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Eastern Tour du Mont Blanc - Including accommodation before and after

Bookatrekking.com Trips - 8 days

    Regular days with
  • 15 - 20 km per day
  • 500 - 1000m ascent per day
  • T2 Trails / no difficulty markings
Overview
Route
What's Included?
Accommodation
Packing List
FAQ
Safety
COVID-19
How to Book

Overview

> Trek through Italy, Switzerland and France
> Accommodation in Chamonix and Courmayeur before and after the trek included
> Start in Courmayeur and do more than half of the TMB

This hike is one of the most famous in Europe and traditionally crosses 3 countries: France, Italy, and Switzerland. The famous Tour du Mont Blanc is a 170-kilometer long circuit, which encircles the Mont Blanc massif and has 10 kilometers of ascent/descent. The trek can be completed in 7 to 11 days, depending on the route and physical condition.

This 8-day trekking is designed for those who don't have the legs or the time to do the full Tour du Mont Blanc. Our 8-day trek leads you through the eastern half of the TMB, starting in Courmayeur, Italy, and ending in Chamonix, France. This is basically the same package as this 6-day itinerary but with a hotel in Courmayeur and in Chamonix. Along the way, you will spend the nights in Italian, Swiss, and French mountain huts. There you will meet other hikers and enjoy delicious local dishes. During this 6-day adventure, you'll enjoy stunning mountain views, snow-capped peaks, and walk through small picturesque mountain villages. You don't have to worry about the logistics of booking the huts. We'll take care of that for you, so all you have to do is enjoy this unforgettable adventure. 

Why book with us?

You can do the Tour du Mont Blanc fully independent and self-guided. However, stringing an itinerary including all the accommodation together can be a complicated undertaking. Bookatrekking.com has warm contacts with all the huts on the Tour du Mont Blanc and we can take the load of having to book every hut yourself off your shoulders. Let us help you to make your Tour du Mont Blanc memories stress-free and enjoy free hiking advice from our trekking experts while you're at it. 

Route

What's the Plan?

Arrival day:
Today you must make your way to Courmayeur, where we will have booked a hotel room for you. You can spend the afternoon discovering this welcoming mountain town and enjoying some tasty Northern Italian dishes. Remember to get a map for the Tour du Mont Blanc if you don't have one yet. We also advise you to visit the Ufficio del Turismo to get all the information that you need about the TMB.

Accommodation: Hotel in Courmayeur

Stage 1: COURMAYEUR – RIFUGIO GIORGIO BERTONE
Courmayeur is one of the most famous places in the world in mountaineering and is the town from which Bonatti undertook his impressive ascent of Mont Blanc in the 1960s. From here, the climb up to Rifugio Bertone is magnificent, and from there the Mont Blanc looks majestic.

Ascent: 760 m
Distance: 4,8 km
Accommodation: Rifugio Bertone

Stage 2: RIFUGIO GIORGIO BERTONE - GITE ALPAGE DE LA PEULE
Today, you should have a good breakfast, because one of the great climbs of the Tour, the Col Ferret, awaits you. First, you hike to Rifugio Bonatti, named after the legendary climber. From here, it takes about 3 hours to cross the col and reach the Swiss Val Ferret. The view of the Grand Combin is breathtaking. You will spend the night in Gîte Alpage de La Peule, just before you descend to La Fouly.  

Ascent: 1040 m
Descent: 930 m
Distance: 19,7 km
Accommodation: Gîte Alpage de La Peule

Stage 3: GITE ALPAGE DE LA PEULE - RELAIS D'ARPETTE
Welcome to Switzerland. Today, you have a fairly mild hike scheduled, from La Fouly to Champex, an idyllic spot in the Swiss Alps. Here you can enjoy the peace and have the opportunity to walk along the shores of the beautiful Lake Champex. You will spend the night at the foot of the Fenêtre d'Arpette, in the Relais d'Arpette of the same name. 

Ascent: 720 m
Descent: 1130 m
Distance: 22,5 km
Accommodation: Relais d'Arpette

Stage 4: RELAIS D'ARPETTE - TRIENT
The Fenetre de Arpette with its almost 2700 meters is the highest pass of the Tour. Its ascent is hard, but the views are worth it as, on the other side, you will find the Trient glacier and the Aiguille du Tour. The descent to the Chalet des Glaciers and the village of Trient is through a beautiful forest surrounded by fir trees.

Ascent: 1327 m
Descent: 1337 m
Distance: 12 km
Accommodation: Auberge Mont Blanc Trient

Stage 5: TRIENT - TRE LE CHAMPE
The Col de la Balme is not only the border between Switzerland and France but also the passage that takes us back to the Chamonix Valley from the opposite end to where we left it. From the top, you have an impressive view of Mont Blanc, the Dru, or the Aiguille du Chardonett. From here we go down to Tre la Tete by the Aiguille des Posettes.     

