,800 ft
      Walking time: 6 hours
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Hotel in Courmayeur

      Landscape mountain pass Col de la Seigne , Valle d'Aosta,Italy
    • Start the day of hiking with a steep walk up to the Bertone hut and the Mont de la Saxe ridge. If weather permits, your guide can opt for the lesser-traveled variant to the Mont de la Saxe ridge (2,555m / 8,380 ft), up the Tête de la Tronche (2,584m / 8,475 ft), followed by a steep descent to the Col Sapin (2,435m / 8,000 ft). After another descent, you will also climb to the Col Entre Deux Sauts (2,055m / 6,740 ft). It’s a long day of hiking, but you will be rewarded with stunning scenery, crowdless hiking paths, and great Italian-style dinner at the Rifugio Bonatti. You can also watch the sunset behind Mont Blanc before a good night’s sleep. 

      Distance: 10km / 6.5 miles 
      Ascent: 1,584m / 5,200 ft + 860m / 2,820 ft
      Descent: 940m / 3,08 0ft + 700m / 2,296 ft
      Walking time: 10-12 hours
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Rifugio Bonatti

      *There is a chance that you will not be staying at Rifugio Bonatti and in this case, you will have an extra night at a 4* hotel in Courmayeur. Shuttles back and forth will be provided and no hiking will be missed.

      Mont Blanc during golden hour as seen from Rifugio Bonatti.
    • Trekking over the Grand Col Ferret (2537m / 8,320 ft), you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Grandes Jorasses, the Grand Combin and Mont Dolent (the summit which stands at the juncture of France, Switzerland, and Italy).  At the top of the col, your group will enter Switzerland. After a coffee stop at La Peule (time permitting) you will head to La Fouly, an Alpine village distinguished by traditional Swiss “chocolate box” chalets where you will stay overnight in a simple hotel.

      Distance 20km / 12.5 miles
      Ascent: 1,128m / 3,700ft
      Descent: 1,580m / 5,180 ft
      Walking time: 6-7 hours
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Simple hotel or bed and breakfast in La Fouly

      Aerial views on the Alpine Valley Val Ferret from high mountain ridge close to Grand Col Ferret
    • A shorter day of hiking awaits. Winding through picturesque Swiss Alpine meadows and tiny villages, you will finally reach the resort of Champex, nestled alongside the eponymous glacial lake. Lodging in a traditional hotel offering great local delicacies. 

      Distance: 16 km / 10 miles
      Ascent: 711m / 2,330 ft
      Descent: 855m / 2,805 ft
      Walking time: 5 hours
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: 3* hotel in Champex

      Vedute of Champex, an Alpine village in Switzerland nestled beside a lake.
    • If the group feels fit on Day 8, the path will take you to Fenêtre d’Arpette, the highest col on the Tour du Mont Blanc standing at 2665m (8,710 ft)—a fantastic route famous for stunning views of the Trient glacier. Alternatively, your guide will decide to take you along the more laidback route via Bovine to the Col de la Forclaz (1,527m / 5,010 ft)—depending on the weather conditions and fitness of the group.  You will stay overnight either at Col de la Forclaz or at Trient, depending on availability. 

      Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
      Ascent: 1,480m / 4,790 ft (or 570m / 1,870 ft via Bovine)
      Descent: 1,760m / 5,775 ft (or 600m / 1,980 ft via Bovine)
      Walking time: 8 hours (or 6 hours via Bovine)
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Simple hotel, usually with shared bathrooms

      View across the valley toward the north from the summit of the pass which is not far from Annecy
    • Today’s plan is to take another lesser-traveled variant which diverges from the official Tour du Mont Blanc—either via Les Grands or Les Tseppes, depending on where you stayed the night before. The alternative routes are worth the extra time and effort not only because few other hikers take them but also because of the truly spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes. Either route takes your group to the Col de Balme (2,195m / 7,200 ft) at the head of the Chamonix valley (welcome back to France!). Going either via the Aiguillette de Posettes down to Tré-le-Champ, or straight down to Le Tour, followed by the Petit Balcon Nord, you will have reached Argentière—the location of your accommodation—in the afternoon. 

