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Tour du Mont Blanc Trek Highlights


  • Walking Europe's classic long distance trek through France, Italy and Switzerland
  • Wonderful alpine views at every twist and turn of the trail
  • Being part of the buzz in the vibrant town of Chamonix, the outdoors sporting capital of France
  • Comfortable hotel and auberge accommodation in private rooms and included bag transfer
  • Delicious mountain food featuring rich Savoyard specialities

Since The Tour du Mont Blanc was inaugurated as a GR in 1952 it has gained a reputation as one of the world’s classic treks. This route around Mont Blanc goes through France, Switzerland and Italy takes in the very best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Walking in the standard anti-clockwise direction you will cover 6 days of the best walking of the trail, using ski lifts and public transport to skip some sections so that you can spend your time on the very best stretches.

Stay in private rooms and enjoy the freedom of included bag transfer on this fantastic inn to inn trek. 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.

Day 1: Arrive Les Houches

The pretty Alpine village of Les Houches is easily accessible by either train or shuttle from Geneva Airport in just over an hour. On arrival you can settle into your comfortable three star hotel, stroll through the town and get ready for your adventure on the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Dinner & Overnight: Hotel Du Bois***, Les Houches

Enjoying a wonderful outlook the 3* Hotel du Bois offers comfortable rooms, great food and has a sauna and swimming pool.

Day 2: Les Houches to Les Contamines

Your trek starts with either a climb from Les Houches out of the Chamonix Valley to Bellevue or a quick 10 minute ride on the Bellevue telepherique (1801m) where you join the Tour du Mont Blanc.

At Bellevue you have the option of taking the tough route via Chalet de Miage, which is dominated by the Dôme du Goûter and Aiguille de Bionnasay as you pass just beneath the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay. After passing the idyllic Chalet de Miage you descend to Les Contamines.

The easier option winds through beautiful forests and through alpine pastures via Bionnassay to Les Contamines.

Les Contamines is an attractive town spread along the valley floor and the Monday morning market is a treat if you happen to catch it.

Walk via Bionnassay: 16km, 5 Hours, 650m Ascent, 630m Descent

Walk via Chalets de Miage: 18km, 7.5 Hours, 1500m ascent, 1300m descent

Optional Cable Car: Reduces both routes by 2 hours and 900m of ascent.

Dinner & Overnight: Hotel Chemenaz*** , Les Contamines.

Located in a tranquil area almost directly on the TMB trail and a pleasant 10 minute walk to the village centre- enjoy this evening's 5 course meal!

Day 3: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux/Refuge des Mottetts

A gentle start from Les Contamines for the first 5km along the valley floor to chapel at Notre Dame de la Gorge. Here the path turns upwards and climbs steadily on the Chemin Roman through the Contamines Montjoie Nature Reserve towards the distant Col du Bonhomme.

A steady climb reveals increasingly rugged views of the high peaks and you quickly reach the rugged landscapes of the Col du Bonhomme (2329 m). A further hour on rough and rocky ground brings up the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme.

If you are staying in Les Chapieux you descend past the spectacularly located Refuge Col de la Croix du Bonhomme all the way to the valley below.

Those staying at Refuge des Mottets have the choice of either descending to Les Chapieux and then catching the shuttle to Les Mottets or connoisseurs will love the climb to the Col des Fours (2665m), which promise clear views of Mont Blanc before descending into the remote and beautiful Valle des Glaciers.

Walk to Les Chapieux: 18km, 1300m Ascent, 950m Descent, 7 – 7.5 Hours.

Walk to Refuge des Mottetts via Col des Fours: 20km, 1600m Ascent, 880m Descent, 7.5- 8 Hours

Dinner & Overnight: Either the friendly and comfortable Auberge de La Nova, which serves agreat beer and even better grub or Refuge des Mottets idyllically situated with over 50 beds and offering hearty mountain food.

Day 4: Les Chapieux/Refuge des Mottets to Courmayeur

The Col de la Seigne (2516m) lies a steep 750m above the Refuge des Mottets and is where you leave France for Italy. Just wait until you see the view! Stupendous! The steep southern side of the Mont Blanc Massif, made up of jagged peaks, hanging glaciers and plunging waterfalls, seems close enough to touch. The trail descends through high alpine meadows past refuge Elisabetta into the Val Veni.

At Lac Combal you leave the TMB for a couple of kilometres to follow the valley floor to la Visaille, where you catch the local bus to Courmayeur.

