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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 (the TMB) is considered by many as 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 the entire iconic 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. Wherever 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 naturally on our right. It’s the big white thing; you can't miss it! The range of which Mont Blanc is the highest point at 4808m contains 11 summits over 4000m so great alpine views can always be enjoyed and photographed. Do take a look at our website for a detailed itinerary.

Starting in France, we walk north east and cross our first major col at Col de Balme (2191m) which forms the border with Switzerland. We then continue over the famous Col de Forclaz originally used by smugglers making their way from Switzerland to France. In Switzerland we turn south west 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 occasional eagle overhead.

We will have rest days in Courmayeur and Les Houches to recharge the batteries. If you have longed to take on the TMB 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.
  • Accompanied by our IML qualified leader so you can tackle this challenging route in confidence.
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 
      IML qualified leader
      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
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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 programme, 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

    Free Day - It's time for your first well earned rest! There is more great walking to come but for today why not catch the Bus to La Palud for a trip up to Heilbronner for magnificent views of Monte Bianco, or simply spend sometime relaxing in Courmayeur.

  9. Day 9

    Courmayeaur - Val Veny. We 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. Ascent 400m / Descent 900m; 10 km (6.5 miles)

  10. Day 10

    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

  11. Day 11

    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

  12. Day 12

    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

  13. Day 13

    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

  14. Day 14

    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)

  15. Day 15

    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.

Three Counties - 14nts - 8 Hotels

We could spend a long time telling you all about our splendid tried and tested selection of hotels we use as we circumnavigate Mont Blanc so below is a flavour of what to expect.

All of our hotels offer twin bedded (share possible) and limited single rooms all with en-suite and provide a comfortable stay for the short periods of time we are there. Wifi is available in each hotel with some hotels having wifi only available in public areas allowing you time to switch off and really soak up rural mountain living.

Breakfasts and dinners are included in with breakfasts taken in the hotels. 

Lunches are not included as every walkers ideal packed lunch is different, especially on such a demand route as the TMB however shopping for picnic food is convenient and easy in all the centres. 

Due to the remoteness of some of the hotels, some meals may be basic but more than adequate to refuel you for the next days walking. In some resorts we will get so soak up mountain life further as we head to local restaurants for dinner.

Whilst we endeavour to cater for people with special dietary needs, this can be very difficult at times due to the remote locations of some of the hotels. If you are a vegetarian or have any other special dietary requirements we suggest you carry some extra food supplies with you.