If you look at a map of the area, the Mont Blanc range forms a compact mass of complex mountain structures, passable via a circular route making use of its surrounding valleys and relatively low level cols or mountain passes.
Traditionally, the Tour du Mont Blanc starts and finishes in the Chamonix Valley and moves anti-clockwise through France, Italy and Switzerland and returns in to the Chamonix valley for the last few days of the trek.
Over time, all manner of variants have been included. For example, Col de Tricot from Les Houches to Contamines or Fenetre d'Arpette from Champex-Lac to Trient. Often these variants make the Tour du Mont Blanc more challenging with more height gain and descent and tougher terrain.
The Tour du Mont Blanc full circuit is often undertaken in reverse and can seem very different when done in the opposite direction.
The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most popular long distance treks in Europe. The Tour du Mont Blanc full circuit is a spectacular multi-day trekking experience.
Approximately 170 kilometres in length with an accumulation of 9,500m of height gain. The Tour du Mont Blanc full circuit starts and finishes in the Chamonix valley the route circumnavigates the ‘Mont Blanc Massif’ taking in some of the most spectacular alpine scenery through France, Italy & Switzerland.
The Tour Mont Blanc easterly trek starts in Courmayeur and takes in half of the classic route anti-clockwise to Chamonix. It is a 6 day trek that covers approximately 100 kilometers through the Italian, Swiss and French alps. This walking holiday in the alps is ideal for those wanting to experience the Tour du Mont Blanc in a shorter period of time.
The Tour du Mont Blanc westerly route starts in Chamonix and takes in half of the classic Tour du Mont Blanc route anti-clockwise to Courmayeur. The route covers approximately 70 kilometers through the French and Italian alps. This trekking holiday in the alps is ideal for those wanting to experience the Tour du Mont Blanc in a shorter period of time.