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TMB-8 Tour du Mont Blanc Self Guided

Tour du Mont Blanc
Tour du Mont Blanc self guided
Tour du Mont Blanc Trek
Sheep on the Tour du Mont Blanc
Self guided Tour du Mont Blanc

Highlights

  • GO take in the food and culture in three different countries: France, Switzerland, and Italy
  • GO enjoy breathtaking views and high passes while circling the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc
  • GO enjoy more comfortable accommodation than what is available on most multi-day hiking tours in the Alps

The Tour du Mont Blanc, or TMB Trek as it is also called, is the most famous hut-to-hut hiking tour in the Alps, and for good reason. This 8-day self guided Tour du Mont Blanc hike loops around the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc, which towers over the surrounding landscape at 4,808 meters above sea level. In addition to traveling through some of the most spectacular terrain in the Alps, a full rotation on the Tour du Mont Blanc brings you through France, Switzerland, and Italy. ​
This itinerary takes advantages of all possible transportation options along the way in order to enable hikers to reduce the time spent on the trail (normally 10 or 11 days). Despite the use of transportation, this itinerary is still very challenging.

We love the Tour du Mont Blanc, but it is not for everybody. This is a very demanding hike with a lot of elevation gain over high passes. There is also an exposed section of ladders that is not everybody's cup of tea. Thanks to its popularity, the Tour du Mont Blanc is becoming increasingly crowded and expensive. We do encourage you to take a look at our other Trekking Tours before deciding for the TMB.​

Although this tour is feasible from mid-June to mid-September, it is likely to encounter problematic snowfields in late-June, and snowstorms in early September.
 

Tour du Mont Blanc – 2023 Booking Update
Updated November 21, 2022

 

We are successfully booking itineraries for the Tour du Mont Blanc. Although the accommodations are filling up earlier than normal this year, we are still booking great itineraries.

Due to the tight booking situation this year, we recommend you book as soon as you are ready.

We can book the best itineraries for customers who provide us with a flexible date range (the bigger the better – especially if you want private rooms).

Note: Currently August has the most availability on the route

 

Length        8 days

Season        mid-June to mid-September

Airport       Geneva, Switzerland alternately, Zurich or Milan

Physical Condition

Technical Difficulty

Read more about difficulty ratings

Responsible Travel Score:
11/15 Responsible Traveler
(detailed summary available in Tour Documents)

Due to an extremely high volume of bookings,
we are currently only taking bookings for tours at least 70 days out.

Only 20% payment due at the time of booking!

Tour Media

Itinerary
Map
Skills Required
Tour Documents

Useful Links

Booking Process

  1. Initiate the booking process by selecting the green button labeled, GO Book the Tour
  2. Complete the fields in the booking process and continue on to process the deposit (usually 20%, sometimes 30%) via Paypal (Paypal account not needed)
  3. We'll start checking availability and working on your bookings. As long as there is availability, we will book the accommodations and send you your eGuidebook within 21 days of the booking (this may take longer for custom tours and last-minute tours). This will include GPS waypoints of the accommodations and will be in a format that can be saved on your smartphone for convenient use on the tour. If any changes need to be made during the tour, there will be a phone number available to you during the tour, although additional charges may apply

If there are any issues with availability, we will contact you and work with you to find an alternative solution. If we are unable to find one, we will refund the deposit in full.

The remaining balance for the tour is due 30 days prior to the first date of the tour.

Group Discount

Only one discount will be applied per tour participant. Discounts are only applicable to tours. Discounts are not applicable to fees or additional services, such as Airport to Airport Packages or bicycle rentals.

Groups of 6 or more: 15% discount for all participants & customize an existing tour without Customization Fees

Packages and Pricing

Included in all packages

  • Exclusive access to tours in a navigation app, even when offline
  • Custom eGuidebook containing maps, daily itinerary, accommodation information and more
  • GPX File
  • Carbon offsetting for your tour (1 metric ton per customer)
  • Optional Airport to Airport full service booking
  • Booking and logistics assistance during your tour
  • Unlimited time spent answering your questions
  • Peace of mind by leaving the planning and booking to local experts
  • More time for the important things in life

Comfort Package

Almost Luxury

Not Available

8 days

  • All Prices are Per Person

  • No Fees Apply

Classic Package

BEST DEAL

1,610€ tax included*

Double/Triple Occupancy
Single Occupancy +210€

8 days

Ultralight Package

Best for Budget Adventurers

1,160€ tax included*

Single Occupancy Included

8 days

*Last-minute booking fees apply when booked less than two months in advance:
Within 2 months of tour start date: 50€ per person
Within 1 month of tour start date: 100€ per person

**The term "room" at a mountain hut varies greatly from hut to hut. These are often shared rooms that are smaller than the dormitories. Rooms book quickly at the huts. When there is no availability, you may end up in the dormitory.

Add-ons

Airport to Airport Package from Geneva Public

+2 days

320€

  • 2 nights 2- or 3-star hotel in Chamonix

  • Transportation between Geneva Airport and hotel (public transportation)

 

The Airport to Airport Package is not customizable

 

Airport to Airport Package from Geneva Private

+2 days

570€*

  • 2 nights 3-star hotel in Chamonix

  • Transportation between Geneva Airport and hotel (private transportation)

 

The Airport to Airport Package is not customizable

This add-on lowers the Responsible Travel Score from 11 to 9 points
 

4-Sack Lunches

60€
 

Luggage Transportation

8x - 260€*

*Rate is per 15 kg bag. Lower rates available based on group size.

Luggage transportation is available to all accommodations (pending availability).

Luggage transportation availability and prices will vary based on the accommodations booked on the final itinerary.

This add-on lowers the Responsible Travel Score from 11 to points

For this add-on, luggage is driven approximately 440 km. around the tour in a taxi. Thanks to the huts, you can easily carry the items you need in a backpack and avoid this option. Check out our Packing Resources on our Staying in Mountain Huts Page, and check to see if we have an upcoming Free Webcast on Packing for more information.
 

All prices are per person

*Private transportation packages require a minimum of double occupancy

Not included

-Paper map
-Emergency response and rescue
-Flights
-Beverages
-Any meals not specified
-Sheets at mountain huts (a sleeping bag liner or travel sheet is normally required - during COVID a full sleeping bag may be required)
-Fees for any additional transportation used during the hiking tour, such as lifts, gondolas, and buses
-Some accommodations charge tourist or city taxes that must be paid on site. These rarely exceed 2€ per person per night

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