TOUR DU MONT-BLANC
6 DAYs - SELF-GUIDED
“At a time when everything is more and more planned, programmed, organized, being able to get lost will soon be a delight and an exceptional luxury” Gaston Rebuffat
The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a hiking trail that is internationally renowned. This fame is well deserved, and with each new season, it always brings as much emotion and fulfillment to all its participants, whether they are novices or experienced. The mountain environment and the high mountain territories are combined here in a marvelous way and offer a natural spectacle of great magnitude.
Day 1: Les Houches – Les Contamines (France)
Let’s go ! Here you are at the beginning of your Tour du Mont-Blanc, at the foot of the Bellevue cable car in Les Houches, which you will surely take (one way cable car included) with many mountaineers as it is also the starting point of the famous Mont-Blanc ascent.
From the top of the cable car, you will hike under the Bionnassay glacier to the Col du Tricot to discover a magnificent view of the Contamines-Montjoie valley.
You will then start your descent towards the Chalets de Miage and the village of Contamines-Montjoie where you will spend the night.
Approximate distance : 11km – Elevation gain & loss: +640m / -1280m
Day 2 : Les Contamines – Les Chapieux (France)
From the village of Les Contamines-Montjoie, you will head today towards the hamlet of Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge (where the asphalt road ends).
From the chapel, continue to the Refuge de Nant Borrant and Refuge de Balme and then continue to the Col du Bonhomme (the Col du Bonhomme is a great place to have a picnic). In the afternoon, you will descend to the hamlet of Les Chapieux, where you will spend the night.
Approximate distance: 19km – Elevation gain & loss: +1360m / -970m
Day 3 : Les Chapieux (France) – Courmayeur (Italy)
Today your path takes you out of France as it leads you to Italy!
You will start your hike in the direction of the Ville des Glaciers and then the Col de la Seigne from where you will reach the Italian border. The pass itself offers a superb view of the western face of Mont-Blanc, the wildest and most isolated face.
From there you descend to La Visaille (Val Veny) at the end of the Miage glacier where you will take a local bus to the village of Courmayeur. You will have time to enjoy this alpine village with a dinner on your own.
Approximate distance: 20 km – Elevation gain & loss: +1060m / -970m
Day 4 : Courmayeur (Italy) – Champex (Switzerland)
This morning you will take the local bus from Courmayeur to Arnouva (Val Ferret), starting point of your hike. The path leads you to the Rifugio Elena, where we recommend you to enjoy a last espresso before going to the Grand Col Ferret, the Italian-Swiss border
The view from this point is breathtaking: turn around and have a last look at the Italian side of your Tour du Mont-Blanc.
You will then descend to the village of La Fouly, where you will take a local bus to Champex, the village where you will spend the night.
Approximate distance : 15 km – Elevation gain & loss : +820m / -985m
Day 5 : Champex – Trient (Switzerland)
Departing from Champex, you will continue to enjoy this picturesque area beginning with an hour and a half of easy hiking along the “cattle road” that ranchers once used to guide their cattle through the mountains.
Continuing through the hilly terrain, you enjoy views of the Dents du Midi and climb through the forest to lookouts over the beautiful Rhone Valley and the town of Martigny.
You then descend to the Col de la Forclaz and then to your accommodation in Trient.
Approximate distance : 15 km – Elevation gain & loss : +830m / -1020m
Day 6 : Trient (Switzerland) – Chamonix (France)
Your last day of hiking takes you back to France!
From Trient, you will walk to the Col de Balme, the border between Switzerland and France. Enjoy the phenomenal views of Mont Blanc before an easy descent to Montroc. From there, you will have to take a local bus to Chamonix.
End of your trip.
Approximate distance: 14 km – Elevation gain & loss: +1130m / -1040m
Note: the itinerary, distances and altitudes may vary slightly for many reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.
Please also be aware that self-guided trek involves your own responsibility for the route you choose and the choices you make on the trails. We will provide you with a roadbook, map and GPX tracks but you will be hiking every day on your own and we cannot be responsible for the decision and events that may occur during your hike.