Switzerland

Tour du Mont Blanc

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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, in front of the Montreux Jazz Cafe, at 11:15 am, or the Vert Lodge, Chamonix at 12:30 pm, and then driven to the Italian side of Mont Blanc. From here you will hike up the Val Ferret valley, enjoying incredible views of the Mont Blanc Massif along the way.

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

Accommodation, guides, transfers, breakfasts and dinners are all 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, the Grand Ferret Pass, at 2,536m. 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 bus 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 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 and its pink church and our hotel.

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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 Le Tour. From here you will be transferred back to Chamonix, the Vert Lodge for 5:00 pm at the latest, or Geneva airport for 6:30 pm, at the latest. We do not advise booking flights before 8:30pm.

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59 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Sarah
Sarah

Traveled Jul 2022

It was such a brilliant four days. Our guide Paul was absolutely fantastic and really made the trip with his knowledge and stories. Will definitely be booking more trips!

Anca
Anca

Traveled Jul 2022

Very nice and challenging 4 days on the tour du Mont Blanc, amazing views everywhere! Out guide Paul did a very good job, he gave lots of interesting details on the road and useful tips for the hike.

Dawn
Dawn

Traveled Jul 2022

Amazing scenery, weather & group. Our group leader Paul was knowledge, put people at ease & led a steady pace. I would definitely recommend this trip 😊

Ghise
Ghise

Traveled Jul 2022

It was a fantastic 4 days trip with 11 wonderfull people and a great guide who made the trip more then we could imagine, he teached us about climate changes, regional flora/ fauna, and many other very interesting things and shared with us the great story of his journey in Everest. Paul is absolutely the best guide ever. We got to sleep in really nice lodges, got tasty breakfast/ dinner and we got recommendet really great lunch on different refuge on the way. I definetely recommended.

jason
jason

Traveled Jul 2022

excellent trip and guide cannot recommend highly enough. Was a bit uncertain re groups and overnights as I nornmally hike solo. But could not have had a more knowledgeable guide Paul, about local fauna, conditions to keep us safe and general tips on how to hike safely. Very patient and what I loved, pace suited everyone not one person in group said anything negative about the pace .A lovely group of people too all very genuine . Best break in years .

Dagmar
Dagmar

Traveled Jul 2022

It was a great experience! Amazing views, mixed trails and terrains, picturesque, challenging. Nice accomodation. Superb team! And the best ever guide Ben: good fun, supportive, challenging, promiting a team spirit! Bravo!

Matthew
Matthew

Traveled Jul 2022

I’d give this trip 10 stars if I could. It was superbly organised; from start to finish the process was straightforward. The routes we hiked were challenging but a huge amount of fun. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and filled us with great confidence, building a positive team spirit as we progressed. The tour takes you on 4 days of amazing scenery, clean and safe accommodation and lovely food. I can’t recommend this high enough. Thank you 🙏

Cherie
Cherie

Traveled Jul 2022

This was an amazing trip for us. The views were well worth the work to get there! Ben was a great guide and gave us some options for the group to decide on, enriching our trip. Accommodations are basic, so prepare for bunk beds and communal living. The dinners were great!

Jan Lyder
Jan Lyder

Traveled Jun 2022

Me and my girl had a fantastic hiking, some tuff and hard work to get to the finish line some of the days. It was wurt it and had a good if not the best guide in Nicolas from Argentina. Just smazing and will recomend this for froends and familie.

Irene
Irene

Traveled Jun 2022

Amazing trip, beautiful landscapes & great people. Really well organised, definitely recommend.

Reet
Reet

Traveled Jun 2022

10 by 10

Rebecca
Rebecca

Traveled Jun 2022

Absolutely amazing. The package was so well planned and organised. The tour itself was definitely a life highlight ~ views were like no other. Guides Cristal and Lea were so knowledgeable, friendly, and guided with care and humour. Wonderful experience.

Kadri
Kadri

Traveled Jun 2022

Great arrangement. The guides were professionals. Although I stopped hiking, my safety was checked by the guides. Thank you very much! rating: five out of five

Cathy
Cathy

Traveled Jun 2022

A well organised tour with stunning views and great company. Our guides Christel and Lea were the best. Thoroughly recommend. Would definitely use Skyhook & Alps Adventures again.

Sarah
Sarah

Traveled Jun 2022

This trip was everything and more that I was hoping for. 4 days of trekking through the most scenic views. Tough but with all the support given by my team and our guide, I did it. Its definitely not easy, but it is worth it. The accommodation was exactly what you needed, the people friendly and the food was great too. I was a beginner in this type of consecutive hike and a solo traveller and I could not recommend it more as somewhere to start. Thank you.

