Self-Guided Tour Du Mont Blanc Hike

One of the world's premier hut-to-hut routes


Trip Details

Location France, Italy, Switzerland
Length 12 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotel, Mountain Hut
Group size 1 - 12+
Dates Jun 15, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019
Land Cost $2,495.00
Single Supp Cost $300.00

Hiking Trip Summary

The Mont Blanc Massif, composed of Mont Blanc (15,536′) the highest peak in Western Europe and a flank of impressively spectacular peaks and glaciers, uniquely straddles the borders of France, Italy, and Switzerland. Rich in alpine history and cultural diversity, this region has been attracting mountaineers and hikers from the world over for over two hundred years.

Circling the base of the magnificent Mont Blanc Range, the route wanders through alpine meadows, over barren passes, into small hamlets, and beneath gigantic glaciers. During our 12 day tour you will view Mont Blanc and its surrounding peaks, glaciers and alpine valleys from three different countries as you hike in the French Alps, Swiss Alps and Italian Alps.

The Tour du Mont Blanc is undeniably one of the truly classic hut-to-hut hikes in Europe. This route was initially comprised of century old trade routes, which were linked together to form what the French call a Grande Randonnee. Simply put, the Tour du Mont Blanc is a great hike!

While the itinerary detailed below is based our 12 day guided trip, there are dozens of variations ranging from 5 to 14+ day, including various levels of accommodations. Let us know what you are looking for and were are happy to customize an itinerary for you.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

INCLUDED

  • General consulting regarding hiking dates and abilities
  • Travel information and suggestions
  • Detailed French IGN Topo maps, 1;25,000 scale, covering the route
  • Detailed trail notes – we keep our notes updated and as accurate as possible
  • Additional information covering various aspects of your trip (i.e. lunches, laundry, water, refuge routines, alternate transportation, etc.)
  • All overnight accommodations, which include breakfasts and most dinners (hotels with private baths as described in itinerary, other overnight accommodations may vary)
  • All private taxi transfers, if any, as detailed in the final itinerary

The above may change depending your final confirmed itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED

This may vary depending on final itinerary: Airfare, luggage transfer if any, lunches, travel to and from the starting point, which is normally Chamonix, cable cars, ski lifts, any transfers or excursions on trains, buses, taxis, extra charges due to changes in itinerary, items not on set dinner menu, dinners in Chamonix, Courmayeur, Argentiere, beverages except what is served at breakfast, insurance, items of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, excess baggage charge, medical expenses, evacuation costs, insurance, passport fees, etc.). Allow roughly $250 – $450 in additional costs.

LUGGAGE

This hike is not vehicle supported. You will need to carry a small to moderate sized pack with only the clothing and accessories you will need for the duration of hike. (See our sample packing list.) With advances in synthetic clothing and other travel gear, it’s possible to keep your pack weight to 15 to 20 lbs. including lunch and water.  Any extra luggage or belongings you may have can be left at the hotel in Chamonix.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

The accommodations on the TMB vary from comfortable 3 star hotels to rustic mountain refuges. Your trip may or may not included the following depending on your final confirmed itinerary.

Hotels: Hotels with private bath include Chamonix, Courmayeur, Ferret or La Fouly, Champex and Argentière. All are friendly, family-run hotels that reflect the local character. We are certain you will find these hotels comfortable and welcoming.

Hiker’s Hotels : The hiker’s hotels offer simple and basic, though comfortable accommodations. They have private double rooms with shared facilities. Hiker’s hotels include Chapieux, France and Ferret and Trient, Switzerland.

Refuges or Huts: They are wonderful rustic farms that have been converted to accommodate hikers. They offer shared bunkrooms, called dortoirs, complete with blankets and pillows. The shared facilities vary, but all have washing and bathroom areas and hot showers. Refuges include: Miage, La Balme, Bonhomme and Mottets in France; Maison Vieille and Bonatti in Italy. Depending on your final itinerary you might not stay at all these refuges.

The atmosphere is friendly and jovial as hikers from many countries gather to spend the night. We believe that staying in the huts and small hotels offers a wonderful opportunity to meet hikers from other parts of the world, experience something new and wonderful and take part in the simple tradition of the European style of hiking hut-to-hut.

Meals: Breakfasts are served each morning at the hotels, hiker’s hotels and refuges. Lunches are picnic style on the trail. Dinners are served at the hiker’s hotels and refuges. Dinners are not included in Chamonix, Courmayeur or Argentiere.

TRAVEL

The closest international airport is Geneva, Switzerland. From Geneva you can travel to and from Chamonix by train, a shared van, private taxi or bus. Depending on the route and mode of transportation travel time between Geneva and Chamonix can be between 1 and 4 hours. There are also trains from Zurich or Paris, just allow for extra travel time.

STARTING POINT

Our traditional starting point for the Tour du Mont Blanc is Chamonix, France. Other possible starting points include Courmayeur, Italy and Champex, Switzerland.

ENDING POINT

As the Tour du Mont Blanc is a circular route most of our itineraries end back in Chamonix.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

Not only is our Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc a great introduction to hut-to-hut hiking in Europe, it also offers a great introduction to self-guided hikes. This route is well traveled and well marked, offers solid hiking with a nice variety of accommodations. Anyone with with some hiking experience and some map reading skills will greatly enjoy the Tour du Mont Blanc.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP DIFFERENT?

We are a small company. As founders we take part in every aspect of the business from designing our trips, to speaking directly with prospective hikers, to guiding. We are intimately familiar with our trip areas, the hotel and hut owners and service providers with whom we work. At the end of a day of hiking on one of our self-guided itineraries, whether you are ending your day at a mountain hut or village hotel, you will be greeted with the same anticipation and welcome as if we were arriving along with you. We are dedicated to providing personal attention and crafting a quality experience at good value that is just right for you.

For a more detailed itinerary that includes elevation gains, loss and distance, or to register please call or email us.

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

Before registering for this, please read our Terms and Conditions in their entirety and then refer to our Self-Guided Trips page for specific information regarding the process.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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