(Tour du Mont Blanc North) At Refuge du Lac Blanc
TOUR DU MONT BLANC NORTH (GUIDED)   7 stages . 8 nights . French, Italian, and Swiss Alps   Booking

Tour du Mont Blanc North
Guided trekking holiday

+ Complete half of the TMB amid immense scenery
+ A logical week's trek in its own right
+ Trek with your International Mountain Leader

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

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a spectacular circuit of Western Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc (4,808m). This guided trek on the North section is one week long and visits much of the best scenery as a superb shorter trip.

Starting in Courmayeur, your group treks from village to village under its own steam, missing nothing along the way. A typical day starts with a morning's climb to a col, then concludes with an afternoon descent to the next village.

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. The trip is the full 7-stage route from Courmayeur to Les Houches; this is one stage longer than our self-guided equivalent, letting us break the North and South halves in Courmayeur itself.

The group stays mostly in hotels but with two nights in mountain huts and one night in an auberge. The huts are a special part of the TMB experience.


Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Tour de Mont Blanc North Guided walking holiday


Alpine Exploratory
TMNg Tour du Mont Blanc North (Guided)
7 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Options on the scheduled guided trips
7 stages
(8 nights)

Singles 120
Singles 175
Our main TMN
Singles 210
Options on a private guided trip
8 stages
1 rest day
(10 nights)
Singles 150
Singles 225

Singles 270
6 stages
(7 nights)

Singles 100
Singles 150

Singles 180
Baggage transfer 120

Baggage transfer

Let us take your bags to each hotel. On the guided TMB North, our normal schedule includes 2 nights in mountain huts, and here your bag goes ahead to your next hotel. Equally there is not too much to carry, so we don't suggest the baggage option is necessary. We give details on what to carry.

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 North in various ways.

+ Spend more time over the initial stages, to ease in
+ Shorten the trek to 4 or 5 stages, or add rest days
+ Trek 6 stages like our self-guided trip
+ 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 TMB Norths.

Tour du Mont Blanc North (Self-guided) - look here for all the options

Why Alpine Exploratory for your guided trek?

We trek the full route, missing nothing
Our plan is to walk every step from Courmayeur to Les Houches, missing nothing out. This is an accomplishment in its own right! 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 Courmayeur or Chamonix, 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, trekking 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.

Happy clients

"Encouragement all the way; [Allan] can make you feel that you are the best walker ever! Lots of stories to tell about his adventures, very interesting.

"I would recommend Alpine Exploratory to other people interested in walking."

Mark Napier, UK
(TMB North)

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Tour du Mont Blanc North
Guided or self-guided? Guided
Trip code: TMNg
Route: TMB Tour du Mont Blanc
(See our background page on the TMB)
(Prefer Self-guided, South or the full TMB?)
Group size: 4 to 8 people
Length: 7 days' trekking
Start: Courmayeur in Italy
End: Les Houches for night in Chamonix
Typical walk: 15.5km, 980m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,584m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Dates Summer 2019

Scheduled trips 2019
Please join our 3 guided trips:

TMNg1 11 to 19 July 2019
Guided by Jonty Mills
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TMNg3 15 to 23 August 2019
Guided by Rob Gale
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Leaders at Alpine Exploratory

TMNg4 6 to 14 September 2019
Guided by Pete Ellis
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Leaders at Alpine Exploratory

Private trips 2019
Please join us any time in our season from
7 July to 15 September 2019

Scheduled trips: Starting 9, 23 July, 13 Aug, 4 Sept
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

An Alpine Exploratory group on the Tour du Mont Blanc
The Mer de Glace (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 4 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

Ibex, or bouquetin, in the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve
Ibex on the TMB (Photo gallery)

The TMB North in the Alps

Map of the TMB North 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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