Tour du Mont Blanc

On Foot from France to Italy to Switzerland

Overview

Glacier-clad Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps, with seven gorgeous valleys radiating into France, Italy, and Switzerland. Our hike circles this famed massif, crossing from one country to the next—on foot! The TMB is one of the “Great Hikes of the World,” and we’ve honed this classic to perfection with impeccably designed hiking days as we explore each country’s cultural and culinary delights. Overnights are in cozy mountain hotels and inns, and our expert Trip Leaders (up to three on each trip) bring wonderful esprit to the adventure.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Chamonix / Col de Tricot

From charming Chamonix, the mountaineering “capital” of Europe, a warm-up hike brings us below the Bionnassay Glacier, with a climb up to the Col de Tricot (6,955') for fine views of the snow-covered ridge of the Dômes de Miage.

Grand Hotel des Alpes
Chamonix, France
Day 1 (1 night), Day 8 (1 night)
Hotel La Chemenaz
Les Contamines, France
Day 2 (1 night)
Days 3-5
Into Italy / Col de la Croix du Bonhomme / Courmayeur

From the chapel of Notre Dame de la Gorge, we hike through gentle forests to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, our first pass. We cross the Col de la Seigne (8,255'), then enter the mountainous Aosta region of Italy, with fantastic vistas of Mont Blanc’s sheer 11,000-foot southern face. On one festive evening, we join in the alpine tradition of passing the grolla bowl (espresso and grappa, flambé!) to toast our day’s adventures.

Auberge de la Nova
Les Chapieux, France
Day 3 (1 night)
Les Chambres du Soleil
Les Chapieux, France
Day 3 (1 night)
Hotel Lo Scoiattolo: Courmayeur
Courmayeur, Italy
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
Days 6-7
Into Switzerland / Champex / Trient Glacier / Col de la Forclaz

Crossing into Switzerland on foot, we traverse the Val Ferret beneath the massive granite peaks of Mont Dolent (12,543'), the Dent du Géant, and the Grandes Jorasses. From lakeside Champex, we follow a shepherds’ trail, ascending gently with views of the Rhone Valley. The magnificent Trient Glacier is in view as we cross the Col de la Forclaz (5,010'),

Hotel du Glacier
Champex, Switzerland
Day 6 (1 night)
Hotel du Col de la Forclaz
Trient, Switzerland
Day 7 (1 night)
Martigny Boutique Hotel
Martigny, Switzerland
Day 7 (1 night)
Days 8-9
Col de Balme / Chamonix

Climbing to the Col de Balme (7,201'), the border between Switzerland and France, we once again see the beautiful Chamonix Valley. With the glory of the Mont Blanc massif above us, we descend to Chamonix, mission accomplished! Depart on Day 9.

Highlights

Highlights

One of the world’s classic hikes—and we do it right!
Hike across three international borders on foot and enjoy magnificent mountain and glacier views
Delicious mountain cuisines in each country, expert Trip Leaders
Overnights in mountain villages with great charm and character

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5195  
Arrive: Chamonix, France
Depart: Chamonix, France
Lodging: 6 nights hotels, 2 nights small inns with semi-private rooms
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

8 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 6-8 hours a day, altitudes between

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