10 Photos from the Tour du Mont Blanc to Inspire You to Head to the Alps

A few of my favorite photos from the Tour Du Mont Blanc (TMB). A long distance trek that spans 170 kilometers and passes through France, Italy, and Switzerland!

The Tour du Mont Blanc is 170km long with 10,000m of ascent (which is actually about 1 kilometer more than climbing Everest from sea level. The trek is usually broken into stages and takes people anywhere from 5-14 days. That's a rough estimate depending on your experience, abilities, health, etc.

On this amazing trek you could easily be eating crepes and baguettes from France in the morning and then pizza and pasta for dinner. Just adding to the incentives that this hike offers, as if you really needed much more besides the jaw dropping scenery and nature all around you.

The TMB involves a little bit of everything as far as scenery, but rest assured, the views are almost always likes something out of your wildest dreams. Glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, fields of flowers, and dramatic mountains all around you just to name a few. For seemingly the entire trek, mother nature just kept on trying to outdo herself - it was clearly working.

In early July, I headed to the adventure junkie town of Chamonix, France (the most typical starting point) to meet up with some good friends to embark on our trek. We hiked day and night, sometimes upwards of 16km per day.  With each leg of the trip completed it felt more and more like an accomplishment. We could all admit there were some rough patches and some tough days, but each night we would kick back at our camp, relax, and share stories and all that made it all worth the struggles of each day's trek. The route was challenging, but it was so much more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. Listed below are a few of my favorite images from our TMB trip in July!

Views like this make the long days well worth it. Some things are priceless.

Not a single ounce of light pollution within sight. The perfect night for the ol' 5 billion star hotel!

Enormous glaciers in the middle of the alps can make anyone feel small. 

Met some of the mountain locals. Ibex can be found all over this trek. They always seem to stop and pause in the most photogenic locations, natural models.

Serene lakes so clear that you could mistake them for a giant alpine fishbowl? Sign me up for another one of these!

The alps experience consistent thunderstorms in the summer, but after they blow through they create some truly spectacular colors in the sky.

Even when there are clouds covering the sky the stars shine through.

Amazing friends in amazing places: I ask you, does it get much better than that?!

Compass or no compass, it's very challenging to get lost on the TMB. There are green signs around seemingly every corner that show you the way!

It doesn't matter if you're in the French side, Italian, or Swiss, the views are sweeping from start to finish in every direction.

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Aaron HagenExplorer

Adventurer, Photographer and Traveler from straight outta Montana, though I'm typically found roaming outside the US these days. Follow along with my travels on Instagram via @hagendaasphoto!