The Tour du Mont Blanc
Reaching a cumulative 10,000m of descent and ascent, the Tour de Mont Blanc’s 170 km hike is a trekker’s dream with plenty of hotels and mountain huts along the way for taking in the landscape to its fullest with very little gear. Set out in Chamonix, France for an 11-day hike towards Les Houches to photo chamois, deer, and eagles during the excursion. Continue ascending to Les Contamines and take in the mountain resort vibe and renowned cuisine. Hike onward to Les Chapieux, a small hamlet on the Tour inhabited by shepherds and their flocks. Refuge Elisabetta is next on the route providing a comfortable overnight stay for walkers.
Trek to the resort of Courmayeur and take a ride on the SkyWay Monte Bianco cable car and peer at peaks of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. Spend some time at La Vachey, the seasonal inn and restaurant, before hiking to La Fouly to scale winding trails of its mountain peaks. Walk to Champex and take in the culture of the Swiss village and activities like boating and restaurant-hopping. Hike to Trient and take a detour to explore Trent Glacier before continuing your excursion in Tre le Champ, down on the valley floor and walk along the crystal stream. Returning to Chamonix, be sure to take a ride on the city’s world-class cable car and get a bird’s eye view of the Mont Blanc massif.
You can hike alone, or benefit from a mountain guides’ experience and several guide companies are available when you arrive in Chamonix. The most direct way to get there is by flying into Geneva Cointrin International Airport in Geneva, Switzerland via Air Canada, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, and other popular Airlines. Once there, you can take an airport transport to Chamonix or hire a car. Another option is to take the Eurostar or TGV train from Paris or Lyon and connect on local train onto Saint Gervais Les Bains where you can pick up the Mont Blanc Express Train into Chamonix. You can take flights from any part of the World be it USA, Canada or Asia to France, Italy or Switzerland to experience the most popular long-distance walks in Europe.