Trek in Brief This Tour Mont Blanc easterly guided trek starts in Courmayeur and takes in half of the classic route anti-clockwise to Chamonix. The 7 night itinerary includes 6 days of guided trekking covering approximately 70k through the Italian, Swiss French alps.
- 1 How long does it take to hike the TMB?
- 2 How difficult is the TMB?
- 3 Can you do Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days?
- 4 Can you hike Tour du Mont Blanc without a guide?
- 5 How much does it cost to hike the TMB?
- 6 How do I prepare for TMB trail?
- 7 Is the TMB well marked?
- 8 Where are the ladders on the TMB?
- 9 How difficult is the Mont Blanc hike?
- 10 What should I bring to TMB?
- 11 How do I get to Chamonix?
- 12 How long does a hike take?
- 13 What are the best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc?
- 14 Can you do Mont Blanc on your own?
- 15 When can you climb Mont Blanc?
How long does it take to hike the TMB?
Hikers typically take between 8 and 11 days to complete the Tour du Mont Blanc.
How difficult is the TMB?
GRADE 8 STRENUOUS & DEMANDING You need to have plenty of mountain walking experience and exercise on a regular basis. Each day the trek has continued and substantial height gain and decent of over + or -1500 m per day without a break. The terrain is difficult at times with steep and rocky ascents and descents.
Can you do Tour du Mont Blanc in 7 days?
Circle the highest summit in Western Europe in just six days of trekking with this weeklong summer itinerary. Start in the Chamonix Valley a nd hike through France, Italy, and Switzerland with iconic Alpine vistas throughout.
Can you hike Tour du Mont Blanc without a guide?
It’s definitely not necessary to hire an independent Tour du Mont Blanc guide, or go with one of the many guided tour companies that walk the route, as the trail is very, very well marked with lots of signposts and yellow arrows indicating the way so hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc self guided is very easy if the weather
How much does it cost to hike the TMB?
A self-guided hike will generally cost from $50-$75 USD per day for a total of about $1500 USD, with mountain huts (or gites), which include breakfast, available for around $50 USD per night.
How do I prepare for TMB trail?
Tour du Mont Blanc Tips – good advice before you begin
- tip 1 – do some training.
- tip 2 – book your refuges early.
- tip 3 – don’t book too early in the season.
- tip 4: make sure you take enough cash.
- tip 5: set off early each morning on the trail.
- tip 6: bring medical supplies from home.
- tip 7: take lots of lightweight snacks.
Is the TMB well marked?
Is the trail well-marked? The TMB is well-marked all over the place and if you know in which direction you are heading and which places are along your way, you should be fine. The trailsigns vary from country to country but 99% of the time it is very obvious where you have to go.
Where are the ladders on the TMB?
The famous Tour du Mont Blanc ladders are reached around an hour and a half from setting off from the start point at Col du Montets. The ladders are immediately after the Aiguillette d’Argentiere, a huge pinnacle of rock popular with climbers under the Aiguille Rouge range.
How difficult is the Mont Blanc hike?
The Tour du Mont Blanc is 170 km long with approximately 10,000 metres of ascent and descent along the way. This may seem like a daunting amount of trekking, but remember it’s spread over several days. That makes it doable for most keen hikers – and even beginners with strong determination when the going gets tough.
What should I bring to TMB?
- Good three-season walking boots (worn in)
- Comfortable shoes to walk around town in the evening.
- Light slip-on shoes for indoors in refuges.
- 3 x Pairs of good quality walking socks.
- 3 x Base layer tops – ideally thermal, and Merino Wool is a good choice.
- 1 or 2 x warm mid-layer tops.
How do I get to Chamonix?
Top 4 ways to get to Chamonix
- Flying to Geneva + Airport transfer. In our experience, the best way to get to Chamonix is to fly to Geneva and then get an airport transfer.
- Driving. The extensive network of European motorways makes it easy to come to Chamonix by car.
- Train to Chamonix.
- Coach or long-distance bus.
How long does a hike take?
Naismith’s Rule estimates hiking time on reasonably easy ground based on 19½ minutes for every mile, plus 30 minutes for every 1,000 feet of ascent. For example: A 2 mile hike over a 500 foot hill, Naismith’s Rule estimates will take 52 minutes.
What are the best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc?
Top 5 Views on the Tour du Mont Blanc
- It’s hard to believe but this is not on our list!
- Refuge du Col de la Croix du Bonhomme.
- The connoisseur’s choice: l’Aiguillette d’Argentiere.
- The Mont Favre Balcony: unbelievably the TMB gets even better than this.
- Finish the TMB on this incredible balcony below le Brevent.
Can you do Mont Blanc on your own?
Price: If you are an experienced climber you can attempt Mont Blanc by yourself, but if you are in it for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, then the chances are you’ll need a guide. For a start a lack of fitness could make things dangerous, high up on the mountain and it will also ruin your experience.
When can you climb Mont Blanc?
The best time to go to Mont Blanc for hiking and mountaineering is generally mid-June until mid-September. As with all mountain regions, the weather is unpredictable on and around Mont Blanc.