Mont Blanc Off Road

A mountain biking circuit of the Mont Blanc Massif




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Holiday Overview


  • Challenging enduro climbs and flowing singletrack descents
  • Spectacular views of Alpine peaks and glaciers
  • Three countries - off-road between France, Switzerland and Italy
  • The historic Alpine towns of Chamonix and Courmayeur

The 6 day Tour of Mont Blanc offers one of the best mountain biking holidays in the Alps. Our bike journey begins in Chamonix with a bit of assistance from the cable-car uplift at Le Tour, to ride some great singletrack, before we drop into Switzerland via the Trient Gorge and climb to the Chocolate box village of Champex le Lac. We then cross the Grand Col Ferret into Italy and ride great trails to our half-way point in the chic Italian town of Courmayeur. Using the lifts once again, we bike a superb balcony trail with breathtaking views of the Aguille Noire de Peuterey and the Lago Combal, one of the largest glaciers on Mont Blanc. Crossing the Col de la Seigne, we return to France to enjoy a night in the charming Refuge des Mottets, before continuing to the Col de la Gittaz via the beautiful Lac du Roselend. The final jewels in the crown of this spectacular mountain biking holiday are the singletrack descents from the Col du Joly and Col de Voza, as we make our return to Chamonix.

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

MOUNTAIN BIKING. There are three major passes on this classic 6-day mountain bike adventure around Mont Blanc - the Grand Col Ferret, Col de la Seigne and the Col de la Gittaz. There are some enjoyable climbs, mainly on forest tracks and shepherd trails and on occasion you will have to carry your bike (hike-a-bike), but normally for no more than 30 minutes at a time. The singletrack descents are superb, fast and sometimes technical which makes this trip only suitable for experienced riders. Slightly easier than the Chamonix to Zermatt off-road trip, this is the perfect enduro or cross-country adventure for a first venture into the Alps. Three countries, superb trails, stunning views, comfortable accommodation, expert support and above all the local knowledge of the guide which will help you find the best biking sections of the Tour de Mont Blanc. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Chamonix. A single transfer from Geneva Airport is provided.
  • Gondola to the Col de Balme (2200m). Superb singletrack descent into Swiss village of Trient.
  • Cycle up to Col de la Forclaz (1527m) descend under snowy summits La Fouly.
  • Ride up the Frand Col Ferret (2537m). Option of singletrack routes to Italy’s Courmayer.
  • Riding beneath Mt Blanc, cycle over the Col de la Seigne (2516m), descend to Refuge des Mottets.
  • Bike the Col de la Gitttaz (2320m) and Col du Joly (1989m) before arriving at Les Contamines Montjoie.
  • Cycle to the foot of Glacier de Miage and ride to Col de Voza before riding onto Chamonix
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Geneva Airport is provided.
Sat 11 Jun - Sat 18 Jun Code TMMB/1A/16/ Adult$1,460 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is TMMB/01/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 09 Jul and departs on Sat 16 Jul
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  • This tour begins on Sat 13 Aug and departs on Sat 20 Aug
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  • The departure reference for this tour is TMMB/01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 08 Jul and departs on Sat 15 Jul
  • This departure has limited availability. Don't delay - secure your place today with a deposit of $400
Sat 12 Aug - Sat 19 Aug Code TMMB/02/17/ Adult$1,460 Status Limited (Only 2 places left) Book now
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  • Mont Blanc Off Road
  • The departure reference for this tour is TMMB/02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 12 Aug and departs on Sat 19 Aug
  • This departure has limited availability. Don't delay - secure your place today with a deposit of $400
The dates above are for the LAND ONLY itinerary, joining at the group hotel in Chamonix. The nearest airport is Geneva, approximately an hour and a half's drive away. Please refer to Joining Arrangements and Transfers in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Geneva. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds Bradford and Belfast. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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We have undertaken to guarantee that all of our Land Only prices will not change once you have booked your holiday. Unlike some of our competitors we have decided never to surcharge, whether you are booking for this year or the next.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Chamonix. A single transfer from Geneva Airport is provided.

