(Tour du Mont Blanc) Walkers in front of the Aiguille Verte
TOUR DU MONT BLANC (GUIDED)   11 stages . 13 nights . French, Italian, and Swiss Alps   Booking

Tour du Mont Blanc
Guided trekking holiday

+ Alpine scenery from the grand to the tranquil
+ Trek a full circuit of Mont Blanc
+ Led by our International Mountain Leaders

Latest news March 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. Thank you.

The Tour du Mont Blanc leaves the Chamonix valley to make a spectacular circuit of Western Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc (4,808m). Trekkers return after 11 days of superb walking having visited Italy and Switzerland en route.

Alpine Exploratory groups walk the full Tour du Mont Blanc route. We don't skip any sections - it's all too good to miss, and we seek the satisfaction of completing the trek in full. We link up the pleasant hamlets and huts that sit along the TMB, as well as stopping in the larger villages and towns of Les Contamines, Courmayeur, Champex and Argentiere.

Trek in the company of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader (IML). Each day the group decides its route based on the weather and energy levels; many stages have alternative trails such as that to Lac Blanc in the Aiguilles Rouges. One rest day is built in, in Courmayeur, letting the group relax after a hard first 4 stages.

Trek in the company of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader (IML). Each day the group decides its route based on the weather and energy levels.


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


Alpine Exploratory
TMBg Tour du Mont Blanc (Guided)
7 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Options on the scheduled guided trips
11 stages
1 rest day
(13 nights)
Singles 160
Singles 250
Our main TMB
Singles 300
Options on a private guided trip
11 stages
2 rest days
(14 nights)
Singles 180
Singles 275

Singles 330
10 stages
1 rest day
(12 nights)
Singles 160
Singles 225

Singles 270
Baggage transfer 160

Baggage transfer

On all our guided TMBs, everyone can opt for baggage transfer or not, as they choose. The service gives drops at all stops except the huts. It's good to have the choice; some of our trekkers like baggage transfer and others prefer not. There is not too much to carry on this route - please ask us for more info.

Refuges Flegere and Lac Blanc in 2019

We anticipate that Refuge de la Flegere and Refuge du Lac Blanc, and the Flegere cable car - being the options to break up the stages above Chamonix - will be closed during Summer 2019. Therefore our standard option will be to take the Planpraz cable car to Chamonix and stay the night, before re-ascending the next morning to pick up the route. This gives the most even split of stage lengths, but makes the stage to Planpraz a long one if visiting Lac Blanc as well. We will advise on any changes, and the possibility of us booking Refuge du Lac Blanc should it arise nearer Summer.


If you join us as a private group instead of joining our scheduled treks, then we can adjust your TMB in various ways.

+ Spend more time over the initial stages, to ease in
+ Shorten the trek to 9 or 10 stages, or add rest days
+ Trek just half on our North or South routes of one week each
+ Favour auberges or huts or up the comfort with our best hotels

Of course, on a private trip you can come on the dates that suit you. Except for the composition of the group and the dates, everything else is the same as on our scheduled treks.

Why Alpine Exploratory for your guided trek?

We trek the full route, missing nothing
On completing this trek you'll have walked every step of the Mont Blanc circuit. It's definitely something to write home about! Cable cars, buses and trains are available in places, and the group can use them if needed, but the plan is to trek continuously. No part of the TMB is worth cutting out; even the more valley-based sections have huge interest.

Expert knowledge of the route
The same careful research that goes into our self-guided TMBs informs our guided treks too. We keep on top of changes to the route and we place a lot of emphasis on good relations with our hotels and huts. They know us well!

Flexible, personal planning
As per our general ethos, even on our scheduled guided trips we like to be flexible. Single rooms are no problem, except at huts and some auberges where they're unavailable. (The single supplement takes this into account.) If you'd like extra nights in Chamonix before or after the trek, please just ask us.

Small groups expertly led
Alpine Exploratory follows best practice in the mountains. Our leaders are all International Mountain Leaders and we keep to a maximum group size of 8 clients. The aim is a small, tightly knit group with an engaging leader, completing the TMB with safety, proficiency and fun.

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Path gradings in Switzerland

We must note for 2018 that Swiss local authorities are giving paths a grading; we don't expect any changes to the TMB paths in Switzlerand, but in case any are given a nominal grade that is illegal for an IML to work on, we will change the route so as to minimise disruption but to let your IML lead the group.

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Tour du Mont Blanc
Guided or self-guided? Guided
Trip code: TMBg
Route: TMB Tour du Mont Blanc
(See our background page on the TMB)
(Prefer Self-guided, North, South or Weekend?)
Group size: 4 to 8 people
Length: 11 days' trekking, 1 rest day
Start: Les Houches near Chamonix
End: Les Houches for night in Chamonix
Typical walk: 16km, 1,000m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,584m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Dates Summer 2019

Scheduled trips 2019
Please join our 3 guided trips:

TMBg1 6 to 19 July 2019
Guided by Jonty Mills
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TMBg3 10 to 23 August 2019
Guided by Rob Gale
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TMBg4 1 to 14 September 2019
Guided by Pete Ellis
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Private trips 2019
Please join us any time in our season from
7 July to 15 September 2019

Scheduled trips: Starting 4, 18 July, 8, 30 Aug
Season: 5 July to 18 September 2020

Research Summer 2019

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Alpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Tour du Mont Blanc will be led by:
Hannah Wright in June
Kathy Grindrod in June
Rob Gale in June

Recces 2019

Happy TMBers
Happy TMBers (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

13 nights, staying in:
3-star hotels (6)
1-star hotels (2)
Auberge (1)
Mountain huts (4)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 6 evening meals
Guided trekking with your IML

The UIMLA logo An IML leads your trek

The IML is the award needed to lead treks on the Tour du Mont Blanc

The IML award

Vallee des Glaciers
Vallee des Glaciers (Photo gallery)

The TMB in the Alps

Map of the TMB within the Alps

Our city information included in your info pack:
Geneva, Bern, Zurich

City breaks after trekking

Find out more

Holiday Notes Read our trip dossier,
    a 2-page PDF which is easy to print

Walking guides Our TMB background page

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