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Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc passes through France, Italy and Switzerland on Europe's finest Alpine hike. Filled with superlatives from start to finish, the route circles the Mont Blanc Massif, covering a distance of about 170km including 10000m of ascent and descent.

Jagged, snow-covered peaks, wide Alpine meadows, bursting with wildflowers and deep-turquoise lakes accompany you on this epic trek, where every day rewards you with outstanding scenery.  Chamonix, Courmayeur, Champex are just a few of the beautiful alpine villages you will visit on your trek.

You can walk the Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort, taking cable cars down into the valley to stay in hotels, or you can walk the Tour du Mont Blanc in Huts and stay up on the mountain, soaking up the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. 

For all the information you could possibly need on the Tour du Mont Blanc, please download our free Tour du Mont Blanc Guide.

  • Walking the Tour du Mont Blanc

    This video gives you an overview of the classic Tour du Mont Blanc.  Neil takes you along with him on the path, giving you a chance to see the scenery and get a better idea if this route is one that you want to add to your list.  

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  • Essential Tour du Mont Blanc Facts
    Essential Tour du Mont Blanc Facts

    The Tour du Mont Blanc, what's in a name? The main confusion with the name of this epic hike is the fact that you do not climb or walk on Mont Blanc. The mountain itself is a pretty hostile environment and generally better left for those of us with extensive mountaineering experience. The Tour du Mont Blanc takes in the area surrounding the mountain, the cols and valleys that ring the Mont Blanc massif. 

    How long is the Tour du Mont Blanc? The complete route is around 170miles. We recommend taking ten days to walk the route, but if you do not have that length of time, we offer highlight packages, walking the classic sections and also a more relaxed version if you want to take a little more time to do it. Whatever your ability or desire, Macs Adventure can sort out the TMB that is perfect for you. 

    The time of year is all-important.  The route is at a higher altitude, so snow is an issue.  We only operate the trip between mid-June and mid-September and keep a constant eye on the conditions so that we can get our customers out walking as soon as it is safe to do so. It is advisable not to book your trip too close to these dates for fear that the snow may be an issue. 

    How high does the Tour du Mont Blanc go?  The highest point on the route is the Grand Col Ferret, which is 2,532m in height.  All together on the trip, you will gain around 10,600m which is a good bit higher than Mt Everest. However, don't let this put you off, it is a lot more straightforward, much safer and more fun than climbing Mt Everest.  

  • Top Tips for the Tour du Mont Blanc
    Top Tips for the Tour du Mont Blanc

    Aguille du Midi Cable Car - Although you will be spoiled for great views as you walk around the Mont Blanc Massif, if you have the time in Chamonix, it is a great idea to take the cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi. At just under 4,000m it has some of the best views of Mont Blanc and for once you won't have to climb to get them!

    Take some highlighter pens - We provide some great maps for the Tour du Mont Blanc and there is nothing better than sitting over a glass of wine the evening before and marking out your route. While it is great fun, it is also a good way to decide which routes you are going to attempt. 

    Breakfast in Hotel Bouton d'Or - Sarah, our TMB Product Manager, has fallen in love with the breakfast served in the Hotel Bouton d'Or in Courmayeur. There is a vast range of homemade cakes, pastries and jams all complimented by the best in locally sourced bread, dairy and meats. A real treat and a super-friendly family who run the hotel make it even more special. 

    Walking Poles - There is a lot of chat about the pros and cons of walking poles, but on the Tour du Mont Blanc they are verging on an essential piece of kit.  The nature of the trip is that you climb and descend every day.  This is where poles come into their own, providing extra stability on these gradients, taking the pressure off the ankles. 

    Sample the local fare - Cheese, mushrooms and cured meat are the staples in the Haute-Savoie area and you will come across these on every menu in every restaurant. They are all of a very high standard and we would definitely recommend having at least one Raclette, Tartiflette or Fondue while you are on the trip. There is something about the comfort and heartiness of melted cheese that goes well with walking in the Alps. 

    Learn the language - While it is not essential to be fluent in French or Italian to take the trip, it always makes a trip more immersive when you can converse with the locals. While many people will speak English, knowing the pleasantries is helpful. We have compiled a list of useful phrases for walking the TMB on our blog.