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Hiking Authentic Tour du Mont Blanc

Duration: 6 days

Level 1: You have never practiced.

Level 2: You have some initial experience.

Level 3: You practice occasionally.

Level 4: You practice regularly.

Level 5: You have a sustained practice.

Price from: 860€
For more information, contact Pôle Randonnée :
General information

The legendary circuit of the Northern Alps, the Tour du Mont-Blanc, offers a unique panorama. During this hike, you can appreciate the beauty of the Mont-Blanc massif and discover the natural and cultural heritage of Valais, Valle d'Aosta, and Pays du Mont Blanc. Departing from the Chamonix Valley, you will traverse mountain trails through France, Switzerland, and Italy. This long-distance hike exposes you to breathtaking panoramic views: lakes, mountain pastures, and glaciers. A circuit for hiking enthusiasts, rich in emotions. Immerse yourself completely in nature with our Authentic Tour du Mont Blanc. It's an experience that allows you to discover the fauna, flora, and local cultures up close.

Hike from mountain hut to mountain hut through typical alpine villages and fully enjoy the spectacle offered by the mountains, guided by a professional. It's a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the alpine diversity of France, Switzerland, and Italy, as well as the rich heritage of these regions. This Tour du Mont-Blanc is as authentic and close to nature as it gets. With your backpack on for the entire week, embark on the trails and spend the nights in mountain huts. You carry your weekly belongings in your backpack. Accommodation is in a hostel or refuge with nights in a dormitory. Transfers are handled by local transport, and picnics are provided by the accommodations.

This journey is part of a series of itineraries that we have designed to allow you to complete the Tour du Mont Blanc with logistics and comfort tailored to your needs. Explore the highlights with our classic tour or have an experience closer to nature with our authentic circuit. Enhance your journey even further with our comprehensive tour, and finally, maximize your comfort with our luxury tour.


Group booking

The collective formula associates several people who do not necessarily know each other. It allows for a planned program to benefit from an attractive price on fixed dates. This formula is ideal for people looking for the friendliness of a group.

Dates : See below for the group booking module

Price 2024 : 860€ per person - based on a minimum of 7 participants

This price includes :
- the organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide
- half-board accommodation in either a basic hotel or gîte / hut in a mixed dormitory
- picnic lunches
- lift passes
- transfers throughout the hike

Not included in the price :
- drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- repatriation insurance (compulsory). Cancellation Insurance highly recommended

Private booking

A private booking is the historical relationship that binds a mountain leader to their clients. It allows you to be alone or in your own group with your guide who will meet your specific needs. Undoubtedly, it is the ideal formula that guarantees you maximum comfort. Accommodation and itinerary can be tailored, and you are free to choose your departure date depending on accommodation availability.

Prices 2024 :
1 person : 3795€ per person 
2 people : 2250€ per person 
3 people : 1735€ per person 
4 people : 1480€ per person  
5 people : 1325€ per person  
6 people : 1225€ per person  

7 people : 1150€ per person
8 people : 1095€ per person
9 people : 1050€ per person
10 people : 1015€ per person
11 people : 990€ per person

12 people : 860€ per person

The price includes :
- the organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide
- half-board accommodation in either a basic hotel or gîte in a mixed dormitory
- picnic lunches
- lift passes
- transfers throughout the hike

Not included in the price :
- drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- repatriation insurance (compulsory). Cancellation Insurance highly recommended

Further information

In this section, find all the information about this activity. To prepare your trip effectively, refer to the guides’ tips. They share their expertise and recommendations, ensuring you have a great experience

Meeting point : Meet at 8am at the Compagnie des Guides office, 190 Place de l’Eglise, 74400 Chamonix.

Ability level : 4/5 - The Authentic Tour du Mont Blanc is a strenuous trek, involving a minimum vertical gain of 800m (2350ft) and a maximum of 1300m (4265ft), with approximately 6 to 8 hours of hiking daily. The route includes generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes featuring out-of-trail sections. This multiday hike is ideal for individuals with trekking experience, requiring good physical training and previous multiday hiking experience on mountain trails

Itinerary: The guide may need to adjust the itinerary based on weather conditions and/or the physical and/or technical abilities of the group

Guiding policy : minimum 7 and maximum 12 people per guide. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice. Registration possible from 16 years of age. Registration is not permitted  to anyone under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.

Accomodation :
- During the trip : 5 nights half board in basic hotels or gîte / hut in a mixed dormitory.
Each hiker carries all their personal belongings and picnic for the entire trek
- Before & after the trip : benefit from preferential prices from our partner hotels in Chamonix. If you wish to receive information just ask the Randonnée department

Documentation :
- Participants must have sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up.
- Participants must also take valid ID with them.

