(Tour du Mont Blanc) Col de la Seigne on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif
TOUR DU MONT BLANC (SELF-GUIDED)   11 stages . 14 nights . French, Italian, and Swiss Alps   Booking  Prefer a guided trip?

Tour du Mont Blanc
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Trek all the stages, completing the whole circuit
+ Start on any date you choose
+ Expert, unlimited advice on all the options

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

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a trek of superlatives: the most famous trek in Europe, forming a circuit of Western Europe's highest mountain Mont Blanc (4,808m). Our circuit takes the standard 11 days, starting and finishing in the Chamonix valley.

Tour trekkers are treated to grandstand views of the Mont Blanc massif, but the route never strays from mountain walking terrain. Cross from France into Italy, then into Switzerland and finally back into France. On a typical day your route climbs up to reach a col with wide mountain views before dropping down to the next verdant valley. Here you find the hamlet, village or town that will be home for the night. Our normal schedule also stays in huts for three nights.

Our routecards follow the main Tour du Mont Blanc route, with some optional diversions such as that to Lac Blanc for views across to Mont Blanc. Two rest days are built in, based in Courmayeur and in the Chamonix valley with lots to explore. This holiday misses out nothing from the Tour and you will cover the whole circuit in one very satisfying fortnight.

Your accommodation reflects life as it's lived in these mountains and is a mix of comfy valley hotels and simple auberges, plus three huts, all chosen for their friendliness and location.


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


Alpine Exploratory
TMBsg Tour du Mont Blanc (Self-guided)
7 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
12 stages
2 rest days
(15 nights)
Singles 180
Singles 275
Singles 330
11 stages
2 rest days
(14 nights)
Singles 160
Singles 250
Our main TMB
Singles 300
10 stages
1 rest day
(12 nights)
Singles 120
Singles 200
Singles 260
Specialised schedules
13 stages
2 rest days
(16 nights)
Singles 220
Singles 300
Singles 360
9 stages
(10 nights)

Singles 125
Singles 175
Singles 210
Baggage transfer Please ask us

Baggage transfer

Let us move your bags between stops. Please contact us for a price. On the nights on which you stay in huts (4 nights on our normal TMB) your bag goes ahead to your next hotel. We don't suggest that the baggage service is necessary, and packing light (we advise!) can be the finest way to do the TMB. The service is there for all who'd like it.

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 in various ways, as follows:

Faster treks
Each year many clients ask to complete their TMBs in fewer days. We can recommend itineraries of 9 or 10 stages, and sometimes fewer. Rest days can be skipped too. It's just as valid to take longer over the TMB, for shorter stages and more time to absorb the scenery.

More huts or auberges
As standard our TMBs have 3 hut nights; if you prefer more, we can readily book 5 or 6 nights in huts. It's tricky to complete the TMB entirely by staying in huts, because of their spacing, but with a slightly less even spread of stage lengths we can make your trek almost entirely based in huts or hut-like places. We can also make more use of auberges or dormitory accommodation, for a more basic trip. Please ask us for what you prefer.

Please let us know if you fancy a more comfortable or a more basic TMB. Our normal schedule is a good mix; at certain villages we can adjust your accommodation, booking more auberges or more smart hotels as you prefer. Our 'comfy' itinerary of mainly 3* hotels is a good starting point for many.

No dormitories
If you'd like to stay in fewer dorms, please let us know. We can usually book private rooms at at least one of your huts. To avoid dorms entirely means a hotel in place of at least one hut; we can advise.

Happy Clients

In Courmayeur: "Really great breakfasts, I mean amazing choices from fruit custard tarts, fruit salad, muesli, meats, cheeses. A perfect choice.

"A very well organised, efficient, helpful and reliable organisation. Whole trip very well researched and up to date. Great and useful route cards that allowed us choice depending on weather. Good maps. To be commended."

Nicki Spicer, UK
(Tour du Mont Blanc)

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Tour du Mont Blanc
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: TMBsg
Route: TMB Tour du Mont Blanc
(See our background page on the TMB)
(Prefer Guided, North, South or Weekend?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 11 days' trekking, 2 rest days
Start: Les Houches in France
End: Les Houches for night in Chamonix
Typical walk: 16km, 1,000m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,580m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

11 stages and 2 rest days, per person:

TMBsg Hutty
GBP 1,240 (singles 160)
Tour du Mont Blanc (self-guided)

TMBsg Classic
GBP 1,450 (singles 250)
Tour du Mont Blanc (self-guided)

TMBsg Comfy
GBP 1,590 (singles 300)
Tour du Mont Blanc (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

Crossing a rocky stream on the TMB
Crossing a rocky stream (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

14 nights, staying in:
3-star hotels (5)
2-star hotels (4)
Auberges (1)
Mountain huts (4)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 6 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards TMB1-11 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
7 July to 15 September 2019
5 July to 13 September 2020 (TBC 1 Oct 2019)
Trek on your ideal dates

Rifugio Bonatti, a fine Italian hut on the Tour du Mont Blanc
Rifugio Bonatti (Photo gallery)

The TMB in the Alps

Map of the TMB 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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