Tour du Mont Blanc

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June 15th 2013
Published: December 23rd 2013EDIT THIS ENTRY

The circumnavigation of Mont Blanc has been on my trekking wishlist for a long time, so it was great to finally tick the box with a guided Utracks 10-day trip. There was still so much snow and ice that we attempted the trek in a clockwise direction, instead of the usual counter-clockwise way, in the hope that the snow would melt enough to give us a chance of crossing the high passes. As it was, we... Read Full Entry

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river crossingriver crossing
river crossing

Due to the unusually high and late snowfalls, some of the river crossings were swift and tricky. Nicole to the rescue every time!
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snow bridge

There was a river under this snow bridge - we could only cross the same path one at a time
day 4 - to La Fouly, Switzerland (1024m)day 4 - to La Fouly, Switzerland (1024m)
day 4 - to La Fouly, Switzerland (1024m)

Long, freezing cold, wet and windy day with 603m descent and 568m ascent. Highest point of 1592m.
water sourcewater source
water source

plenty of opportunities to refill the water bottles along the route

Seriously cute house of gnomes. Every house and town in Switzerland is immaculately tidy and landscaped.
Steep slopeSteep slope
Steep slope

Tried to climb up alternative steep slope to reach the Col de Ferret, however eventually we couldn't go any further due to the icy conditions (it was too dangerous even with crampons and ice axes, which we didn't have) so we turned back and took minivans to Courmayeur instead.
ice wallice wall
ice wall

At the Switzerland - Italy border

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