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 Rifugio Bonatti, Val Ferret

You'll be met at the Vert Lodge, Chamonix, and then driven to the Italian side of Mont Blanc. After a quick lunch, from here you will hike up the Val Ferret valley, enjoying incredible views of the Mont Blanc Massif along the way.

This is really an acclimatization day to get used to walking and to enjoy the alpine scenery.

In the afternoon 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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We begin the day traversing the mountain, hiking up 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 in an isolated valley surrounded by peaks.

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The day starts with a gentle warm up down through the woods before a challenging ascent hike to Bovine, known for incredible Rosti! In the afternoon you will head back down through the world-famous Col de la Forclaz, which has been an important part of the Tour De France cycle race. The day ends with a nice descent to the picturesque Swiss village of Trient, 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 for a bus transfer back to the Vert Lodge. From here, if you wish, you will be transferred to Geneva airport for 5:30 pm. We recommend booking flights after 8:30 pm, in case of delays on the mountain or in transit.

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293 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Eric
Eric

Traveled Sep 2022

Great hike. We were lucky with the weather (it only snowed at night). It was well-organised so all we had to do was walk (hard enough;). Our guide Sandy was attentive to all levels and made sure everyone was had good fun.

Tom
Tom

Traveled Sep 2022

Amazing 4 days with an amazing guide (Ben) who made the whole experience unforgettable. Memories were made over the last 4 days

Kevin
Kevin

Traveled Sep 2022

Really good trip, Ben the guide was excellent kept us informed on what was happening. I could not complete the day but Ben ensured I got back Chamonix

Nicola
Nicola

Traveled Sep 2022

Ben was brilliant, very knowledgeable and entertaining, nothing too much trouble and sorted my surprise birthday 🎂. Thanks again Nicola and Tony.

Caroline
Caroline

Traveled Sep 2022

The Donegal girls had a great trip

Sally
Sally

Traveled Sep 2022

What an experience and amazing views! Thank you so much Ben for making such a memorable trip. Hope our paths cross again on another adventure.

Sandra
Sandra

Traveled Sep 2022

It was an amazing experience!!! Christal-tour guide was unreal!!! She was amazing, inspiring person. We had a fantastic 4 days. Highly recommended!!! Thanks for the unforgettable experience 🤍

Gordana
Gordana

Traveled Sep 2022

Amazing from start to finish Accommodation was excellent for this type of holiday Good on second night could be little bit better but overall just perfect I’m terms how hard was it it was what I expected We got lots of help and all information from our guide Lea She was brilliant and we had some laughs along the way Would recommended to my friends

Nadine
Nadine

Traveled Sep 2022

Epic trip around Mont Blanc, incredible views, amazing experience! Quite challenging at times but well worth the effort. Our guide Lea was very knowledgeable & experienced and also friendly, calm with great sense of humor. Met some really lovely people from all over the world. Am now planning to go back and do Matterhorn next time. Thankyou all

Monika
Monika

Traveled Sep 2022

It was absolutely wonderful, the views, the walks, we had a really nice group and a wonderful guide Léa. I sometimes would have loved to walk longer and higher, I thought the trek would be more challenging, but this is just a personal observation. We stayed in nice places, important not to forget earplugs since you might have to share bedroom with a heavy snorer :-). In the first and third place food was great. In the second place we had to ask for more as we where really hungry after a long day of hiking, and it wasn’t appreciated that we asked for more. Their picnic for the following day (a rice salad) was basically impossible to eat for all of us. It definitely was not worth the price. But even that didnˋt minimise the total pleasure and happiness this trip gave me! All in all perfect and once again a big thank you to our guide Léa.

Katja
Katja

Traveled Sep 2022

Pros: - Our guide Lea was excellent, funny and knowledgeable - Amazing views - Truly once in a lifetime experience - Group dynamics was amazing Cons: - Accommodations were very basic and I did not understand when I booked the trip there would be no options for private rooms but all sleep in dorms. This can be an issue if somebody is snoring (and usually always somebody is). - The hike overall was a bit more demanding than expected - The food in the lodges was very basic and not very good in all of them

Eva
Eva

Traveled Sep 2022

It was gorgeous! Fantastic experience with awesome guide Lea, big thanks to her and the tour company for chance to participate in this great adventure.

Godfrey
Godfrey

Traveled Sep 2022

The trip was excellent. I loved every moment of it. The challenges were beneficial and have never had such Experience in years. The guide Lea put every member at ease. She was good. Thanks

Jane
Jane

Traveled Sep 2022

Excellent experience. Lea was a Super guide. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Prisha
Prisha

Traveled Sep 2022

Amazing experience, well organised and Mark our guide was fantastic. Highly recommend Tour du Mont Blanc

Kay
Kay

Traveled Sep 2022

Great experience.

Colin
Colin

Traveled Sep 2022

Brilliant tour, well organised and everything we expected and more. Everyday ran smoothly and on time. I must say we could not of done this without our guide ‘Ben’ he had a wealth of knowledge about the mountains, trails and other tours. Ben looked after everyone in the group and was a pleasure to meet him. Thanks Ben and everyone at skyhook.

Maira
Maira

Traveled Sep 2022

The tour is fantastic, physically challenging but loved every minute. Ben was very supportive all the way through, the best tour guide for sure. I would definitely recommend hiking poles, helped a lot.

Karen
Karen

Traveled Sep 2022

The tour was brilliant. I would really recommend Sky hook, everything was well planned and organised. Our guide, Ben, was great - very informative & knowledgeable.

