MONT BLANC CIRCUIT
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The Grand Col de Ferret with its outstanding views in both directions. The campsite the night before at Le Fouly had tremendous mountain and glacier views. Also - if the weather is good, don't miss the Hellbronner crossing on the rest day in Courmayeur. This was very expensive but AMAZING to see the climbers on Mont Blanc, the tents in the snow and the Mer de Glace from above.
What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent. Calm, safe, sensible, inspirational at times! No-one argued when he said to don full waterproofs and cross a col in seriously bad weather - we just got on with it.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
(1) Be as fit as you can. These are big walks. (2) Camping is DEFINITELY the best way to do the trek, not hotels. Much more of a sense of travelling round the circuit. Also food, wine, beer, tea and coffee all excellent and cheap, unlike the hotellers. (3) Don't worry about charging up phones, camera batteries, the support van has plenty of electrical sockets for this.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
There were some significant inaccuracies in our trip notes - hopefully Exodus will have corrected these now. There are 3 short bus journies on the trek so it doesn't feel quite 100% that you can wear the TMB t shirt.... One of the bush camps was very basic and grotty - beside the road and next to a cement factory which started up at 07.30 and had only one toilet and no showers. All the other camping was excellent or at least good enough.