WELCOME TO THE START OF CIRCUMNAVIGATING MONT BLANC

"Mont Blanc is the monarch of mountains; They crown'd him long ago on a throne of rocks, in a robe of clouds, with a diadem of snow." Lord Byron

You are embarking on an adventure in a place and among people whose lives might vary from your own. Aspects of life in Europe and in the villages around the TMB might seem unusual. Remember that these are often the same aspects that make an area an exotic and attractive destination.

While the TMB is rated as moderate, 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 conditions, especially in the mountains. To prepare for this, “pack” a flexible and relaxed attitude. Bring a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humour, and a willingness to encounter the unexpected, and you will find Walking the Mont Blanc Circuit the adventure of a lifetime!

Walking in Roman Steps!

Did you know that Mont Blanc was first summitted in 1786 by two Chamonix men, Michel-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat, followed by the first women, Marie Paradis, in 1808.

Worry not! We’re not really sending you back into the arena with the gladiators.

But the reality is the Tour du Mont Blanc as it is known today 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.

Guest Portal

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The Mont Blanc Glaciers cover roughly 100 square kilometres

Your Journey

Day 1: Transfer to Chamonix from Geneva. Check into the hotel and free time.
Day 2: Start your day with free time to explore Chamonix before your town tour at 4 pm this afternoon. At 6 pm meet your guide for a pre-trek briefing before getting to know your fellow trekkers during the group welcome dinner. (B, D) 
Day 3: Trek from Les Houches to Les Contamines, 6 hrs. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux, 7 hrs. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Les Chapieux across Col de la Seigne and into Italy to Courmayeur, 6 hrs. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Aosta Tour followed by a Free Afternoon in Courmayeur. (B)
Day 7: Courmayeur to Val Ferret, 7 hrs. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Val Ferret across the Col de Grand Ferret into Switzerland to La Fouly, 6 hrs. (B, L, D)
Day 9: La Fouly trek to Champex, 4/5 hrs. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Champex to Bovine across the Collet Portallo towards Col de la Forclaz and then on to Martigny, 6 hrs. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Martigny across Col de Balme back into France to Argentiere, 7 hrs. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Argentiere to Chalet de la Flegere then down to Chamonix, 6 hrs. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Depart Chamonix to Geneva. (B

The "Wanderlust" Experience

The route of the Tour du Mont Blanc is used for an annual ultramarathon, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. The winning time is usually around 20 hours to complete the entire circuit of roughly 170 km.

As you’re by now hopefully aware, you don’t need to be an Olympic Athlete to relish this experience.

You do require former walking experience and should be comfortable with heights.

Hiking this incredible circuit in the heart of Europe offers groups to 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. 

Walks can be challenging on some days with long ascents and descents involved. You’ll hike for at least 5-6 hours per day carrying a light day pack.

Basically the higher your level of fitness, the greater enjoyment you’ll find, and the ease with which you’ll get through each trekking day.

If you are a little unsure, or just want to discuss your own level of fitness with someone, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hiking In Europe

Europe has a strong hiking culture and the comfort and luxury trekking Europe is known for is unlike anywhere else in the world. With its mountain rifugios offering delicious food along the way, passing through picturesque villages lining the path, stopping for some souvenirs, a coffee, gelati, or cake. Family-run boutique accommodation used on our trek guarantee a quiet and replenishing night’s sleep before waking up to a delicious homemade breakfast each day.

The TMB with its network of villages and rifugios (mountain huts) lining its trails, is the perfect setting for experiencing “Wanderlust” or the art of hiking the “European” way.

However, the Rifugios and local inns are offering much more than local treats. They are the meeting places for the multicultural species of the mountain wanderer enjoying this fascinating trek. Many of the encounters on the TMB led to lifelong friendships over continents and sparked a lifelong “Wanderlust” affection.

Trekking in Europe is trekking in style! Once you tasted it, it is hard to quit and you will want to do it over and over again!

A Day on the TMB

Days on this stunning circuit are mainly but not only filled with walking through the alpine environment from flower dotted fields, listening to the sounds of cowbells, to crossing mountain passes, all alongside majestic Mont Blanc and its glacial massif. 

Imagine waking up to the sun rising over the Mont Blanc Massif and the smell of freshly brewed coffee and baked bread. After a deliciously filling breakfast, we get ready to tackle the next leg through the next beautiful valley, the impfressive snow-covered peaks always in sight.

