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Superb mountain views around every corner of the TMB
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Highlights

  • Taking on Europe's classic long distance trek
  • Three countries on one trek; France, Italy & Switzerland
  • Delicious meals featuring the local specialities of each country
  • A relaxed itinerary with bag transfer included and an extra night in Courmayeur
  • Share stories with fellow walkers in spectacularly located mountain huts

Two weeks of fabulous trekking on this relaxed version of the Tour du Mont Blanc, staying in mountain huts and hotels. Experience every step of this classic Alpine trek through France, Italy and Switzerland.

This itinerary is ideal if you want to complete the entire Tour at a slightly slower pace and spend more time on the Italian section of the trek. An experience filled with superlatives, which should be on any walkers ‘must do’ list of treks. The ever changing panoramas will just blow you away.

Experience the camaraderie of the Tour du Mont Blanc and relax with a beer at the end of the day, chatting to fellow walkers from all over the world. For the serious walker with a sense of aesthetic there really is no other option for the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Day 1: Arrive Les Houches

The pretty Alpine village of Les Houches is easily accessible by either train or shuttle from Geneva Airport in just over an hour. On arrival you can settle into your comfortable hotel, stroll through the town and get ready for your adventure on the Tour du Mont Blanc.


Dinner & Overnight: Chalet Hotel Les Campanules**, Les Houches (twin room)



Enjoying wonderful views the 2 star Chalet Hotel Campanules punches well above its weight with great views, service and comfortable rooms.


or: Hotel Du Bois***, Les Houches


Enjoying a wonderful outlook the 3* Hotel du Bois offers comfortable rooms, great food and has a sauna and swimming pool.



Day 2:
Les Houches to Les Contamines

Your trek starts with either a climb from Les Houches out of the Chamonix Valley to Bellevue (1801m) or a quick 10 minute ride on the Bellevue telepherique (recommended) where you join the Tour du Mont Blanc.


At Bellevue you have the option of taking the tough route via Chalet de Miage, which is dominated by the Dôme du Goûter and Aiguille de Bionnasay as you pass just beneath the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay. After passing the idyllic Chalet de Miage you descend to Les Contamines.



The easier option winds through beautiful forests and through alpine pastures via Bionnassay to Les Contamines.


Walk via Bionnassay: 16km, 5 Hours, 650m Ascent, 630m Descent


Walk via Chalets de Miage: 18km, 7.5 Hours, 1500m ascent, 1300m descent


Optional Cable Car: Reduces both routes by 2 hours and 900m of ascent.


Dinner & Overnight:  Hotel Christiania**, Les Contamines (twin room)


Located on the main street this traditional 2* hotel is the perfect base in Les Contamines.


Day 3: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux or Refuge des Mottets

Leaving Les Contamines the path turns upwards and climbs steadily on the Chemin Roman through the Contamines Montjoie Nature Reserve towards the distant Col du Bonhomme. A steady climb reveals increasingly rugged views of the high peaks and you quickly reach the rugged landscapes of the Col du Bonhomme (2329 m). A further hour on rough and rocky ground brings up the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme.


If you are staying in Les Chapieux you descend past the spectacularly located Refuge Col de la Croix du Bonhomme all the way to the valley below. Those staying at Refuge des Mottets have the choice of either descending to Les Chapieux and then catching the shuttle to Les Mottets or connoisseurs will love the climb to the Col des Fours (2665m), which promises clear views of Mont Blanc before descending into the remote and beautiful Valle des Glaciers.


Walk to Les Chapieux: 18km, 1300m Ascent, 950m Descent, 7 – 8 Hours.


Walk to Refuge des Mottetts via Col des Fours: 20km, 1600m Ascent, 900m Descent, 7.5 - 8 Hours. 


Dinner & Overnight: Either Auberge de La Nova (dorm)


The friendly and comfortable Auberge de la Nova serves a great beer and even better grub. Or Refuge des Mottets which is idyllically situated in the Ville des Glaciers with over 50 beds and great food.


