Mont Blanc Highlights
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There were so many! Of course the views - helped by ( generally) sunny but coolish, ideal walking, weather. The day in Italy above Courmeyer was particularly stunning. It has definately inspired me to do more walking in mountainous terrain. An unexpected pleasure was the amazing cooking of our Chalet hosts. The evening meal quickly became one of my most keenly anticipated events of the day!
What did you think of your group leader?
Our group leader was friendly and congenial company. He was clearly very experienced, having worked in the region for a number of years, which ensured that I felt safe and well supported while we were in the mountains. He provided lots of information both prior to the walks as well as during them. He was supportive of the 'weaker' members of the group but also made it clear when he thought a particular walk was beyond our capabilities.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The walking is not particuarly technically difficult (hence the 3 rating) but it is physically challenging. I would have said that I was reasonably fit and did some additional training in preparation but I struggled (and generally failed) to maintain the pace set by the rest of the group. Between them my fellow walkers had climbed Kilimanjaro, walked the Annapurna Circuit and Inca Trail and trekked to Everest Base Camp! A The central base does allow for the possibility of ducking out of the most strenuous days and our guide provided directions to alternative, less demanding trails when required.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you think you might use the hot tub (which involves a shower before and probably afterwards) take a towel with you. The Chalet doesn't have an additional supply.