Seven valleys, 71 glaciers, 400 summits… The Mont Blanc range is fascinatingly beautiful, like a diamond, from every angle.
Discover a world of unique and impressive high mountain with a breath-taking show of summits and glaciers everywhere!
You wish to take on a Tour of Mont Blanc but are more inclined to see your feet move faster. This version orientated towards trail running should keep your pulse racing. Daily stages of approximately 30km (warning... those are 30km in the mountains at altitude!) enabling you to set yourself a challenge or for those who are seasoned runners who wish to take in the views! Each evening your baggage will await you, lunch spots are listed on your route enabling you to run light. If you wish to shorten a stage and make an easier day, all route options will be given to you.
Departures from 15th June to 15th September 2024
5-day TMB trail with baggage transport:
550€ per person, classic accommodation (2 pers. basis)
Single departure supplement: 85€
655€ per person, accommodation in twin or double bedrooms (or triple if odd number of people)
6-day TMB trail with baggage transport:
645€ per person, classic accommodation (2 pers. basis)
Single departure supplement: 110€
765€ per person, accommodation in twin or double bedrooms (or triple if odd number of people)
7-day TMB trail with baggage transport:
740€ per person, classic accommodation (2 pers. basis)
Single departure supplement: 135€
905€ per person, accommodation in twin or double bedrooms (or triple if odd number of people)
Departure on Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays.
Information and reservation online, by email or by phone.
The price includes:
The price does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Meeting at 9:00am at the Planpraz gondola in Chamonix.
PLANPRAZ - COL DE BALME - TRIENT
Use the Planpraz gondola and traverse on the balcony trail via La Flégère then Tête aux Vents with a magnificent view of the numerous surrounding glaciers and the whole Mont Blanc range (detour possible to Lac Blanc). Descend to Col des Montets and climb via the balcony trail of Posettes to the Col de Balme (2200m) on the French-Swiss border. Descend into Swiss pastures to the village of Trient, Switzerland.
Elevation: +1150m -1800m / 23km
BOVINE / FENÊTRE D'ARPETTE - CHAMPEX - LA FOULY
Cross through the pastures of Bovine via a balcony trail overlooking the Rhone valley or take a more ‘high mountain’ route along the Trient Glacier to reach the mythic Fenêtre d’Arpette (2665m). Descend to Champex and traverse the Swiss Val Ferret, dotted with traditional elevated wooden chalets. (Possibility of taking a bus at the end of the day)
Elevation: +1550m -1200m (via Bovine) / 32km
Elevation: +1900m -1600m (via Arpette) / 30km
GRAND COL FERRET - COURMAYEUR
Climb up through the vast pastures of La Peule to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m). Possible detour to the summit of Tête Ferret. Descend into the Italian Val Ferret in the impressive foothills on the opposite side of the Mont Blanc. Exceptional views of the Grandes Jorasses. Take the balcony trail traversing the Mont de la Saxe facing the Italian side of the Mont-Blanc and descend to Courmayeur. Night in Courmayeur or in a gîte above Courmayeur.
Elevation: +1400m -1300m / 30km
COL DE LA SEIGNE - LES CHAPIEUX
From La Visaille, climb to the Col de la Seigne forming the border between Italy and France and descend via the Ville des Glaciers to the village of Les Chapieux (possible to go via the Col de Chécroui starting from Courmayeur).
Elevation: +900m -950m / 20km (27km from Courmayeur)
COL DE LA SEIGNE - LES CONTAMINES (5 days version)
From La Visaille, climb to the Col de la Seigne forming the border between Italy and France and descend to the Ville des Glaciers. Ascent to the Col des Fours and Col du Bonhomme before eventually going down in the Val Montjoie and the Contamines village.
Elevation: +1750m -2200m / 30km (37km from Courmayeur)
LES CHAPIEUX - COL DU BONHOMME - LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE
Climb to the Col du Bonhomme once frequented by peddlers and descend via the old Roman road to the chapel at Notre Dame de la Gorge and carry on to Les Contamines.
Elevation: +950m -1250m / 14km
COL DU TRICOT - LES HOUCHES
From Les Contamines climb to the Col du Tricot and descend under the Bionnassay glacier with an unmissable view close to the Dômes de Miage and the Mont Blanc. Descend to the village of Les Houches.
Elevation: +1400m -1650m (via the Col du Tricot) / 16km
End point in the afternoon at the bottom of the Prarion cable car in Les Houches.
LE BREVENT - CHAMONIX
From Les Houches climb to the Merlet animal park and then to the Brévent lakes and the Brévent summit. Descend to Chamonix.
Elevation: +1500m -1450m / 17km
Optional 5 day tour instead of 6 days: DAY 4 and DAY 5 can be adapted into one day.
