Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek
Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

11 days

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Spend 11 days in Italy, France, and Switzerland touring Mont Blanc on this guided trek

Experience one of Europe’s most famous hikes as you tackle the 11-day self-guided Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek that spans France, Italy, and Switzerland.

Trek on the complete, world-renowned Tour du Mont Blanc, enjoying unparalleled alpine beauty in the majestic Alps without missing a thing. Exceptionally well-marked trails and comprehensive route maps and notes make this self-guided tour the perfect way to experience the grandeur of Mont Blanc at your own pace.

Setting out from Chamonix, you’ll soar 1800 meters high into the sky via the Bellevue cable car to begin your epic trek of Mont Blanc. Each day that unfolds on the exhilarating mountain route is characterized by unbeatable alpine hiking and spellbinding views of the Alps. Admire the valleys that sprawl in every direction as you stand triumphantly atop the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme pass (2,479m/8,133ft). Spot the Col de la Seigne and the Aiguille des Glaciers (3,816m/12,519ft) towering in the distance where Italy and Switzerland meet. Trek the imposing Glacier du Tour, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and gorgeous alpine meadows.

This tour is available as a standard tour or deluxe tour, allowing you to choose your desired style of accommodations in the hotels and mountain refuges along the route. You’ll enjoy rich and tasty mountain cuisine unique to each area of the Alps you’ll visit. Celebrate the completion of the Tour du Mont Blanc with a spectacular final evening in Chamonix, where you’ll enjoy the vibrant dining scene and exciting nightlife this famous mountain town is known for!

Highlights of the Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

Hike epic alpine landscapes in Italy, France, and Switzerland, experiencing the grandeur of Mont Blanc up close.
Admire vibrant alpine flora and fauna in full bloom and enjoy hiking with furry mountain pals like marmots and chamois.
Stroll through the gorgeous small village of Les Frasserands, taking in the quaint wooden houses typical of the French Alps.
Stay in cozy family-run mountain huts while trekking and comfortable small hotels in Chamonix and Trient.

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11 days
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Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival

Your tour begins in Chamonix near the junction of France, Switzerland, and Italy, from where you’ll set out to explore the highest peak of the Alps—Mount Blanc. No matter where you are in this famous resort town, impressive vistas surround you in all directions, making even just a stroll down the street an adventure.

It’s not a bad idea to arrive here a day or two early, allowing you time to catch a train to the Mer de Glace or the cable car to Aiguille du Midi, both phenomenal excursions!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Chamonix
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Bellevue Cable Car and Trek to Les Contamines

Your first day of trekking Mont Blanc is here! Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then take a bus transfer from Chamonix to Les Houches, where you’ll hop on the Bellevue cable car up to 1800m, taking in jaw-dropping views along the way. Switching things up from the “normal French route,” you’ll instead trace the edge of the mountain to Col de Voza, where you’ll begin your exhilarating descent into the valley.

On the route, you’ll take in several quaint mountain villages that pepper the valley floor, each set against the magnificent backdrop of Mont Blanc. The final section unfolds along the Bon Nant river, which you’ll follow to Les Contamines. Then, joining an ancient Roman path, you’ll traverse blooming meadows and enchanting woods to this evening’s cozy mountain hut.
Overnight Location: Mountain Hut in Contamines
Distance: 7 hours, 20.5km, 987m of ascent, 1,094m of descent
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3 Trek the Plan de Dames and the Vallee des Chapieux

Set out on your second day of trekking, ready to seize your next adventure in the Alps. This morning you’ll hike through the Plan de Dames, ascending first to Col du Bonhomme (2,329m/7,641ft), before pressing on to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2,479m/8,133ft).

From the top of the pass, take in the spellbinding views of the alpine valleys that sprawl before you in every direction. Then, descend via the Vallee des Chapieux, crossing small brooks and several huts. You’ll soon arrive in Les Chapieux, a tiny mountain village where you’ll spend the night in a small hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Les Chapieux
Distance: 7 hours, 15km, 900m of ascent/descent
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 Trek the Val Veny to the Col de la Seigne

Today is the most challenging day of the trek, but the rewards are guaranteed to be well worth the effort! Following two beautiful days trekking in France, today marks your cross over into Italy as you trek to the Col de la Seigne (2,516m/8,254ft) via the Val Veny.

An exciting climb through a plunging gorge sets the tone for the trek as you hike surrounded by wide-open pastures featuring almost lunar-like scenery. Stop to admire the Col de la Seigne and the Aiguille des Glaciers (3,816m/12,519ft) mountains lording over the landscape in the distance where Switzerland and Italy meet. Reach the top of the pass, then descend the Val Veny down the opposite side of Mont Blanc, where further mesmerizing views await.
Overnight Location: Mountain Hut in Courmayeur
Distance: 5-7 hours, 14km-19km, 1250m/1500m of ascent, 1180m/1380m of descent
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 Explore Courmayeur and Trek to Val Ferret

This morning you’ll rise and set out on a 5.5km walk to a bus bound for the world-famous ski resort, Courmayeur. Once in Courmayeur, spend some time relaxing and enjoying the quintessential Alps ambience and exceptional amenities.

