The Alps

Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek

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Trip code: 
TWO
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Multi-country
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

Admire spectacular views of Mont Blanc from the iconic surrounding trails

For those who like to enjoy the comfort of a bed every night we offer the Mont Blanc circuit as a fully accommodated walking holiday, with all nights spent in a variety of lodgings from family run 2 and 3-star hotels to basic inns or pensions. Again keeping to the ideal duration to complete the full route, we include 10 walking days and 3 rest days, in which time we cross the borders of Switzerland, Italy and France and enjoy unrivaled views of the Alps and Mont Blanc itself. The itinerary is essentially the same as on the camping version (trip code TWB); with your qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) guiding the way you still complete the famous circuit, and your baggage is transported for you by our support vehicle, but we offer the comfort of a bed in quaint, picturesque accommodations en route so you can enjoy your walking holiday in comfort. In some places we use a hotel for just one night, before moving on the next day, occasionally we settle in for a few nights and use local transport to take us to the next point of the circuit.

Highlights

  • Stay in a variety of small, friendly hotels and pensions
  • Walk in the shadow of Western Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of this world-famous route
  • No camping

Key information

  • 14 nights hotels/pensions/village inns
  • 10 days point-to-point walking with baggage transfers
  • 8 days challenging and 2 days moderate walking
  • Altitude maximum 2537m, average 1525m

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches, 12 hotel/restaurant dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations

10

Pace:

Approximately 5-9hrs walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 210.0km/6.0miles
Day 317.0km/11.0miles
Day 413.0km/8.0miles
Day 515.0km/9.0miles
Day 614.0km/8.0miles
Day 813.0km/8.0miles
Day 920.0km/12.0miles
Day 1017.0km/11.0miles
Day 1216.0km/10.0miles
Day 1313.0km/8.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Chamonix.

    In the evening there is an introductory briefing by your leader.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Follow Grand Balcon Sud, excellent views of Mont Blanc; return to Chamonix.

    From Chamonix we walk to Les Praz and take the téléférique to La Flégère (1900m – 6230ft). 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 (2352m - 7715ft). The trail descends and then contours high above the valley before a final climb down to the hamlet of Montroc (1371m - 4500ft) from where we take a short scenic train journey back to Chamonix. In the afternoon there is a very short section of ladders/steep steps with handrails to descend.

    8.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 500m - 1670ft up, 1000m – 3280ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Over Col de Balme into Switzerland; night at Col de la Forclaz.

    We travel back to Montroc at the top of the Chamonix valley where we begin our ascent to the Aiguillette de Posettes (2201m – 7200ft), descend a little and then climb towards the Col de Balme (2191m – 7190ft) from 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 walk through to the small Swiss hamlet of Trient (1296m – 4250ft). Good views of the Trient Glacier. A sting in the tail today as we finish with a steep climb from Trient to our hotel at the Col de la Forclaz (1527m – 5010ft).

    8.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 1190m/3900ft up, 1060m/3466ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Follow Bovine Route to Champex.

    We leave the Col de la Forclaz, where we can look directly down into the Rhône valley and the Swiss town of Martigny and follow an historic path used to take the cows to high pasture, the 'Bovine route' (2049m – 6720ft). Our trail takes us through meadows and high alpine pastures before we descend to the charming town of Champex (1486m – 4880ft) set beside a picturesque alpine lake.

    7.5 hours walking, 14km - 9 miles, 680m – 2230ft up, 720m – 2360ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Head up the 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 (1055m – 3460ft) and other small, pretty, alpine farming villages. This is quite a good day for flowers, including orchids. We continue up the valley to the remote village La Fouly (1600m - 5250ft). This is at the foot of Mont Dolent, whose summit is at the meeting point of France, Switzerland and Italy.

    6 hours walking, 15km - 9 miles, 440m – 1450ft down, 540m – 1780ft up

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Follow river La Drance; climb to the highest point of the tour at Grand Col Ferret and into Italy. Overnight at La Palud.

    Still following the same valley and the river 'La Drance', we climb to the 'Grand Col Ferret' (2537m – 8320ft), 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 the Grandes Jorasses dominating the scene. We walk down the valley to Arp Nouva (1770m – 5800ft) then travel by bus to our hotel in La Palud near Courmayeur. (BLD)

    7 hours walking, 14km - 9 miles, 970m - 3180ft up, 800m – 2600ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Rest day.

