10 Reasons to Backpack the Tour du Mont Blanc
Welcome to the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), a one-hundred-mile hiking trail around the mountain range of Europe’s tallest peak, Mt Blanc.
1. Greeting hikers from all around the world in French and Italian, including dogs and paragliders
2. Sauntering through endless fields of wildflowers and butterflies like you are in the Sound of Music
3. Enjoying warm home-cooked meals after every few hours of hiking, especially in Courmayeur and Chamonix
4. Abundant accommodation options for people of all ages and capabilities ranging from refuges to camping
5. The traditional route is well-maintained with abundant signage
6. Endless awe-inspiring scenery to enliven your creative spirit
7. Grow your self-confidence step by step, peak by peak
8. Part of the trail and variants have incredibly steep inclines, declines, and drop offs
9. No hiking permits are needed, therefore in the peak summer season, solitude can be limited
10. Contemplate the meaning of existence as you feel tiny amongst towering granite peaks
What are you waiting for? Happy Trails!
PS.. Pack Light! Do not be like this guy…
Here’s our 10 day itinerary from 2023:
Day 1 – Les Houches to Les Contamines via Col du Tricot Variant – 11.5 miles (+1,480m gain, -1,320m loss)
Day 2 – Les Contamines to Les Chapieux – 12 miles (+1,360m gain, -970m loss)
Day 3 – Les Chapieux to Elizabetta to La Sorgente Campground at Val Veni – 12.5 miles (+700m, -760m loss)
Day 4 – Zero day in Courmayeur – 2 miles
Day 5 – Courmayeur to Hotel Lavachey in Val Ferret – 9 miles (+1,000m gain, -400m loss)
Day 6 – Val Ferret to La Fouly – 12.5 miles (+980m gain, -1,410m loss)
Day 7 – La Fouly to Champex Lac – zero day in Champex Lac via bus – 3 miles
Day 8 – Champex Lac to Trient via Fenetre D’Arpette variant – 10 miles (+1,200m, -1,390m loss)
Day 9 – Trient to Tre-le-champ to Argentiere – 12.5 miles (+1,020 gain, -970m loss)
Day 10 and on – Argentiere to Chamonix via bus, many fun zero days
Don’t forget to Leave No Trace, read all regulations for the park you will be in, and check the weather forecast before setting off on your journey. Happy Trails! – Dendrophile Danielle
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