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Le Tour du Mont Blanc

Which way around..........

The circular route of the Tour Du Mont Blanc is normally walked in an anti-clockwise direction and takes between 7 and 10 days to complete. The route also features in an annual marathon, where the winner often completes the entire trek in less than 24 hours.

There are several starting points for this challenging trek:

  • Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley, France
  • Les Contamines in the Montjoie Valley, France
  • Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley, Italy
  • Champex in Switzerland or
  • Martigny in Switzerland.

The official route has been altered many times, and variations of the route still exist which require greater levels of physical fitness or skill. Between the summit of Brevent and the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme the path crosses with the long distance footpath GR5 at an intersection between the Mediterranean and the North Seas. 

For those who are interested in the facts and figures of the trail, the highest points are the Col des Fours in France and the Fenetre d’Arpette in Switzerland, both having an altitude of 2665 m. Fortunately, this is not normally high enough to cause altitude sickness, but the trail is still a challenging proposition for many trekkers. If you have never done any mountain walking, then ideally you need to build some experience before taking on this particular challenge. 
The local weather is changeable and can deteriorate very rapidly, so be prepared for the changing conditions. 

If you require a guide we recommend Mont Blanc treks. The independent trekking company based in Chamonix specialise in hikes throughout the Alps and offer regular treks during the summer months. Packages including accommodation and food are available at hard to beat prices! 

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myra doyle