(Tour du Mont Blanc South) Alpine pastures on the Tour du Mont Blanc
TOUR DU MONT BLANC SOUTH (GUIDED)   4 stages . 5 nights . French and Italian Alps   Booking

Tour du Mont Blanc South
Guided trekking holiday

+ Start the TMB by trekking its first 4 stages
+ Strenuous, exhilarating trekking led by your IML
+ Stay in a mix of village hotels and mountain huts

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

The Tour du Mont Blanc is the famous two-week circuit of Western Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc (4,808m). This guided trek makes a superb short trek in its own right, completing the first segment to Courmayeur.

The route is logical, linking the French side of the mountains to the Italian side. The group soon settles into daily life on trek; and this short taste of the TMB is a fine introduction to the Alps for the fit walker.

Trek in the company of your International Mountain Leader (IML) and your fellow group members, of whom there are up to 8 in total. We keep to genuinely small groups! Each day the group decides its route based on the weather and energy levels. On arriving in Courmayeur, the newly Italian sights and sounds combine with the sense of accomplishment, on this notable short Alpine trek.

The group stays partly in hotels, plus two nights in mountain huts. These high, characterful huts are an invigourating part of the TMB experience.


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


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

Singles 40
Singles 50
Our main TMS
Singles 60
Options on a private guided trip
5 stages
(6 nights)

Singles 40
Singles 75

Singles 90
Baggage transfer 100

Baggage transfer

On all our guided TMBs including the South, anyone can opt for baggage transfer. The service drop your bag at all stops except the huts. Our normal South trip comprises two refuges between Les Contamines and Courmayeur, meaning two nights without your luggage. We advise on what to carry and it's quite straightforward.


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

+ Spend more time over the trek, to give shorter days
+ Shorten the trek to 3 stages, or add rest days
+ Trek 5 stages with 1 rest day, replicating our self-guided schedule
+ 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 Souths.

Tour du Mont Blanc South (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 Les Houches to Courmayeur, 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 Les Houches, Chamonix or Courmayeur, 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.

About us - more about what makes us tick

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Tour du Mont Blanc South
Guided or self-guided? Guided
Trip code: TMSg
Route: TMB Tour du Mont Blanc
(See our background page on the TMB)
(Prefer Self-guided, North or the whole TMB?)
Group size: 4 to 8 people
Length: 4 days' trekking
Start: Les Houches near Chamonix in France
End: Courmayeur in Italy
Typical walk: 18km, 950m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,516m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Dates Summer 2019

Scheduled trips 2019
Please join our 3 guided trips:

TMSg1 6 to 11 July 2019
Guided by Jonty Mills
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TMSg3 10 to 15 August 2019
Guided by Rob Gale
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Leaders at Alpine Exploratory

TMSg4 1 to 6 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

At the cabin at Col du Bonhomme
Col du Bonhomme (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 2 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

Near Lac de Combal in Italy
To Lac de Combal (Photo gallery)

The TMB in the Alps

Map of the TMB South 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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