Day 4: Les Chapieux/Refuge des Mottets to Rifugio Elisabetta

The Col de la Seigne (2516m) lies a steep 750m above the Refuge des Mottets and is where you leave France for Italy. Just wait until you see the view! Stupendous! The steep southern side of the Mont Blanc Massif, made up of jagged peaks, hanging glaciers and plunging waterfalls, seems close enough to touch. The trail descends through high alpine meadows to Refuge Elisabetta in the Val Veni.


Walk (from Les Chapieux): 15km, 1000m Ascent, 260m Descent, 5 Hours (Take 5 km, 150m Ascent & 2 hours off if starting from Refuge des Mottets)

Dinner & Overnight: Rifugio Elisabetta

Owned and operated by the CAI the Elisabetta is famous for wonderful sunsets, but the accommodation is the most basic of the tour in simple rooms. Your bags cannot be transferred to Elisabetta due to a lack of road access
so you will need to carry a few overnight things with you.


Day 5: Rifugio Elisabetta to Courmayeur

Leaving Refugio Elisabetta you must choose either the standard option which climbs via Col Chécrouit to Courmayeur, with some of the best views of the TMB, or the easy option of continuing past the snout of the huge Glacier du Miage to Visaille and to Courmayeur via the Val Veni.


Walk via Col Chécrouit: 18km, 460m Ascent, 1560m Descent, 5-6 Hours


Walk via Val Veni: 14km, 200m Ascent, 1100m Descent, 4-5 Hours


Overnight: Hotel Bouton d’Or*** , Courmayeur (twin room)


Located just a few minutes from the pedestrianised centre of Courmayeur the family run Hotel Bouton d’Or is wonderfully friendly and has a calm garden and terrace in which to relax.



Or Hotel Crampon*** , Courmayeur Located in the heart of Courmayeur this family run hotel has a large garden and comfortable rooms.


Day 6: Rest day in Courmayeur

Nestled at the heart of Italy’s Aosta Valley Courmayeur is bustling in summer with plenty to fill your day. Choose from a gentle stroll, a relaxing cappuccino and people watching on the piazza or perhaps take the cable car to Rifugio Torino and the Punta Helbronner (3462m), where you can enjoy the most spectacular views of the Mont Blanc Massif.


Overnight: Courmayeur



Day 7: Courmayeur to Rifugio Bonatti


In good weather the walk from Courmayeur to Rifugio Bonatti is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable of your Tour du Mont Blanc. Choose from three variations for the next section, all of which start with a steep climb from Courmayeur. The main route then contours around the flank of Mont de la Saxe on an undulating path giving you plenty of time to take in the dramatic icy panorama of the Mont Blanc Massif and Grand Jorasses across the valley.


The variants via Col Sapin or Mont de la Saxe include more climbing but the views are arguably better. Whichever route you choose Refugio Bonatti, the crème de la crème of alpine refuges, marks the end of your day.


Walk: 12km, 850m Ascent, 700m descent, 4.5 hours. (The variants almost double the ascent and add 2 hours)


Dinner & Overnight: Rifugio Bonatti
The privately owned Rifugio Bonatti has a reputation as one of the best in the Alps. Your bags cannot be transferred to Bonatti due to a lack of road access
so you will need to carry a few overnight things with you.


Day 8: Rifugio Bonatti to La Fouly

The day begins with a glorious contouring walk from Rifugio Bonatti before descending into Val Ferret, where the climb of Grand col Ferret begins. The top of the col brings up Switzerland. Descending through picture book scenes of chalets, grazing cattle and fabulous alpine views you soon reach La Fouly, an idyllic alpine village of wooden chalets overflowing with flowers.


Walk: 20 km, 895m Ascent, 1410m Descent, 7 Hours


Dinner & Overnight: Hotel Edelweiss, La Fouly (Dorm)


Hotel Edelweiss is a comfortable mountain chalet style hotel which also has dormitory accommodation. You can upgrade to double/twin rooms for a small additional supplement if you would prefer a little more comfort half way through your trip.


