Complete Tour du Mont Blanc (Huts)
Self guided walk following the Classic Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland
The Complete Tour du Mont Blanc starts and finishes in Les Houches and covers every step of this classic Alpine trek through France, Italy and Switzerland. For the serious walker with a sense of aesthetic there really is no other option for the Tour du Mont Blanc.
The Tour du Mont Blanc is so varied that it is a joy to walk through the French, Italian and Swiss sides of the Mont Blanc Massif. High passes, narrow contouring mountain paths and gentle valley walking hide surprises around every corner.
The Complete Tour du Mont Blanc includes every stage of the Tour du Mont Blanc. It begins with a steep climb from Les Houches, which immediately immerses you in the glaciers and rugged spires of Mont Blanc. You then follow the trail over Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and Col de la Seigne where you pass into Italy. The Col Chécrouit is the next highlight of the tour as continue through Italy via Cournayeur and Refugio Bonatti.
The ascent of Grand Col Ferret takes you into Switzerland and is followed by an easier day through the Swiss pastures to Champex. The next day’s walk to Trient via Alp Bovine gives sensational views of the Rhone Valley or you can choose the challenging variant via Fenetre d’ Arpette, a highlight of the Tour du Mont Blanc. You then head into the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve to Lac Blanc, which perfectly frames Mont Blanc and is the perfect last night high in the mountains. The trail delivers a final flourish as it climbs to Le Brévent before descending back to Les Houches and your final overnight is in Chamonix.
The Complete Tour du Mont Blanc is ideal if you want to complete the entire Tour de Mont Blanc, an experience filled with superlatives, which should be on any walkers “must do” list of treks. Although not for everyone, staying in mountain huts allows you to stay high in the mountains and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow TMB’ers, which is just one aspect of the trek which makes the Tour du Mont Blanc so special. If you would prefer more privacy then our Complete Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort would be a better option.
We wouldn't recommend walking the Tour du Mont Blanc in less than 10 walking days but if you would like a less strenuous itinerary with shorter walking days and perhaps a few rest days we would be happy to tailor make an itinerary to suit you. Our team have walked the TMB numerous times and would love to put together your perfect Tour du Mont Blanc trek.
Accommodation is in 3* hotels on the first and last nights of your trek and mountain huts, refuges and gîtes in dormitories on the other nights is included in our Complete Tour du Mont Blanc huts package. If you would like to add a couple more hotels/private rooms into the mix just let us know and we can put a tailor made quote together for you. Breakfast is included every morning as are 10 dinners featuring hearty local specialities. Detailed maps, with your route marked, a comprehensive guidebook, our own personalised route cards, which are checked annually and emergency support from our representative based in Les Houches are also all included. Baggage transfer is available as an optional extra if you would prefer to trek with just a day pack on most days.
Day 1: Arrive Les Houches
Day 2: Les Houches to Refugio Nant Borant
Day 3: Refuge Nant Borant to Les Chapieux or Refuge des Mottets
Day 4: Les Chapieux or Refuge des Mottets to Refuge Maison Vielle
Day 5: Refuge Maison Vielle to Refugio Bonatti
Day 6: Refugio Bonatti to La Fouly
Day 7: La Fouly to Champex
Day 8: Champex to Trient
Day 9: Trient to Tré le Champ via Col de La Balme
Day 10: Tré le Champ to Lac Blanc
Day 11: Lac Blanc to Le Brévent to Chamonix
Day 12: Onward Travel
- 2 Nights in three star hotels on a twin/double share basis
- 9 Nights in mountain huts/refuges/gîtes in dormitories
- 11 Breakfasts
- 10 Dinners during the walk (Chamonix not included)
- Detailed maps, information pack, route notes and guidebook
- Organisational assistance and backup from our local representative and our office
- Mountain rescue / emergency assistance
- Travel insurance (required)
- Travel to Chamonix and from Le Fayet
- Lunches (allow 10 Euro per day)
- 1 Dinners
- Local transfers and ski lifts
- Drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment
11 Nights accommodation is included in your trip. Your first and last nights are in a 3* Hotel in a private ensuite room (twin/double share). The 9 nights on the trail are in mountain refuges/huts/gîtes in mixed sex dormitories either on Alpine style sleeping platforms or bunk beds.
Mountain huts are spectacularly located and allow you to stay high in the mountains each night rather than dropping down into the valleys. The detailed itinerary has links to the huts and hotels we use. If you would prefer private rooms then our Classic Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort would be a better option.
This trip is not available to solo walkers and single rooms are not available except on the first and last nights. A supplement is payable.
11 breakfasts and 10 evening meals are included. Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop on the way. Allow about 10 Euro per day for lunch. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.
Baggage transfer of one bag of up to 20kg is available as an optional extra. Except on nights 4, 5 & 10 where baggage delivery is not possible.
Extras & UpgradesOptional:
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Baggage transfer: If you book luggage transfer your main luggage will be transferred between your accommodations each night except when staying at the following refuges, Nant Borrant, Mottets, Maison Vieille, Bonatti and Lac Blanc. This is due to the inaccessibility of the refuges which have no road access. You will need to carry your overnight things on these nights (if applicable).
On all other days your baggage will be collected and delivered to your next night’s accommodation.
Single room supplement if single room required in Les Houches/Chamonix