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Hike the World-Renowned Tour du Mont Blanc Route

Circumnavigate the iconic Mont Blanc massif on this epic multi-day route.

Description

The Tour du Mont Blanc, also known as the TMB, is one of the most popular long-distance hikes in the world. The route circles the entire Mont Blanc Massif, which rises to a height of 4,808 meters above sea level—the highest point in Western Europe and the European Union. The hiking route covers "a distance of roughly 170 kilometres (110 mi) with 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) of ascent/descent and passes through parts of Switzerland, Italy and France,” according to Wikipedia.

While the TMB doesn’t climb to the summit of Mont Blanc, the route climbs up and over numerous high alpine passes, providing stunning views in all directions! Thanks to a well-developed system of huts, along with towns and hotels along the route, there are numerous options for staying overnight and resupplying as you journey around the loop.

Tour du Mont Blanc: Brévent to Merlet

Tour du Mont Blanc: Brévent to Merlet

Chamonix
5.2 km
Day 1: A gentle downhill day on the sun-kissed south-facing slopes of the Brévent peak.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Bellevue to Contamines Mont Joie

Tour du Mont Blanc: Bellevue to Contamines Mont Joie

Chamonix
10.9 km
Day 2: An excellent day taking in a huge variety of views, from alpine meadows to hanging glaciers and rocky ridges.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

19.0 km
Day 3: A long and wild day which leads to one of the most peaceful little settlements in the French Alps.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

Albertville
30.1 km
Day 4: A long day with a gradual climb and an equally gradual descent which takes you on the first border crossing of the Tour du Mont Blanc, from France to Italy via the wide and bleak-feeling Col de la Seigne.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Courmayeur to Lavachey

Tour du Mont Blanc: Courmayeur to Lavachey

13.8 km
Day 5: Although this day is more of a detour than anything, it is a wonderful one in good weather. If the weather is bad or you're pushed for time, get the bus from Courmayeur to Arp Nouva to join stage 6 and skip out this stage.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Day 5 Variant/Extension

Tour du Mont Blanc: Day 5 Variant/Extension

7.7 km
From the end of the Monte de la Saxe ridge, there is an option to extend the day slightly if you are hungry for more.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Lavancher to La Fouly

Tour du Mont Blanc: Lavancher to La Fouly

17.5 km
Day 6: The second border crossing and the highest col on the main Tour du Mont Blanc route.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: La Fouly to Champex

Tour du Mont Blanc: La Fouly to Champex

14.8 km
Day 7: Comfortably the easiest day on the Tour du Mont Blanc, this is an opportunity to soak in the unique ambience of Swiss mountains valleys.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Champex to Col de la Forclaz

Tour du Mont Blanc: Champex to Col de la Forclaz

13.4 km
Day 8: A long, winding traverse through alpine meadows perched high above the Rhône Valley.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Col de la Forclaz to Montroc

Tour du Mont Blanc: Col de la Forclaz to Montroc

15.3 km
Day 9: The final border crossing of the Tour and the first time you'll have seen Chamonix for a week!
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Montroc to la Flégère

Tour du Mont Blanc: Montroc to la Flégère

Chamonix
15.7 km
Day 10: The final day of the Tour and with expansive views across the Mont Blanc Massif, this is a fitting end to a great trip.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Day 4 Variant

Tour du Mont Blanc: Day 4 Variant

Courmayeur
12.6 km
A significant addition to the day but one which rewards your efforts
Private