MONT BLANC CIRCUIT

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

I think the last day was really great as the views were spectacular all day, with classis views of Mont Blanc and its environs.  But there were many other days that were fantastic as we were challenging ourselves all the time. In fact we gained fitness throughout the holiday, even though we were pretty fit beforehand through much cycling and walking training.

What did you think of your group leader?

Our group leader Mel was fantastic. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of flora and fauna, being in the mountains, geography - her general knowledge was amazing. When we were with her we felt totally secure and were never concerned out our safety.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Get plenty of training in beforehand so you will enjoy your trip and not be concerned about how you will manage. You need to be able to do some consecutive long walks so make the training fun and go for a few days in the Lakes or the Derbyshire hills. Another thing - it can be really very cold in the evenings in September so a good 3 or 4 seasons sleeping bag is essential unless you enjoy sleeping in your clothes!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Our driver and cook also made the holiday a real pleasure. He was completely in control of thee situations and could adapt easily to changes in the weather, diets etc. I think the Compass Cafe was also a good idea so that you could meet some of your fellow travellers beforehand - the people are always the best bit. There was a great cross section in our group with regards to age, background, nationality etc - we had a real laugh!