Mont Blanc 5-day hiking tour (TMB)

A wonderful adventure for family and friends to discover the most beautiful views of Mont Blanc, along with a certified mountain leader in the Happy Tracks team.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

5 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Hiking to Lac Blanc, one of the wonders of Chamonix valley.

  • Climbing to the Alpage de Bovine, and enjoying the view over the Rhône Valley.

  • Hiking across the Balme Pass, with an extraordinary view of Mt Blanc.

 

Join me on a wonderful adventure for the complete family, or to come alogn with friends! This program will take us on a 5-day hiking tour to the beautiful area of Mont Blanc, across French, Italian and Swiss territory.

The Tour du Mont Blanc hike – also known as the TMB – is a great opportunity to spend time with your friends and family, and even your children, in a natural and magical environment.

During these days, I will teach you all about this area, its mountains, its fauna and flora, and its history. Also, we will stay overnight in refuges, far away from everything. In sum, it’s a truly rewarding and fun plan!

The average hiking time per day is around 7 hours. And the altitude change ranges from 1,000 m to 1,200 m.

One of the highlights of this program is the visit to The Blanc Lake. This lake is well-known for the incredible view of the Mont-Blanc it offers, especially through its reflection on the water surface. 

[EXTRA] If you’d like to read about a group of women who joined me on the Tour du Mont Blanc recently, check out this blog post: “Tour du Mont Blanc: 9 girlfriends take on one of the world’s great hikes”.

You can choose the program that best suits you. I offer different options.

To begin this program, one option is to meet at Chamonix. We can then transfer to Courmayeur by bus to start hiking. Have a look at a detailed suggested itinerary below (the “Demi-tour du Mont-Blanc – Courmayeur – Chamonix”)

At the end of the program, we will cross the Flégère and descend back to Chamonix.

Another option is to start the hike in Chamonix with direction to the Houches and finalize in Courmayeur, where we can take the bus to return to Chamonix.

For those who have limited time in the valley, we can do the Mont-Blanc tour in parts by bus and walking through the most beautiful places.

Other itinerary options include:

  • A hiking tour from 5 to 10 days, depending on the time you have available
  • Private tour for just 1 person or grop, or joining an already established group
  • Assistance with your luggage is also optional

If you are interested in this great Tour du Mont Blanc adventure, request your booking! 

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
1200 EUR

Group of 2
800 EUR

Group of 3
800 EUR

Group of 4
800 EUR

Group of 5
600 EUR

Group of 6
550 EUR

Group of 7
550 EUR

Group of 8
500 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
 The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). Price for teenagers: €400
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Chamonix - Courmayeur - Val Ferret
    • Bus from Chamonix to Courmayeur, via the Mont Blanc tunnel
    • Hike through the Val Ferret (Italy)
    • Overnight in mountain hut in Val Ferret
    Distance:
    12 kilometers
    Height gain / Height loss / Highest point:
    1100 meters / 267 meters / Junction Bertone (2039m)
    Expected walking time:
    5 hours 00 minutes
  • Day 2Val Ferret (Italy) - Val Ferret (Switzerland) - Champex
    • Trek from the Val Ferret in Italy to the Val Ferret in Switzerland
    • Climb to the Grand Ferret pass (on the Italian-Swiss border)
    • Descent to La Fouly
    • Bus to Champex
    • Overnight at the Gite Bon Abri
    Distance:
    19.8 kilometers
    Height gain / Height loss / Highest point:
    870 meters / 1291 meters / Grand Col Ferret (2537m)
    Expected walking time:
    7 hours 00 minutes
  • Day 3Champex - Alpage de Bovine - Trient
    • Departure from Champex
    • Climb to the Alpage de Bovine – View over the Rhône Valley
    • Descent to the Forclaz Pass
    • Hike to Trient – Overnight
    Distance:
    16.4 kilometers
    Height gain / Height loss / Highest point:
    810 meters / 1007 meters / Porte a l’Ô (2049m)
    Expected walking time:
    5 hours 45 minutes
  • Day 4Trient - Balme Pass - Gite la Boërne
    • Climb to the Balme pass
    • Climb to the Aiguillette des Posettes
    • Cross the edge and descend to Tré le Champ
    • Overnight at Gite la Boërne
    Distance:
    15.1 kilometers
    Height gain / Height loss / Highest point:
    875 meters / 1192 meters / Col de Balme (2204m)
    Expected walking time:
    6 hours 00 minutes
  • Day 5Lac Blanc - Chamonix
    • Climb to the Lac Blanc
    • Break at the small refuge near the lake
    • Cross the Flégère
    • Descent to Chamonix
    • End of program
    Distance:
    16.1 kilometers
    Height gain / Height loss / Highest point:
    1141 meters / 1357 meters / Lac Blanc (2352m)
    Expected walking time:
    8 hours 00 minutes
 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Chamonix

Accommodation

In cottages, huts and refuges - in dormitories or rooms (depending on availability)

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Luggage transfer is not available so everything must be carried during the trek. Extra luggage can be stored in our office.

Necessary equipment list:

- Warm hat or head band;

- Light gloves (hiking gloves);

- Neck gaiter or a scarf;

- Sun glasses and a cap or hat;

- One pair of synthetic underwear (top & bottom);

- 2 functional shirts for the hike (we recommend merino or synthetic);

- 1 comfortable shirt for the huts;

- One or 2 layers of socks (merino wool or synthetic);

- One fleece or merino pullover / sweater;

- Optional: One insulation layer to keep you warm (we recommend you a Primaloft or light down jacket);

- Rain / windproof (Gore-Tex) jacket with hood;

- Rain / windproof (Gore-Tex) pant / rain-pants;

- Optional: Long pair of underwear (thermal, depending on the season);

- One pair of hiking pants: we recommend zip off trousers so you can save weight for additional shorts for hot days;

- Some comfortable trousers for the evenings

- 35 to 40 Liter backpack (you should be able to carry your gear comfortably, we recommend a backpack with a good waist belt);

- Rain cover or dry bag to keep the most necessary things dry in the backpack;

- Strong and waterproof leather hiking boots with a high ankle;

- Light weight shoes (e.g. sneakers, sandals) for the huts / evenings;

- Minimum 2-liter bottle or camelbag to fill up with water or tea;

- Plastic bag or dry bag to keep your spare clothes dry;

- Sun cream at least SPF 20 (we also recommend lip balm);

- Hut sleeping bag liner (made of silk or cotton);

- Swimsuit / bikini / swimming trunks;

- Tooth brush, paste;

- Washing soap;

- Small quick-drying towel;

Optional equipment list:

- Camera, mobile phone, EU compatible plug incl. chargers;

- Head lamp;

- Ear plugs for the night;

- Walking poles;

- Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

 

About the Guide

 
 

We are a team of 2 certified mountain leaders and canyoning guides, Anja and Raphy. We specialize in multi-day and long distance trekking in some of the best spots in the Alps.

From the amazing Tour du Mont Blanc to the challenging but very rewarding Haute Route, we strive to take our guests on unique adventures in nature. We also offer canyoning adventures in Switzerland, France and Italy.

Come join our tours. We will make you HAPPY!

 
 


 

 

What People are Saying about Happy Tracks

  • 10 reviews

 

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%
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Charishma
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!
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Mike M
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.
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Tom R
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.
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