Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a 161.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Les Houches, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 161.1 km Elevation Gain: 10,366 m Route Type: Loop



mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing



partially paved




wild flowers




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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 on any variant of the 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 list of segments, see:

1 day ago

clear way marked paths for most of the trail. varied terrain from high mountain passes to alpine forests and fields. one to add to your to do list for sure!

8 days ago

Simply the best. Absolutely breathtaking scenery.

9 days ago

Strenuous but the views are constantly breathtaking, so is the physical nature due to the altitude. Expect a full day!

11 days ago

Hiked the TMB with a group of friends 7/20/19-7/31/19 with a day off in Courmayer; we did some of the variant routes as the weather allowed. Very quickly into the hike you'll not be thinking of the days hike in terms of miles but in elevation gain/loss. You will earn those great views, hiking poles will be your new best friend :) Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions, we had rain, hail, hot, cold, foggy. In general the trail is very well marked but it was helpful to have Alltrails downloaded on the times when it wasn't so clear. Great trip!

July 26 2019


July 17 day 3

1 month ago

Eye wateringly beautiful scenery. EPIC EPIC EPIC

TMB DAY 5: Today we started hiking almost from our hotel in Courmayeur and on to La Montagne de la Saxe (6970'). The ascent rewarded us with glimpses through the mostly cloudy sky of the magnificent views of the Grandes Jorasses, Brenva Glacier and the Italian side of Mont Blanc soaring into the air. A balcony trail lead us to the Rifugio Bonatti (6745'), named after the famous Italian alpinist and adventurer Walter Bonatti. We saw only glimpses of the Grandes Jorasses, Brenva Glacier and the Italian or North side of Mont Blanc until later in the evening when the sky mostly cleared leaving an incredible, expansive, evening and twilight, view of the GJ, BG and MB! The trail was mostly through a forest and meadows with Pine a d Larch trees, with Larch trees being the dominant tree. It is the Larch trees that provide the high quality lumber for the houses in the surrounding area. Again countless varieties of mountain flowers in full bloom. We had a very nice dinner at the Rifugio Bonatti starting with the soup which was the highlight of the meal. We also enjoyed the roasted cabbage and the frittata and mashed potatoes. One of our most memorable experiences happened after dinner when Francoise and Patricia introduced the Friendship Drink in the special vessel called a grolla. The drink consisted of coffee and liquor/grappa and sugar around the rim, the drink was lit and then the lid was put back on and you had to hold the two sides when drinking it and then you had to say: “Santé Bonheur” after taking a drink from the friendship cup/grolla ... and the next person (to which the grolla was passed had to say ...”Que Grand Bien Te Fasse”. It was quite fun to see the look on everyone’s face after drinking the grappa/coffee drink. The one downside of Rifugio Bonatti was the very limited breakfast and the dormitory/hut sleeping accommodations - needless to say, I heard a lot snoring and didn’t get the best night’s sleep! Definitely recommend staying there at least once to soak up the history around Mont Blanc and Walter Bonatti.

excellent took gondola to the variation tmb.

TMB - Day 4: We started our day at the Trailhead at the Vallée des Glaciers. Prior to starting we visited a very small cheese factory and observed parts of the cheese making process and were lucky to meet one of the owners and sample the famous Beaufort cheese. We passed by many happy cows and old WWII bunkers on our way to Col de la Seigne on the border between France and Italy and enjoyed stunning views of Glacier des Glaciers and Mont Blanc along the way before hiking down to Courmayeur. At Col de la Seigne (8252') there is a wide overview of the Aosta valley with Mont Blanc to the left and Grand-Combin poking out in the middle of the path in the distance as we continue on our eastward path and finally descend into Italy to the reflective Lac Combal. Our descend from Col de la Seigne begins with a little glissading down a long snow field adding to the experience. Fortunately, the weather cooperated today and the views along our route were incredible as we soaked in the dramatic southern face of the Mont Blanc range which was fully exposed above us as we hiked down to La Visaille. Our hike ended at the Chalet del Miage Bar and Ristorante where we had a beer while soaking in the amazing views while we waited for our driver to take us to our hotel in the lovely Italian resort town of Courmayeur (4014'). We had a most enjoyable and delicious pasta and pizza dinner at Beautiful day of hiking! On way to Courmayeur we enjoyed walking in an immense valley meadow of Yellow flowers, on the Italian side of mountain. We stayed at: Hotel Croux Courmayeur, Italy Tel. (39) 0165 846 735

