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(Tour du Mont Blanc) Climbing to Grand Col Ferret (Tour du Mont Blanc) A chamois on a rock (Tour du Mont Blanc) In descent to La Fouly (Tour du Mont Blanc) Swiss Val Ferret (Tour du Mont Blanc) Chamonix from the South

Tour du Mont Blanc
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Trek all the stages, completing the whole circuit
+ Start on any date you choose
+ Expert, unlimited advice on all the options

Latest news February 2017
Bookings are open for 2017! Please ask us any time. Thank you.

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a trek of superlatives: the most famous trek in Europe, forming a circuit of Western Europe's highest mountain Mont Blanc (4,808m). Our circuit takes the standard 11 days, starting and finishing in the Chamonix valley.

Tour trekkers are treated to grandstand views of the Mont Blanc massif, but the route never strays from mountain walking terrain. Cross from France into Italy, then into Switzerland and finally back into France. On a typical day your route climbs up to reach a col with wide mountain views before dropping down to the next verdant valley. Here you find the hamlet, village or town that will be home for the night. Our normal schedule also stays in huts for three nights.

Our routecards follow the main Tour du Mont Blanc route, with some optional diversions such as that to Lac Blanc for views across to Mont Blanc. Two rest days are built in, based in Courmayeur and in the Chamonix valley with lots to explore. This holiday misses out nothing from the Tour and you will cover the whole circuit in one very satisfying fortnight.

Your accommodation reflects life as it's lived in these mountains and is a mix of comfy valley hotels and simple auberges, plus three huts, all chosen for their friendliness and location.

Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Tour du Mont Blanc self-guided walking holiday


We can adjust your TMB in various ways, as follows:

Faster treks
Each year many clients ask to complete their TMBs in fewer days. We can recommend itineraries of 9 or 10 stages, and sometimes fewer. Rest days can be skipped too. It's just as valid to take longer over the TMB, for shorter stages and more time to absorb the scenery.

More huts or auberges
As standard our TMBs have 3 hut nights; if you prefer more, we can readily book 5 or 6 nights in huts. It's tricky to complete the TMB entirely by staying in huts, because of their spacing, but with a slightly less even spread of stage lengths we can make your trek almost entirely based in huts or hut-like places. We can also make more use of auberges or dormitory accommodation, for a more basic trip. Please ask us for what you prefer.

Please let us know if you fancy a more comfortable or a more basic TMB. Our normal schedule is a good mix; at certain villages we can adjust your accommodation, booking more auberges or more smart hotels as you prefer. Our 'comfy' itinerary of mainly 3* hotels is a good starting point for many.

No dormitories
If you'd like to stay in fewer dorms, please let us know. We can usually book private rooms at at least one of your huts. To avoid dorms entirely means a hotel in place of at least one hut; we can advise.

Happy clients

In Courmayeur: "Really great breakfasts, I mean amazing choices from fruit custard tarts, fruit salad, muesli, meats, cheeses. A perfect choice.

"A very well organised, efficient, helpful and reliable organisation. Whole trip very well researched and up to date. Great and useful route cards that allowed us choice depending on weather. Good maps. To be commended."

Nicki Spicer, UK
(Tour du Mont Blanc)

The Tour du Mont Blanc with Alpine Exploratory
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular options
13 stages
2 rest days
16 nights
Singles 250
Singles 250
Singles 250
11 stages
2 rest days
14 nights
Singles 250
Singles 250
Our main TMB
Singles 250
10 stages
1 rest day
12 nights
Singles 250
Singles 250
Singles 250
Specialised options
9 stages
1 rest day
10 nights
Singles 250
Singles 250
Singles 250

Key information Summer 2017


Classic mix £1,380pp
£250 single supplement
Tour du Mont Blanc (self-guided)

Comfy mix £1,450pp
£300 single supplement
Tour du Mont Blanc (self-guided)

Hutty mix £980pp
£160 single supplement
Tour du Mont Blanc (self-guided)

We take 11 stages and 2 rest days as the norm; please ask us for a shorter or longer trip

11 days' trekking, 2 rest days
French, Italian and Swiss Alps
 Grade (Explained)
Starting in Les Houches
Ending in Chamonix
Typical walk 16km, 1,000m ascent
Highest altitude 2,584m

Research 2017
June 2017 (Joy, Allan)

Crossing a rocky stream on the TMB
A rocky stream (Photo gallery)

14 nights, staying in:
3-star hotels (5)
2-star hotels (4)
Auberges (1)
Mountain huts (4)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 6 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards, maps, local info
Emergency card, language card

Season for self-guided treks
1 July to 17 September 2017
1 July to 17 September 2018 (TBC 2 Oct 2017)
Trek on your ideal dates

Rifugio Bonatti, a fine Italian hut on the Tour du Mont Blanc
Rifugio Bonatti (Photo gallery)

Baggage transfer
Let us move your bags between stops. Please contact us for a price

The TMB in the Alps

Map of the TMB within the Alps

Find out more

Holiday Notes - our full trip dossier (PDF)
A guide to the trek - our background page
About our walking holidays - general FAQs
Contact us - please ask us any questions

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