      Distance: 18km / 11 miles
      Ascent: 1200m / 3940 ft
      Descent: 1450m / 4760 ft
      Walking time: 7-8 hours
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: 3* hotel in Argentière

      Argentiere village with big clouds threatening in the mountain. Argentière is a picturesque skiing, alpine walking and mountaineering village in the French Alps, part of the commune of
    • Taking a short stroll back to Tré-le-Champ, you will hike up to the Lac Blanc passing the beautiful Lacs des Chéserys (2,130m / 6,990 ft), providing the best views of Mont Blanc found anywhere. While enjoying one of the best walks in the Chamonix valley, you will make use of a series of ladders and chains to skirt the cliffs—this is nothing to worry about and is not difficult at all! From the Lac Blanc, you will take the Flégère cable car down to Les Praz, followed by a walk along the river or a train ride to Chamonix.

      Distance: 9km / 5.6 miles
      Ascent: 1,000m / 3,280 ft
      Descent: 550m / 1,800 ft
      Walking time: 6 hours
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Hotel in Chamonix

      The glacial lake lac Blanc reflecting glaciated peaks seen during TMB trek.
    • Taking the cable car back to the Flégère, your hiking resumes at the same point your group finished at the day before. Start the famous Grand Balcon Sud linking the Flégère with Planpraz. From here, you will climb up to the Col du Brévent and then up to the Brévent summit (2,525m/  8,285 ft), where you get to enjoy excellent views of Mont Blanc one more time. To complete the Tour du Mont Blanc, descend via Bel Lachat and Merlet in ogre to reach Les Houches, followed by a transfer back to your hotel in Chamonix. After 10 days of hiking, you can finally call yourself a TMB hiker! You can celebrate your great achievements with your guide and the rest of the group over dinner or by going for drinks somewhere in town. 

      Distance: 17km / 10.5 miles
      Ascent: 772m / 2,530 ft
      Descent: 1,546m / 5,070 ft
      Walking time: 8 hours
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Hotel in Chamonix

      The mountain town Les Houches in the Mont Blanc massif in Europe, in France, in the Alps, towards Chamonix, in spring, on a sunny day.
    • Your alpine adventure finishes after breakfast. Take a last chance to say goodbye to your guide and fellow trekkers. Leave Chamonix or continue touring on your own. 

      Meals: Breakfast

      A group of hikers posing for a photo in front of rugged mountain peaks seen during their Tour du Mont Blanc trip.
    • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 10 or 7 days of trekking, depending on your chosen itinerary 
      • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
      • Meals as indicated in the itinerary 
      • Cable cars and transport as indicated in the itinerary

      What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from Chamonix
      • Personal drinks and snacks
      • Guide gratuities — optional
    • 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 8 or 10 consecutive days. Keep in mind that hiking can be made difficult because of changing weather. However, you will be able to take many breaks and your guide will adjust the route if it gets too strenuous for your group. Due to some more exposed sections, the tour is not recommended for those with severe fear of heights.

      If you’re new to hiking, check out our beginner-friendly tours near Chamonix.

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

        • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
        • Hiking poles — optional
        • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
        • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
        • Spare clothes for layering
        • Waterproof rain jacket
        • Waterproof pants 
        • Base layers (top and bottom)
        • Mid layer—usually a fleece 
        • Hiking pants (shorts as well if you want)
        • Sunhat
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
        • Headlamp or flashlight
        • Sunglasses
        • Camera — optional (but recommended)

      Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    • The accommodations are mostly located in small Alpine towns, hamlets, and huts situated along the trek, which leave you with an option to further explore the area after a day of hiking. Places you’ll be staying at offer great local food (and very often great views of glaciated peaks), and are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable holiday trip. The nominal price includes a shared room, while a single-room option is also available for an additional fee.

      *There is a chance that you will not be staying at Rifugio Bonatti and in this case, you will have an extra night at a 4* hotel in Courmayeur. Shuttles back and forth will be provided and no hiking will be missed.

    • Group sizes and prices:

        • For these group adventures, the maximum client-to-guide ratio is around 10:1. 
        • It takes a minimum of 4 people for these tours to operate. 
        • The cost is per person and does not decrease as the group grows. 

      Hiking 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.
    • 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.
    • To get to Chamonix, France—your starting point—most people fly into Geneva Airport in Switzerland 1.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a train or bus.

      Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, usually at your hotel in Chamonix at 6 p.m. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group to start off the tour the following morning.

    • 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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