Tour Mont Blanc

Tour Mont Blanc Map
Length:106.6 miles
Steps:241,761 steps
Burned:13,700 calories (3.9 lbs)
Hiked:Aug 26 to Sept 4, 2015
Walk Trail!

The Tour Mont Blanc is among one of the most popular hiking trails in Europe, and for good reason! The trail passes through three different countries: France, Italy and Switzerland. It circles around the Mt. Blanc, the highest peak in Europe, with spectacular and jaw-dropping views of the rugged Alps and the slow crawl of glaciers down from its heights.

This hike begins in the small French town of Les Houches, circling the Mont Blanc Massif in a counter-clockwise direction. You'll pass through a couple of towns before crossing into Italy, then later cross into Switzerland before crossing back into France to complete the hike back in Les Houches. It's a rugged trail, passing through seven valleys with 6.2 miles (10 km) of ascents and descents.

Although there is one main, official route around the mountain, there are several official variants. The variants are often times more remote and rugged then the main path, and since I'm all about getting the best and most spectacular views available, we'll take them every chance we get! Some of the variants are bad-weather bypasses, which tend to be easier and with less impressive views. You won't see any of those on this virtual walk, however!

Mont Blanc Massif
 Stage NameLength
(miles)
Position
(miles)
1.Les Houches to Les Contamines11.20.0 → 11.2
2.Les Contamines to French/Italian Border15.511.2 → 26.7
3.French/Italian Border to Courmayeur15.226.7 → 41.9
4.Courmayeur to Italian/Swiss Border16.241.9 → 58.1
5.Italian/Swiss Border to Champex15.558.1 → 73.6
6.Champex to Swiss/French Border12.473.6 → 86.1
7.Swiss/French Border to Les Houches20.586.1 → 106.6
Tramway du Mont Blanc
Tour Mont Blanc @3.2 miles
Tramway du Mont Blanc
Goat! Goat!
Tour Mont Blanc @3.4 miles
Goat! Goat!
Campsite for the night!
Tour Mont Blanc @16.0 miles
Campsite for the night!
Refuge du Bonhomme
Tour Mont Blanc @19.7 miles
Refuge du Bonhomme
Tour Mont Blanc @29.0 miles
Glacier de Bruillard
Tour Mont Blanc @33.4 miles
Glacier de Bruillard
Tour Mont Blanc @47.6 miles
Refuge Bonatti
Tour Mont Blanc @51.9 miles
Refuge Bonatti
Streets of Les Arlaches
Tour Mont Blanc @67.3 miles
Streets of Les Arlaches
Wood carvings!
Tour Mont Blanc @71.0 miles
Wood carvings!
Flowers of the TMB
Tour Mont Blanc @79.6 miles
Flowers of the TMB
Shadow games
Tour Mont Blanc @84.3 miles
Shadow games
Ladders!
Tour Mont Blanc @91.7 miles
Ladders!
Hiking in the clouds
Tour Mont Blanc @97.5 miles
Hiking in the clouds
Chain up!
Tour Mont Blanc @101.1 miles
Chain up!
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