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The Tour du Mont Blanc or TMB is one of more well known routes in Europe and has segments in France, Italy, and Switzerland. This 11 day walk around Mont Blanc takes a clockwise route. There are plenty of accommodations along the route if you need to shorten or would like to extend any of the days of hiking. Usual start points are Les Houches in the Chamonix valley or Les Contamines in the Montjoie valley (in France), Courmayeur from the Italian side, and either Champex or a point near Martigny in Switzerland. The highest points along this trail are the Col des Fours in France and the Fenêtre d'Arpette in Switzerland, both at an altitude of 2,665 m (8,743 ft). While you probably won't get altitude sickness at those elevations, this route will prove challenging due to the numerous climbs. Weather can change quickly, and hikers should be experienced, prepared, and fit. For a map of the full route, see here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/france/auvergne-rhone-alpes/tour-du-mont-blanc

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TMB - Day 6 From Rifugio Bonatti, Italy to La Fouly, Switzerland Views of the Val Veny are our backdrop en route to Grand Col Ferret. We experienced hiking at its finest with alpine meadows, rushing streams and stunning views of the Val Veny as a backdrop en route to the Grand Col Ferret (8320'), the border between Italy and Switzerland. Mont Dolent towers above and its summit is the meeting point of the borders with France, Italy, and Switzerland. You'll continue to be amazed by fabulous close-up views of rocky spires and sparkling glaciers. Our grassy path ultimately leads us to our evening's auberge in the quiet but scenic village of La Fouly (5280'). We awoke to an incredible sunrise view of Mont Blanc from Refugio Bonatti before starting our hike further up the Italian Ferret Valley on the balcony trail to a stop for some thick delicious Italian hot chocolate and cappuccinos and then we proceeded on our long hike up to the pass and border between Italy and Switzerland (Grand Col Ferret) and views of Mont Dolent - which sits on the border of Italy, France and Switzerland. Many waterfalls and stream crossings. The Swiss side of Mont Blanc is much less dramatic than the Italian side and greener with more pasture land. Hiked down to a stop for a cold beer at La Peule in the Swiss Ferret Valley and on to La Fouly for the night. Hiking: 10.5 miles. Elevation gain: 2,746', Elevation loss: 4,167'. Terrain: Hillside traverse followed by steep descents and ascents on dirt trails; some short sections of exposure. We stayed at: Auberge des Glaciers La Fouly, Switzerland Tel. (41) 27 783 1171 www.aubergedesglaciers.ch

This is a common part of the TMB, and if done as part of a counterclockwise TMB (the most popular variant), this is a grueling hike, with multiple hours of basically non stop going up. Each mountain pass is a big victory, but by the end we were EXHAUSTED. Did this July 1st and there was still a lot of snow to trek across, so bring hiking poles for stability.

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