Tour du Mont Blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc Camping Trek

15 days
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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate / Challenging
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Trip code: 
TWB
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
5–14
Ages:
16+

A spectacular point-to-point trek with 3 rest days to enjoy the beautiful mountain surroundings. To extend your adventure and lower your impact, consider taking the train to this trip.

 

Often cited in bucket lists of the world’s best hikes, the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc takes in three diverse countries – France, Switzerland and Italy – and offers some of the greatest mountain scenery in Europe. Experience has taught us that 15 days is the perfect duration to fully appreciate this memorable circuit around Mont Blanc – 10 days of trekking complemented by three rest days – with a wide choice of activities to try, including paragliding and taking the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to 3,842 metres for spectacular, close-up views of Mont Blanc.

Led by an experienced International Mountain Leader (IML),  you will climb over six mountain passes, cross beneath colossal glaciers, meander through beautiful alpine meadows, and discover charming, picture-postcard villages. We sleep in comfortable campsites throughout the trek, often with outstanding views that aren’t possible from a hotel room. Tents are modern and spacious – designed for 3 people but only allocated to 2 – and an unlimited number of single tents is available. For those seeking a little more comfort, mattresses and sleeping bags are also available to hire.

While getting back to nature is a rewarding, energising experience, we recognise that having a comfortable stay along the way can make a camping trek even more special. Delicious three-course meals are on the menu when in camp, and five restaurant meals are also included during the trek. Your baggage is transported between each location by our dedicated camp support leader and van, and tents are erected by our camp crew before you arrive at each campsite, leaving you free to enjoy the inspiring scenery found only on this classic trek.

Exodus run this same trek with hotels rather than camping – Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek (trip code TWO). If time is limited, we also have an excellent one-week trip based near Chamonix, Mont Blanc Highlights (trip code TWN), which ticks off some of the best bits with easier, shorter days, or you might like to consider our Tour du Mont Blanc Week that is a little tougher (trip code TWP).

Aldo Kane Collection: A hand-selected range of adventures by our Brand Ambassador:

"Having climbed Mont Blanc several times, I know just how beautiful this landscape is. And this Exodus trip is the best way to see the Massif from all angles. Trekking through three different countries, Italy, France and Switzerland, this action-packed itinerary will see you pass by alpine meadows, glaciers and some of Europe's most panoramic mountain passes. If you're an avid hiker - this trip is a must."

Highlights

  • Enjoy some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe
  • Cross beneath colossal glaciers and meander through beautiful alpine meadows
  • Walk in the shadow of the highest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc (4,810m)
  • Get back to nature on one of Exodus’ most sustainable trips
  • Rewarding experience of completing the Mont Blanc circuit in full
  • Part of the Aldo Kane collection

Key information

  • 14 nights supported camping in comfortable campsites (hot showers available on 12 nights)
  • 10 days hiking with vehicle support; 3 rest days
  • 8 days challenging and 2 days moderate walking
  • Camping support crew to carry baggage between campsites and erect tents
  • Maximum altitude 2,537 metres, average 1,525 metres
  • Countries visited: France, Italy, Switzerland

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches, 13 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

10

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 6-8 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 210.0km/6.0miles
Day 313.0km/8.0miles
Day 416.0km/10.0miles
Day 515.0km/9.0miles
Day 614.0km/9.0miles
Day 814.0km/9.0miles
Day 924.0km/15.0miles
Day 1017.0km/11.0miles
Day 1218.0km/11.0miles
Day 1311.0km/7.0miles

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People: How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • We always use experienced local guides, bringing income and employment directly to those individuals and giving our customers the opportunity to speak with knowledgeable local people.
  • Income and opportunity is provided to locally-owned campsites, transfer companies and restaurants in the destination communities. An emphasis is placed on eating locally produced food that is bought in nearby shops and supermarkets, and supporting local enterprise.
  • Several stops on our route are quite rural and the locals there depend heavily on tourism as a means of income, therefore our visit greatly benefits them. In turn, the local population works hard to keep the area in good condition. 

