What to Expect
You will be embarking on an adventure in a place and amongst people whose lives are very different from your own. Many aspects of life in Morocco will seem unusual. Remember that these are often the same aspects that make an area an exotic and attractive destination. No trek is easy, even those rated “easy or moderate”. In addition to the personal physical challenges you may face, travel conditions can present unexpected obstacles, such as rough and bumpy roads and changeable weather. To prepare for this “pack” a flexible and relaxed attitude. Bring a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humor and a willingness to encounter the unexpected, and you will find your trip to Morocco the adventure of a lifetime!
A full valid passport is needed for entry into Morocco with at least 3 months before expiry after the end of your trip.
You can obtain this on arrival.
Our adventures often start and end in a major city nearest to the trailhead. In these towns, for example, Marrakesh, we will be staying in a delightful Riad, which looks simple on the outside but is a small oasis often with a small plunge pool and rooftop garden and restaurant.
Out on the trail, we will use a mix of tents as well as mountain refuges, similar to those found in Europe. These are simple places, with communal bathrooms and dining areas.
Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance is a requirement for all guests travelling on our expeditions. Once you have booked on an expedition we suggest booking your travel insurance as soon as possible to protect your investment. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for any non-recoverable air or land expenses should you have to cancel your trip due to personal or family illness or leave the expedition early due to other reasons. For our Australian guests, our preferred Insurer is Aussie Travel Cover and you can contact our office direct, via phone or email, to obtain an insurance quote from us. For guests travelling with us from outside Australia, please check Travel Insurance options within your Country.
If you should receive an injury 12 months prior to your travel date, you must contact the Insurance Company with details to ensure you are covered for this injury whilst travelling. Should you not do this and require medical assistance for this injury whilst travelling you may not be covered by the insurance company.
In the event that an aircraft evacuation is required, No Roads Expeditions will undertake to arrange the evacuation on the condition that the expenses are reimbursed by the passenger before departing the Country.
Note: Accidents caused by the inappropriate consumption of alcohol or drugs may void your travel insurance.
COVID 19 Insurance Disruption: COVID has affected all of us and it is no different for the travel insurance market. Providers had to deal with an unprecedented amount of claims and as a result, many of them had to undertake procedure changes.
During this process, No Roads has reviewed the insurance policies of different providers to ensure we can offer our guests the best options on the market and you are covered adequately.
We are currently in the process of finalising an alliance with a new provider and will be able to sell domestic and international travel insurance to all of our guests again soon.
Australia has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) with Italy which may cover some of your medical costs in the Italian public health system? Click here for more information.
For all other nationalities please explore insurance providers in your country.
Again, if you’ve any questions, don’t hesitate to ask email@example.com.
Getting There And Away
The No Roads Team is dedicated to ensuring your pre and on-trip experience is as enjoyable as possible. For those that have some extra time on their hands, we offer some interesting Expedition Extensions. These crafted itineraries will give you a more complete picture of your destination and give you an appreciation of the local cultural and natural history. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Port of Arrival
Regardless of where you’re flying from, Geneva International Airport is your destination closest to Chamonix. Depending on the traffic it is approximately an hour from the airport into Chamonix.
No Roads is providing RETURN TRANSFERS from Geneva Airport to Chamonix for you. Alternatively, if you decide to stay in Geneva before your trip, we can arrange your transfer at your preferred transfer date and time from Geneva Airport.
There are no pre-trek meetings scheduled on your arrival day in Chamonix and you are free to arrive any time. Rooms are ready for check-in after 2 pm.
Note: Please advise our team accordingly if your arrival time might be before 2 pm or after 7 pm and we will provide you with adequate instructions.
Luggage storage facilities are available at your accommodation in case your arrival might be before the room check-in time.
If you decide to stay in Geneva for a day or two prior to your pick-up, here is a bit of information that you may find helpful. The airport is located nearly 4 km from Geneva city center. It is easily reachable by train or by bus using the united network of public transport Unireso. It takes only 6 minutes from/to Geneva city center by train (every 12 minutes at rush hour). The airport railway station has direct access to the airport Check-in and Arrival levels. All trains stop at Geneva-Cornavin station (city center).
