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Private Guided Classic Tour du Mont Blanc

A private trek through France, Italy and Switzerland – the Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the great hiking tours of the world.

Private Guided Classic Tour du Mont Blanc

A private trek through France, Italy and Switzerland – the Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the great hiking tours of the world.

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

The Tour du Mont Blanc is undoubtedly the classic hiking tour in the Alps. This private guided 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.

 

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    Length
  • 11 days, 10 nights
    Departures
  • Jun 15 – Sep 30, 2023
    Cost
  • $4790 8+ People
  • $5190 6-7 People
  • $5890 4-5 People
  • $8390 2-3 People
  • $650 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Day 1-4

France, Chamonix to les Chapieux

First stop, Chamonix, the lively resort village right at the base of Mont Blanc. We begin with two glorious days here, enjoying the trails, views and maybe a cafe of two. Then our TMB route leads over a couple passes through les Contamines and les Chapieux.

Day 5-6

Italy, Courmayeur

Crossing the Seigne pass into Italy, we’ll hike past the stunning Italian side of Monte Bianco and stay two nights in Courmayeur, a beautiful medieval village. Hike, relax, and enjoy the delightful atmosphere of Courmayeur before moving on.

Days 7-9

Switzerland, la Fouly to Trient

Now we cross the Ferret pass and into Switzerland. On our three days hiking through Switzerland, we’ll see glaciers, small alpine lakes and tidy Swiss villages.

Days 10-11

France, Chamonix

Hiking over the Balme pass, we’ll complete the circuit into France with stunning views of Mont Blanc, Aiguille Verte and the entire Mont Blanc range. Enjoy a final night in Chamonix before your shuttle back to Geneva.

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 8 nights in village hotels and 2 nights in hiker’s inns, with all breakfasts, picnic lunches, and 9 dinners included. Luggage transfers to all stops are also of your tour.

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

Full Itinerary

Day 1

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.

Hotel les Aiglons
  • Dinner

Day 2

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.

HIKE: 5-7 hours, 7 miles; Elevation: 3000 ft up, 1590 ft down

Hotel les Aiglons
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

les Contamines

Starting with a cable car above the Voza pass, 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.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 2180 ft up, 4260 ft down

Hotel Gai Soleil or les Chemenaz
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

les Chapieux/Arêches

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 private rooms.  There are only 3 small inns in this valley, and if all are full, we’ll transfer to a nearby village for a night in a 3-star hotel.

HIKE: 7-9 hours, 12 miles; Elevation: 4430 ft up, 3150 ft down

les Chapieux, les Mottets or 3-star hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Courmayeur

Leaving France, a gradual ascent through quiet alp pastures leads to the Col de la Seigne and into Italy.

From the pass, 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 transfer 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.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 2570 ft up, 2950 ft down

Hotel Bouton d'Or
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

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.

HIKE: rest up or take an optional dayhike high above town

Hotel Bouton d'Or
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 7

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. If our hotel is full, we often stay in a friendly hiker’s inn with private rooms in nearby Ferret

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

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

Day 8

Champex

One of the easier hikes on your Mont Blanc tour takes you through woods and up to the delightful, lakeside village of Champex. This is a nice moderate day passing pretty waterfalls and tiny villages.  If you prefer a bigger day, an optional route up to the Orny glacier is sure to get your legs burning, with an alpine hut to visit and inspiring mountain views.

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.

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

Hotel Mont Lac, Splendide or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

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.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 2460 ft up, 2260 ft down (Bovine) or 7-9 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 3940 ft up, 3740 ft down (Fenetre d’Arpette)

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

Day 10

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.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 3170 ft up, 2580 ft down

Hotel les Aiglons
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

depart

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

  • Breakfast

Tour Options

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

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

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