The Tour du Mont Blanc or TMB is one of the most exciting long distance wilderness walks in Europe.

Taking about eleven days, with accommodation either in refuges or tents, the Tour du Mont Blanc takes you on a high altitude 105 mile trek through France, Italy and Switzerland in a circular route around Mont Blanc with a combined height gain and loss of around 33,000 feet.

Views en route are spectacular, refuges are memorable, the people you meet are remarkable and the sense of wilderness awe inspiring.

The Tour du Mont Blanc
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The first recorded TMB hike was in 1767 when Swiss aristocrat Horace Bénédict de Saussure set out from Chamonix with friends on an exploration via the Col du Bonhomme, Col de la Seigne, Courmayeur and the Grand St Bernard Pass.

By Victorian times the route had become a popular excursion, usually on the back of a mule.

Nowadays, the route is mostly hiked on foot in an anti-clockwise direction starting from Les Houches or Courmayeur.

During the summer, the route is suitable for experienced walkers of all ages or relatively novice walkers willing to prepare properly for the walk.

Besides the regular trail, variants add an extra dimension of excitement although the viability of some of them is weather dependant.

The highest points on the trail are Col des Fours in France and Fenetre d'Arpette in Switzerland, both with an altitude of approximately 8,750 feet.

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