5 Insider Tips for Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc

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Jessica Peterson

Visiting an amazing location like the glorious Mont Blanc in the alps will be an experience to remember fondly for the rest of your life. Trekking around this spectacular peak is not only fun, but it is physically and spiritually rewarding! There are, however, a few tips and tricks to making it safe, enjoyable, and worth every penny!

Taking any type of tour, whether it be of a city, a factory, or an awe-inspiring mountain in France, Italy, and Switzerland, will have its fair share of ups and downs. If you’re are properly prepared for what may lie ahead of you, then you will take this amazing tour in strides! Literally.

I’ve gone ahead and put together five tips for hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc just for you! So, whether you’re an experienced hiker, a first time mountaineer, having a little bit of insightful knowledge about your holiday will make it go much smoother. Making it easy for you to make the most out of this exciting European adventure. Here are five insider tips for hiking the unbelievably gorgeous Tour du Mont Blanc!

Booking the Right Tour

Just like buying a car, you’re not going to just pick the first agency, or guided tour that you come across. You should look into what will fit best with you as a person. That means focusing on your budget, your skill level, the length of your journey, and how much you would like to learn as you make your journey through the Alps!

There are some tours that are simply there for safety and guiding you through the trails. These types of tours are convenient if you don’t want to be bothered. But if you find the right booking company, or agency, then you can find a fun loving adventure company to take you on your Tour de Mont Blanc! They are the bright stars in the tour guide world where you learn from a friendly, personable, professional human being.

Booking the right tour for you may also include some amazing perks you may not have thought about! Here are a few things that you can have included in your payment if you schedule your tour with a high-quality company:

  • All accommodations – Chalets, hotels, etc.
  • Meals Included – Ask the booking company for a detailed meal plan. Also notify them if you have any allergies, or food restrictions.
  • Transfers – All transfers and cable car ticket prices involved in the itinerary are included in the initial cost.
  • Baggage Transfers – Your bags will be taken via vehicle from one night’s resting spot to the next, so you can travel lightly.
  • Expert Guide – Your guide will be a professional tour guide, filled to the brim with knowledge about the trek!
  • So much more! Check with your booking agency to see what all is included.

If you settle for anything less than what you see as an all-inclusive package here, then you’re not getting the most out of your money! You may be able to save a LOT of money on all-inclusive tours. You’ve already gotten used to traveling for free with airlines miles, now it’s time to learn how to get the best deals with booking companies!  Find the right tour before you even set foot in the Alps and you’ll be on the right track to have a memorable trekking holiday.

Rules and Regulations

When it comes to traveling abroad, you need to be at least a little familiar with the rules, regulations, and laws of the area where you will be traveling. Considering this particular hike will take you into three different countries over a period of twelve days, acquainting yourself with what is expected as acceptable behavior. This also includes taking care of things like travel insurance for any of your belongings.

You may be able to get around spending a few extra dollars on your plane ticket by using points to book your flight, but you can’t cut corners when it comes to the laws of a foreign country! Be certain you know if you’ll be needing a visa to enter the different countries on your hike. France, Italy, and Switzerland are all a part of the Schengen Area. Depending upon your country of origin, you may need a visa before setting off on your holiday!

Familiarize Yourself with the Route

Not knowing where you will be going is a big mistake. Get to know exactly where your tour will take you, what altitudes you’ll be near, where you’ll be staying, and how long you’ll be walking each day. This will not only allow you to mentally prepare, but physically prepare as well!

There should be some physical prep time for your body, as well as making packing lists and finding the right hiking gear. Be certain to take practice walks for a few weeks before leading up to the hike. This will allow your body to know its walking limitations before taking this holiday.

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You wouldn’t just jump into a marathon! Find a way to get a decent pair of hiking boots, or hiking shoes, worn in before your trip also. You have to train and check with your doctor to be certain you can fully enjoy this hiking tour!

Here is a quick breakdown of what you can expect on this amazing vacation tour:

  • Day One: meet up with your group of five to twelve people at chalet in Argentiere. This is in the Chamonix Valley and is at an approximate altitude of 1240 m.
  • Day Two: Take a cable car to Bellevue and then walk to the Col de Tricot. Then Descend to Les Contamines.
  • Day Three: Walk along Le Balme to the Col de Bonhomme then on to Les Chapieux. The Col de Bonhomme is approximately 2469 m in altitude.
  • Day Four: Cross the C ol de la Siegne to Val Veni in Italy. At approximately 2513 m, and then spend the night in La Palud near Courmayeur.
  • Day Five: Walk the Monte de la Saxe Ridge then down into La Vachey, and the city of Arnouva. Then bus back in the evening to La Palud.
  • Day Six: Take a bus to Val Ferret and then climb to 2530 m to the Col du Grand Ferret. Descend into Switzerland and to La Fouly.
  • Day Seven: Visit several enchanting Swiss villages as you make your way to Champex.
  • Day Eight: Hike up to the Bovine Trail that is approximately 2040 m in altitude and then descend into Trient.
  • Day Nine: Walk back into France via the Col de Balme, then spend the night in Argentiere.
  • Day Ten: Walk to Lac Blanc, and see some of the most amazing views of the Alps before your final day of hiking tomorrow!
  • Day Eleven: Walk up to Brevent Summit at an altitude of 2525 m! You will then walk down into Les Houches and bus back to Argentiere for your last night.
  • Day Twelve: Airport and go home!

By knowing your route, you can not only familiarize yourself with the physical expectations, but you can also get a good insight into what you will need to pack!   

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Pack Only What You Will Need

Because you’ve found an adventure oriented tour agency that will transfer all of your overnight luggage, you won’t need much in your day pack. Your bags will be taken to the pre-booked accommodations they have found for you, so all you will need is the must-haves! Here are a few essentials everyone should have with them at all times:

  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Band-aids
  • Change of socks
  • Extra layers of clothing

Being prepared doesn’t mean you have to over pack! If you are uncertain about what you may need during your day trips, then check with your tour agency for a packing list beforehand. You can also pack whatever you feel like packing, just remember you’ll be lugging it around all day!

Stay Present

This experience is not only beautiful, but it Is absolutely breath-taking. You will see some of the most amazing views, live and in person. We’re not saying don’t take pictures, because you’ll definitely want to share them with your family. However, I am saying to snap the photo, then be present!

Take a deep breath at Col du Grand Ferret! Does the air smell sweeter in Switzerland, Italy, or France? What does the grass feel like? Can you see all the grains in the rocks? Find the answers to these questions and so much more by simply being present during your holiday!

Tips for Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc Like a Pro!

This once in a lifetime experience is meant to be demanding physically, visually stunning, and you will learn so much from your expert guide! Most importantly, it is going to be so much FUN!

By staying present and feeling the warmth of the sun on your face as you hike, by knowing what to pack, by being familiar with your route, by following all of the rules of the land, and by booking with the absolute best agency, you will have an unforgettable holiday.

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Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island.
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