The Dolomites or Mont Blanc? A walkers dilemma

Looking up at huge, wildly eroded limestone cliffs in the Dolomites, Italy, where mountain peaks and spires soar above meadows, forests and lakes. | Anthony Holm
Looking up at huge, wildly eroded limestone cliffs in the Dolomites, Italy, where mountain peaks and spires soar above meadows, forests and lakes. | Anthony Holm

To hike the Dolomites or Mont Blanc? A walkers' dilemma

It's a tough question: do you go on a walking holiday in the Dolomites or in the Mont Blanc region? Both destinations are postcard perfect, and the hikes are equally compelling. In this article, we look at some of the reasons why you may consider a hike in the Dolomites or Mont Blanc. Whichever trail you choose, you're bound to have a great time.
 
Enjoying the views of the Mont Blanc Massif and the Miage Glacier |  <i>Ryan Graham</i> Trekking in the Dolomites |  <i>Jaclyn Lofts</i> Tour Du Mont Blanc Route Mark |  <i>Ryan Graham</i>
 

Trip Grading

Both regions have similar trip gradings on offer, with fitness level expectations ranging from moderate to challenging. There are also options for self-guided or with a professional local guide. If you're looking for a tougher walk, there are trips for serious hikers, as well as more family-friendly trails for those who like to ramble or bring the kids. 
 
Dolomites
> Dolomites Guided Walk | Moderate to Challenging
> Dolomites Self Guided Walk | Moderate to Challenging
> Highlights of the Dolomites | Self Guided | Moderate to Challenging
> Trans Tyrol: Innsbruck to the Dolomites | Self Guided | Challenging
 
Mont Blanc
> Mont Blanc Guided Walk | Moderate to Challenging
> Mont Blanc Classic | Self Guided | Moderate to Challenging
> Chamonix to Zermatt | Self Guided | Challenging
> Mont Blanc Family Adventure | Guided | Moderate
> Mont Blanc Rambler | Self Guided | Moderate
 

Accommodation

Mountain accommodation typically uses simple refuges. These mountain lodgings are fairly similar in nature across both the Mont Blanc region and the Dolomites.
 
Accommodation in Champex |  <i>Ryan Graham</i> Refuge on the Tour de Mont Blanc trail |  <i>Dana Garofani</i> Rifugio Fodara Vedla
Scenery
When it comes to the scenery it isn’t ‘same, same but different’ at all. The Dolomites are stark and very dramatic. The mood of the place changes with the light and weather which keeps you mesmerised as you walk during the day. They aren’t blessed by the green Swiss villages or snow capped peaks that draw people to the Mont Blanc trails. And unlike Mont Blanc, there is no ‘highest’, ‘longest’, or significant fact about the Dolomites to attract list tickers, so you should find fewer people on the trails in the Dolomites.
 
Walking the peaks and valleys of the Monte Rosa Alpine Walk in Italy Church below Tre Cime in the Italian Alps |  <i>Jaclyn Lofts</i> Via Ferrate, The Dolomites, northern Italy |  <i>Sylvia van der Peet</i>
 
To contrast the starkness of the Dolomites are the beautiful, and rare, alpine and meadow flowers. Thanks to its geological make-up, the Dolomites produce an explosion of colourful flora that is considered amongst the most beautiful in the entire Alps. If you love plants, consider the Dolomites in June or July. 
 
Dolomites flora
 
The beauty along the Tour du Mont Blanc needs no explanation - the pictures speak for themselves!
 
Central Chamonix |  <i>Ryan Graham</i> Day 1 of the Tour Du Mont Blanc descending into Switzerland |  <i>Ryan Graham</i> Group trekking along the Val Ferret balcony path |  <i>Ryan Graham</i>

History

For history buffs, the Dolomites should be the obvious choice. The various UNESCO listed tunnels and WWI history that you will see and touch along the walk adds a further dimension to a walking tour. Find out more about why the Dolomites were considered worthy of UNESCO status here
 
Dolomites tunnels

Getting there

The Mont Blanc region walks typically start in the Chamonix Valley, which is easy access from Geneva and not too difficult to get to other regions of France by train. The Dolomites, well you can extend your walking holiday with a side-trip to Venice (only 2 to 3 hours away from Cortina).
 
 

Conclusion

Everyone is different, that’s why we have so many variations on our walking routes through both the Dolomites and Mont Blanc regions. Self guided or small group, with the kids or by yourself, everyone is catered for. If you need even more information the best thing to do is call one of our team and discuss your preferences so they can ensure your next alpine walking trip is the right one for you.

Dolomites

> Dolomites Guided Walk | Moderate to Challenging
> Dolomites Self Guided Walk | Moderate to Challenging
> Highlights of the Dolomites | Self Guided | Moderate to Challenging
> Trans Tyrol: Innsbruck to the Dolomites | Self Guided | Challenging
 
Mont Blanc
> Mont Blanc Guided Walk | Moderate to Challenging
> Mont Blanc Classic | Self Guided | Moderate to Challenging
> Chamonix to Zermatt | Self Guided | Challenging
> Mont Blanc Family Adventure | Guided | Moderate
> Mont Blanc Rambler | Self Guided | Moderate
 
 

 
Have you done a walking tour in the Dolomites or along Mont Blanc? What was your experience like? Share in the comments.
 
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Ray Allen

Interested in these trips, I live in the U.K but would like to meet with and travel with a friend from Australian...could you advise me please...Ray Allen.

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