Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc

The complete high-level version of Europe`s Tour du Mont Blanc




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Holiday Overview


  • Circular trek through France, Switzerland and Italy
  • Saxes Ridge and the dramatically situated Cabane d`Orny
  • All the Mont Blanc high pass crossings and best vantage points
  • The Connoisseurs Choice for the Tour du Mont Blanc

Situated at the junction of France, Italy and Switzerland, the glaciated massif of Mont Blanc is circled by one of the world's greatest and most popular long distance walks - the Tour du Mont Blanc. Using our unrivalled experience, we have devised a walking holiday that provides the 'ultimate' version of this historic route, incorporating several exciting variants. Taking the high-level option wherever possible, we traverse passes like the Col des Fours (2665m) and the Col de la Breya (2401m) and also hike the stunning Monte de la Saxe Ridge. En route, we stay in comfortable hotels and lodges and also in dramatically located mountain huts, such as the Cabane d'Orny and the Bonatti Refuge. We offer baggage support where we can and there are just 2 nights where you do not have access to your main luggage. This superb adventure presents the best of the Mont Blanc region, with a blend of breathtaking views, Alpine meadow trails, picturesque hamlets and an abundance of wildflowers... the Ultimate Tour of Mont Blanc.

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 version 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 classic Alpine walking holiday on good trails. The average distance covered each day is around 17 kilometres (11 miles) and there is a fair amount of ascent and descent. Although this trip is more challenging and with longer days than our Classic Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel trek, regular and fit hill walkers will find this trek to be well within their capabilities. Additionally, we will transfer your baggage to each of our overnight stops that can be accessed by road, which means that you usually need to carry no more than a small daysack. There are 2 nights in refuges inaccessible by vehicle and this means that on 4 days you will need to carry just a few extra overnight items. If you are looking for a version of the Tour Du Mont Blanc, with all the high cols and spectacularly situated refuges, then this is the one for you.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere (1240m) in the Chamonix Valley.
  • Walk via the cols of Vosa, Tricot and Truc to the village of Les Contamines.
  • Walk to the Col de Bonhomme, then Col des Fours (2665m). Descend to the Refuge des Mottets.
  • Cross the Col de la Seigne (2513m) and descend to Cormayeur in Italy. Overnight in La Palud.
  • Walk the Monte de la Saxe Ridge and cross the Col Deux Sauts (2521m) to the Refugio Bonatti.
  • Ascend to the Col du Grand Ferret (2530m) for great views. Descend to La Fouly in Switzerland.
  • Hike via Praz de Fort and make the long ascent to the Cabane d'Orny (2831m).
  • Follow a spectacular balcony trail, cross the Fenetre d'Arpette (2665m) and descend to Trient.
  • Walk up to the Col du Balme (2190m) and descend via the Aguillette des Possettes to Argentiere.
  • Walk to picturesque Lac Blanc, with its Mont Blanc views. Return to Argentiere.
  • Walk up to the Brevent Summit (2525m), then descend to Les Houches. Bus back 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.

    Rendezvous 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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  • Walk via the cols of Vosa, Tricot and Truc to the village of Les Contamines.

    It’s uphill from the start as we wind our way up through the forest to the Col Du Vosa where there is a chance to take a break at the restaurant on the top! A short descent takes us to the start of the Bionassay Glacier with the Aiguille de Bionassay towering above. Crossing the torrent via a suspension bridge, we climb easily to the Col de Tricot. Ahead lies the bulk of the Dome de Miage and below us is the idyllic summer hamlet of the Chalet de Miage which will take us 45 minutes or so to reach. After a welcome drink at the Chalet de Miage, a relatively short climb takes us to the Col du Truc and a little way beyond is the beautifully postioned Chalet du Truc (1725m), the perfect place for a refreshment stop. from here we descend in a further 30 minutes brings us to the village of Contamines where we check into a hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1660m

    • Distance 22km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1500m

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs walking

  • Walk to the Col de Bonhomme, then Col des Fours (2665m). Descend to the Refuge des Mottets.

    From our hotel, we begin the day with a pleasant stroll along the river to the church of Notre Dame de la Gorge. A little way beyond here is a Roman bridge and evidence of a Roman road. From here, we make a steady climb to the Col du Bonhomme, at 2329 metres, the first of three cols on today's route. We continue climbing for another hour to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2483m). In good weather, the Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc now climbs on a less frequented trail across the Col des Fours (2655m) before descending into the beautiful Vallee des Glaciers and to our accommodation in the Refuge Mottets. In less than perfect weather, your KE leader may opt to descend directly from the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme to Chapieux and follow the valley more easily to our overnight accommodation.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1600m

    • Distance 18km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 940m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walking

  • Cross the Col de la Seigne (2513m) and descend to Cormayeur in Italy. Overnight in La Palud.

