The Tour of Mont Blanc - TMB Chamonix
Some info about the Mont Blanc massif...
Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe. The massif is roughly 60km (37 miles) (N-S) by 20km (12 miles) (W-E) and its circumnavigation, the famous Tour du Mont Blanc, covers some 160km (100 miles). Walk around the massif in 6-10 days, passing through France, Italy and Switzerland.
The walking tour of Mont Blanc can be completely self-sufficient: you carry all your own food and camping gear. Alternatively the TMB can be done using hotels and mountain huts with vehicle support. That way you can really enjoy the scenery, take lots of photos and walk each day with just a light pack.
Get out the map and have a look at some Itinerary examples.
When to go and what to see on the Tour of Mont Blanc...
In general, Mont Blanc mountain huts are open from mid-June until the first or second week in September. It is advisable to reserve a bed, particularly in the high season of mid July to mid August.
Early in the season is the quietest and most beautiful but beware of old snow on the higher paths which could be icy and dangerous and would make an ice-axe essential.
Have a look at the Chamonix.net nature, faune and flora page for more information on wildlife you might encounter on the Tour of Mont Blanc.
Chamois, deer, eagles and a range of beautiful alpine flowers can all be seen and photographed.
Lightweight boots and shorts are sufficient as long as there are warm clothes in your backpack.
Waterproofs are essential and trekking poles useful.
Don't forget sunglasses and skin and lip protection. Always carry drinking water and check the Chamonix weather forecast.
Maps for the Tour of Mont Blanc:
- French IGN Top 25 3630OT
- French IGN Top 25 3531ET
Enjoy the Tour of Mont Blanc!