Places: How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here, including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels.
  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • Guides ensure that visitors always stick to official paths. The paths themselves are constructed in a way to be robust and resilient to the traffic they support, and are therefore less susceptible to erosion. 
  • We recommend and encourage everyone to use rubber stoppers on their walking poles to minimise erosion. 
  • Generally, camping uses much less energy than a hotel. By their very nature, campsites are green, open spaces and the surrounding areas are usually kept wild. 
  • Walking trips like this have very little detrimental impact on the environment and the locals, as it is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively few resources to support.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste. On this trip, we recommend drinking tap water, which is safe to drink, thus eliminating the need for plastic water bottles, and also encourage visitors to reuse sandwich bags (or bring them from home). When buying food for included lunches, we buy in large quantities with a reduced need for packaging.

Planet: How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • Some campsites on the itinerary have fit solar panels to help with the heating of water. All campsites have measures that help to limit water usage; this is usually a push button timer on the tap. 
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally sourced food which has not been transported long distances. When dinners are not cooked in camp, we use local, family-run restaurants who serve locally produced and freshly prepared meals. 
  • Although meat is a dinner option on most days, we have adapted menus to serve more and more vegetarian and low-meat dishes that contain a high proportion of fruit, vegetables and natural non-processed ingredients.
  • Baggage for this trip is moved from camp to camp in the same vehicle that we use for another Mont Blanc trip. By sharing one vehicle for two trips, we move baggage more efficiently and reduce the need for extra vehicles on the road.
  • All transfers in the local area use public buses or electric trains. Airport transfers are shared between 5 trips, reducing the need for multiple transfer vehicles.

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; tap water is safe to drink.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start at Les Bossons, near Chamonix.

    Our start point is the campsite in Les Bossons, with wonderful views from the campsite of Mont Blanc and the dramatic crevassed Glacier des Bossons, especially at sunset. In the evening there is an introductory briefing by the trek crew.

    Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Follow the Grand Balcon Sud from Chamonix to Les Frasserands.

    From Les Bossons (1,012m – 3,320ft) we have a short bus journey to Chamonix from where we walk to Les Praz and take the cable car to La Flégère (1,860m – 6,100ft). The trail today is named the 'Grand Balcon' and is on the opposite side of the valley from Mont Blanc, affording excellent views of the whole massif lying to our south. Initially we contour and then climb to reach the high point of the day, Lac Blanc (2,352m – 7,715ft). The trail descends and then contours high above the valley before dropping steeply to the hamlet of Les Frasserands (1,371m – 4,500ft), from where we take a scenic valley train back to our campsite. In the afternoon there is a very short section of ladders/steep steps with handrails to descend.

    8 hours walking. 500m – 1,640ft up, 980m – 3,220ft down

    Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Cross over Col de Balme to Switzerland and camp at Trient.

    After a scenic train ride up the valley to Les Frasserands, we begin by climbing steeply to the Aiguillette de Posettes (2,201m – 7,200ft), descend a little and then ascend towards the Col de Balme (2,191m – 7,190ft) where we follow one of the paths across the border from France to Switzerland. Excellent views all morning of Aiguille d'Argentière and Aiguille du Tour and its glacier. After lunch we descend to the small hamlet of Trient (1,296m – 4,250ft), where we will enjoy some lovely views of the Trient Glacier. 

    7.5 hours walking. 970m – 3,200ft up, 1,060m – 3,466ft down

    Campsite: camping near Trient

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cross Col de la Forclaz to Champex.

    We climb first to the Col de Forclaz (1,527m – 5,010ft) and then onwards to look directly down into the Rhône Valley and the small Swiss town of Martigny. We follow a historic path used to take the cows to summer grazing, the ‘Bovine route’ (2,049m – 6,720ft) that takes us through meadows and high alpine pastures before descending to the charming town of Champex (1,486m – 4,880ft) set beside a picturesque alpine lake.

    7 hours walking. 920m – 3,017ft up, 720m – 3,261ft down

    Campsite: Camping Les Rocailles, Champex Lac

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Head up Val Ferret to La Fouly.

