Tour du Mont Blanc Tour du Mont Blanc
Self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc (Inn-to-inn hiking tour)
hiking above Courmayeur with the Grandes Jorasses in the background on the Tour du Mont Blanc
Length: 12 days, 11 nights
Hike Rating: Strenuous
Dates:   June-Sept
Self-guided Tour Cost:   $2590 per person
$400 single supplement
Luggage transfers:   optional (see below)

TMB tour reservation

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the finest hiking tours in the world. On this self-guided tour, you'll hike through 3 countries - France, Italy, and Switzerland - stopping at beautiful inns and enjoying an unequaled variety of cultures, views, and hikes as you circumnavigate the Mont Blanc massif, featuring many of the highest peaks in the Alps. If you're an independent hiker, a self-guided TMB tour is the perfect way to hike around Mont Blanc at your own pace with assurance of knowing that every detail of your tour is well-planned. With optional luggage transfers and a numerous itinerary options, we'll help you choose the best way for you to hike Mont Blanc and experience one of the world's classic hikes.

On our standard, 11-night Mont Blanc tour, you'll have 7 nights in village hotels with private bathroom, and 4 nights in simpler mountain inns where private rooms are often available but not assured. Showers are available all nights. Starting and finishing in Chamonix, this tour includes airport pickup and dropoff in Geneva. We've included a couple of our favorite scenic detours to maximize your TMB experience, as well as a welcome rest day in Courmayeur in the middle of the tour. Private rooms are often available for 3 of the nights in remote huts and inns, but space is limited, and if private rooms are not available, there are somewhat larger communal sleeping rooms. They're wonderful places with a lively and convivial dining atmosphere and are the stops where you're most likely to meet other TMB hikers. There are many alternate versions of the Tour du Mont Blanc as well - longer or shorter tours are very possible, we can arrange more or fewer nights in huts and mountain inns, simpler hotels in the villages, or 4-star upgrades in Chamonix or Courmayeur with private rooms and luggage every night for a luxury TMB - so please ask if you're interested in varying this itinerary. earn your breaks during a big hike on the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB)

Luggage? This self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc does not automatically include luggage transport, but private luggage transfers are available by taxi. For 2 people, this adds $350/person for luggage transfers to all villages (you'll have it for 8 of the 11 nights), or your bags can be transferred from Chamonix to Courmayeur and back for $150/person for 2 people (giving you luggage for 5 of the 11 nights). You can hike around Mont Blanc with very little in your pack, and extra luggage can be stored at your hotel in Chamonix, but if you want your luggage more often, we can make that happen for you. Please ask for more info on these options.

Your typical day on the TMB starts with a continental buffet breakfast at your hotel or inn, giving you the energy needed for a big day of hiking. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Most of the hotels and mountain inns will sell picnic lunches if they are ordered the night before. Reminders will be included in your route notes. Soon, you'll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours. With a several passes to cross, Tour du Mont Blanc is often strenuous, but there will also be opportunities for easier days.

You should finish each daily hike around 4-5 pm, sometimes earlier on the shorter days, giving you time to wash up, relax, and gaze upon Mont Blanc and the surrounding scenery. After that, enjoy a delicious dinner at your inn or on your own in town. These are multi-course feasts, featuring delicious local French and Italian specialties. A hearty meal provides a satisfying end to your day. Our standard self-guided TMB includes dinner on 6 nights (dinners are not included in Chamonix or Courmayeur, where there are numerous great restaurants to choose from). We normally reserve top 3-star hotels in all the villages and private rooms whereever available in the remote inns. Upgrades to superb 4-star hotels are available in Chamonix and Courmayeur if you would prefer a more deluxe Mont Blanc experience.

With 3 countries worth of soaring, beautiful mountains, lofty passes, and gorgeous trails, the self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc is an exhilarating trek that lives up to its world-class reputation.

