Classic Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

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The Tour du Mont Blanc trek is an incredible opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the mountains and enjoy the natural beauty of the seven valleys that surround western Europe’s highest mountain. The trek offers an unusual variety of spectacular scenery and varied walks, you are sure to come away from this week refreshed and invigorated, if a little creaky at the joints.

The route crosses three borders (from France into Switzerland, then into Italy and back to France), climbs over six passes, traverses beneath huge glaciers, and meanders through beautiful alpine meadows and picture-book villages. It’s an epic journey! Throughout the trek we are rewarded with splendid views of some of the Alps most beautiful peaks; Mont Blanc (4810m), Aiguille Verte (4122m), Les Drus, Grand Jorasses and many more.

This Classic Tour du Mont Blanc Trek covers 166km and has roughly 10,000m of ascent and descent.

Clicking on the ‘Book Now’ button opposite, will open a new tab/window in your browser and direct you to our online tour booking system. Here you can check the course dates and availability.

If you have a group of 4 or more interested we can run a bespoke trip leaving on any date.

Course Details

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    A Cloud 9 Adventure

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    Price €2349.00

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    TREK B (Moderate)

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    Start Location: Chamonix, France

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    Guide ratio: 1:10

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    Season: June – September

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    Duration: 11 nights accommodation, 10 Days guiding


Further Information

What's included
  • All accommodation including first and last night in Chamonix
  • IML Guides fees and expenses
  • Guiding fees
  • Any transfers and uplifts on itinerary
  • All breakfasts and evening meals
  • Bag drops where possible
What's not included
  • Transport to/from Chamonix
  • Equipment rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Packed lunches, Snacks, Bottled water, beers, drinks in huts
Who is this for?

The Tour du Mont Blanc Trek is well suited to fit hillwalkers, capable of trekking for 10 days in a row carrying a light (5-8kg) rucksack. We follow footpaths each day and the terrain is hilly! We stay in a mixture of mountain refuges and local hotels, gites and B&Bs during the trek, which all provide basic but comfortable lodging and good food. This helps keep our packs light carrying only snacks, clothing and essentials. There will be vehicle support during the trip where possible, so a change of clothes is never far away and this helps to keep the packs light.

Accommodation and huts

The majority of the accommodation on the trip will be in ensuite twin rooms, in hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and Gites.

What to expect from mountain huts

We have 1 night in a mountain hut: the Rifugio Bonatti, which is one of the nicest mountain huts in the Alps, and we are usually in small rooms rather than dorms. There are showers in the refuge but they are limited to a few minutes – and aren’t always warm! The refuge serves good Italian food, along with a beautiful view.

Typical Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Chamonix
Our trip begins in the famous mountain town of Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc. We meet the group at 6pm for a trip briefing followed by our evening meal.

Accommodation: 3* hotel, dinner included
Luggage access

Day 2 – Transfer to Les Houches. Trek to Les Contamines
We start in Les Houches with a cable car ride on the Bellevue lift. We then cross the spectacular suspension bridge at the foot of the Bionnassay glacier, and we have several route choices to take us to Les Contamines. We usually cross the Col de Tricot, with a coffee stop at the Chalet de Miages at the foot of the mighty Dome de Miages, but if the weather is bad we can take a lower level route. We stay in a lovely 3* hotel in Les Contamines.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included
Luggage access
Walking: approx 6 hrs
Altitude gain / loss: +837m / -1520m

Day 3 – Trek from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux
Today we trek up the old Roman road to the chapel at Notre Dame de la Gorge. From here it’s uphill, past the Chalet de Barme (if we’re doing well for time, it’s a perfect coffee stop!) and up to the Col de Bonhomme (2328m) for a well-earned lunch stop. We then we have a gentle climb to the Col de la Croix de Bonhomme (2478m), from where we have a great view towards the Vanoise National Park. Next we have a 2 hour walk down to Les Chapieux, and stay in a lovely chambre d’hôte.