Picture crossing over bridges dating back to Roman times, through forests and fields, a Chamois in the distance. Breathtaking vistas and picturesque villages, maybe a small interlude for a cappuccino on the way? Passing through meadows with unbelievable handsome cows, in the distance, another Refugio in sight, our lunch spot for today.

Groups of trekkers resting on the wooden tables outside overlooking the meadows, enjoying their well-earned lunch break, the sun warming their naked feet. Oh, my feet. How they will welcome an intermission too.

Feeling happy and beautifully satisfied after lunching on the charcuterie board and the tasty cheese omelet. Yes, cheese must have been invented here! Ready to doze off with the sun warming my back beautifully. Is that our guide’s voice calling for departure?

Thankfully the last stretch for today will be a slow downhill before reaching the next alpine village, our home for tonight. Is that a gelati shop spotted right when entering the village? Maybe just a small serve to avoid spoiling the yummy dinner tonight. After all, we did conquer 18 kms today.

Terrain Map

Please click here for a terrain map of your trek. The map shows us distance and time (not including breaks), as well as daily altitude gain and loss on the trail. This is a great representation of what the TMB is like.

Getting There and Away

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and it hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924?

Port of Arrival

Regardless of where you’re flying from, Geneva International Airport in Switzerland (GVA) is your destination closest to Chamonix. 

Geneva International Airport, formally named Genève Aéroport, is located 4 km northwest of Geneva city center. Depending on the traffic it is approximately an hours drive from the airport into Chamonix.

The airport is partially located within the commune of Meyrin (France) and partially in the commune of Grand-Saconnex (Switzerland), thus the airport is divided into a Swiss and a French side. The airport can be accessed from both countries. IATA code for Swiss side is GVA and for French side is GGV.
At Geneva Airport, there are two passenger terminals: T1 (main terminal) and T2.
You will be arriving T1, also which is divided into 5 piers: A, B, C, D and F. Pier F, also known as the French Sector, is used exclusively for passengers arriving from or departing to French destinations.

Note: Your provided airport transfers will be leaving from the Swiss side at (GVA).

Transfers

Included in your trip are RETURN TRANSFERS from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Chamonix.

Alternatively, if you decide to stay in Geneva before/after your trip, we can arrange a transfer at your preferred transfer date and time from Geneva Airport for you.

Please advise us of your Incoming and Outgoing Flight/Train Details (flight/train number, arrival date, and time) so we can arrange your transfers accordingly.

You must notify us if there might be any last-minute changes to your arrival/departure time.

There are no activities scheduled on your arrival or departure day in Chamonix and you are free to arrive or depart at your preferred time.  Please refer to transfer operating hours below.

Transfer Operating Hours

Scheduled Airport Transfers: Standard shared transfers are available at your preferred time during the following operating hours:

From Geneva Airport (GVA): between 07:00 am and 7:30 pm.
Pick-ups are usually scheduled approximately 30-45 minutes AFTER your flight/train arrival time.

From Chamonix: between 6:00 am and 5:00 pm (earliest/ latest flight departure 9:30 am/ 9:00 pm).
Pick-ups are usually scheduled approximately 3.5-5 hours before your flight departure time.

Other times are covered by private transfers (additional surcharge might apply).

Only RETURN TRANSFERS from and back to Geneva Airport are included in your trip. For any other preferred collection point please contact our team directly to request a private transfer quote.

Please note: flights in the mornings and evenings might face some delays in pick-up and collection times due to the heavy rush hour traffic.

Pick-up point: Your provided airport transfers will be leaving from the Swiss side of the airport (GVA). More detailed information will be provided in your joining information approximately two weeks before the departure of your trip.

Check-in: Rooms are ready for check-in after 4 pm. Please refer to further check-in instructions listed under accommodation. 

Luggage: Luggage storage facilities are available at your accommodation in case you might arrive before the check-in time.

Geneva

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

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix) as it is known today is a thriving mountain resort welcoming visitors from all over the world all year round. Due to its popularity, Chamonix is growing with more than 10,000 permanent residents in the valley today

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 click here for a downloadable list of restaurant recommendations and on things to do in Chamonix.

