Morning coffee on the Tour du Mont Blanc
Crossing suspension bridge on the Tour du Mont Blanc
Al fresco dining at Refuge Miage
Tour du Mont Blanc
Hiking up to the Col du Bonhomme
Family Tour du Mont Blanc
Cafe lunch, Tour du Mont Blanc
Coming full circle, Tour du Mont Blanc

Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc Hike

Hike the world's premier hut-to-hut route self-guided

Trip Details

Location France, Italy, Switzerland
Length 12 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotels, Mountain Huts
Group size 1 - 12+
Jun 15, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024
Land Cost
Single Supp Cost

Hiking Trip Summary

The Mont Blanc Massif, composed of Mont Blanc ( at 15,776′, 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 the world over for nearly two hundred years.

Circling the base of the magnificent Mont Blanc Range, our self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc trips wanders through alpine meadows, over barren passes, into small hamlets, and beneath gigantic glaciers. During your self-guided 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.

Having had a presence in the Chamonix-Mont Blanc area for over 30 years, Distant Journeys is one of the foremost providers of self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc itineraries. We are intimately familiar with the trip area and well respected by the hotels, hut owners and service providers with whom we work. Every itinerary is personally crafted to provide a quality experience, at good value, that is just right for you.



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Additional Information


  • 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)
  • 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 on your final, confirmed itinerary.


This may vary, depending on the 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 a personal nature. 


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 the 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 - 20 lbs., including lunch and water.  Any extra luggage or belongings you may have can be left at the hotel in Chamonix.


The accommodations on the TMB vary from comfortable 3-star hotels to rustic mountain refuges. Your trip may or may not include 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: These 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 of 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.


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 take between 1 and 4 hours. There are also trains from Zurich or Paris, just allow for extra travel time.


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


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


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 the self-guided hike format. This route is well-traveled and well-marked and offers solid hiking with a nice variety of accommodations. Anyone with some hiking experience and some map-reading skills will greatly enjoy the Tour du Mont Blanc.


Having had a presence in Chamonix-Mont Blanc area for over 30 years, Distant Journeys is one of the foremost providers of self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc itineraries. We are intimately familiar with the trip area and well respected by the hotels, 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 feel a deep sense of connection to and passion for this area and this route. Every itinerary is personally crafted to provide a quality experience, at good value, that is just right for you.


For more information, for a more-detailed itinerary description (with elevation gains and losses and distances), to register, or to get started planning your personalized self-guided itinerary, please contact us!

Reserving This Trip

A non-refundable deposit of $500 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 90 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 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, 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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We had a fantastic Tour du Mont Blanc trip in July! Thank you so much for your help organizing all the details. Everything happened like clockwork and having done several trekking trips, I can say this was one of the smoothest. It's obvious that you and your team have a deep knowledge of the area and very thoughtfully select hotels, huts and inns and provide such detailed trip notes. 

Amanda B. and Scott M., Lyons, CO

“Your trial notes were impeccable, and the information you provided was complete and thorough.  What you did NOT prepare me for, though, was the profound sadness and disorientation I felt after returning home.... I miss the TMB so much -- the sense of purpose and the simple routine of putting one foot in front of the other to get from point A to point B. I am suffering from severe post TMB blues.... Be sure to warn your future customers that this WILL happen because they will fall in love so hard for this wonderful journey and this magical experience.”          

Kelly P., Kalispell, MT

"I was struck by the very different vibes when you cross borders.  I was not expecting the towns and refuges to feel like they were in such different locations.  I found it really helpful to ask people what is local.  For instance, if you are having a before dinner cocktail or aperitif, they love to serve local spirits.”

Karen E., WA

“I loved the structure your information provided. I need to know what to expect, and I do not like surprises and your information gave me that security. I felt we were really prepared thanks to all the information you provided."

Suzanne Y., TX

“We were looking to hike the TMB and had trouble finding detailed information on routes and accommodations. After finding a reference to DJ on a Rick Steve’s forum board I contacted Andrea and she was a wealth of information! Since we didn’t want to spend our entire vacation hiking, she was able to customize a “half-TMB” hike that fit our needs where others were not interested in a semi-custom trip. “

Stephen Y., TX