Continue with a steep climb up to Val Ferret, hiking through pretty meadows and conifer woods. On the route, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Grandes Jorasses (4,208m/13,805ft), yet another famous mountain of the Mont Blanc massif to grace your path.
Overnight Location: Mountain Hut in Val Ferret
Distance: 2.5-4.5 hours, 5.5km-12km, 300m/900m of ascent, 800m/400m of descent
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 Trek to the Col du Gran Ferret and La Fouly

Rise in the mountains this morning, breathing in the fresh alpine air afforded by the Alps. This morning you’ll begin with a steep ascent past several abandoned farms, marking the beginning of your trek into Switzerland. The route ascends gradually before a challenging climb to Rifugio Elena, then on to the Col du Gran Ferret (2,537m/8,323ft) where you’ll find the crossing to Switzerland.

Take in the awe-inspiring vistas of the snow-capped Aiguille de Triolet (3,870m / 12,696ft) and the receding Pre de Bar glacier as you prepare to descend to the tiny hamlet of Ferret, then on to La Fouly where you’ll find tonight’s remote hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in La Fouly
Distance: 6 hours, 18km, 700m of ascent, 715m of descent
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 Trek to Champex-Lac

After several challenging days, you’ll enjoy an easier walk today on a lengthy section, but one without significant elevation gains and losses.

Set out from La Fouly, tracing the river through pretty woodlands to reach Les Arlaches, a lovely little hamlet with traditional homes. Continue the trail to Orsieres, finally descending to tonight’s accommodation at Champex-Lac, a gorgeous mountain village perched on the lake.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Champex-Lac
Distance: 6 hours, 18km, 700m of ascent, 715m of descent
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 Trek to Trient via the Fenêtre d'Arpette and Glacier du Trient

The Swiss Alps are yours to discover today as you trek the Fenêtre d'Arpette (2,665m/8,743ft), then descend via the Glacier du Trient. The small village of Trient is nestled on the pass road between Martigny and Chamonix. You'll enjoy stunning alpine meadows and pretty woodlands on your way to Trient, where you'll spend the night in a restored country house.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Trient
Distance: 7 hours, 16km, 711m of ascent, 1125m of descent
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9 Trek to Argentière

Savour every moment of today's trek, as this journey to Argentière marks your final up-close views of magnificent Mont Blanc. Bound for France this morning, you'll hike towards Lake Charamillon, with the colossal Glacier du Tour as your guide. Enjoy a thrilling trail along the mountain crests, soaking up the imposing glacier and surrounding valley views.

Arriving at the Swiss-France border, stop to revel in the views of Mont Blanc and its rugged ivory-coloured peaks, which contrast remarkably with the brilliant blue sky.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Argentière
Distance: 4 hours, 14.5km, 985m of ascent, 906m of descent
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10 Final Hike and Return to Chamonix

Set out through the enchanting small village of Les Frasserands, where you'll take in the typical wooden houses characteristic of the French Alps. Then, a brief climb will guide you into the Aiguilles Rouges Natural Park. You can either climb up to La Blanc from the park before descending to La Flegere or descend directly to La Flegere.

Hiking towards Planpraz, you'll encounter a stellar lineup of remarkable mountain views, including the Aiguille Verte, the Drus, the Aiguille du Midi, and Mont Blanc du Tacul. From Planpraz, return to Chamonix via cable car, where your trek concludes.

Chamonix is an excellent place to celebrate a successful trek of Mont Blanc! Enjoy this bustling alpine town's unique atmosphere with a farewell dinner, followed perhaps by some celebratory drinks at one of Chamonix's buzzing bars or nightclubs.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Chamonix
Distance: 7-8 hours, 18km, 1623/1443m of ascent, 971m/789m of descent
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 11 Departure

Your Tour du Mont Blanc concludes this morning. Check out of your hotel in Chamonix and depart.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Prices and Dates

This self-guided hiking tour around Mont Blanc is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on many factors, such as what kind of room and class of accommodation you prefer, if you want your luggage transported for you, whether you prefer a dorm or a room, and what day of the week you begin your tour.

The best time to travel to the alps for this trek is during the summer months (June-August) when days are longest and warmest and there is little rainfall.