Weather in Chamonix

Due to its elevation, Chamonix has a humid continental climate. Summers are mild and winters are cold and snowy.

Weather on the TMB

One of the multiple advantages of joining a guided expedition is that your guide will provide you with a daily weather update.
Mountain weather is very volatile and you may experience several conditions on the same day, so it’s essential you adequately prepare yourself with clothing for different weather conditions.

As altitude increases, temperature decreases. Various factors are responsible for this, including air pressure and water-vapour content. With every 100 metres, the temperature drops by an average of 0.65°C. Where the air is very dry, such as in an area of high pressure, the air can cool by almost 1°C per 100 metres.

Basically, conditions in June and September are a bit cooler and it is more likely to encounter a bit of remaining snow on the high passes mid to end of June. In July  August days in the valley are warm with temperatures ranging between 20-30 degrees Celsius. Nights can be cooler with temperatures around 10 degrees. Temperatures in the mountains are normally cooler as well and the weather can be labile. Even in August some snow after a storm in the higher parts is not unusual. 

For an up-to-date summary of conditions in Chamonix and the mountains please click here or here.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

The highest temperature measured in Chamonix was in June 2019 with +36C.

Our team will do everything it can to support you and to ensure you are adequately prepared for your entry into Europe. However, in this fast-moving environment, we do suggest and encourage all guests to monitor relevant travel- and entry documentation-related information for your trip on equivalent official websites as part of your preparation process.

Further information will be provided in your trip-specific joining instructions closer to your departure date.

Visa

Australian citizens visiting Schengen countries (of which France, Italy and Switzerland are a part of) do not need to apply for visas if staying for not more than 90 out of 180 days.

For any other nationalities please click here to be referred to the Schengen Visa Info Website.

ETIAS

ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorisation System.

ETIAS will pre-screen travellers from “third countries”, who are citizens from countries not needing a Schengen Visa. 

ETIAS is not a visa, it is a visa waiver, similar to the U.S. ESTA and Canadian eTA. Travelers currently visiting European Member countries visa-free will require an ETIAS from 2025 onwards. Passport holders of the EU single market are exempt from ETIAS. 

Please click here for further information on ETIAS Requirements for Australian Citizens.

Please click here for further information on ETIAS Requirements for American Citizens.

Schengen Entry Requirements

You will have to present several documents at the Schengen port of entry, to be permitted to enter if you are a non-EU/Schengen country national, regardless if you are a visa-exempt or not.

The documents you need to provide when entering the Schengen Area are as follows:

  • Valid Passport: Issued within the previous 10 years and valid for at least 3 months after the date you intend to leave the EU.
  • Schengen Visa: If you are a national of one of the countries in need of a visa.
  • Covid 19: There are currently no COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions on entering the Schengen Zone or Switzerland.
    We do however advise all of our guests to monitor and seek the official travel advisories of their government. 
  • Please click here for latest news and to help identify the EU requirements according to your travel plans. Further, you can find the latest information on travel regulations for EU countries on the IATA website.
  • EU/Schengen border officials may also ask for other information and documents such as sufficient funds, proof of accommodation, how long you intend to stay, round-trip airline ticket, the purpose of your entry, travel insurance, invitation letter, etc.

    Please ensure the border officer gives you an entry stamp in your passport when you enter the Schengen area. Without a stamp, you could be fined or detained.

Please always seek up-to-date advise before your departure as entry conditions can rapidly change.

For further information please check out Schengen Visa Information, Schengen Visa News.

NRE Regulations

No Roads Expeditions is monitoring and following the guidelines of the Australian health authorities.
No Roads is not responsible for any in-country regulations of the country of your destination.
The Tour Du Mont Blanc is crossing through 3 countries, France, Italy, and Switzerland and our guides and trekkers are obliged to follow the regulations of these countries accordingly.

What are the rules to enter France, Italy, and Switzerland from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

COVID-19 travel restrictions and domestic pandemic measures have been widely lifted in Europe. 

Please click here for more information about the Schengen entry requirements.

Please click here for the latest news on the official Schengen Visa Information site including Covid 19 regulations.

Further, you can find the latest information on the IATA website.

For our Australian guests, we suggest seeking more information on Smartraveller and WHO.

Departure

Please check with your airline and your returning home country or next/ final destination regarding COVID-19 and other entry requirements.