Accommodation : Guest house, dinner included
Luggage access
Walking: Approx 7 – 8 hrs
Altitude gain / loss: + 1348m / -960m

Day 4 – Trek over the Col de la Seigne to Courmayeur
Firstly we take a minibus to avoid walking the tarmac section up to the Ville des Glaciers. From here we cross the river and head to the Refuge des Mottets, from where we start the climb up to the Col de la Seigne (2516m). From here the scenery changes again – you’ve reached Italy! We have fantastic views down into the Val Veny and over to the Val Ferret, and you start to see the Italian side of Mont Blanc and the other Chamonix giants. A descent past the Elisabetta hut takes us to La Visaille, where we take a bus down to the traditional Italian town of Courmayeur, where we stay in a good quality, central hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included
Luggage access
Walking: Approx 5-6 hours
Altitude gain / loss: +867m / -1015m

Day 5 – Trek from Courmayeur to the Rifugio Bonatti
We start the steep walk up to the Bertone hut and the Mont de la Saxe ridge. If the weather is good and there is not too much snow, we can take the lesser-travelled variant to the Mont de la Saxe ridge, up the Tête de la Tronche, and then down steeply to the Col Sapin. We then have a descent, followed by another climb to the Col Entre Deux Sauts: it’s a fairly long, but really stunning day – not many people, plus breathtaking scenery. We overnight at the delightful Rifugio Bonatti, from where you can watch the beautiful sunset behind Mont Blanc. Tonight is the only night of the trip with no luggage access.

Accommodation: Mountain refuge, dinner included
No luggage access
Walking: Approx 7 hrs
Altitude gain / loss: +1584m / -940m

Day 6 – Trek from the Bonatti hut to La Fouly
Today we trek over the Grand Col Ferret (one of the highest cols on the trip at 2537m). We are rewarded with stunning views of the Grandes Jorasses, the Grand Combin and Mont Dolent (the summit of which is on the border of France, Switzerland and Italy). At the top of the col we cross over into Switzerland, where the scenery changes yet again. If we’re doing well for time we might stop for a coffee at La Peule. Here we leave the signposted TMB and head to La Fouly via a higher balcony path. La Fouly is an alpine village with traditional Swiss “chocolate box” chalets, and we stay in a hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included
No luggage access
Walking- approx 6-7 hrs
Altitude gain / loss: +1128m / -1580m

Day 7 – La Fouly to Champex
A much shorter day today has us winding through beautiful Swiss alpine meadows, tiny rural villages and finally up to the beautiful alpine resort of Champex, nestled alongside the lake that gives it its name. Here we stay in a traditional hotel, with simple rooms but wonderful food.

Accommodation: 3* hotel, dinner included
Luggage access
Walking – approx 5 hrs
Altitude gain / loss: +711m / -855m

Day 8 – Hike from Champex to Trient
There are 2 options today. If we’re feeling fit and the weather is good, we can take the Fenêtre d’Arpette, the highest col on the TMB at 2665m. It’s a fantastic route with stunning views of the Trient glacier. If we want to be a little more relaxed, we can take the normal route via Bovine to the Col de la Forclaz – our guide will make the decision according to the weather conditions and fitness of the group. We then continue down to the valley of Trient, our Swiss base for the night.

Accommodation: Auberge, dinner included
Luggage access
Walking: approx 6 hrs
Altitude gain / loss: +1484m / -1760m

Day 9 – Trient to Argentière
Today our plan is to take another variant from the official TMB – a lesser-travelled route via Les Grands. There are much better views from this route, and there are usually not many people, so it’s worth the extra time and effort. If the weather is bad then we might just take the normal TMB. Either route takes us to the Col de Balme, where we are back in France at the head of the Chamonix valley. From here we have a short climb to the Aiguillette des Posettes, and we descend to Argentière via the hamlet of Tré-le-Champ.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included
Luggage access
Walking: Approx 7 hrs
Altitude gain / loss: +1200m / -1500m

Day 10 – Trek from Argentière via the Lac des Cheserys to Chamonix
We make the short walk back to Tré-le-Champ and hike up to the beautiful Lacs des Chéserys, with simply the best views of Mont Blanc. This is one of the best walks in the Chamonix valley, and we use a series of ladders and chains to skirt the cliffs – this is nothing to worry about and is not difficult! We then traverse to the Flégère and finish the day with the Grand Balcon Sud – a wonderful balcony walk with endless Mont Blanc views. We take the Planpraz cable car down to Chamonix and our comfortable hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included
Luggage access
Walking: Approx 7-8 hrs
Altitude gain / loss: +1000m / -650m

Day 11 – Chamonix to Les Houches
Today we take the cable car back up to Planpraz to resume walking at the same point we finished at yesterday. We climb up to the Col du Brévent and then up to the Brévent summit with excellent views of Mont Blanc. To complete our Tour du Mont Blanc, we descend via Merlet to reach Les Houches, and take a transfer back to our hotel in Chamonix

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included
Luggage access
Walking: Approx 7 hrs
Altitude gain / loss: +870m / -1770m

Day 12 – Depart Chamonix
Our trip finishes after breakfast.