    Leaving the Refuge Mottets, it’s a steady 750 metre climb on a series of well engineered switch backs at a good gradient to the first of 2 cols, the Col de la Seigne (2513m). This is a significant crossing point on the border between France and Italy and gives superlative views of the Brenva face of Mont Blanc. An easy descent then takes us past the Elizabetta Refuge and down towards Val Veni with the spectacular Glacier du Miage on our left-hand side. The UTM variant follows a high route along the northern slopes of Mont Favre, in order to gain some of the best views of Mont Blanc across the valley. Arriving at the Vieille Maison Refuge on the Col Checrouit (1960m) we now descend rapidly on a narrow path that skirts the ski runs which drop down through the forest to Courmayeur. For those with tired legs, there is the option (at extra cost) to take the ski lift down. From Courmayeur we catch a bus up to La Palud above the town where we check in at our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1240m

    • Distance 24km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1890m

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs walking

  • Walk the Monte de la Saxe Ridge and cross the Col Deux Sauts (2521m) to the Refugio Bonatti.

    From our hotel, we walk up to Pont Pelerin and then up to Leuchey before climbing onto the Monte Saxe Ridge. We spend the next hour or so strolling along this superb grassy ridge and enjoying a marvellous panorama that extends from the Brenva Face of Mont Blanc to the rocky wall of the Jorasses. This is a trip highlight and the end of the ridge comes all too quickly, with an airy traverse onto the Tete de la Tronche (2584m) before dropping to the Col Sapin. Beyond this penultimate col of the day, our UTM variant ascends again to the Col Deux Sauts (2521m). A high valley descent then winds down eventually to the Rifugio Bonnatti, a new Alpine refuge and without doubt one of the best around. No access to baggage.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1580m

    • Distance 17km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 940m

    • Time 7 hrs walking

  • Ascend to the Col du Grand Ferret (2530m) for great views. Descend to La Fouly in Switzerland.

    From the refugio, the path traverses at mid height above the Italian Val Ferret, before dropping to the head of the valley. At around 11-o-clock we pass the Elena Rifugio which is renowned for its cappucino and hot chocolate (hard to resist a stop here). From the Elena Rifugio, we begin a long but spectacular climb up to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m) which will take us from Italy into Switzerland. From the col, there are new views to savour, in particular of the Aiguille de Triolet and the pyramid of Mont Dolent. Our descent into Switzerland takes us via the Peule Refuge and onwards via alternative, narrow balcony trails, before dropping down to the river which we follow to reach our simple hotel in the chocolate box village of La Fouly.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1130m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1580m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walking

  • Hike via Praz de Fort and make the long ascent to the Cabane d'Orny (2831m).

    Not too long a day, but probably the most physically demanding of the tour so far. After a valley stroll to the village of Praz de Fort, we take a sharp left turn into the Val Saleina for the biggest of the UTM variants. In front lies the Glacier d’Orny and high above to the right lies our destination, the steep-roofed and spectacularly situated Cabane d’Orny (2831m). To reach this refuge, we are faced with some 1700 metres of ascent, but the trail uses well engineered switchbacks which take out most of the climb's sting. This leads to a spectacular path on the lateral moraine above the glacier with the Cabane d'Orny now in sight. After settling in at the hut, we can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon taking in the splendor of our situation. No access to baggage.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1720m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs walking

  • Follow a spectacular balcony trail, cross the Fenetre d'Arpette (2665m) and descend to Trient.

    Today is technically the hardest section of the entire tour and begins with a descent of the moraine, followed by a continuation of the splendid balcony path to the top of the Brenva cable car. From the Brenva station, a rough jeep road leads down into the beautiful Val d’Arpette where we climb once more through rocky canyons and over boulder fields to the spectacular Fenetre d’Arpette. At 2665 metres, this notch of a col is situated astride a soaring rock arete offering magnificent views of the Trient Glacier to our left. From the col we make a long descent to reach the Chalets de Glacier and a well deserved recuperative drink. We now enjoy a level and relaxing path for a short while before descending once more through woods to reach our overnight stop at Trient.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 940m

    • Distance 21km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2480m

    • Time 9 - 10 hrs walking

  • Walk up to the Col du Balme (2190m) and descend via the Aguillette des Possettes to Argentiere.

