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4 Days on the Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Houches to Courmayeur



The Euro Journey Coach Workforce just lately accomplished the Tour du Mont Blanc. It was a really superb expertise. The hike was a problem, each bodily and mentally, with unbelievable rewards together with spectacular views, unbelievable camaraderie, and the sensation of accomplishment whenever you’ve achieved a objective you’ve been planning for months and months.

We’ll be posting new blogs on the Tour du Mont Blanc, however it’s price reposting this one, initially written in September 2019, only a few months earlier than we ever heard of coronavirus. The hike described right here was the inspiration for us to finish the tour all collectively. It’s one thing we talked about throughout lockdowns brought on by the pandemic, and dreamed about earlier than we might journey freely once more.

The important thing to creating this journey profitable is nice planning. Plan forward, guide your refuges early within the fall and early within the spring for a tour the next summer season. Additionally, pack mild, carry blister bandaids and get your digicam able to take superb footage and create recollections that can stick with you the remainder of your life.

We hope you take pleasure in this reposting of Chelsea’s weblog from her first time on this space.

4 days on the tour du mont blanc

My husband Sam and I stay in Bristol, UK, and we usually select our trip locations primarily based on flight worth and timing. After we had been looking Skyscanner just lately for a spot to go over the August financial institution vacation, a reasonable flight to Geneva popped up that left on a Friday morning and returned on a Tuesday night time. We knew it was meant to be! Sam solely had to make use of two days of trip and we bought practically 5 full days of journey time. We knew we didn’t need to spend the entire time in Geneva – it’s a wonderful metropolis however it may be costly and there’s not all that a lot we needed to see within the metropolis itself – so we began brainstorming choices close by. We mentioned renting a automobile and trying out the Jura wine area, and exploring the Vanoise Glaciers (each issues that I’d nonetheless actually love to do), earlier than finally selecting doing a portion of the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB). The TMB is a 170 kilometer climbing route that passes by Switzerland, Italy and France, encircling the Mont Blanc massif. The complete tour usually takes round 7-10 days to finish. Since we had been restricted on time (we hiked for 3 and a half days, and spent our ultimate day in Geneva) we had been solely in a position to full about 1/3 of the route (plus a little bit detour), from Les Houches to Courmeyeur. It was an unbelievable strategy to spend our lengthy weekend!

Practicalities

We used Cicerone’s The Tour of Mont Blanc Full Two-Manner Trekking Information by Kev Reynolds each upfront of our journey to assist plan our schedule and through our time on the path. It was completely invaluable and I’d suggest it to anybody within the TMB. We stayed at mountain “refuges” whereas we had been on the path, that are lodges dotted across the TMB which offer beds (most have dorms and personal rooms obtainable), water, and meals. We packed every little thing we would have liked into two climbing backpacks and carried them with us on the path. There are firms that can present baggage transfers, however it does restrict the place you’ll be able to keep, because the lodging have to be accessible by automobile. If attainable, I’d extremely suggest carrying your personal pack – pack mild and do sink laundry if crucial. You might all the time retailer bigger baggage in Geneva in the event you’re incorporating the TMB into an extended European journey.  

Day 1

Les Houches to Refuge du Fioux



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