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Private Guided Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc

For a quick trip to Mont Blanc, the northern half of our TMB is a fantastic hike from Courmayeur to Switzerland to Chamonix, with your own private guide.

Private Guided Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc

For a quick trip to Mont Blanc, the northern half of our TMB is a fantastic hike from Courmayeur to Switzerland to Chamonix, with your own private guide.

    Support
  • Private Guided,
    Style
  • Inn-To-Inn,
    Activity Level
  • Moderate to Challenging,

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the finest hiking tours in the world, and this has always been our favorite stretch of the TMB.

If you don’t have time for the full circuit, you at least have time for this… hiking from Courmayeur to Chamonix across the northern half of the tour. You hike through all three countries, visit both Courmayeur and Chamonix, eat great food, meet wonderful people, start with unbelievable views from day one and finish with more great views of Mont Blanc on your last day. And with your own private guide, it’s even better.

Yes, you can express your way through the whole circuit in a week, but that requires prioritizing passes over highlights. This isn’t that. You won’t see the southern half of the TMB on this tour, and you won’t miss it. This trip moves at the right pace and leaves time for the most important sights and best hikes. With 3 countries filled with soaring mountains, lofty passes, and gorgeous trails, this is a wonderful one-week trek filled with scenic highlights.

 

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    Length
  • 7 days, 6 nights
    Departures
  • Jun 15 – Sep 30, 2023
    Cost
  • $3490 8+ People
  • $3790 6-7 People
  • $4490 4 -5 people
  • $5790 2-3 people
  • $450 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Day 1-2

Chamonix and Courmayeur

Fly to Geneva and transfer to Chamonix, the world-famous village at the foot of  Mont Blanc. Take some time to explore this beautiful village. After a peaceful first night, we’ll take a morning taxi to Courmayeur and hit the trail on a fabulous day hike to Bonatti hut.

Day 3-5

Switzerland, la Fouly to Trient

Now we hike across the Ferret pass and into Switzerland. Our three days here are filled with great walks, tidy Swiss villages, postcard-perfect lakes and beautiful mountains.

Days 6-7

France, Chamonix

Hiking over the Balme pass, we arrive in France to jaw-dropping views of Mont Blanc, Aiguille Verte and the entire Mont Blanc range. Descend to charming Chamonix for a final night.

Included

Your tour will be led by an experienced Alpinehikers guide, with guided hikes daily. All transfers to and from trailheads are included. You’ll stay 5 nights in village hotels and 1 night in a hiker’s inn, with all breakfasts, picnic lunches, and all dinners included. Luggage transfers to all stops are also part of your tour.

This tour does not include arrival or departure shuttles.  Please ask if you would like help with these.

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Chamonix

For the Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc, you’ll fly to Geneva, and make your way to Chamonix, where you stay in a pleasant and friendly hotel near the center of town. Chamonix is just over an hour from Geneva by private taxi or shared shuttle.

There is plenty to do in the village.  The Aiguille du Midi cable car can take you up to one of the most stunning viewpoints in the Alps.   Or simply stroll the bustling, pedestrian-only village core, filled with shops and stylish cafes. Meet your guide and enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner together.

Hotel les Aiglons or Oustalet
  • Dinner

Day 2

Courmayeur

After a quick morning taxi through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Courmayeur, it’s time to hit the trail!  You’ll start with a dayhike high above town. One of the highlights of the TMB is the high traverse of Mont de la Saxe above Courmayeur, with incredible views of Mont Blanc and the towering Grandes Jorasses as you hike to the comfortable Bonatti hut. A more moderate hike follows an undulating traverse just above treeline directly to the hut. After relaxing at the hut, return to Courmayeur by bus.

If prefer a slower start to your tour, 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 or the Monte Bianco cable car. You’ll again have dinner with your guide in Courmayeur tonight and discuss the following day’s hike into Switzerland.

Hotel Bouton d'Or or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

La Fouly

Hiking to the back of the Italian Val Ferret, you’ll enjoy more great views while crossing the Grand Col Ferret and into Switzerland. The Grand Col Ferret is a modest pass, with grassy meadows great for savoring views back toward Mont Blanc.

When you’re ready to leave the pass, you’ll descend through tidy green fields with high cliffs and glaciers reaching down from the heights, to the tiny village of la Fouly, a quiet stop along the Tour du Mont Blanc. Stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 2840 ft up, 3390 ft down

Hotel Edelweiss or Col de Fenetre
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Champex

One of the easier hikes on your Mont Blanc tour takes you on a valley walk through woods and up to the pretty, lakeside village of Champex.

For strong hikers looking for a bigger day, a much more strenuous alternate route leads over a high pass, to a hut perched along the edge of the Orny glacier, before descending to Champex. Stay in a comfortable 3-star village hotel.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 1560 ft up, 2000 ft down

3-star Splendide, Mont Lac or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Trient

An undulating trail known as the Bovine route leads through pine forests and alpine pastures (and plenty of cows), with sweeping views of the Rhone valley.

Weather permitting, a more rigorous possibility leads up to the high pass of Fenetre d’Arpette, one of the highest points along the tour and along the Trient glacier. Finish the day at a small hiker’s inn at Forclaz or in nearby Trient.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 2500 ft. up, 3050 ft. down (Bovine) or 7-9 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 3940 ft. up, 4480 ft. down (Fenetre d’Arpette)

Grande Ourse or Col de la Forclaz
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Chamonix

On your final hiking day of the tour, cross the Col de Balme into France where you return to sweeping views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley. Absolutely stunning!

If you’re looking for a short day, there is a gondola that can take us down from the pass. Otherwise, we’ll hike along a beautiful side trail through alpenrose and wild blueberries with the brilliant glaciers of Mont Blanc ahead in the distance. Hike down to the village of le Tour where we catch a bus to Chamonix. Enjoy a final celebratory dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Chamonix.

HIKE: 5-7 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 3160 ft up, 2580 ft down

Hotel les Aiglons or Oustalet
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

depart

Today you say au revoir, and depart for your post-Mont Blanc destinations.

  • Breakfast

Tour Options

Private Guided Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc

Inn-To-Inn

  • Your own private guide, your group, your trip
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 6 stops in 6 nights
  • Luggage transfers included every night
  • The highest peaks in the Alps – Mont Blanc, Grandes Jorasses and more
  • Hike through 3 countries – Italy, Switzerland, France
  • The northern half of the classic Tour du Mont Blanc circuit
  • $34908+ People
  • $37906-7 People
  • $44904 -5 people
  • $57902-3 people
  • $450Single Room

Private Guided Classic Tour du Mont Blanc

Inn-To-Inn

  • Big passes almost every day. Not too hard, but not easy either
  • A fairly strenuous inn-to-inn with 8 stops in 10 nights
  • Luggage transfers to all stops included
  • Your own private guide, your group, your trip
  • Hike through France, Italy and Switzerland
  • A great tour for meeting other hikers from around the world
  • $47908+ People
  • $51906-7 People
  • $58904-5 People
  • $83902-3 People
  • $650Single Room

Private Guided Deluxe Tour du Mont Blanc

Inn-To-Inn

  • Your own private guide, your group, your trip.
  • A fairly strenuous inn-to-inn with 7 stops in 10 nights
  • 5 nights in deluxe 5-star hotels, private transfers, luggage every night
  • The most luxurious version of the Alps’ most famous tour
  • The highest peaks in the Alps – Mont Blanc, Grandes Jorasses and more
  • Extra days in Chamonix and Courmayeur to relax and unwind
  • $61908+ People
  • $66906-7 People
  • $75904-5 People
  • $10,2902-3 People
  • $1250Single Room

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