Rob
Rob

Traveled Jun 2022

Absolutely great trip. Fabulous views, great route, great for someone new to mountain hiking like me with the right amount of challenge. Made all the better by our fantastic guide Ben at Alp Adventures who made sure everyone got the most out of the tour. Will be booking another tour.

Julia
Julia

Traveled Jun 2022

The tour itself was very nice. The accommodations were well picked. Tour guides Ben and Tracy were fabulous - technically competent, considerate about guests needs and providing good fun atmosphere in the group. Transfer worked perfectly.

Samantha
Samantha

Traveled Jun 2022

What an amazing experience from start to finish. Excellent organisation, great group and fantastic guide Ben. Everything was brilliant from the guided walks, the mountain huts, food, service and even the weather was perfect. Tough routes but there was never any pressure and the group was so supportive, the scenery was stunning and I wouldn’t change a thing About the whole experience. Definitely recommend this trek x

Clive
Clive

Traveled Jun 2022

Fantastic 4-day hiking around part of the TMB circuit. If you're lucky with the mountain weather, the views are simply stunning. Our walk leader Ben was brilliant from start to finish, making sure we were all safe and knew exactly what to do. At times the trail is steep and challenging but the rewards are worth every step. The scenery is awesome everywhere you look. If you've ever thought about Alpine walking, then stop thinking and book it. You must be prepared to have fun in a group setting and be comfortable room sharing in the mountain huts. It's all part of the TMB experience! My top tip would be to arrive the day before and travel home a day later.

Ruth
Ruth

Traveled Jun 2022

Excellent trip. A great group of people and an fantastic guide in Ben

Ion
Ion

Traveled Jun 2022

Thank YOU. Everything was good. Special appreciation to our gide Tracy.

Tommy
Tommy

Traveled Jun 2022

Fantastic. Well organised, great guides in Ben and on the other team Tracie and Sally. Everyone put a great effort in and all completed the challenge. Would definitely recommend 100%

Paul
Paul

Traveled Jun 2022

Absolutely brilliant,. Loved it. Would highly recommend.

Simon
Simon

Traveled Jun 2022

Superb trip. Led expertly by Ben who ensured everyone had a great trip. Challenging walking, stunning views, clean and comfortable accommodation. A fabulous experience.

Renata
Renata

Traveled Jun 2022

Wonderful trip! Excellent guide, and a lovely trek. We missed a bit of the first day's hike because of the weather, but it was excellent nonetheless.

Carolyn
Carolyn

Traveled Jun 2022

We had a fantastic time walking in the alps with a great group of people and fantastic leaders from alps adventures. I can highly recommend this to anyone looking for an adventure that is going to push them outside their comfort zone- 4 days of hard work but fantastic rewards in the views, the company and the adventure!

Devarshi
Devarshi

Traveled Jun 2022

Excellent support by the team

Darren
Darren

Traveled Jun 2022

This was my first four day trip and first with skyhook. I must say from Start to finish it was awesome Alp Adventures handled everything very professionally also very friendly and helpful when asked questions. The two guides Paul and Sandy made this experience even better by taking it above and beyond. I have to say I got out of this trip and experience more than I could of imagined. I’ve also walked away with memories that will last a life time and some new friends along the way. I loved this trip so much I’ve just booked on an other for October!! The second of many more to come. Thank you skyhook and everyone behind the scenes to everyone up front and centre.

joanna
joanna

Traveled Jun 2022

Excellent, breathtaking and with the best guides

Tony
Tony

Traveled Jun 2022

Amazing trip in a fabulous setting. Our Guide, Paul, made the trip, with his deep local knowledge and relaxed leadership. The trip was made even better when we found out he has recently climbed Mount Everest. I would thoroughly recommend this trip. Excellent.

FAQs

This is a great first multi day trek, but you do need a good base level of fitness. A typical day in the mountains can be trekking for 6-8 hours with a rucksack, at a gentle pace with lots of breaks. We recommend training regularly with any sport that you enjoy (e.g. running, swimming, tennis). Training hikes will also help, ideally for a full day with a 5-10kg rucksack. Uphill training is particularly important as we are in the Alps and go over some big hills.

You need to carry clothes for the trip as well as a few things for the specific day such as a bottle of water. Your full bag should be around 5kg plus water. Pack as light as possible but do plan to bring all the items on the packing list. If we think otherwise we will adjust at the Vert Lodge meet point. It is very important that you follow this advice. If you need to have other luggage for after the trip you can leave it at the Vert Lodge in Chamonix.

