Best of the Tour of Mont Blanc

One-week walking holiday around the highest peak in the Alps




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Holiday Overview


  • Trekking across the Fenetre d`Arpette
  • The Swiss chocolate box village of Champex
  • Hotel-based tour du Mont Blanc trek with full vehicle support
  • The Tour du Mont Blanc - one of the most famous Alpine treks

This classic walking holiday at the heart of the European Alps, circumnavigates the massif of Mont Blanc which straddles the borders of France, Italy and Switzerland and includes some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and trekking imaginable. With its rich mountaineering history and unsurpassed cultural diversity, this corner of the Alps has an irresistible attraction for the world's adventurers, climbers and hikers. Mont Blanc itself, at 4807 metres is the high point of the range and the biggest peak in Western Europe. This great walking holiday picks out all the best of the stages of the Tour du Mont Blanc and links them by short vehicle transfers. During 6 days of trekking, we will get to see all of the highlights of this famous long-distance walk, including all of the best mountain views. Our route will tackle several major pass crossings, such as the Col de Bonhomme, Col de la Seigne and the highest of all, the Fenetre d'Arpette (2670m). For those with limited time, this one-week highlights version of the Tour du Mont Blanc offers superb trekking as well as a wealth of unforgettable Alpine experiences.  


Which Tour Du Mont Blanc is for you?

We offer this classic walk in three options: The Classic Tour Du Mont Blanc (TMH) completes the entire circuit over 10 days generally using comfortable hotel accommodation in the valleys. The Ultimate Tour Du Mont Blanc (UTM) is the toughest option which also completes the entire circuit over 10 days but crosses higher passes than the regular route, staying in some high mountain huts and using trails that far fewer people get to visit. If you want to complete the circuit in a week, the Best of the Tour Du Mont Blanc (BTM) is a shortened version of the Classic Tour, using vehicle transfers to link up the best parts of the walk!

Is this holiday for you?

This is a well established Alpine walking holiday on good trails throughout. During the holiday, we walk the best sections of the classic Tour du Mont Blanc trek, linking these with short transfers. The average distance covered during each day's walk is around 15 kilometres and there is a fair amount of ascent and descent. However, the pace of the walking is quite leisurely and regular hillwalkers will find this Mont Blanc trek to be well within their capabilities. Additionally, vehicle transport for your KE trek bag, means that you need carry no more than a small daypack.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere (1240m) in the Chamonix Valley.
  • Cable car to Bellevue and walk to the Col de Tricot. Descend via the Chalet de Miage to Les Contamines.
  • Walk via Le Balme to the Col de Bonhomme (2469m), then descend to Les Chapieux.
  • Cross the Col de la Seigne (2513m) to Courmayeur in Italy. Transfer to Arnouva.
  • Walk across the Col du Grand Ferret (2530m) to La Fouly in Switzerland. Transfer to Champex.
  • Return to France via the Bovine Trail (2040m). Overnight in Argentiere.
  • Walk to picturesque Lac Blanc, with its Mont Blanc views. Return to Argentiere.
  • Departure day.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Geneva Airport which is approximately an hour's drive from Chamonix. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements and transfers' section of 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 & Glasgow and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds Bradford & 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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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere (1240m) in the Chamonix Valley.

    Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere (1240m), just above Chamonix. Lying beneath the stunning north face of Mont Blanc, the views are awesome from the start!. Before dinner, you will meet your trip leader to have an informal chat about the days ahead and have the chance to check out your clothing and gear and to decide if you will need to pick up any further items of equipment, before setting out in the morning. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Chalet

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  • Cable car to Bellevue and walk to the Col de Tricot. Descend via the Chalet de Miage to Les Contamines.

    From our accommodation in Argentiere we transfer to Les Houches and from there take a cable car ride to Bellevue, where our trek starts in earnest. A short descent takes through pine woods with the spectacular sight of the Bionassay Glacier and the Aiguille de Bionassay towering above across the valley. We cross the Bionassay torrent on a suspension bridge, and make a steady climb to the Col de Tricot. Ahead we can see the Dome de Miage and down below us is the idyllic hamlet of the Chalet de Miage which will take us 45 minutes to an hour to reach on a zig-zagging descent path. After a welcome drink at the chalet, we cross the stream and make a short climb to the prominent col seen from the Chalet de Miage. from the col a gentle decent leads to Le Truc (1720m) where there is a refuge, a pleasant place to stop for a drink and to admire the view. We continue our descent through tall pines on a wide track which eventually becomes a metalled road leading to the colourful village of Les Contamines. we have a final stroll along the river to reach our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1020m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1700m

    • Time 7 - 8 hours walking

  • Walk via Le Balme to the Col de Bonhomme (2469m), then descend to Les Chapieux.

