(Tour du Mont Blanc Weekend) Lac Blanc above Chamonix
TOUR DU MONT BLANC WEEKEND (SELF-GUIDED)   3 stages . 4 nights . Swiss Valais and French Haute Savoie   Booking

Tour du Mont Blanc Weekend
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Get to know the TMB in a long weekend
+ Trek into the Chamonix valley, then high above it
+ Detailed advice on travel and options

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

Trek three days of the classic Tour du Mont Blanc. The full Tour is an 11-day circuit; here we take the last three stages to include the final, high section above Chamonix. We conceived this trip as a neat way to fit in a magnificent little trek.

Arrive in the small Swiss village of Trient, deep in its valley. Your trek takes you first to Col de Balme at the head of the Arve valley, with Chamonix far below and Mont Blanc to the left. Days two and three run high above Chamonix on rocky trails. Finish the trek at Les Houches, the traditional TMB terminus, before taking a bus up-valley for a last night in bustling Chamonix.

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, plus one mountain hut above Chamonix. We love friendly welcomes, good standards and handy locations.


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


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

Singles 40
Singles 50
Our main TMK
Singles 60
Specialised schedules
4 stages
1 rest day
(6 nights)
Singles 120
Singles 125
Singles 150
Baggage transfer Please ask us

Baggage transfer

Let us move your bags between hotels. Please ask us for a price. This service covers your hotels and auberges but not your huts, of which there is one on our normal 3-stage schedule. Your bag goes ahead to your next hotel. On the TMB Weekend there is a way to travel to Trient - your first night - via Chamonix and to leave luggage at your last hotel; we can advise on this.

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.


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

Add a day
As normal, your first stage starts from Trient. We can add stages at the start: for example, a 4-stage and a 5-stage trek also work very well. Alternatively, take 1 rest day in Chamonix and trek 2 days either side: Trient to Chamonix, and Chamonix to Les Contamines. Please ask us for more details.

No dormitories
If you'd like to avoid dorms, please let us know; we'll give you details of our alternative accommodation. As per our normal 3-day trek, groups spend one night in dormitories in a hut above Chamonix. We can avoid this by taking the cable car to the valley.

Please let us know if you fancy a different section of the TMB, perhaps spending time in Italy, or covering the less rocky terrain elsewhere on the circuit. A weekend section of the TMB also works nicely from Courmayeur.

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Tour du Mont Blanc Weekend
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: TMWsg
Route: TMB Tour du Mont Blanc
(See our background page on the TMB)
(Prefer North, South, or a full TMB?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 3 days' trekking
Start: Trient in Switzerland
End: Les Houches in France, for Chamonix
Typical walk: 12km, 990m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,525m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

3 stages, per person:

TMWsg Hutty
GBP 520 (singles 40)
Tour du Mont Blanc Weekend (self-guided)

TMWsg Classic
GBP 550 (singles 50)
Tour du Mont Blanc Weekend (self-guided)

TMWsg Comfy
GBP 610 (singles 60)
Tour du Mont Blanc Weekend (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 gleaming church in Trient in the Swiss Alps
Trient (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

4 nights, staying in:
2-star hotels (2)
Auberge (1)
Mountain hut (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 2 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards TMB9-11 of the Exploratory system
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

Refuge de la Flegere in front of the hidden Mer de Glace
La Flegere (Photo gallery)

The TMB Weekend in the Alps

Map of the TMB Weekend 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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