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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
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Tour du Mont Blanc: Brévent to Merlet

Chamonix
1 - 2 hrs
5.2 km
7 m
1,029 m
Day 1: A gentle downhill day on the sun-kissed south-facing slopes of the Brévent peak.
Moderate
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Bellevue to Contamines Mont Joie
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Tour du Mont Blanc: Bellevue to Contamines Mont Joie

Chamonix
3 - 4 hrs
10.9 km
633 m
1,276 m
Day 2: An excellent day taking in a huge variety of views, from alpine meadows to hanging glaciers and rocky ridges.
Difficult
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux
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Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

Megeve - Les Contamines
5 - 6 hrs
19.0 km
1,364 m
975 m
Day 3: A long and wild day which leads to one of the most peaceful little settlements in the French Alps.
Difficult
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Chapieux to Courmayeur
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Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

7 - 8 hrs
30.1 km
1,143 m
1,472 m
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.
Difficult
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Courmayeur to Lavachey
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Tour du Mont Blanc: Courmayeur to Lavachey

4 - 5 hrs
13.8 km
1,242 m
772 m
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.
Difficult
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Day 5 Variant/Extension

Tour du Mont Blanc: Day 5 Variant/Extension

2 - 3 hrs
7.7 km
505 m
870 m
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.
Difficult
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Lavancher to La Fouly
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Tour du Mont Blanc: Lavancher to La Fouly

4 - 5 hrs
17.5 km
871 m
962 m
Day 6: The second border crossing and the highest col on the main Tour du Mont Blanc route.
Difficult
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: La Fouly to Champex
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Tour du Mont Blanc: La Fouly to Champex

3 - 4 hrs
14.8 km
506 m
636 m
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.
Moderate
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Champex to Col de la Forclaz
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Tour du Mont Blanc: Champex to Col de la Forclaz

3 - 4 hrs
13.4 km
807 m
750 m
Day 8: A long, winding traverse through alpine meadows perched high above the Rhône Valley.
Difficult
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Col de la Forclaz to Montroc
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Tour du Mont Blanc: Col de la Forclaz to Montroc

4 - 5 hrs
15.6 km
1,135 m
1,262 m
Day 9: The final border crossing of the Tour and the first time you'll have seen Chamonix for a week!
Severe
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Montroc to la Flégère
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Tour du Mont Blanc: Montroc to la Flégère

Chamonix
5 - 6 hrs
17.3 km
1,371 m
1,371 m
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.
Difficult
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Day 4 Variant
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Tour du Mont Blanc: Day 4 Variant

Courmayeur
3 - 4 hrs
12.6 km
552 m
1,289 m
A significant addition to the day but one which rewards your efforts
Difficult
Private