Friday, March 25, 2011

Mount Blanc-France

Mount Blanc is one of the classic alpine routes and world’s most famed walks. It circles the highest mountain in western Europe and many of its satellite peaks, passing through France, Switzerland and Italy - three contrasting countries which share the Mont Blanc Massif between them. Although demanding in parts, the trail is well within the capabilities of any fit mountain walker, involving generally moderate hiking through delightful alpine villages and picturesque valleys. Our route crosses from country to country over high mountain passes, and in addition to the stunning mountain scenery on offer we will be able to savour the food and wines of this region in a variety of traditional alpine inns.

The complete circuit of Mont Blanc covers just over 100 miles and circumnavigates the massif via a series of high passes. Each one of these opens up a new vista into the seven major valleys which drain the spectacular glaciers of the range. Mont Blanc (4807m) is the highest mountain in the range and its huge aspect totally dominates the view from wherever you are on the walk. But we also see other famous alpine peaks including the famous Chamonix Needles - the Dru, the Grepon and the Grands Charmoz - steep pinnacles of rock which attracted many of the early British alpinists. Our trek culminates with a spectacular traverse of the ‘Grand Balcon’ - a delightful elevated terrace which runs on the opposite side of the valley to the Mont Blanc Massif and which provides the classic panoramic views of the range including the much-photographed reflection in the still waters of Lac Blanc. On the final day of our trek we may be able to make an ascent of the Brevent (2312m), before finally descending to the Chamonix Valley where we can celebrate our successful circumnavigation of this classic peak.

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