Tour du Mont Blanc in 8 days: Back to basics

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The Tour du Mont Blanc in 8 days

Discover the trails of this not-to-be-missed trek between France, Switzerland and Italy, offering mountain lovers an unforgettable journey. The majestic Mont Blanc and the many wonders that surround it accompany you throughout this adventure.

With no luggage transfers, this trek will give you an authentic hiking experience, carrying your backpack for the whole of your stay. Every evening, you’ll enjoy the warm welcome of typical Alpine inns and refuges, offering delicious local specialities for meals.

Opt for a unique trek around the highest peak in the Alps.

Listen to the guide's description of the trip (french)
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 advantages of the TMB in 8 days

most beautiful stages The most beautiful stages of the Tour du Mont-Blanc in 8 days
comfortables accomodation Authentic and friendly accommodation
direction A unique semi-autonomous hiking experience
departure guaranteed A reduced carbon footprint by avoiding daily baggage transfers and by using public transport
local expert An expert guide with a passion for the Mont Blanc massif and the region


duration8 days




taille du groupe12 max.

Departure from

departure placeChamonix

Departure date

departure dateEvery 2 weeks, on Saturdays in summer




luggageNo luggage transfers

The program in detail

Day 1: Chamonix – Argentière

5 h 30 walk – Accommodation: gîte or inn – 400 m (1,312 ft) ascent / 1,100 m (3,610 ft) descent
We meet this morning at 9am. After a short cable car ride up to Plan Praz, we set off on this Tour du Mont Blanc in the direction of La Flégère (1894m). Along the way, we are treated to superb views of Mont Blanc and the glaciers of the Chamonix valley. The balcony path then descends to Argentière. Overnight in a gîte in Argentière.
Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D1

Day 2: Argentière – Trient

7-hour walk – Accommodation: inn – 1,000 m (3,280 ft) ascent / 1500 m (4,920 ft) descent
After a beautiful climb through the mountain pastures to the Col de Balme (2190m), we arrive in Switzerland.The panorama opens up to us, with the imposing Mont Blanc on one side and the beautiful Trient valley on the other. We begin the descent to the village. Overnight in an inn in Trient.
Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D2

Day 3: Trient – Champex – La Fouly

Choice 1: 5 h walk – 925 m (3,035 ft) ascent / 715 m (2,345 ft) descent
Choice 2 : 7 h walk – 1,260 m (4,130 ft) ascent / 915 m (3,000 ft) descent
Accommodation: refuge
On our third day of walking, a beautiful balcony stage awaits us. Overlooking Martigny and the Rhône Valley, our route takes us through various mountain pastures to Champex, where a short transfer by public transport to the village of La Fouly awaits us. Depending on the shape of the group and the conditions*, we have the option of passing through the Fenêtre d’Arpette (2665m), offering superb Alpine scenery. Overnight in an inn in La Fouly.
*Your guide will decide on the best option.
Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D3

Day 4: La Fouly – Refuge Bonatti

6h30 walk – Accommodation: refuge – 1,300 m (4,265 ft) ascent / 900 m (2,950 ft) descent
Day four and we’re already halfway through our Tour du Mont Blanc. First we follow the Swiss Val Ferret, then climb towards the Grand Col Ferret (2537m), marking the border between Switzerland and Italy. The south face of the Mont Blanc massif is impressive right in front of us. We enjoy it all the way to the Bonatti refuge, ideally situated in an enchanting setting. Night in refuge.
Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D4

Day 5: Refuge Bonatti – Col Chécrouit

6-hour walk – Accommodation: inn or refuge – 1,100 m (3,610 ft) ascent / 1,000 m (3,280 ft) descent
Today’s stage takes us on a beautiful balcony path overlooking the Italian Val Ferret, from where we have a privileged view of the Mont Blanc massif and the Grandes Jorasses. We then reach the Bertone refuge (1980m), before descending to Courmayeur, Italy’s mountaineering capital. After a visit to the old town, we climb back up to the Col Chécrouit. Overnight in a refuge.
Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D5

