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Best Time to Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc

Is the Tour du Mont Blanc on your bucket list? If you're dreaming of ticking off this beautiful multi-day alpine trek with us here at Active Adventures, then all that's left to decide is when. The best time to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc is in the summer months: June, July, and August. The days are the longest and warmest, with the least rainfall, and the trails are buzzing with life. Most hikers are looking to complete the famous circuit, rather than attempting any serious mountaineering, and summer is definitely the best time for it. For that reason our 'Tour du Mont Blanc' trip only runs during the summer months. Our 12 day adventure is a great opportunity to tick off another alpine trek from your bucket list, and do so without sacrificing the creature comforts you love to have when you travel. Beautiful, challenging hikes, delicious local food, and an authentic experience with a local guide, is how we'd describe our 'Tour du Mont Blanc' adventure. Below we've detailed what you can expect from a hike on the famous trail in each month.

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Here's a neat infographic we've put together that gives you a good idea of when is best to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc:

Best Time to Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc Infographic


Summer Months

June

June is a great month to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc. You'll find much quieter trails during much of June, as the school holidays for France and Italy don't start until early July. You can also expect comfortable temperatures: 11 - 24C (52 - 75F). The average rainfall for the month of June is fairly low, only around 70mm (2.75ins), but we'd still recommend you take rain gear, as the weather on the route is notoriously unpredictable. In June we'd recommend making reservations for accommodation to avoid disappointment, although it's less crucial than in the high season months of July and August. When you travel with us you can relax knowing we've got all of these details covered for you.

July

 If you like to travel at the hottest time of year, then July is the month for you. Average temperatures are between 13 - 26C (55 - 79F), and the average rainfall is only around 60mm (2.4ins). July is one of the peak months for hikers on the Tour du Mont Blanc, and seeing as it's also school holidays for all three countries on the route (France, Italy, Switzerland), you can expect the trail to be buzzing with people enjoying the high temperatures on the famous route. July is definitely a month you'll need to make reservations for, to avoid disappointment after tough days on the trail.

August

Much like July, August is a peak month for people visiting the region to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc. Temperatures are nice and warm, and you can comfortably hike in shorts and t-shirt - 12 - 26C (53 - 79F). Rainfall numbers are similar to June, around 70mm (2.75ins) for the month, on average. If you enjoy hiking in warm weather, and don't mind sharing the trail with lots of other happy hikers, then August is a great month to get out there and do it!

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best time to hike the tour du mont blanc hikers rest with a drink overlooking mont de la saxe balcony region

 


Autumn Months

September

September is a good time to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, as long as you're happy to hike in cooler, but not chilly weather. The average temperature range for September is 9 - 21C (48 - 70F). By September school holidays will be over for most, so the trail will be noticeably quieter, and rainfall figures for the month are fairly typical, an average of around 60mm (2.4ins). The fact that the majority of the mountain huts on Mont Blanc are open from June until around mid-September gives a good idea of when is best to hike the famous route. Our final trip of the season usually starts in the last third of the month of September, and overlaps into early October.

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October

October is when autumn really becomes noticeable in the Mont Blanc region. Our trips aren't on the trail beyond the first week of the month, as daylight hours become short, temperatures drop, and mountain huts are closed for the season. In October you can expect temperatures of between 5 - 17C (41 - 62F), and rainfall of around 75mm (3ins).

November

November is the final month of autumn, and temperatures start to drop to levels that make hiking uncomfortable without serious alpine gear. The region will begin to look even more beautiful as the cold weather brings snow lower and lower in the foothills, but hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc route in November could prove physically and logistically challenging with very few accommodations open, and weather conditions dangerously unpredictable. Average temperatures for November are 0 - 10C (32 - 50F), with expected rainfall of around 80mm (3.1ins).

best time to hike the tour du mont blanc hikers on the trail

 


Winter Months

December

The winter months can be unforgiving in the Mont Blanc region, and as temperatures drop further, the rain turns to snow, and the trail becomes more difficult and can require technical ability in some places. The winter months are a great time to try snowshoeing, but we'd always recommend going with a guide who knows the area. Average temperatures for December are -3 - 6C (27 - 43F), and precipitation, which generally falls as snow, of around 90mm (3.5ins).

January

Whilst January is a popular month for snowshoeing, hiking on the Tour du Mont Blanc route isn't advised. With that in mind, the area can be quite busy with tourists over the christmas period, but once the crowds have gone home, January is a good time for exploring in snowshoes as long as you don't mind the cold or the snow! Average temperatures for January -3 - 6C (27 - 43F), and expect around 100mm of snow (4ins).

