Let the very best of the Alps unfurl with each step as you take in this iconic mountain’s awe-inspiring scenery.
Sitting proudly as the highest mountain peak, not only in the Alps but in Western Europe as well, Mont Blanc is unmistakable. Beautifully covered in snow year-round, Mont Blanc (meaning ‘White Mountain’ in French) is the perfect hiking/trekking adventure for nature lovers with dazzling peaks and dizzying spires combining for unforgettable alpine views. Feel as though you’re on top of the world as you hike one of Europe’s most breathtaking long-distance walks, from admiring Mont Blanc’s iconic needles to marvelling at the mirror-like surface of Lac Blanc on our Mont Blanc tours and treks.
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Explore the quaint Chamonix
While it may be the best starting-off point for some of the region’s most exciting trekking adventures, the relatively small and charming town of Chamonix is well worth a visit in its own right. With a magical ambience that’s just as hypnotizing as its natural surroundings, Chamonix, located at the base of Mont Blanc, adds a different layer to your Alpine experience with its romantic, cobblestoned streets, local produce-filled markets, and memorable restaurants.
Try out some authentic cuisine
With all this physical exercise comes fierce hunger and there’s no better way to fuel up on energy than by eating the way the locals do. Given the name ‘Savoyard cooking’, the diet of Chamonix-ians largely consists of cheese and potatoes with a whole heap of various dishes celebrating the two ingredients. From heart-warming and stomach-filling fondue to the delicious meal of La Tartiflette, the cuisine in the French Alps will have you coming back for seconds.
Marvel at the calm Lac Blanc
Just when you think the Tour du Mont Blanc can’t get any more spectacular, the reflective Lac Blanc promises to take your mountaineering experience to another level. Perfectly secluded in the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve, hiking to this lake is a mesmerising must thanks to its unbeatable views of the towering Mont Blanc Massif. Standing at Lac Blanc’s edge will even have you feeling as if you can simply reach out and touch the mountain’s snowy needles. Talk about getting up close and personal with nature.
Learn how to ski or snowboard
If you thought trekking up mountains was the only adventurous activity you could do in the Mont Blanc region, then think again. Known to be one of Europe’s best winter destinations, the ski town of Chamonix allows you the chance to test out your skiing or snowboarding skills with a wide range of resorts suitable for all ability levels. So, whether you’re just beginning, or you’ve been a pro for years, adding this adrenaline-inducing activity to your itinerary is guaranteed to take your holiday to new heights.
Admire the Mont Blanc massif’s iconic needles
Stretching across France, Italy, and Switzerland, Mont Blanc is the highest summit in Europe so it’s little wonder avid hikers come from all over the world to trek its snowy peaks. Follow your Intrepid leader as you navigate the often tumultuous but magnificent terrain and take in the breathtaking scenery stretching out before you. Look up at the iconic mountain’s captivating needles and will your feet to walk on for an adventure like no other.
Ride the Aiguille du Midi cable car to Mont Blanc
Thankfully, trekking over challenging terrain isn’t the only way to reach Mont Blanc’s snowy ridges. Instead, float your way to the top of the mountain in one of the Aiguille du Midi cable cars, the highest altitude cable car in the world. Leaving from Chamonix, this 20-minute ride offers a different yet equally stunning view of the Alps and delivers you straight onto a viewing platform with more scenery of the surrounding mountains.
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Mont Blanc FAQs
Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
There are a few ways to get to the stunning mountainous region of Mont Blanc with the best one depending on where you're travelling from. If you're travelling from a country in the United Kingdom then catching a flight either into Geneva Airport or Haute-Savoie Mont Blanc Airport and then driving the hour's drive to Mont Blanc is the quickest way to get there. You can also catch a train from any major European city to Paris, and then from Paris to Chamonix which takes roughly 6 hours.
The climate in Chamonix is considered to be a humid, continental one and its geographical location heavily influences the various weather patterns throughout the year. The summer months of June, July, and August offer nice and warm weather with average temperatures of around 20°C - 25°C. The rainiest month out of the year is May with the least rainy being February, coinciding with the average winter temperatures of -4°C.
The best time to climb Mont Blanc is during the months of June to September when average temperatures are relatively nice and most days are without rain. However, this is also considered to be the 'peak climbing season' so be prepared to share the mountain with fellow hikers. It's advised against climbing Mont Blanc during the harsh temperatures of winter as deep snow and Arctic-like winds can create challenging and unsafe conditions.
If you're thinking about trekking Mont Blanc then there are a few must-have items you need to pack. One of the most important things is to pack weather-appropriate clothing, as well as comfortable shoes that won't give you blisters. You should also pack a day bag or backpack for the hike portion of your holiday so you can keep any trip notes, water bottles, snacks, and first aid items on you when you're out and about. Remember to also pack sunscreen and your camera!
One of the best ways to see Mont Blanc is to embark on a group tour with an experienced leader who'll expertly navigate the terrain and make sure you're seeing as much of this spectacular region as possible. A trip like our Mont Blanc Highlights will ensure you get the chance to do a bit of hiking, as well as explore the picturesque landscapes of nearby towns. You can also choose to hike the mountain by yourself or take a cable car up to the peak.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
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