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



The Euro Journey Coach Crew just lately accomplished the Tour du Mont Blanc. It was a very 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 if 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 value 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 attributable to 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, ebook your refuges early within the fall and early within the spring for a tour the next summer time. Additionally, pack mild, carry blister bandaids and get your digital camera able to take superb photos and create recollections that may 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 dwell in Bristol, UK, and we usually select our trip locations based mostly on flight value and timing. Once we have been looking Skyscanner just lately for a spot to go over the August financial institution vacation, an affordable 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 received almost 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 wished to see within the metropolis itself – so we began brainstorming choices close by. We mentioned renting a automotive and trying out the Jura wine area, and exploring the Vanoise Glaciers (each issues that I’d nonetheless actually love to do), earlier than ultimately selecting doing a portion of the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB). The TMB is a 170 kilometer mountaineering route that passes via 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 last day in Geneva) we have 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 unimaginable approach to spend our lengthy weekend!

Practicalities

We used Cicerone’s The Tour of Mont Blanc Full Two-Means 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’d 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 offer beds (most have dorms and personal rooms obtainable), water, and meals. We packed every little thing we would have liked into two mountaineering backpacks and carried them with us on the path. There are firms that may present baggage transfers, however it does restrict the place you may keep, because the lodging should be accessible by automotive. If potential, I’d extremely suggest carrying your personal pack – pack mild and do sink laundry if essential. You might all the time retailer bigger baggage in Geneva for those who’re incorporating the TMB into an extended European journey.  

Day 1

Les Houches to Refuge du Fioux





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