MONT BLANC ASCENT

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Summiting on Grand Paradiso, but on a broader front the whole alpine experience was very inspirational.

What did you think of your group leader?

We had several guides during the week, all of them were friendly and knowledgeable. There standard of English varied suffice to say there English was better than my French.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

1, Take a down jacket! I know it says you don't need one in the trip instructions, but our guides said the temperature at the summit is regularly below -20 degrees Celsius . 2, Get fit prior to going, nothing could be worse than being told you can't go and having to sit it out in Chamonix which is dominated by Mont Blanc. 3, Don't assume food and drink at the accommodation is free. We were billed for our first lunch and coffee's with our main meals. Whilst it is clearly stated in the joining instructions what is, and what isn't included we were all under the impression we wouldn't be charged for these. It was only after the first evening meal that the honesty system was explained to us.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Don't go expecting to summit! Our guide continually reminded us to enjoy the moment which was sound advice. Whilst I appreciate this sounds a little negative there are so many factors that have to be taken into account not to mention safety, weather, fitness, and the condition of the mountain. Preparation is key. Make sure you put in the required amount of training before you go. Enjoy!