(Tour du Mont Blanc North) View of Mont Dolent on the stage to Champex
TOUR DU MONT BLANC NORTH (SELF-GUIDED)   7 stages . 8 nights . French, Italian, and Swiss Alps   Booking

Tour du Mont Blanc North
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Walk one half of the famous TMB
+ Grand Alpine trails high above the valleys
+ Thoughtful advice on itineraries and options

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

Trek half of the classic Tour du Mont Blanc route over 7 days of Alpine walking. The full Tour is an 11-day circuit of Western Europe's highest mountain; it can be split up very conveniently into two halves, each fitting inside a week's break.

Start in the Italian Val Ferret near Courmayeur and finish in the Chamonix valley. On the way, you pass through all of the Swiss stages and complete the sections in the Aiguilles Rouges above Chamonix, hopefully with some of the best views of Mont Blanc. There are 7 days of walking, each one a stage on the official Tour du Mont Blanc route. The nature of the terrain means that the walking is slightly easier in the Northern half than the Southern half.

This being a self-guided holiday, you're free to complete the walks as you choose: we arrange everything for you, including booking your accommodation and providing you with routecards for the walking, and then it's up to you to carry out the walks yourself.

Your accommodation is a mixture of valley hotels and auberges chosen for their friendly welcome and good location. The range of places visited gives a realistic feel for life as it's lived in this part of the Alps.


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


Alpine Exploratory
TMNsg Tour du Mont Blanc North (Self-guided)
7 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
6 stages
(7 nights)

Singles 100
Singles 120
Singles 150
7 stages
(8 nights)

Singles 100
Singles 120
Our main TMN
Singles 150
7 stages
1 rest day
(9 nights)
Singles 120
Singles 150
Singles 180
Specialised schedules
5 stages
(6 nights)

Singles 100
Singles 120
Singles 150
Baggage transfer Please ask us

Baggage transfer

Let us move your bags between stops. Please contact us for a price. This service covers your hotels and auberges but not your huts, of which there are 2 on our normal 7-stage schedule. Your bag goes ahead to your next hotel.

Refuges du Lac Blanc and de la Flegere 2019

As expected, Refuge de la Flegere, which we normally use to break up the section of the TMB above Chamonix, will be closed for the duration of the 2019 summer season along with the Flegere cable car. However, we are pleased to say that Refuge du Lac Blanc will be open for the 2019 season which gives two potential options for our hikers above Chamonix. Our standard option for 2019 will be to walk beyond La Flegere to Planpraz and take the Planpraz cable car to Chamonix. You would then stay the night in Chamonix, before re-ascending the next morning to pick up the route. This gives the most even split of stage lengths and is our recommendation for most hikers. However, if you wish, you can opt to stay at Refuge du Lac Blanc instead. Please do ask us for more details or to discuss your options.


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

Miss a day
As normal, you walk from Courmayeur to the first hut. To reduce the trip by one day, take the bus from Courmayeur up-valley, to walk to La Fouly. This is our 6-stage schedule (8 nights including a rest day, 7 nights without). On our normal 7-stage trek it's possible to add a rest day, of course: this gives our 9-night price as above. For a quick dash, our 5-stage schedule involves 2 long days. Or, at our normal pacing, join in La Fouly (Switzerland) and follow the last 5 stages to Les Houches.

No dormitories
If you'd like to avoid dorms, please let us know. We'll advise on the options above Chamonix, where our usual hut is linked by cable car to the valley, and at the hut outside Courmayeur, where we can often book private rooms.

Please let us know if you fancy a more comfortable or a more basic TMB North. Our normal schedule is a good mix; at certain villages we can adjust your accommodation. We can book more huts, or more of our smart family-run hotels.

Happy clients

Favourite stage? "All stages were beautiful in different ways but we thought the walk from Trient to Argentiere particularly so.

"On the service side, you couldn't have been more helpful. We met two other couples along the way who had done trips with you and everyone commented on how helpful you were and quick to respond to any queries."

David Ng, Australia
(TMB North)

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Tour du Mont Blanc North
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: TMNsg
Route: TMB Tour du Mont Blanc
(See our background page on the TMB)
(Prefer Guided, South, a full TMB or Weekend?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 7 days' trekking
Start: Courmayeur in Italy
End: Les Houches in France, for Chamonix
Typical walk: 16km, 850m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,537m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

7 stages, per person:

TMNsg Hutty
GBP 790 (singles 100)
Tour du Mont Blanc North (self-guided)

TMNsg Classic
GBP 830 (singles 120)
Tour du Mont Blanc North (self-guided)

TMNsg Comfy
GBP 940 (singles 150)
Tour du Mont Blanc North (self-guided)

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

Trekkers converge at Col de Balme, a major pass heralding the Chamonix valley
At Col de Balme (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 4 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards TMB5-11 of the Exploratory system
(6-stage trip: TMB6-11)
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
7 July to 15 September 2019
5 July to 18 September 2020
Trek on your ideal dates

The last descent from the Brevent to Les Houches with Mont Blanc in full view
The last descent (Photo gallery)

The TMB 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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