Complete Tour of Mont Blanc – 10 Days Self-Guided

The Grand Tour of Mont Blanc, the ultimate experience for travelers seeking discoveries !

The Complete Tour of Mont Blanc at Your Own Pace

Discover the Complete Tour of Mont Blanc: A trek across three countries, a ten-day adventure, 160 kilometers to cover, thousands of steps to take, but it’s the emotions that matter the most!

This comprehensive itinerary of the famous TMB takes you to experience the extraordinary diversity of Mont Blanc massif landscapes. Immerse yourself in a true spectacle of nature, inhabited by rich wildlife and flora, all while enjoying a lightweight backpacking experience. When evening falls, your luggage awaits in carefully selected accommodations for your comfort.

A grand loop to savor fully. Explore the unforgettable Tour of Mont Blanc with us.

Your consultant
Pierrick Delattre, guide Watse
Pierrick Delattre 06 65 93 29 29
Pierrick, the founder of the agency, grew up in the Mont Blanc region. As a true mountain lover, he has made the area his playground and his profession, always with your happiness as his goal. He will take you off the beaten track on routes that he has designed and mapped himself. Sharing his experience and passion with you every step of the way, you can entrust yourself completely to his guidance.

The Highlights of the Route

transfer The Entire Tour on Foot!
all stages All the most beautiful balconies are gathered in this tour.
stunning views The freedom to gaze at the majestic glaciers up close, a spectacle within your reach.
home-made picnics Home-made picnics prepared with local products.
transfer The choice of a digital or paper roadbook and support from our team throughout your trek
original itinerary An original itinerary that follows the historical route and includes some variations to avoid the most crowded trails.


durée10 days



Departure from

lieu de départLes Houches

Departure date

jour de departEveryday of the week.




bagagesOne night without if night spend in Bonatti

Complete Tour of Mont Blanc – 10 Days Self-Guided : the detailed itinerary

Day 1: Les Houches – Bionnassay

5 hrs 30 walking time – Accommodation: refuge – 800 m (2,625 ft) ascent / 500 m (1,640 ft) descent
Join us at 9 a.m. at the meeting point located at the base of the Bellevue cable car for an unforgettable experience. Your day will begin with an ascent through a picturesque forest, taking you to the summit of Prarion, which stands at 1969 meters above sea level. Up there, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking panorama, offering a 360-degree view of the surroundings. The day will continue with a peaceful descent to the charming Fioux refuge, where you’ll spend the night in an enchanting setting.
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Day 2: Bionnassay – Les Contamines

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: gîte – 950 m (3,115 ft) ascent / 1,300 m (4,265 ft) descent
The second day of this adventure promises to be a breathtaking visual experience! Our route takes us along majestic glaciers, crossing the Col de Tricot at 2,120 meters in altitude and passing through the tranquil Truc alpine pasture. A picturesque descent leads us to the charming village of Les Contamines, where you will spend the night.
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Day 3: Les Contamines – Les Chapieux

7 hrs walking time – Accommodation: Refuge – 1,450 m (4,750 ft) ascent / 800 m (2,620 ft) descent
Follow the ancient Roman Road for a spectacular ascent towards the Cols du Bonhomme (at 2,408 meters) and des Fours (at 2,665 meters) – our morning mission. After an outdoor lunch with breathtaking panoramic views, we will continue our journey towards the Chapieux Valley, nestled at the end of the Tarentaise*. This region is famous for its contribution to the production of the delicious Beaufort cheese!

*If no accommodation is available in Les Chapieux, the itinerary will be slightly modified to allow you to find alternative accommodation.

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Day 4: Les Chapieux – Col Chécrouit

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: Refuge – 1,100 m (3,600 ft) ascent / 1,050 m (3,450 ft) descent
Today, a splendid day opens up before you, offering majestic views of Mont Blanc! After a short transfer to the start of the hike*, your journey begins with an ascent to the Col de la Seigne, at 2,514 meters in altitude, marking the border between France and Italy. You then enter the Aosta Valley region through Val Veny, revealing the Italian side of Monte Bianco. The day concludes in the warm atmosphere of an Italian refuge, a memorable stage of your journey.

*If you spent the previous night in accommodation outside the hamlet of Les Chapieux, a supplement of €115 will be charged for the transfer from your accommodation to La Ville des Glaciers, the starting point for the hike. This price is valid for up to 5 people.

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Day 5: Col Chécrouit – Refuge Bonatti

6 hrs walking time – Accommodation: Night in a refuge without luggage – 1,100 m (3,600 ft) ascent / 1,000 m (3,280 ft) descent
Let’s kick off the fifth day of your adventure by descending the slopes to Courmayeur, often dubbed the Italian ‘Chamonix,’ and strolling through the picturesque alleys of its old village. Our route then takes us towards Val Sapin, heading to the Bertone refuge, where exceptional panoramas await you. By the end of the day, you’ll reach the Bonatti refuge*, situated at 2,025 meters above sea level and named in honor of the famous Italian mountaineer. From there, you’ll be marveling at the breathtaking view of the Frébouze glacier, gracefully stretching out before you.