    The nearby ex-spa towns of Courmayeur and Entrèves have picturesque older sections, which are worth a visit, especially for the keen photographer. There is a cable car from La Palud to Point Helbronner (3461m – 11350ft) and on across the glacier to Aiguille du Midi (and in fact on down to Chamonix). This is a splendid (optional) excursion, which gives close-up views of all the big peaks. Alternatively you might wish to relax and recover in the Spa bathes at Pre Saint Didier a short bus ride from Courmayeur.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

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

    We start with a short bus ride to pick up the TMB and from the road (1675m – 5500ft) climb up to the Bonatti refuge (2025m – 6640ft). Today we follow 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, cliffy peak of the 'Grandes Jorasses' and the glaciers which crowd the northern flank of the Val Ferret. In the afternoon we have a long, steep descent to Courmayeur (1230m – 4030m) where we can enjoy a delicious ice cream before taking a short bus ride back to our hotel.

    8 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc.  500m – 1640ft up, 900m 4400ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Cross the Col de la Seigne back to France, descend through la Ville des Glaciers to Les Chapieux.

    Today we are heading for the Val Veny and the start of our walk at La Vissaille (1660m – 5450ft). We’ll reach this by bus to then start climb gently along good paths beneath the massive glacier de Miage and pass Lac Combal before the gradient becomes steeper as we follow the old Roman road and head for today's pass: the 'Col de la Seigne' (2516m – 8250ft), which marks our re-entry into France. A fairly steep descent brings us through la Ville des Glaciers (1789m – 5870ft) and finally after quite a long walking day to Les Chapieux (1553m – 5090ft), a small remote hamlet inhabited only during the summer months.

    8.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 870m – 2840ft up, 970m – 3180ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Ascend to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, then contour across to the Col du Bonhomme.

    We have now reached the southwest corner of the circuit and turn north to climb once again. First we make a steep sustained climb to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2478m – 8130ft) and then contour around to the Col du Bonhomme (2328m – 7640ft). We then start the proper descent on a steep path, through meadows and over a Roman bridge and finally to the village of Les Contamines (1180m - 5900ft). A short bus ride down the valley takes us to the pretty village of St Gervais, the perfect place for a day off.

    8.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 930m – 3050ft up, 1340m – 4400ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Free Day

    A well-earned rest day. There are many options to fill your day including taking the cog railway to Le Nid d’aigle – the Eagles Nest - a popular start point to climb Mont Blanc, or browsing around the local market of Les Contamines. There are plenty of optional walks in the area or one can simply relax around the pleasant town of St Gervais or even treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Over Col de Tricot to the Chamonix Valley; overnight at Les Houches.

    Today is a challenging day with plenty of ups and downs. From St Gervais we have a 10 min transfer to re-join our route before ascending to the Chalets de Miage (1560m – 5120ft). From here we take a trail that climbs steeply to the Col de Tricot (2119m – 6950ft) before descending very close to the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay. Good views of the north side of the Mont Blanc Massif. Eventually we make another ascent to reach the Col de Voza (1652m – 5418ft) where we re-enter the Chamonix Valley and make our final descent to the village of Les Houches (993m - 3225ft).

    8.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 1200m – 3980ft up, 1370m – 4500ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Best views of Mont Blanc today; long ascent to the Brevent, descend to Chamonix.

    We cross to the north side of the Chamonix Valley and climb steeply through pine forest and then on open mountainsides to reach the high point of the day at Brevent (2525m – 8290ft). This is a long walking day but will probably afford the best views of the French side of Mont Blanc and its neighbouring peaks that we shall have on the whole trek. We descend to Plan Praz (1970m - 6460ft) and take the cable car to Chamonix (1061m) for a well-deserved beer.

    7.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 1500m – 49500ft up, 520m – 1690ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Free day in Chamonix.

    Free day in and around Chamonix. There are several good walks in the Chamonix valley. Chamonix itself is also a great place to spend a day. The most popular excursions, weather depending, would be the spectacular ascent by cable car to the Aiguille du Midi or the Montenvers cog railway.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Meals included: Breakfast

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

Included in the trip are all breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches and 12 hotel/restaurant dinners. On free days 7, 11, 14 and both transfer days lunch is not provided. On the free days 7 and 14 dinner is also not included and needs to be bought locally. We take our evening meals in the hotel in which we are staying or in a nearby restaurant. These meals are usually arranged as a 'menu' for the whole group and as they are based on special negotiations made by us represent better value than eating independently. Please note that should the times of flights change to arrive earlier, or depart later, additional meals will not be included. Please also note that no refund will be given for meals not taken or taken other than where designated.