Day 9: La Fouly to Champex

Walking through the Val Ferret with its patchwork of peaceful forests and green pastures is balm for the body and soul as this is the easiest stage of the TMB. On the way to Champex you will be walking on some of the quietest trails in the Mont Blanc Massif. The village of Les Arlaches, made up of traditional wooden Swiss Chalets, seems to have leapt from a postcard and is a highlight of the day. Your overnight stop is the lakeside town of Champex.


Walk: 15 km, 5 Hours, Ascent: 450m, Descent: 550m


Dinner & Overnight: Gite Bon Abri, Champex (dorm)


Located in woodland just outside Champex the pleasant family run Bon Abri has a welcoming atmosphere and great home cooked food.


Day 10: Champex to Trient

The official route goes via Alp Bovine, a splendid walk through pine and larch forests interspersed with alpine meadows and wonderful views down the Rhône Valley.


Alternatively the demanding variant goes via the spectacular Fenêtre d’Arpette to the Trient Valley. Climbing to 2665m it’s a challenging and exposed route but worth every step. Whichever route you choose you will end the day by descending right to the valley floor to the small village of Trient.


Walk via Alp Bovine: 17.5km, 750m Ascent: 950 m Descent, 5.5 Hours.


Walk via Fenêtre d’Arpette: 15.5km, 1200m Ascent, 1450m descent, 7 Hours


Dinner & Overnight:  La Grand Ourse or Auberge Relais du Mont Blanc, Trient (dorm)


Nestled deep in the valley Trient is always bursting with walkers on the Tour du Mont Blanc and Walkers Haut Route, both these accommodations are the most basic along the TMB route. 


Day 11: Trient to Tré-le-Champ

From Trient, you climb to reach the French border at Col de Balme (2191 m). From the col the entire Mont Blanc Massif stretches ahead; the Chamonix Valley, the summit of Mont Blanc, the Aiguilles, the Mer de Glace and the Argentière glaciers!


The route then continues via the Col des Posettes and Aiguillette des Posettes, with wonderful views throughout, before descending into the Chamonix Valley at Tré-le- Champ.


Walk: 12 km, 1050m Ascent, 950m Descent, 6 Hours


Dinner & Overnight: Refuge Boerne, Tré le Champ (dorm) or Le Tour


Day 12: Tré-le-Champ to Lac Blanc

Two fantastic days of walking await. The views across the Chamonix Valley to the Mont Blanc Massif are outstanding throughout. From Tré-le-Champ the trail climbs via Aiguillette de Argentière to the Grand Balcon Sud of the Aiguilles Rouges, taking in a few fixed ladders on the way. You are now in the Aiguilles Rouge Nature Reserve and sightings of Ibex, Marmot and many other furry creatures are common. The refuge at the beautiful Lac Blanc is surrounded by high peaks and gives a grand view of Mont Blanc across the valley.


Walk: 7km, 4 Hours, Ascent: 1020m, Descent: 40m


Alternative: For those who don’t like heights there is a variation which avoids the ladders and takes the same time.


Dinner & Overnight: Refuge Lac Blanc boasts the finest location and views of any refuge on the TMB. Modern facilities combined with great food and atmosphere make for a memorable final night in the mountains. Your bags cannot be transferred to Lac Blanc due to a lack of road access
so you will need to carry a few overnight things with you.


Day 13: Lac Blanc to Les Houches

Your last day on the Tour du Mont Blanc takes you all the way to Les Houches via the Col du Brévent & the rocky pedestal of the le Brévent (2525m). Mont Blanc seems within touching distance on the opposite side of the valley. Descend past Lac Brévent and continue to Bel Lachat before making the descent to Les Houches and a short bus  ride will take you back to Chamonix.


This day can be shortened at several points. Chamonix is the centre of mountaineering in the French Alps and always a hive of activity. The perfect place to celebrate the end of your walk around Mont Blanc.


Walk: 18km, 670m Ascent, 2055m Descent, 9 Hours


Alternative: It is possible to reduce the walk considerably to 1, 3 or 5 hours by taking one of three cable cars down into the Chamonix Valley.


Overnight: Hotel l’Arve***, Chamonix (twin room)


Enjoying a quiet location with great views, despite being so close to the centre of Chamonix, the hotel l'Arve has 37 comfortable rooms and a friendly welcoming atmosphere.


