Hiking trips – Tour du Mont Blanc

A classic tour around the highest mountain in the Alps

Located between the Aosta Valley in Italy and Savoie and Haute Savoie in France, and also crossing into Switzerland, Mont Blanc is a mountaineering emblem that attracts people from all around the world. Best time of the year for hiking is from June to September, although there is plenty to do in the area year round!

 

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Mont Blanc is set in the heart of the Alps and is often referred to as “the Roof of Europe”. As such, it is surrounded by other stunning peaks such as the famous Matterhorn, Aiguille du Midi, Grandes Jorasses and others that are well worth exploring. As it is a mountaineering epicenter, it is the ideal spot to practice different activities and sports including hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing in summer, and skiing and snowboarding in colder months. It is also a great place to acquire new skills with some of the guides and experts in the area.  Furthermore, the gorgeous alpine towns that surround Mont Blanc, such as Chamonix, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, and Courmayeur are vibrant, lively spots to enjoy recreation after an exhilarating day out in the mountains. The Mont Blanc hut system is also well set up, and provides great resting opportunities while hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc and also a perfect chance to share experiences with other adventurers.

The Tour du Mont Blanc goes through seven valleys and has many starting points. From France, the kick off is usually either from Les Houches in Chamonix, or Les Contamines in Montjoie Valley. On the Italian side, that starting point is in Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley. Otherwise, setting off from the Swiss towns of Champex and Martigny is also a possibility. Whichever the variant, it is an experience that will forever stay in the heart of the adventurers that dare to try it!

 

 

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What’s the weather like?

The weather in Mont Blanc varies according to season and altitude. In the summer, which is hiking season, it usually only snows at altitudes higher than 3200 meters and overall, there tends to be good weather and warm temperatures. The warmest month of the year is July (average 16.2 °C in Chamonix), whereas the coldest is January (average -2.1°C in Chamonix). You can expect most rain in August and the least in April.

Language

French and Italian

Currency

Euro

How long should I stay?

The average Tour du Mont Blanc takes around 11 days, although there are also shorter options. The circular route is usually walked in counter clockwise direction and covers seven valleys in the Mont Blanc massif. Longer stays will allow for better acclimatization, recovery and also the chance to enjoy the mountain environment or try some other activities in the area.

Country Code

France (+33)/ Italy (+39)/ Switzerland (+41)

Best time to visit

Mid June through Mid September are best for hiking and mountaineering.

 

 
 

 

What People Say

  • 14 reviews

 

We did 10 days TMB with Happy Tracks. All the arrangements were very professionally handles. Our guide Ian was helpful
and knowledgeable. The lunch packets were good . All the refuge and hotels they selected for our group were high quality . All in all we had best trip.
Raphael organizes a well planned 10 day TMB for us. We were a group of 5 and we had Ian
as our guide. Our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. The hotels and refuge selection was good and we had excellent stay in all places. Our luggage transfer was handled professionally by Rachael along with lunch bags for daily hike. Overall very professionally guided trip by the Happy Track team
The tour was fantastic and it was made even better because of our guide, Raphael. He was incredibly nice and
helpful while telling us funny and cool stories and facts! LOVED THE TOUR! RECOMMEND 10000000%
Raphael planned a wonderful trip that was well executed! Great hikes, great food, great hotels! So we enjoyed his fellow
guide, Jack, who was very helpful and friendly. Overall, a great experience! Would highly recommend!
Our 5 day tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most amazing experiences of my life. My wife and
I were among a group of friends that consisted of 22 from the USA. Our group consisted of mostly 55-65 aged individuals, and we requested private lodging for the trip. The logistics were perfect, with assistance from Geneva to Chamonix. Our guides, Raphael and Jack, always looked out for our safety during snow and water crossings, and provided for our comfort throughout the hikes. Our evenings were excellent and the meals at local hotels and restaurants were excellent. I highly recommend Happy Tracks for their skill, preparation and planning, and friendliness.
Happy Tracks came highly reccommended to our group. They did not disappoint. Raphael, Jack Anja & Rachel took great care
and pride in providing the best hiking experience on the TMB.
Happy Tracks offer the best service in the world! Our leader the power house woman Anja was amazing. She went
beyond her call of duty at times to ensure we had a super adventure on the Tour Du Mont Blanc. She was always one step ahead of us in terms of our needs. She is passionate about what she does and therefore it comes naturally to her to excel in offering a great service. If you want to experience a trek with a calm confident knowledgeable leader book now!! Epic trip … they also ensure the other people on the trek are cool too! We had an amazing bunch of people on our trip! From 18 year olds to crazy coppers From Wales, to royals ! These people make the trek and Anja facilities the banter! 😘Thank you x Gill
I loved the trip! The trek was very beautiful and challenging, as I like it. Our guide was Raphael. He
was very personable, knowledgeable and just awesome. I would definitely recommend this trek to anyone!
Raphy and Anya were amazing! It was definitely a trip of a lifetime! 🙂
We had an excellent time with Anja in the TMB!!! The best guide! Thank you!!!!
The hike was absolutely wonderful. Anja was a great guide who kept sharing lots of information about the region while
we were hiking. She was kind enough to accommodate our food restrictions and brought us wonderful homemade lunches and snacks every day. She ensured our hike was full of different grades of difficulty so we never got bored and learnt a lot. It was an amazing experience and we would definitely recommend Anja to everyone!!!
Had 10 days amazing time with Anja and Raphael, the maintain view just beautiful, it was fun and challenge as
well, the food was very good, good breakfast to star a day, Anja make good lunch, and she even carried watermelons in her backpack for us to eat, she is so caring and warm, thoughtful, passionate of maintaining, 3 courses dinner every night, she paid wine for us to drink with dinner which is not included in price, she simply just beauty, Sometimes we tried and spend too much time enjoying the maintain and view, Raphael always able to come with van to take us to our accommodations, love the 10 days tracking in the beautiful maintains and met some amazing people, I am looking forward do another trip with them! Thanks Anja and Raphael, love from Michael (published on Trip Advisor)
Had an excellent time on an adventurous tour du Mont Blanc out of season, only possible thanks to Raphael and
Anja!! Not only guiding us all the way, but being a great company along the way and cooking delicious meals even in mountain huts!! Thank you so much! Wish you all the best!
Did the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) with Happy Tracks. If ever you look for hiking or snowshoeing guides around
Mont Blanc, can fully recommend them. They still did the 10-day tour with me even though all other customers pulled out – MANY THANKS!!
 

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