Preparing for the trip : An information meeting with your guide is scheduled the day before departure at 6pm at the Compagie des Guides office. We highly recommend your participation, as this meeting provides an opportunity to fine-tune your preparation


Weight is a hiker's adversary, so it is crucial to carefully select your equipment as it plays a key role in ensuring the success of your trip. The weight of your backpack, including all your belongings, should not exceed 9kg

Your gear
-A 40L backpack
-A pair of top quality hiking boots
-A pair of telescopic poles
-A hat or cap
-A warm hat
-Category 3 sunglasses
-Breathable long and short-sleeved T-shirts
-A polar fleece
-A warm down jacket
-A Gore-Tex waterproof jacket
-A rain poncho
-A hiking trouser
-A Gore-Tex waterproof trouser
-A short
-A pair of gloves
-Hiking-appropriate socks
-A minimum 2L water bottle
-A pocketknife and a spork
-A flashlight or headlamp
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-A sleeping bag liner
-Toiletry kit, towel, earplugs, and toilet paper
-Minimal personal pharmacy: blister pads like Compeed, medications for common ailments such as diarrhea, constipation, sore throat, headaches, pain, allergies
ID, money for personal expenses
-Flip flops for the hut 
-Spare clothes as per your preference

Our Rental Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard SportsRavanel & Co & Concept Pro Shop
Our Equipment Partners : MilletDynastarJulboGrivel & Monnet



Day 1

Chamonix - Col de la Forclaz
We start our journey in the village of Le Tour. Col de Balme (7,188ft), on the Franco-Swiss border, is our first objective. Upon reaching the col, we leave behind us Mont Blanc and the other mountains of the Chamonix Valley. We continue towards the Alpage des Grands and then descend to the waters of Trient. The Col de la Forclaz hotel (5,010ft), where we will spend the night, is nearby.

Elevation gain: 3,300 feet - Elevation loss: 3,100 feet - Distance : 9 miles

Day 2

Croix de Bovine - Champex - La Fouly
We walk towards the Giète alpine pasture (6,180ft). The Hérens cows greet us with their cowbells as the cheesemaker diligently works with the milk from the first milking. Our trail now ascends to Col de Portalo (6,722ft). Overlooking the great Rhône Valley, the viewpoint is superb. It's time to descend to the charming village of Champex-Lac (4,920ft). A transfer takes us to the hamlet of La Fouly in the Swiss Val Ferret, where we spend the night.
Elevation gain: 2,100 feet - Elevation loss: 2,300 feet 
- Distance : 9 miles

Day 3

Grand Col Ferret - Refuge Maison Vieille
On our way to Grand Col Ferret (5,036ft), on the Italian-Swiss border, the southern slope of the Mont Blanc massif reveals itself to us. We also discover Mont Dolent, an iconic summit at the intersection of three borders. The descent to the Italian Val Ferret unfolds with views of the Pré de Bar and Miage glaciers. From the hamlet of Arnouva, a local shuttle takes us to Courmayeur. After a quick visit to the town, we head to the last climb of the day towards the Maison Vieille refuge (6,562ft), where we will spend the night. We will use the Dolonne cable car to shorten the ascent.
Elevation gain: 2,400 feet - Elevation loss: 2,500 feet 
- Distance : 6 miles

Day 4

Col Chécrouit - Ville des Glaciers
We leave behind the Maison Vieille refuge and Col Chécrouit as we begin our descent to Lake Combal. The steady trail leads us to near the Elisabetta refuge and then to Col de la Seigne (8,215ft), the famous Italian-French border. During the descent, we reach the Beaufortain alpine pastures with their herds of goats, and most importantly, their Tarine cows: magnificent fawn-colored cows with velvet eyes. We spend the night in Les Chapieux.
Elevation gain: 4,000 feet - Elevation loss: 3,900 feet 
- Distance : 12 miles

Day 5

Col du Bonhomme - Refuge des Prés
We start our day with a beautiful climb through the alpine pastures to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (8,136ft) via La Raja. We then reach Col du Bonhomme, where we enjoy a superb natural terrace and the view before beginning our descent to the Refuge des Prés, where we spend the night.
Elevation gain: 3,200 feet - Elevation loss: 2,400 feet 
- Distance : 8 miles

Day 6

Col du Tricot - Bellevue - Les Houches
The descent unfolds in stages until we reach the Roman road, allowing us to reach Notre Dame de la Gorge. We cross the village of Les Contamines, and soon the trail ascends to the pastures of Truc and Miage. The landscapes are magnificent. The switchbacks of Col du Tricot (6,955ft) are demanding, and our training works wonders. Back in the Chamonix Valley, we finish our loop at the summit of Bellevue. The cable car takes us back to the valley. Transfer to Chamonix in the late afternoon.
Elevation gain: 4,100 feet - Elevation loss: 4,100 feet 
- Distance : 11 miles


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