The Euro Journey Coach Staff just lately accomplished the Tour du Mont Blanc. It was a really superb expertise. The hike was a problem, each bodily and mentally, with unimaginable rewards together with spectacular views, implausible camaraderie, and the sensation of accomplishment whenever you’ve achieved a aim 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, just some 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 attributable to the pandemic, and dreamed about earlier than we may 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 digital camera able to take superb photos and create reminiscences that can stick with you the remainder of your life.
We hope you get pleasure from 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 value and timing. After we have been looking out 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 evening. 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 wish 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 wished to see within the metropolis itself – so we began brainstorming choices close by. We mentioned renting a automobile and testing the Jura wine area, and exploring the Vanoise Glaciers (each issues that I’d nonetheless actually love to do), earlier than ultimately deciding on doing a portion of the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB). The TMB is a 170 kilometer climbing route that passes by means of Switzerland, Italy and France, encircling the Mont Blanc massif. The complete tour usually takes round 7-10 days to finish. Since we have been restricted on time (we hiked for 3 and a half days, and spent our ultimate day in Geneva) we have been solely in a position to full about 1/3 of the route (plus a bit detour), from Les Houches to Courmeyeur. It was an unimaginable strategy to spend our lengthy weekend!
We used Cicerone’s The Tour of Mont Blanc Full Two-Manner Trekking Information by Kev Reynolds each prematurely of our journey to assist plan our schedule and through our time on the path. It was completely invaluable and I might suggest it to anybody within the TMB. We stayed at mountain “refuges” whereas we have been on the path, that are lodges dotted across the TMB which give beds (most have dorms and personal rooms obtainable), water, and meals. We packed all the pieces we would have liked into two climbing backpacks and carried them with us on the path. There are firms that can present baggage transfers, but it surely does restrict the place you possibly can keep, because the lodging have to be accessible by automobile. If attainable, I might extremely suggest carrying your individual pack – pack mild and do sink laundry if vital. You might at all times retailer bigger baggage in Geneva should you’re incorporating the TMB into an extended European journey.