The Mont Blanc massif is one of the world’s most iconic mountain ranges; a collection numerous peaks, glaciers and steep sided valleys stretching across France, Italy and Switzerland. It boasts eleven summits over 4000 m and an extensive network of paths and tracks just waiting to be explored.
Mont Blanc itself towers above the chic mountain resort of Chamonix, a vibrant, fun and charming town with great shops, restaurants, bars and plenty of street cafes where you can gaze up and admire the majestic mountains and glaciers.
The Tour du Mont Blanc, or TMB as it is known locally, is a true hiker’s classic and one of the top ten long-distance walks in the world.
It follows a circular route of 170 km (100 miles) around the Mont Blanc massif, with an ascents and descents greater than climbing Mount Everest from sea level. The route walks through France, Switzerland and Italy; three countries, three cultures and three cuisines to experience and enjoy.
The Tour du Mont Blanc is a moderate to challenging walk on well graded tracks that is usually covered in 10 days walking at a steady pace and taking 3 rest days to enjoy all the local area has to offer.
There are many ways to walk the TMB and various shorter versions of the circuit’s highlights are also possible.
The natural beauty of the Chamonix valley will take your breath away; a popular and an
excellent destination for trekking, activity and discovery trips.
The extensive network of well-maintained trails offers everything from gentle strolls to demanding hiking and the views of Mont Blanc and its surrounding peaks are awesome.
There are many activities on offer such as cycling, climbing, glacier and crevasse exploration, paragliding and white water rafting to name a few. Alternatively, why not give your feet a break, sit back and relax on a nostalgic ride on the Montenvers cog railway or an unforgettable trip up the world-famous Aiguille du midi cable car to 3842m.
Like the Tour du Mont Blanc this is another must-do classic in the Alps, just more demanding.
This multi-day route connects Chamonix and Zermatt, two of the Alps most famous resorts, and is known as the Haute Route or high route, as it passes beneath the summits of some of the highest peaks in the Alps.
The original itinerary is a strenuous high-level traverse over many glaciers, however it is also possible to follow a walker’s version using a network of paths to traverse the Pennine Alps, some of Europe’s most impressive mountains, from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. It is a 10-day trek or a 2-week trip with travel and rest days.
Climbing Mont Blanc is a major achievement in anyone’s book. At 4810 m (15,780 ft) it is necessary to have the correct equipment and the right people with you.
All commercial ascents must have a qualified mountain guide and on the ascent day the ratio of two clients to one guide. It is also necessary to acclimatise to the altitude. To do so you’ll need to spend a few days on the glacier sleeping in mountain refuges whilst also learning how to use your climbing equipment.
Anyone who would enjoy climbing Mont Blanc would also enjoy many Swiss 4000 m peaks.
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