Day 1 For the Tour du Mont Blanc, it's best to fly to Geneva, and we'll arrange your transfer to Chamonix, the world-famous resort and mountaineering center at the foot of Mont Blanc. Enjoy the ambiance of this beautiful village with impressive views of Mont Blanc. Stay in a comfortable hotel in town. (Chamonix)
Stay in a combination of village hotels and charming mountain inns on the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB).  Refuge Nant Borrant. Day 2 One of the classic hikes in the region leads to Lac Blanc for an introductory dayhike. This high-mountain lake sits in the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Preserve, a rugged ridge across the valley from Mont Blanc, and commands one of the greatest mountain views anywhere. Make good use of local cablecars to enjoy more time hiking near the lake, and keep an eye open for bouquetin - a mountain goat with long curved horns that are frequently sighted in this region. Return to Chamonix for a 2nd night. (Chamonix)
Day 3 Leaving Chamonix, your Mont Blanc circuit starts with a cablecar above the scenic Voza pass to the lovely Bionnassay valley, a wooded region with impressive glaciers and waterfalls, and capped by blinding peaks. An optional ascent leads over the higher Tricot pass to the Miage valley, before descending to the quaint village of les Contamines. Those who would like more village hotels can stay in a village hotel, otherwise our standard tour continues one more hour on a beautiful walk along the wooded Bon Nant stream to the rustic and charming Nant Borrant inn, a hiker's inn with dorms only. (Nant Borrant or les Contamines)
Day 4 Today the tour du Mont Blanc route leads you on a long ascent across two lofty passes, Col du Bonhomme and Col de la Croix du Bonhomme. Descend to the tiny hamlet of les Chapieux and stay the night in a rustic mountain inn. Double rooms available but limited at Auberge de la Nova. (auberge de la Nova or les Mottets)
Day 5 Leaving les Chapieux, a gradual ascent through quiet alp pastures leads to the Col de la Seigne and into Italy. Here you're greeted by an amazing view into the Veny valley and the Mont Blanc range. The Aiguille Noire de Peuterey is particularly impressive from this vantage point, and Mont Blanc itself dominates the view ahead of you. Continue down valley and into the medieval village of Courmayeur, where you stay in a pleasant 3-star hotel or a nearby B&B in an historic home. (Courmayeur)
Day 6 A second day in Courmayeur is a great way to break up the Tour du Mont Blanc. There is plenty to do in the village, cablecars take you up to high vantage points, or there are great dayhikes near town. Courmayeur is a beautiful village, with cobblestoned pedestrian-only alleyways filled with comfortable cafes and stylish shops. Stay in the same hotel a second night. (Courmayeur)
Day 7 One of the highlights of the tour is the high traverse of Mont de la Saxe above Courmayeur, with incredible views of Mont Blanc and the towering Grandes Jorasses as you hike to the comfortable Bonatti hut. Enjoy sunset views of Mont Blanc from the patio as you settle in for your final night in Italy. Double rooms available but limited. (rifugio Bonatti)
enjoy gorgeous views hiking seven passes on the Tour du Mont Blanc Day 8 Hiking to the back of the Italian Val Ferret, you'll enjoy more great views while crossing the Grand Col Ferret and into Switzerland. Descend through tidy green fields with high cliffs and glaciers reaching down from the heights, to the tiny village of la Fouly, a quiet stop along the Tour du Mont Blanc. (la Fouly)
Day 9 One of the easier hikes on your Mont Blanc tour takes you through woods and up to the pretty, lakeside village of Champex. A much more strenuous alternate route leads over a high pass, to a hut perched along the edge of the Orny glacier, before descending to Champex. Stay in a comfortable village hotel. (Champex)
Day 10 An undulating trail leads through alpine pastures and pine forests, with sweeping views of the Rhone valley. Weather permitting, a more rigorous possibility leads up to the high pass of Fenetre d'Arpette, one of the highest points along the tour and along the Trient glacier. Finish the day at a small hiker's inn at Forclaz. Double rooms available, but not guaranteed for all dates. (Col de la Forclaz)
Day 11 On your final hiking day of the tour, cross the Col de Balme into France, coming back full circle to sweeping views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley. A possible sidetrip to the nearby Posettes ridge leads to even greater views, with a delightful trail leading down to the valley floor. Spend your last night of the Mont Blanc tour celebrating in Chamonix. (Chamonix)
Day 12 Today you say au revoir, and depart for your post-Mont Blanc destinations.

Mont Blanc tour reservation

the Bonatti hut along the Tour du Mont Blanc

Arrive: Plan arrival for the Tour du Mont Blanc the day your tour starts at the latest (flights from the US usually depart the day before). The closest airport is Geneva. This self-guided tour includes airport pickup and dropoff.
Depart: Plan departure for the day the tour ends at the earliest. Since the Geneva airport is only 1 hour away by van or taxi, it is possible to leave the day the tour ends.

