Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc in France, Italy, and Switzerland.

3-Minute Read: Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc in the Alps

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By Michael Lanza

Look at any list of the world’s greatest hiking trails, and the Tour du Mont Blanc almost invariably occupies a spot at or near the top of the list. There are many good reasons for that. But first and foremost comes the sheer majesty of this roughly 105-mile (170k) walking path around the “Monarch of the Alps.” Passing through three nations—France, Italy, and Switzerland—and over several mountain passes reaching nearly 9,000 feet, it delivers almost constant views of glaciers, pointy peaks and “augilles,” and when it’s not engulfed in clouds, the snowy dome of Mont Blanc.

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5 Responses to 3-Minute Read: Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc in the Alps

  1. Crystal Le   |  August 26, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I’m headed off to experience the tour du Mont Blanc trek in just a few weeks. This will be my first major trek and I think it’ll be transformative. Are there any foods you recommend eating? 🙂 I’m thinking lots of cheese.

    • MichaelALanza   |  August 26, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Hi Crystal, eat all the food you see! We had so much good food on the TMB, from restaurants in Chamonix and Courmayeur to small inns like the Hotel Alpina in Champex, Switzerland, and the Chalet Bekker in Finhaut, Switzerland. You almost can’t go wrong, but ask locals for their recommendations. Have a great trip.

  2. Hiking Guide   |  August 7, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Great post and breathtaking pics of your hike of the TMB. Hope to be able to hike it some day.

  3. English Knowles   |  August 7, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I loved seeing this story in my inbasket! We hiked the TMB with our 3 kids this summer as well, late June/early July. It was the best thing we’ve ever done with them. We didn’t see many other kids on the trail, but they had hikers from all over the world supporting them and congratulating them every day. Stunning scenery, warm, friendly huts, hearty food and the liberation of only carrying a change of clothes on one’ back–it has left us all in wilderness withdrawl. We are busy planning our next trek and look forward to reading more of your blog. (We also stayed at Hotel Alpina, and my kids now call Marlene their third grandma. What fantastic hosts and what an incredible meal).

    • MichaelALanza   |  August 7, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Hi English, good on your family for trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc. I agree, it’s wonderful, and Marlene at the Hotel Alpina was a delight. Our group of 12 adults and teenagers all called that one of the best dinners any of us had ever had, anywhere. Thanks for the nice words about my blog, please do keep in touch.

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