discovering the Alps on foot

TOUR DU MONT BLANC HIKE

Discover the Alps by hiking the most iconic trail in Europe

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a 170 km trekking trail through France, Italy and Switzerland. Circumnavigating Western Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, it is one of the world’s classic multi day treks and is on every serious hiker’s bucket list.

Tour du Mont Blanc Hike is a blog dedicated to all aspects of the famous Tour du Mont Blanc trail. Our aim is to make your TMB less stressful in the planning stages, more enjoyable on the trail, and unforgettable for all the right reasons!

We’ve trekked the trail. Struggled with the planning. Agonised over the stages.

The Tour du Mont Blanc in numbers

3

countries

105

miles

170

kilometres

11

days

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc is no easy feat involving more elevation gain than the height of Everest …..

however, planning this trek is much more difficult to conquer than climbing the 10 mountain passes circumnavigating Mont Blanc

We’ve trekked the trail. Struggled with the planning. Agonised over the stages. How far would we be to able to walk each day. How much water to carry? Which were the best stages? Could we pick up public transport if we were lagging? What to do in an emergency? How fit would we have to be? Can we take the kids?

We get it. SO many questions. Our aim is to give you as much practical information all in one place before you embark on your Tour du Mont Blanc adventure. With plenty of useful advice such as how to get fit for the TMB, how to plan your route wisely according to your fitness level, top tips for the trail and more – this blog should answer all your Tour du Mont Blanc questions. Go straight to our FAQ section for direct answers or browse our posts for more detailed advice. If you can’t find the answer to your question – get in touch.

FIRST STEPS IN PLANNING YOUR TMB

The hardest part of the Tour du Mont Blanc is the planning.
Start early and take your time … your trek experience will depend on it.

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What is the TMB?

Find out what the TMB is with our 12 quick facts

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TMB stages

Learn about each of the 11 legs (stages) of the Tour du Mont Blanc

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Planning – first steps

Wondering where to begin with your planning? Read this to start

The Tour du Mont Blanc trail, starting in Chamonix in the French Alps, is broken up into 11 stages that folks can tackle any which way they want. Whilst the entire circuit takes 10-11 days, the flexibility of having numerous start points on the trail enables hikers to enjoy the trail for any number of days from just a one day hike, a long weekend or a week.

booking early

Since Covid the Tour du Mont Blanc has become incredibly popular and you now need to book very early to secure accommodation in huts along the trail – generally between October and December before the summer you want to trek. Booking the huts independently can be tough – it’s like a giant jigsaw puzzle. For those who don’t have the patience or the organisational skills I recommend using a self guided tour operator to book your TMB accommodation for you. It makes the process much easier. I recommend Adventure Base, a local company in Chamonix who are excellent. You can use them to book most of my Tour du Mont Blanc itineraries self guided – simply click on the itinerary and then on the book button

Learn everything you need to know about the TMB refuges …

The first of it’s kind, our TMB Refuges ebook contains 83 pages of insider tips & knowledge to help you plan your self-guided TMB adventure with confidence & peace of mind.

Packed full of specific advice this ebook includes everything you need to know about the TMB refuges including a comprehensive guide to 23 refuges.

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ZOOM CONSULTATIONS FOR INDEPENDENT TMB TREKKERS – 2024

I offer 60 and 90 minute zoom consultations to help you with your TMB route planning & to give you tips and tricks to help you prepare for your trek. To run through an itinerary or just to chat about the trek you can book a 60 minute zoom, however most clients feel the benefit of a longer 90 minute session where we go through your itinerary day by day sharing an interactive map and walking through the trail in detail discussing lunch stops, water stops, difficult sections etc. The zoom session is recorded so there is no need to take copious notes. All my zoom clients also receive unlimited email support up until the date of their trek.

I will be available most days throughout February and March for zoom sessions. You can book by clicking the button below, selecting which length of zoom session, making payment and then emailing me to arrange a convenient time to chat. At this moment in time, PLEASE do not just pay for a zoom consultation if YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCOMMODATION BOOKED as I may have to refund you. The trail is currently full for summer 2024 but cancellations do start to happen near the summer so if you have not booked any huts for 2024, please send me an email first.

If you are considering trekking in 2025 and want advice on the best bespoke itinerary for you, book a zoom call with me anytime from now until September. Remember there are refuges every 5km along the trail all offering different accommodation or specific highlights. A bespoke itinerary allows you to get the very best TMB right for your group. By being organised and being prepared by September you will be ready to book the appropriate refuges as soon as they open for 2025 reservations.

TOUR DU MONT BLANC LUGGAGE TRANSFERS

Get your luggage sent on ahead to each refuge so you’re only carrying a small backpack each day on the trail

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