    Now on the east side of the main Mont Blanc massif, we walk south, descending through woods to the Val Ferret and on to Issert (1,055m – 3,460ft) and other pretty alpine farming villages. If you are visiting early in the season (June/July), this is a great day to see flowers in bloom, including orchids. We continue up the valley to the remote village of La Fouly (1600m – 5250ft), which lies at the foot of Mont Dolent, whose summit marks the meeting point of France, Switzerland and Italy.

    6 hours walking, 540m – 1,780ft up, 440m – 1,450ft down

    Campsite: Camping les Glaciers, La Fouly

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Climb to Grand Col Ferret, the highest pass of the trek.

    Following the same valley and the river 'La Drance', we climb to the 'Grand Col Ferret' (2,537m – 8,320ft), the highest pass of the tour. Now in Italy, the valley is also called ‘Val Ferret’. The mountain views from the Col are stunning, with Grandes Jorasses dominating the scene. We walk down the valley to Arp Nouva (1,770m – 5,800ft) where we take an optional bus to Planpincieux (1,600m – 5,250ft). For the first and last trip of the season, the bus may not be running and we may need to walk to camp.

    7.5 hours walking. 970m – 3,180ft up, 800m – 2,600ft down

    Campsite: Camping Grandes Jorasses, Val Ferret

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Rest day.

    Today is free for you to rest after the first week’s exertions and enjoy some sight-seeing. The nearby former spa towns of Courmayeur and Entrèves have picturesque older areas that are worth a visit, especially for the keen photographer. We also highly recommend the Skyway cable car from La Palud to Point Helbronner (3,461m – 11,350ft), which gives close-up views of all the big peaks. Tickets for the cable car can be purchased online or locally at La Palud.

    Campsite: Camping Grandes Jorasses, Val Ferret

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse high above the spectacular Val Ferret around Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur and on to Val Veny.

    We start with a short bus ride to pick up the Tour du Mont Blanc route, and from the road (1,675m – 5,500ft) climb up to the Bonatti refuge (2,025m – 6,640ft). Today we follow a beautiful contouring path around Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur. The views of the south Mont Blanc massif are exceptional, as are those of the towering peaks of the 'Grandes Jorasses' and the glaciers that crowd the northern flank of the Val Ferret. In the afternoon, we have a long, steep descent to Courmayeur (1,230m – 4,030m) where there will be time to stop for a tasty Italian gelato before taking a short bus ride into the spectacular Val Veny (1,530m – 5,020ft).

    8 hours walking. 500m – 1,640ft up, 900m – 4,400ft down

    Campsite: Camping Aiguille Noire, Val Veny

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Re-enter France across Col de la Seigne and through La Ville des Glaciers to Les Chapieux.

    Today’s trail climbs gently along the Val Veny, beneath the moraine of the massive Glacier du Miage. Passing Lac Combal, the gradient becomes steeper as we follow the old Roman road across the 'Col de la Seigne' pass (2,516m – 8,250ft), marking our re-entry into France. A fairly steep descent brings us through La Ville des Glaciers (1,789m – 5,870ft) and finally to Les Chapieux (1,553m – 5,090ft), a small hamlet that is only inhabited in the summer months. This is one of the longer walking days, but the experience of walking beneath a glacier and over the Col de la Seigne pass make the challenge well worth it.

    8.5 hours walking. 990m – 3,250ft up, 970m – 3,180ft down

    Campsite: camping in Chapieux 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Climb to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and contour around to Col du Bonhomme.

    We have now reached the southwest corner of the circuit and turn north to climb once again. Today is a longer day; first we make a steep climb to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2,478m – 8,130ft) and then contour around to the Col du Bonhomme (2,328m – 7,640ft). We then descend (again on a Roman road) to our campsite in Les Contamines (1,180m – 5,900ft).

    8 hours walking. 930m – 3050ft up, 1375m – 4510ft

    Campsite: Camping le Pontet, Les Contamines

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Rest day.