TMB - Day 3: We started at Notre-Dame de la Gorge and hiked up an old Roman road and over snow fields making our way steadily uphill and passing a very early chapel with Renaissance frescoes on its interior and onto Col du Bonhomme and descended to Les Chapieux. On our way to Col du Bonhomme (7640'), we followed varied terrain through forests, gentle glens and the treeless gorge of the Nant Borrant on our way to our lunch spot. Another highlight that we experienced in the morning was the many cows and music from the cow bells. In the afternoon we descended a relatively steep grassy trail leading to the remote hamlet of Les Chapieux (3785'). Along the way, we had a homemade hazelnut tort at the mountain hut and at our final destination for the day in a small restaurant in Bourg-Saint-Maurice we had a delicious three course meal outside with fireworks for Bastille day! We stayed at: Hotel L’Autantic 69 Route d’Hauteville 73700 Bourg Saint Maurice (Savoie) Tel : (33) 479 070 170

TMB - Day 2: Les Houches to Les Contamines-Montjoie We started with a cable car ascent from Les Houches to Bellevue where we began our hike beneath the tumbling Bionnassay Glacier to the Col du Tricot (6955'). Along the way the TMB path contours through the forest high above the Bionnassay Valley while passing through pretty alpine hamlets with excellent views of Mont Blanc and across the foothills of the Alps. Some of the highlights included crossing a suspension bridge and enjoying the many colorful wild flowers along the way. The impressive Dome du Goûter and Aiguille de Bionnassay dominate the views with the impressive glacier between them. After a steep descent to Chalets de Miage we stopped for lunch amongst picturesque alpine meadows. Chalets de Miage was especially memorable due to the excellent raspberry pie and whipped cream we had there in a beautiful picnic setting on the creekside. We filled up our water with fresh glacier water from a spigot from the creek. From here we continued up to Chalet du Truc (5642') and then on to Les Contamines-Montjoie (3828'). We stayed at: Hotel La Chemenaz Les Contamines, France Tel. (33) 450 470 244 Links: Https://

1 month ago

Very nice

I recommend this traill for any one looking for existing & challenge..

5 months ago

It was really great experience! We took a lot of food + tent, but it's not necessarily. Because there were many places where you can buy food or rent a tent for a night. Really best route)

7 months ago

A classic to be done by everyone who loves the mountains and culture. 11 days is a good time limit. memories for a lifetime. lots of people and friends to make along the way. the variants are often the best parts of the Tour.

10 months ago

perfect views awesome

10 months ago

Really nice hike. I would recommend taking 12 days for relaxed hiking and one spare day. No need to pack a lot of food as there are many possibilities to buy food along the way. A lot of elevation sets this trail apart from other hikes in Europe (unsurprisingly, it's in the alps). It's exhausting but worth the effort. Beautiful alpine scenery, some snow and cozy refuges. Great hike!

10 months ago

As good as it gets. Amazing views everywhere you look. Would do again in a heartbeat.

10 months ago

The food, the views, the people and the culture made this trip one I would do every year if I could. I highly recommend doing it anti-clockwise, and if you have the gear, camp it instead of staying in refuges. Camping offers you more privacy, better sleep and a more flexible schedule. If you do camp, map out the official campgrounds to stay at, especially in Italy.

10 months ago

Amazing experience. I highly recommend it! I didn’t want to come home after completing the hike.

11 months ago

This was an amazing hike! The views every day were fabulous. Our Trek was an REI Adventure. We had two guides and a driver. Our support team took care of all the logistics so all we had to do was enjoy the hike. We hiked 8 to 10 miles a day. Elevation gain was in the 2500 to 3000 ft range each day with one 4000 ft day. The climbs were very steep at times so be sure to be in shape if you plan to try this trek! It is an adventure of a lifetime!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Having this map downloaded saved me on day three of my hike. I was going over Col de la Seigne alone and in very bad weather. It was the beginning of June so the trail at that altitude was still completely obscured by snow. It was pouring rain and there were heavy clouds so visibility was only a few meters. I would pull out my phone and check my location in relation to the trail every five minutes. I safely made it to Refuge Elisabetta and was so grateful for this map!!

Monday, July 09, 2018

Four of us did TMB counterclockwise in July starting from Les Houches. We completed the loop in 10 days/9 refuges (or auberges) without taking any bus/train/cable car. We are in our mid-50s. We each carried a 35-40 cubic liter backpack weighing 20-25 lbs including lunch and water. With proper preparation and conditioning, most people can do this. And one can book all the refuges and make other arrangements by him/herself without needing help from commercial companies.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

If I wasn’t so darn old (71) my knee might not have blown out on the first day. It was gruelling we hiked 2000 meters up hill. Definitely take the gondola to the top and start from there. Took 4 hours out of a 16 hour day hike. It is a beautiful hike so don’t be discouraged by my comments. If your young and “FIT” do it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Friday, May 25, 2018

the best I ever walked

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