Typical Meals

Continental Breakfast: Will normally include coffee, tea, hot chocolate, French bread, croissant and conserves.

Picnic-Style Lunch: Generally include bread, cold meat, cheese, tinned fish, fresh salad vegetables and fresh fruit.

Evening meal: a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat with one or two vegetables or rice or pasta, a dessert course. Beer, wine, bottled water, other drinks, coffee or tea are not included in the price of evening meals taken in restaurants.

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

If you take 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 hotels and restaurants will provide meals that have the necessary variety to be considered satisfying when on a more restricted diet.

Drinks: Please note that drinks are not included and you will be expected to pay directly for any wine/tea/coffee taken at dinner.

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?

Most of the days are long, quite often involving an ascent of 900-1200m (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. 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. On day 2 there are 2 metal ladders to climb en route to Lac Blanc, these are secured against the rock, consist of approximately 12 steps and are not difficult to climb.

This trek is graded Challenging/Moderate as it has 8 challenging graded days and 2 easier moderate graded days. A Challenging graded day would be equivalent to walking up Scafell Pike or Ben Nevis in the UK and take between 3 to 5 hours of walking up hill and up to 9 hours in total depending on the pace. We recommend that you make a special effort to get in good physical condition for the trip. 

Please note on day 8 we take 2 short bus journeys to avoid trekking on busy roads.

All ascents, descents and walking distances listed below are approximates. 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.

Walking hours stated are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops
and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference:
http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Accommodation

Hotels, Pensions, Inns & Auberges

Throughout the trek we use long-established family run 2 or 3-star hotels, except for 3 nights where we use local auberges. One of the hotels has a Jacuzzi and sauna for guests. Most of the hotels have stunning locations often with panoramic vistas over the mountains and culturally represent the countries and environment they are in. These hotels are a vital source of income to the local community. All are clean and well run and set up with the needs of the trekker in mind.

Please be aware that room sizes (twin, double or triple rooms) and facilities will vary from hotel to hotel and sometimes from room to room within one hotel. On 11 of the nights facilities are en suite whilst the others have the possibility, depending on availability and group size, of shared bathroom and toilet facilities 'on the landing'. Couples will always have their own room but we cannot say whether this will be twin or double. Very occasionally a room will have bunk beds. Single clients must be prepared to share with one or occasionally two other members of the same sex. We are unable to accept bookings for single rooms due to the small size of the hotels used and the fact that we are usually staying only one night in each hotel. The Auberge does not provide soap and you may wish to bring a towel, as those provided by continental hotels are sometimes small. On rare occassions the group may be split over two different accommodations but these will be of the same standard and within walking distance.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2017
    Mark Craven

    Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek

    This trek coupled with excellent weather and brilliant company, ranks as one of the most enjoyable adventure tours we have undertaken in the past 10 years. It was challenging at times, and the days were usually long, but that first ice cold beer never tasted better. Constantly changing scenery, beautiful flowers and butterflies makes for a photographer’s paradise. Our advice if you love walking in stunning scenery is to do the trip while you can, the sense of achievement for us was as satisfying as completing Kilimanjaro.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final days walking to the high point at Brevent was long, but the culmination of two weeks of arduous trekking, realising you’ve achieved your goal, standing at the top taking in the spectacular views, with a bunch of strangers who had now become your best buddies, makes for a fabulous experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    You just couldn’t get a more knowledgeable, understanding or thoughtful guide than Peter. He was relaxed yet in full control, helping and encouraging where needed, nothing phased him at all. His lunchtime picnics were a culinary highlight of the day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Apprehensive of the walking grade at altitude we did train quite a bit, probably not as much as we should have done due to leading normal busy lives, but if you’re a regular walker and are used to putting the hours in, you will be fine. It goes without saying to get your kit sorted out and bedded in beforehand, there isn’t much time once you’re underway, but bring Compeed in any case, as even the most comfortable boots and socks can play up after 10hrs plus day after day. Also pack light as there are plenty of opportunities to rinse out and dry trekking gear.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The terrain was challenging at times, as described in the notes, with little flat walking, and the descents can be hard on the knees. Accommodation was always of a good standard, food was variable, with not a lot of choice for any special dietary requirements, but on the whole it’s was pretty decent. At the end of the day you undertake these types of trips to challenge yourself, so small hardships should be expected, just keep a smile on your face and everyone will oblige. In summary this is a well organised fantastic trip and we would recommend it to all.
  • Reviewed July 2017
    Sue Philp