You can pick up a free ticket for public transport from the machine in the baggage collection area at the Arrival level. This Unireso ticket, offered by Geneva International Airport, allows you to use public transport in Geneva free for a period of 80 minutes If you are staying at a hotel, the establishment will offer you the “Geneva Transport Card” that allows you to use public transport in Geneva free of charge during your stay.
Taxi Fares between airport and city range from about CHF 30.00 to CHF 35.00 and depend on traffic conditions, time of day, and the number of passengers. Presently, the fare within Geneva, including the airport, is the amount shown on the taximeter. The driver will request a small extra charge for luggage.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix) is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and it hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924.
Its premium location on the north side of Mont Blanc which towers to 4,810 m (15,781 ft), makes it the perfect base to explore its surrounding peaks and valleys during summer and winter. One can wander or ski the mountains during the day, brunch in the highest restaurant in Europe on Aiguille du Midi (3842 m), explore the vast cable car network, or shake off all limits paragliding straight into Chamonix which awaits with a vast range of accommodation and a great variety of local and international food. Please note our list of restaurant recommendations on things to do at the end of the pre-departure information
Tour Du Mont Blanc
The Tour de Mont Blanc follows some ancient paths which have been used for many centuries. Formerly used as a trade route one will be walking in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and Celtic tribes. The paths of the tour itself were used by Shepherds to move herds between the valleys and for trade between the populations scattered through the valleys of the region.
In 1767 inquisitive Horace Benedict de Saussure firstly completed the Tour De Mont Blanc as we know it now before he claimed the third ascent of Mont Blanc itself.
This changed the cultural attitudes towards the mountains which have been viewed with fear and trepidation. Believed to be home to demons and evil spirits who’d interfere with a traveler’s journey, dangerous places full of the uncontrollable forces of nature.
Today the circular route of the TMB is one of the most popular long-distance walks in Europe and is considered one of the classic long-distance hiking trails in the world.
Packing for Trekking
Generally speaking, you should pack as lightly as possible and we recommend keeping the weight under 15kg. Due to the limited capacity of luggage transfer vehicles, it is best to only bring essential items on the trip. If required, you can store an extra bag with clothing back in your accommodation in Chamonix for your return. Please ensure to use a lockable bag.
During the trip, your main luggage will be transferred for you to your next destination each day and you are only required to carry a daypack.
Suitcases are NOT recommended for this trip. The luggage or bag must be flexible, contain no sensitive or valuable material or any food product, and must not exceed a maximum weight of 15 kg. Most travelers carry their luggage in a backpack or a sports-type/carry-all bag with a shoulder strap.
When out walking, you will also need a good day pack to carry a jacket and personal items such as a camera, sunscreen, water, snacks, blister kit, etc.
Spending money in Euro and Swiss Franc
Personal First Aid kit
Your personal First Aid kit will contain Band-aids, Paracetamol, Deep Heat or other muscle liniment, Blister pads, Crepe bandages, Antibiotic cream for cuts and scratches, ‘Imodium’ tablets, Strapping tape (for knees and ankles), Anti-chafing cream, Pawpaw cream, Foot powder if needed, Waterless hand disinfectant, Anti-inflammatory cream, Broad-spectrum antibiotic tablets, Anti-Nausea Tablets.
We also recommend sharing a First Aid Kit if you are traveling in a group.
*If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections or sinus problems, bring what you need with you.
- Comfortable daypack with a rain cover
- Waterproof bags for gear moisture protection in day pack while walking (garbage bags are fine)
- Water bottles or Camelbak system ( 2-3 liters recommended. Water is accessible from fountains and hotels along the way.
- Blister kit (see blister management), rehydration salts, and any personal medication you use
- Alarm clock and LED head torch/flashlight
- Sunscreen, hat, and high UV sunglasses with retaining cord
- Well worn in boots with ankle support, no sneakers on the trek – You are trekking in alpine terrain and will require shoes with a good grip especially in wet conditions.
