Tour du Mont Blanc 2018

In September of 2018 Julie and I joined my brother Darrell and our nephew Brennan to trek the Tour du Mont Blanc, TMB. It was a very difficult hike that took Julie and me over 100 miles of very mountainous and breathtaking scenery. We stayed in hotels and mountain refuges where we had a bed, shower, wonderful 3-course dinners with wine, and breakfast each morning to hit the trail with. I will be blogging in more detail about each day and other thoughts on the TMB in the months to come but wanted to buckle down and get the photos up. Here is an overview map of the route and alternatives.

Videos from our trip

TMB Day 1 Chamonix to Les Houches

Our first day of hiking from Chamonix to Les Houches, with some gondola, cable car, and bus assist.

TMB Day 2 Les Houches to Les Contamines

Mostly a downhill day with very green valleys and beautiful sunshine.

TMB Day 3 Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

Our hardest day of hiking and it was a beautiful one, clear and crisp with amazing scenery.

TMB Day 4 Les Chapieux to Rifugio Elisabetta

A cloudy, cool, and rainy day was on deck for us this day. Still some amazing sights and hiking.

TMB Day 5 Rifugio Elisabetta to Courmayeur

A cold and cloudy day gave way to some sun and amazing views as we hiked down Val Veny to Courmayeur.

TMB Day 6 Courmayeur

On our rest day in Courmayeur, we had crystal clear skies for our trip up the SkyWay tram. We ended up spending over 4 hours on top soaking enjoying the amazing views.

TMB Day 7 Courmayeur to Rifugio Bonatti

Bright sunshine and specular views were in store for us as we continued our trek after a rest day.

TMB Day 8 Rifugio Bonatti to La Fouly

Our longest hike of our TMB awaited us this morning. It was a cold and windy day to start with nice clear views yet again. We left Italy and entered Switzerland for the next 5 days.

TMB Day 9 La Fouly to Champex

What looked like an easy day on paper turned out to be a bit of a struggle. A great walk down the valley on another beautiful day.

TMB Day 10 Champex

Time for another rest day in Champex. Glad we did a rest day here as it was a beautiful spot and we enjoyed another nice day.

TMB Day 11 Champex to Trient

After a rest day, we continued on to Trient taking the normal TMB route. Another nice day as we were able to finish our hike well before the rain and lightning started.

TMB Day 12 Trient to Argentiere

After a night of rain, we were treated to a beautiful day with clouds and fog that added mystique to the views. We ventured from Switzerland back into France with views of Mont Blanc.

TMB Day 13 Argentiere to Chamonix

We woke up to clear skies and had an amazing day for our last day of hiking. The French side of Mont Blanc played hard to get but finally revealed itself in glorious splendor.


Some pictures from our 3 days in Chamonix before and after our TMB.


Some pictures from our days in Geneva before and after our TMB.


Some pictures from our day trip to Lausanne.

Copyright 2018, Richard J. Moore

Photo credits: Richard Moore and Darrell Moore

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