Day 14: Onward Travel

Chamonix is a great base to spend a couple of days and we would recommend that you add extra nights here. You can enjoy some fabulous walking in the Aiguilles Rouge Park, take the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi at 3795m or perhaps the train to the Montenvers on the Mer de Glace.


If you are heading home there are numerous shuttles, buses and trains back to Geneva and throughout France.

Accommodation


13 Nights accommodation is included in your trip. 5 Nights are in small hotels (generally 2/3*) and 8 nights are in auberges/refuges in shared mixed sex dormitories.



Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is not available to solo walkers. Single rooms are available on 4 nights and a single supplement is payable.



Meals


13 Breakfasts and 10 Dinners are included (not in Courmayeur or Chamonix).  Breakfast in the 2/3* hotels tend to be a buffet selection with lots of sweet treats like pastries, home made jams fruit and cereals. Savoury tastes are also catered for with bread, cheese, ham and eggs usually available.


Breakfasts in the mountain hotels and huts tend to be very basic; bread, butter, jams, coffee, tea and orange juice.  If you prefer something more substantial before walking, we recommend carrying a few energy bars with you each day and supplement your breakfast with one of these.


Packed lunch items can be bought locally from supermarkets or the local boulangerie. If you are staying in a hut or remote accommodation, order a packed lunch with them upon arrival.


Dinner in the hotels will be at least three courses chosen from a fixed menu, and sometimes there is a choice available. Dinner in the mountain huts tend to be a convivial affair, and you will be seated with the other guests. Meal times are a real highlight in the huts, and you can enjoy the company of people from all over the world while you dine on good honest home cooked food. Dinner is typically soup with bread, a main course consisting of meat and rice or pasta, a side salad or vegetables, followed by a simple dessert or cheese. If you have any dietary requirements, please tell us upon booking and we can arrange this with the accommodations.


In Chamonix and Courmayeur. dinner is not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Savoyard specialities are mostly based on cheese. Dishes which shouldn’t be missed include fondue, tartiflette and raclette.

 

Time of Year

The season for the Tour du Mont Blanc runs from mid June to mid September. The trail is sometimes closed until the last week of June due to snow, in which case your tour would need to be rescheduled or cancelled. Please note that public transport in the area in the shoulder months of June and September is limited. This means that certain 'short cut' options will not be at your disposal during these months. Those hiking in these months should be prepared to walk the full distances each day. In the itinerary description you will find the daily distances both with and without any possible short cuts.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This tour is not available to solo walkers and single rooms are not available except on the first and last nights. A supplement is payable.


Grade & Terrain

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a tough trek with considerable ascent and descent on each day. We would suggest that you are an experienced walker who is looking for a challenge. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.  The terrain is mountainous, rocky and rough underfoot. There are two sections that include the use of fixed ladders and footholds, and require some very light scrambling. This is on the Grand Balcon du Sud route between Tré-le-Champ and Lac Blanc/Le Flègére on Day 12 and again between Col du Brévent and Le Brévent on Day 13. Both sections can be avoided by taking an alternative route. These will be detailed in your route notes..


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The Tour du Mont Blanc is comprehensively way marked at all junctions and by regular paint marks along the trail. We supply you with detailed 1:25 000 IGN maps, a comprehensive guidebook and route notes so you should have absolutely no problem following the route. We also provide you with access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App, which you can use to navigate. We strongly recommend using this App, or at least having it on your phone ready to use should you ever be in any doubt about your direction. You should also polish up on your map and compass skills prior to departing, as weather and visibility can change very quickly in the mountains, and these kinds of skills never go out of fashion!


Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer is included as standard, allowing you to enjoy the
trek with just a light day bag on your back. We ask that you limit your
baggage to one bag per person with a maximum weight of 15kg per person.
On this particular itinerary, your bags cannot be transfered to Refugio Elisabetta (night 5), Rifugio
Bonatti (night 7) and Refuge du Lac Blanc (night 12), due to the inaccessibilty of the accommodation. You
will need to carry your overnight things on these days and you will be
reunited with your main bag the following day.


