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Taking it Simple on the Tour du Mont Blanc – Rick Steves’ Journey Weblog

Whereas the Tour du Mont Blanc is demanding, it’s not a very tough hike. It’s simply lengthy, with numerous altitude achieve and loss, and at all times scenic. On my current trek across the mountain with three associates, it appeared every of us had a weak spot: knees, toes, or lungs. For some, the problem was the uphill half, and for others (with weak knees), it was going downhill. We simply took it straightforward, with numerous little breaks.

David, Sue, Shelley, and I shared the complete hike on Mont Blanc. However to be free to go our personal tempo, we typically discovered it finest to hike as {couples} fairly than as a foursome. It’s actually necessary to have the ability to cease and relaxation with no concern for what the others need or want. Our mantra was, “We’re right here to hike — to benefit from the second, the path, the mountains — to not race to the lodge.”

For lengthy climbs, regular, smaller steps are finest. The path might be actually rocky, and I can’t think about doing it with out climbing poles. The path indicators had been nice, and apps made staying on the path straightforward: Simply comply with the blue dot. And I acquired good use out of a top-quality printed map. (I’d spend time the night time earlier than studying up on the hike and familiarizing myself with the path on the map.)


Whereas the climate forecast regarded threatening, we hiked six days (in September, over the last week of the season) and, fortunately, had just one hour of rain. Nonetheless, every day we’d pack rain gear, and we’d add on and take off layers as we gained and misplaced altitude. After 4 days, we had it sorted out, and it occurred to us rank newcomers, “We’re getting good at this.”

As we had been climbing in an enormous circle round an enormous clump of mountains and sleeping in charming cities every night time, every single day gave the impression to be up and over a frightening mountain move. A nightly deal with was a stroll beneath a milky blanket of stars.


I’ll be sharing extra photographs, tales, and ideas from Mont Blanc on the Nov. 29 version of Monday Night time Journey. Wish to come alongside? Register now for this enjoyable — and free! — occasion. 

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