Included: - Qualified mountain guides - Airport transfers - Accommodation in mountain huts/ hotels in dormitories / shared bedrooms - Food (Day 1: Dinner, Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner, Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner, Day 4: Breakfast) - Any planned transport Excluded: - International flights - Any visa fees - Personal travel and rescue insurance - Lunches (there are places to buy lunches on route) - Drinks and Souvenirs

Day 1: Distance: 8km Ascent: 550m Descent: 50m Max altitude: 2056m Day 2: Distance: 20km Ascent: 1000m Descent: 1290m Max altitude: 2536m Day 3: Distance: 16.5km Ascent: 810m Descent: 1000m Max altitude: 2050m Day 4: Distance: 11.1km Ascent: 975m Descent: 1192m Max altitude: 2202m Once you've booked you can see videos explaining the route.

It depends on what you want. 

From May to early June there will be more snow - which often means we may need to adapt the route slightly, or occassionally use snowshoes for part of the trek (which are provided free of charge). 

From late June to August the flowers are at their best but there is a slightly higher chance of rain. It's also warmest during these months.We have one week off for the UTMB when the trails are full of racers (sometimes your guides). 

In September it's cooler again and the trail is quieter - this can be a very peacful time to come.

Due to the distances and ascents covered on this trip, it is geared towards adults. Therefore the minimum age for this trek is 18 years. However, those aged 16-18 years are welcome to attend in the company of a responsible adult.

We stay in mountain refuges (huts) which are quite basic/dormitory-style with shared bathrooms. Electricity, warm showers, and snacks are available. All accommodation has wifi. Bedding (duvet and pillow) will be provided for you in each hut - BUT you need to bring a sleeping bag liner, which you can buy from the guide if you need to. Night 1: Rifugio Bonatti - Remote (they helicopter in supplies), awesome views, showers, 14 person dormitory room. Night 2: Refuge d'Arpette - Moutain views, car accessible, showers, 6-8 person dormitory room. Night 3: La Grande Ourse Hotel - Moutain views, awesome bar and garden, car accessible, showers, 8 person dormitory room.

Additional Items for Travel during Covid-19 - 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 100 Euros and 150 Chfs each person. • 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 • 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. • 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 - 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. These are highly recommended and all your guides use them.

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.

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!

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. It is important that you are steady on your feet and have experienced walking on mountain paths. Do try and get some practice in before you come. We go at a slow steady pace that everyone can keep up with.

Water During the summer it can be quite warm in the Alps so it is important to carry enough water. We strongly recommend taking two litres of water. The tap water at the accommodations you will stay is 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. If this is a concern for you then pack iodine tablets or other water purification methods. Day 1: 3 hour walk, no refills. Day 2: 8 hour walk, 3 oppotunities for refills. Day 3: 7 hour walk, 2 opportunities for refills. Day 4: 6 hour walk, 1 opportunity for refill. 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. During the day, you can purchase lunch along the way or pay for a packed lunch from the hut. Your guide will help you order if you take that option. 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.

You can tip what you like - it is not mandatory to tip in the Alps, but always appreciated by the hard-working guides. A suitable amount is between 20 and 50 Euros per person. Please also give them the 5* rating they are bound to deserve. At AlpsAdventures we have an informal competition about who can get the most 5* ratings. Help your guide win prizes!

Your transfers are included to Chamonix on the first day of your trip only, and back on the final day only. These are from Geneva Airport only. Geneva city is a short 7-minute, one-stop journey on the train should you wish to stay in Geneva the night prior to your trip. However, if you are travelling to Chamonix or back on a different day (to make the most of your time away), you can also take a shared transfer from the Airport to Chamonix. Please update your Dashboard so we know if you will be on the provided shuttle or making your own way to the Vert Lodge Hotel.

We can't advise you on this, but we recommend you check at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx. Keep up to date on Corona requirements too.

Yes, the bus can either pick you up at Vert Lodge in CHAMONIX or at the airport in GENEVA. Please inform your guide via your dashboard at least 30 days prior the tour. You can book rooms or capsules at the Vert Lodge before or after your trip. If you are staying in Chamonix centre, the Number 1 bus offers a short ride to Les Gaillands, the bus stop outside the Vert Lodge. Alternatively, the train also stops nearby at Les Pelerins. The bus timetable can be found here: https://bit.ly/3xycJQj

The currency used in France and Italy is Euro’s. In Switzerland they use Swiss Franc (but normally accept Euros at a poor exchange rate). 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. 100 euros 150chfs per person seems about right, depending on how much you eat and drink extra. Huts and Hotels take cards, cafes do not.

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 (90F). However, we can also get snow and hail. 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.

Yes, the Vert Lodge provides us with luggage storage for small bag per person. The bus will stop there on the way out and back to the airport very quickly for you to get your left luggage. We really recommend staying in the alps longer and basing yourself at this great little lodge.

