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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What should I know about Hiking France?
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!
Why should I choose France for my Hiking adventure?
A World Famous Adventure
The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most popular hiking challenges in the world, and for good reason. It circles the Mont Blanc massif and covers approximately 170 kilometres (110 mi). On this trail you will go from hut to hut through charming Italian, Swiss and French villages.
** Breathtaking Landscapes**
The snow capped peaks of the Alps have been a source of inspiration for many adventurers, authors and artists. The region is famous for its awe inspiring mountains, glaciers and lakes, all well worth catching sight of!
The Lively Mountaineering Environment
Mont Blanc is surrounded by 3 important alpine towns. Courmayeur is in the Aosta Valley in Italy; Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Chamonix are in Haute-Savoie in France; and Champex is in Switzerland. All feature plenty of accommodation options, fabulous restaurants and a vibrant mountaineering environment.
What can I expect from the weather during my Hiking trip in France?
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.
Which language is predominantly spoken in the France region?
French and Italian
What currency is accepted around France?
How many days should I allocate for my France Hiking experience?
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.
What's the country code for the France region?
France (+33)/ Italy (+39)/ Switzerland (+41)
When is the best time to travel to France for Hiking?
Mid June through Mid September are best for hiking and mountaineering.
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!
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)
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
We are a group of 5 people from Hong Kong and booked a 10 trekking days + 1 rest day TMB Private Tour from Happy Tracks. We searched around a few companies which offer private tours in parallel but Raphael from Happy Tracks replied the quickest with the details we needed. We had a nice impression from them already. We chose to stay at hotels as much as possible instead of refuges and we were very satisfied about their arrangements, it felt good to relax and recharge in hotels after a whole-day trekking. Our guide, Dave, is a very experienced, resourceful, knowledgeable gentleman with a sense of humor. Dave gave us a very accurate weather forecast which prepared us mentally and physically and adjusted our route according to weather condition. Occasionally, we were off TMB route which became highlight of the day. The homemade lunch prepared by Rachel is definitely a bonus. They were in great varieties, delicious, and even including desserts! (we thought we would have dry sandwiches only for everyday). We would recommend everyone to book with Happy Tracks for TMB Tour if you would like a stress-free planning for the tour with good value for money.
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