Jordan
Jordan

Traveled Sep 2022

Ben was great from start to finish, very friendly and full of information. The trip accommodations was perfect with some great views from the room, hot showers, hot meals and all you can eat breakfast

Leigh
Leigh

Traveled Sep 2022

Finally got to go on this trip after 2 years of Covid delays and it was absolutely amazing. Accommodation and food was excellent and no complaints at all. The views are unbelievabe. The hikes are challenging and a reasonable level of fitness is needed. Our guide Ben was excellent - great knowledge of the mountains and great fun too. If you’re thinking about this trip just book it !

Tanya
Tanya

Traveled Sep 2022

This adventure walk was everything and so much more that I was hoping for lead by Ben who made this trip so amazing. Great knowledge of the mountains and the top tips along the way were much appreciated to make me enjoy the TMB so much more and want to come back again., Thanks Ben

David
David

Traveled Sep 2022

Absolutely life changing for the better.

Dana
Dana

Traveled Sep 2022

Great organisation, the mountain guide and super people in the group! Awesome experience!

Ann
Ann

Traveled Sep 2022

Just back from a fantastic 4 day hike in the Alps and could not recommend it highly enough. Crystal was a superb guide and kept us informed on the trail, the views and the fauna along the way. I was lucky enough to join a super group of people and shared so many stories and laughs along the way that you forgot about the incline! Definitely will sign up for another hike with Alps Adventures in the future.

Albert
Albert

Traveled Sep 2022

What a fantastic holiday! It was great to get to know everybody on the trip and we enjoyed good conversation during the day and a lot of laughs in the evenings. Christel, our guide, was inspirational and made sure everyone was included and had a great time. We are all looking forward to booking a trip next year!

Janka
Janka

Traveled Sep 2022

Absolutely epic trip! Well organised with an amazing guide Christel (aka Mrs Bear Grills) and special group of likeminded people coming together created an absolute magic, memories for lifetime. Couldn’t recommend Alps Adventures enough.

Derya
Derya

Traveled Sep 2022

This was my first 4 days consecutive hike and I started getting prepared for it a year in advance with weekly hikes carryibg a 7 kg backpack . I was usually at the end of the hike but I never felt like left out or the pace was too exhausting, Our guide , Crystal was a great leader who was always there for us , caring , knowledgeable and sincere . The lodgement facilities get better everyday . Everyday was intense but a lot of fun in nature .Coming back home was not easy , felt like everywhere is concrete and automated . Beautiful experience with a lot of satisfaction . AlpAdventures is the local company which had a seamless organisation; highly recommend it.

Aina
Aina

Traveled Sep 2022

Fantastic 4 days hiking. Well organised, and our guide Crystal took good care of the hole group. I'll come back for more adventures.

Ceylan
Ceylan

Traveled Sep 2022

It was a wonderful, unforgettable, well-planned, and executed walk by Alps Adventures. Our guide Christal was such a lovely person, a highly professional guide with so much experience and knowledge. This was my first time doing this kind of walk in the mountains, did not know if I could handle the climbing with backpacks. However, Christal made such a good pace and took such good care of each of us that I felt always safe and strong. She is also such an interesting person and our beautiful talks during the walk will always stay warm in my memories. The group was amazing, connecting lovely people from around the globe. We had so much fun in addition to accomplishing this challenging yet so much fulfilling walk. The refuges are simple as expected, a bit difficult for sleep and shower&toilet for someone doing it for the first time. I am sure people get used to it, especially if you know what to expect. The routes were well planned, the breaks were right on time! We learned so much from Christal about the history, nature and culture of the tour. I am looking forward to working with her again and booking for next year again from Alps Adventures for sure!

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. To make sure you're best prepared for the trip, 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 5kg rucksack. Challenging ✅ Rewarding ✅ Easy ❌

You just 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 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

Please note distances may change slightly e.g. if there are any path closures. Day 1: Distance: 5.8km. 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 occasionally 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 peaceful 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 150 Euros and 150 Chfs each person. • Credit/Debit Card Sleeping • Sleeping bag liner (you can buy from your guide at Vert Lodge) Footwear • Trekking boots: 3 or 4 season lightweight • Optional: 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. • 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 • Optional 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 • Light Weight 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 (see the FAQs about plugs) • Lipsil • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes Walking poles are available for rent. The cost is 10 euro’s and you can get these from your guide at the Vert Lodge.

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 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 or visit in Geneva the 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. Mountain Dropoffs and Chamonix Valley Transfers are two possibilities. 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.

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.

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 to 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

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 a 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. This is available to all guests on our tour.

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. WE CAN NOT PICK YOU UP ANYWHERE ELSE. 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 from a delayed arrival. End: You will be dropped off in Chamonix, Vert Lodge at around 3 pm, or at Geneva Airport at 17:30 on day 4 of your itinerary. Feel free to take any flight leaving the airport at 20:30 or later, to allow for any problems that may arise in getting off the mountain, or on the roads.

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 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 20 EUR 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. If you can, 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 be spares available at the Vert Lodge if you have not managed to do this. 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.

Unfortunately, we are travelling through 3 different countries with slightly different plug requirements. If you need to charge your device (and who doesn't) then we recommend you plan ahead. If you have a 2-pin USB charger then this will work everywhere. Rifugio Bonatti (night one) has a charging bank. Relais d'Arpete (night two) has one plug in each room. La Grande Ourse (night three) has several plugs in each room. Swiss plugs can be recessed though so get one with the correct shape. Having 2 or 3 USB adapters for each plug allows multiple devices/people to charge in one plug. Charging is at a premium!

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.

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 can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Louise
Tom