Ascent: 1265 m
Descent: 1265 m
Distance: 14 km
Accommodation: Gite le Moulin

Stage 6: TRE LE CHAMPE - CHAMONIX
The so-called southern balcony is a well-known excursion for all visitors to Chamonix, but we will take it from Tre la Tete. The climb is easy and in the end, you will enjoy the views from the Lac Blanc, one of the most beautiful memories of the trek. You can have lunch at the Lac Blanc refuge and from here you will go directly to Chamonix. You can spend the rest of the afternoon in Chamonix and in the evening you can try a typical Savoyard dinner.

Ascent: 1290 m
Descent: 1310 m
Distance: 12 km

Departure day:
After breakfast, your Tour du Mont Blanc trekking adventure and our services will be over. From Chamonix, it takes a 1-hour bus back to Courmayeur. There are also buses to Milan and Turin.

What's Included?

Included:

 Booking the huts
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead. 

√ Accommodation
We will arrange your accommodation on the Tour du Mont Blanc in mountain huts. There are several options to choose from along the trail. We have selected the mountains huts on our trek based on the length of each stage and recommendations from trekkers who have done the Tour du Mont Blanc before us.

√ Half-board
Accommodation at the huts includes dinner and breakfast. We will arrange this for you as well. This allows you to travel lighter and have one less thing to worry about. Bear in mind that lunch is not included, but it can be purchased at the huts.

 Accommodation before and after the trek
We will arrange the accommodation for you the nights before and after your TMB trek.  On those two nights, you will sleep in cozy 3* hotels in Chamonix and in Courmayeur. Breakfast is included.

Excluded:

× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Chamonix. The total amount does not include flights to France. 

× Transfers
Once in France or Italy, you will have to make your own way to Courmayeur.  We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there. Transport to Courmayeur and/or Chamonix is not included.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Lunch
Half-board is included in the price of this trek. Lunch, however, is not. You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way.

× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Before and after your Tour du Mont Blanc trek, you will spend the night in cozy 3* hotels in Courmayeur and Chamonix. During your Tour du Mont Blanc trek, you will spend your nights in mountain huts. In the mountain huts we normally only book dormitories, but we can look into private rooms on request. If the private rooms are fully booked or not available in the hut, we book automatically a bed in the dormitories for you. Please note that private rooms are more expensive and there will be an additional charge for this. If you book the Tour du Mont Blanc, the booked accommodations may differ from the below program here and there. A beautiful location and great food are at all times guaranteed.

Rifugio Giorgio Bertone
Rifugio Giorgio Bertone is one of the classic mountain huts around Mont Blanc, the mountain that was much loved and experienced by mountain guide Renzo Cosson. This hut is named after Giorgio Bertone, mountain guide and close friend of Renzo, with whom he undertook many adventures, most notably the first Italian ascent of the southeast face of the Nose to Capitan in Yosemite Valley. In 1977, fate struck and the Rifugio is a tribute. 


Gîte Alpage de La Peule
With 65 dairy cows, this classic gite produces raclette and tomme cheeses and typical local mountain pasture butter. Typical mountain dishes such as raclette, fondue and the assiette valaisanne and of course "croûte au fromage" are offered. Swiss hospitality as it is meant to be. 


Relais d'Arpette 
Since 1926, the members of the same family have been taking turns to give you an unforgettable time in their magnificent mountain inn. Enjoy a well-deserved stop at this nice hut, have a drink at their wonderful terrace where you can meet other trekkers, have a heart-warming meal, and rest surrounded by amazing views. 


Auberge Mont Blanc Trient
Trient is on the unmissable stage of the Tour du Mont-Blanc as well as on the international route between Martigny and Chamonix. Located at the entrance of the village, this Auberge is part of a traditional Swiss setting with its terrace, bar, and restaurant. 


Gite Le Moulin
At the foot of the prestigious Mont Blanc massif, between the Tour and Argentière glaciers, in an old mill, the hostel-refuge Le Moulin awaits you. The refuge is located very close to the Tour Col de Balme, just a few steps from the Aiguilles Rouges. The gîte-refuge du Moulin welcomes you for a "mountain relaxation" stay and a quiet night before the last stage of your Tour du Mont Blanc.

Packing List

Packing List

It doesn't matter where you are going trekking or for how long. Carrying the right equipment with you is paramount. For the Tour du Mont Blanc you will need, first and foremost, a good backpack and comfortable trekking shoes. The size of your backpack will depend on how many days you will be spending on the mountain, the season, and the clothes you will be taking with you. We have prepared a packing list with some essential clothing that you should include and some extras that you may find useful:

Essentials

- Walking boots (worn in)
- Walking socks
- Base layer tops – ideally thermal
- Mid-layer tops (eg. fleece)
- Trekking Trousers
- Hat for warmth or shade
- Gloves
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm layer. 
- Casual clothes & footwear for evenings. 
- Nightwear and underwear
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses & sun cream
- Toiletries

Extras 
- Small first aid kit
- Blister Plasters
- Insect repellent
- Electrical socket adapter
- Camera and charger
- Map and compass 
- Whistle
- Book to read
- Energy snacks
- Walking poles
- Buff

FAQ

FAQ

Where is the Tour du Mont Blanc?
This hike is one of the most famous in Europe and traditionally crosses 3 countries: FranceItaly, and Switzerland. The famous Tour du Mont Blanc is a 170-kilometer long circuit, which encircles the Mont Blanc massif and has 10 kilometers of ascent/descent. The trek can be completed in 7 to 11 days, depending on the route and physical condition.