Walk from Les Chapieux: (possible to reduce by 5km using shuttle) 22km, 6-7 Hours, 1000m Ascent, 800m Descent, 9-10 Hours

Walk from Refuge des Mottets: 17km, 750m Ascent, 800m Descent, 5-6 Hours

Overnight: Hotel Crampon***, Courmayeur

Located in the heart of Courmayeur the family run Hotel Crampon has a large garden and comfortable rooms.

Or: Hotel Bouton d'Or***, Courmayeur

Also located in the centre of Cormayeur, Patrizia and family offer the warmest of welcomes and one of the very best breakfasts on the trail!

Day 5: Courmayeur to Champex

Your day begins with a bus (25 minutes) to Arnuva, in the heart of the beautiful Val Ferret, in the Grandes Jorasses. Back on your own two feet you ascend Grand Col Ferret (2,537 m), you are in Switzerland! Descent to Ferret (1740 m) where you catch the local bus to the Swiss lakeside village of Champex.

Walk: 15km, 895m Ascent, 1125m Descent, 5.5 Hours

Dinner & Overnight: Hotel du Glacier*** , Champex

Since 1895 the Bisselx family have welcomed guests to their comfortable mountain hotel in the true tradition of Swiss hospitality. You can look forward to relaxing on the sunny terraces and dinner featuring regional specialities.

Day 6: Champex to Trient

The official route goes via Alp Bovine, a splendid walk through pine and larch forests interspersed with alpine meadows and wonderful views down the Rhône Valley.

Alternatively the demanding variant goes via the spectacular Fenêtre d’Arpette to the Trient Valley. Climbing to 2665m it’s a challenging and exposed route but worth every step. Whichever route you choose you will end the day by descending right to the valley floor to the small village of Trient.

Walk via Alp Bovine: 17.5km, 745m Ascent: 900 m Descent, 5.5 Hours.

Walk via Fenêtre d’Arpette: 15.5km, 1200m Ascent, 1450m descent, 7 Hours

Dinner & Overnight: Auberge Relais du Mont Blanc or La Grand Ourse, Trient

Nestled deep in the valley Trient is always bursting with walkers on the Tour du Mont Blanc and Walker's Haute Route. Both these accommodations are fairly basic but comfortable mountain auberges.

Day 7: Trient to Chamonix

From Trient, you climb to reach the French border at Col de Balme (2191 m). From the col the entire Mont Blanc Massif stretches ahead; the Chamonix Valley, the summit of Mont Blanc, the Aiguilles, the Mer de Glace and the Argentière glaciers! The route then continues via the Col des Posettes and Aiguillette des Posettes, with wonderful views throughout, before descending into the Chamonix Valley at Tré le Champ, where you catch the local shuttle bus to Chamonix, the centre of French and indeed Alpine mountaineering.

Walk: 11.5km, 1070m Ascent, 950m Descent, 5 Hours

Overnight: Hotel l’Arve***,
Chamonix. Enjoying a quiet location with great views, despite being so close to the centre of Chamonix, the hotel l'Arve has 37 comfortable rooms and a friendly welcoming atmosphere.

Day 8: Onward Travel

Chamonix is a great base to spend a couple of days and we would recommend that you add extra nights here. You can enjoy some fabulous walking in the Aiguilles Rouge Park (the walk to Le Brévent is a favourite), take the cable car to the Aiguilles du Midi at 3795m or perhaps the train to the Montenvers on the Mer de Glace.

If you are heading home there are numerous shuttles, buses and trains back to Geneva and throughout France.


Your trip includes 5 nights in small 2/3* hotels in private double/twin rooms with private bathrooms and 2 night in a mountain hotel in a private double/twin room with shared bathroom. We specifically select your hotels for authenticity, warmth of welcome and great food and just know that you will adore them. 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.

Please be aware that twin & double rooms in Switzerland are typically 2 single mattresses side by side in one double bed frame with two separate duvet covers and pillows.

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.


7 Breakfasts and 5 dinners are included (Courmayeur & Chamonix not included).  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.

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.

Time of Year

The season for the Tour du Mont Blanc runs from the start of July to mid
September. The trail is sometimes closed until the first week of July
due to snow, in which case your tour would need to be rescheduled or
cancelled. 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 these months. 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.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This tour is not available to solo walkers. Single rooms are available for each nights stay with exception of Day 3, there is a limited number and therefore are subject to availibility. A single supplement is payable

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 a couple of short sections which make use of cables/ropes to aid ascent/descent over particularly rocky sections. 

Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

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!

Baggage Transfers

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.

