Tour du Mont Blanc – Self Guided


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    Self-guided trek HIGHLIGHTS

    Self-guided trek in hotels

    • The independence of a self-guided trek
    • 165km on foot with a built-in rest day
    • Dramatic mountain views, pretty hamlets, Alpine flowers
    • Family-run hotels
    • Main luggage available for 6 out of 10 nights

    Group size: minimum 2 people

    Our self-guided TMB offers the same level of accommodation as the guided trek, but you can enjoy the independence of trekking alone. You spend 9 nights in hotels and 1 night at an auberge and most nights you will have an en-suite bathroom.Trekking in a clockwise direction you cross 5 major passes, cover around 165km and trek at your own pace. Most dinners are included and you can find lunch at the mountain refuges or take a picnic.This trip has a built-in rest day in La Palud (Courmayeur) and you can extend your stay in Chamonix if you want to do some more walking.


    1. Arrive at our hotel in the Chamonix Valley. Hotel
    2. Trek Chamonix to Lac Blanc (2352m) and on to Argentiere. Hotel
    3. Trek from Argentiere, over the Col de Balme (2191m) and on to La Forclaz. Hotel
    4. Trek to Champex (1486m) along the Bovine route. Hotel
    5. Trek to Champex to La Fouly (1600m). Hotel
    6. Trek La Fouly to La Palud (Courmayeur) via the Grand Col Ferret (2532m). Hotel
    7. Rest day in La Palud (Courmayeur). Hotel
    8. Trek to Chapieux via Col de la Seigne (2516m). Auberge
    9. Trek to Les Contamines (1167m) via the Col du Bonhomme (2479m). Hotel
    10. Trek Les Contamines to Les Houches and back into the Chamonix Valley. Hotel
    11. Trip ends.

    Climbs and descents: 6670m ascent / 7150m descent

    Approximate distance: 165km


    • Twin-share accommodation in hotels for 9 nights, one night in an auberge
    • 6 dinners
    • Main luggage available 6 out of 10 nights
    • Geneva transfers not included
    • Route Notes provided

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    Geneva Airport can be reached from 17 airports in the UK and Ireland and is only one hour from the Chamonix Valley. It is well-connected with the USA, Canada and Australasia. Both Chamonix and Geneva Airport can be reached by train from the UK. You can also drive to Chamonix in approximately 10 hours from Calais. Please do not book non-refundable travel before we guarantee your departure.


    You can easily extend your stay in Chamonix at one of our hotels or guest houses. Please ask us for details.


    Step 1 – Choose Your Tour

    Select your tour and check availability, either by phoning us or sending an on-line enquiry.

    Step 2 – Complete a Booking Form

    Complete an on-line booking form and pay a deposit of £100 or 10% of the tour, whichever is the greater.

    Step 3 – How to Pay

    Payments are in British Pounds (GBP). You can pay by bank transfer, credit or debit card or with a Sterling cheque. Cheques should be made out to Salamander Treks Ltd.

    If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please let us know and we will send you the account details by e-mail.

    If you wish to pay by credit card or debit card we can accept GBP, USD, CAD, NZD, AUD, EUR only.

    Please indicate how you wish to pay on the booking form.

    Please note that your money is safe when you book with us. All monies are deposited and held in trust by the trustees of the Travel Trust Association (TTA). Only when your tour has finished do we receive your money.

    Step 4 – Email Confirmation

    Once the payment has been received we will send you an e-mail confirmation.

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    The hotels offer meals for vegetarian diets. Not all of the hotels cater to other diets, such as vegan and gluten-free, and so we are regretfully not able to offer this.


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