These must-see mountains at the borders of Italy, France and Switzerland are a dream destination for many hikers around the world. This region is home to most alpine 4-thousanders, and this is where the alpinism started more than 200 years ago.
This High Route takes you through the sunny southern offshoots of the Pennine Alps from Monte Rosa through Matterhorn and Grand Combin to Mont Blanc. It features sweeping panoramas of the inaccessible snow-covered peaks of the main Pennine ridge are sure to impress even the seasoned mountain hikers who have seen it all.
Explore the full classic TMB and walk at your own pace with a moderate hiking schedule. On this route you can choose between a standard hut-based accommodation and a hotel-based variant with private rooms. The starting location can be either Chamonix or Courmayeur at your choice.
Tour du Mont Blanc takes you through sun-drenched valleys, past scenic lakes and towering cliffs with gaping gorges between them. An intensive hiking schedule lets you hike the complete classical TMB loop in 8 days, provided that you are comfortable with walking full day and have prior mountain hiking experience.
We rate our hiking trips depending on their difficulty from Level 1 to Level 4 with the Level 4 being the most difficult. Factors that influence the trip ratings include the itinerary profile, hiking schedule, daily cumulative elevation gain and loss, altitude, quality of trails. Consult Trip Ratings for detaild specifications.
Level 1 - Light walks
Level 1 are our lightest walks. You should be comfortable walking 3 – 4 hours with up to 500 m elevation gain and a light backpack of 2 – 3 kg. Families with small children can join Level 1 hikes.
Level 2 - Easy hiking
You should be comfortable hiking 7 - 10 km or up to 5 hours a day on well-maintained trails with 300 to 700 m cumulative elevation gain. You will carry a 7 – 10 kg backpack in hut-to-hut Level 2 trips or a light backpack with day pack in village-based Level 2 hikes and day hikes.
Level 3 - Moderate hiking
You should be comfortable hiking 10 – 15 km or 6 to 7 hours on mostly well-maintained trails with up to 1000 m cumulative elevation gain. You will carry a 7 – 10 kg backpack in hut-to-hut Level 3 trips or a light backpack with only day pack in village-based Level 3 hikes and day hikes.
Level 4 - Challenging treks
Level 4 trips are hut-to-hut itineraries for fit and experienced hikers. You should be prepared for long day crossings between huts, continuous and steep ascents of around 1000 m, rugged trails or lightly maintained trails.
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