Further, you can find the latest information on travel regulations on the IATA website.

Immunization

COVID 19 

COVID-19-related requirements have been lifted in Europe. COVID, however, like the flu, has not been erased.
Depending on the season and the area of travel you might want to consider a COVID and flu vaccination and other area-specific recommended vaccinations.
You may find helpful information in response to Coronavirus here.

Please click here to identify the country-specific vaccination requirements according to your travel plans.

Currently, there are no vaccine requirements to enter the Schengen Area for travellers entering the block without a visa. If a Schengen Visa is required, travellers will be advised of any possible vaccine requirements at the time of their consulate interview.

Please also consult your doctor on these matters.

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. 

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.

Insurance

Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance is a requirement for all guests travelling on our expeditions.

Once you have booked an expedition we suggest booking your travel insurance as soon as possible to protect your investment and other associated costs
. 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, we are offering policies from NIB Travel for adequate cover, and you can contact our office directly, via phone or email, to obtain an insurance quote.

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.

Get a Quote

While we don’t anticipate any uninvited medical disruptions during your trek, No Roads wants to keep your mind at ease and help you get adequate assistance and cover for your well-earned time away. It is extremely important that we ensure you’re covered during your great alpine experience.

We are able to provide you with Travel Insurance for your trip, allowing you to tick this off your ‘To-Do Lis”t as soon as possible. We strongly recommend that you take out baggage loss and accident insurance!

Already have a trusted insurance provider?
No problem at all! Our primary concern is that you have adequate cover.

Got a Pre-Existing Condition?
Simply notify us accordingly. After our team initiated your personal quote, simply call the NIB Insurance Team and they’ll complete an assessment on your behalf. In many cases, no additional premium will apply. Many common conditions are automatically covered. 

Please note: 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 info@noroads.com.au.

Accommodation

The ski scenes from James Bond film The World Is Not Enough were filmed in Chamonix.

No Roads personally sources accommodation for our expeditions. Our aim is to provide a welcoming and comfortable home away from home.

No Roads personally sources accommodation for our expeditions. Our aim is to provide a welcoming and comfortable home away from home.

Chamonix

In Chamonix (3 nights ) we will reside in our preferred hotel “en place” in twin/double shared rooms with en-suite facilities. Our focus lies on offering sophisticated, comfortable accommodation with a hint of local touch. Located in the center of town you have the chance of experiencing the village feel of this busy mountain town and are only walking distance away from shops and restaurants.

Hotel Pointe Isabelle

Rooms will be ready for check-in after 4 pm.

Luggage storage facilities are available at your accommodation in case your arrival might be before the room check-in time.

Please note accommodation might change according to availability.

Along the Circuit

Throughout the trek, we use small family-run hotels for 9 nights. These are quaint hotels with very personal touches throughout. Often they will have a small waiting area where you can lounge and rest.

Most of them are located in the village centers within walking distance to shops, bars, and restaurants. However, some of the destinations along the TMB only consist of one hotel and nature itself.

Please note a part of the charm of boutique hotels is, that room sizes in hotels and their facilities might vary from one place to the next and sometimes from room to room within one hotel. 

Below is a list of our accommodations along the trek.

Chamonix:
Pointe Isabelle or equivalent

Les Contamines:

Hotel Gai Soleil or equivalent

Les Chapieux:
Les Chambres du Soleil or
Hotel L’Alpin

Courmayeur:
Hotel Crampon

Val Ferret:
Hotel Crampon

La Fouly:
Hotel Edelweiss

Champex:
Hotel Splendide

Col de La Forclaz:
Hotel Campanile, Martigny

Argentiere:
Hotel Dahu or Hotel La Couronne

Chamonix:
Pointe Isabelle or equivalent

Please note: Accommodation along the trek is limited and might change due to availability. Any changes will be advised in due course.

Hotel Facilities

For further information about your accommodation facilities along the trek please review our TMB Hotel Facility Information Sheet

Packing for Trekking

Mont Blanc is the 11th most prominent peak in the world.

Equipment

Trekking Gear

Generally speaking, pack as lightly as possible. The weight of your transported bag can not exceed 15kg. Violation of the weight limit might result in an additional fee or the denial of transportation or your bag. You should only bring essential items on the trip. 

Your main luggage is transported for you on the trip, so you carry only a daypack.