    A chance to rest or enjoy some independent exploration. There are short and long optional walks in the area, many accessed by a chairlift or gondola, that have spectacular views of Mont Blanc. Mountain cafes make a nice place for a scenic lunch. Alternatively, you could take the Mont Blanc cog-driven tramway to the Eagle’s Nest – the starting point for many aiming to conquer Mont Blanc itself. Otherwise, time can be spent visiting the half-day market in Les Contamines, or you can simply relax around town or in camp and recharge your batteries for the days ahead.

    Campsite: Camping le Pontet, Les Contamines

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 12

    Cross Col de Tricot and Col de Voza to re-enter Chamonix Valley and descend to village of Les Houches.

    Today will be another long but rewarding day as we return to the start point of our trek. We walk through Les Contamines, ascend to Chalets du Truc (1,720m – 5,614ft) and then descend to the Chalets de Miage (1,560m – 4,120ft). From here, we take the trail that climbs steeply to the Col de Tricot (2,119m – 6,950ft) before descending very close to the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay, where we will enjoy fabulous views of the Mont Blanc massif’s northern side. Eventually, we make another short ascent to reach the Col de Voza (1,652m – 5,418ft), where we re-enter the Chamonix Valley and descend to the village of Les Houches (dependent on the time of year, there is an optional cable car descent from Bellevue to Les Houches). A short bus ride takes us to our camp in Les Bossons (1,012m – 3,320ft).

    9 hours walking. 1,200m – 3,980ft up, 1,370m – 4,500ft down

    Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Some of the best views of Mont Blanc today on the long ascent to Brévent; descend to Plan Praz.

    We cross to the north side of the Chamonix Valley and climb through a pine forest. The high point of the day is Brévent (2,525m – 8,290ft), from where there are panoramic views of the Mont Blanc massif and the Chamonix Valley. We walk down to Plan Praz (1,970m – 6,460ft), then descend by cable car to Chamonix and walk to our camp at Les Bossons (1,012m – 3,320ft). It is possible to take the cable car descent from the top (dependent on the time of year). This extra journey will be payable locally should you choose not to walk.

    Our last day on the Tour du Mont Blanc circuit is long, with a tough climb of over 1,500m, but affords the best views on the whole trek of Mont Blanc and its neighbouring peaks. On our return to Les Bossons, we will have successfully completed the Tour du Mont Blanc!

    7.5 hours walking. 1,480m – 4,850ft up, 520m – 1,690ft down

    Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Free day at Les Bossons.

    Today is a free day for optional walks or sightseeing. Your leader will be able to advise you of possible walking routes or you may choose to visit the bustling alpine resort town of Chamonix, which has numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. There are several cable car excursions you can make from Chamonix, of which the most spectacular is the ascent to the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m – 12,600ft), offering fantastic views of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks. It should also be possible to take the mountain train up to Montenvers for close-up views of the Mer de Glace glacier, or if you are feeling adventurous you could enjoy a tandem paragliding flight.

    Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 15

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

No visa required for British passport holders.

Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Eating and Drinking

We provide 14 breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches, 8 home-cooked 3-course group meals in camp and 5 group menu meals taken in local restaurants. Due to the small size and remoteness of several of these restaurants, and for speed when serving a large group, these will be set menus.

Breakfast: This will usually consist of coffee, tea, cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, bread and conserves.

Lunch: Picnic-style lunches will normally include bread, cold meat, cheese, sometimes boiled eggs or tinned fish, fresh salad and fresh fruit. You may wish to bring (or purchase locally) snack bars for an extra energy boost during the day.

Evening meal: Whether in camp or in a nearby restaurant, we endeavour to make dinner something to look forward to. Each day there will be a freshly prepared menu for the whole group, consisting of a soup, salad or similar, a main course of meat, fish or vegetarian served with a selection of vegetables and carbohydrates, and a dessert.

Beer, wine, bottled water, coffee, tea or other drinks are not included in the price of evening meals taken in restaurants. Coffee and tea are included with the evening meal when we eat in camp and beer and wine are also available for purchase at a modest cost.

Vegetarians: We happily cater for vegetarians – please inform us at the time of booking.

