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Tour du Mont Blanc
Starting in Les Houches
Ending in Chamonix
Typical walk 16km, 1,000m ascent
Highest altitude 2,584m
June-Sept 2012 (Joy, Pete, Allan, Stewart, Lucy, Keith & Simon)
A rocky stream (Photo gallery)
14 nights, staying in:
3-star hotels (5)
2-star hotels (4)
Mountain huts (3)
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 20 September 2013
Trek on your ideal dates
We take 11 stages and 2 rest days as the norm; please ask us for a shorter or longer trip
Rifugio Bonatti (Photo gallery)
Let us move your bags between stops. Please contact us for a price
The TMB in the Alps
+ Trek all the stages, completing the whole circuit
+ Start on any date you choose
+ Expert, unlimited advice on all the options
Latest news May 2013
Please ask about our 2013 season which starts on 1st July. 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.
We can adjust your TMB in various ways, as follows:
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.
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.