MONT BLANC CIRCUIT
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
As well as crossing over many high passes as part of the circuit, we had the opportunity for some side trips up to local peaks 200-300 metres higher and easily accessible from the pass. Reaching the peak gives you a fantastic 360 degree view, definitely a 'wow' moment, and the weather was benign enough so that we could enjoy a relaxing lunch break at the top - sublime!
What did you think of your group leader?
The main trek leader, Graham, is a very experienced leader who is thoroughly familiar with the Mont Blanc region. This meant that he could plan good alternative routes when the weather was unfavourable for the planned route. He also kept us informed and entertained with little anecdotes and snippets of local history, which I feel is an important aspect of these treks. So I now know where the word 'alp' comes from - which is not what you might expect! We also had the benefit of a trainee leader, Johnie, who led some the walks. This was beneficial, as it made it easier to organise side trips that did not require the participation of the whole group.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This is a hard walking trek, definitely more C than B and with lots of steep descents, so make sure you go equipped with good walking boots and socks, and walking poles are very useful.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The pop-up tents are certainly easy to put up, but not so easy to pack away, especially when wet with heavy dew first thing in the morning! I finally got the hang of it by the end of the holiday, but there are always helping hands available. And look out for the mobile milking parlour at 2200 metres, definitely a first!