Suitcases are NOT recommended for this trip. The luggage or bag must be flexible and contain no sensitive or valuable material or any food product.
Note: Maximum authorised weight per bag on trek is 15 Kg each.

Most travelers carry their luggage in a backpack, although a sports-type/carry-all bag with a shoulder strap would suffice.

We know you might travel to other destinations after your trip. For any extra luggage/ bags not required on the trek, luggage storage facilities are available at your accommodation in Chamonix (additional fees might apply). If required, please bring an extra bag or a suitcase to store items and clothing you would like to leave behind at your accommodation in Chamonix during your trek. Please ensure to use a lockable bag. 

You also require a comfortable day pack when out walking. Your day pack should be big enough to carry a jacket, rain gear, your picnic lunch, water, and personal effects such as camera, sunscreen, water, snacks, blister kit, etc. A rain cover for your day pack is recommended.

Travel Documents

Passport
Air ticket
Travel Insurance Policy
Personal Vaccination Documentation
Credit card 
Spending money in Euro and Swiss Franc (cash)

Personal First Aid Kit 

Your personal First Aid kit should contain Band-aids, Paracetamol, Deep Heat or other muscle liniment, Blister pads, Crepe bandage, Antibiotic cream for cuts and scratches, ‘Imodium’ tablets, Strapping tape (for knees and ankles) – optional if you might suffer from any known knee or ankle injuries, 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 traveling in a group.

 *If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections or sinus problems, bring what you need with you

Note: We suggest carrying a few RAT Tests and a sufficient supply of Facemasks.

Personal Items

  • 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
  • LED head torch/ flashlight
  • Sunscreen, hat, and high UV sunglasses with retaining cord

Clothing

  • 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 for hotel and thermals if you tend to feel cool)
  • Warm fleece, sweater, hat, gloves (cold mornings) 
  • Waterproof jacket & over-pants
  • Sun hat

Optional For This Trip

  • Walking poles (good for balance & taking the weight off your knees on descents).

Other Suggestions

  • Silk or cotton sleeping liner – not a requirement but good for extra comfort with blankets 
  • Trekking scarf (buff)
  • Trekking Gloves (good for protection while trekking with poles)
  • Bathers (some hotel facilities might include a pool and/or Sauna)
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for camera
  • Reading & writing material
  • Pair of flip-flops/ spare trainers for anything
  • Knee brace or strapping tape – not essential but useful for injury
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Miniatures of personal toiletries
  • Snacks – though these can be purchased locally
  • Book
  • Swiss army knife or similar
  • Mobile & charger

Walking on Snowfields – Recommended Equipment

This is more likely in the beginning or towards the end of the season 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
  • Sunglasses

A Note On Your Boots

On the TMB, you will encounter alpine trek conditions that 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 cooler and if clouds set in it can be cold & damp. Expect 20-30 degrees Celsius at lower altitudes and night temperature can fall below 10 degrees Celsius, so mornings can be cold. Better be prepared than sorry. Dress like an onion, take off/put on layers as required, and store your gear in your day pack when not in use.

Personal Day Gear

  • Comfortable day pack with a rain cover
  • Water bottle or Camelbak
  • Well-worn 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

  • Rain cover for your pack
  • Blister kit (containing dedicated blister band-aids, moleskin if required)
  • Rehydration salts (Hydrolite), and any personal medication you use
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) according to the weather forecast
  • Preferred snacks, fruit, nuts, muesli bars, lollies, chocolate
  • Fleece or Vest for extra warmth
  • Beanie
  • Camera (optional)
  • Personal spending money

Supplied Equipment

  • Additional First Aid Kit
  • Yaktrax (lightweight crampons if required)

Last-Minute Supplies

Being located next to one of the most famous summits in the world there are quite a few good outdoor stores in Chamonix where you can purchase extras such as walking poles, day packs, etc. More details will be provided in your joining instructions.

Blister Management

Walking for extended hours for multiple days may affect your feet. We have put together some helpful advice on how to care for your feet along the trek in our Blister Management information document.

Our Team

Guides

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 with the 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.

Without our dedicated, locally-based team, our efforts to deliver for you the most immersive, enjoyable, challenging, and rewarding experience quite simply, would not be possible.

