"Tour du Mont Blanc" - The most beautiful hike in Europe through France, Italy and Switzerland.
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The Tour du Mont-Blanc is a popular long-distance hiking trail in Europe. The Tour du Mont-Blanc (also called Mont Blanc Trail) is a long-distance hiking trail around the mountain massif of the same name in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. An incredibly beautiful, panoramic and sometimes foggy hike awaits you on the Tour du Mont Blanc. I found the tour terrific. Chapeau!
As always, I recommend my video of the tour:
Go to the detailed description here:
The tour was an incredible experience. Actually a MUST for every hiker with a preference for high mountains and long-distance hikes. The tour has it all, lush green alpine pastures, barren rocks, fantastically beautiful huts and idyllic villages. The Mont Blanc massif can be admired from three countries. I found the tour rather easy overall, as the paths are well developed and there is also sufficient provision. You can also simply do the tour from hut to hut. Reservations are recommended for the huts. Of course, you have to watch out for alpine dangers (weather, etc.).
For optimal preparation for any tour, I recommend the workouts on my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGoWuvyH709udlrR_JxzOJeuTuGRaz6BI.
Recommended stages: (I shortened the tour to 8 days with the same length)
Day 1 Les Houches (1008 m) - Chalets de Miage (1559 m) Time: 6 hours Altitude gain: +1200m, -600m
Day 2 Chalets de Miage (1559 m) - Ref. de la Croix de Bonhomme (2433 m) Time: 7½ hours Altitude gain: +1300m, -700m
Day 3 Refuge de la Croix-de-Bonhomme (2433 m) - Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini (2035 m) Time: 8 hours Altitude gain: +1000m, -1350m
Day 4 Rifugio Elisabetta (2035 m) - Courmayeur (1224 m) -Rifugio Bertone (1991 m) Time: 8 hours Altitude gain: +950m, -900m
Day 5 Rifugio Bertone (1991 m) - Col Sapin (2436 m) - Rifugio Elena (2060 m) Time: 7 hours Altitude difference: +1150m, -1050m
Day 6 Rifugio Elena (2060 m) - Petit Col Ferret ( 2488 m)- Cabane de la Léchère (1750 m) Time: 4 hours Altitude gain: +400m, -700m
Day 7 Cabane de la Léchère (1750 m) - Le Relais d'Arpette (1680 m) Time: 6 hours Altitude gain: +700m, -850m
Day 8 Le Relais d'Arpette (1680 m) - Fenêtre d' Arpette ( 2665 m) Gîte Le Peuty (1326 m) Time: 7 hours Altitude gain: +1000m, -1350m
Day 9 Gîte Le Peuty (1326 m) - Col de Balme (2191 m) - Châlet de la Flégère (1877 m) Time: 8 hours Altitude gain: +1350m, -800m
Day 10 La Flégère (1877 m) - Brévent (2526 m) - Les Houches (1008 m) Time: 6 hours Altitude difference: +650m, -1500m
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General safety advice:All the safety rules of mountaineering also apply to hiking!Here is a six-point overview:.
1. KNOWLEDGEABLE TOUR PLANNING: pay attention to the weather forecast, check the terrain, check the equipment.
2. FULL EQUIPMENT: An emergency kit with mobile phone, first aid kit, bivouac sack and ideally a headlamp is always included when hiking in the mountains..
3. REALISTIC SELF-ECONSCIENCE: In truth, behind the main causes of accidents there is often overestimation of one's own abilities. Therefore: increase hikes slowly, get to know your body and your own abilities..
4. ORIENTATION: The use of a map and altimeter should be mastered - being able to read a map correctly at all is not a matter of course. Caution: A GPS device is a useful aid, but not a substitute for a map!
5. BEFORE YOU GO: Inform someone where you plan to be on the trail, when you plan to return..
6. IF ANYTHING HAPPENS: You should already have emergency numbers stored in your mobile phone: The Alpine emergency number is 140, the Euro emergency number is 112.
Disclaimer:Tour at your own risk! No liability whatsoever is accepted for any alpine hazards that may occur (weather, etc.).
Tips and hints
As already mentioned, I recommend my video on the tour:
Here's a link directly to my channel:
There is public transport in Les Houches, Charmonix, Courmayeur and Martigny. The nearest airport is in Geneva (approx. 1 hour by bus).
Flight to Geneva return approx. 100 euros. Bus from Geneva to Charmonix 15 euros.
By roadFrom Geneva airport, take the bus to Charmonix and then walk approx. 7km to Les Houches. Of course also possible by car.
Book recommendations for this region:
* Hiking shoes/hiking boots* Short hiking pants/long hiking pants/zip-off hiking pants* Functional shirt* Fleece sweater/fleece jacket* Rain jacket* Functional underwear* Hiking socks
Other hiking equipment:* Hiking T-shirt for changing* Rain trousers* Insulation jacket* Cap or headband* Sunglasses (for tours at higher altitudes possibly glacier goggles* Hat and gloves if necessary* Adjustable hiking poles* Hiking rucksack (approx. 20 litres or as required)* Rain cover for the rucksack* In snow: Grödel and gaiters
Technique and orientation:* Topographical map material* Compass* Charged mobile phone, powerbank* Headlamp* GPS device or GPS watch* Binoculars
Rations:* Drinking bottle or hydration system (min. 2.0 litres)* Snack in suitable lunch box* Energy gel and other rations according to personal experience
Health & First aid:* First aid kit* Blister plaster* Tape* Sun cream* Handkerchiefs* Tick tongs/tick card.
Winter:* avalanche transceiver* avalanche probe* shovel* snowshoes/skis
Other:* Passport/insurance card* Cash* Pocket knife* Outdoor lighter/fire steel
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