*In case of unavailability at the Bonatti Refuge, transfer by local bus to Courmayeur. Overnight stay at a hotel with your luggage.

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Day 6: Bonatti – La Fouly

6 hrs 30 walking time – Accommodation: at an inn – 900 m (2,950 ft) ascent / 1,300 m (4,265 ft) descent

*If you’re staying in Courmayeur, you will need to take a local bus from Courmayeur heading towards Arnuova.

At daybreak, our route leads us towards the majestic Mont Dolent, a place where the borders of France, Switzerland, and Italy meet. As we reach the summit of the Grand Col Ferret, standing at 2,537 meters, we enter Switzerland, greeted with warmth! A gentle descent takes us through the Peule alpine pasture, getting us closer to La Fouly, a charming little village nestled at 1,600 meters in the heart of the beautiful Valais.

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Day 7: La Fouly – Champex

4 hrs 30 walking time – Accommodation: at an inn – 650 m (2,130 ft) ascent / 650 m (2,130 ft) descent

On this day, get ready to explore the Swiss Val Ferret with its charming traditional villages before arriving at Champex and its beautiful lake. Our journey concludes with a short ascent to our accommodation, a comfortable inn imbued with a soothing atmosphere, providing an ideal setting for your evening.
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Day 8: Champex – Trient

Accommodation: at an inn – Choice 1: 715m (2,345 ft) ascent / 925m (3035 ft) descent – 5 hours walking time – Choice 2: 915m (3,002 ft) ascent / (4,135 ft) 1260m – 7 hours walking time 

For this eighth day of hiking, an exceptional stage awaits, providing a panoramic view from the heights above Martigny. The vineyards of the Rhône Valley, visible in the distance, testify to Switzerland’s rich winemaking tradition. Our descent takes us to Trient, a small village, following the Bisse du Trient trail. Depending on the group’s preferences and conditions, a spectacular option presents itself: the opportunity to pass through the Fenêtre d’Arpette, at 2,665 meters in altitude, along a magnificent alpine route. Do not hesitate to ask to the refuge keeper the day before, or to contact us, to know the best itinerary.
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Day 9: Trient – Le Tour

5 hrs walking time – Accommodation: at an inn – 1,000 m (3,280 ft) ascent / 850 m (2,790 ft) descent

The time has come to make our way back to France. Throughout the day, the view of the picturesque Chamonix Valley unfolds before you, becoming increasingly impressive. Our destination for the night is the charming village of Le Tour, where we will stay in a welcoming lodge, ready to provide you with a warm and friendly night.
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Day 10: Le Tour – Chamonix

7 hrs walking time – 1,350 m (4,430 ft) ascent / 850 m (2,790 ft) descent

For this memorable final day, we head towards the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve. The trail leads us along a panoramic balcony offering breathtaking views of the majestic Mont Blanc, one of the most iconic landscapes in the Chamonix Valley.

We then begin our descent towards La Flégère, followed by a stunning balcony traverse to Planpraz. A cable car descent brings us back to the heart of Chamonix. For those who prefer, it’s possible to take a bus to Les Houches.

And so, the loop of our adventure concludes with unforgettable memories.

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Useful information

Luggage transport

The transfer of one piece of luggage per person is provided every day between the different accommodation: a soft bag, of the duffle bag type, of a maximum of 12kg per person.

You only carry your day’s belongings, in a backpack of about 30L.

If you spend the night at the Bonatti refuge on day 5, you will not have access to your luggage. You’ll need to pack for 2 days.


Is your Tour du Mont Blanc self-guided only part of your trip? You can leave any extra luggage you don’t need for your trek in Chamonix or the surrounding area. Many hotels and shops offer luggage storage services. In particular, you can use the website, which lists these drop-off points.

All breakfasts and dinners will be taken in the accommodation.
As an option, we can provide picnics for the entire stay (€140 per person). Picnics will either be provided by the accommodation (if departing on a weekday) or prepared by us (if departing at the weekend).
If you do not take the picnic option, you can buy your own meals as you pass through the villages, refuges or grocery shops during the trek.
Ideally, you should have some hiking and/or trekking experience before embarking on this type of trek, but any physically fit beginner is welcome to join us. We’re here to guide you.

Between 6 and 8 hours’ walking per day throughout the trek, with some more difficult sections, particularly at the start of the season when the snow is still present. You should be able to climb at least 1,000 m (3 200ft.)a day for several days in a row.

We strongly recommend that you practice an endurance sport regularly and train specifically for this trek.

Additional charge may apply

Due to very high demand for accommodation on the Tour du Mont Blanc, some stages may have to be changed. We try to stick as closely as possible to the stages described, choosing accommodation as close as possible to the original refuges.
However, these changes may involve a private transfer, at an additional cost to the group, as described in the programme.

