Mt. Blanc Highlights - Perfect in every way
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Waking up each morning with a view of Mt. Blanc and the Bossons Glacier knowing that each day of hiking would bring us through forests, alpine meadows, mountain passes in unparalleled scenery. Paragliding off Aiguille du Midi right up against Mt. Blanc and over the glacier, across the valley, over Chamonix for a perfect landing. At 68 I might not have had the nerve to do this but was encouraged by two young women in the group to do it together and it was one of the most awe inspiring things I have ever done. Thanks Emily and Vickie!!!
What did you think of your group leader?
Simon was a true professional, extremely well organized, eager to share his wealth of knowledge about the area, the trails we were on, even the alpine flowers and animals (Ibex, marmots) that we encountered. He obviously cared deeply that everyone was safe and comfortable each day of the hike and went out of his way to be with the group, sharing amazing stories and bringing fun and laughter to us all. You could not ask for a better leader.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make sure you are used to hiking up and down mountains before you go. Also not everyone will get the perfect weather our group had so make sure you have appropriate gear for rain and cold. Spend your day off paragliding off the Aiguille du Midi - YOLO!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The food I enjoyed far exceeded expectations. Colin and Jane provided great evening meals. I was not expecting gourmet dining such as Tartiflette or Duck and Cassoulet. I looked forward to dinner every day. Plenty of good nutritious food for breakfast and for packed lunch. Afternoon tea when we got back from hiking was home made cakes and cookies. The lounge area, with our own kitchen and the balcony provided a common area where the group could gather, share stories and become friends. Colin and Jane made sure everyone had everything they needed in terms of food and drinks.