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
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.
What is the TMB?
Find out what the TMB is with our 12 quick facts
Learn about each of the 11 legs (stages) of the Tour du Mont Blanc
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.
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.
The Tour du Mont Blanc’s 11 stages
What is the ‘Tour du Mont Blanc’? 15 quick facts
Tour du Mont Blanc public transport
RAB silk sleeping bag liner review
Tour du Mont Blanc luggage transfer – everything you need to know
Tour du Mont Blanc self guided v guided
Tour du Mont Blanc packing list
Dorm or private room? Your guide to which refuges offer what accommodation
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