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What is the ‘Tour du Mont Blanc’? 12 quick facts

  • The Tour du Mont Blanc goes through 3 countries – France, Italy & Switzerland
  • The entire Tour du Mont Blanc trail is 170km or 105 miles in length
  • Tour du Mont Blanc‘ is French for ‘around Mont Blanc’
  • The hiking trail is segmented into 11 ‘stages’
  • Most trekkers hike one stage a day, but the hardcore often do it quicker
  • The official start & end point is the village of Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley
  • The nearest international airport to the start point is Geneva in Switzerland
  • With several access points to the trail, hikers don’t have to hike the entire trail but can complete shorter sections
  • The Tour du Mont Blanc can only be hiked in Summer from mid June until the end of September
  • There are refuges every 5km along the trail
  • Accommodation is in high mountain huts called refuges which serve hearty 3 course dinners each night
  • Refuges have basic dormitories whilst many have private rooms available

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