If you’re a keen hiker then chances are that you’ve thought about hiking the Tour of Mont Blanc – TMB for short. If you haven’t heard about it then it may be something to add to your bucket list. I hiked it with my daughter one July but it took me weeks to figure out an itinerary and where to stay.
***I booked my accommodation based on information I could find at the time on the web. Most guided tours seem to go from Les Chapieux to Courmayeur so that’s what I’ve booked. That’s going to be one TOUGH day. (Don’t do it!)
If you hate the thought of sleeping in a dormitory you don’t have much choice but to go on to Courmayeur. I have also condensed days 9 and 10 so will go all the way from Col de la Forclaz to the refugio at La Flagere.
Many people allow for a rest day off in Courmayeur too.
Where can you stay on the Tour du Mont Blanc?
You can do the entire hike by staying in hostels and refugios – which is great if you’re on a budget. The refugios typically have dormitory style rooms and from what I’ve read you can usually just phone ahead a night or two for a room.
Since we’re coming from Canada and have a fixed schedule I prefer to know where I’m staying every night. We’ll be staying in a few refugios but I’m looking forward to the peace, quiet and privacy of our own room in the small hotels I’ve chosen.
Here are some suggestions on where to stay on the Tour du Mont Blanc.
Refuge du Col de Balme Ph: 04 50 54 02 33 26 dortoir places this place is actually about halfway between Trient and Tre-le-Champ.
Where to stay in La Flagere
Refuge la Flagere Ph: 04 50 55 85 88 It offers 66 dortoir places and 21 beds
Refuge du Lac Blanc Ph: 04 50 53 49 14 This is another 1- 1.5 hours of walking off the trail but commands one of the best views on the entire hike.
For trip planning purposes
You absolutely need to get a hold of or buy the book – Tour of Mont Blanc: Complete Two-Way Trekking Guide by Kev Reynolds. It provides detailed day by day route descriptions and a far more comprehensive list of places to stay. Other hiking options from the TMB are also described.