- 3 pairs of walking socks
- 3 T-shirts (lightweight quick-drying tech fabric) or long-sleeved Trekking shirts
- 2 pairs of shorts and at least one lightweight pair of pants (for walking in – avoid wearing Jeans!)
- Sleeping gear (lightweight and thermals)
- Warm fleece, sweater, hat, gloves (cold mornings)
- Waterproof jacket & over-trousers
- Sun hat
Optional but highly recommended
- Walking poles (good for balance & taking the weight off your knees on descents)
- Silk sleeping liner (optional) – good for extra comfort with a blanket
- Trekking scarf (buff)
- Spare batteries for camera
- Reading & writing material
- Pair of flip-flops/trainers for anything
- Knee brace or strapping tape – not essential but useful for injury
- Hand sanitiser
- Miniatures of your usual toiletries
- Snacks – though these can be purchased locally
- Swiss army knife or similar
- Mobile & charger
Recommended equipment for walking on snowfields (more likely in June/ September)
- Walking boots – Boots are higher than shoes and will help protect you from snow wetting your socks while crossing snowfields.
- Trekking Poles
- Short Gaiters – optional for snowy conditions on passes
A Note On Yur Boots
The TMB is an alpine trek and its conditions vary from well-defined treks to gravel to rocky terrain. Unless you are a very experienced trekker or trail runner we highly recommend wearing walking boots with ankle support on the trek to prevent you from any injuries.
A Note On Your Daypack
Being in high mountains you should prepare for all eventualities with the weather. High altitudes will always be cool and if clouds set in it can be cold & damp. Expect 20-30 degrees Celsius at lower altitudes and at night temperature can fall below 10 degrees Celsius, so mornings can be cold. Better be prepared than sorry. Dress like an onion and take off/put on layers as required and store your gear in your day pack when not needed.
Personal Day Gear
- Comfortable day pack with a rain cover
- Water bottle or Camelbak
- Well worn in trekking boots with ankle support
- Preferred trekking cloth – shirt, pants, socks, trekking scarf (buff), sun protection hat with cord, sunglasses with retaining cord
- Walking poles
- Trekking gloves for blister protection if you use walking poles
Recommended Contents of your Day Pack
- Blister kit (see blister management in pre-departure information tab), rehydration salts (Hydrolite), and any personal medication you use
- Rain gear (jacket and pants) according to the weather forecast
- Preferred snacks, fruit, and nuts, muesli bars, lollies, chocolate
- Fleece or Vest for extra warmth
- Camera (optional)
- Personal spending money
Note: If you have any questions regarding the above list or any other items that you want to ask about please do not hesitate to contact us. We can provide you with additional information at any time.
- Crampons (might be required for the early or late trips in the season)
- Luggage Transfer
- Additional First Aid Kit
Currency for Exchange
Euros are needed in France and Italy. Take some in cash to avoid having to change money at the beginning of the trip. The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. However, along the trek Euro is most widely accepted.
The exchange rate as of the time of writing, 11th November 2021, is:
AUD 1.00 = € 0.64
AUD 1.00 = CHF 0.67
Where to Exchange
In Chamonix. Please note that Geneva airport is in Switzerland, which is not part of the Eurozone – wait until Chamonix to change money.
There are a large number of ATM cash points that accept Visa and Mastercards in Chamonix.
Credit Card Acceptance
In major restaurants and shops.
Every traveler is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Most of your meals are included but you will have to pay for the odd meal, any snacks & drinks en route, or evening drinks. Allow 30 Euro per day. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, and tipping. Any tip that you wish to give your local guides or leader in recognition of excellent service is always appreciated.
Our Local Guide Team
To ensure an authentic experience No Roads is working with a group of local guides on the TMB. With their knowledge of the area, they help us discover the natural and historical heritage and their personal stories let us immerse in the local culture and with people along the trek.
While you need to ensure to get into an adequate physical shape for the trek your qualified guide will look after all the required preparation for trekking safely in the mountains while you enjoy an unforgettable and rewarding experience.
