Hotels (2 nts), basic hotels (2 nts, possibly multi-share), mountain refuges (5 nts, multi-share).
7 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Allow USD225-295 for meals not included.
Local bus, walking, cable car
Staff & experts
Qualified International Mountain Leader as CEO throughout.
Mont Blanc Trekking FAQ
Where will we sleep?
Accommodations differ depending on the route you take. Hardy trekkers will stay in mountain refuges for the full alpine experience. If you’re looking for a bit more comfort, other routes feature hotel stays every night. One thing’s for certain: You’re guaranteed a comfortable night’s sleep after a day in the mountains.
When should I go?
The best time to trek is during the summer months of July and August. Earlier in the year, the weather can be somewhat unpredictable, with snow staying on the mountains until late in the year. This doesn’t mean that the other months are bad, though, as the views of the mountains are just as spectacular when they’re covered in snow.
What will we eat?
Just because you’re up in the Alps doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on delicious French cuisine. Although the food up in the mountains can be more rustic and basic, there is still the opportunity to enjoy hearty meals that will give you the energy you need to keep hiking in search of those majestic views.
What equipment should I bring?
This is a serious trekking trip, so a sturdy, well-worn pair of walking boots is a must. If you’re used to trekking with walking poles or other equipment, bring it along. Due to the changeable conditions in the Alps, we recommend packing a few layers to keep warm, and a waterproof jacket to keep the rain off.
I’ve never trekked before. Is that a problem?
Although not everyone puts Mont Blanc in the same category as Kili or Everest, the Tour du Mont Blanc is a challenging hike. Some degree of experience will definitely make the trip easier. However, with two routes to choose from, it’s easy to find a trip that matches your level of expertise.
1. Please note that this trip is rated Physical Grade 5 and is a backpacking trekking trip from start to finish. Passengers are required to carry their own packs and there are no support vehicles. It is possible to leave some gear at the hotel in Chamonix as the trip begins and ends here. Night stops and routes may vary depending on weather conditions, daily group progress and availability. Flexibility is very important. Please see the equipment list for essential information on what to take
2. Please note that this trip travels through remote and rugged Alpine terrain. Extremes of heat and cold may be encountered and the route involves some long and demanding trekking days carrying all your own gear. The CEO will accompany you on the treks; however, there are up to 12 people in a group and the trip is self-supported. There are no luggage transport, porters or guides. Therefore it is important that you are a fit and confident walker over mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents and cross streams by yourself. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trip.
Please note that on most days there is no possibility of continuing by public transport; taxis may sometimes be possible if you are not able to continue walking but these cannot be guaranteed and will be at your own expense
Group Leader Description
This group trip is accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. The CEO will accompany you on the treks; however, there are up to 12 people in a group and the trip is self-supported, there are no luggage transport, porters or guides. Therefore it is important that you are a fit and confident walker over mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents and cross streams by yourself.
On Mont Blanc, we employ the services of fully-trained International Mountain Leaders (IML). The IML qualification requires significant international trekking experience followed by 3 weeks of training and assessment in the Alps in both summer and winter conditions. The training includes avalanche awareness, dealing with altitude sickness, being aware of the surrounding elements and an understanding of physiology. With experienced IMLs guiding you on your trek, you are guaranteed the best possible experience whilst in the mountains.