Best season
The best time to complete the Tour du Mont Blanc is during the summer months, July and August, when the route has little snow and the weather is usually good. Outside these months, the logistics get more complicated because many of the hostels and mountain huts on the route are closed. If we had to recommend a more specific time, it would be the second half of August. During these 2 weeks, the number of trekkers and mountaineers is lower and the weather is usually quite pleasant.

Starting points for the Tour du Mont Blanc
Since the Tour du Mont Blanc is a circular route, there are many starting points on the route. The most common, by far, is Chamonix or the nearby town of Les Houches on the French side. However, you can also choose to start at any of the other main towns en-route, like Les Contamines in France, Courmayeur in Italy, or Champex in Switzerland. To get to Chamonix, you can fly to Geneva and hire a transfer in advance to take you to this Alpine city. Transfers leave directly from the airport and are located as you leave the arrivals gate. You can travel within the valley between Chamonix and Les Houches on a local bus.

How to get to Courmayeur

It's easiest to get to Chamonix first and then continue to Courmayeur. Getting to Chamonix is quite easy. Chamonix is located only 103 kilometers away from Geneva international airport, the second-largest airport in Switzerland. There are several transport options for you to get to this beautiful city depending on where you are departing from. From Chamonix you can catch a bus to Courmayeur straight through the Mont Blanc Tunnel. This only takes a half an hour. 

By Plane
Flying is the most convenient and fastest way to get to Chamonix. Although the Geneva international airport is indeed the closest one, you can also fly to Chambery Airport, Turin Airpot, or Lyon Airport. Being Geneva's the biggest airport in the area, it has more flight options available from more destinations than the other airports do. Also, from Geneva, you can take a direct shuttle from the airport to Chamonix. From Chamonix, you take a bus to Courmayeur. If you're coming from Turin side, you can travel to Courmayeur directly via public transport.

By Car
If you are in Italy already or in the vicinity of Courmayeur or Chamonix, you can drive there. The extensive network of European motorways makes it easy to reach Courmayeur by car.

By Train
There is a train station right in the center of the city. Traveling to Chamonix and/or Courmayeur by train isn't necessarily the easiest or fastest option, but it is definitely the one with the least impact on the environment. On your way to Chamonix, you will have to change trains a few times along the way. The silver lining is that you are allowed to carry more luggage without additional charges.

By Bus
Coach or long-distance buses are another option to get to Chamonix and Courmayeur. The good thing about these buses is that they tend to be quite cheap and are more environmentally friendly than flying. If you choose this option, however, you must know that the seats can be quite uncomfortable and the ride takes the longest of all the options.

Safety

Safety

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a safe trek and the trail is quite well signposted along the way. Although the route is quite clear throughout the trek, it is important to carry competent navigation with a map and compass. Weather conditions can be unpredictable in the mountains and occasional snow, fog or storms can make navigation hard. A map and compass are a must when going on a self-guided trek. Also, make sure to always have enough water, snacks, and a good jacket.


What to do in case of an emergency?
A situation is defined as an emergency whenever human life (yours or someone else's) is endangered and there is nothing you can do to resolve the matter. You should call for help if there has been an accident, if there is somebody trapped, if you got lost or in trouble and are unable to continue because of the time of day or weather conditions, or if you are trapped because of technical climbing challenges that exceed your capabilities.

The most important thing to do in an emergency is to stay calm and survey the situation. Do not panic or take useless risks if the people in trouble are difficult to reach. In an emergency, first and foremost, call for assistance. When calling for help, make sure to provide your location, and the number of victims and type of injuries. Then, protect the victim from cold and other environmental threats and administer first aid, if you can. 

Useful emergency phone numbers:
Italy: 118 / 112
France: 112
Switzerland: 144
Civil Protection (Italy): 800 319 319
PGHM Chamonix (France): +33 0 4 50 53 16 89

COVID-19

Covid-19

The Corona pandemic has had its grip on us, and mountain huts in the Alpine region have had to take several preventive measures over the past two years. In the meantime, the first relaxations in the Alps are noticeable, yet it is definitely still a factor to take into account. Some Covid restrictions that are worth mentioning:

- Don't go to the huts if you have symptoms!

- Not all mountain huts are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.

- To be on the safe side, always take a mouth mask with you.

- In some mountain huts it is still compulsory to bring your own sleeping bag, in others a sheet bag and pillowcase are sufficient. Your personal travel guide will tell you which rules apply to your route.

- Bring your own towel

How to Book

How to Book?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:

 There is availability 
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.

X There is no availability 
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.

Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via support@bookatrekking.com. We are happy to help you.

 

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