MONT BLANC CIRCUIT

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Whilst the walks were fantastic taking the cable car up to the Aguille du Midi was absolutely awesome.  The views of Mont Blanc were amazing.  What can I say, simply brilliant.

What did you think of your group leader?

Our leader was really good considering this was her first time on this tour and she had to cater for a range of walking ability.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

As you can guess the first is at the end of the tour go up the Aguille du Midi and buy a multipass ticket (4 euros extra).  However, go early to avoid the queues.  Take a packed lunch, water and walking trainers and walk the balcony route to the Mer de Glace from the mid station.  You can then get the cable car down the ice caves and get the train back to Chaminox on your multipass ticket. Take compeed and a knee brace (we had several people develop knee trouble and braces were expensive).  Take some gaffer tape in your bag (comes in useful for all sorts).  Fill up on snack bars and chocolate on the first day as it may be sometime before you can again.  It's expensive so take plenty of money if you want drink and cake etc at the refuges.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I had a great holiday with a fantastic bunch of people.  The walking was really good with stunning views.  We went in July and still got to see loads of wild flowers.  Each day was like a lakes walk so you have to be reasonably fit.  Our first real challenge was the Col de Ferret which is the day before the first rest day. The second half of the tour are the harder walking days. On the day we did Mont de la Saxe we went went up the Tete de la Tronche.  Tough, but epic views.  If its hot the hardest walk was the second part of day 12 up to Col de Voza, harder than 1500 metre ascent of Brevant on day 13.  On Brevant look out for base jumpers in wingsuits.  We saw three jump.  Those guys are totally bonkers.  You'll throughly enjoy the whole experience.  I know I did.