If you adhere to a vegan diet you should expect that variety of food may be limited whilst on this trip as this kind of diet is relatively uncommon in this region. We cannot guarantee that the restaurants will provide meals that have the necessary variety to be considered satisfying when on a more restricted diet.

The feedback we receive for the food we serve is great but please be aware that facilities are limited and practicality forces us to put our efforts into making one excellent group meal with a vegetarian option. Of course, any allergies will be respected.

Weather

From late June to early October, fair weather is to be expected, but all mountain ranges create their own weather patterns and the Alps are no exception. It can and does rain, and especially on the high passes it can be surprisingly cold at times. Expected daytime temperatures are in the range of 15 to 25ºC in the valleys (although it can sometimes reach 30ºC in July/August), 5 to 15ºC on the passes (though it will feel colder if wet and windy) and 5 to 15ºC in the valleys at night; possibly a little lower early and late in the season. There is always the possibility of lying snow, especially in the early season, and snowfall even in August and September, when we may find new snow on the passes. Please note that on late season treks (September) the days are shorter and we will need to make early starts to make the most of the available daylight hours.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded Activity Level 4 (moderate/challenging) - it involves 10 days of walking; 2 days at a Moderate level and 8 days at a Challenging level. Most of the days are long, quite often involving an ascent of 900-1200 metres (or 3000-4000 feet), equivalent to 3 to 4 hours walking uphill, followed by a similar descent. Although the paths are well maintained, there are sections that are rough underfoot. On day 2, there are 2 metal ladders to descend en route from Lac Blanc. These are secured against the rock, consist of approximately 12 steps and are not difficult to climb down. The route throughout is non-technical, however we will be walking mountain paths and this trip is not advised for severe vertigo sufferers.

Please be aware that on days 6 and 8, we take a short bus transfer to avoid trekking on busy roads.

Most people trek the Tour du Mont Blanc anti-clockwise. From years of experience, we have discovered that trekking the route clockwise allows for quieter trails and avoids a tough ascent on the first couple of days. The views and walks are still just as beautiful in this direction.

As this is a group holiday you need to be confident that your fitness will allow you to enjoyably walk at a consistent and steady pace that matches the group average, therefore allowing the group to finish the day at a reasonable time. You will also enjoy the trek a great deal more if your fitness allows you to walk the route in relative ease. A Challenging graded day would be equivalent to walking between 3 to 5 hours uphill and a similar time downhill, so up to 9 hours in total depending on the pace (including breaks). Due to the lower altitude, climate, and overall comfort of this trek, it is graded Level 4 (moderate/challenging). The Activity Level reflects the overall endurance required for this trip, not just the ease of any particular walk. Other treks with a higher Activity Level, requiring a higher overall endurance due to their remoteness, lack of facilities or average weather etc., may have shorter easier walks. Please read the daily itineraries below when make comparisons to other walks/trips you may have done before.

If you are unable to walk during the itinerary and want to opt out of a day, please take note that this can sometimes be a little tricky, depending on where on the circuit you are. To reach the next point you will need to take a public bus (which run at limited times) or taxi (which can be expensive in more remote locations). Our support vehicle is not suitable for carrying passengers so please be aware of this when deciding to book this trip.

Download our Fitness Training Guide for more information on our Activity Levels.

All ascents, descents and walking distances listed below are approximate. We have decided the most accurate method is to map the routes carefully using Google Earth. That said, it is impossible to obtain a completely true figure of the distances walked. Regarding GPS – due to the inherent inaccuracies of defining an exact waypoint with a GPS and the cumulative overall inaccuracy this causes, you may find that our distances and GPS distances you obtain on trek with your personal GPS/phone may differ by quite a margin. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

This trek is based on the 'supported camping' concept, with a vehicle doing all the hard work of transporting luggage, equipment and supplies. Whilst camping, the support leader will erect your tent, but in the morning you will be expected to pack away your own tent (these are modern pop-up style tents that are very easy and quick to fold away) and deliver your own bags to the back of the van. On 4 of the 8 nights that we eat in camp, you should expect to help with the washing up as well as washing your own breakfast dishes each morning. 