To maximise your chance of success and enjoyment during this trip it is important to get as fit as you possibly can. So we have partnered with Uphill Athlete, specialists in strength and conditioning for peak mountain performance.

Read an Introduction to Uphill Athlete by Steve House, accomplished climber and IFMGA guide here

Mountaineering is all about being able to exercise at a moderate intensity for many hours (typically 5 to 12 hours) and your training should reflect this. Balance is important too as you will spend many hours walking in crampons. For this a good chore strength is important.

Remember to build up your workouts over time. If you are not used to exercising much, your muscles and joints need time to build up to avoid injury.

We highly recommend this 12 Week Basic Trekking Plan to get you in shape for the trip.

Kit List

Essential items:

Rucksack – approx. 30-40L
Hiking boots – it is possible to do a lot of the TMB in walking trainers, but you should make sure they are trekkingspecific trainers (or trail-running trainers). For the June trips, hiking boots are definitely recommended as there is usually a lot of snow on the passes. Sandals are not appropriate for mountain walking so please do not bring these for trekking.
Waterproof jacket and trousers – both essential items, should be as light as possible (not insulated: your other layers should provide the insulation).
Trekking trousers – bring something lightweight.
T-shirts – wicking t-shirts are better than cotton as they are lighter and dry faster.
Mid layer – fleece jacket is good
Warm jacket – We recommend brining a really lightweight synthetic belay jacket (eg. Rab Photon / Arcteryx Atom / Patagonia Nano) – just in case it gets cold. Remember, you are carrying this in your rucksack so it should be as light as possible. You don’t normally need to bring a down jacket because it won’t be much use if it gets wet.
Warm hat (lightweight woolly hat is fine)
Gloves (a light pair of gloves is fine)
Sun Hat
Sunglasses (essential as we will spend some time walking on snow)
Suncream (small bottle to save weight) • Lip protection (with sun protection)
Water bottles / camelback – you should have the capacity to carry at least 2 litres of water, but on very hot days you could need 3L.
Walking poles – These often go in the “optional” section, but for June trips they are essential for the snowy sections.
Sheet sleeping bag – only needed for the mountain refuge. All of the accommodation is high standard with freshly made beds, so no sleeping bags are needed. There is just one night where we stay in the Bonatti hut where the sheet sleeping bag will be needed. Silk is best, it’s lighter than cotton.
Travel towel – again, only needed for the mountain refuge – everywhere else provides towels.
Wash kit – Bring whatever you like for wash kit – but for the 1 night in the refuge where you have to carry it, you would normally just take a toothbrush, travel size toothpaste, mini contact lens solution if applicable, a couple of wet wipes and a tiny travel soap (although they provide ecologically sound shower gel in the showers).
Head torch – just a lightweight torch, such as a Petzl Tikka / Zipka is fine for this trip.
Plastic bags / dry sacks to keep essentials dry.
Passport – to be carried whilst trekking. Make sure you keep it dry.
Cash – for packed lunches and any drinks whilst on the trip (we have 3 nights in Switzerland, where you can spend euros if you prefer but will get a slightly better deal if paying in CHF. There is a cashpoint in La Fouly or Champex if you need CHF. You can normally spend euros if it’s just for the sake of a few drinks. There are also cashpoints in Chamonix, Les Contamines, Courmayeur and Argentière for euros).
Basic first aid kit – your leader will carry a large first aid kit, but you should bring a small first aid kit containing plasters, blister treatment, painkillers and diarrhoea treatment (rehydration sachets and immodium)

Optional items:

Thermal base layer
Long johns / thermal leggings
Buff – can be useful for extra warmth if it’s cold, or sun protection for your neck on a hot day
Lightweight sandals / flip flops – whilst these are provided at the mountain refuges, they aren’t provided in the nicer hotels, so it’s really nice to have footwear to change into in the evening, especially if you want to have a wander round Courmayeur or Champex.
Trainers – it can be nice to give your feet a break from your walking boots on some days. Your leader can advise on which days this might be suitable, and if you are thinking of doing this, your shoes must be suitable for trekking in!
Mobile phone – there is phone reception for the majority of the trip. It is a good idea to have a phone in case of emergency or if you need to leave the group for any reason.
Snacks – not essential as we do go past shops most days so you can top up your supply of snacks fairly regularly
• Antibacterial handwash
Insect repellant

Booking info

To find out more about our course, availability, or to ask any questions, please get in touch through the website or by phone on +33 (0)845 527 58 12.

