The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is known as one of the most famous and beautiful long distance treks in the world. The hike goes around the Mont Blanc and goes through 3 countries: Italy, Switzerland and France.
Although the TMB is usually a trek you do during the summer, I have developed an unique itinerary to enjoy the breathtaking sceneries around the Mont Blanc in the winter.
Instead of going from refuge to refuge like in the summer we stay in comfortable hotels and bed & breakfasts from where we start our snowshoeing adventures every day.
Within our six day round trip we will spend two incredible snowshoe days in each country (Italy, France and Switzerland)! I have selected the best snowshoe trails around the Mont Blanc massif!
The tour is suitable for everyone with a reasonable fitness to complete a six day itinerary. We snowshoe between 4 to 7 hours a day. It is not necessary to have previous snowshoeing experience as it is easy to learn and great fun!
Here is the day to day program I propose:
Join me for dinner and meet the other participants. I will also check packing lists, equipment and itinerary with you.
Early transfer from Chamonix to Courmayeur through the Tunnel du Mont Blanc. On our first day we will hike through the Italian Val Veny up to the Elisabetha Soldini refuge. Although the hut is closed during the winter your guide will surprise you with some hot drinks in the winter room. We will spend the night in Courmayeur.
From Courmayeur we drive through Aosta up towards the Grand Col Saint Bernard, a historical mountain pass leading to Switzerland. We will walk up to the monastery of the Grand Saint Bernhard. It became famous because of the Saint Bernhard dogs and it was an important stage for catholic pilgrims. We will drive to Champex a beautiful Swiss village next to a lake.
Today we leave the village of Champex with our snowshoes and we will walk through the Valley of Arpette up to a small mountain community consisting of a few houses. We will spend the night in Martigny. If there is time we can visit the Saint Bernard dogs museum.
We drive up the steep mountain pass to the Col de la Forclaz. Surrounded by great views over the Swiss and the French valleys we hike up to the top of Bovine. We spend the night in the charming ski village Vallorcine just after the French-Swiss border.
From Vallorcine there are numerous options for snowshoeing. One of our favorites is the Chalet de Loriaz or the Valley de Bérard on the side oft the famous Aiguilles Rouges massif. We will return to Chamonix by car. In the evening we will prepare a traditional fondue in our igloo for you!
On our last day of our Tour du Mont Blanc snowshoe trek we can do a part of the first ascent route of the Mont Blanc. We can enjoy lunch at the Buvette de Glacier and nearly touch the impressive Bosson glacier.
Are you planning to come in the Alps next winter ? Get in touch with me and let’s discuss about going together for a snowshoeing trip in the surroundings of Chamonix, around the Mont Blanc.
– Personal expenses
– Flight tickets, accommodation on arrival and end day
– 5 nights accommodation in hotels or B&B
– 6 breakfasts and lunch packs
– Private minivan transfer for every stage
– 6 guided snowshoe day tours