The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the world's most iconic loop trails and what better way to experience it than with your family! Follow ancient paths - once trodden by the Celts and Romans - through France, Switzerland and Italy. Along the way, pass through the idyllic meadows of Contamines-Montjoie Nature Preserve, summit the Col de Bonhomme, look out for eagles and fuzzy marmots, and enjoy the thrills of riding mountain cable cars and crossing dizzying suspension bridges. Feel at ease every step of the way as you follow expert mountain guides, who are attuned to the needs of family hikers - and will help build memories to last a lifetime.
Do something truly unforgettable - take a family-friendly trek (ages 13+) on the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy, and Switzerland
Feel the thrill of mountain cable cars, suspension bridges, and whitewater rafting
Fuel up on hearty mountain cuisine, and unwind in cozy chalets, huts, and inns
Arrive at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland, and meet your guide promptly at 2pm for a private van transfer to the resort town of Chamonix, France. Please arrive early enough (by 1pm) to allow time to get through customs and immigration before the scheduled pick-up. After a scenic, hour-and-a-half ride into the mountains, take time to rest at the hotel or explore town before orientation. In the early evening, meet your guides and the rest of the group; then enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Begin your day riding the cable car to Bellevue, where breathtaking panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Mountain Range, the Aiguilles Rouges, and the Fiz and Aravis Massifs await. Cross the suspension bridge over Bionnassay Torrent, then descend into the hamlet of Champel before reaching Les Contamines-Montjoie. Continue to the bottom of the valley to Notre Dame de la Gorge, a Baroque church and ancient pilgrimage site. Finish the day with one last stretch of the legs to Refuge de Nant Borrant, your mountain hut for the night. You will not have your luggage on this night, so bring your overnight essentials in your daypack.
Relish a hearty mountain breakfast, then prepare for your hike. Starting from the Contamines-Montjoie Nature Preserve, begin your long, steady climb up to the Col du Bonhomme (8,133'). As you gain altitude, notice how the forest gives way to grassy meadows, then up to boulders and scree fields as you arrive above tree line at the Col de Bonhomme. Keep your camera ready for a spotting of roaming ibex! Enjoy a well-earned descent into the hamlet of Les Chapieux to Auberge de la Nova, your home for the night.
The day begins in the alpine meadows of Beaufortain, among herds of happy sheep and cows. Begin your hike to the Col de la Seigne (8,256') and reach the Italian border. The climb is beautiful! As the pass opens up, it gives way to a superb view on the South face of Mont-Blanc. On your descent, pass the crystalline Lake Combal, and soon after, the Italian hamlet of the Visaille. A bus will meet you to transfer you to our hotel in Courmayeur.
Beginning from the hamlet of Villair Superior, follow the trail towards the Bertone mountain hut. Bask in the mountain views from the lookout point, where you can catch an aerial view of Mont-Blanc's peaks. Depending on the weather and group conditions, your guide will choose the best route to get you to our cozy mountain rifugio - your home for the night.
After a good night's sleep and breakfast, transfer to the foot of Grand Col Ferret (8,323'), at the Italian-Swiss border. This is the steepest, shortest and most demanding climb of your trip. But fortunately, your efforts are worth it! Through the day, catch impressive views of Grandes Jorasses and Triolet, and Mont Dolent - the meeting point of the French, Swiss and Italian borders. Descend towards La Fouly, passing by the chalet of La Peule. From La Fouly, transfer Champex, a village in the Swiss canton of Valais.
Through the forest, reach Plan de l'Au. Little by little, climb through a forest overlooking France's Rhone Valley and the charming town of Martigny. Taking the scenic route, discover the alpine pasture of Bovine (6,519'). Continue on to the Col de la Forclaz.
Begin the last day's hike by traversing the alpine meadow of Herbagères, then a spruce forest before reaching the Col de Balme (7188'). Cross the border again before starting your descent into the alpine meadows of Balme, just upstream from the Chamonix Valley, into the village of Le Tour. Your loop around Mont Blanc now complete, transfer to your hotel in Chamonix. Tonight, enjoy a festive farewell dinner in town.
Transfer to Geneva airport. There will be one group departure for the airport at 8:30am.
Please schedule your flight after 11am for inter-European destinations, after 12pm for all transcontinental destinations.
This exciting family version of our classic Tour Du Mont Blanc adventure is perfect for families with kids aged 13 years and up.
Professional MT Sobek guides are the best in the Alps, experienced for their indispensable knowledge and ability to attune to the needs of family hikers.
No one knows the Alps like MT Sobek, with four decades of experience leading trips here and a regular following of Alps-loving guests.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Strenuous hiking on mountain trails covering 5-10 miles per day with maximum elevation gain of 3,300'. Exploration of scenic mountain towns.
Charming accommodations in alpine towns and villages, featuring comfortable rooms, on-site restaurants, and stellar vistas of surrounding scenery. Plus 2 nights in dormoritory style alpine huts.
The days can change from hot to cold and wet. Snow is even possible at the high passes. Come prepared for everything.
An MT Sobek representative will meet you in the Arrivals Hall of the Geneva Airport (GVA) between 1:30pm and 2pm on Day 1.
Yes. There are several opportunities each day to use the facilities at local auberges along the route.
No. We recommend that you bring your own hiking poles. They are very useful on this trip.
Yes. Your luggage will be transferred each day by our driver. You will just bring them down to the hotel lobby each morning.
Hike and do other cardio exercises. The more time you spend hiking before this tour, the more comfortable you will be. Running and cycling are also great ways to train.
Family trip leaders have plenty of experience guiding families, and enjoy adventures with children. There will be special activities for children at the huts, including the options to participate in rafting and a rope course at an adventure park.
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