Mont Blanc Circuit - 5*
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
1) The view from the Grand Col Ferret and the optional Tete Ferret next to it. 2) The campsite at La Fouly - directly beneath a glacier and Mont Dolent - the border between Italy, France and Switzerland at the same place. 3) The option to go up two cable cars on our free days - Hellbronner and Aiguille Du Midi, which gave stunning views of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks and glaciers 4) Swimming in Champex Lac - cold, but great after a long days walking in temperatures around 30 degrees.
What did you think of your group leader?
John was a really good guide and a good laugh as well. He knew his stuff about the local area and really tried to pass his knowledge on to the group. He gauged the average pace of the group really quickly, allowing everyone to enjoy the scenery but not making the days too long. On a day when a client was unwell in poor weather conditions he kept the group together and ensured our safe return off the mountain. He also mixed well with the group socially, sharing a few beers in the evening. Graham and Charlotte looked after the campsites really well, providing good food and helping out where they could.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Ensure you have good waterproof gear - coat, trousers and rucksack/cover/liner - it will rain at some point on the trip and its important to keep yourself as dry as possible to avoid getting cold. If you are fit enough before you go you will really enjoy the trip and there are options to do further peaks for those who want to - and they are definitely worth it if you are fit enough.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Take enough money, as you are encouraged to buy drinks/cake etc. at the mountain refuges, - it is worth it though, as they do great cakes and hot chocolates etc. Average cake/tart = 4 euros, average hot choc= 3.50, coffee = 2.00, so you will soon spend your cash if you do buy things at the refuges. If you do the cable cars as well you can spend about 350-400 euros. There are cash points in Chamonix, les contamines and courmayur if you need to use them.