Tour du Mont Blanc Classic, Self-guided

The classic full circuit Tour du Mont Blanc trek, starting and finishing in Chamonix Mont Blanc, undertaken independently with the aid of detailed walking notes, planning and support.

12 days holiday | 10 days hiking | Trip pack and support

On this full circuit Tour du Mont Blanc trek, you’ll walk 160 km (100 miles) of stunning alpine trails and climb over 9000 vertical meters - more than the height of Mount Everest - during 10 days of varied and interesting alpine walking, enjoying world-class mountain scenary.

The views and the impressions vary each day as we hike over mountain passes between valleys and travel across three different alpine countries.

At night, you will relax in comfortable hotels in charming alpine villages, but are also treated to a couple of nights in traditional alpine mountain huts in remote and scenic locations. Local, tasty food will restore your energy levels.

This full circuit Tour du Mont Blanc trek is an absolute classic and should be on every serious mountain walkers' tick-list!



Flexible. Dates between mid-June and mid-September 2024

Very limited availability for 2024!

Cost 2024: £1895 p.p.

Based on min. 2 people joining

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Flexible. Dates between mid-June and mid-September 2025

Good availability

Cost 2025: £2095 p.p.

Based on min. 2 people joining


  • Hiking around Mont Blanc
  • Crossing the Balme pass between Switzerland and France on the Tour du Mont Blanc
  • A guided group hiking through Swiss alpine pastures on the Tour du Mont Blanc
  • Hiking through alpine pastures with cows on the Tour du Mont Blanc
  • Our guided group hiking past shepherds hut high above the valley on the Tour du Mont Blanc
  • An old chapel in a peaceful location in a small hamlet on the Tour du Mont Blanc guided hike
  • A guided hiking group enjoys lunch at the Bovine high mountain pastures in the Swiss Alps on the TMB
  • A guided group is posing in front of Mont Blanc from the Aiguilles Rouges above Chamonix
  • One of our guided groups hiking towards Chamonix on the Tour du Mont Blanc
  • The iconic 'TMB' marker showing the way on the Tour du Mont Blanc


DAY 1: Meeting in Chamonix Mont Blanc, France

Arrive in Chamonix and check in at your hotel. Allow time to check your trip pack and equipment, and make final preparations for your Tour du Mont Blanc ahead. Your evening is free to explore the many bars and restaurants in Chamonix.

DAY 2: Above Chamonix to Les Houches

Your trip starts with a cable car ride that takes you up to nearly 2000 meters. Here, above the tree line, begin a stunning high-level walk above the Chamonix valley with exceptional views of Mont Blanc. Your descend to the village Les Houches and a traditional Savoyard hotel for the night. (B+D)

DAY 3: Les Houches to Les Contamines

You walk (or take a cable car) to the top of the ski area in Les Houches. From here, you traverse below the towering Aiguille de Bionnasay and cross the snout of it's glacier on a suspension bridge, before arriving at the Col de Tricot. It's now steeply downhill to the Miage mountain pasture, where a charming mountain hut offer refreshments, before the last stretch down to the charming village Les Contamines. (B+D)

DAY 4: Les Contamines to Vallée des Glaciers

From Les Contamines you climb steadily up an old roman way towards the top of the Contamines valley. A stunning and wild walk takes you over a succession of mountain passes before your descent to the Vallée des Glaciers (the Glaciers Valley) and the final short stretch to a traditional mountain hut. (B+D)

DAY 5: Vallée des Glaciers to Courmayeur, Italy

You leave the hut and ascend to the Seigne mountain pass, where you cross the border into Italy and get the first views of the dramatic Italian side of Mont Blanc. It's a gentle descent into the beautiful Val Veny, where you transfer the last, short, distance into Courmayeur. Your evening is free to explore the many bars and restaurants in Courmayeur. Night in hotel. (B)

DAY 6: Courmayeur to Val Ferret

From the town center of Courmayeur, we start our climb to the Bertone mountain hut and the Mont de la Saxe ridge. You contour the ridge above the Ferret valley, enjoying breathtaking views of the towering peaks that form the Italian side of Mont Blanc. The night is spend at the splendid Bonatti mountain hut. (B+D)

DAY 7: Val Ferret to La Fouly, Switzerland

From the Bonatti hut, you continue traversng above the Ferret valley until you drop down to Arnouva. Here. you start the ascend to Grand Col Ferret, pasing the Elena mountain hut on the way, giving you one last chance of an Italian espresso. You now enter Switzerland and descend into the idyllic Swiss Ferret valley to the village of La Fouly. (B+D)

DAY 8: La Fouly to Champex-Lac

A gentle day today, starting with a walk down the Swiss Ferret valley, along a gushing river and through charming old Swiss farming villages. A relatively short ascent takes you through wood-land to the picturesque lake-side village Champex. (B+D)

DAY 9: Champex-Lac to Trient

Leaving Champex, you have a choice of two routes depending on how you feel. You can cross the notorious Fenêtre d’Arpette - a tiny mountain pass cut into a rugged alpine ridge, or you can opt for the gentler Bovine route, which takes you past an old farm in a high mountain pasture, which serves as a mountain hut and offers superb views of the Rhone valley. Either way, we end the day at a bustling auberge in the small village of Trient. (B+D)

DAY 10: Trient to Argentière, France

From Trient, you hike steadily up to the Balme pass, where you cross the border back into France and the Chamonix valley. You traverse the ridge line of the Aiguilette des Posettes, enjoying breathtaking views in all directions. You descend to the village Argentière for the night. (B+D)

DAY 11: Argentière to Chamonix Mont Blanc

You leave Argentiére for the last leg of your tour, ascending to the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve. A stunning high level walk delivers some of the finest views in the Alps and provides an extraordinary finale to your trek. All too soon, you commence the final descend to Chamonix and the completion of your tour. (B)

DAY 12: Departure day

Breakfast in the hotel and the official end to your Tour du Mont Blanc trek. (B)



Suitable for mountain walkers with good fitness and stamina and an adventurous spirit and who pocess the skills and experience to travel independently in the mountains.


12 days holiday with 10 days walking


8 nights in hotels, 1 night in auberge and 2 nights in mountain huts.

Group size:

Organised on a private basis for min. 2 people. There is no max. group size.



Expert tour planning and organisation by Alpine Treks

Detailed route cards

Guide book

Topographic maps (1:25000), NOT photo copies

Practical information pack

11 nights accommodation

Meals (11x breakfast and 8x dinners)


Additional days:

Trek at your own pace and add as many extra days as you prefer. Contact us for details.

Luggage transfers:

Add bag transfers on some or all stages. Contact us for details.