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An essential guidebook for walking the Tour of Mont Blanc. The 170km route typically takes 11 days to trek around the Mont Blanc massif. The TMB is recognised as one of the world's classic treks. The book describes both anti-clockwise and clockwise directions, with variants and information about huts, refuges and facilities en route.
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The essential guidebook to the 105-mile Tour of Mont Blanc trek in the Alps. One of the best of the world's classic walks, which circumnavigates the Mont Blanc massif in about eleven days through France, Switzerland and Italy.
The walk has all the excitement of the high mountains yet none of the worry of altitude sickness. It crosses numerous cols with stunning views of spectacular snow and rock peaks and accommodation along the route is plentiful. The 'official' Tour du Mont Blanc follows an established route around the main block of mountains containing not only Mont Blanc but its principal allied summits such as Verte, Chardonnet, Gouter, Géant, Jorasses, d'Argentière, Dolent and numerous others. The author describes the tour both in the traditional 'anti-clockwise' direction and the 'clockwise' direction. There are several alternative routes that subsequently link, and these are also described. The routes have been created to give the very best perspective and appreciation of the whole region. At every opportunity recommendations are made that will bring the walker into closer contact with the area.
This guide is in full colour, with points of interest, accommodation details and overview maps for every stage, along with details of the natural and cultural history of the region. There are also routes around Courmayeur and Arnuva and to Lac Blanc as well as essential practical information on travel to and around the Mont Blanc Massif, mountain safety, languages, currency and more. The result is an ideal companion to take on one of the world's greatest mountain adventures.
Please note that a footpath alternative to the long road walk north of Les Chapieux (Stage 3 Anti-clockwise/Stage 5 Clockwise) has now been created. It begins less than 1km north of Les Chapieux (p58) and is signed on the right of the road. A narrow path, it climbs above the road and crosses the river on a fine bridge, eventually joining the original route at Les Ville des Glaciers.
For those following the tour in a clockwise direction, do not cross the Torrent des Glaciers below Refuge des Mottets (p178), but keep ahead on a footpath that remains on the left bank of the river until shortly before arriving at Les Chapieux.
With thanks to reader Harris Keillar for this information.
There is a new gite, 'Le Peclet' in Le Champel, situated between Bionnassay and Les Contamines. Open between June and September, Patrick and Marie Helene offer Bed and Breakfast and also an evening meal. Prices from 30€ per person for bed and breakfast. More information on their website www.lepeclet.fr or you can email +33 6 84 18 45 55.
Good news for trekkers tackling the TMB – a new privately-owned gite/refuge has been opened near Lac Combal (45 mins below Rifugio Elisabetta) in Val Veni. Cabane du Combal has 23 places in 3-4 bedded rooms, and is open from June to September (tel: 01 65 17 56 421 email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
|The Tour of Mont Blanc|
|Clockwise or Anti-Clockwise?|
|How to Get There|
|When to Go|
|Maps and Waymarks|
|Notes for Walkers|
|Safety in the Mountains|
|Using this Guide|
|Information at a Glance|
|The Tour of Mont Blanc – Anti-Clockwise|
|Stage 1 Les Houches – Bionnassay – Les Contamines|
|Alt Stage 1 Les Houches – Refuge de Miage – Les Contamines|
|Stage 2 Les Contamines – Croix du Bonhomme – Les Chapieux|
|Stage 3 Les Chapieux – Col de la Seigne – Rifugio Elisabetta|
|Stage 4 Rifugio Elisabetta – Courmayeur|
|Stage 5 Courmayeur – Rifugio Bonatti|
|Stage 6 Rifugio Bonatti – Grand Col Ferret – La Fouly|
|Stage 7 La Fouly – Champex|
|Stage 8 Champex – Alp Bovine – Col de la Forclaz|
|Alt Stage 8 Champex – Fenêtre d’Arpette – Col de la Forclaz|
|Stage 9 Col de la Forclaz – Col de Balme – Tré-le-Champ|
|Alt Stage 9 Col de la Forclaz – Refuge les Grands – Tré-le-Champ|
|Stage 10 Tré-le-Champ – Refuge La Flégère|
|Stage 11 Refuge La Flégère – Le Brévent – Les Houches|
|The Tour of Mont Blanc – Clockwise|
|Stage 1 Champex – Ferret|
|Stage 2 Ferret – Grand Col Ferret – Rifugio Bonatti|
|Stage 3 Rifugio Bonatti – Courmayeur|
|Stage 4 Courmayeur – Rifugio Elisabetta|
|Stage 5 Rifugio Elisabetta – Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme|
|Stage 6 Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme – Les Contamines|
|Stage 7 Les Contamines – Bionnassay – Les Houches|
|Alt Stage 7 Les Contamines – Refuge de Miage – Les Houches|
|Stage 8 Les Houches – Le Brévent – La Flégère|
|Stage 9 La Flégère – Col de Balme – Trient|
|Stage 10 Trient – Alp Bovine – Champex|
|Alt Stage 10 Refuge les Grands – Fenêtre d’Arpette – Champex|
|Places and Items of Interest on the TMB|
|The Story of Mont Blanc|
|Appendix A Accommodation|
|Appendix B Useful contacts|
|Appendix C Further reading|
|Appendix D French–English glossary|