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

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.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Les Houches / From Chamonix

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, for which we can provide you with a promo code to receive a small discount on bookings.

By Rail: TGV to Saint-Gervais-Le Fayet. and then Mont Blanc Express to Les Houches. 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

Parking: At Les Houches you can park at the Bellevue Telepherique base station. In Chamonix, free parking at the Aiguille du Midi & the parking Planards (Montenvers station).

Travel during the walk

This itinerary skips a few of sections of the TMB and you will need to use public transport/lifts as follows.We provide full timetables, details and instructions and it couldn't be easier. You will need to pay for these locally.

Day 2: Optional Telepherique from Les Houches to Bellevue (Col de Voza).

Day 3: Optional shuttle from Les Contamines to Notre Dame de la Gorge. Optional shuttle from Les Chapieux to Refuge des Mottets

Day 4: Bus or taxi from Visaille to Courmayeur.

Day 5: Bus or taxi from Courmayeur to Arnuva. Local bus from Ferret or La Fouly to Champex via Orsières.

Day 7: Optional ski lift from Col de Balme to Le Tour. Local bus from Tré le Champ to Chamonix.


  • 5 Nights in three star hotels on a twin share basis
  • 2 Nights in mountain auberge in private twin room
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners during the walk (Chamonix & Courmayeur not included)
  • Detailed maps, information pack, route notes, guidebook, GPX tracks, access to the Macs Adventure navigation app
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our team.


  • Mountain rescue / emergency assistance
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Les Houches and from Chamonix
  • Lunches
  • Dinners in Chamonix and Courmayeur
  • Local transfers and ski lifts
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment


  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk.
  • Single room supplement if applicable.

How fit do I need to be?

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.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

The closest airport is Geneva which is served by flights from throughout Europe and around the world.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised. This is a very popular hiking area with a short season. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, sleeping sheet, a day pack and hats/gloves etc. A detailed kit list is included in your information pack.

How do the baggage transfers work? 

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.

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.

When is the best time of year?

The season for the Tour du Mont Blanc runs from mid June to mid September. The trail is sometimes closed until the last week of June due to snow, in which case your tour would need to be rescheduled or cancelled.

Are public transport transfer costs included in the price? 

This particular itinerary makes use of public transport to allow you to cover more ground on a shorter itinerary, or you have the option to make some walks easier/shorter by using ski-lifts/buses etc. The cost for these transfers are not included and are payable locally. Please note that in the shoulder season on the TMB, June and September, that not all public transport services are yet/still in operation. If you have any concerns about this then please contact us for more information.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

Some sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc are very easy to skip with the use of public transport, while others are very difficult, time consuming and expensive. We provide you with a handy 'Public Transport and Bad Weather Guide' to the TMB before you leave and will help you in any way possible should you be unable to walk a stage.

I would buy again and recommend to a friend


Great adventure for my wife and I. Very much appreciated the private room accommodations as it gave us some downtime after lots of socializing on the trail and at meals. Hotels were very nice, and what seems like it might be complicated in the trip description turned out to be quite easy and very well thought out.


Florida, USA


Fantastic! Trip of a lifetime!


This was an absolutely fantastic trip! Definitely a once in a lifetime experience. All of the hotels/refuges were great and the food was delicious. There was not one glitch during the entire trip - the luggage was always waiting for us when we arrived each day. The hike itself was breathtaking - the Alps are majestic, the trails are well marked, and the folks you meet along the way are friendly. I would highly recommend this trip.

Granite Stater

New Hampshire, USA


Perfect trip organized by MACS Adventures


MACS Adventures organized a trip to do the Tour du Mont Blanc in comfort for 6 friends. Accommodations were secured for us and our bags were transported from inn to inn so we only had to carry day packs. Accommodations ranged from quite nice to quite rustic but all were fun and interesting in their own way. We were given much information prior to the trip - maps, guides, bad weather guide for alternate transportation, etc. but the best was the app that tracked the hike. If you got off track, it was easy to spot on the app. This was a trip of a life time and couldn't have been happier with the service we received from MACS. Ran smooth as clockwork!


Columbia Falls, MT


Beautiful and challenging hike, wonderful people along the w


The perfect organization of this trip allowed us to enjoy the challenging hiking each day. The people we met along the trail and staying at a couple of the shared sites were interesting and fun. I would definitely do another Macs Adventure trip.


Cody, Wyoming


Simply awesome


Absolutely loved the whole experience of the Highlights of the Tour of Mont Blanc. It was just enough walking for us - more would have been too much - and we saw spectacular sights. Highly recommended!




