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Day 4 took me from Les Chapieux to Courmayeur; this was one of my favorite day, as we got to see the Marmottes (groundhog), they are all over the place and once you reach the highest point of Col de la Seigne where you feel you can nearly touch the Mont Blanc. This day we crossed the border in to Italy (Courmayeur).
This is a day to Indulge yourself with a handmade ice-cream in Courmayeur, after all you really deserve a treat. On this day itís important to note that the way down into Courmayeur is very steep so take it easy and do some zig-zag your knees will thank you. Also, I should point out that Italy is not as well marked as France but keep to following the yellow TMB signs and that will get you to your next stop. Remember that after all you are going through 3 different countries in just a few days, so observe and enjoy their singularities. The highest point of the day is 2,537 (Grand Col Ferret) quite an achievement.
On day 5, I got into Switzerland, Champex-Lac is a beautiful very charming village with a stunning lake so I was happy to absorb the scenery before leaving early the following morning to head on to Trient.
This really is a walk for people serious about exploring the world on their feet! Many thanks to Geraldine for providing her account.
Iíve always wanted to walk the Tour du Mont Blanc. The thing that attracted me to it most is that you get to walk through 3 countries in one trip. I walked from the town of Chamonix with itsí panoramic in the middle of the French Alps. Thereís so much to do it Chamonix for those who like their winter sports so if at all possible I recommend staying there an extra night or two and enjoy the slopes.
From Chamonix I headed south in the direction of les Houches which is 1,000 meters above sea level and situated at the foot of Mont-Blanc and by day 3 I walked from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux. If you like food: please, do not leave this trip without having tried the Raclette or the Fondue, this is a must if you enjoy eating, also taste the Genepi a liquor from this region.
Tour du Monte Blanc
Once in Switzerland, sign posts are good along the way and you have the name of the places where you are going to/or you are passing by and the time is going to take you to get there.
Again as any other day the views made it all worth it. I didnít have the best weather you can possibly have but I made the most of the trip and who knows I might never get the opportunity to go to TMB again so I made sure I printed those mountains and valleys in my head forever.
Day 7 ended with a walk from Trient to Argentiere and then the bus back to Chamonix. The last walking day made me sad to leave. I was beginning to feel that I was getting used to the walking routine of going to be early and getting up at the crack of dawn to explore the Alps.
I was so happy that I chose walking without carrying bags, on the day of bad weather and also with the wind was not funny watching people carrying those heavy bags. People were a little jealous when I passed them by with just my day pack on my back. Wise move to have my luggage transferred, me thinks!
uGet prepared before you go, this is a tough walk and the more prepared you are the better you will enjoy it.
uGet proper gear, good walking shoes/boots and think about bringing some waterproofs, these are high mountains you will be walking please wear them as much as you can before you go , bring your walking poles if you are comfortable walking with them.
uAsk all the questions you may have before you go. Make a plan of what you are going to walk the evening before every walk.
uBring enough food and water at the end of the day although there are some places to stop they can occasionally be closed so you should be responsible and have enough for the day with you. Itís best not want to feel anxious because you are hungry or rush to the next stop.
uTalk to the people, wonderful people walking this tour from all over that world. And if you think you know something and see someone a bit lost do not hesitate in giving your knowledge away people will appreciate it (bus timetable, a nice place to eat).
uKeep safe, stay on the marked path and if the weather is not nice just stick to the low altitude path according to your notes and the sign posts.
My Tour du Mont Blanc was organised by OneFootAbroad.com