    The group will meet at the group hotel in Chamonix. The nearest airport is at Geneva and a single airport transfer will be provided at 1630 hrs. There will be a welcome meeting at the hotel at 1800 hrs, during which the guide will be available to answer questions about the trip ahead. There will be time to assemble your bikes, before sitting down to dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Gondola to the Col de Balme (2200m). Superb singletrack descent into Swiss village of Trient.

    We bike up-valley from Chamonix, passing through Argentiere and heading up to Le Tour. Here, we will take the gondola to the top of the Col de Balme at 2200 metres and cross over the Swiss border. The view of the valley of Chamonix from Col de Balme is fantastic, with Mont Blanc as the centerpiece. There is the option here to use the cable-car to access a couple of swift descents. Then, following a splendid singletrack descent we will arrive in the pretty Swiss village of Trient with views up to the glacier of Trient.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 500m

    • Distance 30km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1100m

  • Cycle up to Col de la Forclaz (1527m) descend under snowy summits La Fouly.

    Today starts with the climb to the Col de la Forclaz (1527m) from where the views over the Swiss Alps and the valley of Martigny and its vineyards are vast. We then descend to Martigny through the vineyards and climb in the direction of the Swiss Val Ferret, skimming below glaciers and snowy summits. We reach journey's end in La Fouly at the foot of the Grand Col Ferret, which marks the Swiss/Italian Border.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1500m

    • Distance 45km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1100m

  • Ride up the Frand Col Ferret (2537m). Option of singletrack routes to Italy’s Courmayer.

    We start the day with the ascent to the Grand Col Ferret at 2537 metres. This is one of the 3 major passes of this Tour of Mont Blanc and offers stunning views of the Italian Val Ferret and of the Italian side of Mont Blanc (or, as it is now known, Monte Bianco!). We descend on the Italian side of the border, to Arnuva. Depending on the weather conditions and the group's fitness levels, we can proceed directly to Courmayeur or make a tough diversion via La Lechere and make our arrival in chic Courmayeur on a superb singletrack. Next stop ice-cream!

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1500m

    • Distance 50km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1500m

  • Riding beneath Mt Blanc, cycle over the Col de la Seigne (2516m), descend to Refuge des Mottets.

    We warm up on the road, then hit the trail to arrive at Lago Checroui facing the Italian side of Mont Blanc. A beautiful balcony trail then gives us the chance to see famous summits such as Noire de Peuterey, La Blanche and the Italian Glacier and Lago Combal (one of the largest glaciers of the Mont Blanc range). The climb of the Col de la Seigne brings us to the French border and is mostly rideable, however the end is quite steep and you may have to push your bike! The descent to Les Mottets is a fantastic, technical (in places) singletrack, where you will find local guide Martial grinning at the bottom as it is one of his favourites! The Refuge des Mottets is a rustic old farmhouse and dairy renovated to welcome trekkers and bikers and is a true Alpine experience.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1500m

    • Distance 35km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1100m

  • Bike the Col de la Gitttaz (2320m) and Col du Joly (1989m) before arriving at Les Contamines Montjoie.

    Starting with a road climb to the Cormet de Roselend, we then descend to the Lac de Roselend, followed by a long climb on a jeep track to the Col de la Gittaz at 2320 metres. The col offers vast southerly views and of the neighbouring summits. We will then descend via the Col du Joly, which is technical (in places) and involves a very short climb and a long semi-technical downhill to the village of Les Contamines Montjoie.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1900m

    • Distance 55km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1500m

  • Cycle to the foot of Glacier de Miage and ride to Col de Voza before riding onto Chamonix

    The last day, but by no means the least! From Les Contamines Montjoie, we will climb to the Chalet de Miage, a seasonal (summer) mountain village at the foot of the giant Glacier de Miage, where you will feel tiny compared to the size of these glaciers! From here, we will climb the Col de Voza above Les Houches and the Chamonix Valley with Mont Blanc back on our right hand side. A final technical downhill takes us to Chamonix to end up back at the base of the 'Lord of the Alps'. After dismantling and packing away our bikes for departure, it's time for a well-earned beer?

