The Clasic Tour du Mont Blanc
The Classic Guided Tour du Mont Blanc will start and finish in the alpine Chamonix valley and hikes this entire Alpine trek through France, Italy and Switzerland. For real alpine hikers there really is no other choice but the Tour du Mont Blanc.
The Classic Tour du Mont Blanc includes all stages of the Tour. We start with a steep ascent from the village of Les Houches, which quickly offers views of glaciers and rugged aiguilles of the Mont Blanc massive.
The Tour du Mont Blanc includes free training hikes and information sessions to get you in shape and ready for your adventure.
The way we go
We follow mountain tracks to Col de la Seigne where we pass into Italy. Then our ascent of Grand Col Ferret takes us to Switzerland which is followed by an easy day through a Swiss pasture valley to the village of Champex. The next day we hike back into France, up to Alp Bovine which presents fantastic views of the Rhone Valley or depending on you choice we could choose the harder variant of Fenetre d’ Arpette, which in another highlight of the Tour du Mont Blanc.
We then hike into Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve and on to Lac Blanc a stunning lake on the Grand Balcon Sud, which presents fantastic views of Mont Blanc. We continue to the summit of Le Brévent, a challenge in itself before we descend to Les Houches/Chamonix.
For Hiking Groups
The Classic Tour du Mont Blanc is the perfect hiking club, group or challenge hike. It is on the majority of walkers must do lists and is a route you will never forget. You and your group will be guided by our International Mountain Leader, allowing you all to enjoy and focus on your alpine journey.
The different type of accommodations available on the route vary depending on your requirements. From hut to hotel or even camping if you prefer! The mountain huts are located to allow us to stay high in the mountains each night. In some instances even single rooms may be available.
Plenty of food
Generally, once we are on route all evening meals are included. Dinner is 3 course meal featuring local specialties, which range from stews, goulash, local meats and fish, veterinarian meal requirements are generally catered for. Packed lunches are available from the huts and are called "picnics".
Geneva is the best airport for the Chamonix valley. Aer Lingus fly to Geneva daily. From the airport the best option is a pre booked shuttle bus from one of the following local transport providers: Alpy Bus, Chamonix Express or Mountain Drop-offs. By Rail the TGV to Saint-Gervais-Le Fayet then the Mont Blanc Express service to Les Houches. See www.voyages-sncf.com. There are regular trains between Chamonix and St Gervais les Bains Le Fayet.
Equipment & fitness
The Tour du Mont Blanc is a tough hike with considerable ascent and descent on each day. If you are an experienced walker who is looking for a challenge then this should suit. The equipment required is not much more than your usual hiking kit with good boots.Before each expedition we organise a pre-alpine day on which we discuss all the finer details and can suggest a training plan if required. Please ask us for our suggested kit list.
The whats and ifs?
When is the best time of year to go? We operate the Tour du Mont Blanc from mid August to mid September. What about the weather? Late summer can be a stable time of year to go. What happens if I can't walk a stage? Your leader will look after this should it arise, however usually transport can be arranged to take you on to the next accommodation. Is Baggage Transfer available? Yes as an optional extra, but not accessible every night.