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Complete Tour du Mont Blanc in Huts (Extended)

14 Days & 13 Nights 4.9 Read 14 reviews
  • Taking on Europe's classic long distance trek
  • Three countries on one trek; France, Italy & Switzerland
  • Delicious meals featuring the local specialities of each country
  • An extended itinerary with bag transfer included and an extra night in Courmayeur
  • Share stories with fellow walkers in spectacularly located mountain huts
Two weeks of fabulous trekking on this relaxed version of the Tour du Mont Blanc, staying in mountain huts and hotels. Experience every step of this classic Alpine trek through France, Italy and Switzerland. This itinerary is ideal if you want to complete the entire Tour at a slightly slower pace and spend more time on the Italian section of the trek. An experience filled with superlatives, which should be on any walkers ‘must do’ list of treks. The ever changing panoramas will just blow you away. Experience the camaraderie of the Tour du Mont Blanc and relax with a beer at the end of the day, chatting to fellow walkers from all over the world. For the serious walker with a sense of aesthetic there really is no other option for the Tour du Mont Blanc.

What To Expect

Although not for everyone, staying in huts allows you to stay high in the mountains and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow TMB’ers. If you would prefer more privacy then our Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort itineraries would be a better option. The tour is rated moderate-strenuous and 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 holiday.


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

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Groups > 10

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails
  • Mountains
  • Alpine Walking


  • Most Popular
  • Classic

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 12 and again between Col du Brévent and Le Brévent on Day 13. Both sections can be avoided by taking an alternative route. These will be detailed in your route notes.


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 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

Your nights are in a mix of small hotels (generally 2/3*) and mountain auberges/refuges in shared mixed-sex dormitories. Mountain huts are spectacularly located and allow you to stay high in the mountains each night rather than dropping down into the valleys. 

 **In 2021, due to strict Covid-19 health & safety regulations, Refuge la Nova, Hotel La Grande Ourse, Gite Bon Abri and Refugio Bonatti require all clients staying in dorm rooms to bring their own sleeping bags. If you have been booked into private rooms in the above-mentioned huts you will only need it for Gite Bon Abri. Please bear this in mind when packing, as these items are essential, and can take up quite a lot of space.** 

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within a party a limited number are available, although a supplement is payable. Single rooms are not available in mountain huts. 

Solo Walkers

The Tour du Mont Blanc is available to solo walkers who are experienced and confident hiking in Alpine terrain. While the TMB has become increasingly popular over the past few years, it should not be underestimated. You will be walking in high-Alpine terrain subject to rain, fog, thunder/lightning storms and snow at any time of year. You must be confident walking alone on difficult terrain, over snow fields and navigating in poor visibility/weather conditions. Whilst this is a challenging walk, because of its popularity, there are more often than not other walkers in close proximity, which is why we can offer this tour to solo walkers. However, if you are a first-time Alpine solo walker, we recommend an alternative tour. We have a range of Alpine tours that would be more suitable for you. Please contact us for more information. 


Breakfast in the 2/3* hotels tend to be 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 usually 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.

  • 7 Nights in comfortable 2/3* star hotels on a twin/double/triple share basis
  • 6 Nights in mountain huts/refuges/gîtes in shared mixed sex dormitories
  • Bag transfer (with the exception of Rifugio Bonatti)
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 8 Dinners (Chamonix & Courmayeur not included)
  • Detailed maps, information pack, route notes, GPX tracks and access to the Macs navigation app
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our office
  • Mountain rescue / emergency assistance
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Les Houches and from Chamonix
  • Lunches (allow €10 per day)
  • Dinner in Chamonix and Courmayeur
  • Local transfers and ski lifts
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • 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. The Plan Praz cable car runs until approximately the 16th of September (varies each year) If you are travelling when it is not running, you will need to descend from Planpraz to Chamonix on foot on Day 12 and reascend on foot on Day 13 (approx 900mascent/descent).

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 book this for you. By Rail: TGV to Saint-Gervais-Le Fayet and then catch the Mont Blanc Express service to Les Houches. www.voyages-sncf.com For the return, they are regular trains between Chamonix and St Gervais les Bains Le Fayet. By Road: Highway A40-E25 Mont Blanc-Chamonix, exit Les Houches. More information at www.viamichelin.fr Parking: In Les Houches there is free parking at the Bellevue Cableway station and parking is allowed and free in some surrounding streets close to your hotel. 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

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 transferred due to the inaccessibility 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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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 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 5 La Visaille to Courmayeur 10 miles / 16.5 km Day 6 Rest Day in Courmayeur Day 7 Courmayeur to Rifugio Bonatti 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 8 Rifugio Bonatti to La Fouly 12 miles / 19 km Day 9 La Fouly to Champex 9 miles / 15 km Day 10 Champex to Trient 9 miles / 15 km Day 11 Trient to Tré-le-Champ 7 miles / 12 km Day 12 Tré le Champ to Planpraz 8.4 miles / 13.5 km Day 13 Planpraz to Les Houches 7.6 miles / 12.3 km Day 14 Onward Travel

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