Tour du Mont Blanc

Switzerland

12

4 day circuit-trek around Mont Blanc, passing incredible glaciers and mountain lakes along the way.

Itinerary

Day 1: Courmayeur to Val Ferret

You will be picked up from Geneva airport at 11:30 am, or Chamonix Sud Bus Terminal at 13:00 pm, and then driven to the Italian side of Mont Blanc. From here you hike up the Val Ferret valley, enjoying incredible views of Mont Blanc along the way.

In the evening you’ll arrive at the remote Rifugio W. Bonatti (mountain hut) at 2,025m of altitude.

All food, accommodation and transfers are included on this trip.

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A steep start up the slopes to the Switzerland border. As you ascend, you will see beautiful views of the south face of the Mont Blanc range. Stopping along the way for a well-deserved rest, you will get your energy back before heading up to the highest point on your trek at 2,881m. In the afternoon, you will trek into Switzerland and head back down the mountain. Along the way, you will pass through a local farm where you can sample some local cheeses before you reach La Fouly. A short transfer takes you to Champex-Lac where you'll spend the night. You may even get a chance to swim in the lake, if there is enough time.

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The day starts with quite a challenging and steep hike to Bovine (known for incredible cake!). In the afternoon you will head back down through the world-famous Col de la Forclaz, which is an important part of the Tour De France cycle race. The day ends with a nice trek down to the picturesque Swiss village of Trient.

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Today is your final day of hiking, trekking back into France. It's an early start as you make your way up to Col De Balme, boasting some of the most incredible views of Mont Blanc. The afternoon is then a pleasant hike down the mountain, and through meadows to Argentière. From here you will be transferred back to Chamonix for 5:00 pm, or Geneva airport for 6:30 pm.

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Suzanne
Verified - Travelled September 2020

Excellent trp

Jenny
Verified - Travelled September 2020

Amazing experience - thanks to Sarah, Rafael, and Anja from Happy Tracks for making everything extra smooth. I felt safe throughout the trip with all the COVID measures, and really enjoy every moment ...read more

Jordan
Verified - Travelled August 2020

Amazing trip. Joel our guide was awesome. Loved every second.

Vicentiu
Verified - Travelled August 2020

One of the most amazing and enjoyable trip ever. 5* thanks. One a special note, a big thank you to Raphael, Anja, Nick and Grant from "Happy tracks" which they made our trip more easy, enjoyable and f ...read more

Arni
Verified - Travelled July 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed Tour du Mont Blanc! Best adventure holiday I’ve done in years! Joel, our mountain guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Considered myself lucky to have such a fun group. Lo ...read more

Jenny
Verified - Travelled July 2020

Amazing!

Chris
Verified - Travelled September 2019

Just finished our TMB yesterday and as much as my legs are hurting I really dont want to be back home, i loved every minute of the trip. The accommodation was brilliant food was excellent and the view ...read more

Rudite
Verified - Travelled September 2019

Was very nice. Harder than I think but great experience.

Kasia
Verified - Travelled August 2019

The best experience ever, perfect organization, very tasty food, and the professional and very nice guide (Grant Fulton). The we had a fantastic weather which added into the overall experience. 5* Sky ...read more

Sarah
Verified - Travelled August 2019

Genuinely the most incredible experience. Grant, our guide, was superb. The views are magnificent. The trek is hard at times but the views are worth it and the great group get you through. I will neve ...read more

William
Verified - Travelled July 2019

What an amazing time I had! Where even to start!! Jack our tour guide was incredible! He was very knowledgeable and helped everyone out a great guy all round. The accommodation was good, it is what yo ...read more

Roya
Verified - Travelled July 2019

Have just come back from 4 days trip of tour du Mont Blanc. Very well organised. Our guide Sarah was very friendly, experienced and professional. Absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you

FAQs

Included:

  • Qualified mountain guides
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in mountain huts in dormitories / shared bedrooms
  • Food (Day 1: Lunch Pack, Dinner, Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch Pack, Dinner, Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch Pack, Dinner, Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch Pack)
  • Any planned transport 

The course excludes:

  • International flights
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any visa fees
  • Personal travel and rescue insurance

We can't advise you on this, but we recommend you check at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx.

This is a long-distance trek for sporty and fit people who want to do their first multi-day hike. A typical day in the mountains can be trekking for up to 8-9 hours with a rucksack, so you need a very good level of physical fitness and endurance. We recommend a good and intensive training with any sport (endurance sport) that you enjoy (e.g. running, swimming, tennis). Training hikes will also help, ideally for a full day with a 10kg rucksack.

The minimum age for this trek is 18.

Absolutely! We get lots of solo travellers - it's a great way to meet like-minded people. If you want, we can also put you in touch with some of the other trekkers in a Facebook group.

Yes, whether you are vegetarian, vegan or have allergies. You must inform your guide via your dashboard about your diet requirements at least 30 days prior the tour.

Yes, the guide can either pick you up at Chamonix train station or at the airport in Geneva. Please inform your guide via your dashboard at least 30 days prior the tour.

Yes - your full bag should be no more than 8kg (we recommend aiming for 5kg). Pack as light as possible but bring all the items on the packing list.

This is part of the full Tour Du Mont Blanc, which otherwise takes 10 - 14 days in total. We believe these are 4 of the best days on the full route!

You stay in mountain huts, in remote locations, on each of the nights. The huts are dormitory-style with shared bathrooms. Electricity, warm showers, snacks are available. Most accommodations do not have wifi. Bedding will be provided for you in each hut - you just need to bring a sleeping bag liner. 

The trek involves a fair bit of ascent and descent on a mix of trails. This includes – rocky terrain, forest trails and sometimes gravel tracks.