Please note: On this trip it is essential to have helicopter evacuation cover within your travel insurance.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Camping

Comfortable camping and beautiful scenery on the Mont Blanc Circuit
Comfortable camping and beautiful scenery on the Mont Blanc Circuit

Campsites throughout the trek are comfortable and modern. On 12 nights, hot showers are available and there are electricity points to recharge batteries etc. Many campsites have a bar and WiFi, as well as a lounge or sitting area for relaxation. We provide a large communal tent (if we do not use the campsites communal area), where we eat at tables with benches and have an unlimited tea and coffee station, camp bar and more relaxing seating such as inflatable sofas. The campsites are in stunning settings and sharing an after-trek drink with newly made friends as the sun sets over a glaciated mountain vista is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors.

Accompanying you throughout the trek is a dedicated camp support leader who will take care of all the logistics and catering. Your tent will be put up for you each night. In the morning, you will be asked to take your own tent down (this should take no more than 3 to 4 minutes), put your bag in the back of the van and wash up your own personal breakfast dish. On four nights out of 14 you will be asked to join a washing up team and help with the dishes that evening – a 20-minute job. Otherwise, you are free to relax and your time is your own.

You will spend 14 nights camping in roomy tents designed to sleep 3 people, but with a maximum of 2 people per tent. We use modern dome tents incorporating a 210 cm x 210 cm inner tent with sewn-in ground sheet and a supplementary 230 cm x 70 cm covered porch that is an ideal place to leave your walking boots and poles etc.  The tents are completely waterproof.

Single tents are available for a small additional cost, as are camping mats and sleeping bags with liner and pillow. Our camping mats are a full-length air- and foam-filled variety which are comfortable to sleep on and provide excellent insulation from the ground. Our sleeping bags have a synthetic filling, as opposed to feathers, with a 3/4 length zip and provide plenty of warmth. 

All our equipment is bought with both comfort and practicality in mind and we hope represents a higher quality than most individuals would buy for themselves.  

Two remote campsites are in stunning locations but are a little more basic than others and do not have showers. We eat in restaurants on these nights.

Thermal mattress hire: £32 - please request in advance with your Sales agent.

Sleeping bag hire (3- or 4-season), pillow and liner: £63 - please request in advance with your Sales agent.

Single tent hire: From £150 - please request in advance with your Sales agent.

Relaxation time on the Mont Blanc Circuit
Relaxation time on the Mont Blanc Circuit
Delicious camp meals on the Mont Blanc Circuit
Delicious camp meals on the Mont Blanc Circuit
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Experts

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Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
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1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2022

    Incredible!

    Man what a trip! in equal parts stunning and tough - the TMB absolutely delivered. Every day we were treated with a gruelling ascent, a toe bashing descent and simply incredible views all the way through. The tour guide and the camp manager were just fabulous too - the guide wasnt just an IML but also a trained biologist clearly deeply in love with Mother nature - to learn a little about the local flora and fauna whilst also feeling completely at ease and secure knowing your guide has your back was just lovely - it meant we could concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other and just enjoy the ride. Our camp manager Vega cooked us some seriously delicious food on only 4 camp stoves - it smelled so good she had random campers coming up to ask what she was cooking! The camps where all lovely - some perhaps a little more loud than others but overall, as far as a camping trip goes, it was pretty darn luxurious. Would do this again in a heartbeat

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Honestly just completing it was the biggest thing for me. I was quite worried ahead of the trip whether I would be fit enough - and there were definitely some times where I really had to push myself but thanks to the pacing set by our guide Jef, we all managed it and that last day, with the longest ascent all the way from camp to Brevent was super tough but getting to the top and being presented with some bubbly was the perfect end to an epic trip