    The day starts with a leisurely wander beside the river to the pretty church of 'Notre Dame de la Gorge'. If the church is open we can take a look inside before continuing to a famous Roman bridge (1425m) which spans the river at the narrowing of the gorge. Leaving the river our route then climbs steeply, following the ancient cobbles of the Roman road thought to have been a route taken by Hannibal in an early version of the Tour du Mont Blanc. We climb easily to the refuge at Le Balme, a good place to contemplate the climb to the Col de Bonhomme. This is a long, steady ascent and the pass itself often has snow patches early in the season. The Col du Bonhomme is at 2329 metres, but the climbing for today is not yet over as we now make a rising traverse around the 'Bonhomme' to reach the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme at 2483 metres. This is considerably higher than the Col de Tricot, but at least the climbing is now over for the day and we start our descent on a good track that winds down to the valley towards Les Chapieux. The nearest hotels to this part of the Tour de Mont Blanc are several miles away and we stay overnight at the Aberge la Nova, a simple mountain refuge where accommodation is in mixed dormitories. There is a limited amount of accommodation at Les Chapieux and we may opt to transfer (15 minutes) up the valley to the Refuge Mottets which also offers dormitory accommodation in the style of a mountain hut.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1540m

    • Distance 18km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1040m

    • Time 8 - 9 hours walking

  • Cross the Col de la Seigne (2513m) to Courmayeur in Italy. Transfer to Arnouva.

    We have a 5 - 10 minute transfer by taxi up the valley out of Les Chapieux towards the Refuge Le Mottets which spares us approximately 1 hour of road walking. From here, we ascend to our next high point, at the Col de la Seigne (2513m). This is a significant col on the border between France and Italy and gives superlative views of the Brenva face of Mont Blanc. Crossing into Italy, an easy descent takes us past the recently restored customs house, La Casermetta, which now houses various exhibits concerning the eco-system of the Mont Blanc region. Continuing our descent, we pass the Elizabetta Refuge and from there down into the head of the Val Veni, under the awesome ridge of the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey. We continue down the valley passing a lake created by the damming effect of a glacial moraine and come eventually to the road-head at La Visaille. Here we take the local bus to the vibrant town and mountaineering centre of Courmayeur. Time permitting; we can explore Courmayeur before catching the local bus along the Val Ferret to Arnouva where we check into our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1060m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1060m

    • Time 7 - 8 hours walking

  • Walk across the Col du Grand Ferret (2530m) to La Fouly in Switzerland. Transfer to Champex.

    From our hotel, we set off on the long climb to the Col du Grand Ferret (2530m). After 20 minutes there is the opportunity to stop for a real Italian cappuccino at the Rifugio Elena (2061m) and from the hut, the top of the pass is reached by a steady climb of around 2 hours. There are views of the snow-capped Grand Combin (4090m) and also Mont Dolent, the summit of which is shared by France Switzerland and Italy. Beyond the pass, we leave Italy and enter Switzerland and the terrain is very different, less rugged, as we descend through a series of alpages to the refuge at La Peule (2071m). This refuge is unusual in that as well as the normal alpine dormitories, it also offers accommodation in yurts! After a brief stop here for refreshment we have two options to continue the Tour de Mont Blanc. The standard route drops down to the valley floor and follows a wide track but an interesting alternative traverses the steep hillside on a narrow path with several ups and downs before descending steeply to rejoin the main track at a stout wooden bridge across the river. The trail now runs easily along the valley to La Fouly where we catch a local bus to our overnight halt in the 'Chocolate Box Village' of Champex located high in the mountains beside a pretty lake.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 950m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1120m

    • Time 7 - 8 hours walking

  • Return to France via the Bovine Trail (2040m). Overnight in Argentiere.

    Today we take the beautiful Bovine Trail, through the high meadows where the famous Swiss fighting cows spend the summer months. On this route after a steep ascent to the meadows, we might even have the opportunity to stop at a farm for coffee and a chat with the cowherder. This is a very pleasant walk providing spectacular views of the upper Rhone Valley and tops out at around 2040 metres. We come down to the Col de la Forclaz (1527m), a major road pass between Martigny and Chamonix. Here we meet our transfer for the ride down to our chalet in Argentiere.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 781m

    • Distance 14km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 736m

    • Time 6 - 7 hours walking

  • Walk to picturesque Lac Blanc, with its Mont Blanc views. Return to Argentiere.

