Taking it Easy on the Tour du Mont Blanc – Rick Steves’ Travel Blog


While the Tour du Mont Blanc is demanding, it’s not a very tough hike. It’s simply lengthy, with a number of altitude acquire and loss, and all the time scenic. On my latest trek across the mountain with three buddies, it appeared every of us had a weak spot: knees, toes, or lungs. For some, the problem was the uphill half, and for others (with weak knees), it was going downhill. We simply took it straightforward, with a number of little breaks.

David, Sue, Shelley, and I shared your entire hike on Mont Blanc. But to be free to go our personal tempo, we usually discovered it finest to hike as {couples} slightly than as a foursome. It’s actually vital to have the ability to cease and relaxation with no concern for what the others need or want. Our mantra was, “We’re here to hike — to enjoy the moment, the trail, the mountains — not to race to the hotel.”

For lengthy climbs, regular, smaller steps are finest. The path could possibly be actually rocky, and I can’t think about doing it with out mountaineering poles. The path indicators had been nice, and apps made staying on the path straightforward: Just comply with the blue dot. And I bought good use out of a top-quality printed map. (I’d spend time the evening earlier than studying up on the hike and familiarizing myself with the path on the map.)


While the climate forecast appeared threatening, we hiked six days (in September, over the last week of the season) and, fortunately, had just one hour of rain. Still, every day we’d pack rain gear, and we’d add on and take off layers as we gained and misplaced altitude. After 4 days, we had it sorted out, and it occurred to us rank newcomers, “We’re getting good at this.”

As we had been mountaineering in an enormous circle round an enormous clump of mountains and sleeping in charming cities every evening, daily appeared to be up and over a frightening mountain move. A nightly deal with was a stroll below a milky blanket of stars.


I’ll be sharing extra images, tales, and ideas from Mont Blanc on the Nov. 29 version of Monday Night Travel. Want to come back alongside? Register now for this enjoyable — and free! — occasion. 


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