Great trip regardless of some weather difficulties!


Overall, we had a great trip. Macs did an unbelievable job finding lodging for us and fairly accurate descriptions of the lodging and the food service. I have a gluten allergy and all of the lodging was extremely accommodating. It would have been nice to know which towns had grocery stores and their hours so we could have planned our lunches a little bit better. In terms of the route descriptions, overall it went great but we did have a few difficulties. First of all, we were using the official Tour Mt Blanc book which is an 11 day trip and we only hiked for 6 days. It was a little confusing going back and forth from the Macs advice to the official guide book. In addition, the alternate transport guide was also confusing because it was based on an 11 day tour rather than a 6 day tour. The GPS didn't always follow the trail but was relatively easy to follow. It was nice to see how the trails connected to get back on course. In addition, some of the GPS coordinates took us to our lodging but others did not so some of the lodging was a little tricky to find once we got near our destination. Overall, Macs did a great job. Our bags arrived every night and most of the nights we loved the lodging and food. Our pretrip service was exceptional and we Jess thoroughly answered all of our questions!


Aspen, CO


Our milestone event


These comments may not constitute a review as such, but our my reflections after the journey. My daughter and I decided to celebrate our milestone birthdays (30 & 70) with a grand adventure. Happily we discovered Macs Adventures' "Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort," the perfect birthday gift to ourselves. Rated "difficult" with some "moderate" options, the hikes were challenging and exhilarating. And that's what we wanted. Embarking early each day, my daughter seemed to view every lengthy ascent as a personal affront as she aggressively attacked them. Though not quite as aggressive, I was able to keep up with her. We navigated using Macs APP and the many signs and markers along the trails. We packed lightly, but were glad we had our rain gear up in the chilly cloudy mist of Grand Col Ferret, our first aid kit used for my daughter's minor cut after a slip on the shale, and of course ample water. We arrived a few hours before dinner at our hotels, each a unique and charming postcard property, and enjoyed the warm hospitality and delicious meals. Our luggage always arrived before we did. We took far too many pictures – who could resist trying to capture images of these stunning landscapes? But I'll particularly enjoy recalling the sounds along the way: the rustling leaves, the streams and waterfalls, the buzzing bees among the wildflowers, each friendly "bon jour" from fellow hikers, my huffing and puffing and sighs of satisfaction after an ascent, the church bells, and above all the cowbells ringing in the distance. By chance on our final day we arrived in Chamonix just before the start of the UTMB. What a treat to experience the festive atmosphere, the colors, energy, and excitement of the start of this event – the ideal ending to our milestone adventure! I am a composer. In the coming months I will attempt to express my impressions of our tour in music. One thing is certain. The orchestration will include cowbells! Thanks Macs Adventures!

James G



Amazing Experience


The Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort was excellent. Everything went smoothly, the views were breathtaking and the hiking was difficult but rewarding. My girlfriend and I both felt that the number of days and mileage per day were just the right amount for us. We really enjoyed the variety of terrain covered and observed some of the most awe-inspiring mountain views we've ever seen. Highly recommended.


San Francisco


definitely would reccommend this trip


Really enjoyed the hikes and we spent a lot of time at home doing similar distances and elevations before coming, Come physically prepared to enjoy it. Trails are very well marked and the phone app worked well. We took a rest day half way thru and made it much more enjoyable. Also the 2 extra days we booked gave us flexability for bad weather. The sky tram in either Courmeyeur or Chamonix is well worth doing. Thanks Jess Cohen @ Macs very helpfull!!!


Alberta, Canada


Great tour, good tour info + accommodation


We really enjoyed this tour, which was as described. It was arduous at times, so anyone considering should spend a few months getting in shape (if you aren't already). The routes were as described; same with the hotels, which were excellent. The basic ones, like the last in Trient, was still very clean and comfortable and designed for hikers in mind. The food emphasized calories, which is just what you want after 5-8 hours of hiking. We took an extra day in Courmeyeur, which I highly recommend as it's a marvelous Italian town and the hotel they book is really nice (the owners are there and are extremely helpful in every way). We did an optional hike up to Refugio Bonatti on our extra day. My only complaint was that if you had an extra day, you could add a night at Bonatti but we were told it wasn't part of the tour. (The next day's hike starts just up the road from Bonatti, so it would seem simple enough to arrange). Luggage delivery was flawless. Overall, it's a very well-run operation, the app is very helpful (we didn't even use the paper maps) and figuring out the buses is easy enough.

Sam F.

Washington, D.C.


Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights in Comfort

4.8 55


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