If Les Chapieux is unavailable at the end of day 3, the end of the itinerary will be slightly modified to finish the stage in another hut. On the morning of day 4, a supplement of €115 for the group (up to 8 people) will be charged for the private transfer to the start of the day’s stage.

On day 5, if the Bonatti hut is not available, a potential supplement of €30 per person may be charged for a night in a hotel in Courmayeur, as indicated in the programme.

Even if you choose to do it in summer, it can get cold on the TMB! We strongly recommend that you pack clothes suitable for a multi-day hike, such as:

  • A fleece
  • A windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Walking trousers.

The terrain is varied and we recommend you wear walking boots that protect your ankles.

The accommodations provide blankets and pillows, but you will need a silk sheet, for hygienic reasons.

For more information, voir notre our special TMB equipment page.

Directions and accommodation

Directions to the starting point: Meet at Bellevue cable car station at 9 am on Day 1.

By car : You can leave your vehicle in the Prarion car park a few meters above. It is a free outdoor car park.

By train : Les Houches SNCF station is easily accessible by train or bus and is less than 20 minutes’ walk from the meeting point. With an average journey time of 7 hours from Paris, 4 hours from Lyon and 2 hours from Geneva, the train is the means of transport with the lowest carbon impact. Enjoy a comfortable journey, so that you arrive in top shape for your Tour du Mont Blanc!

> Map to get to the starting point

Return to the starting point: Bus from Place Monte Bianco in Courmayeur to Chamonix, or taxi. Then bus, train or taxi from Chamonix. Return from Courmayeur not included in the price of the trip.

Bus timetables at the Chamonix tourist office ( +33(0)4 50 53 00 24) or Courmayeur ( 00 39 01 65 84 20 60).

Accommodation before and after the trek:

  • Hotel Saint Antoine – 7 route Napoléon, 74310 Les Houches – 04 50 54 40 10
  • Hotel du Bois – 475 Avenue des Alpages, 74310 Les Houches – 04 50 54 50 35
  • Gîte Michel Fagot – 2 Allée des Sorbiers, 74310 Les Houches – 04 50 54 42 28
To ensure your TMB goes off without a hitch, Watse Trekking Mont Blanc offers three insurance policies with our partner April International Voyage, and a comprehensive Covid-specific contract.
These contracts are designed especially for treks like the Tour du Mont Blanc.

The Comfort cancellation contract covers you in the case of cancellation before your departure and/or a missed flight.

The Comfort multi-risk contract includes:

  • Cancellation before departure and interruption of your trek
  • Missed flight and flight delay
  • Luggage and personal belongings option
  • Worldwide repatriation and travel assistance
  • Search and rescue costs up to €15,000
  • Individual travel accident option
  • Third-party liability abroad
  • Impossible return and early return

The COVID contract includes:

  • Cancellation before departure and interruption of your trek
  • Missed flight and flight delay
  • Luggage and personal belongings option
  • Worldwide repatriation and travel assistance
  • Search and rescue costs up to €15,000
  • Individual travel accident option
  • Third-party liability abroad
  • Impossible return and early return
  • Cancellation due to illness 30 days before departure
  • Cancellation due to denied boarding
  • Remote consultation before departure
  • Medical repatriation
  • Hotel costs and medical fees
  • Psychological support
  • Grocery deliveries and home help

The price varies according to the Tour du Mont Blanc you choose. To take out one of these two contracts, just select the option when you book your trek!

To book, you must:

  • Click on one of the “book this trek” links and select the insurance, and date options.
  • Select your payment type (cheque, bank transfer, debit card): There are several ways to pay.
    • To pay by cheque: please make it out to WATSE and send to: WATSE – 63 avenue de la gare – 74170 Saint Gervais les Bains Le Fayet – France.
    • To pay by bank transfer: contact us for our bank details.
    • To pay by debit card: your invoice will be in your online account as soon as your payment has been confirmed by the bank. You will then be able to pay the balance directly from your account.
  • Pay a 30% deposit or the balance for your trek
  • Print out the booking form then fill it in, sign it and send it back to us by email or post. Your reservation will only be effective when 30% of the total cost is credited to WATSE’s bank account.
  • The balance must be paid at least one month before departure without a reminder from us.


Before and after the trek

The price of the stay does not include the trips before and after the trek.

Our team can help you find and book your plane and train tickets. We can also advise you about accommodation before and after your Tour du Mont Blanc.

Contact us here!

Dates and prices

Complete Tour of Mont Blanc – 10 Days Self-Guided
Included in the price
  • Accommodation in dormitories, as described in the trek programme
  • Half board, as described in the trek programme (dinners and breakfasts)
  • Choice of: a paper roadbook (including IGN maps and map holder) or a digital roadbook with GPS tracking
  • Luggage transfer every night (except on day 5 if night in Bonatti)
Not included in the price
  • Transport to and from the start of the trek
  • Drinks other than water served with meals
  • Any private transport or cable car tickets not included in the trek programme
  • Assistance and cancellation insurance, to subscribe at the time of booking
  • Anything not listed in “Included in the price”

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