MONT BLANC CIRCUIT

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The weather was perfect on two days - the day we arrived and the day we departed - so one of the inspirational moments was sitting in front of our little tent - DOM, and having the snow-capped mountains and the Les Bossons glacier right in front of us against an impossibly blue sky.  Another was the optional trip on our rest day across the massif via the teleferique from La Palud to Heilbronner and on up to the Aguille de Midi.  This was just sensational and a “must-do”, though very cold above the clouds.

What did you think of your group leader?

Mel was the quintessential guide and her enthusiasm for her “shy” mountains and her botanical knowledge were remarkable.  I am in my 60s and our youngest walker was probably 19 but Mel was able to juggle that dynamic of a wide age range and fitness level with consummate ease.    Carey and Pasquale were well- organised support people and great camp cooks.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Pack as per the trip notes, whatever the season.  While it was mid-summer the weather wasn’t good for most of the time.  Our first walking day was completed in unrelenting heavy rain so everything in our backpacks was soaked (take a pack liner and a good gortex).  Fresh snow fell for a couple of days after that, so layers of light fleeces were required (not cotton!), and a good sleeping bag essential.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The camping option was a good decision and a lot of fun with interesting and interested people.  The tents were comfortable, dry and warm and camp ground facilities were most acceptable.  There has been quite a lot said about the two rough camps but both had their endearing features.  The first, beside the cement works, is in a stunning valley below the Triente glacier and had a big pole shed with good cooking facilities, clean bathrooms out of the weather, and flat ground for the tents.  Carey cooked us a piping hot meal and it was the first time in two days we had been dry.  The second was less well appointed and a bit boggy but had a village shop selling local produce, and a restaurant where we had an excellent evening meal.  This was our first trip with Exodus but we will be booking again based on this experience.  Thanks to all.