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Le Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the greatest walks in the world. As the circuit passes through France, Switzerland and Italy you view Europe's highest mountain from all sides.

Guided Walking Holidays - Mont Blanc Hotel Trek

Le Tour du Mont Blanc is the greatest walk in the world. As the circuit passes through France, Switzerland and Italy you view Europe’s highest mountain from all sides. Each day is different, and provides walking along high alpine paths with views over jagged peaks and glaciers. Here’s your chance to walk this route in comfort, staying in small characterful hotels with your bags transported for you. We start in Argentière just north of Chamonix, and then work our way around the mountain in a clockwise direction to Les Houches. Where ever we walk on our circumnavigation of this magnificent mountain we are never very far away from views of the massif. The way we walk Mont Blanc is generally on the right. It’s the big white thing. The massif of which Mont Blanc is the highest point at 4808m contains 11 summits over 4000m so inevitably sometimes these mountains obscure our view.

Starting in France we walk north east and cross the first major col at Col de Balme (2191m) which forms the border with Switzerland. We then continue over the Col de Forclaz. In Switzerland we turn southwest to cross the Col de Ferret (2490m) into Italy. The Italian section is perhaps the wildest section and possibly offers the best walking. We cross back to France at Col de la Seigne (2516m). The cols are obvious highlights but there is much more to be enjoyed. On the lower slopes farming methods continue little changed in centuries. On the higher slopes our walks are accompanied by the high pitched call of Marmots with the occasion eagle overhead.

We will have rest days in Courmayeur and Les Houches. If you have longed to circle Mont Blanc in comfort this is the perfect way.

Holiday Highlights

  • The views across the Chamonix Valley to Mont Blanc from the Grand Balcon Sud.
  • Seeing the Italian side of the mountain: the Grandes Jorasses and 'Monte Bianco'.
  • Looking down on two of the largest glaciers of the area, the Mer de Glace and the rock-strewn Miage Glacier.
  • The best of the mountain views and a clean comfortable bed and hot shower at the end of the day.
  • All the logistics taken care of for you. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Geneva (British Airways) 
      Airport transfers
      Baggage transfers between hotels
      Half board accommodation with breakfast taken in hotels and dinners in the hotels or local restaurants 
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 8

  1. Day 1

    We begin our adventure by flying from UK to Geneva where you will meet your Leader before transfering to Argentiere.

  2. Day 2

    Plan Praz – Grand Balcon Sud – Col des Montets – Argentière. Starting from the centre of Chamonix we use the lift to Plan Praz to join the TMB – here a magnificent high panoramic path known as the Grand Balcon Sud undulates round below the savage pinnacles of the Aiguilles Rouges to arrive at Col des Montet. Fabulous views of Mont Blanc all the way! Ascent 550m / Descent 1000m; 14km (8.7 miles); 5 hours

  3. Day 3

    Argentière - Col de Balme – Trient (Switzerland) – Col de Forclaz. Resuming the TMB route from Argentière we climb up to the Col des Posettes (1997m) for yet more superb views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley. We then traverse to the Col de Balme (2191m) before descending to Trient (1297m). We finish by a steep little climb up to the Col de la Forclaz before we take transport down to Martigny for the night. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 1100m / Descent 900m; 16km (10 miles); 7 hours

  4. Day 4

    Trient - Bovine Route – Champex en Haut. The ‘Bovine Route’ from Trient to Champex (1444m) winds its way through meadows, forests and open country with views of the mountains of Verbier and the great Sion Valley. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 700m / Descent 750m; 15km (9m); 5 hours

  5. Day 5

    Champex - La Fouly. From Champex, it is a gentle walk to La Fouly (1600m) along the valley floor of the Val Ferret following the river through forests and meadows to Praz de Fort from where we ascend with wonderful views of Mont Dolent. (Luggage transferred separately). 550m Ascent / 440m Descent; 15km (9.3m); 5-6 hours

  6. Day 6

    La Fouly - Grand Col Ferret – Courmayeur (Italy). From La Fouly we cross into Italy via the impressive Grand Col Ferret (2537m). From here, the descent is slightly steeper but with outstanding views of Les Grandes Jorasses and Mont Blanc. We finish at Arnuva in Italian Val Ferret from where we take a public bus down to Courmayeur. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 970m / Descent 1,170m; 17km (10.5miles); 6-7 hours

  7. Day 7

    The Balcony of Val Ferret. Returning by public bus to Val Ferret we ascend via a superb traversing balcony path to the finely situated Rifugio Bertone for a leisurely lunch before descending directly back to Courmayeur. A relatively easy day but one with unmatchable views of the Italian side of the range. Ascent 600m/Descent 900m; 10 km (6.5 miles)

