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Complete Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort (extended)

14 Days & 13 Nights 4.8 Read 74 reviews
  • Taking on Europe's classic long distance trek, the Tour du Mont Blanc
  • Three countries on one trek; France, Italy & Switzerland
  • Delicious mountain food featuring Savoyard specialities such as locally made cheese
  • An extended itinerary with bag transfer included and extra nights in Courmayeur
  • Staying in comfortable hotels and spectacularly located mountain huts
Walk the complete Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland, staying in comfortable accommodation each night. It’s the perfect Alpine trek for those who prefer their trekking in comfort. Your trek starts and finishes in Les Houches (with the last night in Chamonix) and covers all of the Tour du Mont Blanc so that you won’t miss a single step of this fabulous walk. It includes the start through Les Contamines Nature Reserve, a rest day in Courmayeur in the Val d’Aosta, a fabulous few days through the Val Veni and Val Ferret and finishes on a high with two days walking in the Aiguilles Rouges. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a trek filled with superlatives from beginning to end and the ever changing mountain panoramas will just blow you away.

What To Expect

With an extra two nights on the trail, this itinerary is perfect if you want to enjoy all of the Tour du Mont Blanc staying in comfortable accommodation in private rooms a rest day in charming Courmayeur. The tour is rated moderate-strenuous with daily ascent/descent being 1,000m on average. Bag transfer is also included so you can walk with just a day pack.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Groups > 10

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Grade & Terrain

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a tough trek with considerable ascent and descent on each day. We would suggest that you are an experienced walker who is looking for a challenge. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.  The terrain is mountainous, rocky and rough underfoot. There are two sections that include the use of fixed ladders and footholds, and require some very light scrambling. This is on the Grand Balcon du Sud route between Tré-le-Champ and Lac Blanc/Le Flègére on Day 10 and again between Col du Brévent and Le Brévent on Day 11. Both sections can be avoided by taking an alternative route. These will be detailed in your route notes.

Navigation

The Tour du Mont Blanc is comprehensively way marked at all junctions and by regular paint marks along the trail. We supply you with detailed 1:25 000 IGN maps, a comprehensive guidebook and route notes so you should have absolutely no problem following the route. We also provide you with access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App, which you can use to navigate. We strongly recommend using this App, or at least having it on your phone ready to use should you ever be in any doubt about your direction. You should also polish up on your map and compass skills prior to departing, as weather and visibility can change very quickly in the mountains, and these kinds of skills never go out of fashion!

Accommodation Information

The majority of your nights are in small hotels (generally 3*) and some nights are in auberges/refuges in private twin rooms as hotels are not available in these locations. We carefully select small friendly hotels that offer great value, food and welcomes. Full hotel details are listed in the detailed itinerary.

Private Rooms on the Tour du Mont Blanc

As the Tour du Mont Blanc season is short and as the "Comfort" trips have proved to be especially popular this year, please be aware that there is currently no guarantee that private rooms will be available in the smaller accommodations. We will still continue to do all we can to accommodate your preferences.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within a party a limited number are available, although a supplement is payable.

Solo Walkers

The Tour du Mont Blanc is not available to solo walkers due to safety considerations.

Meals

Breakfast in the 3* hotels is a buffet selection with lots of sweet treats like pastries, home made jams fruit and cereals. Savoury tastes are also catered for with bread, cheese, ham and eggs available. Breakfasts in the mountain hotels and huts tend to be very basic; bread, butter, jams, coffee, tea and orange juice.  If you prefer something more substantial before walking, we recommend carrying a few energy bars with you each day and supplement your breakfast with one of these. Packed lunch items can be bought locally from supermarkets or the local boulangerie. If you are staying in a hut or remote accommodation, order a packed lunch with them upon arrival. Allow about €10 per day for lunch. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.

Dinner in the hotels will be at least three courses chosen from a fixed menu, and sometimes there is a choice available. Dinner in the mountain huts tend to be a convivial affair, and you will be seated with the other guests. Meal times are a real highlight in the huts, and you can enjoy the company of people from all over the world while you dine on good honest home cooked food. Dinner is typically soup with bread, a main course consisting of meat and rice or pasta, a side salad or vegetables, followed by a simple dessert or cheese. If you have any dietary requirements, please tell us upon booking and we can arrange this with the accommodations. In Chamonix and Courmayeur. dinner is not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Savoyard specialities are mostly based on cheese. Dishes which shouldn’t be missed include fondue, tartiflette and raclette.

