Highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc:
trek the best of the TMB route (all-inclusive)

One of the most famous routes in the world. An epic journey through the French, Italian and Swiss Alps

Dates

 Jul 1 - Jul 8, 2023

Aug 5 - Aug 12, 2023

Aug 27 - Sept 3, 2023

Price: 2750 EUR (All-Inclusive*, read details below)

A 25% deposit is due to secure your reservation. The remaining balance is due 60 days before the start of the expedition.

(View the cancelation policy below in the section ("Price and Details")

In this Highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc trip - we use private/public transfers or the telepherique system to link THE BEST of the TMB, enabling you to complete the circuit over 6 days (the only parts that you will be missing are asphalt or dirt roads). Perfect for hikers who are short on time but who don't want to compromise the best of the route. 

This is a 72 miles/116 km journey through the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. The TMB is one of the World’s top ten 'must do' treks. The high alpine meadows, the glaciers, the streams, the snow-capped peaks, the lakes, the Mont Blanc itself, and, of course, the physical and the mental challenge make the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) one of the most beautiful treks in the world.

This trip is all-inclusive, with a shared transfer to and from Geneva airport, all accommodations, bag transfers and meals*. We have handpicked the hotels and mountain huts to offer you comfort, great views, amazing food and friendly service. 

We promise you that this will be a fantastic adventure in the heart of The Alps. Read what some of our guests say about us!

*See details below

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Is this tour for me?

 

If you have hiking experience this tour is for you. The itinerary is challenging, but it does not require any technical climbing skills. However, you do need to be fit enough to cover the daily distance and elevation gain. You will have an average of 20 km/ 12.5 mi per day. Please, also take into consideration the elevation gain/loss described in the itinerary below.  

 

For your comfort, while hiking your main luggage will be transported from hut to hut each day, meaning you’ll only have to carry a light pack with your essentials. 

For the entire tour, you will be led by a certified International Mountain Leader. Your safety and comfort are our main priorities.

 

Make sure that your physical condition is adequate to the itinerary. Please, get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Chamonix

 

​Transfer from Geneva Airport to Chamonix. Depending on your time of arrival you'll have time to walk around the vibrant village of Chamonix, make last-minute gear shopping, or just relax at our chosen hotel in Chamonix. In the evening we will have a group safety briefing. Dinner tonight is not included.

Day 2 | Chamonix – Les Contamines - Nant Borrant

Today is the official start of our epic journey. We leave Chamonix and take a short bus transfer to Les Houches. Once here, we take the cable car to Bellevue. We continue towards the Tricot pass on a path that offers constant and beautiful views of the Bionassay Glacier. Once at the pass we descend towards the quaint Miage valley on one of the prettiest corners of the Tour du Mont Blanc. We continue toward our overnight destination close to the village of Les Contamines.

  • The route: 10 mi / 16km  - High gain/loss +2332ft/711m | -3704ft/1129m approx

  • Highest point at 2110 m / 6922 ft

  • Approximate time 6 - 7 hours​

 

Day 3 | Les Contamines – Les Chapieux - Refuge de Mottets

We have a long and steep ascent leading to Col du Bonhomme. Depending on weather conditions the pass might show snow patches. A little bit higher we reach the second col of the day the Croix de Bonhomme at 2440 meters of altitude, where we will enjoy amazing views of the valleys on both sides. A beautiful serpentine trail takes us downhill to Les Chapieux. We will spend the night here or in Refuge de Mottets.

  • The route: 11.18 mi / 18km  - High gain/loss +4419ft/1347m | -3195ft/974m approx.

  • Highest point at 2440 m / 8000 ft

  • Approximate time 7 - 8 hours​​

 

Day 4 | Refuge de Mottets – Courmayeur

The day starts with a steep trail, but the views will be our boost to continue and finally cross the border into Italy at Col de la Seigne. Once on the col, you will admire the views of the French and the Italian valleys. On the Italian side, we will have a long descent into Val Veny. If we are lucky, the valley will be covered in yellow flowers with sparking glaciers descending off Mont Blanc. A long flat path will take us to the start of the steep trail towards the ridge on Mont Favre, and then on to the Col Checrouit where we take the cable car down to Courmayeur. To give you the freedom to explore Courmayeur on your own terms, dinner is not included tonight. 

  • The route: 12.4mi / 20km - High gain/loss +4166ft/1270m | -3832ft/1168m approx.

