Trip details

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

  • The highlights version of Tour du Mont Blanc is the ideal for trekkers who are short on time, but don’t want to compromise the best bits. With a seamless combo of daily hikes and transfers to make the most out of your 9-day tour, you’ll cross 3 different European countries before you even know it. See the Alpine wonders of France, Italy, and Switzerland in all their glory: crystal clear lakes, high cols, towering peaks, and quaint villages, just to name a few. Your tour starts and ends in the world-class mountaineering hub of Chamonix, but you’ll also spend nights at unique chalets, auberges, hotels, or chambre d’hôtes along the way.
    • A charming mountain town of Chamonix is the starting point for your adventure. Spend the day as you wish—wandering its cobblestone streets or tasting French fondue. You’ll meet your guide and your group at around 6 p.m. for a briefing about the trip, followed by your first dinner together. Make sure to ask the reception to give you the Guest Card, since it entitles you to free trains and buses in the Chamonix Valley.

      Meals: Dinner
      Accommodation: Hotel or chalet

      A landscape of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc town at sunset with Mont-Blanc mountain and the Alps in the background, France
    • Start your day with a ride on the historic Mont Blanc Express train to the hamlet of Montroc. From there you’ll hike up to Lac Blanc, a tranquil Alpine lake with spectacular views of Mont Blanc. Now you’re in the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve, which means there’s a good chance of spotting ibex, chamois, and marmots. After you’ve taken in the beauty of the lake and had a break, descend to Flégère, take the cable car back down to Les Praz, then hop on the train or bus back to Argentière. 

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Hotel or chalet
      Hiking: 6 hours
      Distance: 5.6 miles / 9 km
      Ascent: +3,280 ft / +1,000 m
      Descent: -1,805 ft / -550 m

      The glacial lake lac Blanc reflecting glaciated peaks seen during TMB trek.
    • Start early with a transfer to Notre Dame de la Gorge, above Les Contamines. Trek up the old Roman road from the chapel, believed to have been a route taken by Hannibal. It’s a steep uphill to start with, but you’ll soon get into your stride, and if you’re making good time, have a coffee break. Head up to the Col du Bonhomme for a well-earned lunch. What follows is a climbing traverse, often with snowy patches until mid-July, to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme at an elevation of 2,479 m (8,135 ft). Enjoy great views of the Vanoise National Park before a 2-hour descent to Les Chapieux.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Auberge or chambre d’hôte
      Hiking: 7-8 hours
      Distance: 10.5 miles / 17 km
      Ascent: +4,423 ft / +1,348 m
      Descent: -3,150 ft / -960 m

      Tour of Mont Blanc trail, Green alpine landscape sunrise - Chamonix, French Alps.
    • Take a newly cut path up to Ville des Glacier. If the farmer is available, you might even be able to try the Beaufort cheese that is produced there. After passing the Refuge des Mottets, start climbing more steeply towards the Col de la Seigne—standing at 2,516m (8,255 ft), it’s the second highest pass on the Tour du Mont Blanc. You have now reached the Italian border! From there descend past the Rifugio Elisabetta to La Visaille, where you take the bus to the vibrant Italian mountain town of Courmayeur.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Hotel
      Hiking: 6 hours
      Distance: 13 miles / 21 km
      Ascent: +3,295 ft /+1,004 m
      Descent: -2,790 ft / -850 m

      Courmayeur, an alpine city in Italy.
    • Start the day with a steep walk up to the Rifugio Bertone and the Mont de la Saxe ridge. If the weather is nice, you can take the lesser-trodden variant to the ridge by ascending the Tête de la Tronche, followed by a steep descent to the Col Sapin. After descending, climb again to the Col Entre Deux Sauts. It’s a long day, but the scenery is incredible and the route is more tranquil. Stay at Rifugio Bonatti and watch the sun set behind Mont Blanc.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Mountain refuge
      Hiking: 7-8 hours
      Distance: Longer route: 10.5 miles / 17km | Shorter route: 7.5 miles / 12km
      Ascent: Longer route: +5,200 ft (+1,584m) | Shorter route: +2,820 ft (+860m)
      Descent:Longer route: -3,085 ft (-940m) | Shorter route: -2,296 ft (-700m)

      *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.

      A group of hikers posing for a photo in front of rugged mountain peaks seen during their Tour du Mont Blanc trip.
    • Kick off your day with a rising traverse, before descending to the head of the Val Ferret. Your climb up the Grand Col Ferret begins, which is the highest col on the route, standing at 2,543m (8,345 ft). You’ll see panoramic views of Grandes Jorasses, the Grand Combin, and Mont Dolent. At the top of the col you’ll cross the border to Switzerland, where—yet again—the scenery changes. Following a coffee break, leave the signposted TMB and head to La Fouly via a higher balcony path. La Fouly is a quaint Alpine village with traditional ‘chocolate box’ chalets. Transfer to the Swiss lakeside town of Champex.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Hotel
      Hiking: 6-7 hours
      Distance: 12.5 miles / 20 km
      Ascent: +3,700 ft /+1,128 m
      Descent: -5,185 ft /-1,580 m

      The small village of Champex and its lake, near Mont Blanc, Switzerland.
    • You have two options today. If you’re feeling energetic and the weather serves you, take the Fenêtre d’Arpette, the highest col of the trip at 2,665m (8,745 ft). It’s a fantastic route with views of the Trient Glacier. Alternatively, you could take the normal route—via Bovine, to the Col de la Forclaz. Continue down to the valley of Trient, your Swiss base for the night.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Auberge
      Distance: 9.3 miles / 15km
      Hiking: 6 hours
      Ascent: via Fenêtre d’Arpette: +4,870 ft (+1,484m) | via Bovine: +1,870 ft (+570m)
      Descent:via Fenêtre d’Arpette: -5,775 ft (-1,760m) | via Bovine: -1,970 ft (-600m)

      Mont Blanc Trient Glacier above Swiss Trient Village.
    • Today you’re taking another variant from the official Tour du Mont Blanc—a lesser-traveled route via Les Tseppes. The views are, once again, spectacular, and it’s a lot quieter. If the weather is bad, you’ll take the normal TMB route. Both of them take you to the Col de Balme and back into France. If you’re still feeling strong, you might do the Aiguillette des Posettes, and descend into the Chamonix valley at Tré-le-Champ. From there it’s an hour’s walk to Argentière along the river and through the old town. Another option is descending directly to Le Tour, where you’d take the Petit Balcon Nord into Argentière. Transfer to Chamonix. 

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Accommodation: Hotel or chalet
      Hiking: 7 hours
      Ascent: +3,940 ft / +1,200 m
      Descent: -4,920 ft / -1,500 m

      Argentiere village with its stream and the snow-capped mountain in the background, France.
    • The adventure has come to an end. Say goodbye to your guide and your team. Leave Chamonix or stay a bit longer to explore it!

      Meals: Breakfast

      Chamonix and Mont Blanc range in the Summer.
    • 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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