The magnificent panorama of the Mont Blanc massif from the Grand Balcony

Course - The Tour Mont Blanc

What makes the Tour du Mont Blanc one of the world's classic hikes? It's the mix of awe-inspiring mountain views and the vibrant influence of three distinct European cultures -- French, Swiss and Italian. Hiking nearly 140 km with only a light pack as we circumnavigate the sparkling glaciers of Mont Blanc (4808m), Western Europe's highest peak, we'll cross borders by foot and experience challenging but spectacular hiking in the Alps. From this immense, glacier-clad massif, seven valleys radiate out into France, Italy, and Switzerland.

Alpine Adventure - The Tour Mont Blanc - one day 9.30am - 4.30pm


As we dip into a new valley each day, we savor the changes in language, landscape, architecture, and cuisine. We walk from village to village along high trails into a dream landscape. Our cultural delights range from the lovely medieval city of Courmayeur, Italy to the French resort town of Chamonix and to quaint alpine villages in Switzerland where we'll enjoy delicious and hearty meals including local breads and cheeses. Our lodging includes two nights in alpine refuges and the rest in comfortable hotels and auberges.
The Route of the Tour Mont Blanc
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Course Information

The Tour Mont Blanc Full Day Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Gear Demonstrations.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course: 23 February 2013
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • France: Arrival in Les Houches.
  • History.
  • Les Contamines.
  • Les Chapieux.
  • Refuge des Mottets.
  • Col de la Seigne - the Italian Border.
  • Accommodation.
  • SESSION 2.
  • Italy: from the Italian Border.
  • Refugio Elisabetta.
  • La Palud.
  • Courmayeur.
  • Refugio Elena.
  • Grand Col Ferret – the Swiss Border.
  • Walking Gear.
  • SESSION 3.
  • Swiss Val ferret.
  • Champex.
  • Bovine.
  • Trient.
  • Alternatives - Variantes.
  • Planning.
  • SESSION 4.
  • Col de Balme – French Border.
  • Le Tour.
  • Argentiere.
  • The Grand Balcony.
  • Chamonix.
  • Le Brevent.
  • Food, Drink, Money.
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • 1. Understand the walker's landscape of the Mont Blanc Massif.
  • 2. Know what to take and places to stay on the Tour Mont Blanc.
  • 3. Plan an itinerary for your own journey along the magnificent Tour Mont Blanc.