Tipping

In case you would like to show your appreciation to a particular Guide for a job well done, do so at your own discretion.  

You might also consider tipping your Trek Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive, about Euro 60 per person is recommended. Also, remember to mention the good service provided to a member of the tour Operations Management to be used as an example to encourage better staff performance and excellence.  

Local Staff: Service is included in French, Italian, and Swiss restaurants, although it is polite to tip 10% if the service has been very good. Bar staff and cafe’ waiters expect a small tip or loose change.

We've Got You Covered

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.

Dietary Requirements

We are able to cater to all common special dietary requirements on this trip.  The TMB is well known for the choices of excellent and typical cuisine 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 that 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.

COVID 19

COVID 19 restrictions have been lifted in Europe.

However to ensure the safety of yourself, your fellow guests, the No Roads team, and the local communities we oblige you to follow the international safety advise if you develop any symptoms. 

Our team will do everything it can to support you and to ensure you are adequately prepared for your trip. However, in this fast-moving environment, we encourage all guests to monitor relevant travel- and entry documentation-related information for your trip on equivalent official websites as part of your preparation process.

Physical Preparation

Did you know weroughly cover 10 km of ascents and descents on our trek?

FITNESS

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 a High Heart Rate Holiday.

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.

We suggest that 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).

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR TREK

Expedition Grading

The Tour du Mont Blanc is considered as a High Heart Rate Holiday on our own expedition scale. Whether you are pushing up a mountain or doing other physical activities, this holiday is primarily focused on challenging yourself physically. There are sections that will certainly get your heart rate going and other sections that are quite easy. Balance this with well-maintained trails, excellent accommodation, and food as well as luggage transfers and this trek fits perfectly into an active holiday category. You need to be of average to high fitness for this expedition or willing to commit to training to take part. Call us if you are unsure of your fitness level and we talk you through what you need to do to be ready.

Read more about our Trip Grades here.

Training

If you already have a frequent training regime, have a higher-than-average fitness level, and already have a few hikes under your belt, check out our Self-Guided Training Program.

Being part of the No Roads Family also gives you access to our On-Demand Trekking Preparation Program, exclusively curated by one of our Guides and Personal Trainers to get you in perfect shape for your trip, at a special discounted rate.

Looking for more training options and ideas for your upcoming trek? Click on the link to visit our exclusive training page for recommendations and suggestions.

We've Been We Know

No Roads has been operating on the Tour Du Mont Blanc for over 10 years!

Local Knowledge

It’s time for a confession.

It took time to get this good at what we do!

This was never through a lack of trying, but the reality is after 14 years in sending guests across the world, we’ve learned a thing or two…

Here are a few more pointers we thought would be useful before you board your flight (or flights) to Indonesia!

MONEY

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, 02nd February 2024, is:
AUD 1.00 = € 0.61
AUD 1.00 = CHF 0.57

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.

ATM Availability

There are a large number of ATM cash points that accept Visa and Mastercard in Chamonix.

Credit Card Acceptance

In major restaurants and shops.

Spending

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 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.

COMMUNICATION

On this trek, you might be out of contact for some periods when up in the mountains but when we are in the towns there will be phone and email access. Mobile coverage is intermittent and cannot be relied upon. Global roaming charges are expensive and prepaid cards such as Travel Sim are a good idea: www.travelsim.net.au

Almost all hotels provide WIFI.

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS

Generally two pins round, 230V, in France and Italy, but some variations might appear in Italy & Switzerland. Most of the hotels might provide you with an adapter if required.

THE ENVIRONMENT

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:

1. We discourage the use of soaps when washing both body and clothes. Vigorous scrubbing is usually sufficient. Even biodegradable soap is not good for any watercourse and as such is harmful to the ecosystem. We do provide fresh water to rinse off the saltwater during the trip. However, freshwater is limited and has to be carried from Labuan Bajo. There is no fresh water available within the National Park.

2. Please do not dispose of plastic bags and wrappers in either pits or in fires. These take years to degrade or let off toxic fumes when burnt. Simply put them in your pack until you return home (they can be discarded in waste bins before going through customs and immigration).

3. Please do not dispose of batteries in country. They are extremely harmful to the environment and usually, local governments do not have any means to dispose of them correctly. Return old batteries to your home country for disposal there.

