Tour du Mont-Blanc (6-day) - Self-guided
Who has never dreamed of going on an adventure? Alone, with family or friends: come and discover the charm of three famous Alpine villages, while letting us organize your Tour du Mont-Blanc in 6 days / 5 nights. You will just have to guide yourself through its enchanting landscapes !
The price mentioned above is the price per person.
Day 1 : Les Houches – Les Contamines (France)
Here you are ! Starting your trip in Les Houches, at the bottom of Bellevue cable car, you will take the lift up (lift fee included) to the famous Mont-Blanc route, the starting point of your tour.
From there, you will hike beneath Bionnassay Glacier to Col du Tricot and his magnicient views of Les Contamines-Montjoie valley. Then, you start your descent to the Chalets de Miage first and to the village of Les Contamines where you’ll spend the night.
Elevation gain/loss: +640m / -1280m - Hiking distance : approximately 11 km
Day 2 : Les Contamines – Les Chapieux (France)
Today your hike starts from Les Contamines Montjoie to the chapel at Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge, where the tarmac road ends. From the chapel, continue to Refuge Nant Borrant and Refuge de Balme and then continue towards the Col du Bonhomme (a great lunch spot!).
In the afternoon, you’ll descend to the hamlet of Les Chapieux where you’ll spend the night.
Elevation gain/loss : +1360m / -970m - Hiking distance : approximately 19 km
Day 3 : Les Chapieux (France) – Courmayeur (Italy)
The path today leads you out of France and into Italy !
You start your hike from Ville des Glaciers towards the Col de la Seigne, where you reach the Italian border. The pass itself enjoys a perfect view of Mont Blanc's wild and remote west face.
From there, you’ll hike down to La Visaille (Val Veny) at the end of Miage Glacier where you will take a local bus to the alpine village of Courmayeur. You'll have time to enjoy the town with a dinner on your own.
Elevation gain/loss: +1060m / -970m - Hiking distance : approximately 20 km
Day 4 : Courmayeur (Italy) – Champex (Switzerland)
This morning, you will take the public bus to Arnouva (Val Ferret), the starting point of your hike. The path leads you to Rifugio Elena, enjoy a last Espresso there before hiking to Grand Col Ferret, the Swiss border. The view from here is stunning : turn around and take one last look at the Italian side of your Tour du Mont-Blanc. Then, you’ll hike down to the village of La Fouly, where you’ll take a local bus to Champex, the village where you’ll spend the night.
Elevation gain/loss: +820 / -985m - Hiking distance : approximately 15 km
Day 5 : Champex – Trient (Switzerland)
From Champex, you will continue to enjoy this picturesque area beginning with an hour and a half of easy hiking along the "Bovine Route" that herders once used to guide their stock across the mountains. Continuing across the rolling terrain, you enjoy views of the rocky Dents du Midi and ascend through the forest to lookouts high over the lovely Rhone Valley and the town of Martigny. Then, you will hike down to the Col de Forclaz and your accommodation in Trient.
Elevation gain/loss: +830m / -1020m - Hiking distance : approximately 15 km
Day 6 : Trient (Switzerland) – Chamonix (France)
Your final hiking day leads you back to France !
From Trient, you will hike to Col de Balme, the border between Switzerland and France. Admire the phenomenal views to Mont Blanc before beginning an easy descent to Montroc. From there, you’ll have to take a local bus to Chamonix.
End of the trip.
Elevation gain/loss : +1130m / -1040m - Hiking distance : approximately 14 km
Note : The itinerary, distances and elevations may vary slightly for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.
Please also know that a self-guided tour implies your own responsibility in the route you choose and the choices you make on the trails. We will provide you with a road map, a GPS tracker with SOS button when needed but you will be hiking daily by yourself and we cannot be responsible for the final decision and facts that may arise during your hike.
- 6 days
- From June to September
- Group size
- From 1 to unlimited
- Ways to travel
- France / Italy / Switzerland
Included / excluded in the 6-day Tour du Mont-Blanc program:
- Accommodation: 5 nights in dormitory
- Meals: 5 breakfasts and 4 dinners (dinner not included in Courmayeur)
- Lift passes: One way up of Bellevue cable car on Day 1
- Travel information: roadbook, GPS tracks, map
- Assistance of our team
- Luggage transportation, if you choose this option
- Insurances (cancellation and repatriation)
- Accommodation the pre-night (day 0) and the last night of the trip (day 6)
- Transfers throughout the trek and transfers to/from Chamonix
- Dinner on day 3
- Lunches, snacks and personal expenditure
- Anything not indicated in the “included” section
The luggage transportation option allows you to carry, throughout your hike, only your belongings for the day because your luggage will be transported from accommodation to accommodation. You will find them on your arrival after your stage.
Luggage transportation is possible from a minimum of two bags. Only one flexible bag of 15kg maximum is allowed per person. Payment for this option will be made at the time of payment of the balance for your tour, once the travel dates have been confirmed.
Luggage transportation rates:
|2 bags||350€ for two bags|
|3 bags||480€ for three bags|
|4 bags||600€ for four bags|
|5 bags||700€ for five bags|
Confirmation of your travelling dates:
Our team will contact you after your booking on our website, to find out your preferred departure date. If we cannot find a satisfactory departure date, we will refund the deposit paid.