Route of the Tour

Most trekkers complete the Tour du Mont Blanc in eleven days. Some do it in fewer days, while others take their time with the trip. This guide details a clockwise route around the Mont Blanc. Some hikers do follow an anticlockwise route, but it all depends on your choice.

distance - Route of the Tour

Salamander Adventures will take you in a clockwise direction, which we believe exposes you to many impressive, memorable sights along this route of the Tour du Mont Blanc. 

Day One: Arrival at Geneva Airport 

Geneva Airport is highly accessible from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, and Europe. By rail, it’s reachable from the UK and the rest of Europe. Then get to Chaimonix from Geneva Airport by road or rail. From the UK, a direct train to Chaimonix is available. 

Day Two: Chamonix to Argentiere

Glide the route over Chamonix’s golf course to La Flégère on a tram. From there, head for the Lac Blanc (2,352m) via the highway route, which promises spectacular views of Mont Blanc and its glaciers. The trails to Argentiere offer other remarkable sights—the Lacs des Cheserys and its slender salamanders and the beautiful mountain path, Grand Balcon Sud.

Day Three: Argentiere to La Forclaz

From the French village of Argentiere, ascend along the immense Trient Glacier through the Col de Balme (2191m) and witness the Mont Blanc Massif in its full glory. From there, move on to La Forclaz, a quaint commune in south-eastern France.

Day Four: La Forclaz to Champex

From La Forclaz, exit France via the old smugglers route and into the beautiful village of Trient, popular for its auberges. Then follow the pleasant route over Alp Bovine—and relish bird’s eye views of the Bernese Alps, the Rhone Valley, and the Rocky Dents du Midi—to Champex (1486m) and its lakeside hotels.

Day Five: Champex to La Fouly

Leaving the lakeside village and its majestic perspectives of the Grand Combin, ascend in the midst of farms and forests in the Val Ferret, through valleys and waterfalls, and into La Fouly (1600m)—an attractive chalets village in Switzerland.

Day Six: La Fouly to Lavachey

After resting, wake up to the regal sight of the glaciated Alpine peak of Mont-Dolent, which overlooks the chalet’s village. It marries Switzerland with both France and Italy. Then, ascend from the Swiss canton of Valais onto the Grand Co Ferret (2532m)—this landscape ties Italy and Switzerland together.

Lavachey is the heart of Co Ferret.

Day Seven: Lavachey to Courmayeur

Navigate the stretch of the Val Ferret, along swishing waters and with the heavenly views of the Brenva Glacier and the Grandes Jorasses at your disposal, into the Italian town of Courmayeur (1,224m). Relax and enjoy rich Italian cuisine and the elegant 4-star hotels. Nearby is the village of La Palud and its cable car station.

Day Eight: Courmayeur to Chapieux

From Courmayeur, head to Cantine de la Visaille at the foot of the Miage glacier in the Italian Val Veny. Take the Arp Vieille bridge and the Combal plateau’ marshy meadow, and ascend to the Elisabetta Soldini refuge (2,195m) via sharp bends.

Cross the Col de la Signe (2,516) and into France once again—enjoy the views of Mont Blanc’s southern facets while at it. Then descend through Ville-des-Glaciers and into the valley hamlet of Chapieux (1,549m).

Day Nine: Chapieux to Contamines

Climb about 900m to the Croix du Col du Bonhomme refuge (2,433m) via an old Roman road past beautiful waterfalls.  While at it, enjoy the sights of Tarentaise and Beaufortain and their green valleys and white mountains. Then descend 1,200m into Notre-de-La-Gorge. Explore the 15th century ornate chapel there, in the Contamines-Montjoie Valley.

Day Ten: Contamines to Les Houche 

Descend gently on the Val Montjoie to Col de Tricot whose slopes are blossoming with alpenroses. Ascend through the Bionassay Glacier and its rolling icefalls to Bellevue. Then from there, descend into the picturesque Les Houche in Chamonix valley via cable and enjoy the comfort of a spa hotel in the town.

Day Eleven: Chamonix Valley to Geneva Airport

This concludes your route for the Tour du Mont Blanc. The next thing is to board a flight home from Geneva Airport.

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