Mont Blanc from Chamonix
Up to the Col du Bonhomme
Refuge Miage
Apres hike Chalet Refuge La Balme
Beaufort Cheese starts here
Beaufort Cheese
Apres hike Refuge Les Mottets
Italian Val Ferret

Tour du Mont Blanc

Hike a more sustainable, authentic Tour du Mont Blanc

Trip Details

Location France, Italy, Switzerland
Length 12 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotels, Mountain Huts
Group size 5-12
Jul 08, 2024 - Jul 19, 2024
Sep 08, 2024 - Sep 19, 2024
Land Cost
Single Supp Cost

Hiking Trip Summary

The Mont Blanc massif is a 29-mile-long mountain range of awe-inspiring, needlelike peaks and bold, magnificent glaciers that spans the borders of three countries. How could a hiking route that winds its way through the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps as it circles the highest mountain in Western Europe, not be irresistibly alluring?

Our 12-day Tour Mont Blanc is a classic long-distance hut-to-hut hike experience. Beginning in the renowned mountain resort town of Chamonix, our route circles the Mont Blanc massif, traveling first through a remote corner of the French Haute Savoie, then dipping into the northwestern reaches of Italy’s Aosta region and then on to the Swiss canton of Valais. Finally, with nearly 100 miles under our boots, we come full circle returning to the Chamonix valley. Few routes offer as much grandeur and variety over such a manageable distance and in such a workable timeframe. 

Our approach has always been to indulge in what is unique to the Tour du Mont Blanc and the European style of hut-to-hut hiking. We stay in the mountain huts to soak in the remoteness and join in the camaraderie of fellow hikers. And, we stay in small inns and hotels along the way to relax into the well-earned comforts that towns and villages have to offer. With all of our accommodations providing hearty meals and warm beds, we embrace the simplicity and tradition of carrying our own packs. 

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a kaleidoscopic experience of ever-changing landscapes, riffs on alpine culture, and contrasting accommodations.  As the route leads you through alpine meadows, over barren passes, into small hamlets, and under gigantic glaciers, we’ll go from French pastry to Italian pasta, to Swiss Fondu each evening ending in the good company of fellow hikers. 

Join us for the best Tour Mont Blanc trip experience out there!



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Additional Information


If you wish to have your own room, there is a single supplement charge.  However, single rooms are not available at the refuges – Miage, La Balme, Mottets, or Bonatti. Please let us know if you would like a single at the time of registration. Single rooms are limited.  

If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If there is no one with whom you can share,  the“forced” single supplement rate is $400.


  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts (some are continental, others are buffet)
  • All dinners except two
  • Group transfers to the Geneva Airport on Day 12
  • All group transfers on ski lifts, buses, and trains as described in the itinerary
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and great memories!


Airfare, lunches, travel to Chamonix, two dinners in Courmayeur, optional/individual transfers or excursions, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, insurance, tips to guides/leaders, items of a personal nature.


This hike is not vehicle-supported. You will need to carry a pack with all 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 5-star hotels to rustic mountain refuges.

Hotels: For our 12-day Tour du Mont Blanc, we spend 6 nights in comfortable hotels with private baths: Chamonix (2 nights), Courmayeur (2 nights), Champex, and Ferret. All are friendly, family-run hotels that reflect the local character. We are certain you will find these hotels comfortable and welcoming.

Mountain Huts or Refuges: The mountain hut or refuge system has existed for generations in the European Alps. Refuges can be old alpine farms, purpose-built, or small hotels that have been converted to accommodate hikers, each having its distinct character and charm. They typically have co-ed bunkrooms, called dortoirs, though some refuges do offer private rooms. The bunkrooms vary in size each night. Some refugees have bunkrooms that sleep 4 - 6 hikers, while others have larger bunkrooms that accommodate 10 – 15. You should expect to share a bunkroom for these four nights. We spend four nights in mountain refuges: Miage, La Balme and Mottets, in France, and at Bonatti in Italy. Private rooms are not always available at the refuges.

Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels and refuges and lunches are picnic style along the trail.

We feel that if you truly want to experience a traditional, authentic Tour du Mont Blanc, staying in the refuges, often in remote and tranquil settings, is the best way to hike this amazing route. The effort is rewarded 100-fold when you arrive on foot and depart on foot, all the while carrying just what you need for the trip.


