Tour du Mont Blanc self-guided in 7 days

Discover the jewels of the Tour du Mont Blanc in total freedom

The Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days

The myriad landscapes that make up the Mont Blanc massif make it one of the most remarkable in the Alps and a paradise for hikers. Glaciers, villages, high peaks, flora and fauna are just some of the treasures to be discovered.

Set off for a week’s discovery, enjoying the most beautiful stages in complete freedom.

A dedicated guide will take full charge of your project, to meet your every wish. Our agency will also take care of all the logistics that you don’t want to have to deal with yourself.

Alone or with others, experience a Tour du Mont Blanc that’s just like you!

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 self-guided in 7 days

most beautiful stages A trek alone or with friends and family, in total freedom in the heart of the mountains
comfortables accomodation Accommodation chosen for its friendliness and comfort
direction The most beautiful panoramas and landscapes of the Tour du Mont Blanc for a week rich in emotion
departure guaranteed The opportunity to discover 3 countries with a distinct Alpine culture in just one week
local expert Tailor-made advice and assistance from our team of professional guides


duration7 days



Departure from

departure placeLes Houches

Departure date

departure dateEvery Sundays in summer




luggageOne night without (day 4)

The program in detail

Day 1: Les Houches – Les Contamines

5 hrs 30 walking time – Accommodation: Inn or mountain hut – 650 m (2,130 ft) ascent / 1,300 m (4,260 ft) descent
Your free Tour du Mont Blanc begins at the foot of the Bellevue cable car in Les Houches. After handing over your luggage, you start off in the direction of the Col du Tricot (2120m), then the Truc mountain pasture. This beautiful route at the foot of the glaciers offers many viewpoints. An ideal way to start this Tour du Mont Blanc. Descend to Les Contamines and spend the night in a gîte or refuge.
Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D1

Day 2: Les Contamines – Les Chapieux

7 hrs walking time – Accommodation: Mountain hut – 1,300 m (4,265 ft) ascent / 900 m (2,950 ft) descent
The day begins with a visit to Notre-Dame de la Gorge, with its beautiful chapel. You climb up to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m) and Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2408m) passes, marking your passage into the Beaufortain region. You then begin a long, beautiful descent towards the Chapieux valley, famous for the production of Beaufort cheese. Overnight in a refuge*.

*If no accommodation is available in Les Chapieux, the itinerary will be slightly modified to take you to another refuge nearby.

Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D2

Day 3: Les Chapieux – Col Chécrouit

8 hrs walking time – Accommodation: Mountain hut – 1,190 m (3,900 ft) ascent / 1,080 m (3,540 ft) descent
This third day of the Tour du Mont Blanc is marked by a passage into Italy. The day starts with a short transfer, to the start of the hike*. After a beautiful climb, facing Mont Blanc, you reach the Col de la Seigne (2516m), the Franco-Italian border. You then descend into the Val Veny and enjoy a superb view of the south face of Mont Blanc. Overnight in a refuge.

*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.

Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D3

Day 4: Col Chécrouit – Refuge Bonatti

6h30 walking time – Accommodation: Night in a hotel or in a mountain hut without luggage – 1,100 m (3,600 ft) ascent / 950 m (3,115 ft) descent
The day begins with a descent to Courmayeur and its old village. With its colourful period facades, charming little streets and delicious ice creams, this is a very pleasant little town to visit. After this short break, you climb up to the Bertone refuge and its magnificent panorama of the Mont Blanc massif. Then, a beautiful balcony traverse awaits you to reach the Bonatti hut* (2025m), where you will spend the night.

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

Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D4

Day 5: Refuge Bonatti – La Fouly

7 hrs walking time – Accommodation: at an inn – 920 m (3,020 ft) ascent / 1,320 m (4,330 ft) descent
*If you’re staying in Courmayeur, you will need to take a local bus from Courmayeur heading towards Arnuova.

Today it’s time to reach the third country on this Tour du Mont Blanc. After a beautiful climb to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m), you arrive in Switzerland. After a few hours’ walk, you’ll reach the small village of La Fouly, nestling in the Swiss Val Ferret. Overnight in an inn or refuge in La Fouly.

Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D5

Day 6: La Fouly – Champex -Trient

Night in an inn Option 1: 870 m (2,850 ft) ascent / 950 m (3,115 ft) descent / 6 hours walking time Option 2: 1050 m (3,445 ft) ascent / 1,400 m (4,590 ft) descent / 7 hours walking time
After a short transfer to Champex, you start the day’s stage with two possible routes. The first, which is easier, takes you along a beautiful balcony path above Martigny and the Rhône valley. The second choice is a more alpine route, via the fenêtre d’Arpette (2665m). The landscapes here are more mineral, unique on this Tour du Mont Blanc.*

  • Descent to Trient to spend the night in an inn.
  • *Only take this route via the Fenêtre d’Arpette if you are in good physical and weather conditions. Don’t hesitate to ask the refuge keeper for more information before setting off, or to contact us.

    Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D6

    Day 7: Trient – Le Tour

    6 hrs walking time – 1,090 m (3,575 ft) ascent / 900 m (2,950 ft) descent
    This is the last day of your Tour du Mont Blanc, with the first ascent to the Col de Balme (2191m), where the views of the Chamonix valley and the Mont Blanc massif are revealed. A beautiful path then runs alongside the Aiguillette des Posettes and descends to the hamlet of Le Tour, where your adventure around Mont Blanc comes to an end.
    Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days - D7

    Useful information

    Luggage transport

    One piece of luggage per person is transferred each day between the different accommodation (except on the evening of D4 if you spend the night in Bonatti): one soft bag per person, of a maximum of 12kg each (duffle bag type).

    You carry only your stuff for the day, in a backpack of about 30L.

    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.

    This is an intermediate level trip. Ideally, this trip is for you if you already have some experience (however slight) of hiking and/or trekking.

    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.

    All breakfasts and dinners will be taken in the accommodation.
    As an option, we can provide picnics for the entire stay (€98 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.
    Additional charges 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 2, the end of the itinerary will be slightly modified to finish the stage in another hut. A private transfer will therefore take place on the morning of day 3, at an additional cost of €115 for the group (up to 8 people).

    Also, for departures between 08 and 14 June 2024, the same supplement of 115€ will be required for a transfer on day 3 between Les Chapieux and La Ville des Glaciers, as there is no shuttle service at the start of the season.

    On day 4, if the Bonatti refuge is unavailable, a potential supplement of €30 per person may be applied for a night in a hotel in Courmayeur, as indicated in the programme.

    Directions and accommodation

    Access to the starting point:

    Meet at the Bellevue cable car at 9.00am on the day of departure to collect your luggage and picnic.

    To come by car:

    You can leave your car at the Prarion car park a few metres further up. This is a free outdoor car park.

    To come 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!

    > Plan d’accès au point de départ

    Back to the starting point: End of your trip at Le Tour. Return by bus or train, not included in the price of the stay

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

    Accommodation before and after the trip:

    • Hôtel Saint Antoine : 7 route Napoléon, 74310 Les Houches – 04 50 54 40 10
    • Hôtel Ibis Style : 333 Rue de l’Essert, 74310 Les Houches – 04 50 54 50 35
    • Gîte Michel Fagot : 2 allée des sorbiers, 74310 Les Houches – 04 50 54 42 28

    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.


    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.


    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!

    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

    Tour du Mont Blanc self-guided in 7 days

    Included in the price
    • Nights in dormitories as mentioned in the programme
    • Half-board in accommodation
    • Transfers indicated in the programme
    • Choice of: a paper roadbook (including IGN maps and map holder) or a digital roadbook with GPS tracking
    • Luggage transport each evening (except the evening of D4 if you spend the night in Bonatti)
    • Contact with Watse guides during your stay
    Not included in the price
    • A qualified guide
    • The cable car on Day 1
    • Transport to and from the start of the trek
    • Drinks other than water at the table
    • Personal hiking equipment (clothes, shoes, poles, etc.)
    • Any private transfers or cable car rides not included in the programme
    • Assistance and cancellation insurance, to be taken out when you register
    • Anything not listed in « Included in the price »

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