    We take a quiet trail up through Tseppes to the Col de Balme, our entrance to the Chamonix Valley, with Mont Blanc as the centrepiece. A quick descent to the Col des Posettes is followed by an easy ascent of the Aiguillette des Posettes, a small ridge, with sweeping views of the Mont Blanc range and the Aiguille Rouge. We descend to our chalet accommodation in Argentiere, which will be our base for the last 2 days of the trek.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 1340m

    • Distance 19km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1400m

    • Time 8 hrs walking

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

    Not the longest day, but one of the most interesting, with a mix of big mountain views and ‘technical walking’. Leaving Argentiere, the route heads steadily up through larch and spruce forest towards the cliffs of Chesery. At the rock pinnacle of the Aiguillette d’Argentiere a half hour section of easy ‘Via Ferrata’ with stretches of short ladder and cable takes the route to Chesery. From this point, we pick up a wandering track into the ‘hidden’ lakes below the Aiguilles des Chamois. A final short ladder and there it is - Lac Blanc with arguably the best views in the region. We descend to our Chalet base in Argentiere via an alternative route.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 1200m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 520m

    • Time 5 hrs walking

  • Walk up to the Brevent Summit (2525m), then descend to Les Houches. Bus back to Argentiere.

    Today we complete our Tour du Mont Blanc. Returning to the end point of the previous day's walk we use the lift system to get back up to La Flegere and continue to climb on a superb trail to the Col du Brevent and on to the Brevent summit. The views across the Chamonix Valley to Mont Blanc are excellent and the walking is delightful. Finally, we descend via Merlet to Les Houches. From here, after a celebratory drink, we transfer back to Argentiere where we check in at our chalet and have a final celebratory dinner to mark the end of our classic circuit.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 870m

    • Distance 17km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1780m

    • Time 7 hrs walking

  • Departure day.

    KE Land Only package services ends 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
  • All meals
  • Baggage transfer to accommodation which can be accessed by road

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Airport transfers
  • Miscellaneous 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. We have 4 nights at Yeti Lodge. Whilst on our circuit of Mont Blanc, we have a mix of accommodation on 7 nights. This is comfortable and charming but often quite simple. 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. In the mountain huts accommodation may be in a non-segregated, dormitory. This type of shared accommodation is all part of the Alpine mountain experience. Single rooms are generally not available.

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

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 12. For lunch we provide a large sandwich and 2 snack 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 to be expected, the food available in restaurants and hotels in France, Italy and Switzerland is excellent. In huts, the food is simple and wholesome with usually a limited choice which will include a vegetarian option. Continental breakfasts and evening meals are provided by our 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 mountaindropoffs.com. 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 mountain leader. There will also be a support vehicle for baggage transfer.

The package price includes all accommodation, guiding and all meals. You should make an allowance for additional snacks, drinks etc. Note that bottled water bouight in huts is quite expensive. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. We estimate that approximately 150 - 200 Euros should adequately cover typical personal spending requirements. Please note that a part of the route is in Switzerland (3 nights) 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. Euros are accepted in most places we stay in Switzerland although the exchange rate may not be favourable.

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 except for days 5 and 7 when there is no access to trek bags. On days when you are with your main bag you should have this ready for collection by 8.30 and the bag will normally be delivered to your hotel by 4.00pm. On two nights when staying at high refuges there is no access to your main bag and for these days you will need to add a sheet sleeping bag and a basic wash kit to your daypack. 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. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

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
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rain pants
  • Windproof / waterproof jacket

    Baselayer shirts (1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve) – quick dry, not cotton

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Small padlock to lock trek bag
  • Daypack (30 – 40 litres should be sufficient)
  • Dry bags for rucksack contents
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Sheet sleeping bag (for use in huts)
  • Small towel (for use in huts)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment.

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Gaiters
  • Head torch / flashlight with spare batteries
  • Spare laces


    T-shirts and/or casual shirts

  • Insect repellant
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Ear plugs (for mountain hut dormitories)


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.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip 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. Jogging, squash 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: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov 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 to 25°C. 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!

Tour of Mont Blanc. Trekking Guide. Kev Reynolds Walking Guide to the Tour du Mont Blanc. Andrew Harper Tour du Mont Blanc Topo Guide. Publisher: Fdration Franaise de la Randonne

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 20m. 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 A1

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