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Tour du Mont Blanc Hike

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a world-renowned long-distance walking route in Europe that traverses the rugged terrain of the Alps along the border of France, Switzerland, and Italy. Picturesque meadows, imposing mountain peaks, and charming villages characterize the landscape here, making the Tour du Mont Blanc a favourite route among many outdoor enthusiasts.

With a history dating back to the mid 1700s, the Tour du Mont Blanc is a well-established route that benefits from a solid infrastructure. This classic long-distance hiking trail is usually completed over a period of 11 days, and hikers are never too far from a village or mountain refuge, making the Tour du Mont Blanc a great option for those looking to challenge themselves with their first big trek on a world renowned trail.

Best Time to Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc

The best time of year to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc is during the mid-June to early-September window, when weather conditions are the most favourable for a long distance trek. Snow can often be experienced well into late-June at higher elevations, so be sure to exercise caution if you are planning to complete the route in the shoulder seasons. Although the weather may be pleasant, trekking the TMB during the summer - especially the peak months of July and August - will also expose you to higher volumes of foot traffic, so make sure to plan your trip, secure your accommodations, or book your Mont Blanc hiking tour well in advance.

Booking a Tour du Mont Blanc Adventure

Planning every detail of a Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc itinerary can be overwhelming, so why not leave all of the fuss to the professionals? Our team at 10Adventures has the experience, organization, and local connections to provide peace of mind throughout the booking process and the tour itself, allowing you to leave the stress of planning behind and focus on your life changing Mont Blanc hiking tour!

Frequently Asked Questions About the Tour du Mont Blanc

How long is the Tour du Mont Blanc?

The complete Tour du Mont Blanc covers approximately 180 kilometers (112 miles).

Where does the Tour du Mont Blanc start?

The Tour du Mont Blanc begins and ends in Les Houches, near Chamonix; however, many hikers tweak the route to suit their needs.

How long does it take to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc?

Generally speaking, it takes approximately 8-11 days to complete the tour du Mont Blanc, with most hikers completing it in 11.

What to pack for the Tour du Mont Blanc?

As with any long distance hiking route, when packing for the Tour du Mont Blanc you will need appropriate clothing, proper hiking boots, a comfortable pack, cash, and any accessories you may need along the trail. Check out our TMB packing list for more detailed information.

How difficult is the Tour du Mont Blanc?

Although long, the Tour du Mont Blanc isn’t an overly challenging trek, as long as you train in advance to be able to handle up to 29 kilometers per day!

How to book huts for the Tour du Mont Blanc?

Many of the huts along the Tour du Mont Blanc can be booked individually on the official TMB website, or travellers can book a tour package that includes accommodations throughout the tour.

How much does it cost to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc?

The cost to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc can widely vary based on factors like accommodation and food, meaning travellers can pay anywhere between 50-200 Euro per day.

When to book accommodations for the Tour du Mont Blanc?

Trekkers should look to book their Tour du Mont Blanc accommodations as soon as possible, as they often sell out in January and February for the upcoming summer season. Check out this guide on Tour du Mont Blanc Accommodations or make sure to book a tour to secure your space.

Tour du Mont Blanc Map

Visualizing any long distance adventure can be difficult, so we’ve created this Tour du Mont Blanc map to give you an overview of each stage of the journey:

Mont Blanc

Nestled within the rugged terrain of the Alps near the border of France, Italy, and Switzerland, Mont Blanc is the tallest peak in Western Europe and is truly an impressive sight to behold. At an elevation of 4807.81m (15,773.7ft) above sea level, this imposing peak lends its name to the surrounding Mont Blanc Massif, which is a popular destination for a variety of outdoor activities such as climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and the world famous Mont Blanc hiking tour - also known as the Tour du Mont Blanc. Next to Mount Elbrus, Mont Blanc is the second-most prominent peak on the European continent, and is eleventh most prominent in the world.

