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2015 Tour Du Mont Blanc Blog Update

2015 Alps trek through France, switzerland & Italy

Mountain Hikes 2015 Tour du Mont Blanc Blog update, reviews and trip description. Fantastic weather, a lovely group, great scenery and views and really good food.

This is just one comment from Arnrid following the 2015 Tour du Mont Blanc trip, but go to the bottom of the page to see more reviews and comments:

Arnrid
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you both for the TMB holiday.  You both took so much care and thought to make it as good as it could be for each and every one of us.  It was no mean feat to guide us all safely round the course without mishap – and to find the way without any fuss – you seemed to know where to go without ever looking at a map  (or perhaps I just wasn’t at the front of the line to see you!)  It all went so smoothly and amiably – you managed to keep the diverse group happily together with good humour , and time the pace and stops as well as it could be for so many people.  The difference between your outfit and the commercial companies is the personal touch – the sense that you care about getting it right – and you certainly did  (get it right).
A special thank you to you, Yen, for your unfailing good humour and patience at the end of the line!    I don’t know how we would have fared without you –   you’re an absolute star, and I’m very grateful.

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2015 Tour du Mont Blanc group photo

2015 Tour du Mont Blanc First Day

We started in Les Houches and headed over the Col De Voza in sparkling sunshine for our first stop.

2015 Tour du Mont Blanc day2

We then made our way through lovely French villages and chalets to Les Contamines for our dinner and comfy bunks.

2015 Tour du Mont Blanc dinner

Day 2 on the Mountain Hikes 2015 Tour du Mont Blanc, was a long day up to the Col du Bonhomme and Col de la Croix then down into the picuresque valley of Les Chapieux, but again in glorious sunshine.

2015 Tour du Mont Blanc Col de la Croix

2015 Tour du Mont Blanc Into Italy

Day 3 was a short walk up to the Ville De Glaciers for a coffee stop and then a spectacular climb up to the Col de la Seigne.

Tour du Mont Blanc day 3

The col was our first border crossing on the Tour du Mont Blanc from France into Italy so we celebrated with one foot in each country.

2015 Tour du Mont Blanc col pass

Our overnight stop was at the spectacularly positioned Refugio Elisabetta and we then headed down the valley towards Courmeyeur the following morning at the start of Day 4.

Tour du Mont Blanc Refigio Elizabetta

We had some of the best views of the whole of the 2015 Tour du Mont Blanc, today as we looked across to the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Range.

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Just after middday we made it to our lunch stop. A lovely old Rifugio set high in the mountains above Courmayeur.

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Day 5 started with a big climb out of Courmayeur towards Mont de la Saxe and the wonderful Rifugio Bonatti. But with a few stop offs along the way to again admire the magnificent range of mountains in front of us.

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2015 Tour du Mont Blanc Into Switzerland

Day 6 we sadly left the Rifugio Bonatti, one of our favourite 2015 Tour du Mont Blanc overnight stops, to make our way up to the Grand Col Ferret and the Swiss border.

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From the top of the col we could look back the entire length of the Val Veni and Val Ferret where we had walked over the past 3 days.

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We then headed into Switzerland for the first time and made our way down to La Fouly and our Refuge for the night.

Day 7 was one of the easiest of the whole Tour du Mont Blanc and a straight forward hike up the valley to Champex.

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Where they just happened to be holding their summer festival with street vendors selling local foods of all kinds and traditional dancing.

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Day 8 was a day of Alpine pastures with great views down the Rhone Valley and overlooking Martinez, before arriving at the lovely Swiss village of Trient.

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2015 Tour du Mont Blanc Return to France

Day 9 of our 2015 Tour du Mont Blanc we climbed up to the Col de Balme and back into France were we met with our first views of Mont Blanc for several days, which called for a bit of a celebratory photo.

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We then made our way across to the Aiguillette des Posettes for more spectacular views of Mont Blanc.

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Our night time stop was the amazing little chalet at Tre-le-Champ which had tons of character, great hosts, wonderful food and a very cosy nights sleep.

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On day 10 we left Auberge La Boerne, to make our way to the Flegere Refuge, with more great views of Mont Blanc as it got closer and then for a welcome dinner of Tartiflette.

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Our final 2015 Tour du Mont Blanc stage and day 11, took us from Flegere up to the Col du Brevent.

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And then around to the restaurant on top of Brevent itself for the best views yet of the cascading glaciers and towering summits of Mont Blanc.

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We had a great lunch admiring the views back to the Glaciers and summits of Mont Blanc.

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And then headed back down towards Les Houches, for the end of our Tour.

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A most amazing and unforgettable two weeks.

These are just some of the lovely comments we had following this Tour du Mont Blanc trek:

Jess
Thank you again for everything. It was such a great trip. So smooth – the nicest element was not having to use my brain at all, which is down to your excellent organisation! 

Arnrid
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you both for the TMB holiday.  You both took so much care and thought to make it as good as it could be for each and every one of us.  It was no mean feat to guide us all safely round the course without mishap – and to find the way without any fuss – you seemed to know where to go without ever looking at a map  (or perhaps I just wasn’t at the front of the line to see you!)  It all went so smoothly and amiably – you managed to keep the diverse group happily together with good humour , and time the pace and stops as well as it could be for so many people.  The difference between your outfit and the commercial companies is the personal touch – the sense that you care about getting it right – and you certainly did  (get it right).
A special thank you to you, Yen, for your unfailing good humour and patience at the end of the line!    I don’t know how we would have fared without you –   you’re an absolute star, and I’m very grateful.

Alison
You’ll now be on the brink of your next tour or weekend. So a bit late in the day I’m sending you a thank you.  
We had a lovely time, Arnrid and I, even if at times it seemed as if we weren’t!  TMB was a once in a lifetime experience with many ups and downs in every sense.  A bit sobering for me to realise I was less fit than my little sister but I intend to put that right for next time. A special thank you, Yen, for your unfailing patience at the back of the line. I couldnt have kept going sometimes without it. And Kevin, thank you too for calm confident leading in all circumstances. We were all impressed by how cool you were in the crisis at Col Brevent. But also, day to day, keeping us informed and not letting the pace slacken too much. I’m sure Mountain Hikes will go from strength to strength.

Jacob
Thank you so much for leading an eye opening, engaging, challenging and very fun trip.  It has really opened my eyes to the world of hiking and has inspired me to trek more and explore new adventure sports including snowboarding.  I am looking forward to my next hiking trip and considering the Camino (Portuguese Route). Your expertise has given me increased confidence in travelling, also I have made good friends on the way. I am already missing the hills!

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