28thJune – 10thJuly 2020 (10 days walking plus one rest day)
The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the most scenic and well-known long-distance treks in the world. Circling the Mont Blanc massif, the walk covers around 170 kilometres. It’s not technically difficult, but on average we’ll be walking around 10-16 km per day with 1000m of ascent and descent. To make sure it’s not too much of a shock to the system, we’ve scheduled a rest day in Courmayeur on Day 5.
Organising something like this is a logistical nightmare, so we’ve chosen Cloud 9 Adventure to book the accommodation for us. We’ll be doing the route in the standard anti-clockwise direction and staying in basic accommodation with breakfast included every day and evening meals on most days. We’ve also opted for luggage delivery (apart from two days where it’s not possible to deliver to the huts). You can click here for Peter Grants Tour du Mont Blanc spreadsheet for more details of the itinerary, distances, height gain/loss and accommodation etc.
The cost of the trip is €975 per person based on 15-20 people (the price may increase slightly if there are less than 15). Because this is a popular route and we are a reasonably large group you will need to commit to the trip very soon. On booking a 30% non-refundable deposit is payable. This will probably in September/October but we will confirm this soon.
This price includes:
- All accommodation
- All evening meals apart from in Les Houches & Courmayeur (it’s B&B accommodation here- but plenty of places to get evening meals)
- All breakfasts
- Daily luggage delivery (apart from at the Bonatti hut and the Flegere hut because they can’t get to these huts – we will clarify what happens instead)
- Detailed notes with recommendations not found in the guide book – lunch stops, water stops, route variations, bad weather suggestions, transport suggestions
- Office support from Cloud 9’s Chamonix team
- Airport transfers
- Evening meals in Les Houches and Courmayeur
- Additional buses, trains or taxis
- Cable cars
- Additional expenses if someone cannot complete the itinerary
- Maps & guide book
- Travel insurance
If camping is more your thing then this is also an option and you wouldn’t need to commit to the trip until much later. Campsites can’t be pre-booked and unfortunately luggage transfers to campsites can’t be arranged so you will need to carry all your own stuff (tent, stove, clothing etc).
Cloud 9 has tried to choose accommodation near to campsites so hopefully there will be opportunities for the hut group and the camping group to walk together and socialise in the evenings. You can often eat in the huts/refuges even if you aren’t staying there.
There are a couple of nights where there are no campsites on the route and wild camping is illegal. You could descend to one of the campsites in the valley, or if you can commit to the trip early enough, we may be able to book you into the hut for those nights.
You’ll need to arrange your own transport to and from the start/finish of the trip, however we’ll be circulating emails to each other and people will no doubt group together to organise this.
If you want to go on the trip, or if you have any questions, please contact Karen Cleverly as soon possible. We’ll send all the questions off to Cloud 9 in one go and circulate the responses.