We take a £400 deposit to secure your place on one of our courses, and we ask for the balance to be paid 6 weeks before the course start date.


We strongly recommend getting specialist travel insurance that covers cancellation, medical and mountain rescue.

Make sure that it covers glaciated mountaineering and climbing. We recommend the Dogtag ( – they have comprehensive policies and a good reputation.

Getting to Chamonix

It is best to book flights and airport transfers well in advance of your departure.

Easyjet have many cheap flights to Geneva from all over the UK. Swiss Air have cheap and convenient flights from London to Geneva.

Booking a place on a minibus airport transfer service is by far the best way to get from Geneva airport to Chamonix (it takes about an hour or so, is cost effective and is a door to door service). We can book your airport transfers at a competitive rate – just email us with your flight details…

Will I definitely make it round the Tour du Mont Blanc?

In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you around the trek safely, sometimes the weather or other factors like your personal fitness will prevent you from completing the trek. The lead guide will always conduct a meeting with the clients and other guides each evening to check how everyone is doing and to field any questions or concerns. All decisions will have client wellbeing as a top priority. But in 99 out of 100 cases you’ll make it! We will always provide vehicle support if necessary.

What type of boots do I need for the trek?

You will need comfortable, durable trekking boots. Something like the Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 Gore-Tex boot. Gore-tex will ensure your feet stay dry and warm.

Is there wifi in the lodges?

Occasionally yes. Not all lodges will have wifi but some will, especially in in the bigger towns like Courmayeur and Champex.

What are the lodges like?

The lodges are fairly basic but comfortable. You will sleep in dormitories on a shared basis, sometimes up to 6-8 per room. The lodges offer breakfast and dinner as well as a few snacks.

What kind of fitness level do I need?

You need to be able to hike for 6-8 hours at a moderate pace. Trekking is all about having good cardiovascular endurance to be able to continue being active for long periods.

Do I need to have previous experience?

You don’t need any previous trekking experience but it is worth having some hill walking experience behind you. This will help prepare you for the amount of walking we’ll be doing on this trek. You must be able to walk comfortably on mixed ground for long periods of time.

What size backpack should I bring?

Your backpack should be between 20-30l. This will be your day pack and must be a comfortable fit, you’ll spend many days with it on your back. It must fit your essentials like water, snacks, extra layers, camera, etc. Your other luggage will be carried by our porters (max. 15kg)

What are the guides like?

Our IML guides are all super friendly and knowledgeable and know the tour do mont blanc route like the back of their hands.

What will we do if the weather is bad?

This depends on a few factors and how bad the weather is. We’ll always aim to continue the trek even if it’s raining/snowing as long as it is safe to do so. The weather in Summer is generally very reliable with clear skies and dry conditions following the monsoons. If the weather is truly terrible for a day or two we will rest in the lodge until it passes or use our vehicle to move you along to the next stop.

How many clients per guide?

Our trekking ratio is 10:1.

Confirming bookings

We need a minimum of four trekkers to run this course. Your booking will remain pending if you are the first to book onto a course and we will send you a confirmation as soon as a the course is confirmed. We recommend not booking flights till the course is confirmed. We will confirm the course at the latest 6 weeks before the start date. In order to increase the chance of confirming trips as soon as possible we team up with another couple of small suppliers, so you may be on the trip with trekkers who booked from a similar company.

Why choose Adventure Base for Tour du Mont Blanc?

1. Experience – We have been guiding trekking clients for the past 18 years and have built up a strong, reliable team of local suppliers and local knowledge.

2. Our guides – Our guides are carefully selected and hand picked over many years. They are full of energy, fun facts and big smiles. They help create lasting memories.

3. Word of Mouth – Over 70% of new clients have been recommended to us by a friend or colleague. We don’t spend big on marketing campaigns, we stay true to our product, we pay attention to every detail and then let you do the talking.

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