Mont Blanc. Europe's highest and most iconic peak. Spectacular. Immense. Dazzling. And undisputedly on every serious hiker's must-do list. This 10-day trek through the heart of the Alps won't just get your pulse rate up, it will open your eyes to some of the most breathtaking vistas on Earth. Wander past giant glaciers and secret mountain lakes, ancient trails and grassy meadows. Experience three countries, cultures, and cuisines. Stay in hamlets that belong in a fairy tale. And discover why Forbes called our tour "the world's most luxurious hiking trip."
Trek the classic 10-day circuit of the Mont Blanc massif - a must for every serious hiker
Encounter nature at its most spectacular as you pass glaciers, forests, meadows, and endless peaks
Taste the flavors and experience the cultures of France, Italy, and Switzerland
Arrive at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland, for a 2pm pick-up. Transfer by private van to the charming mountain-ringed resort town of Chamonix, France. Upon arrival at the hotel, you'll have time to rest a bit or explore the town before orientation - where you will meet the guides and other members of your group. End the day with a delicious welcome dinner at a fine restaurant in town.
We begin our hike from the hotel (3,300'), crossing the town of Chamonix and entering the forest. We'll ascend a steep trail passing the Blaitiere farm to reach the "Grand Balcon," from where we have a fabulous view of the Chamonix Aiguilles towering above us. We'll traverse below these towering peaks toward the Montenvers railway sitting high above the Mer de Glace glacier. We'll descend to the quaint Chalet Caillet by the cog railway, where we'll enjoy an aperitif before having dinner in this magical setting. After dinner we'll enjoy a short, leisurely descent on foot back to our hotel in Chamonix.
Your hike from the hotel leads to the start of the trail beneath the Aiguilles Rouges along the Petit Balcon to Merlet (4,921'), with its magnificent views of the north face and glaciers of Mont Blanc. After traversing to Coupeau, you will make an easy descent to our hotel near the charming village of Les Houches (3,200').
Leaving Les Houches, climb through the forest past beautiful mountain farmhouses and into the woods to the small pass of Bellevue, overlooking the Chamonix Valley. Marvel at the peaks and hanging glaciers of Aiguille de Bionnassay (13,294') and Mont Blanc (15,777'). Descend through the thickly wooded hillside through typical alpine hamlets to the historic town of Les Contamines (3,829'), a traditional mountain village with picturesque wooden chalets and a fine old church.
A long ascent on an old Roman road takes you to the Plan des Dames, before you make the last ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (7,641') and Croix du Bonhomme (8,100') where lunch is served. In the afternoon, hike the grassy trail downhill to Les Chapieux (5,080') with sightings of ibex, marmots and beautiful wildflowers along the way. At the end of the day, take a short transfer to the village of Bourg-Saint-Maurice, where we'll stay the night. Enjoy dinner in town.
After a 50-minute transfer to the end of the "Vallée des Glaciers," enjoy a relatively easy hike over the Col de la Seigne (8,245'). Take in the breathtaking view of Mont Blanc, Himalayan in its immensity, rising in a near verticality from the Veny Valley to the summit 10,000 feet above. Afterward, descend into Italy to Lac Combal and Visaille. A transfer then takes you to Courmayeur (3,800'), situated beneath the Grand Jorasses and Brenva Glacier, where you will spend the night. Dinner tonight is in town.
Today's beautiful mountainside walk offers fabulous views of Mont Blanc, hanging glaciers and glacial moraines. As you climb the trail through larch and alder it's not unusual to see the deer and chamois that make this area their home. A continued ascent to the Rifugio Bonnatti offers yet more unforgettable views on the way up. Your descent takes a steep trail to the valley floor and then continues to La Vachey (4,500').
A short transfer puts you on a walking trail past the spectacular "Glacier de Pre-de-Bar" with Mont Dolent above, the meeting point of the borders of France, Italy, and Switzerland. Cross the Grand Col Ferret (8,300') to enter Switzerland, and descend to the scenic village of La Fouly (5,280'), located beneath the Glacier de l'A Neuve. Transfer by van to the lovely town of Champex (4,808'), a small lake resort that features typical Swiss-style chalets and charming gardens.
An hour and a half of moderate hiking followed by a rapid ascent in the forest brings you high over the Rhône Valley overlooking the town of Martigny. Fabulous views await! An easy descent takes you to the Col de Forclaz (3,900'), from where you'll take a short transfer to Martigny. Here you'll visit the Fondation Pierre Gianadda - an impressive art exposition featuring a sculpture garden and museums. Dinner tonight is on your own in town.
After breakfast, take a short transfer to nearby Trient. Climb steeply on an old smuggler's path through the forest to the French border and an unforgettable view of the Mont Blanc massif and the Chamonix valley. Your descent takes you deep into the Vallorcine Valley East of Chamonix, and to your hotel in Argentière (4,100').
From Le Col De Montets (4,800') the hike to Les Cheserys (7,130') offers gorgeous views of the Le Tour and Argentiere glaciers, as well as the entire Mont Blanc range. After rejoining the Grand Balcon Route and La Flégère, descend to Chamonix (3,300') and a festive farewell dinner in town.
Enjoy your final breakfast with the group before transferring from Chamonix to Geneva airport.
The Tour Du Mont Blanc is an MT Sobek classic adventure and a best-seller for over 40 years.
Professional MT Sobek guides are the best in the Alps, experienced and legendary for their indispensable knowledge and skillsets.
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 6-8 miles per day with maximum elevation gain of 4,200'. Exploration of scenic mountain towns.
Charming accommodations in alpine towns and villages, featuring comfortable rooms, on-site restaurants, and stellar vistas of surrounding scenery.
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.
Yes. You will be so happy that you did if it snows, and very unhappy if it snows and you don't.
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.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
"The expertise of the guiding on the Tour du Mont Blanc could not have been better. I am pretty sure we had the most knowledgeable guide along the whole Tour du Mont Blanc!"
MT Sobek Guest, Tour du Mont Blanc
"Totally blown away with the beauty of the Alps and the organization of the trek."
MT Sobek Guest, Tour du Mont Blanc