February

Still winter in the northern hemisphere, February means a snow-covered Tour du Mont Blanc trail. It's a time of year that requires technical ability and knowledgeable local guides to explore the area, and we'd recommend waiting until a warmer time of year to get out there on an adventure. Average temperatures for February are -2 - 8C (28 - 46F), and you can expect around 70mm of snow (2.8ins).

best time to hike the tour du mont blanc aguille du midi cold

 


Spring Months

March

 March sees the first signs of warmer weather, but with spring comes the risk of avalanches. Average temperatures in March are 2 - 12C (35 - 54F), and this increase means snow is melting, rivers are rising, and the risk of rockfalls and avalanches are significantly higher. However March is a popular month for downhill skiing in the region, and on a blue sky day there are few places in the world more spectacular. We'd suggest avoiding the hiking trails this early in spring, and always have a guide if you're hiking in the off-season. Average rainfall is around 60mm (2.4ins).

April

April sees the end of the wintery showers, and rainfall levels drop to only around 50mm (2ins) for the month. Spring skiing is still in full swing though, and well worth checking out. In April in the Mont Blanc region you can expect to see new life, of both flora and fauna, green pastures shedding their white winter coats, and slowly warming temperatures 3 - 15C (37 - 59F). The risk of avalanche and rockfalls is still prominant though, which is why we'll avoid hiking the trails until summer really kicks in.

May

May is the warmest of the spring months, and typically a little wetter than April. The combination of more rainfall and warmer temperatures means that river levels and avalanche risk can still be very high. Spring skiing is virtually over and visitors will trade their ski boots for their hiking boots in preparation for much warmer conditions and beautiful flowering landscapes. May sees a nice jump in temperature to between 9 - 21C (48 - 70C), and rainfall is around 70mm (2.8ins).

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“This was my first time on an Active Adventures tour, but I'll be back! Every aspect of the tour was outstanding - the guides, the organization, the accommodations and meals, and of course the other guests who shared the adventure. The route offered a good balance of challenge and enjoyment, and accommodated a range of hiking abilities and fitness, with some kayaking and mountain biking thrown in for variety. Jean-Marc has to be the best guide ever - you could not have picked anyone better.”
Colorado, United States
Tour du Mont Blanc, August 2017
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    Dolce Vita 2016

    We have taken many trips in our 60+ years to places across the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. Our trip with Active Adventures to the Italian Lakes District and our extended visit in Italy has to be in our top three if not our favorite trip of all time! It was definitely Dolce Vita, the SWEET LIFE. The Italian Alps and the Lakes, the hikes and the paddling were certainly up to Active Adventure’s high standard. The beauty of the mountains and the Lakes and the invigorating way we experienced them were fantastic! The things that set this trip apart and put it over the top were the culture, food, and history of the region. Having the combination of Andy, our New Zealand guide, and Enrico, our native Italian, was awesome. Enrico helped us understand first-hand the Italian people and their way of life and gave us insights and access to more than we could imagine. It seemed everywhere we went, they all knew Enrico. The food experiences were unbelievable. The small size of our group and the relationship we built made it seem as if we were family and friends completing a once in a lifetime adventure. I can’t give enough kudos to Active Adventure these two guides for this marvellous experience.
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    – North Carolina, United States
    Dolce Vita, October 2016
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    Put this trip on your to-do list!

    Another wonderful trip with Active Adventures! That is what I say about Active Europe’s Tour du Mont Blanc. This was my fourth trip with Active and once again I was impressed with how they do business. Active’s Andy and Nick were excellent representatives for Active Adventures. They are fun, personable, engaging, helpful, and quick to help if there was a problem. The local guides, Jean-Marc, Suzanne, and Jean-Pat, were fun and a joy to be around. Their English language skills were excellent which was great since my French is pathetic! Point to a mountain or an object of curiosity and they could tell you about it. The whole crew worked together great to ensure everyone enjoyed the hiking regardless of pace, weather or skill level. The accommodations were great. Even the one hotel described a “rustic” (meaning it didn’t have en-suite bathrooms) by the guides was delightful. The food was excellent as to be expected and thankfully the hiking burned off the calories allowing for full indulgence at every meal! Oh! The Cheese! The wonderful cheese! Be prepared to sample some of the best cheeses around.
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    – Washington, United States
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    Dolomiti

    This active adventure was wonderful for me. In fact, one of the best trips I have ever taken. I loved the trekking, fellow trekkers, guides, food, history, etc. All of it. What an amazing, beautiful, fun vacation. I feel so fit!
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    The trip with Active Adventures to the Mount Blanc area was great. The scenery is unbelievable in all three countries. The hikes were all wonderful and yet very demanding. That made the trip even more rewarding for us. We got to do things we never have done before on the off day. Paragliding in Chamonix was a first and fabulous. All of the small towns we travelled to were lovely. The accommodations in these towns were great. Nice small hotels that all were so much a part of those towns. All of the meals were also great. The lunches were just the right amount and much of the local food such as cheese. All of the dinners were very good.
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    Stunning

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    – New Jersey, United States
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