Start: On day 1 of your itinerary, pickup details are as follows: 11:15 at Geneva Airport (the group cannot wait for delayed flights so please fly in with enough time spare) we recommend your scheduled flight arrival is 09:00 at the latest. 12:30 at Chamonix Vert Lodge Hotel 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, Vert Lodge at around 5 pm, or Geneva Airport at 18:30 on day 4 of your itinerary. Feel free to take any flight leaving the airport at 20:30 or later.

We recommend Vert Lodge in Chamonix. They have a choice of different rooms and pods, fully serviced, awesome restaurant, free parking and bar and luggage storage. This is one of our pick up and drop off points, and they provide luggage storage during your trip.

Yes - you must have travel insurance including search and rescue, with hiking up to 3000m. We are not in certified insurance agents and therefore cannot legally answer questions about insurance. Popular providers clients have used in the past include the British Mountaineering Council (Trek policy, UK if a BMC Member), Snowcard (UK residents) and the Austrian Alpine Club (All nationalities, an annual policy comes with other benefits). These do require organising before you leave so that you get all the details. Price comparison websites will provide this. Typical costs seem to be around 20Euros for a week. We are sorry that we can't recommend Insurance providers from every country. The Austrian Alpine Club seems to cover most countries and its annual fee is 62 Euros.

Yes, whether you are vegetarian, vegan or have allergies. You must inform your guide via your dashboard about your dietary requirements at least 30 days prior the trip. We will inform the accommodation to prepare for you.

It's important that you're ready to leave Geneva Airport at 11:15 am, or Vert Lodge in Chamon ix at 12:30 pm. This is to ensure that you arrive at the accommodation before dark. Whilst there is some flexibility built into the itinerary for the majority of the trip, on the first day the timings can be a little tighter. To have a stress-free start to this amazing adventure, we'd recommend that your flight lands before 9 am. Whilst a later arrival would normally be fine, we just want to ensure that you've allowed enough time to get through security and complete any Covid requirements that may/may not be in place at that time. We understand that your holiday allowance is precious, but should you have the flexibility to arrive a day earlier, then you can enjoy a more relaxed arrival, and soak up the culture around the alpine town of Chamonix. You can book a bed and airport shuttle at the Vert Lodge if arriving the day before. If you are unlucky enough to miss the scheduled pick up you'll need to book a private taxi to catch up with the rest of the group. In this event, you'll need to give the guiding team a call who can come up with an appropriate plan of action. Details of the guiding team can be found on your Skyhook dashboard after booking.

Yes - you can leave your car on the roadside parking near the Vert Lodge hotel provided you are staying there the night before or after your trip. Otherwise, there is other parking nearby.

Yes we highly recommend wearing walking boots rather than trainers, as they provide more grip and help to prevent any sprains/injuries.

The shuttle is only able to operate from Geneva Airport or Vert Lodge, Chamonix. Should you wish to stay in Geneva, before or after your trip, the city is a short 7-minute, one-stop journey on the train.

Poles come highly recommended by us. All of our guides use them and that is for a reason. Check out the video to explain why. We find that after just half a day, customers who haven't used them before love them and buy them as soon as they get home. You can rent them for 10 Euros. Indicate this in the additional information section of your trip form, found on your dashboard. Your guide will have them ready for you at the Vert Lodge and you can pay cash there. They will also have spares available if you have not managed to do this at Vert Lodge. Once you've left the hotel though it will be too late!

A sheet sleeping bag is a thin cotton/ silk/ acrylic sleeping covering that you sleep inside and also covers your pillow. The hut, relais and hotel we stay in do not provide sheets. Each guest is expected to bring their own - this sheet sleeping bag. They do provide pillows and blankets or duvets though to keep you snuggly and warm if you need it. This cuts down costs and keeps things hygienic and is the normal practice in all the alpine nations. If you do not have one then you can buy one from your guide at the Vert Lodge, for 25 Euros, or from the hut, for around 60 Euros. Once you have one it is yours to keep, easily washable and useable on your next trip.

If you are staying in Chamonix centre, the Vert Lodge is a 20 minute walk away. Alternatively, the Number 1 bus offers a short ride to Les Gaillands, the bus stop outside the Vert Lodge. The bus timetable can be found here: https://bit.ly/3xycJQj The Mont Blanc Express train also stops nearby at Les Pelerins. The timetable can be found here: https://bit.ly/39yXoHd

The drivers will meet you in front of the Montreux Jazz Cafe, inside the airport arrivals hall. Follow the signs for car rental and you should spot it. Look for Chamonix Vally Transfers (CVT). They wear dark blue and have dark blue buses.

Swiss plugs have 3 pins but generally take a French 2 pin. Therefore a European adapter will normally allow you to charge your phone.

Your head guides are Louise and Tom

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run AlpsAdventures, based in Collombey Muraz.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This makes it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Louise
Tom