Private Self-Guided Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

Departure from Wednesday to Sunday:

Dormitory Accommodations

  • Single dormitory with luggage transfer: $1,625 USD
  • Single dormitory without luggage transfer: $1,350 USD
  • Double or twin dormitory with luggage transfer: $1,550 USD
  • Double or twin dormitory without luggage transfer: $1,225 USD

Hotel Accommodations

  • Single room with luggage transfer: $2,175 USD
  • Single room without luggage transfer: $1,925 USD
  • Double or twin room with luggage transfer: $1,750 USD
  • Double or twin room without luggage transfer: $1,475 USD

Departure on Monday and Tuesday:

Dormitory Accommodations

  • Single dormitory with luggage transfer: $1,495 USD
  • Single dormitory without luggage transfer: $1,225 USD
  • Double or twin dormitory with luggage transfer: $1,395 USD
  • Double or twin dormitory without luggage transfer: $1,125 USD

Hotel Accommodations

  • Single room with luggage transfer: $1,975 USD
  • Single room without luggage transfer: $1,750 USD
  • Double or twin room with luggage transfer: $1,625 USD
  • Double or twin room without luggage transfer: $1,325 USD
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Accommodation on the Complete Tour du Mont Blanc tour

This tour is available with either room or dormitory-style accommodations and as a standard or deluxe tour. The hotel tour is based in 3-star or 4-star (depending on class chosen) hotels and B&Bs with ensuite bathrooms (with a couple of exceptions). The dormitory option is mostly based in mountain huts with shared dormitories (6-9 people) and shared bathrooms, except of Chamonix, where standard rooms are provided for all.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
If you are a solo traveller or you prefer a single room, the required supplements are included in the listed price. However, single rooms are not available at refugees.

Dormitory Accommodation

Hôtel La Valée Blanche in Chamonix ★★★

This cozy mountain hotel is found in a converted 18th-century mill that has retained its original charm and welcomes guests with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Refuge Nant Borrant in Contamines

Guests will enjoy this rustic alpine hut experience in the mountains, known for its charming ambience.

Auberge de la Nova in Les Chapieux

Known for its spectacular mountain cuisine, this mountain refuge offers guests a comfortable stay in the mountains and an excellent in-house dining experience.

Rifugio Monte Bianco in Courmayeur

Enjoy the best pasta and cappuccinos in the mountains! This cozy mountain refuge offers a pleasant “home away from home” atmosphere.

Rifugio Bonatti in Val Ferret

A gorgeous mountain refuge with a beautiful outdoor space, allowing guests to soak up the spectacular alpine views that envelop the property.

Auberge Maya Joie in La Fouly

A bar, lounge, and games room make this mountain getaway the perfect pleasant stay on the TMB.

Auberge Gîte Bon Abri in Champex-Lac

A tranquil setting among lush greenery makes this cozy mountain hotel the perfect place to unwind after an exciting day of hiking.

Hotel La Grande Ourse in Trient

Awesome mountain views and a great bar make the Hotel La Grande Ourse, a former country house, a great choice on the TMB.

Chalet Alpin du Tour in Chamonix

A small, charming Chalet nestled at the foot of the Tour glacier offers guests reprieve from the hustle and bustle of mainstream Chamonix.

Hotel Accommodation

Hôtel La Valée Blanche in Chamonix ★★★

This cozy mountain hotel is found in a converted 18th-century mill that has retained its original charm and welcomes guests with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Le Refuge de la Balme in Les Contmaines Montjoie

A delightful mountain refuge tucked at the foot of Aiguille de la Pennaz offering guests a superior stay in a mountain hut, with private rooms available.

Les Chambres du Soleil in Bourg Saint Maurice

Founded in 1856, this family-run hotel is the perfect mountain getaway with tons of history contained within its 4 walls.

Hôtel Le Prince Noir in Sérignac ★★★

The Prince Noir lies in the heart of southwest France set in a former 17th-century convent that has been masterfully restored into a hotel and superb restaurant.

Hotel Lavachey in Courmayeur

Decorated in traditional mountain style, this small hotel offers guests spectacular views of Mont Blanc and the Val Ferret Valley.

Auberge Maya Joie in La Fouly

A bar, lounge, and games room make this mountain getaway the perfect pleasant stay on the TMB.

Hôtel Sunways in Champex ★★

This cozy hotel has modern rooms, friendly owners and stunning views of the surrounding Alps.

Hotel La Grande Ourse in Trient

Awesome mountain views and a great bar make the Hotel La Grande Ourse, a former country house, a great choice on the TMB.

Hotel Olympique in Chamonix

Quality mountain cuisine and a wonderful view over the Chamonix Valley make Hotel Olympique a favourite of hikers on the TMB.

What’s Included in the Complete Tour du Mont Blanc tour?

Meals

On the standard version of this tour, 10 breakfasts and 8 dinners are included. On the deluxe version of this tour, 10 breakfasts and 6 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 10 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Chamonix are not included but can be added as a supplement. You can also book ahead to extend your stay at any of the overnight locations along the tour.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you is included throughout the tour. You can choose to have your luggage transported if you wish. Airport transfers are not included but can be booked in advance as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Tourist information on all places of interest
  • GPS tracks (on request)
  • Tourist city tax
  • 24/7 emergency phone support

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Guide services
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Visas if required

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional luggage transfer from one accommodation to the next (1 piece per person max 15kg)
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequently Asked Questions about Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour a 5/5. Hikers should be able to spend about 6-8 hours per day on well-established trails and expect to climb up to 1400m in elevation and/or cover 20km in distance. Fit, active participants with prior hiking experience will be able to get the most out of this tour.

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