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jef was awesome. Part mountain goat, he went running on the days off, casually just doing our walk of the day before in about 3.5 hours. He was also a trained biologist so we were treated to some lovely knowledge bites on local flowers and bugs. Always had a smile on his face and you just felt completely safe with him - he knew just how to get the best out of the group so no one ever felt like they were too slow. he is definitely one of the best if not THE best guide I have had on a walking trip. Thank you Jef!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Doing a bit of strength definitely helped me - it wont make it easier, but at least I didnt have to worry about muscle aches. The more walking you can do beforehand the better as your legs are just better prepared for the work they have to do - but mostly, just enjoy the experience... from the camps to the gruelling ascents - its such a treat, especially when its sunny. Oh - and speaking of sunny - factor 50 all the way, even if you are a professional tanner.. the sun is hot hot hot and strong strong strong!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just do it - you wont regret it
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Brilliant holiday

    Superb surroundings, excellent company, knowledgeable guide and friendly support staff

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The ever changing scenery The fantastic bonding with other group members and the atmosphere in camp The delicious meals prepared by our camp support Vega on limited camping equipment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jef was a very kind, caring, knowledgeable guide who also had a great sense of humour. He was very pragmatic about any issues any group members had and was extremely good at supporting people during the 2 weeks at the same time inspiring us to explore other destinations for our next trips.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy the experience! The trail is well planned to build up your strength and stamina for the hard walks towards the end of the holiday. Take a spare pair of shoes that you could walk in in case of problems with your main walking boots/ shoes (it is very tough on your feet even for well practiced walkers).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This holiday was an absolutely fantastic experience. It is in a beautiful part of the world and the organisation was excellent to make it a really special holiday.
  • Reviewed September 2019
    Kevin Power

    2019 TMB Trek

    Our recent TMB was excellent. Not only did we have spectacular weather to go along with the stunning scenery we had two top notch guides in John and Emily. The pace John set for the 14 trekkers was bang on; resting when called for and pushing us as we needed to be coupled with a great 👍 sense of humour. Emily made certain out campsite was setup each evening after our long treks and cooked us fabulous meals given we were camping ⛺️. Her energetic personality provided a welcome spark especially at the beginning of the day. G Adventures in Peru 🇵🇪 were really great 👍 too but Exodus our did them with respect to quality of the guides and the excellent dinners. A little more variety in breakfasts and lunches is strongly 💪 recommended for sure. I would also suggest stretching the tour to 14 days given there are currently some extraordinarily long days of trekking. Another trip of a lifetime for me. Thanks John and Emily! 🥾

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The energy from other trekkers to grind out the long hikes each day.
  • Reviewed September 2019
    Paul McGuire

    A trip of a lifetime

    We did the TMB in July - 14 trekkers from Canada. John and Emily were our guides and they were amazing. I can actually say I learned how to walk again in the mountains with John's careful guiding instructions. By the end of the trek, we were able to trek straight up 4 km with a verticle of 1500 m. There is no way we could have done this without our amazing guides. I cannot say enough about Exodus and the people who work with this amazing organization. They are truly professional and we are well into planning our next group trek for July 2020 to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Can't wait!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Making it to Brevant at 1500 m on the last day and looking down into the valley and seeing Chamonix, realizing that we had done it. Easily one of the most challenging treks I have ever done!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    John was amazing. He is truly a gifted leader and I would recommend him for any group planning a trek in the Alps. Very wise and experienced, a really amazing leader and teacher. Emily was wonderful. The two of them worked together as an expert team. They were both what made the trip an incredible success.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You certainly need to train for the TMB. Once you have done this please listen to your guides, they really know what they are doing and you need to listen and trust them. Exodus has chosen well and their guides are truly amazing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank-you Exodus - Tony, John and Emily did everything they could to make this trip a huge success. We were able to raise over $35,000 for recreation programs for kids here in Ottawa, Canada. Exodus is a great partner for us and Christie Lake Climb for Kids will be trekking again with Exodus in 2020, this time all the way to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro!
  • Reviewed July 2019
    mark Flaherty

    Mont Blanc camping trek

    I did the Mont Blanc camping Hike it late June 2019 with a group of 7. The first day i had doubts i would make it from the uphill climb, it was tough. I got in better shape as the trip progressed, i made it. 110 mile hike, the scenery was incredible, its just awesome. Exodus employees were great. If your in shape you can do this trip, we slept in tents, hike 1000 meters uphill some days. You break camp in the morning and hike to your next destination, the hotel group stayed in the hotel we camped two different trips

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finishing the hike at almost 1500 meters uphill. what a great trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Aglier or (AGS) was great really helpful, she made the trip fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get in shape before you go, don't pack to much stuff like i did. Its going to be tough don't complain, expect it. Be very careful when walking i fell 3 times on the snow and mud, but not on the rocks

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks Exodus
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Michelle Stracey

    Challenging and joyous!

