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Tour du Mont Blanc (Expert Guide)

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The Tour du Mont Blanc is an 11 day trekking circuit around the Mont Blanc massif, starting in Les Houches, near Chamonix.

During this trek you will hike in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps and spend the night in mountain huts. The Tour do Mont Blanc is one of Europe's best hikes and is a classic alpine trek. On the hike you will gain splendid views of some of the highest mountains in Western Europe, as well as glaciers and alpine meadow.

This page provides a detailed overview of the Tour du Mont Blanc. We recommend using the quicklinks below to navigate to the sections that interest you most. Alternatively, bookmark this page for future reference.

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Tour du Mont Blanc

Route Overview

The Tour du Mont Blanc covers a distance of roughly 170 kilometres and gains more than 10,000 meters of altitude over 11 stages. Most people start their hike in Les Houches, France going in an anti-clockwise direction.

The highest point reached is 2,665 meters.

The hike passes seven valleys along the way, which means there is a lot of altitude to be gained, making the Tour du Mont Blanc a physical challenge.

Fortunately, walkers are rewarded with some of the best views you can get of Mont Blanc. The route is not only one the most beautiful long-distance treks in Europe (up there with the Walker's Haute Route), but one of the most popular ones as well. Nights can be spent in either mountain huts along the route or back in the valley, where you can have the luxury of a warm bed in a hotel.

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Pros and Cons

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    Incredible views of the Mont Blanc massif
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    Hike in three countries
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    Visit the beautiful villages of Chamonix and Courmayeur along the way
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    Spend the night in some of Europe's most iconic mountain huts
  • More expensive than other treks in Europe due to the cost of mountain huts
  • Physically challenging
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    Can be crowded during the summer months

Mont Blanc Circuit

Route Map

This map illustrates the Tour du Mont Blanc route. It starts off at Les Houches, France close to the Swiss and Italian border before heading west towards the Italian side of Mont Blanc.

There are 11 stages depending on your physical level. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a circular route around the Mont Blanc Massif, crossing the borders of France, Switzerland and Italy.

In terms of a trekking map we recommend:

And in terms of a trekking guide we highly recommend: 


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Source: chamonix.net

Altitude Profile

In the chart below you see the altitude profile of the full hike. It is quite clear there is a lot of altitude to be gained over the 11 stages, with the highest point reached just above 2500 meters. You can see that there are a few strenuous stages reaching high mountain passes that will require great effort.

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Trek Recommendation

If you are unsure about how suitable the Tour du Mont Blanc Trek is for you and your group, please leave a comment below with your enquiry, and we will try to help you choose the most suitable option. 

We always reply within 24 hours!

Mont Blanc Route Itinerary

Below we have laid out the most popular version of the Tour du Mont Blanc Route – 11 days, starting and finishing in Les Houches. The itinerary includes approx. distances, hiking times and elevation changes.

Click each day to read more...

Day 1: Les Houches – Les Contamines

Day 2: Les Contamines – Les Chapieux

Day 3: Les Chapieux – Rifugio Elisabetta

Day 4: Rifugio Elisabetta – Courmayeur

Day 5: Courmayeur– Rifugio Bonatti

Day 6: Rifugio Bonatti – La Fouly

Day 7: La Fouly - Champex

Day 8: Champex – Col de la Forclaz

Day 9: Col de la Forclaz – Tre le Champ

Day 10: Tre le Champ – Refuge Flegere

Day 11: Refuge Flegere – Les Houches

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Video Overview

A beautiful video overview, filmed with a GoPro, of the Tour du Mont Blanc by Eugenio psnt.

The video is 05.26 long – enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Dempsey Cappelle

Expert Contributor

About the author


Dempsey Cappelle is Mountain IQ's resident adventure-junkie! Dempsey has climbed 3 of the 7 summits - Mount Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua and Mount Elbrus, as well summited Mont Blanc. He has also completed the Great Glen Canoe Trail and the West Highland Way. In 2014 Dempsey completed the Walker's Haute Route. You can find out more about Dempsey on his travel blog: www.anadventurersjournal.com

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