TOUR DU MONT BLANC
A hiking classic, nearly already a MTB classic!
A hut-to-hut, multi-day adventure through three countries, around his majesty the Mont Blanc.
Start every morning from a traditional rifugio high up in the mountains, surrounded by astonished hikers and end your day with a delicious hot meal, drinks local folklore and tales before getting a bit of rest for another day of epic riding.
Distance: around 180km (115 miles)
Gain: around 8101m (26578 ft)
Drop: around 8086m (26528 ft)
Duration: from 3 to 5 days back to back
Minimum number of riders to cover the costs: 4 people
The Tour du Mont Blanc (#TMB) is a journey around the highest mountain of the Alps.
Riding it the clockwise way allows to reduce the hike-a-bike sections to the minimum (still around 2 to 3 hours during the 4 to 5 days of its duration).
It is a physically demanding trip that requires really good training conditions, high skill level and a good deal of effort.
FITNESS: Level 4 required
SKILLS: Level 3 to Level 4 required
Great is the variety of terrains you’ll find on the TMB. From tarmac to fire roads, from loose single tracks to steep flowy sections, every day has a descent to remember and the views…man, the views!
The stops during the tour are mountain huts, hostels or hotels, depending on what is your preference. Mostly simple, comfortable places, geared up with plenty if facilities to make a stay quite memorable even if set in the middle of big mountains. The food quality is almost always pretty high...maybe not always italian-high but close HA!
The Mont blanc will always be in sight a part from the 4th day (on a 5-day trip)
Specific route’s details
Here are the main towns and places we’ll go through:
Courmayeur-Val Veny-Colle de la Seigne-Les Chapieux-Cormet du Roselend-Col de Sur Frètes-Col de la Gitte-Col du Joly-Contamines-Col de Voza-Chamonix-Tour-Col de Balme - Trient-Colle de la Forclaz-Champex- Swisse Val Ferret -Col Ferret-Rif. Bonatti-Rif. Bertone-Planpincieux-Courmayeur.
Here is how the days will most likely be organised:
Day 1: Courmayeur - Elisabetta hut
Day 2: Elisabetta hut - Col de la Croix du Bonhomme
Day 3: Col de la Croix du Bonhomme - Chamonix
Day 4: Chamonix - La Fouly
Day 5: La Fouly - Courmayeur
Courmayeur (all details will be given during the booking process)
How to get here
You can check how to get to Aosta Valley here or have a look at “Everything you need for riding in Italy”
What to carry with you
We’ll need to be self supported for about 5 days, ready for any weather conditions (even some snow flakes maybe) and able to stay warm and comfortable in the evening after a shower in the hut.
We’ll have showers every day but not always towels.
We’ll have a support car at the end of the 3rd day of riding. A bag with some changes of clothes and spares will be necessary for you to have it at the end of the 3rd day of riding.
Don’t forget to get spare parts that are specific to your bike. Anything can happen in the mountains.
We suggest having a bike in the best conditions possible and a pair of biking shoes capable of walking for a while!
FURTHER INFOS AND A "SUGGESTED ITEMS" LIST WILL BE PROVIDED (if requested) ONCE THE BOOKING WILL BE SET.
For a minimum of 4 people the price will be 800€ per person (VAT not included), which includes:
professional guide for 5 days
4 half-board stays in huts/hostels
support vehicle on the 3rd day of the journey
Not included in the price
Everything not included in the “Price” section, such as: half-day lunches and restaurants/bars/pocket lunch, lifts or trains or transfers of any kind, optional rescue insurance, etc.
it is possible to request the booking of the night before and after the start of the #TMB
in case small injuries happened, the transfer to the following stop by car is free of charge. Other transfers will be charged 20€ per person
the plan might change depending on sudden problems/weather conditions/etc. and will be decided by the guide. Further expenses will, then, be charged to the participants
in case those two were not matching your needs, feel free to request the dates that best suit your group’s timing
for logistical reasons, bookings will be accepted until 30 days before the starting day of the #TMB
Armed with a job from Yeti Cycles to shoot its new SB130 in its natural habitat (that’s big mountains and fast trails, by the way) we re-visited the TMB with reinvigorated curiosity!
Brilliant photos, words and memories!
Photos and words: Dan Milner Riders: Nate Hills, Francesco Gozio