Included
  • 10 Nights in a two & three star hotels on a twin/double share basis
  • 3 Nights in auberges/mountain refuges in private twin/double rooms
  • Bag transfer (with the exception of Rifugio Bonatti)
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 8 Dinners (Chamonix & Courmayeur not included)
  • Detailed maps, information pack, route notes, guidebook, GPX tracks and access to the Macs navigation app
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Les Houches and from Chamonix
  • Lunches (allow approx.10 Euro per day)
  • Dinners in Chamonix and Courmayeur
  • Public transport such as cable cars/ski lifts/buses
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Accommodation upgrade at any point on the trek

When To Go

The season for the Tour du Mont Blanc runs from the start of July to mid September. Please note that public transport in the area in the shoulder month of September is limited. This means that certain 'short cut' options will not be at your disposal during this month. Those hiking in these months should be prepared to walk the full distances each day. In the itinerary description you will find the daily distances both with and without any possible short cuts. The last weekend of August sees Chamonix hosting the famous Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc race. We recommend avoiding the TMb at this time as the area is extremely busy and most accommodations full. 

Getting to the Start

By Air: Geneva is the best airport for the Chamonix valley. From here you catch a train if you wish , but the best option is to take a pre-booked shuttle through a company such as Mountain Dropoffs. Your Destination & Adventure Specialist will be happy to give you more information about this. By Rail: TGV to Saint-Gervais-Le Fayet. www.voyages-sncf.com For the return, there are regular trains between Chamonix and St Gervais les Bains Le Fayet. By Road: Highway A40-E25 Mont Blanc-Chamonix, exit Saint-Gervais-Le Fayet. More information at www.viamichelin.fr Parking: In Les Houches you can park for free at the Bellevue Cable Car station. In Chamonix, free parking at the Aiguille du Midi & the parking Planards (Montenvers station).

Getting from the End

From Chamonix, take a pre-booked shuttle such as Mountain Dropoffs back to Geneva airport. Alternatively, if you are travelling elsewhere in France, Chamonix has a train station. Timetables and information can be found at sncf.com

Travel during the walk

You will need to use the cable car from La Flégère to get to and from your accommodation in Chamonix on day 9/10. If you are finding the going too tough you can use lifts or public transport to skip several of the stages or big ascents/descents. Public transport and lifts/funiculars are not included and although your info pack has full details of each transfer you need to pay for these. The following transfers are necessary during your walk. You should allow about €40 for these transfers.

Day 12: Cable car from La Flégère to Chamonix 

Day 13: Cable car from Chamonix to La Flégère

Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfer is included as standard, allowing you to enjoy the trek with just a light day bag on your back. We ask that you limit your baggage to one bag per person with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. Please note that while staying at Refugio Bonatti, your bags cannot be transfered due to the inaccessibilty of the accommodation. You will need to carry your overnight things on these days and you will be reunited with your main bag the following day. If you would prefer not to have bag transfer, and prefer to carry everything on your back as you walk, this can also be arranged. Just ask one of your Destination and Adventure specialists for more information.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Les Houches Day 2 Les Houches to Les Contamines 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 3 Les Contamines to Refuge des Mottets/Les Chapieux 12 miles / 19 km Day 4 Refuge des Mottets to Courmayeur 12 miles / 20 km Day 5 La Visaille to Courmayeur 10 miles / 16.5 km Day 6 Rest Day in Courmayeur Day 7 Courmayeur to Rifugio Bonatti 7 miles / 12 km Day 8 Rifugio Bonatti to La Fouly 12 miles / 20 km Day 9 La Fouly to Champex 9 miles / 15 km Day 10 Champex to Trient 10 miles / 15.5 km Day 11 Trient to Argentière 7 miles / 11.5 km Day 12 Argentière to Planpraz 7 miles / 11.5 km Day 13 Planpraz to Les Houches 7 miles / 11 km Day 14 Onward Travel

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