Western Tour du Mont Blanc

Duration: 5 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km per day
Ascent per day: 500 - 1000 m ascent per day

> Trek through France and Italy
> Spend your nights in mountain huts
> Complete the western half of the Tour du Mont Blanc

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 5-day trekking is designed for those who have little time or don't necessarily want to do the full Tour du Mont Blanc. Our 5-day trek leads you through the western half of the TMB, starting in Chamonix, France, and ending in Courmayeur, Italy. Along the way, you will spend the nights in French and Italian mountain huts. There you will meet other hikers and enjoy delicious local dishes. During this 5-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.

Itinerary

Day
1

From Chamonix / Les Houches to Auberge Du Truc

Duration: 06:45 h
Distance: 14.8 km
Ascent: 1410 m
Descent: 700 m
After making your way from Chamonix to Les Houches by bus, you will make your first steps uphill towards the Col de Voza, from where we can admire the ascent to the Mont Blanc through the Gouter refuge. After walking past the Bellevue hotel you will continue to the Bionnassay glacier. The hanging bridge over the drainage of this glacier is perhaps one of the great steps of the Tour. From here we will ascend the Col de Voza where you will already see our accommodation. Here you will be able to enjoy a warm dinner in the dining room.

Auberge du Truc

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Auberge du Truc
Day
2

From Auberge du Truc to Refuge De La Balme

Duration: 04:15 h
Distance: 11.5 km
Ascent: 560 m
Descent: 590 m
After a nice breakfast and taking the last pictures of the Domes, we will go to the Chalet du Truc and go down towards Les Contamines-Montjoie. The valley is certainly spectacular and the views towards the Mont Blanc massif and down the valley are certainly memorable. Once in the valley, we will go up towards Notre Dame de la Gorge and reach our refuge. This day allows a variant in case of good weather for the refuge of Tre la Tete and the glacier of the same name.

Refuge de La Balme

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Refuge de La Balme
Day
3

From Refuge de La Balme to Refuge des Mottets

Duration: 08:30 h
Distance: 16.9 km
Ascent: 1130 m
Descent: 940 m
The first ascent of the day takes you to the Col de Bonhomme and the Croix de Bonhomme. This pass marks the abandonment of the valley of Les Contamines and the passage towards the southern zone where you can already sense your crossing to Italy. From here you will visit the refuge of the Croix de Bonhomme. The views of the Gran Paradiso National Park are impressive and the descent towards le Champieux is very entertaining. A short break in le Champieux and you will head towards your refuge for the night, Les Mottets.

Refuge des Mottets

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Refuge des Mottets
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Included

  • Booking the huts

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

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide that includes a route description for the Tour du Mont Blanc, interactive hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek

  • Accommodation

    During your Tour du Mont Blanc, 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 automatically book a bed in dormitories for you. Please note that private rooms are more expensive and there will be an additional charge for this.

  • 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. Here you can also buy an array of snacks and bottled water.

Excluded

  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • 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.

  • Travel Insurance

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

  • Personal expenses

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

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