Tour du Mont Blanc in pictures: a stunning trek to the highest peak in the Alps
The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the best trekking routes in the world.
By Group Reporter
Tuesday, 21st May 2019, 4:51 pm
It follows a well defined path, through some breathtaking scenery, and is a real adventure for all who walk it. Ever present is the majestic summit of Mont Blanc which, at 4810m, is the highest peak in the Alps. Traversing three different countries, the character of the walking changes constantly. Taken from The Tour du Mont Blanc: an interactive guide. Available as a book for iPad and a Kindle Book; published by World Adventure Guides.
If you only ever walk one long distance footpath in the Alps, this is the trip for you.
Covering a distance of 170km, the route circles the Mont Blanc massif passing through France, Italy and Switzerland. Taking about 10 days, and crossing 5 major passes, the route takes in some of the worlds most iconic scenery.
There are no hard and fast rules, but it is a summer route and the huts are closed out with these times. Generally, the summer Alpine walking season starts around mid June and finishes mid-late September.
In this most historic place for mountaineers, everywhere is dominated by amazing mountains on both sides and, right at the end of the valley, towering over everything else, Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the European Alps.
A superb introduction to the TMB offering the some fantastic and varied views including beautiful forests, high and wild passes, tumbling glaciers and some well placed cafe stops.
A day crossing from France into Italy via Col de la Seigne (2516m) followed by a relatively easy day traversing on a ridge with imposing views of the Mont Blanc Massif. Day 4 finishes in the beautiful Italian town of Courmayeur.
Courmayeur is a charming old town with narrow streets, old stone churches and an attractive centre. The streets come alive in the evenings as the Italians take their 'passegiata' along Via Roma while hikers enjoy a drink.
Day 5 is one of the most spectacular days of the TMB with unrivalled and varied scenery; followed by a day of great contrasts. From the rugged Val Ferret, crossing the Grand Col, then into the lush countryside of Swiss Val Ferret.
Day 7s walk is through the peaceful pastures and old villages of the Swiss Val Ferret to Champex; followed by a steady climb the next day through the forest to gain a vantage point above Martigny with views up the Rhne Valley.
On day 9 you cross back into France and are rewarded with a view of the Mont Blanc summit. As you descend you are enveloped by the Chamonix Giants on both sides. Day 10, high above Chamonix, can only be described as spectacular.
Another stunning day on the Grand Balcon Sud, as you get closer to the main summit of Mont Blanc. A varied day with a mixture of developed landscape by the ski industry to quieter sections which have a very remote feeling to them.
We leave you with an atmospheric, early morning view of the Aiguille du Midi, etched against a cloudless sky. We cant guarantee that it will always be like this but it is certainly one of the most iconic treks in the world.