Your guide will enhance your trip by pointing out those things you might have overlooked, naming the flowers you are admiring, talking about local cultural diversities, and spotting local wildlife along the way.
Tour Du Mont Blanc FAQ'S
TMB – What is so special?
The TMB encompasses a 170 km trek around Mont Blanc Europe’s highest mountain, with its snowfields and hanging glaciers. Breathtaking views, winding paths, green forests, and rolling meadows are just a few of the majestic sights on the trek. It leads through France, Italy, and Switzerland, and country borders are literally crossed on foot.
While the No Roads trek leaves out the section between Chamonix and Les Houches, because it mostly leads along the roadside, you are covering a distance of roughly 160 km. On the tour you will get an insight at the very best each country has to offer, experiencing the trip of a lifetime. Each day of your trek begins and ends in a boutique hotel along the way, tasting local delicacies and encountering the unique culture of each valley and country.
When is the best time to walk the TMB?
Dating back centuries, the TMB is officially open from 15h of June to 15th of September each year. However, there are a few factors in play that will determine when to go. The first is the weather. Usually, high passes can be snowed under even into mid to late June and the snow can return mid to late September. The second factor is European, in particular French holidays. These start late July early August. The trail can get very busy and accommodation is difficult to find at these times. Fond of avoiding too many crowds No Roads has no scheduled public departures in the first part of August.
How hard is the Tour du Mont Blanc?
Hiking the incredible Tour du Mont Blanc is a great way to experience the heart of Europe. Groups can travel at their pace and leisure taking frequent breaks set in the beautiful landscape along the way. However, with its daily elevation gain and loss, it is no walk in the park and one should physically prepare for it. You’ll hike for at least 5-6 hours per day carrying a light day pack.
What do I have to carry?
Included in your tip is a daily Luggage Transfer.
How do I train for the TMB?
To prepare safely and effectively you will need to train specifically for this trek in the European Alps for a period of at least five to six months. We suggest that during your training you should undertake frequent training walks, which you will need to progressively increase in hiking time, distance, and elevation gain.
During your walks, you need to familiarise yourself with walking with a day pack (weight of 5-7 kilos) and your walking poles.
We will share a basic training regime as part of our welcome pack to help build your trekking-specific conditioning.
You do not need to be superman to complete the expedition but the fitter you are the more enjoyable you will find it.
Altitude and Distance
The trail hikes around 163 km, with around 10,000m of ascent and descent. The highest point reached on our Tour du Mont Blanc trip is 2532m at the Grand Col Ferret, marking the boundary between Switzerland and Italy. The other key passes we conquer are the Col du Bonhomme (2479m), Col de la Seigne (2516m) and Col de Balme (2191 m). Therefore Altitude sickness is no issue on this trek.
TMB – What’s it like underfoot?
Underfoot you will experience a variety of tracks and trails on the TMB. Typically the mountainous sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc run on single-track paths that can be rocky in places, sometimes with steps but mostly just the bare earth. Mud is not a problem in the same way as on Mountain paths in Victoria, for example! Tracks are also common – perhaps gravel forest roads, ski pistes, or rough tracks for vehicles over agricultural land. There are some sections of country lanes, of which the longest is a 4.5km stretch near Les Chapieux.
Tip: Walking Poles are a good option for this trip and do not only provide you with extra stability but also ensure even blood circulation in your arms.
Why choose a guided tour?
Walking with a Guide provides security and the possibility to discover the natural and historical heritage of the area you visit. A professional guide will provide you with weather updates and trek conditions daily. His great knowledge of the area gives him/her the ability to adapt the route according to weather conditions and group strength.
While you need to ensure to get into an adequate physical shape for the trek your guide will look after all the required preparation for trekking safely in the mountains while you enjoy an unforgettable experience.
What is the accommodation like?
We are not using Rifugios or dormitories along the way to accommodate our guests. This is one area that our trip DIFFERS from many others.