    Tour de Mont Blanc Hotel Trek

    Absolutely fantastic trek. With only two exceptions we had beautiful weather for the whole trip even though the forecast had been varied. The grading of challenging / moderate was spot on and at times it felt tough but the spectacular scenery all around and the sense of achievement more than compensated for the harder parts. Loved every minute of it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the Col De Tricot! Cow bells clanging in flower filled meadows, Glaciers that felt that they were within in touching distance.. sunshine lighting up snow covered peaks... myrtle tarts at the refuges... Actually there were so many fantastic moments that it is hard to differentiate but getting to the top of the Col was pretty special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul kept us organised and safe, he made sure that all the group achieved their goals and we all learned a lot about wild flowers and trees!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do the trip.. Make sure that you have a reasonable level of fitness, it isn't easy walking but it is doable and the rewards are worth it. It's one of the best treks that I've done. Don't take too much clothing, there really isn't any need to 'dress up' in the evenings although you might want something clean for the free days unless you are planning on walking then too. Thermal Spa at St Gervais was a lovely distraction on one free day and good for soothing aching joints.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Really great trip.. up there with Everest Base Camp for me in terms of challenges (but for different reasons). If the weather is kind to you, the landscape is just stunning and you really won't be disappointed. The accommodation is really pretty good and the food at some of the auberges was great. Overall, it was excellent and I'd recommend it to anyone.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Tracey Patterson

    Tour de Mont Blanc Hotel Trek

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip even though the terrain could be hard work at times.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being able to complete the Tour and feel proud of the accomplishment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nick Draper was an excellent leader. He looked after the group and made sure everyone was coping ok. He has an excellent knowledge of the flora and fauna and was happy to point things out.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do follow the advice in the trip notes and on the website to make sure that you have a reasonable state of fitness. Do make sure that you take walking poles as these are essential for manoeuvring up and down the trails.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a wonderful trip which I thoroughly enjoyed. I think that Exodus should ensure that couples that book holidays together are seated together on all flights.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Martin Patterson

    Tour Du Mont Blanc

    This is a fairly strenuous trek through the amazing setting of the Alps, but with a little bit of fitness preparation it's well within most peoples capability. Our group age ranged from early 50s to 70 and we all finished. Each days walking started at about 08.30 and finished between 16.00-17.00. There was plenty of oportunity to stop and admire the ever changing views and have rest breaks at the mountain refuges where food and drink was always available. At times ascents and descents were quite steep but these were to be expected, ( we were in the Alps after all). As a group we gelled together well which resulted in a couple of apres trek beers each day before dinner. The food and accomodation were first rate, don't expect to lose any weight on this trek the foods to good and there's plenty off it. Overall I can't recommend this trip highly enough if walking is your thing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The ever changing views opening up in front of me were just amazing, resulting in no sooner did I put my camera away than it had to come out again. Also whilst I was there the UTMB was taking place, and to see people running the 170km mountain route I was wakling just left me with a feeling awe (this years winner did it in 22hours, I took 10 days)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Nick was an easy going guide, who set a pace to achieve the each days trek in a realistic time. He was knowledgeable about the area and regularly pointed out and named peaks, plants and local history. I'd be very happy to be led by Nick again on future treks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Being super fit is not necessary but improving fitness prior to doing this trek would just make it easier and more enjoyable With regards to kit, good comfortable shoes/boots are essential, and your knees and ankles will thank you for using walking poles. Drink plenty of water, a hydration bladder in your backpack encourages this.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you're considering this trip but not sure if you're up to it, I can honestly say the effort will be worth it.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Nishka Bhatia

    Trekking the TMB

    This was honestly one of my most incredible adventures yet, executed in a flawless and brilliant manner by Exodus. It fulfilled all of my expectations, from amazing diverse scenery (majestic mountains, valleys, forests and woodlands) to great food and company.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were several inspirational moments, but the best would have to be tackling the 1.5 km ascent on the last trekking day without breaking too much of a sweat. It really showed me how far I had come in terms of both mental strength and fitness, over the two weeks! Also, being constantly surrounded by mountains is itself a very humbling and spiritual experience, one that has driven me to pursue mountain hiking/trekking!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had the privilege of having both Frank and John as our tour guides. Both were excellent; I really appreciated John's helpful advice on walking techniques along with the extremely doable pace he employed during the most challenging trekking days.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would recommend a few weeks of hill walking/general fitness training prior to undertaking this trek. Almost every day is a challenge in its own right and prior training will ensure a more enjoyable experience. In saying that, I think that body learns to adapt to the increased load and you definitely shouldn't feel stressed if you're not the fittest during the first few days!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had many misgivings about doing this as my first proper trek. I'm glad I decided to ignore the negative thoughts and do it anyway! You definitely come out stronger (both mentally and physically) and a million times more inspired to live life a little more!
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Reuven Shiloh

