MONT BLANC ASCENT

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Walking through the mountain wilderness of Gran Paradiso and realizing that I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. A wild, beautiful, quite place that puts a song in my heart. My group was fantastic. We had so much fun and laughter. And we worked as a team. I enjoyed every minute with them - even the hotel nights were fun!

What did you think of your group leader?

Hervé was amazing. He is humble, passionate about teaching, loves the mountains and has a great sense of humour. He is really inspiring.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

These are real mountains and you will be mountaineering - be fit enough and be prepared to cross crevasses and other exposed areas - particularly at the summit of Gran Paradiso.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The trip was well planned and smoothly executed. I found it challenging but I loved every minute of it. I have unfinished business with Mont Blanc and will visit it another day!