You will have included in the trip 3 nights in Chamonix in a boutique hotel in the center of town. The small hotels used on the trek are locally owned and run. They are very comfortable with a great warm feel and often serve up excellent homemade meals.
COVID 19 – What are the procedures along the trek?
A new world requires new ways to look after our guests and that is why we have developed even better safety protocols for all guests and team members. No Roads is constantly monitoring the situation and is following the advice of government bodies in regard to the changing circumstances in the affected countries. We are also in constant contact with our local partners and teams abroad in order to monitor and comply with the implemented safety measures and restrictions. More detailed information outlining the safety protocol for your trip will be sent along with the joining information before your departure.
We know things will return to “normal” in time, but we will never become complacent with your safety.
The map below shows us distance and time (not including breaks) on the trail. This is a great representation of what the Track is like.
GRADE 1 – Easy
Easy trekking, by Himalayan standard, is generally between 900m/3,000ft. and 2,000m/6,500ft. There are always plenty of ‘ups and downs’ anywhere in the Himalayas and clients need to be regular walkers to get full enjoyment from their experience. It is possible however to design ‘easier’ three to four-day treks with perhaps only three to four hours walking per day on request.
GRADE 2 – Moderate
Moderate trekking 900m/3,000ft. and 3,000m/10,000ft. but possibly involving side trips to higher elevations.
GRADE 3 – Difficult
Reasonably demanding trekking at altitudes up to 4,000m/13,000ft. with side trips to higher elevations. Some treks included here will, in part, be well away from villages on ill-defined mountain trails.
GRADE 4 – Strenous
Treks of a demanding nature, requiring all participants to be fit and in excellent health, often in remote alpine areas and sometimes reaching altitudes in excess of 5000m/18,000ft. Here we include all Tibet trips primarily because of the rigours of the climate and overall altitude, varying between Lhasa, at 3,700m/12,000ft., to high pass crossing, by vehicle or on foot in excess of 5,000m/16,000ft.
Extremely demanding treks sometimes in very remote areas on rough terrain and perhaps including ( in Nepal) one or more of the so-called ‘trekking peaks’ – maximum altitude, Mt. Mera at 6,461m/21,192ft. Participants should have at least a basic knowledge of the use of crampons and ice axes, though first-time climbers may be accepted on some of the so-called ‘easy’ routes on these peaks. Medical certificates are required prior to acceptance on any climbing treks.
Hiking the incredible Tour du Mont Blanc is a great way to experience the heart of Europe. Groups can travel at their pace and leisure taking frequent breaks set in the beautiful landscape along the way. However, with its daily elevation gain and loss, it is no walk in the park and one should physically prepare for it. The TMB is considered moderate to difficult (note expedition grades descriptions below).
If you are planning on hiking the TMB, you must make special efforts to get in good physical condition for the trip. The fitter you are the more enjoyable you will find this expedition.
Every participant should have a health check with a medical physician to ensure that they are in good physical health prior to embarking on their trip. No Roads is not a medical adviser and we take no legal responsibility for medical or other emergencies that may arise on the course of a trek. As the service provider and hosts, we will take all necessary steps needed to evacuate injured or ill clients on the understanding that all costs involved will be paid to us before leaving the country (see Insurance).
To prepare safely and effectively for this trek in the European Alps you specifically need to train for a period of at least five to six months. We suggest that during your training you should undertake frequent training walks, which you will need to progressively increase in hiking time, distance, and elevation gain.
During your walks, you need to familiarise yourself with walking with a day pack (weight of 5-7 kilos) and your walking poles.
We will share a basic training regime and training walk suggestions in Australia as part of our welcome pack to help build your trekking-specific condition.
Health And Safety
All No Roads Expeditions trekkers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully in the group travel experience. If in the opinion of our group leader, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/ or the rest of the group, No Roads Expeditions reserves the right to exclude them from all, or part of a trip without refund.
Although there are no specific health requirements for this trip please be aware you need to be in good health to undertake this trip due to the sometimes demanding conditions that exist in these areas. You should consult your doctor if you have any medical conditions to assess your suitability before departure.
