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Tour du Mont Blanc Westerly Self Guided Trek

Independent hiking on the TMB

Trek in Brief


6 nights

Suitability & grading:

GRADE 3 DIFFICULT See trek grading for further information.


5 x 3* Hotels and 1 x Mountain Refuges


2 x B&B in Chamonix & Courmayeur, 4 x half board (B&B + 3 course evening meal) whilst on the tour

Bag transfer:

Price depending on group size

Single rooms:

Available on certain nights


Not possible

Dates 2024:

To suit you / No availability

Dates 2025:

To suit you / Available

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This Mont Blanc tour self guided westerly trek starts in Chamonix and takes in half of the classic route via Les Houches, Contamines and Chapieux to Courmayeur. This trekking holiday in the alps is ideal for those wanting to experience the Tour du Mont Blanc self guided in a shorter period of time. The 6 nights itinerary includes 4 days of self guided trekking covering approximately 70k through the French and Italian alps with an additional free day at the end of the week to explore Courmayeur and Chamonix.

suggested intinerary


As we are based in Chamonix please ask if you wish to have a self guided trek briefing to go through any aspect of your trek before you start on your adventure.

If you require a briefing on your day of arrival please specify at the time of booking so we can make sure someone will be available.


3* Hotel, private en-suite rooms, B & B


You commence the Tour Mont Blanc westerly trek from Chamonix taking the cable car to the Planpraz at 2000m, from here take the TMB route to the Col du Brevent, Brevent 2525m and descend along the stunning ridge to Refuge Bel Lachat. From the refuge, make the long and tough descent via Parc Merlet to Les Houches and your hotel accommodation for the night.

Daily stats:

Using the cable car
Distance: 13k | Height gain: +700m | Descent: -1500m


3* Hotel, private en-suite rooms, evening meal & breakfast

Guide notes:

This day often feels one of the toughest on the trek generally because people are not fully acclimatised. The descent can be punishing & is probably the most difficult during the trek due 1500m sustained down hill & at times rocky terrain. Walking poles are recommended to save the knees!


Your day starts with a cable car ride to Bellevue 1802m with stunning views of the Mont Blanc range from high above the westerly end of the Chamonix valley. You then have a choice of routes to Les Contamines via Bionnassay & Chapel or the Col du Tricot & Chalets des Miage.

Daily stats:

Using the cable car
Via Bionnassay: Distance: 15k | Height gain: +100m | Descent: -700m
Via Col du Tricot: Distance: 13k | Height gain: +800m| Descent: -1300m


3* Hotel, private en-suite rooms, evening meal & breakfast

Guide notes:

Day two & you are probably feeling a little tiered from the first day. The terrain is very different today, less rugged & more green as you will be trekking though high altitude pastureland. If you are trekking via the Col du Tricot check out the Blueberry pie at the Chalets des Miage, very memorable & delicious!


A great day ahead awaits you, make your ascent through three cols, Col du Bonhomme, Col de la Croix du Bonhomme & the Col des Fours 2665m. Descending steeply through the wild and remote landscape to Chapieux and the Refuge Nova or Ville des Glaciers and on to the Refuge Mottets.

Daily stats:

Distance: 20k | Height gain: +1500m | Descent: -900m


Dormitory (upgrade possible), evening meal & breakfast

Guide notes:

On paper this looks like one of the longest and toughest days on the trek but don’t worry its very doable. There is a fair amount of height gain but it is integrated with sections of gentle terrain, which make the day more manageable. The key is to start early and allow plenty of time.


If staying at the Refuge Nova you take the bus to Ville des Glaciers and continue on the trail to the Refuge Mottets. The Refuge Mottets is situated in a great position below the Col du Seigne 2516m, although you climb steeply at times you soon find ourselves over the col & across French/Italian border into Italy. You then make a descent into the stunning Val Veny with easy walking through the hanging valleys to Lac Combal. From here you descend La Visaille and take the shuttle bus to Courmayeur.

Daily stats:

Distance: 14k | Height gain: +700m | Descent: -700m (with shuttle bus)

Distance: 24k | Height gain: +1100m | Descent: -1700m (full route)


Accommodation: 3* Hotel, private en-suite rooms, B & B

Guide notes:

One of my favourite days on the Tour du Mont Blanc, the views from the Col du Seigne is second to none! Once you are at the col & if the weather is right rest for a while and take in the far-reaching views in to Italy & Switzerland, just wonderful!


You have the morning in Courmayeur and then return by bus to Chamonix.

Suggested activities: Helbronner cable car or Aiguille du Midi cable car to 3842m.


3* Hotel private en-suite rooms, B & B

Guide notes:

There is so much to do in Courmayeur & Chamonix, download our pdf document to give you insight so you can best organise your time.


Breakfast is included however on the departure day you are free to leave at any time you wish.

Guide notes:

Once you have completed the trek I hope you will agree that the Tour du Mont Blanc is truly an exceptional trek & has a worthy place as of one of the worlds top 10 long distance walks.

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