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Distance 40km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1200m

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Geneva Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A group transfer to Geneva Airport is provided and this will arrive at the airport at 1100 hrs.

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Holiday Information

  • A KE biking leader
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • Single timed transfer from/to Geneva (see trip dossier for timings)
  • All meals including packed lunches
  • Support vehicle and driver
  • Baggage transfer between overnight stops
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas (if required)
  • Tips for guide and support driver
  • Transfers from airport to Chamonix - other than a single timed transfer from Geneva
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

All meals are included in the trip price. Breakfasts are usually continental style, lunches will be a sandwich provided by our vehicle support crew and carried in your rucksack and dinner will be taken at our accommodation. The hotels and refuges we use are used to feeding hungry cyclists and generally provide a three-course meal, with tasty and large portions of quality local cuisine.

All meals are included in the holiday price, from dinner on Day 1, to breakfast on Day 8.
The easiest way to get to Chamonix is to fly to Geneva Airport. We will provide a single group transfer from Geneva Airport to the group hotel in Chamonix at 1630 hrs on Day 1. The journey time to the group hotel is an hour and a half. At the end of the holiday, on Day 8, we will provide a transfer back to Geneva Airport from Chamonix, which will arrive at 1100 hrs.

If you have booked flights that do not work with either of the provided transfers, you should use an airport transfer service. Geneva Airport to Chamonix transfers are available from around 25 euros per person each way. We recommend Mountain Dropoffs. Enter PROMO CODE KE11 when making your booking.

During this trip, the group will spend 6 nights in 2* Hotels and 1 night in a mountain refuge. Accommodation in the hotels is in twin or triple rooms, the accommodation in the Refuge Les Mottets will be dortoire. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with clients of the same gender.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The trip will be led by an experienced English speaking bike guide, along with a support vehicle and driver.

We recommend that £150 will be sufficient for miscellaneous expenses and should also cover your bar bills - beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. By far the easiest way to obtain your travel cash is from ATM’s using a credit or debit card. There are cash point facilities in Chamonix, Cormayeur and at Geneva Airport. Please note that although part of the route is in Switzerland, euros are accepted throughout.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local team. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. We recommend that you give a tip if you feel that the bike guide and support driver have done a good job. Around €10-€20 per person is appropriate.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

For this trip, you will need a mid level mountain bike such as a Specialized Stumpjumper, Specialized Enduro or Trek 6500, fitted with knobbly cross-country tyres. Front suspension is essential and full suspension highly recommended. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your holiday and across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bicycle dealer to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers, adjust / grease bearings as required.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake discs, brake pads, calliper mounts and cables / hydraulic lines - replace if necessary.

f) Check, lube / threadlock (as required) and tighten all bolts to specified torque settings (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts & disk mount bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear - replace if worn.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

You should familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture and changing an inner tube. Naturally, our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs. However, due to the often-remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage, providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harm's way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home. PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

Throughout the entirety of the trip we have the back up of our support vehicle and a KE bike leader will be cycling with the group. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle and taken to our next night’s accommodation. Whilst our support vehicle cannot transport the whole group, baggage and bikes, it is also there to assist the occasional tired cyclist. So if you want to opt out of a morning, afternoon or even a full days cycling, it may be possible to travel in the vehicle.