    Today’s walk is an excellent finale with spectacular views across to the main Mont Blanc range. We take the path up through the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve to the start of a ridge-walk that will lead us upwards to Lac Blanc. En route we often see ibex, chamois, and marmots. This is a great chance to get up close to some of the alpine wildlife. At Lac Blanc there is an opportunity to visit the refuge and indulge in some great food and a coffee! We walk down to the mid-station at La Flegere and here we have the option to save the knees and descend by cable car to the Valley. From the bottom station we can catch a bus or train back to the Chalet. There is also the option to take the public transport into Chamonix to look around this fascinating and historic Alpine town, before returning to our chalet in Argentiere for a farewell dinner.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 1070m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 630m

    • Time 6 - 7 hours walking

  • Departure day.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking guide
  • All transfers and cable cars involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Services of a support vehicle for baggage transfers

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Airport transfers
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

During this trip, the group start and finish the trek at the comfortable Yeti Lodge, in Argentiere, a few minutes from Chamonix. Offering stunning views of Mont Blanc and facilities which include hot tubs, saunas and in-house computers & WIFI, Yeti Lodge is the perfect base to start and end your trek. On trek, the group will spend 4 nights in very comfortable hotels, chosen for their location, charm and character. Where we can, we will book couples in twin rooms. Other travellers will be accommodated in same sex twin or triple rooms, which may be with shared bathrooms. Single rooms are not available. On one night, the accommodation may be in a non-segregated, dormitory. This type of shared accommodation is all part of the Alpine mountain experience.

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

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8. For lunch we provide a large sandwich and 2 trail bars. If you wish to take additional trail bars and snacks (not chocolate as it can melt) we recommend you bring these with you (or purchase them in local supermarkets) to keep in your trek bag as these can be expensive from hotels and refuges en-route.

As might be expected, the food available in restaurants and hotels in France and Switzerland is excellent. Continental breakfasts and evening meals are taken in the accommodation. For lunch we provide a large sandwich and additional snacks can be purchased from the huts or supermarkets when in the valley.

The group will rendezvous at the Yeti Lodge in Argentiere on the evening of day 1 of the trip itinerary. For clients arriving by air, the easiest way to get to Argentiere is to fly to Geneva Airport and make use of an airport transfer service. We recommend KE clients can get transfers from €27 each way by entering the promo code YETI. Please note that transfers are subject to availability and your flight details are required a minimum of 72 hours before your arrival in Geneva. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you are driving to Chamonix we will provide route details and directions to the group hotel/chalet in Argentiere. Parking is available for clients arriving by car.

The group will be led by an experienced and qualified mountain leader.

The package price includes all accommodation, transport, guiding and all meals. You should make an allowance for additional snacks, drinks etc. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. We estimate that approximately 100 - 150 Euros should cover typical personal spending requirements. Please note that a part of the route is in Switzerland (1 night) and you should consider taking some of your spending money in Swiss francs. Alternatively it is possible to withdraw Swiss francs from cash machines in La Fouly or Champex.

We ask you to restrict your luggage to a single trek bag of maximum weight 15kg and a small daypack of around 30 - 40 litres. Your trek bag will be transferred between overnight stops and you should have this ready for collection by 8.30 each morning. The bag will normally be delivered to your hotel by 4.00pm. Your trek bag will be transported by vehicle during the trip. It is not normally possible to ride with the baggage transfer vehicle.

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.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rain pants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts (1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear – sunglasses
  • Daypack (30 – 40 litres should be sufficient)
  • Headtorch
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Sheet sleeping bag (may be used on Day 3)
  • Small padlock to lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment.

The following items are optional:

  • Training shoes / sneakers
  • Gaiters
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Shirts (e.g. T-shirts)
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Swimwear (sauna/hot tub may be available)
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Insect repellant
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Travel shoes
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)


  • We include 2 trail bars each day with your lunch pack. If you wish to take additional trail bars and snacks (not chocolate as it can melt) we recommend you bring these with you (or purchase them in local supermarkets) to keep in your trek bag as these can be expensive from hotels and refuges en-route.
  • We request that you keep the weight of your main baggage to less than 15kgs for the baggage transfers.

PHD Gear Advisor

PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.

  • >> See the PHD Gear Advisor for the Best of Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

  • 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 GP 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.

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

    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a walking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Running and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

    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, ranging from 15°C/ 59°F to 25°C/ 77°F. It can be cool in the evenings at our highest overnight stopping places, falling close to freezing point at night. The weather is usually stable during July and August, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out. 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 a good scale for following the route on the ground and means you only need one map: Pays Du Mont-Blanc - Aravis - Chamonix - Courmayeur A1

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