Elevation: +/-1400m approximately per day.
Walking/running time: 5 to 8 hours approximately per day.
Type of trek: this tour is not technically difficult but the stages are too long for the average hiker. Intented for adults who regularly practice trail running (or trekking at a fast pace) and have an excellent fitness level. You must be capable of easily walking 40km (on flat trails) or running a half-marathon in less than 130 minutes.
The path of the TMB is very well marked, and the Roadbook you receive is complete enough to allow you to hike safely. Nonetheless, it is crucial to be able to read a 1:25'000 topographic map and to have a good orientation sense in order to do this trek, even under bad weather.
In your road book, you will find all the possibilities to shorten stages if necessary by bus or with cablecars. *Note this itinerary is feasible at a good steady pace without running.
Please find the description of the levels by clicking here: Level of difficulty
One month prior to departure, we will send you your travel documents. We offer two roadbook versions:
The "paper" version we send by post :
- 2 IGN TOP 25 maps with route layout.
- 1 road book with all the necessary information for the hike.
- 1 card holder.
- The list of accommodations.
The "digital" version is an application to download on your smartphone, accessible to each of the participants of the file. The information for downloading and using it is sent by e-mail.
The tour of Mont-Blanc is a very well indicated trek:
In France: marked with red and white stripes for Grande Randonnée (in both directions).
In Switzerland and Italy: a black dot on a yellow diamond (in both directions).
It is preferable to know how to read a topographical map at 1/25000.
With baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle.
CLASSIC: 4, 5 or 6 nights in dormitory in a refuge or gîte.
COMFORT: 4, 5 or 6 nights in gîte, refuge or hotel in a twin/double bedroom.
All accommodation offers hot showers.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accommodation in the evening or stop at mountain refuges on your route.
Possibility to buy picnic supplies in small local shops along the way.
Allergies and diets: please inform us about your allergies and diet in advance.
The accommodations do their best to accommodate your special diets (gluten free, vegetarian, etc.) However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.
During the stages of your tour in Switzerland, Euros are widely accepted and it is not essential to carry Swiss Francs.
We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)
IGN Top 25 - 3630 OT - Chamonix and Top 25 - 3531 ET - Saint Gervais (1/25 000) Michelin map n° 244 folded with 10 and 11 in the centre.
Departures from mid-June to mid-September.
Departures on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Meeting at 9:00am at the Planpraz gondola in Chamonix to collect your baggage.
OR your luggage can be collected on request at your hotel in the Chamonix valley allowing you to depart freely without meeting.
Option "without luggage transport", no meeting required at the departure point.
Inbound: departure from Paris-Gare de Lyon the day before at 12:18pm (or 2:18pm), arrival in Chamonix at 7:10pm (8:10pm)
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on
There are regular buses throughout the whole Chamonix valley - with an hourly bus service between Les Houches and Chamonix.
Take the A40 motorway to Chamonix.
Free parking: chemin du Biolay, opposite the Montenvers tram station in Chamonix.
If you wish to leave your car in a covered garage, contact:
Chamonix Auto Park: 04 50 53 65 71 (40 to 50€ per week).
The easiest option for your return is to leave your car at the end point of the tour at the Prarion gondola in the village of Les Houches and take the bus to the meeting point at the Planpraz gondola.
1 hour by car to Chamonix.
Bus and minibus services direct to your accommodation (25-35€ pp each way)
2h15 by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix, 4h15 journey (40-45€ pp return)
7 hours by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix / 5-6 hour journey (80-120€ pp return)
End of the trek during the afternoon at the bottom of the Prarion cable car in Les Houches.
At the end of the tour the return to the departure point in Les Praz is easy via bus.
Extra nights: at the beginning of your trek, your luggage can be collected at your accommodation in the Chamonix Valley (hotel or gite with a permanent reception). It can also be dropped off at your accommodation at the end of your trek.
In both cases, please let us know the name and address of your hotel two weeks in advance, at least.
On request, we can book a bedroom for you before and/or after your trek.
Hôtel Vallée Blanche: +33 (0)4 50 53 04 50
Les Houches - Hôtel St Antoine: +33 (0)4 50 54 40 10
Chamonix - Hôtel de l’Arve: +33 (0)4 50 53 02 31
Chamonix Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 53 00 24
If you book a night in the Chamonix valley ask your hotel reception for a bus/train pass so you can use public transport for free in the Chamonix valley.
In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.
Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.
If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
Bring a comfortable backpack of 25 to 30 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.
You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag, with all your possessions inside, of 10kg maximum per person. Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our logistics vehicle where access is not always easy.
Baggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers, please think of their backs!
If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.