Day 6: Col Chécrouit – Les Chapieux

6-hour walk – Accommodation: hostel or refuge – 1100 m (3,610 ft) ascent / 1,050 m (3,445 ft) descent
Today we return to France. We climb up to Val Veny, then on to the Col de La Seigne (2514m) on the Franco-Italian border. From here, we begin a long descent through the mountain pastures to the hamlet of Les Chapieux, birthplace of the famous Beaufort cheese. Overnight in a refuge or inn.
Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D6

Day 7: Les Chapieux – Les Contamines

7-hour walk – Accommodation: refuge – 1,450 m (4,760 ft) ascent / 800 m (2,625 ft) descent
Between the Beaufortain and Mont Blanc massifs, today’s stage takes us up to the famous Col du Bonhomme (2408m), with its breathtaking panorama in an unusual rocky setting. We then descend into the heart of the Val Montjoie and reach the village of Les Contamines via the Voie Romaine. Overnight in a gîte or refuge.
Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D7

Day 8: Les Contamines – Les Houches

Choice 1: 8h walk – 1,300m (4,265 ft) ascent / 1,460m (4,790 ft) descent
Choice 2 : 6h30 walk – 785m (2,575 ft) ascent / 910m (2,985 ft) descent
This is the final stage of our Tour du Mont Blanc, with more beautiful scenery to discover throughout the day. We climb to the Bellevue plateau (1800m), where we can see the famous coloured trains of the Mont Blanc tramway. We then descend to Les Houches along unspoilt paths. Depending on the shape of the group and the conditions*, there is the option of going over the Col du Tricot (2120m), to enjoy magnificent views of the Bionnassay glacier. The tour ends at the foot of the Bellevue cable car station in Les Houches.
*Your guide will decide on the best option.
Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D7

Useful information

Transfers & luggage
No luggage transfers: You carry your equipment for the entire trek.

    This trek includes only one transfer, on day 3, between Champex and La Fouly. To minimise the carbon impact of this trip, this transfer is made by public transport rather than by private minibus.
The trip as a whole is at an intermediate level. Ideally, this trip is for you if you already have some experience (even a little) of semi-autonomous trekking, with all your equipment.

The walks are between 6 and 8 hours a day for the duration of the trip. Some sections may be more difficult, particularly at the start of the season with the residual snow.

You should be able to climb at least 1000 metres per day over several consecutive days.

We strongly advise you to take part in regular endurance sports and to prepare yourself specifically for this trip.

Access and accommodation

Access to the starting point:

Meet at the Plan Praz cable car in Chamonix at 9.00am on the day of departure.

To come by car:You can leave your car at the Prarion car park in Les Houches. This is a free outdoor car park.

To come by train:To reach Chamonix, it takes around 3 hours by train from Lyon, 8 hours from Paris and 2 hours from Geneva. In just a few hours, you can be at the foot of Mont Blanc, in the centre of Chamonix, without the constraints of parking, tolls or heavy traffic. By choosing the train, you’re opting for the most environmentally-friendly mode of transport, while enjoying a comfortable journey, so you can arrive in great shape for your Tour du Mont Blanc.

You can find timetables and prices on the SNCF website:

Back to the starting point: End of the hike in Les Houches. Return by bus to Chamonix not included in the price of the trip.

Bus timetables are available from the Chamonix Tourist Office ( +33(0)4 50 53 00 24).