4. At campsites use toilet facilities that are provided for your use.

By abiding by these simple guidelines, you will be protecting the local environment for the people who live there and for your children’s children.

YOUR FELLOW TREKKERS

We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group – patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone’s travel experience. Remember too, that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure you don’t keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well. This takes just a little effort on your part but will enhance everyone’s experience.

OTHER SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. 

Aiguille du Midi – Europes Highest Restaurant with panoramic views of the Alps 
Guided Mountain Biking Tours
Mountain Bike Hire
Rock climbing – Half-day
Rafting 
Paragliding 
Ice Cave Chamonix

WELCOME MEETING & SAFETY BRIEFING 

More information and guidelines will be given to you before the start of your expedition at your Welcome Briefing with your local guide at your accommodation in Chamonix in the evening prior to the start of your trekking component of this trip.

Please meet your guide at 6 pm in the Community area of your hotel for your pre-trek briefing before you proceed to your group dinner.

Topics discussed then will include the following subjects.

  • Introduction to the TMB
  • Mountain Weather Conditions
  • Equipment
  • Luggage transfers on Trek
  • Luggage storage at accommodation in Chamonix
  • Your Day Pack 
  • Meals, and other conditions while on expedition (Lunches at local huts, etc).
  • Safety procedures.
  • Evacuation Procedures.
  • Cultural and Environmental Considerations.
  • Other relevant information.

Trip Joining Instructions

Note: You will be provided with a complete trip joining document with relevant contact details of hotels, guides, and more, approximately two weeks prior to the departure of your trip.

Sustainable Travel

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.

The Environment

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 feed 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 are dedicated to 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.

Expedition Extensions

The friendly and professional No Roads Team is dedicated to ensuring your pre-and on-trip experience is as enjoyable as possible. We will be here to provide support for all aspects of your expedition!

Having handpicked all of our trips we are happy to dip into our pool of knowledge to help you with any extension bookings, adventurous or relaxing alike. Our local guides might also have some insider tips to share.

Please contact us for more information.

Simply specify your extension preferences and time period. We will then get back to you with some exciting options.

Tongue Teasers

Local Cuisine

The Tour Du Mont Blanc with its trails leading through the neighbouring countries of France, Italy, and Switzerland awaits with its culinary delights and typical culture of the local regions.

You will taste the food of the Haute Savoie and the hearty dishes of the villages you are walking through. You will Feast on fresh baguettes with cured meats local cheeses and satisfy your sweet tooth with a Cappuccino or Gelato along the way.

Meals and Lunches on Trek

The food on this trip is locally sourced from the countries you are walking through. Even if you are not familiar with any local culinary delights from Switzerland, the cuisine of Italy and France should trigger your culinary imagination.

We are very passionate about food and have integrated a few extraordinary local dining experiences in some of the villages to share the variety of local specialties with our guests.

All meals are included whilst trekking except on your rest days, in total: 12 Breakfasts, 09 lunches, 10 dinners.

Breakfasts are European buffet-style and served each morning at the hotels.

Our lunches are a mix of picnic-style on the trail with nature serving as our table or are provided in the Rifugios (huts) which offer delicious local fare along with the wonderful opportunity to meet hikers from other parts of the world and take part in the tradition of the European style of hiking and hut to hut mountain feeling. 

In the evenings we will be treated to a delightful 3-course menu of various local dishes which are served at the hotel or in a local restaurant.

Drinks are not included.

Special Dietary Requirements

We are able to cater to all common special dietary requirements on this trek. The TMB is well known for its excellent food culture from the regions. These regional diets include choices of pasta, potatoes, cheeses, cured meats, salads, fruits, etc. Due to this heavy gluten, cheese, and meat-based diet, the meal choices for special requirements might be limited depending on your requirements.

If you do have an uncommon dietary requirement please contact our office directly.

Parlez-vous Francais, Parli Italiano, Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Glaciers cover approximately 100 square km of Mont Blanc, hence its name, meaning “White Mountain”.

A little effort to speak like a local can be a great icebreaker (as you stumble over the few words you remember) and is always appreciated by those whose homeland you are visiting.

