The Tour du Mont Blanc is undoubtedly the classic hiking tour in the Alps. This private tour is our best version of the TMB, and it’s fabulous. Meet your private guide in stylish, sunny Chamonix and spend the next 9 days hiking around the biggest mountains in the Alps. What can be better than that? We’ll hike through three countries, crossing high passes, and gaining incredible views. Stop at a cheese barn, hike some more, and reach a cozy inn each night. There’s our luggage, a hearty dinner, good company, great memories. Perfection.
The three countries all bring their own cultural flair. The air is clear, the water clean, and the huts are all perfectly placed. Your private guide will make it all seamless for you. Our guides know the trails, they know the inns, and they have their favorite lunch spots to show you. All you need to do is hike and enjoy. Even though you’re on a private tour, this is still a great route for meeting other hikers from around the world. It’s fun and invigorating. Mont Blanc is waiting.
Chamonix – Arrive in Geneva, and transfer to Chamonix, the world-famous resort and mountaineering center in France.
An airport pickup is included, making this an easy and relaxing hour and half journey. Enjoy your first impressive views of Mont Blanc, with perhaps time to relax at the pool and outdoor patio of our charming Chamonix hotel before meeting the group for dinner.
Chamonix – We like to warm up with a day hiking around Chamonix. There are many choices, and you can talk them over with your guide. One of the classic hikes in the region takes us to Lac Blanc, high above the village.
This high-mountain lake sits in the Aiguilles Rouges, across the valley from Mont Blanc, and commands one of the greatest mountain views anywhere. We’ll make good use of local cable cars so we can enjoy more time hiking near the lake. Return to Chamonix for a 2nd night.
les Contamines – An undulating trail leads through alpine pastures and pine forests, over the Tricot pass and through the quiet and quaint Miage valley on one of the prettiest corners of the TMB.
Passing through a tiny hamlet of stone houses where cows and horses graze peacefully surrounded by hanging glaciers, stop in the small village of les Contamines for a night at a friendly hiker’s inn or a nearby 3-star hotel. Our luggage will meet us here.
les Mottets – A quick bus ride brings us to our trailhead at the Notre Dame de la Gorge chapel.
Hiking up along an old Roman road, we continue the TMB tour with a long, steady ascent across two lofty passes, Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and Col du Bonhomme. After lunch near the pass, we’ll descend into the Valle de Glaciers, and stay in a popular hiker’s inn along the valley floor, with a charming dining room and new 4-person dorms. Or we can stay at the la Nova inn where private double rooms are available.
Courmayeur – Leaving France, a gradual ascent through quiet alp pastures leads to the Col de la Seigne and into Italy.
Here you’re greeted by an amazing view into the Veny valley and the Mont Blanc range. The Aiguille Noire de Peuterey is particularly impressive from this vantage point, and Mont Blanc itself dominates the view ahead of you. Continue down valley and into the medieval village of Courmayeur, with narrow, cobblestoned alleyways and a lively, pedestrian-only core. Our luggage will be waiting for us at our 3-star village hotel.
Courmayeur – After one of our favorite breakfasts, a second day in Courmayeur gives you a chance to either rest up or take an optional dayhike high above town.
Courmayeur is an extremely atmospheric village, with cafes, bakeries, gelaterias, and stylish shops. It’s great for people-watching and relaxing. Or take the cablecar high above the valley to the upper reaches of Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco in Italian) for close-up views of the highest peaks in the alps. Or spend an afternoon hiking to the comfortable outdoor restaurant terrace at Col Checrouit, with great food and unbeatable views. The options are plentiful! Dinner will be on your own tonight in Courmayeur.
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. We’ll begin the day with a short transfer into the Italian Ferret to start our hike.
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 the tiny village of la Fouly and spend the night in a comfortable 3-star hotel.
Champex – Today’s hike is one of the easier stages on the Mont Blanc tour, with a pleasant valley walk to Champex.
Champex is a pretty lakeside village, a peaceful oasis and great place to spend an afternoon on a terrace overlooking the lake. Your luggage be waiting at our 3-star village hotel.
Trient/la Forclaz – The next stage on the TMB takes us through woods and farms with sweeping views of the Rhone valley. The Bovine route includes a great stop at an alpine farm.
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. Hard work, but worth it. We’ll stay in the popular hiker’s inn at either Col Forclaz or nearby Trient.
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.
depart – Today we say au revoir, and depart for our post-Mont Blanc destinations.
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