+ 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 June 2019
Please ask us about a trip. We still have good availability during our 2019 season; some July and late August dates are busy and we can advise. 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.
TMWsg Tour du Mont Blanc Weekend (Self-guided)
7 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
Our main TMK
1 rest day
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Here is our normal schedule of 3 stages:
Arrival day: Arrive in Trient
Your trip starts on arriving at the auberge in Trient. This small Swiss hamlet is a bus or taxi from Martigny on the Swiss rail network, or in the other direction from Chamonix.
Auberge in Trient
Stage 1: Trient to Argentiere
Red3 grade, 15km with 1100m ascent, 1160m descent
A good all-round TMB day, today has the highlight of the Col de Balme. From here there should be views of Mont Blanc (weather permitting) and a great stretch of the Chamonix valley. Descend from the Col to climb Aiguillette des Posettes before dropping into the Arve valley at Montroc. We detour from the TMB to the busy village of Argentière.
Hotel in Argentiere
Stage 2: Argentiere to La Flegere
Red3 grade, 10km with 1140m ascent, 510m descent
We continue the Tour du Mont Blanc as it joins the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve for hopefully some exhilarating views across to Mont Blanc. The route traverses the hillside on the North side of the valley. We can visit the famously picturesque Lac Blanc with its view of Mont Blanc.
(Special note for 2019: Please see the details below about La Flegere's closure in 2019 and our good options instead.)
Stage 3: La Flegere to Les Houches
Red3 grade, 15.5km with 720m ascent, 1570m descent
The aim today is Les Houches and the end of the Tour du Mont Blanc. Along the way some of the Tour's best views unfold on the climb to Le Brévent before the long descent to the valley. At Les Houches it is then a short bus ride to Chamonix to celebrate in style! We base your last night in Chamonix, despite it being off the TMB route, in order that you can enjoy the largest and most vibrant base in the valley.
Hotel in Chamonix
Departure day: Depart from Chamonix
Relax over breakfast, see more of Chamonix and depart for Geneva Airport. If embarking on further travels please ask us to advise whether Switzerland and elsewhere in the Alps.
Our usual schedule of accommodation might not be available, especially if there is not much time between booking and your trip. We book accommodation as closely as possible to this itinerary and present a schedule for you to check before we proceed.
Refuges du Lac Blanc and de la Flegere 2019
Refuge de la Flegere and the Flegere cable car, which we normally use as the break point of the two stages above Chamonix, will be closed for building works for the whole of Summer 2019.
However, we are pleased that both the Planpraz cable car and Refuge du Lac Blanc will be open for the 2019 season. This gives two options. Our standard option 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.
As an alternative it is possible to stay at Refuge du Lac Blanc. Please ask us for more details or to discuss your options.
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.
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.
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.
Our approach to the TMB Weekend
Our routecards stick to the generally accepted Tour du Mont Blanc route, with some small and scenic diversions such as that to Lac Blanc for views across to Mont Blanc. Two rest days are also built in. Our standard schedule walks the Tour in the normal anti-clockwise direction; you can choose to walk it clockwise if you prefer.
This walking holiday takes you on the last three Tour du Mont Blanc stages, starting in the Swiss Alps at Trient and finishing in the Chamonix valley. On the way, you complete the sections in the Aiguilles rouges above Chamonix, hopefully with some of the best views of Mont Blanc. There are three days of walking, each one a stage on the official Tour du Mont Blanc route. The terrain means that the walking is slightly harder on average than a full TMB, because the last two stages are rockier than the norm.
How to get there
Your holiday starts in the Swiss hamlet of Trient and ends in the major resort of Chamonix. The most convenient airport is Geneva with several transfer options available: to Trient we suggest the Swiss trains to Martigny then bus to Trient, and from Chamonix we suggest a minibus or the Swiss trains. As well as Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports also work.
Travel to and from the trip is not included in the holiday price. We take care to give the most useful notes possible about all the travel options. We supply these both on booking and in your info pack, and we offer personalised tips at any point. The aim is that our trekkers arrange their travel by the simplest and most scenic means as suits their plan.
Key information Summer 2019
Trip name: Tour du Mont Blanc Weekend
Prices Summer 2019
3 stages, per person:
Research Summer 2019
Trient (Photo gallery)
Alpine Exploratory's service
The TMB Weekend in the Alps
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