Start:

On day 1 of your itinerary, pickup details are as follows:

11:30 at Geneva Airport (the group cannot wait for delayed flights so please fly in with enough time spare). The guide will meet you in the arrivals hall (next to the Montreux Jazz Coffee Shop).

13:00 at Chamonix Sud Main Bus Station (The pickup time here will be +- 15 minutes depending on traffic. You will be informed by SMS when the group leaves the airport).

It is important that you do not miss your start time as you will not be able to meet up with the rest of the group until the evening of Day 1 or even the morning on Day 2 on your itinerary. Please note that you'll have to cover any costs resulting of a delayed arrival.

End:

You will be dropped off in Chamonix at 5 pm, or Geneva Airport at 6:30 pm on day 4 of your itinerary. Feel free to take any flight leaving the airport at 8 pm or later.

The currency used in France and Italy is Euro’s. In Switzerland they use Swiss Franc. We recommend changing your money before you arrive as it is not possible once you've left the airport. Credit cards are in most of the places along the way not accepted.

Day 1:

Distance: 8km

Ascent: 550m

Descent: 50m

Max altitude: 2056m

Day 2:

Distance: 20km

Ascent: 870m

Descent: 1290m

Max altitude: 2536m 

Day 3:

Distance: 16.5km

Ascent: 810m

Descent: 1000m

Max altitude: 2050m  

Day 4:

Distance: 15.1km

Ascent: 875m

Descent: 1192m

Max altitude: 2202m  

During the summer in the Alps (June – September) you can experience usually fair and quite warm weather. It is often sunny and the temperatures can reach 30° Celsius. The weather in the mountains can be quite unpredictable and weather situations can change very quickly. Therefore, it is necessary to be always prepared for such a change. On a rainy-day, temperatures can drop quite low and it is necessary to have a good rain jacket and sometimes even a hat and a pair of gloves. See the kit list for full details.

It is not mandatory but expected. In the Alps, there is no fixed amount and it really depends on what you would like to give to show your satisfaction.

You can store any luggage that you do not need, at the start/end point of the trek. Please note that you will not have access to this luggage whilst trekking. Luggage for storage needs to be in a closed small unit (max. 1 item per person). Open bags or loose items cannot be accepted due to logistical and safety reasons. Please do not store any food, heat sensitive products or goods of high value (e.g. electronical devices) in your excess luggage.

Water

During the summer it can be quite warm in the Alps so it is important to carry enough water. We strongly recommend taking between two and three litres of water. The tap water at the accommodations you will stay is usually drinkable but there are limited resources along the way to fill up your bottle. Your guide can give you advice on this for each day.

Food

Whilst trekking, you will have the chance to taste a great variety of local specialities. The breakfast is continental, often with a variety of juices, tea and coffee. The three-course dinner in the evening is hearty and the plates are quite big. During the day, a pack lunch will be freshly prepared for you. 

If you have any food allergies (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance etc) please make us aware of this when completing your registration form, found on your Skyhook dashboard.

Additional Items for Travel during Covid-19

The following additional items must be brought by all participants, whilst the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing:

  • Face mask for use in the huts
  • Personal hand sanitizer

Documents

• Passport  

• Travel insurance details  

• Boarding passes for flights  

• Cash – Euro’s and Swiss Franc  

• Credit/Debit Card  

Sleeping

• Sleeping bag liner

 

Footwear

• Trekking boots: 3 or 4 season lightweight  

• Light weight shoes for the evenings (such as house shoes, flip flops, sandals etc.)

  

Clothing  

Please make sure that you have non-cotton fast drying clothing for trekking.  

  

• 1 x pair of synthetic under-top and bottom (Long johns or similar)  

• 2 x t-shirts for the hike   

• 1 x comfortable shirt for the evening  

• 4 x socks for hiking  

• 3 - 4 x pairs of underwear  

• 1 x fleece  

• Light down or Primaloft jacket  

• Rain and windproof jacket with hood  

• Rain and windproof trousers  

• 1 x pair of hiking trousers: We recommend a pair that zip off into shorts.  

• Comfortable trousers for the evening  

• Hat and gloves (only in June & September)

• Buff or scarf  

• Swimming shorts/Costume  

  

Other

• A daysack: 35 - 45 litres – All your kit should fit in this bag  

• Travel towel  

• Dry Liner or Dry Bag  

• Water bottle: At least 2L. Nalgene bottles best.  

• Sunglasses  

• Suncream and additional sun protection such as baseball cap or similar

• Personal medication – Inhaler, Blister pads etc  

• General Toiletries, Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)  

• Electronics - Head torch, travel adaptor, phone & charger  

• Lipsil  

• Hand sanitizer, wet wipes   

Walking poles are available for rent. The cost is 10 euro’s and these must be requested on your registration form, at least 1 week before departure.   

Your transfers are included to Chamonix. However if you are travelling on a different day, you can also take a shared transfer from the Airport up to Chamonix. You can book a transfer directly with one of the companies below:

Your host recommends the following accommodation in Chamonix:

  • Hotel Le Faucigny
  • Hotel Pointe Isabelle
  • Hotel Oustalet

Cheaper dorm-style hotels are:

  • Hotel Fleur des Neiges
  • Chamonix Lodge

Yes - you must have travel insurance including search and rescue, with hiking up to 3000m. Popular providers include the British Mountaineering Council and Snowcard

Yes - you can leave your car at the free car park here - https://goo.gl/maps/86zgSUK7kYx5Z5Wu7 . Please note that we are not affiliated to this car park and you do leave your car at your own risk here.

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Skyhook Adventure is an Authorised Agent of Happy Tracks GmbH. Please familiarise yourself with the Happy Tracks GmbH Terms & Conditions and Skyhook Adventure's Terms & Conditions.