Great scenery, great trek
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Crossing the two major cols into and out of Italy, whilst enjoying splendid views of Mont Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses.. Reaching le Brevent in searing heat to complete the tour. The bottle of fizz carried up the mountain by the guide was an unexpected bonus!
What did you think of your group leader?
Charming and enthusiastic - kept us to timetable and on course, despite a few obstacles to progress. Very impressive mountain skills.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Get fit - it's a demanding trek and we enjoyed it all the more because we'd worked hard to prepare ourselves. Age is no barrier as long as you can climb the equivalent of Scafell on several days in succession.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The food in camp was excellent, far better than we'd expected, and in fact all of the in-camp support was first class. Most of the meals out were good, but the final night's food was very disappointing in a restaurant which was clearly capable of better, as we noticed in the meals eaten by other diners. We were given a very restricted and basic choice of menu and the food was no better than mediocre, a shame as we'd eaten so well in camp in much more isolated places. The company needs to make alternative road transport arrangements for the first trip of the year to avoid the very negative impact on our itinerary of the bus timetable in Italy. We were unable to get to Rifugio Bonatti, which we had been looking forward to, and missed out on the views of Mont Blanc from that ridge. The alternative walk from Courmayeur to Val Veny was a poor substitute.