Prefer a guided group tour? Check out our guided Tour du Mont Blanc or our similar Hiker's Haute Route or Bernese Oberland Traverse inn-to-inn tours.

Read Josh Roberts in USA Today recap his guided Tour du Mont Blanc with Alpinehikers in 2003.



Self-guided TMB half-tour, South or North

hiking to the petit Ferret pass along Tour du Mont Blanc Length: 6-7 days, 5-6 nights
Hike Rating: Moderate-Strenuous

For those without the time to devote to the full TMB, we can also arrange half the tour as a self-guided tour. The southern route starts in Chamonix and leads through remote landscapes on the way to Courmayeur over 5 nights. It's a beautiful route, and is a good choice for strong hikers who want a fairly strenuous experience. The northern route begins in Courmayeur and crosses through Switzerland before dropping down to Chamonix in 6 nights. This is a better choice for early-season hikes, families, and people who would like a more moderate inn-to-inn experience.

Luggage transfers can be arranged on request. Either half is a wonderful shorter tour with a good mix of villages and remote inns, plenty of variety and memorable mountain views. Please ask if you have questions about which is right for you. These trips can be customized in many different ways.

Dates:   June-September
South, 6 day, Chamonix to Courmayeur:  $1790 per person
$300 single supplement
North, 7 day, Courmayeur to Chamonix:  $1890 per person
$300 single supplement


Self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc, 9 day Express tour

Length: 9 days, 8 nights
Hike Rating: Strenuous

On this express version of the TMB, we've dropped the extra nights in Chamonix and Courmayeur (nights 2 and 6 of the full tour), as well as the night in la Fouly (night 8 of the full tour). Instead you'll take a bus from la Fouly to Champex, skipping the easier valley walk there. Luggage transfers can be added for similar pricing to the full tour. If you don't have time for the full 12-day tour, this 9-day tour is a great option for hiking virtually the entire circuit.

Dates:   June-September
Tour Cost:  $2190 per person
$400 single supplement
Luggage transfers:   optional


Self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc, details:

Our self-guided prices are per person, based on two people sharing a standard double room, and include:
12 day tour: 11 nights prepaid hotels and inns, 11 breakfasts, 6 dinners (not included in Chamonix or Courmayeur), Geneva airport transfer to Chamonix and back, optional luggage transfers between villages. A total of 7 to 8 nights (depending on the option you choose for night 3) are in village hotels with private rooms and bathrooms.
6 day South half-tour: 5 nights prepaid hotels and inns, 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners, shared airport transfer from Geneva to Chamonix, private transfer from Courmayeur to Geneva airport, optional luggage transfers between villages. A total of 3 to 4 nights (depending on the option you choose for night 3) are in 3-star village hotels, 1 to 2 nights in remote inns.
7 day North half-tour: 6 nights prepaid hotels and inns, 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners, private transfer from Geneva airport to Courmayeur, shared airport transfer from Chamonix to Geneva, optional luggage transfers between villages. 4 nights are in 3-star village hotels, 2 nights in remote hikers inns (private rooms available)
9 day tour: 8 nights prepaid hotels and inns, 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners, Geneva airport transfer to Chamonix and back, optional luggage transfers between villages. A total of 4 to 5 nights (depending on the option you choose for night 2) are in village hotels with private rooms and bathrooms.

All self-guided tours include hiking maps, detailed route descriptions (including longer, shorter, and rainy day options), sightseeing suggestions, and lots of useful information to help ensure a successful trip. In the simpler inns, we book private rooms if at all possible, and dorms with waitlist for a room if they are not available. Nant Borrant (optional night 3) is dorms only, and la Nova, Bonatti and Col de la Forclaz all have limited space in private rooms.

trails are well-marked along the Tour Mont Blanc Not included are lunches, dinners in Chamonix or Courmayeur, drinks with dinners, extras (such as laundry, phone calls from the room, etc), luggage transfers (if not added at additional cost), or ground transportation other than airport transfers.

If you'd like to lengthen or shorten your self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc, add destinations, or create a customized tour of the Mont Blanc region from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience all over the Alps, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.

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