(Tour du Mont Blanc South) Glacier de Bionnassay above Les Houches
TOUR DU MONT BLANC SOUTH (SELF-GUIDED)   4 stages . 5 nights . French and Italian Alps   Booking

Tour du Mont Blanc South
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Trek from Chamonix to Courmayeur
+ Expert routecards and local information
+ See Mont Blanc from several angles

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

Walk half of the Tour du Mont Blanc in an exhilarating week's walking holiday. Cross high passes with views of the massif; and cross from France into Italy.

This walking holiday takes you on the Tour du Mont Blanc stages around the Southern side of Mont Blanc, starting in Les Houches near Chamonix and finishing in Courmayeur on the Italian side of the mountain. Cover 4 of the 11 stages of the Tour as far as Courmayeur, a splendid little Italian Alpine town with much going on. The terrain means that the walking is slightly tougher overall in this Southern half of the route than in the Northern half.

A typical day on trek involves walking up to a pass, then down through meadows and along the valley to the next village. We book your hotels and huts and we give you routecards and maps for the walking. It's a self-sufficient and satisfying type of holiday, full of local interest... and to finish off the TMB, simply come back the following year!

Your accommodation is a mix of valley hotels and auberges, plus one night in a comfortable Italian mountain hut. The variety can be invigourating and your stays give you the chance to meet other trekkers.


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


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

Singles 100
Singles 125
Our main TMS
Singles 150
5 stages
1 rest day
(7 nights)
Singles 150
Singles 175

Singles 200
Specialised schedules
6 stages
1 rest day
(8 nights)
Singles 175
Singles 200
Singles 225
Baggage transfer Please ask us

Baggage transfer

Our optional baggage transfer takes your bag between stops, to reduce the amount you need to carry. The service runs to all stops except the huts, of which there are 2 on our normal TMB South. (On the hut nights, there isn't much to carry and your bag awaits you at the next hotel.)


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

Add a day
As normal, you end the trip with 1 night in Courmayeur. If you prefer, we can add 2 nights in Courmayeur which give you a rest day plus a daywalk over the fifth TMB stage. Return to Courmayeur by bus. To add one more day, you would finish at La Fouly in Switzerland, for 6 days of walking. Other combinations of stages are possible, for example to spend longer in the Chamonix valley before setting off on trek. If you have a longer or shorter time available, please say and we'll advise on an itinerary to make the most of it.

No dormitories
If you'd like to avoid dorms, please let us know. We can certainly book such itineraries, and it doesn't necessarily mean missing out on huts.

Please let us know if you fancy a more comfortable or a more basic TMB South. 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

"The numerous varieties of flowers and butterflies and lots of sightings of marmots really added to the trip.

"Everything went to plan and we had great weather so we were very lucky."

Suzanne Gilsenan, Ireland
(TMB South)

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Tour du Mont Blanc South
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: TMSsg
Route: TMB Tour du Mont Blanc
(See our background page on the TMB)
(Prefer Guided, North, a full TMB or Weekend?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 4 days' trekking
Start: Les Houches in France
End: Courmayeur in Italy
Typical walk: 17km, 1,100m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,584m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

4 stages, per person:

TMSsg Hutty
GBP 620 (singles 100)
Tour du Mont Blanc South (self-guided)

TMSsg Classic
GBP 670 (singles 125)
Tour du Mont Blanc South (self-guided)

TMSsg Comfy
GBP 750 (singles 150)
Tour du Mont Blanc South (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

The steep descent to Col Sapin in Italy
To Col Sapin (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

5 nights, staying in:
3-star hotels (2)
2-star hotel (1)
Auberge (1)
Mountain hut (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 2 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards TMB1-4 of the Exploratory system
(5-stage trip: TMB1-5)
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

Courmayeur's central square
Courmayeur (Photo gallery)

The TMB South 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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