Guided Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc

Italy, Switzerland, and France Inn-to-inn

For a quick trip to the Mont Blanc region, the northern-half of our TMB tour is a fantastic 7-night hike from Courmayeur through Switzerland to Chamonix.

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  • Length
  • 7 days, 6 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jul 15 – Jul 21, 2021
  • Tour Cost
  • $3295 per person
    $500 single room
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The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the finest hiking tours in the world, but what to do if you don’t have time to hike the full route?  For those who would like a shorter inn-to-inn hike, we always like to recommend the northern half of the TMB route. On this guided tour, you’ll still hike through all 3 countries – Italy, Switzerland, and France – stopping at beautiful inns each night.  It’s a fairly moderate tour, with multiple passes to cross and plenty of alternate, strenuous options, but always with a good main route of 7-10 miles and 2000-3000 ft of elevation change each day.  Our tour includes Geneva airport transfers to Courmayeur and back to Geneva from Chamonix, as well as luggage transfers and numerous itinerary options.  With years of personal experience on this route, we have the expertise and attention to detail to help you choose the best way for you to hike Mont Blanc and experience one of the world’s classic hikes.

Note, single rooms are limited and the single supplement is for a single room on 5 nights only – in Courmayeur, la Fouly, Champex, and Chamonix. Everybody will be in small dorms at Bonatti and in shared rooms at Forclaz/Trient.

Our typical day on the Tour du Mont Blanc starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn, and soon we’ll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours of inn-to-inn hiking. With many passes to cross, the hiking is often strenuous, but there will also be opportunities for easier days. Our tour will go counter-clockwise around Mont Blanc, starting from Courmayeur, Italy, hiking up into Switzerland, before circling around to Chamonix, France.

We should finish our daily hikes around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, and enjoy views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding scenery. After that, we’ll enjoy dinner together at our inn or a local restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, featuring delicious local Italian, Swiss and French specialties. A hearty meal and good conversation provide a satisfying end to our day.

With 3 countries filled with soaring mountains, lofty passes, and gorgeous trails, the Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc is a wonderful one-week trek that covers the highlights of the full route.

Map of Guided Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc


Day 1

Courmayeur – For the Tour du Mont Blanc North, it’s best to fly to Geneva, and we’ll arrange your private transfer to the medieval village of Courmayeur in Italy, where you’ll stay in a pleasant and friendly hotel near the center of town.  Courmayeur is just over 2 hrs from Geneva.

There is plenty to do in the village, cable cars take you up to high vantage points, or there are great dayhikes near town.  Courmayeur is a beautiful village, with cobblestoned pedestrian-only alleyways filled with comfortable cafes and stylish shops. You’ll meet your guide and group for dinner tonight.

  • Hotel Bouton d'Or
  • D

Day 2

Courmayeur – After one of our favorite breakfasts at the Bouton d’Or, you’ll head out on a dayhike high above town.

We have a couple of choices today.  One great option is the hike to the top of Mont Chétif, the steep pyramidal peak that guards the entrance to Val Veny on the southern end of Courmayeur.  This is a grand panoramic hike and is a stunning introduction to the Mont Blanc region.

If you’re still having trouble adjusting to the time difference, Courmayeur is also great for people-watching and relaxing, perhaps even taking a short trip on your own down to the Pre St. Didier Spa with its renowned natural mineral baths. You’ll again have dinner with your group in Courmayeur tonight and discuss the following day’s hike to Rifugio Bonatti.

  • Hotel Bouton d'Or
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 3920 ft. up, 3150 ft. down

Day 3

la Fouly – The Italian side of Mont Blanc is steep and rocky, and the Grand Jorasses rivals Mont Blanc as the focal point of our views on one of the highlight hikes of the tour.

On this stage of the TMB, we’ll cross the Grand Col Ferret and into Switzerland, with rolling green meadows filled with happy cows. We’ll descend to la Fouly, and tiny village at the end of a quiet valley in Switzerland.  Our luggage will be transferred here from Courmayeur.

  • Hotel Edelweiss
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 12.5 miles; Elevation: 3360 ft. up, 4830 ft. down

Day 4

Champex – An easier day today takes us through the Swiss Ferret Valley.

Waterfalls cascade down mountains as we hike down-valley and then up to the pretty lakeside village of Champex, a beautiful place to spend an afternoon on a terrace overlooking the lake. Our luggage will be waiting at our 3-star village hotel.

  • Hotel du Glacier or Splendide
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 7-9 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 1380 ft. up, 1790 ft. down

Day 5

la Forclaz/Trient – The next stage on the TMB takes us through woods and farms with sweeping views of the Rhone Valley.

Weather permitting, a more rigorous possibility leads to the Fenetre d’Arpette with famous views to the Trient Glacier, a popular variant on the traditional TMB route. We’ll stay in either the popular hiker’s inn at Col de la Forclaz or the Grand Ourse in nearby Trient.

  • Hotel Col de la Forclaz or La Grande Ourse
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 2660 ft. up, 3160 ft. down (Bovine) or 7-9 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 3940 ft. up, 4440 ft. down (Fenetre d’Arpette)

Day 6

Chamonix – The final hike on our Mont Blanc tour leads us through woods and meadows to the Balme Pass on the border with France.

Enjoy gorgeous views of Mont Blanc and the entire Chamonix Valley as we cross the pass and descend to la Tour. Finish with a bus ride back to Chamonix, where we meet up with our luggage once again, and enjoy a delicious celebratory dinner at a favorite local restaurant.

  • Hotel les Aiglons
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 7.5 miles; Elevation: 3090 ft. up, 2590 ft. down

Day 7

depart – Today we say au revoir, and depart for our post-Mont Blanc destinations.

Included 5 nights village hotels
1 night hiker's inn with private rooms

also includes:
all breakfasts, lunches and dinners
guided hikes daily
all transfers to/from trailheads
luggage transfers between villages
Shared Geneva airport transfers