France - Tour of Mont Blanc North- Self-guided - 6 Hiking days

France - Tour of Mont Blanc North- Self-guided - 6 Hiking days

Self-guided trekking tour around the Mont Blanc (Northern part)


The Tour du Mont Blanc is undoubtedly the most renowned walking trail in the Alps that runs 180km (112 miles) around the Mont Blanc, starting and finishing in Les Houches near Chamonix. This is the highest peak of Europe rising at 4807 m and a must do for all mountain hikers. 

This famous and mythical Alpine trek takes place in surroundings of outstanding beauty close to the glaciers and offers a real adventure for trekking lovers in 3 countries : France, Italy and Switzerland. 

You are likely to see marmots, ibex and other wild life and be delighted by the fairy-tale like hamlets. 

Our local expert is located in Savoy was a pioneer in the so called TMB as a self-guided tour nearly 20 years ago. 

Formerly only experienced hikers could venture into this mountain.

Pedibus proposes to medium walkers a 6 hiking day Tour du Mont Blanc which starts in Courmayer and ends in Chamonix.

This self-guided trail starts in front of Brenva Mont Blanc slope, towering over the Italian Val Ferret. The circle around the Mont Blanc leads you to the peaceful Swiss Val Ferret and finally ends at the Red Needles and the Chamonix Valley. Your luggage is transferred from stage to stage which gives the opportunity to discover the most interesting variants.


Day 1

Day 01 : Meeting point at the train station of Chamonix at 4 :30 pm sharp. The taxi takes you through the Tunnel into Italy and the quiet Val d’Aoste. Night in Monte Bianco Hut, far from the crowded Chamonix. This hut offers fantastic views on the prestigious mythical tracks of the Mont Blanc such as the Aretes du Brouillard (Fog ridges) the Innominata and the Peuterey.

Day 2

After visiting Notre Dame de la Guérison chapel (Our Lady of recovery), you walk down to Courmayer (which can also be linked by bus) to enjoy a Cappuccino. If the weather is hot, the tough ascent through the scarce larch trees will be rewarded at the Pré de Saxe point (2000 m) by a breathtaking view over the Grandes Jorasses and the “Giant Teeth”. A short nap is ideal here before starting the descent to the Italian Val Ferret and Lavachey where you stay for the night. Elevation gain : +880m/-880 m Length : 17km Walking time : 5h45

Day 3

Today the hike starts in the peaceful Italian Val Ferret up to the Glacier of Pré du Bar, that figures in a number of geography books. It is high time to face the tough ascent leading to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m), the door to Switzerland. You are in front of the symbolic Mont Dolent where the 3 Italian, French and Swiss borders converge. Night in La Fouly (1600 m). Elevation gain : +920/-860 Length : 17 km Walking time : 6h

Day 4

This long gentle stage is an immersion in the mild Swiss Valais.You walk down the Swiss Val Ferret through the charming villages of La Fouly, Praz de Fort, les Arlaches and Issert. The traditional architecture is well preserved and the way is dotted with houses, barns and wooden attics on stilts called “raccard”. Walk through the forest and this maintained landscape up to the climatic station of Champex (1473m). Walk along the lake,take a nap and then reach the Val d’Arpette to spend the night. Elevation gain : +630/-700m Length : 19 km Walking time : 5h15

Day 5

A slight descent before the ascent which starts gently and ends steeper towards the Alpages de Bovine (1987m). This is a balcony above the Rhone Valley offering wide open spaces and horizons over Martigny, the Valais and the Dents Blanches (White Teeth). The ascent ends in Collet Portalo (2049m) before the descent through a forest of larch trees.Enjoy the night at the Col de la Forclaz (1526m) Elevation gain : +760/-860m Length : 13 km Walking time : 4h45

Day 6

After walking alongside the Bisse de Trient (canal dug into the rock), you climb up the path leading to the Bergeries des Grands (Sheep fold) (2113 m) above the Glacier du Trient. Follow the footpath balcony to the Col de Balme (2191m) where you are back in France and the Chamonix Valley. Here is the Mont Blanc side. Enjoy the splendid views on the Glacier du Tour and the Aiguille Verte (Green Needle). Night at the foot of the glacier in Tour. Elevation gain : +900/-1050m Length : 17 km Walking time : 6h15

Day 7

Climb up the ladders of the Argentière Aiguillette and reach the Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges (the Red Needles Balcony). Later on, appreciate an ultimate nap on the shores of one of the Lakes of Cheresy (2133 m). End your hiking trip in a magnificent environment, in front of the Green Needle and the Drus. The arrival is scheduled around 6:00 pm at the station of Chamonix where you can pick up your baggage. Elevation gain : +830/-1160m Length : 15 km Walking time : 6h15

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Self guided WALKING
Duration :
7 Days
From :
680 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

Hut accommodation - Half Board

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.

English speaking email or phone assistance




Starts in : Chamonix-Les Houches

Ends in :Chamonix-Les HOuches

Access :  train station. or airport (Geneva)



Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65



Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more,combine with another tour


See also :

The complete tour of Mont Blanc

Other hikes in the Alps





French pioneer in self-guided TMB

6 hilking days for medium hikers!

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