The Tour du Mont Blanc, a complete circuit of the Mont Blanc, is the ultimate long distance mountain walk, and has some of the most stunning scenery.
The TMB is a 168km route, and we will be passing through France, Italy and Switzerland, offering cultural delight, picture book Alpine villages, the vibrant towns of Chamonix and Courmayeur, and mountain huts with majestic views.
Each night you stay in a different location. Accommodation varies from small family run village hotels, auberge and mountain huts.
I particularly like this hike because…
– you discover 3 countries, different languages, cultures and mentalities in only a few days;
– you hike close to impressive glaciers (ex. Trient) in a real alpine environment;
– walk around the highest peak of the Alps and get the chance to see its different faces.
Please find below the itinerary and the detailed day by day program:
Day 0 – Rendez-vous
Rendez-vous in Chamonix, dinner all together and night at the hotel in Chamonix.
Day 1 – Les Houches (1007m) to Les Contamines (1167m).
Distance 14km – Strenuous – Height Gain 650m – 6.5 hours.
We start our tour from Les Houches, on a 650m ascent to Col de Voza (1653m). From Col de Voza we follow the traditional route as it descends through lush pastures and woodland, passing through tiny alpine villages, on route to the village of Les Contamines.
– total ascent 650 m
– total descent 500 m
– total distance 14 km
Day 2 – Les Contamines (1167m) to Les Chapieux (1554m).
On a Roman road we make the long ascent to the Col de la Bonhomme (2329m). We then traverse the hillside to another slightly higher Col before a gentle descent to the hamlet of Les Chapieux. Night at Auberge in Les Chapieaux
– total ascent 1320 m
– total distance 20 km
Day 3 – Les Chapieux (1554m) to Rifugio Elisabetta (2195M).
We follow the route through Vallee des Glaciers and up to Col de la Seigne (2516m) where we cross the border into Italy. From the Col we descend slightly to Rifugio Elisabetta (2195m) for a night in the mountains.
– total ascent 1000 m
– total distance 15 km
Day 4 – Rifugio Elisabetta (2195M) to Courmayeur (1226m).
We descend to Lac Combal where the route then climbs to a balcony path with wonderful views. The route descends via Plan Checrouit and Dolonne to the ancient Italian town of Courmayeur. Night in Hotel in Courmayeur
– total ascent 460m
– distance 18 km
Day 5 – Courmayeur (1226m) – Rest day
Today we have a rest day in Courmayeur. There are great shops cafes and bars. I
suggest also a trip up the brand-new cable car to point Helbronner. Fantastic views of Mont Blanc and the glaciers of the valley blanche. Night in Hotel in Courmayeur.
Day 6 – Courmayeur (1226m) to Rifugio Bonatti (2025m).
We head up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge to the Bertone Refuge for a coffee. Then along the ridge with some of the finest views of the Mont Blanc range, to the Refugio Bonatti (2025m). Night at Refuge Bonatti
– total ascent 860m
– total distance 12 km
Day 7 – Rifugio Bonatti (2025m) to La Fouly (1610m).
A gentle traverse of the mountainside to the Rifugio Elena for morning coffee. A climb to the Grand Col Ferret (2537M) where we cross the border into Switzerland. Down through the flower meadows to the small village of La Fouly. Night in a Hotel in La Fouly.
– total ascent 900 m
– total distance 20km
Day 8 – La Fouly (1610m) to Champex (1466m).
An easier day as we follow a Swiss mountain valley before a short ascent to Champex, a picture book Alpine village. Night in a Pension in Champex.
– total ascent 420m
– total distance 15km
Day 9 – Champex (1466m) to Trient (1279m).
We climb along the Bovine trail, there are stunning views down to the Roman town of
Martigny and the Rhone valley as we walk to Trient for the night. Night in Pension in Trient
– total ascent 750m
– total distance 16 km
Day 10 – Trient (1279m) to Argentiere (1252m).
We had over the Col de Balme, along the Posettes ridge and down through the forests to the Argentiere.
– total ascent 1100m
– distance 13km
Day 11 – Argentiere (1252m) to La Flegere (1875m).
From the Col des Montets we head up through the Nature Reserve to the famous Lac Blanc which provides a magnificent view of the Mont Blanc Massif. We walk down to La Flegere (1875m) and take the cable car down back to Chamonix. Last night in Hotel in Chamonix
– otal descent 1100m
– total distance 8km
This is a challenging route with an accumulated height gain and loss of over 9,000M.
The route crosses from valley to valley via challenging mountain passes, with long and
some steep ascents and descents. This is ideal for regular walkers that are physically fit.
The terrain on this trail is diverse with country lanes, forest trails, rocky mountain paths, and high mountain meadows.
Luggage transfer between accommodation is provided on most days, the exceptions
being to the three mountain huts when you will need to carry overnight/next day gear in your rucksack.
Please get in touch with me if you are interested by this mythical hike around the top of the Alps. It will be my great pleasure to guide you, explain all you need to know about this beautiful range and share with you my experience!
Max 8 persons per guide