Accommodation to stay before and after the trip:

  • Saint Antoine Hotel: 7 route Napoléon, 74310 Les Houches – +33 (0)4 50 54 40 10
  • Richemond Hotel: 228 rue du Dr Paccard, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc – +33 (0)4 50 53 08 85
  • Hôtel du Clocher : 110 Impasse de l’Androsace, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc – +33 (0)4 50 53 30 27
Even if you’re doing it in summer, temperatures can be cool on the Tour du Mont Blanc trails! We strongly recommend that you pack clothing suitable for a multi-day hike, such as:

  • a fleece
  • a windproof and waterproof jacket
  • a hiking trouser, ideally convertible into shorts

We recommend you take a backpack of at least 50l, so that you can carry enough for 8 days’ walking, picnics and all the equipment you need. Be careful, however, not to overfill your bag. You need to be able to carry all your gear for the 8 days of walking, some of which will be very steep. We recommend that you opt for merino clothing that can be worn for several days without smelling, and for equipment that can be used for several purposes (Aleppo soap that can also be used as shampoo, a neckwear that can also be used as a head covering).

As the terrain is varied, we recommend high-top hiking boots that provide good protection for the ankles. Accommodation provides blankets and pillows, but you will need a silk sheet for hygiene reasons. For more information, see our page dedicated to equipment for the Tour du Mont Blanc.

  • If you have any questions about equipment or how to prepare your bag, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
  • Insurance
    To ensure that your Tour du Mont Blanc goes off without a hitch, Watse Trekking Mont Blanc offers you three insurance policies from our partner April International Voyage, including a special comprehensive COVID policy. These policies are designed to be adapted to a trek such as the Tour du Mont Blanc. The Comfort Cancellation Insurance policy covers you for cancellation of your trip before departure and/or a missed flight. The Multirisque Confort policy includes :

    • Cancellation before departure and trip interruption
    • Missed flights and air delays
    • Luggage and personal effects option included
    • Worldwide repatriation and travel assistance
    • Search and rescue costs up to €15,000
    • Personal travel accident insurance
    • Civil liability abroad
    • The impossible return and the anticipated return

    The COVID contract includes:

    • Cancellation before departure and trip interruption
    • Missed flights and air delays
    • Luggage and personal effects option included
    • Worldwide repatriation and travel assistance
    • Search and rescue costs up to €15,000
    • Personal travel accident insurance
    • Civil liability abroad
    • The impossible return and the anticipated return
    • Cancellation due to illness 30 days before departure
    • Cancellation for denied boarding
    • Teleconsultation before departure
    • Medical repatriation
    • Hotel and medical expenses
    • Psychological support
    • Grocery delivery and domestic help

    The price varies according to the Tour du Mont Blanc you want to do. To take out one of these two contracts, simply choose the option when you book your trek! For more detailed information, see our page about travel insurance.

    To book
    To make a reservation, you must:

    • Click on one of the “Book” links and choose your insurance and date options.
    • Choose your payment method (cheque, bank transfer, credit card). Several payment methods are available. For payment by cheque: Make payable to WATSE and send to : WATSE – 63 avenue de la gare – 74170 Saint Gervais les Bains Le Fayet – France. For payment by bank transfer, please contact us to receive our bank details. For payment by credit card: Your invoice will be in your online account as soon as the bank has confirmed payment for your holiday. You will then be able to pay the balance directly from your account.
    • Pay 30% deposit or the balance of your stay
    • Print out the registration form, fill it in, sign it and send it back to us by e-mail or post. The booking of your stay will only be effective when 30% of the amount has been credited to WATSE’s account.
    • The balance of the trip must be paid no later than 1 month before departure without a reminder from us.

    Our agency offers a private shuttle service to get you around the Mont Blanc region.

    Our team can liaise between your place of arrival (Chamonix station, Geneva airport, etc.) and the location of your hotel or the starting point of your trek, for example.

    We also offer a number of transfers on the Tour du Mont Blanc, so you can avoid the parts that are less interesting or too difficult.

    To find out more about the routes on offer and book a journey, click here !

    Service available every day during the summer, from 6am to 8pm.

    Dates and prices

    Tour du Mont Blanc in 8 days without luggage transfers

    Included in the price
    • Supervision by a qualified mountain guide
    • Accommodation, as described in the trek programme
    • Half board, as described in the trek programme
    • Packed lunches prepared by the accommodation
    • Dried fruit and nut snacks
    • Showers where applicable
    • Plan Praz Cable car ticket
    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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