Chamonix, France

Situated at the base of Mont Blanc - the highest peak in the Alps - Chamonix is a lovely resort area that is popular with tourists in both the summer and winter seasons. Although historically agriculture was a key part of the region, Chamonix has largely shifted its economic focus to tourism, and was even the host city for the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924. Nowadays, people travel to Chamonix for many reasons, including the busy ski season, to take a ride on one of the highest cable cars in the world, or to trek along the world-renowned Tour du Mont Blanc.

Courmayeur, Italy

At an elevation of 4810m above sea level, Courmayeur is a wonderfully scenic Italian town sitting high up in the rocky terrain of the Alps. During the summer months, it is a popular destination with hikers, especially those hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc. In the winter months, Courmayeur has the reputation as being the “best all-round ski resort in Italy”. The town can be found opposite Chamonix, on the southern side of the Mont Blanc Massif.

Tour du Mont Blanc Guide

Need more information on the Tour du Mont Blanc? Whether you are looking to book a tour or are planning your own self-guided adventure, be sure to check out our ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc Guide to learn everything you need to know about this world famous hiking trail through the Alps.

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4-day Tour du Mont Blanc Western Section

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The Tour du Mont Blanc is a stunning 11-day trek that takes you around Mont Blanc. For many people finding 11-days is a challenge, so this 4-day trek takes you on the western half of the route.

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5-day Tour du Mont Blanc Eastern Section

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This trek is for all those who wish to discover the splendid Tour du Mont Blanc in just a few days. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a stunning trek that takes you around Mont Blanc. For many people finding time for the complete route is a challenge, so this 5-day trek takes you on the eastern half of the route.

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Tour du Mont Blanc Courmayeur to Chamonix

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The 8-Day Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc Couramyeur to Chamonix trek invites you to explore the stunning alpine terrain of the magnificent Italian, French and Swiss Alps.

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7-day Tour du Mont Blanc

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The Tour du Mont Blanc is a not-to-be-missed trek for all mountain lovers, allowing you to explore the most beautiful landscapes of the Mont Blanc mountain range.

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Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

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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.

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Tour du Mont Blanc in Guesthouses

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Lace up your hiking boots for a magical 8-day self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc hike, following the world-renowned tour route. This shortened version of the Tour du Mont Blanc takes in the highlights of the TMB, and uses local transport to shorten the valley bottom walking sections. If you only have a week, this is the best Tour du Mont Blanc itinerary.

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Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights in Hotels

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The Tour du Mont Blanc is the most famous multi-day trek in the Alps, and with good reason. This classic circuit route takes you as close to Western Europe’s tallest peak, Mont Blanc, as you can get without climbing it.

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10-day Tour du Mont Blanc

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One trek, three countries, ten days, 160 kilometres (100 miles), and thousands of steps: even these impressive figures cannot fully reflect the range of emotions you will experience on the Tour du Mont Blanc!

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Guided Tour du Mont Blanc in Mountain Huts

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This well-crafted trekking tour rewards you with new discoveries every day as you explore the different sides, cultures, and landscapes of the range: first through France, and then Italy and Switzerland. The well-marked trails discovered on this guided trip combine into one of the most-famous treks in the world – the Tour du Mont Blanc!

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Guided Tour du Mont-Blanc in Hotels

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Ever dreamed of doing the most famous trek in the Alps but didn’t know where to start? Join a group and have a guided Tour du Mont Blanc trek while staying in Hotels. This trekking adventure is the perfect solution for anyone looking to enjoy the magic of the Tour du Mont Blanc without compromising on comfort. Enjoy hand-picked comfortable hotels, the comradery of a group of like-minded individuals and the expertise of a licensed mountain guide to lead you.

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Highlights of Mont Blanc Hiking Tour

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This 8-Day Guided adventure tour takes place in the surroundings of the beautiful Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. The landscapes that comprise this unique and prestigious massif offer up some of the most stunning hikes in Alps and this well-crafted tour will introduce you to the cream of the crop. In addition to days spent immersed in nature, you’ll retire in comfortable hotel accommodations each night featuring facilities for ultimate relaxation. Not to mention the joy of discovering the typical Italian cuisine of the Aosta Valley!

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