If you would prefer not to have bag transfer, and prefer to carry
everything on your back as you walk, this can also be arranged. Just ask
one of your Destination and Adventure specialists for more
information.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Les Houches/from Chamonix

By Air: Geneva is the best airport for the Chamonix valley.  From here you catch a train if you wish , but the best option is to take a pre-booked shuttle through a company such as Mountain Dropoffs. Your Destination & Adventure Specialist will be happy to book this for you.


By Rail: TGV to Saint-Gervais-Le Fayet and then catch the Mont Blanc Express service to Les Houches. www.voyages-sncf.com For the return, they are regular trains between Chamonix and St Gervais les Bains Le Fayet.


By Road: Highway A40-E25 Mont Blanc-Chamonix, exit Les Houches. More information at www.viamichelin.fr


Parking: In Les Houches there is free parking at the Bellevue Cableway station and parking is allowed and free in some surrounding streets close to your hotel. In Chamonix, free parking at the Aiguille du Midi & the parking Planards (Montenvers station).



Travel during the walk


If you are finding the going too tough you can use lifts or public transport to skip several of the stages or big ascents/descents. Public transport and lifts/funiculars are not included in the cost of your trip, although your info pack has full details of each transfer.

Included

  • 5 Nights in comfortable 2/3* star hotels on a twin/double/triple share basis
  • 8 Nights in mountain huts/refuges/gîtes in shared mixed sex dormitories
  • Bag transfer (with the exception of Rifugio Elisabetta, Rifugio Bonatti and Refuge du Lac Blanc)
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 10 Dinners (Chamonix & Courmayeur not included)
  • Detailed maps, information pack, route notes, guide book, GPX tracks and access to the Macs navigation app
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our office

Excluded

  • Mountain rescue / emergency assistance
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Les Houches and from Chamonix
  • Lunches (allow €10 per day)
  • Dinner in Chamonix and Courmayeur
  • Local transfers and ski lifts
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Accommodation upgrade at any point on the trek
  • Single room supplement if required

How fit do I need to be?

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a tough trek with considerable ascent and descent on each day. We would suggest that you are an experienced walker who is looking for a challenge. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

The closest airport is Geneva which is served by flights from throughout Europe and around the world.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised. This is a very popular hiking area with a short season. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, sleeping sheet, a day pack and hats/gloves etc. A detailed kit list is included in your information pack.

How do the baggage transfers work? 

Baggage transfer is included as standard, allowing you to enjoy the trek with just a light day bag on your back. We ask that you limit your baggage to one bag per person with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. On this particular itinerary, your bags cannot be transfered to Refugio Elisabetta (night 5), Rifugio Bonatti (night 7) and Refuge du Lac Blanc (night 12), due to the inaccessibilty of the accommodation. You will need to carry your overnight things on these days and you will be reunited with your main bag the following day.

If you would prefer not to have bag transfer, and prefer to carry everything on your back as you walk, this can also be arranged. Just ask one of your Destination and Adventure specialists for more information.

When is the best time of year?

The season for the Tour du Mont Blanc runs from mid June to mid September. The trail is sometimes closed until the last week of June due to snow, in which case your tour would need to be rescheduled or cancelled.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?  

Some sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc are very easy to skip with the use of public transport, while others are very difficult, time consuming and expensive. We provide you with a handy 'Public Transport and Bad Weather Guide' to the TMB before you leave and will help you in any way possible should you be unable to walk a stage.

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I would take it again!

By Andrei

from Toronto

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  • Fun
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

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  • Avoid Rifugio Elisabetta- unfriendly staff

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Comments about macs adventure Relaxed Tour du Mont Blanc (Huts):

Everything was so great! No any problems, just pleasant adventures. Very good preparation by Mac's Adventure! Great job!!! Thanks a lot from our group!

 
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Would do it all again with Macs Adventure

By Explorer Axey

from Sydney

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  • Exhausting

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Comments about macs adventure Relaxed Tour du Mont Blanc (Huts):

It was great having all our accommodation booked through Macs for this massive hike. One less thing to think about at the end of a hard days hiking. We had amazing hotels when in town and nice dorm accommodation up in the Mountains. Macs made our life easy! But we still had the tough trekking to do on our own.

