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Published: November 17th 2017
It is said that that real outdoors people plan their hikes as they walk the trek. This spontaneity supposedly enhances the experience as a whole.
While this may be true, it is prudent to get your own plans figured out well in advance. Spontaneity is good, but organisation is better (and indeed safer), especially when it comes to an Alpine adventure.
The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of Europe’s most popular hikes and a favourite for both new and accomplished trekkers around the world. It is not an experience you want to plan for on the go, because its vast stretch of massifs and valleys can spring a surprise anytime. If you think you have the constitution for this legendary trek then make sure you contact an organisation that knows these mountains and can help you plan it safely. We would recommend expert trekkers Salamander Adventures
who offer guided Tour Du Mont Blanc excursions
as well as self-guided packages on the Mont Blanc Massif
The TMB (as it is popularly called) is a 160-km trek with the highest mountain standing at 4810m
. It circles around peaks and valleys through France, Italy and Switzerland. It is any outdoor lover’s idea of a must-trek. Whilst it is not necessary to climb the mountain peaks themselves, the walk is indeed tough and will require some advance planning and suitable mental preparation. There are various ways to hike across the Tour du Mont Blanc
Whilst on vacation, the first thing to consider is if you want a guided tour or a self-guided hike. Depending on the tour program you choose, a guided hike may include a donkey to help you with extra luggage that might not fit in your backpack.
However, the maximum weight a donkey can carry is 7kg, so you will want to check exactly what you are packing. You could even reward the donkey with fruit on occasion! They are known to love apples and peaches.
The TMB self-guided tour is an option for more experienced hikers. It is advisable to meet with the tour operator for a consultation. They should check all your gear and ensure the arrangements are in order before giving you the green light to proceed. This way, you can eliminate any mistakes by planning in detail yourself.
The Tour du Mont Blanc excursion involves 7-day, 9-day or 10-day self-guided tours. You can choose to stay in purposefully built huts or exclusive accommodation. There is also the option of taking your luggage with you or having it transferred ahead of each stop.
Self-guides are often a cheaper alternative, though this can be time consuming as well. Planning your Tour du Mont Blanc Trek
Should you choose to plan the tour on your own, it is recommended that you use a combination of TMB-specific sites, the Tour of Mont Blanc Complete Two-Way Trekking Guide Book
and a trusted map. Choosing your starting point for the hike
Considering the trek traverses through three countries, you can choose to start anywhere along the route, depending on your location. Some people begin from Chamonix, also referred to as the ‘Capital of Extreme’ because of its mountaineering, climbing and rafting activities. However, the popular starting point - and meeting place for other trekkers - is in the neighbouring settlement of St. Gervais or Les Houches. If you start from either of these locations, make sure you first buy all that you need in Chamonix.
TMB; choosing your direction
Every experienced hiker will have you know that the traditional way to begin is in an anti-clockwise direction. The benefit of this is that you will keep meeting familiar faces. If you like hiking with other parties, this direction ensures you run into them during the trek, whether at a notable campsite or private accommodation.
Nothing feels more welcoming and reassuring than meeting a friendly face again during your trek. You can choose to hike as a party or in separate groups, it all depends on you. Sharing stories about your experience with other hikers is one of the fun parts of the trek. How many days do you plan to hike?
Don’t just pluck a number off the top of your head. Think carefully and consult the itineraries for self-guided tours. There are tours ranging from 7 to 9 and 10-days. Consider factors
such as your tolerance levels, health, accompanying party, supplies and so on.
As a first-time hiker, it is advisable to go with a guided-tour and at least have a sizeable travelling party. Granted, in time you will become a master of the TMB walks, but nothing feels more satisfying than when you complete your first trip. Good luck!
Tot: 3.251s; Tpl: 0.052s; cc: 11; qc: 48; dbt: 0.0403s; 3; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.5mb