Join an unforgettable 4-day hike that will take you through the western half of the Tour du Mont Blanc, starting from Courmayeur and ending in Les Houches.
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This 4-day group Tour du Mont Blanc tour will take you through its western half and allow you a delicious taste of one of the Alps' most famous long-distance treks.
The trip starts and ends with a pick-up and drop-off at Geneva Airport, all timed so that you can start hiking the day you arrive. The starting point of our trail will be in La Visaille, near Courmayeur, and we will end in Les Houches, in Chamonix. If you want to stay a few more days in Chamonix after the tour, we can also offer an airport transfer at a later date. Below, you can find a detailed day-by-day itinerary.
Keep in mind that in order to join this tour, you will need to be fit and ready to walk up to 9 hours with an 1100m altitude gain each day. The highest altitude we will reach is 2500m, so acclimatization is not necessary, though you might feel some shortness of breath. Of course, we will be there to help and guide you every step of the way.
If you would like to join this exciting adventure, then all you have to do is contact us and we can start planning an unforgettable TMB trek together!
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transportation start and back
Transfers to and from Geneva airport (meeting in Chamonix is possible too)
Three nights half-board mountain refuge accommodation in shared dormitories
Picnic lunch on the first day
Four days guiding by a qualified International Mountain Leader with a UIMLA certified diploma
We will pick you up at Geneva airport between 11 and 11.30 am. From there, we'll head to Chamonix, then through the Mont-Blanc tunnel until we reach La Visaille. After a picnic lunch there, we will hike to the Rifugio Elisabetta hut via the old military road over Lac Combal. Our trail will wind beneath the grandiose granite of Mont Blanc's Italian side as we climb to the hut where we will spend the night.
Accommodation: Mountain hut
Altitude Gain/Loss: 600m/0m
Maximum Altitude: 2197m
After breakfast, our hike will take us up Val Veny to the historic Col de la Seigne. After admiring the view, we’ll cross over to France and descend to the Mottets refuge and the Vallée des Glaciers. After resting in the valley, we will begin the steep climb to the Col de la Croix de Bonhomme where we will spend the night in a remote and awe-inspiring hut.
Accommodation: Mountain hut
Altitude Gain/Loss: 1280m/1020m
Maximum Altitude: 2516m
We will set off early to the Col de Bonhomme and the head of the Montjoie valley. An ancient Roman Road that was once used by salt traders will take us down to cross a Roman bridge. Then, we will continue to the valley until we reach Les Contamines. From there, we will hike towards Mont Blanc to reach the round peak of Le Truc. A short descent will take us to the beautiful meadows where the Miage chalets are located and where we will spend our final night.
Accommodation: Mountain hut
Altitude Gain/Loss: 650m/1530m
Maximum Altitude: 2485m
An early and final steep climb to the Col de Tricot will wrap up an amazing trekking adventure and will be one of the trip's highlights. We will then hike down the Combe de Tricot to the impressive suspension bridge below the Bionassey glacier. We will move through a quiet forest to the Bellevue cable car station, from where we can take the cable car or follow the four-wheel-drive track via the Col de Voza to reach Les Houches.
Accommodation: Mountain hut
Distance: 13km (or 7km with the cable car)
Altitude Gain/Loss: 710m/1020m (or 710m/480m with the cable car)
Maximum Altitude: 2120m
Half-board mountain huts in shared dorms. All breakfasts and dinners are included in the price along with a packed lunch on the first day. The remaining lunches are not included. We will either stop at a refuge or mountain restaurant at lunchtime, or purchase packed lunches from the overnight accommodation.
Pick up at Geneva airport of Chamonix
Other gear: Rucksack large enough to carry everything – around 30 litres is normally enough Waterproof jacket Warm jacket T-shirts or base layers Jumpers or long-sleeve tops Long trousers (feel free to wear shorts, but please bring long trousers too) Spare underwear and socks Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (available from Decathlon) Travel towel Water bottles (1-2 litres – please fill up before we leave Geneva) Sunscreen Toothbrush and toothpaste Soap/shampoo/shower gel – Top tip: try a solid shampoo bar to save weight Any personal medication Sunglasses Hat Sun hat or cap Trekking poles (optional but recommended – you can hire them from us if you need to)
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Living in the mountains was a childhood dream for me, and for the last twenty years I’ve been making that dream happen. I live in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont-Blanc, and can’t think of anywhere I’d rather call home.
I’m an International Mountain Leader and a qualified ski instructor. This combination lets me help people explore the beautiful mountains we live in almost year-round. In the summer and autumn, I run hiking trips around the world-renowned Tour du Mont Blanc circuit as well as provide navigation courses to help you gain the confidence and skills to venture into the hills alone. In the winter and spring, I teach skiing and ski touring.
Please get in touch to book a group trekking holiday or a navigation course.
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