Your leader will have a first aid kit for emergencies we recommend that you carry First Aid supplies for common ailments as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip, and for legal reasons, our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.
We will do everything we can to support guests that have disclosed a medical condition, allergy or anaphylaxis, by informing all in-country personnel and ensuring reasonable provisions are made. We do, however, suggest and encourage all affected guests in this situation to assist us by reconfirming this information in situations or instances where it may be required to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable adventure experienc
General Travel Advice
All No Roads staff and teams consider guest safety and wellbeing an absolute priority and always follow the travel advice and guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Smartraveller. To further maintain the safety of our travelers, we promote good personal and hand hygiene along with adherence to safe food preparation practices.
We are able to cater to all common special dietary requirements on this trip. The villages along the TMB are well known for their excellent and typical cuisine influenced by the best from the regions of France, Italy, and Switzerland. These regional diets include choices of pasta, potatoes, cheeses, cured meats, salads, and fruits. Due to this heavy gluten, cheese, and meat-based diet, the meal choices for special requirements might be limited depending on your requirements.
Please advise us prior to your departure if you have any food allergies we should be aware of.
Note: The No Roads team will do everything it can to support any allergies which might require a special diet, by informing all in-country personnel and ensuring reasonable provisions are made for all meals. We do, however, suggest and encourage all affected guests to assist us by providing this information while traveling, in situations or instances where it may be required to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.
If you do have an uncommon dietary requirement please contact our office directly.
Unfortunately, COVID is the “New Normal” and we all have to follow certain guidelines to ensure the safety of ourselves, our fellow guests, our team, and the local communities.
To ensure that you are adequately prepared please view the helpful information in our COVID Hub.
Depending on your country of origin and port of arrival in Europe requirements are ranging from proof of vaccination, certificate of recovery, and/or proof of a negative PCR.
Please click here to identify the country-specific requirements according to your travel plans.
You may also find further helpful information in response to Coronavirus here.
No further vaccinations are compulsory for entry to the Schengen Zone. However, you should consider MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and a combination vaccine TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). We recommend that you ensure your tetanus cover is up to date. Depending on the season and the area of travel you might also consider a flu vaccination and other area-specific recommended vaccinations.
Please consult your doctor on these matters.
MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) Vaccine– Over the last decade, measles outbreaks have become more common in Europe. Protect yourself with this simple immunization.
TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) Vaccine– Due in part to immigration patterns, some diseases like diphtheria have resurfaced in Europe.
Flu Vaccine– Europe has been hit quite hard by the flu in recent years. If you plan on traveling during a high flu time (September to April) be sure to have the vaccine before you go.
Plan ahead for getting your vaccinations (seriously, vaccinations are one thing that should NEVER be left until the last minute when TIME can truly be your enemy). Some of them require an initial shot followed by a booster, while some vaccinations should not be given together.
We believe strongly in low impact or rather a positive impact from tourism. Broadly speaking, this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please see our online policy for more details on our social and environmental approach and commitment.
Many of the places you will visit are pristine. As travelers, we should try to have as little impact on these natural environments as possible. As such we recommend the following:
- Please do not dispose of plastic bags and wrappers in the countryside along the way. These may be put in your backpack and disposed of at your local hotel at the end of the day.
- Follow the well-marked walking tracks and avoid walking through grassland and regrowth areas.
- Do not touch or fed any wildlife spotted on the way as you might cause severe harm to the animal.
By abiding by these simple guidelines, you will be protecting the local environment for the people who live there and for their children’s children.
The Local Community
Our philosophy and aim are to pay back to the local communities.
No Roads dedicated in supporting local environmental projects in the places we visit. A $20.00 donation of each expedition booking is going towards a local charity project. For more information please visit our charity tab on the top of each expedition page.
We Are Here To Help!
We have tried hard to provide you with a greater insight into this expedition but we ain’t perfect!
If you do have further questions please contact our expert team members through one of the below channels.
No Roads Expeditions Support Hub
Australia HQ: +61 (03) 95988581