It is possible to hire bikes for this holiday through Zero G in Chamonix. Zero G have Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 29’er bikes available in several sizes. These are light, full suspension (140 mm travel) trailbikes with 29 inch wheels, Rockshox front forks and hydraulic disc brakes. The bikes are equipped with flat pedals. If you prefer to use spd or clip-in pedals, you will need to bring these with you, along with your regular cycling shoes and cleats. Another item which you might choose to take with you on the holiday is your saddle. The hire bikes have standard saddles and anyone requiring more comfort, or a women-specific saddle, should consider taking their own. Bike hire for the duration of the holiday for the model of bike specified is 340 euros (January 2014, subject to change). You will make your booking directly with Zero G ( - +33 (0) 450 53 01 01) and will be asked to pay a deposit equivalent to 30% of the value of the bike when you book. The bike hire payment does not cover you if you lose the bike or damage it beyond 'fair wear and tear'. You will pick up your bike on arrival in Chamonix and drop it off at the end of the holiday with Zero G. We must stress that your hire contract will be with the local hire company and that KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The altitudes on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

Your Bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Stumpjumper, Specialized Enduro or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.



  • Stiff soled cycling / SPD shoes

  • Overshoes for use in wet weather


  • Base layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)

  • Mid layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)

  • Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket

  • Fleece top or jumper

Daypack and contents

  • A cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak or Deuter Trans Alp) of at least 25 litres total capacity is recommended. (Note there is no vehicle support during the day and so your daypack needs to be big enough to take the contents below and a packed lunch.)

  • Water bladder - min. 2 litre capacity

  • Lightweight waterproof top

  • Multi-tool

  • Puncture repair kit and tyre levers

  • Inner tube(s)

  • Pump

  • Camera

  • Sun cream

  • Small roll of gaffer tape

  • Fleece jacket

  • Head torch

  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).


  • Regular biking gloves


  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)

  • Cycling tights or tracksters


  • Biking glasses

  • Cycling helmet - mandatory

Trek Bag Contents

  • Travel and apres biking clothes

  • Sleeping bag liner for overnight gite stay

  • Trainers/Leisure shoes for apres biking

  • Wash bag, towel and toiletries

  • Antibacterial hand wash

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Swimwear

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Chamois cream (e.g. Assos/Ozone)


Please note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any spares – but you should still take a pump, a puncture repair kit and a couple of 29 x 2 inch standard mountain bike inner tubes with Presta valves.

You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. changing an inner tube, fixing a puncture. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.

  • Tyres - for this trip you will need: 1.9 to 2.2 cross-county tyres suitable for mostly dry, but occasionally wet, conditions.

  • Pump

  • Plastic tyre levers

  • Small tube of grease

  • Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)

  • 2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels

  • 2 x inner tubes

  • Spare chain links

  • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)

  • Multi-tool with Allen keys

  • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)

  • Puncture repair kit

  • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.

  • Spares specific to your bike**

KE tools and spares

On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. **Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares that might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits, appropriate brake fluid, shock pump, etc.

Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

We do provide ample supplies of water, and packed lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.In most towns we staythere will be a small supermarket where you can easily purchase extra snacks if needed.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Europe

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

The unit of currency in Europe is the Euro.

The unit of currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your cycling holiday. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, at around 25 degrees centigrade. However, at higher altitudes on the tops of the passes it will be considerably cooler, potentially as low as 10 degrees centigrade. The weather is usually stable at the time of year we run this trip, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and thunderstorms cannot be ruled out. Early July and September tend to be cooler than in late July and August but all on departures, you should be prepared for all eventualities.

  • Walking Guide to the Tour du Mont Blanc. Andrew Harper (Cicerone Press)

  • Tour of Mont Blanc. Trekking Guide. Kev Reynolds

IGN (Institut Geographique National) 1:50,000 scale

The IGN also produce a 1:25,000 series covering the route but these are not very practical as you would require several sheets. The 1:50,000 ‘Carte de Randonees’ series of walking maps provides a detailed topographic map with a useful contour interval of 20 metres. This is still a good scale for following the route on the ground and means you only need one map: Pays Du Mont-Blanc - Aravis - Chamonix - Courmayeur.

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