Tour du Mont Blanc

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 5-12
Dates Jun 21, 2019 - Jul 2, 2019,
Jul 15, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019,
Sep 6, 2019 - Sep 17, 2019
Land Cost $4,375.00
Single Supp Cost $600.00

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 more than two hundred years.

The Tour du Mont Blanc is undeniably one of the truly classic hut-to-hut hiking routes in Europe. Comprised of century-old trading and hunting routes, the Tour du Mont Blanc circles through the magnificent Mont Blanc range, winding through alpine meadows, over barren passes, into small hamlets, and beneath gigantic glaciers. During our 12-day tour you will view this iconic mountain, and its surrounding peaks, glaciers and alpine valleys from three different countries as we hike the French Alps, Swiss Alps and Italian Alps.

We’ve been hiking and guiding in the Chamonix-Mont Blanc area for over 30 years. Let us introduce you to an area we’ve loved for many years and to the families who run the wonderful huts and hotels along the way. Join us for a memorable hike around Mont Blanc.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

SINGLE TRAVELERS

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, we will not charge you extra for this “forced” single during the hike.

INCLUDED

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

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, lunches, 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.

LUGGAGE

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 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 4-star hotels to rustic mountain refuges.

Hotels: For our 12-day Tour du Mont Blanc, we spend 7 nights in comfortable hotels with private baths: Chamonix (2 nights), Courmayeur (2 nights), Champex, La Fouly and Argentiere. 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: We spend four nights in mountain refuges: Miage, La Balme and Mottets in France and at Bonatti in Italy. The refuges in France are wonderful rustic farms that have been converted to accommodate hikers. They have co-ed bunkrooms, called dortoirs. The bunk rooms vary in size each night. Some refuges have bunkrooms that sleep 6 other refuges have only larger bunkrooms that sleep 10 – 15. You should expect to share a bunk room for these three nights. Bonatti was built purposely for hikers. It has bunk rooms for 4 persons per room. Private rooms are not available at the refuges.

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

We feel that if you truly want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc that staying in the refuges, which are set in amazing places, is the only way to hike this amazing route. Sure it is a little harder sharing your space for a few nights, or carrying a few extra pounds on your back, but this effort is rewarded 100 fold when you arrive on foot, depart on foot all the while carrying just what you need for the trip.

TRAVEL

It is easiest to fly to Geneva. 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 the Geneva Airport on Day 1 and to the Geneva Airport on Day 12.

MEETING POINT

Geneva airport at 1:00 pm on the first day for a group transfer to our hotel in Chamonix.

ENDING POINT

Included is a group transfer from Chamonix to the Geneva Airport on last day. We depart the hotel in Chamonix between 7:15 and 7:30 am and arrive 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.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

Our Tour du Mont Blanc trips are perfect for hikers who look forward to wonderful, challenging hikes and like the thought of staying in comfortable hotels as well as some rustic accommodations. It 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 a fantastic route!

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP DIFFERENT?

The Tour du Mont Blanc is our cornerstone. It was the first hiking route we offered as a guided trip in 1988, and it continues to be our fondest. A genuine alpine hiking experience, we believe, includes staying in mountain accommodations such as huts and refuges and carrying ones own pack. We do both of these on our Tour du Mont Blanc. Staying in a few refuges gets us out of town and into the mountains and carrying our own packs cuts down on the use of vehicles and creates a stronger connection to the landscapes we travel.

MORE INFORMATION

If you would like register, would like to receive more information including a detailed itinerary (including elevation gains, loss and distance) and/or request a list of past participants please contact us and specify which trip.

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.

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.

Testimonials

"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 Edwards, New Haven CT

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