MONT BLANC HIGHLIGHTS

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Too many to list but special mention though for the beautiful woodland we passed through at the end of the long, long, long descent down from Lac Blanc (who needs ski lifts anyway?) and final 'off piste' climb up the Les Houches peak and seeing the best view in the Alps come up over the horizon.

What did you think of your group leader?

Oliver is a real gem of a group leader - awful jokes and the Spencer Tracy fan club aside, he's an excellent guide who did a great job of gauging the different levels of the group and getting us all safely up and down the cols with smiles all round.  Voila.  Elaine did a great job too with the hearty evening meals, sandwiches, and brilliant home made cakes.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

The trip is rated a Moderate which I think is about right, albeit at the upper scale.  However while you don't need any trekking experience you do need to be reasonably fit as some of the 'up' sections are long and hard (900m plus, and often immediately followed by an equally long 'down' section).  I'm in decent shape and go to the gym a few times a week and I found the walks challenging but still enjoyable, so a bit of preparation pays off. Also, take a wide brimmed sun hat not just a peaked baseball cap, as the sun is strong, even at the end of September, and I have the sunburnt, blistered ears to prove it.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I'm not sure why Exodus are being so coy about this in the Trip Notes etc but the chalet has a sauna on the top floor!  It's not perfect as you need to go back to your own bathroom for cold showers between sessions but it's lovely way to wind down after a walk.I had a fantastic time and would love to go back - a cross country skiing trip has never looked so appealing...