The Tour du Mont-Blanc, also called the ‘TMB’, is a hiking tour at mid-altitude.
It crosses three countries and offers three different views of the Mont-Blanc massif :
- The Italian side and its giant cliff faces
- The Swiss side with its rolling valleys
- The French side with its huge glaciers
Group transfers, luggage transportation and lunch preparation are taken care of by the mountain leader team. Bring just the hiking necessary and fully enjoy the hike!
Day 1 : Chamonix Valley
Our trek starts from the top of Plan-Praz cable car. A nice path leads us to the Brevent summit (2525m) from where Mont-Blanc reveals itself in all its majesty. From this unforgettable viewpoint, the trail heads down towards Bellachat mountain hut and on to the Merlet animal park. A short transfer brings us down to the valley to Les Houches where we will spend our first night. Night in 2* hotel.
Elevation gain: 525m - Elevation loss: 1 025m
Day 2 : Val Montjoie
After a quick transfer, we start our hike from the top of Bellevue cable car where we will enjoy a panoramic view on the Mont-Blanc mountain range, the Aiguilles Rouges, the Fiz and the Aravis massifs. After crossing the suspended bridge over the Bionnassay torrent, a nice descent will leads us to Les Contamines in the Val Montjoie where we will spend the night. Night at an inn.
Elevation gain: 570m - Elevation loss : 1 200m
Day 3 : Beaufortain
Transfer to Notre Dame de la Gorge and its romantic baroque church. Via an old Roman road first than threw beautiful alpine pasture, we are heading to the Col du Bonhomme (2 329m). We leave the Val Montjoie behind us and head to Beaufortain towards the southernmost tip of the Mont-Blanc massif. The trail rolls down to the hidden valley of Les Chapieux. 30 minutes transfert to Roselend lake and its inn.
Elevation gain: 1 270m - Elevation loss : 930m
Day 4 : Italian Val Veny
Buon giorno ! It’s time to practice your Italian today as we will cross the French/Italian border at Col de la Seigne (2516m). After a 40 minutes transfer to the Vallée des Glaciers (1 810m), we will climb east to reach the Col. From here, we can admire the breathtaking rock faces and the ice-covered summits of the south side of the Mont-Blanc mountain range. A descent lead us to the Lac Combal and to la Visaille from where we transfer to the town of Courmayeur. Night in a 3* hotel in Courmayeur.
Elevation gain: 720m - Elevation loss: 840m
Day 5 : Italian Val Ferret
From the hamlet of Villair Superior we follow the direction of Bertone mountain hut from where we head onto an impressive balcony trail. Here, the aerial view of the peaks of the Mont-Blanc massif is simply
exceptional. The trail leads us to the famous Bonatti mountain, facing the Grande Jorasses the view from the hut is breathtaking. Night in dormitory at the hut.
Elevation gain: 800m - Elevation drop: 500m
No access to your luggage that night.
Day 6 : Swiss Val Ferret
“Arrivederci” Bonatti, it is now time to reach the Grand Col Ferret (2 490m), the Italian-Swiss border. Hikers can enjoy welcoming alpine meadows, and in the distance, snow-covered summits of the Dolent or l’A Neuve. A nice descent with a stunning view to the Swiss Val Ferret, we let us to the village of la Fouly. Transfer to the charming village of Champex and its lake where we will spend the night in a cosy inn.
Elevation gain: 770m - Elevation drop: 850m
Day 7 : Trient Valley
Today we will hike from the Champex valley to the Trient valley via the alpine pastures of Bovine. A balcony trail above the Rhone valley and its vineyards, allows us to admire the peaks of the Bernese Oberland and the steep summits of the Combin massif. After descending in the shade of the larches, we arrive at the Col de la Forclaz, a key passage between the Rhone and Trient valleys. 20 minutes transfer to Argentière. Night in hotel.
Elevation gain: 700m - Elevation drop: 670m
Day 8 : Trélechamps
A steady climb up takes us to the French/Swiss border from where the views on the north face of the Mont-Blanc range are breathtaking. This fabulous décor will escort us until the village of Le Tour. End of our hike, transfer back to Chamonix.
Elevation gain: 910m - Elevation drop: 800m
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
From Sunday September 6th to Sunday September 13th
Private price 2020
- 1 430€ per person based on minimum of 10 participants.
Included in the package :
- The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s,
- Half-board accommodation in hotel, inn or mountain hut,
- Picnic lunches (prepared by our driver),
- Lift passes,
- Minivan assistance throughout the trek (by our driver),
- Luggage transportation throughout the trek (maximum 15kg and one luggage per person).
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…),
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory).
Rendez-vous : meet at 8.30 am at the Compagnie des Guides office, 190 Place de l’Eglise, 74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
Ability level : tour du Mont-Blanc Complete hiking trip is a strenuous trek due to the length of the trip. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience. Good physical training and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails are required.
Guiding policy : by a state qualified trekking guide with a maximum of 12 people in the group. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
- 6 nights in hotel or inn (in room of 2, possibility of triple room for a part of the group on the second night)
- 1 night at Bonatti hut (mixed dormitories)
- Participants must have an insurance with repatriation cover. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
- Participants must also take valid ID with them.
- Ankle supporting boots with notched technical rubber sole (i.e. VIBRAM).
- We strongly recommend wearing new boots to break them in before the hike.
- To avoid blisters, try rubbing baby talc on dry feet before using boots (sprinkling talc inside boot works too)
- Minimum size recommended 30 L (bigger is better than too small).
- Take out lunch should still fit after packing for the day.
- Bad weather precaution: pack covers are great to protect pack from rain or snow. We also recommend packing your belongings in a large and solid plastic bag (i.e. garbage bag) for a better protection in case of heavy rainfall.
A solid travel bag (suitcase, framed duffle bag), weighing 33 lbs (15 kg) at the most. Wheels on bags are not recommended for « Chamonix-Zermatt » and « Gran Paradiso » hikes.
Avoid using cotton underwear. Compared to technical synthetic material, it is heavier and it dries slowly. Wool is also getting popular amongst sportswear brands. Synthetic and wool are warmer; they dry fast, and allow you to pack light (you can easily wash a piece of underwear in the sink as you arrive at the mountain inn/hut. It’ll be dry before you finish your first beer!)
1 long-sleeve shirt + 1 Tshirt (both synthetic)
1 polar fleece + 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)
1 pair of shorts + 1 pair of hiking pants
1 pair of synthetic hiking socks
1 Gore-tex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over pack) or 1 back pack cover
1 pair of rain pants (although light Gore-tex pants are expensive, other types of light rain pants work too)
1 water bottle (1.5 quart to 2 quarts minimum)
1 pocket knife + 1 "spork"
1 warm hat, a pair of gloves
1 pair of telescopic poles
FOR THE ENTIRE HIKE
Change of clothes : (prefer synthetic)
1 pair of long underwear (synthetic)
Pocket light of head-lamp
Personal first aid kit **
1 pair of comfortable shoes for the evening
Optional: low gaiters (for early season hiking), camera, binoculars, umbrella etc …
ID card or valid passport + small change/bills for personal expenses
Sun hat or ball cap, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip protection
A small amount of laundry detergent
** Elastoplast (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids, second skin, medicine for common aches and pains (diarrhea, headaches, sore throat …). Don’t forget to bring your personal prescription treatment if you have one. Mountain leaders also carry a complete first aid kit. Remember that packing light is essential.