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Budget Tour Du Mont Blanc – Self-Guided

Budget Tour Du Mont Blanc

  • Highlights

    The independence of a self-guided trek

    • 11 days, independent trek
    • Family-run accommodation: hotels and mountain refuges
    • Complete the whole circuit: 165km on foot
    • Built-in rest day
    • Dramatic mountain views, pretty hamlets, Alpine flowers


    Group size: minimum 2 people

    The budget TMB means you can enjoy some of the traditional mountain refuges and then have more comfort in twin rooms at the hotels: you spend 5 nights in twin rooms at hotels and 5 nights in dormitories at hotels and mountain refuges.

    You will be fully independent for the whole trek, but we do a luggage-drop mid-way through the trip so that you can have a fresh change of clothes. Trekking in a clockwise direction you cross 5 major passes, cover around 165km and have plenty of scope for extending your day. You may also want to stay longer in Chamonix to do some extra walking.

    This trip will appeal to confident trekkers who enjoy the fun of staying in dorms.

  • Itinerary


    1. Arrive at our hotel in the Chamonix Valley. Hotel
    2. Trek Chamonix to Lac Blanc (2352m) and on to Argentiere. Hotel
    3. Trek from Argentiere, over the Col de Balme (2191m) and on to La Forclaz. Hotel, dorms.
    4. Trek to Champex (1486m) along the Bovine route. Auberge, dorms
    5. Trek to Champex to La Fouly (1600m). Hotel, dorms.
    6. Trek La Fouly to La Palud (Courmayeur) via the Grand Col Ferret (2532m). Hotel
    7. Rest day in La Palud (Courmayeur). Hotel
    8. Trek to Chapieux via Col de la Seigne (2516m). Auberge, dorms
    9. Trek to Nant Borrant (1440m) via the Col du Bonhomme (2479m). Refuge, dorms
    10. Trek to Les Contamines and Les Houches and then back into the Chamonix Valley. Hotel
    11. Trip ends.


    Climbs and descents: 6670m ascent / 7150m descent

    Approximate distance: 165km

  • What’s included and detailed Trip Dossier

    • 5 nights hotels in twin rooms. 5 nights dorms
    • 6 dinners
    • Main luggage available 4 out of 10 nights
    • Geneva transfers not included
    • Route Notes provided


    > Click here for a detailed 2018 Trip Dossier

    Getting Here

    Geneva Airport can be reached from 17 airports in the UK and Ireland. It is well-connected with the USA, Canada and Australasia. Both Chamonix and Geneva Airport can be reached by train from the UK. You can also drive to Chamonix in approximately 10 hours from Calais. Please do not book non-refundable travel before we guarantee your departure.

  • Extend Your Stay in Chamonix

    You can easily extend your stay in Chamonix at one of our hotels or guest houses. Please ask us for details.

  • How to Book Your Trek

    Step 1 – Choose Your Tour

    Select your tour and check availability, either by phoning us or sending an on-line enquiry.

    Step 2 – Complete a Booking Form

    Complete an on-line booking form and pay a deposit of 10% of the tour.

    Step 3 – How to Pay

    Payments are in British Pounds (GBP). You can pay by bank transfer, credit or debit card or with a Sterling cheque.

    Please indicate how you wish to pay on the booking form.

    If you wish to pay by bank transfer, we will send you the account details by e-mail.

    If you wish to pay by credit card or debit card we will send you an email via worldpay that allows you to pay online. We accept GBP, USD, CAD, NZD, AUD, EUR only.

    Cheques should be made out to Salamander Treks Ltd.

    Please note that your money is safe when you book with us. All monies are deposited and held in trust by the trustees of the Travel Trust Association (TTA). Only when your tour has finished do we receive your money.

    Step 4 – Email Confirmation

    Once the payment has been received we will send you an e-mail confirmation.

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The hotels offer meals for vegetarian diets. Not all of the hotels cater to other diets, such as vegan and gluten-free, and so we are regretfully not able to guarantee this.


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