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A great Iconic trek

By Greg

from Christchurch, New Zealand

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    Comments about macs adventure Relaxed Tour du Mont Blanc (Huts):

    The baggage transfer system worked very well. The length of trekking each day was good.
    Some of the accommodation in the mountain huts was crowded especially in the sleeping areas but the food and companionship was great. Overall a fantastic trip and well worth doing.

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    Best holiday ever!

    By The Greens

    from Exeter

    About Me Occasional Traveller, Outdoor, activity-loving family

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    • Macs selected and booked the best huts
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Very good value and hassle-free.
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      Comments about macs adventure Relaxed Tour du Mont Blanc (Huts):

      This was our BIG holiday - the year our son took his GCSEs and we could go away before the main summer holidays. Everything about Macs Adventures was superb - we had contact with Erin while selecting the trip and she and the Webinar provided really helpful information prior to going. The updates on the snow conditions was very useful and we were well prepared for the weather. We were expected at all our accommodation and received a warm welcome everywhere. The huts, auberges and hotels were all different and enjoyable in their own ways. For us, the combination of fantastic locations of the huts and the comforts (and luxuries!) of the hotels, worked perfectly and the necessary mileage each day was ideal. We arrived early enough to explore the local areas and to sit back and savour the views. Comparing notes with walkers who had organised their own accommodation, we benefited from Macs' ability to get a good deal on tariffs and if we had booked the same accommodation ourselves, we probably wouldn't have saved much money. It was reassuring to know we could contact Macs at any time if we had a problem (we didn't) and we felt very well supported throughout. Thank you!

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      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
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        Comments about macs adventure Relaxed Tour du Mont Blanc (Huts):

        My wife and I are both aged 60 and consider ourselves to be experienced walkers in our home environment of Australia and New Zealand where a typical walk might take 4-6 days and require the carrying of all food, tent and sleeping bags required for the trip. We had to adjust our thinking to the duration of the TMB, the concept of staying in Refuges that provide half board, the thought of typically climbing and descending around 1,000m each day and the concept of passing villages and refuges where you can buy a cappuccino during the day!!

        We found the advice provided by the Macs Adventures team during the planning stage of our trip to be invaluable and in every instance our experience during the walk validated the advice we had received.

        We completed the walk in an anticlockwise direction starting from Les Houches. As sea-level dwellers, we noticed the impact of altitude above 2000m on the first day as we crossed Col Di Tricot (2100m) but we found our altitude tolerance steadily improved during the TMB. If the walk had been in the opposite direction, a first day walk from Les Houches to Lac Blanc would have been tough!

        We chose the Hut (dormitory) accommodation option because it is a concept we are well familiar with in Australia and New Zealand. There was on night when my wife was significantly disturbed by a snorer (not me!). Several nights later we upgraded to a private room in one of the Refuges which recovered any lost sleep. Such things go with the territory!

        Mac Adventure's accommodation choices were excellent. Along the way you meet and chat with many people and from these conversations we discovered that some accommodation is definitely better than others. We really appreciated the peace of mind provided by having all our accommodation booked in advance. It left us free to thoroughly immerse ourselves in the experience of the walk.

        Weather wise we had everything from snow flakes, to rain, to sub-zero wind chill to brilliant sunshine. The days we will not forget were in brilliant sunshine walking the Val Feret in Italy and taking in the splendour of the sunset from Lac Blanc (after the day-trippers had left.) The view from Lac Blanc was stunning!

        The inclusion of a rest day in Courmayeur was an excellent choice not only for the rest but the opportunity to enjoy some time in a delightfully pretty little town. Our hotel was also something special.

        Overall, we give Macs Adventures 200 out of 100 for the contribution they made to our trip. This was the first time we have used a tour operator to assist with the planning and organising of a walk. We are very pleased that we chose to seek assistance and are even more pleased that we happened to chose Macs Adventures.

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