    Enjoyed every min of the experience

    It was physically challenged going up and down. But at every turn the scenery was magnificent, that added extra "air" to your lungs... The hotels were good, and the food was great.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finishing the whole loop, without skipping any sections. And. Interaction with the group members.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader was great. Good organizer, and preparing great lunches. However, I would like her to pay a little more attention, that 1/3 of the group were faster walkers, following her, and the rest of the group a little slower, after walking for an hour we will be about 100-200 m behind. Twice the front group "disappeared" and we had to look for the trail. Sometimes we were rushed to catc a bus, walking quickly on rough terrain, it was not so safe to do that. And when we arrived at the bus station, we were left with 45 min to wait for the bus ( that was on time as scheduled)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared. Eat & drink a lot of water, And walk slowly...specially on accents.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trekking : I'm ready to do it again ....
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Catriona Griffin

    TMB Hotel Trek

    If there is one trek you do in Europe, it has to be this one. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a classic. Stunning scenery, 3 countries in 2 weeks, great walking and the chance to really stretch the legs! No two days are the same as each walk has different terrain and views. I was there in early July and the wildflowers were amazing throughout.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the Col Ferret in a snow storm was a highlight for me, and watching the clouds clear as we descended the other side. Actually, making it to the top of all the cols we climbed was pretty impressive! But most inspiring for me was meeting the other people in my group. There was only 5 of us but we all got along really well and each one was an inspiration to me in different ways!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Frank was brilliant. He knows the TMB so well having done it many times. He was very thorough in advising us what to expect each day and understood the ability of our group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't under estimate this trek - it is challenging! There are some big ascents and descents so fitness is important. It is worth getting a few practise walks in before you go. Be prepared for all sorts of weather. We got a bit of everything! Sun, rain and snow. Take layers and a good waterproof. I would also recommend a good pair of walking boots with ankle support as some of the trails are rocky.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Make sure you take time to enjoy the scenery. It is just stunning.
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Karen Mcmahon

    Tour Mont Blanc Hotel

    This trip was everything as advertised and more. It was a challenging hike on some days, but the views were worth the effort.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final day while sitting in the chalet at the top of the mountain sipping hot chocolate and being serenaded by a young lad with a guitar.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kim was a great leader and was very responsive to each individual's quirks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Refer to the trip notes for what to pack. It is very accurate and while a fleece may seem not to be needed when the weather is sunny and warm it proved to worn when the weather turned to cold and snow - in July!
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Colin Courtney

    Tour du Mont Blanc - hotel / Colin Courtney

    Exactly as described in the trip notes. Great walking and wonderful to experience different cultures as we moved from France to Switzerland to Italy and back to France. I have trekked the Inca trail, the Everest region and the Atlas mountains. This is up there with all of them, a truly iconic trek.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to pick out one but if I had to then the last day of walking which was probably the most challenging, when we reached Brevent. The views, knowing I had completed the trek in one piece and the feeling of satisfaction.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Frank was just superb. In a quiet and calm manner, he weighed up the groups capabilities over the first few days, got us bonding together as a group, set a pace to satisfy everyone's needs and yet allowed sufficient freedom for those who wanted to stretch their legs at a faster pace on occasions. And he still found time to keep us well watered and fed! Also a walking encylopaedia of the the history of the mountains.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes - several times. There is a lot of very useful information in there, especially on the degree of fitness required.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A must trek for anyone who is used to and enjoys trekking in the mountains.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Lorraine Fox

    Tour de Mont Blanc

    The best trip of my life, the scenery was stunning and the group members were brilliant.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top if the Brevent.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Frank was absolutely brilliant, he engaged with the group well and set a good pace. He was always kind and calm and was mindful of all group members. A total star.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit so you can enjoy all the walking, there are a few very steep ascents that could take you by surprise.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A totally brilliant holiday, the walking was great, the scenery stunning and the rest days a welcome break. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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