  • Highest point at 2500 m / 8200 ft

  • Approximate time 7 - 8 hours

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Day 5 | Courmayeur – Refugio Elena 

We start the day with a vertical climb towards Rifugio Bertone. After admiring the views, we follow an almost flat, beautiful, easy but high trail towards Rifugio Bonatti where we will stop for a coffee. We continue our way down to Arnouva and then towards the beautiful Rifugio Elena, where we will spend the night. ​

 

  • The route: 12.4mi / 20km  - High gain/loss +5085ft/1550m | -2335ft/712m approx.

  • Highest point at 2108 m / 6916 ft

  • Approximate time 7 - 8 hours

 

 

Day 6 | Rifugio Elena – Trient

We continue our way towards the high Gran Col Ferret. Once at the col you'll contemplate the spectacular views of the Swiss and the Italian valleys. A beautiful descent on a single trail will take us to the Ferret valley where we will take a short private transfer to Champex Lac - Plan de l’Au where we start a steep ascent traversing around the mountain to la Giete. Once in the highest point, we start a descent towards Col de la Forclaz and continue to the last Swiss village and its iconic pink church in Trient, where we will spend the night.

  • The route: 12.4mi / 20km  - High gain/loss +4553ft/1388m | -4665ft/1422m approx.

  • Highest point at 2537 m / 8323.4 ft

  • Approximate time 7 - 9 hours

 

Day 7 | Trient - Chamonix

We climb up to reach the French border at Col de Balme 2191m / 7188ft. From the col the entire Mont Blanc Massif stretches ahead; the Chamonix Valley, the summit of Mont Blanc, the Aiguilles, the Mer de Glace and the Argentière glaciers. We reach the Aiguilles Rouge Nature Reserve and sightings of ibex and marmots are common. Once we reach La Flegere we will take the cable car towards Chamonix. 

 

We will celebrate this epic journey with a final dinner together.

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  • The route: 13.3mi / 21.5 km  - High gain/loss +5311ft/1619m | -3802ft/1149m approx.

  • Highest point at 2130 m / 6988 ft

  • Approximate time 7 - 9 hours

Day 8 | Chamonix (out)

We enjoy a last breakfast together and then time to pack all the memories back home.

 

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The entire tour is done in English.

*We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, huts availability, National Parks regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances

 

This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions

How Challenging ?

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High effort. This is a challenging adventure where we can expect 6 - 8 hours of hiking per day, with up to 1500 meters of elevation gain. Previous hiking experience is recommended.

 

To participate comfortably in the tour, you will require a certain level of fitness. To make a self-assessment of whether or not this is for you, you should consider yourself to be in good fitness, be accustomed to hiking, and be able to do it comfortably for at least 3 hours in a day. Please consult a doctor if you feel that this might be a challenge before booking.

Price and Details

The tour includes:

  • Everything described in the tour

  • All of the scheduled activities

  • Transport from Geneva Airport to Chamonix 

  • Transport from Chamonix to Geneva Airport

  • All accommodation during the tour (7 nights)

  • Huts or refuges in shared rooms/dorms only

  • 4* hotel in Chamonix and Courmayeur, only

  • Single room supplement (if available) for an extra price only in Chamonix and Courmayeur

  • All main meals during the tour (7 breakfast, 7 packed lunch, 5 dinners))

  • Cable cars

  • All transport during the tour (except those by feet!)

  • A certified International Mountain Leader

  • Amazing trails & beautiful landscapes

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The tour excludes:

  • Transport to Geneva (e.g. flights)

  • First night dinner in Chamonix 

  • Dinner in Courmayeur

  • Insurance. All participants are required to have their own insurance appropriate for outdoor sports; such as health, accident, mountain rescue, repatriation, cancellation, personal liability, etc.

  • Trail snack to eat on the go - dried fruit, nuts or energy bars to last you throughout the entire trek (further info in the packing list)

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Expenses for extra activities, such as; massages, spas, sauna, hot tub

  • Any accommodations for extra days in Chamonix

  • Tips for the International Mountain Leader

Price: 2750 EUR

25% deposit is due to secure your spot, the remaining balance is due 60 days before the start of the trip. Once the trip is confirmed your deposit is non-refundable, however, it can be transferred to any other trips. 

​Participants: 

Min 5 - Max 12 

Start: Geneva (Cointrin Airport)

End: Geneva (Cointrin Airport)

We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, and unforeseeable circumstances.

 

This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions

Cancellation policy:

  • Trip pending: a 25% down payment is fully refundable

  • Trip confirmed: a 25% down payment is non-refundable. You can transfer this down payment to any other of our trips within the next year

  • 60 days or less before the trip starts no refund available

Travel insurance is required for all of our trips. Make sure that your insurance covers trip cancellation (in case of any unforeseen circumstances).