Mt Blanc Circuit

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

A glass of grappa and a toast to Walter Bonatti, in the refuge bearing his name. John our guide had told us the story of the famous Alpinist and his independence of spirit. On the wall a photograph of the man himself and the inscription 'L'aventura e dentro di noi' .

What did you think of your group leader?

John was first class from start to finish. He had the gift of knowing when to talk and when not to. He allowed us to enjoy the mountains for ourselves but at the same time and at the right time, knew how to enrich that experience with his knowledge and love for the area.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Get yourself fit before you take this one on. If you can't walk in hills or mountains then regularly run or cycle or swim or do some serious gym work, just to get you used to exertion and recovery. It's 100 miles and 10 000 metres of ascent and descent that is not to be underestimated.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I felt lucky and privileged to be in such a great group of Trekkers. It's the luck of the draw sometimes but this was one of the best I've been with. Many thanks to you all for your company, fun and commitment. May we meet again!