Stunning in any language
Casting a long shadow over the junction of France, Italy, and Switzerland, Mont Blanc commands respect. the massive massif – Western Europe’s tallest – has beckoned to mountaineers for centuries and rewards all who scale her with a dazzling variety of ecosystems, microclimates, and some of the continent’s most jaw-dropping views. the goal of climbing mountains is, of course, to get to the top, but given the idyllic alpine scenery up here, you might find yourself more than a little inclined to linger on the way.
What equipment should I bring?
This is a serious trekking trip, so a sturdy, well-worn pair of walking boots is a must. If you’re used to trekking with walking poles or other equipment, bring it along. Due to the changeable conditions in the Alps, we recommend packing a few layers to keep warm, and a waterproof jacket to keep the rain off.
What will we eat?
Just because you’re up in the Alps doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on delicious French cuisine. Although the food up in the mountains can be more rustic and basic, there is still the opportunity to enjoy hearty meals that will give you the energy you need to keep hiking in search of those majestic views.
When should I go?
The best time to trek is during the summer months of July and August. Earlier in the year, the weather can be somewhat unpredictable, with snow staying on the mountains until late in the year. This doesn’t mean that the other months are bad, though, as the views of the mountains are just as spectacular when they’re covered in snow.
Where will we sleep?
Accommodations differ depending on the route you take. Hardy trekkers will stay in mountain refuges for the full alpine experience. If you’re looking for a bit more comfort, other routes feature hotel stays every night. One thing’s for certain: You’re guaranteed a comfortable night’s sleep after a day in the mountains.
I’ve never trekked before. Is that a problem?
Although not everyone puts Mont Blanc in the same category as Kili or Everest, the Tour du Mont Blanc is a challenging hike. Some degree of experience will definitely make the trip easier. However, with two routes to choose from, it’s easy to find a trip that matches your level of expertise.