    A really super trip. The leader Kim shared her love and knowledge of the mountains and kept our spirits high. Neil, our camp manager, cooked incredible three course meals every night, despite all our various dietary needs. It was a challenging trip but so much fun.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Mont Blanc in all its guises, the wild flower meadows and celebrating with Prosecco at the top of the final ascent.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kim was kind, funny and inspirational. We all loved her.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Mariana Kelemen

    Tour of Mont Blanc

    All went smoothly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Mont Blanc from Punta Helbronner cable Car station.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good judgement in all his decisions.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read Exodus instructions carefully, follow them thoroughly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    no
  • Reviewed October 2018
    christopher Spencer

    Spectacular adventure

    This was our first group travel expedition and it did not disappoint. We had been looking at this trip for a number of years through another tour company but we went with Exodus because of the supporting camping option which the other company did not offer (and a benefit that we thoroughly enjoyed). We found the entire experience to be very positive, professional and well organized with just the right amount of flexibility so that we didn't feel like we were micro-managed. Our mountain guide was experienced and did a very good job of watching over the group while allowing us to go at our own pace (within reason). The camp support leader was funny, helpful, and a fantastic cook. The near-perfect weather and jaw dropping views obviously played a big part in how much we enjoyed this trip but I definitely think that the quality of this trip was above the pack.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every valley and every col had its own 'personality' and this made each day different. I loved turning a corner and discovering another fantastic view. It was also nice to be with a group so that the experience could be shared with others.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shaun, our mountain leader was knowledgeable and experienced. He knew the route and the region well and provided very accurate introductions to each day's hiking. His pace was as steady as a metronome and perfect for the speed of our group. Once he understood our capabilities on an individual level he was good about letting us go on ahead or lag behind the pack if that's what we preferred. I definitely felt like I was in capable hands. Peter our camp support was so much fun and a delight to see at the end of each day because he has such a positive and warm personality. We arrived to a camp that was already set up which allowed us to chill out and relax as soon as we arrived. His cooking was fantastic and much better than the few restaurant dinners we had along the way. He was good about ensuring that each of the group members had what they needed for breakfasts and lunches.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be very honest with yourself when evaluating your abilities if you're considering this trip. Our group overall was comprised of fairly experienced hikers. I think that someone who's not able to maintain the group pace would risk not enjoying this trip themselves and also negatively impacting the group. Proper equipment is also a must. Weather can change quickly and being unprepared can make for a miserable and potential hazardous day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I loved the supported camping option on this trip. I think the group had much more fun and bonded more than we would have had we stayed in hotels.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Matt Walker

    Another one ticked off the bucket list!

    Fantastic experience with a great group! This is one of the great hikes in the world and a fantastic way to experience the Alps. The camping element added to the camaraderie of the group and saw us all bond quickly. Paul was an excellent leader, very knowledgeable on the mountains, nature and wildlife, his company and humor were very much appreciated! Kieron managed the camp to perfection with his excellent cooking and organisation, and always ready with an story to share. Don't expect to lose much weight on this trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The glacial lakes and passing over the highest point, the Grand Col Ferret.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Nigel Donovan

    Great walk

    Wonderful to get on this walk at the last minute. 11 other generous minded walkers. Lotte a talented leader and Pete a great cook and camp organiser.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Each day was great.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lotte Stuer was excellent. Talented in making people feel at ease. Thorough and funny in her pre walk briefings. She kept a quiet eye on us all but was ready to let is go at our own pace in appropriate places. An excellent leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get a few good walks in to ensure the boots are broken in and know the challenge of a grade 4 week.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Both Lotte and Pete worked well together and worked well together.

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