  8. Day 8

    Rest Day or Optional Walk (Self Guided). The opportunity for a complete rest in our cosy base in Courmayeur or - for the more determined! - a chance to fill in a short but scenic variant of the TMB omitted in the main itinerary. Walkers can take the Dolonne lift to over 2000m and traverse round and down into Val Veny enjoying stunning vistas of the Brenva Face of Mont Blanc directly across the valley. Those in more relaxed mode can share the great views by ascending either of the two major lift systems starting in Courmeyeur. Optional walk: Ascent 400m / Descent 900m; 10 km (6.5 miles)

  9. Day 9

    Val Veny – Refugi Elisabetta – Casermetta – Col de la Seigne – Chapieux. We start the day by taking a public bus to Val Veny where we join and follow the TMB trail once more up to the charming Elisabetta hut for refreshments before crossing the high and wild Col de la Seigne. Once over the pass a long but easy descent through Alpine meadows takes us down to the tiny hamlet of Chapieux where pre-booked taxis will whisk us down to a comfortable night in the pleasant town of Bourg Saint Maurice. (Luggage transferred separately) Ascent 900m / Descent 1300m; 19 km (13 miles) 7 hours

  10. Day 10

    Les Chapieux - Col du Bonhomme - Les Contamines. Returning by road to Les Chapieux we start with a long steady ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (2479m) before crossing another col (2329m) in order to descend to Les Contamines (1167m). (Luggage transferred separately). 930m Ascent / 1,320m Descent; 17km (10.5miles); 7-8 hours

  11. Day 11

    Les Contamines – Les Houches. We ascend to the Chalets du Truc perched under the great west-face of the Mont Blanc range before descending to the Chalets de Miage at 1559m. Then a steep climb to the Col du Tricot (2120m) and on to the plateau above Les Houches which has outstanding views of the Chamonix Valley, the Aiguilles and the Mont Blanc massif. We have a choice between walking down to Les Houches or descending by cable car and then walking to our hotel. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 1300m / Descent 650m or 1350 ;18km (11.2miles); 6-7 hours

  12. Day 12

    Rest Day- Les Houches. This provides the opportunity either to spend the day in Chamonix or to go up the Aiguille du Midi on the cable car before descending to the mid-station for a high level walk to Montenvers in order to catch the rack and pinion railway back to Chamonix. Optional walk: Ascent 250m / Descent 250m; 10km (6.2miles); 5 hours

  13. Day 13

    Les Houches. Walk directly from the hotel up Le Brevent (2525m) which gives great views across the Chamonix valley of the whole of the Mont Blanc range. A superb path leads us back down to the top of the Plan Praz lift where we close the circle! All that remains is to let the lift take the strain of the descent before celebrating with a drink in Chamonix and taking the train back home to Les Houches! Walking time approximately 5-6 hours; Ascent 1600m / Descent 600m; 12km (7.5miles)

  14. Day 14

    Depart for Geneva airport in time for a flight back to London Heathrow

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Geneva (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 30 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Chalet Hotel Les Campanules

The Hotel les Campanules is a charming hotel in which to spend our final three nights. The garden and elegant public sitting areas give superb views across to Mont Blanc and Aiguille du Midi. Rooms have private shower and WC facilities, TV Satellite, and free Wi-Fi. We shall enjoy good food and specialities of the region such as fondue, raclette and tartiflette. Or you can enjoy a drink at the bar and lounge that has a cosy fireplace and pool table.

Hotel Bouton d'Or

This friendly family run hotel is well known for its exceptional hospitality and atmosphere. Many feel it exceeds its three star rating. The cosy Alpine décor and mountain views makes for a perfect retreat on one of our rest days. Clean and comfortable rooms all have a private bathroom with bath or shower, a balcony or private garden, satellite TV, radio, fridge, telephone, hairdryer, and safe, as well as a complimentary Wi-Fi. Some rooms have mountain views. For the buffet breakfast there is a wide choice: home-made strudel, cakes, biscuits, croissants, jams, omelettes and quiches, or locally-made yoghurt, cheese or cold cuts. The berries for the fruit salads, and the vegetables served, come from the hotels own vegetable garden. There is a garden and terrace in where you can relax and enjoy the peaceful and quiet atmosphere. Very popular and on the way to becoming a real Ramblers favourite!

Hotel de la Couronne

Hôtel de la Couronneis situated at the foot of Mont Blanc in the alpine village of Argentière. It provides en suite accommodation just 5 miles from Chamonix Mont Blanc city centre and 900 yards from Les Grands Montets ski area. All of the rooms at Hôtel de la Couronne have a TV and its own private bathroom with a shower or a bathtub. All rooms have village or mountain views. Les Chéserys restaurant proposes a large variety of fresh seasonal and original homemade meals and has views of Mont-Blanc. A buffet breakfast is served daily. The hotel is 67.1 miles from Annecy and the TGV Train Station and 59 miles from Geneva Airport. Free public parking is available in the village. Argentière is a great choice for travellers interested in off-piste skiing, tranquillity and snowboarding.

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