The trip starts at the hotel in Chamonix on day one.  It is easiest to fly to Geneva from where you will travel independently to Chamonix. However, there are frequent trains from Zurich or Paris, just be sure to allow for extra travel time. Included in the trip cost is a group transfer from Chamonix to the Geneva Airport on Day 12.


Rendezvous at the hotel in Chamonix on day one. 


Included is a group transfer from Chamonix to the Geneva Airport on the last day. We depart the hotel in Chamonix between 7:15 and 7:30 am and arrive at the Geneva airport between 9:00 and 9:30 am. Should you need to depart Chamonix earlier in the morning, we are happy to help you arrange a transfer at an additional cost.


Our Tour du Mont Blanc trips are a great option for fit hikers who look forward to challenging hikes and like the variety of staying in comfortable hotels as well as more rustic mountain huts. This route offers an excellent introduction to the European style of hut-to-hut and inn-to-inn hiking in the Alps. The scenery is awe-inspiring, the hiking demanding but not overly strenuous, the accommodations varied, and the meals hearty. This is the alpine hike every hiker should do once, maybe twice!


What sets the European style of hut-to-hut and inn-to-inn hiking apart from most multi-day hiking experiences available to us here in the US, is the ability to spend the day hiking through the mountains or countryside and end up at an accommodation, simple or luxurious, that will provide you with a refreshing drink, hearty meal, and place to rest your head. A genuine alpine hiking experience embraces staying in mountain accommodations such as huts and refuges and carrying one's pack. Staying in  refuges gets us out of town and into the mountains and carrying our packs cuts down on the use of vehicles and creates a stronger connection to the landscapes we travel.


30 years ago offering luggage support around Mont Blanc was an innovation, today its impacts are obvious. The uniqueness of the route along with its accessibility has brought increasing numbers of hikers into the mountains and with them increasing numbers of vehicles whose sole purpose is to deliver luggage.  We remember how thrilling, awe-inspiring, and rewarding the Tour du Mont Blanc was for us the first time we hiked it. Our concern has been whether those same things that so captivated us, the grandeur of the glaciers, the stillness of alpine meadows, the welcomed refuge of a mountain hut, will endure.  

Though possibly small gestures in the scheme of things, we endeavor to keep our impact to a minimum. We keep our groups small and our departures limited. We feel that carrying our packs and forgoing luggage support is an environmentally kind and respectful way of being in these mountains. 

We understand that for some hikers having luggage support in the mountains provides access to an experience they might not otherwise be able to have. We're all for that. And, for the rest of us, it's worth considering another way.   


The Tour du Mont Blanc is our cornerstone trip. It was the first hiking route we offered as a guided trip in 1988, and it continues to be our fondest. We have deep connections to the area and long, well-established relationships with refuge and hotel owners along the route. Guided groups around Mont Blanc is a labor of love for us and an opportunity to share our passion for this area and the rewards of this shared experience. 


If you would like to register, receive more information, including a detailed itinerary (including elevation gains, loss, and distance), please contact us. We're happy to supply a list of past participants willing to share their insights into this guided Tour du Mont Blanc experience.

Reserving This Trip

A 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.

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 and no later than 30 days prior to your trip start, 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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"They are very well connected on the TMB – all the hut and hotel owners greet them with open arms, so you know you’re going to be treated well."

Kem E., New Haven, CT

As I reflect on our hike now, so many months later, I still feel its impact in so many positive ways. In some remarkable way, I felt at the time, and I still feel, so much better connected to myself. I came home feeling physically strong, happy, confident and much more open to the world and people. It's a wonderful feeling. I think just being in my body and outside every day changed me in some way. 

Mary H., Putney, VT

I’d just like to let you know that the Tour du Mont Blanc was a trip of a lifetime! Brooke and I had the greatest time.  Rupert is the best guide in the world. He is such a wealth of knowledge, kind, generous and fun!  Our trip mates were awesome, and we built life long friendships.  We couldn’t have asked for anything better.  We’ll definitely be working with you the next time we book a trip.
Thank you!

Blythe M., Redmond, WA

“I liked every part of the trip.  The hiking was great fun; the accommodations were cool; and the guides were terrific.  My favorite hike, I think, was Day 7 (from Courmayeur to Bonatti).  The weather was perfect that day and the views from the ridge were amazing.”

Mike K., WA