SOME USEFUL (AND INTERESTING) words to impress the locals along the trek

English

Good morning
Good Day
Good evening
Good Night
Goodbye
How are you?
I am fine
What is your name?
My name is…
Nice to meet you/ Nice meeting you
See you later
I do not understand
I do not speak French, Italian, German
Yes
O.K.
No/ not
Thank you
You’re welcome
Please
Please help me
Excuse me
What time is it?
This
That
Where have you just come from?
What country are you from?
Where are you going?
Be careful / attention

Francais
Bonjour
Bonne journée
Bonsoir
Bonne nuit
Au revoir
Comment allez-vous?
Je vais bien/ Je suis bien
Comment tu t’appelles?
Je m’appelle…
Ravi de vous rencontrer./ Enchanté.
À plus tard
Je ne comprends pas
Je ne parle pas français
Oui
D’Accord
Non/ Ne pas
Merci
Vous êtes les bienvenus
S’il vous plaît
Aidez-moi, s’il vous plaî
Pardon
Quelle heure est-il?
Cette (feminine), ce (masculine)
Cette (feminine), ce (masculine)
D’où venez-vous?
De quel pays êtes vous?
Où allez-vous?
Soyez prudent / attention

English

Good morning
Good Day
Good evening
Good Night
Goodbye
How are you?
I am fine
What is your name?
My name is…
Nice to meet you/ Nice meeting you
See you later
I do not understand
I do not speak French, Italian, German
Yes
O.K.
No/ not
Thank you
You’re welcome
Please
Please help me
Excuse me
What time is it?
This
That
Where have you just come from?
What country are you from?
Where are you going?
Be careful / attention

Italiano

Buongiorno
Buona giornata
Buonasera
Buona notte
Addio
Come stai?
Sto bene
Come ti chiami?
Mi chiamo…
Piacere di conoscerti
Arrivederci
Non capisco
Non parlo italiano

OK
No/ non
Grazie
Prego
Per favore
Mi aiuti per favore
Mi scusi
Che ore sono?
Questa (feminine) , questo (masculine)
Quella (feminine), quello (masculine)
Da dove vieni?
Da che paese vieni?
Dove stai andando?
Stai attento / attenzione

English

Good morning
Good Day
Good evening
Good Night
Goodbye
How are you?
I am fine
What is your name?
My name is…
Nice to meet you/ Nice meeting you
See you later
I do not understand
I do not speak French, Italian, German
Yes
O.K.
No/ not
Thank you
You’re welcome
Please
Please help me
Excuse me
What time is it?
This
That
Where have you just come from?
What country are you from?
Where are you going?
Be careful / attention

Deutsch

Guten Morgen
Guten Tag
Guten Abend
Gute Nacht
Auf Wiedersehen
Wie geht es Dir/ Wie geht es Ihnen?/ Wie gehts?
Es geht mir gut
Wie heißt Du/ Wie heißen Sie?
Mein Name ist…
Freut mich, Dich/ Sie kennenzulernen
Bis später
Ich verstehe nicht
Ich spreche kein deutsch
Ja
OK
Nein/ nicht
Danke
Bitte schön
Bitte
Bitte hilf mir/ Bitte helfen Sie mir
Entschuldigung/ Entschuldigen Sie
Wie spät ist es?
Dies
Das
Woher kommst du gerade?
Aus welchem ​​Land kommst du?
Wohin gehst du?
Sei vorsichtig / Achtung

Checklist

Please make sure you have the following items before you travel to the airport for your flight to Europe.

1. Luggage – On this trip, it is all up to you whether you prefer to take a suitcase, a backpack, or a duffel bag for your clothing and equipment
2. Day pack (backpack) 
3. Valid passport.
4. Proof of your Schengen Visa if required. 
5. Photocopy of the main page of your passport.
6. Return Airfares and other travel documents.
7. Personal Vaccination Status Documents 
8. Medical/travel insurance papers/certificates plus 2 copies of your policy.
9. Credit cards, and cash in local currency for expenses while travelling.
10. Personal First Aid Kit
11. Personal Medication

Give Us A Shout

NO ROADS EXPEDITIONS

Office: (03) 95988581
24 hrs Access:
Irene Miller + 61 430 705 222
Peter Miller + 61 425 726 623
Email: info@noroads.com.au  

IN-COUNTRY

Chamonix

Hotel Contact Details

Hotel Pointe Isabelle
Phone: +33 4 50 53 12 87

We sincerely hope that you have the most wonderful Tour Du Mont Blanc Trek!