Are you fit enough to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc?
The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the world’s most epic mountain journeys. Crossing three countries along 90 miles of mountain trails with 25,383.86 feet of ascent and 22,769.03 feet of descent – you had better be prepared!
It’s a strenuous and challenging adventure, but achievable for any fit and motivated hiker! To find out whether you are fit enough to take on the Tour du Mont Blanc, use our check list below:
Have you hiked in the mountains before?
The Tour du Mont Blanc is a strenuous mountain hike along rocky trails which can be exposed in places. If you are not used to walking on mountain trails, then you will want to get some long-distance day hikes under your belt to get used to moving on mountain trails. Getting involved in your local hiking club is a great way to get started and meet training buddies!
Read our Tour du Mont Blanc Itinerary
Have you done multi-day hikes before?
An average day on the Tour Du Mont Blanc covers 10 miles with up to 4200ft of ascent and descent. Whilst this may sound achievable, are you fit enough to do this every day for up to 5 consecutive days? Our itinerary for the Tour du Mont Blanc has 3 hiking days, 1 rest day and then 5 consecutive hiking days. Multi day hiking is a vital part of training for the Tour du Mont Blanc and will ensure you have the endurance to enjoy the trip.
Are you able to hike at the following speeds?
- 3 miles/hour on the flat.
- 1200 feet of ascent per hour.
- 2000 feet of descent per hour.
If the answer is no, then you will need to put in some more training to get up to speed. On the Tour du Mont Blanc there are no easy alternatives as we need to cross high mountain cols to reach our destination each day. There are few escape routes and every member of the team needs to be fit enough to keep a good pace so we can avoid afternoon storms.
Do you have any joint problems?
If you have serious joint problems, particularly knee pain, then the Tour du Mont Blanc is inadvisable. The trails on the Tour du Mont Blanc are very steep in places and each day involves an average of 3000ft of ascent and descent which can leave even the youngest knees feeling sore (speak to any mountain guide after a season of hiking and they will agree!)
Have you got a head for heights?
The trails on the Tour Du Mont Blanc are mostly wide and well-groomed, however the terrain can be steep and exposed in some places. There are also a few days when we take gondolas to shorten our ascents and descents. For the average fit hiker, the trails will feel safe and easy under-foot, but if you have a serious fear of heights/gondola rides then the Tour Du Mont Blanc may not be for you.
Still not sure if you’re fit enough for the Tour du Mont Blanc?
If you’re still not sure whether you are fit enough to take on the challenge, then please feel free to get in touch with us. You will be able to speak to one of our team members who have hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc and discuss your experience with them. They will be able to advise you whether the Tour du Mont Blanc is the right hike for you or whether you may enjoy one of our other adventures more.
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