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Tour du Mont Blanc: Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat, Includes 50 Trail Maps (Trailblazer Guides)by Jim Manthorpe
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At 4807m (15,771ft), Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe, and one of the most famous mountains in the world, does not stand alone. The snow dome summit is the highest point of a spectacular massif of peaks stretching 60 miles by 20 miles. The height of Mont Blanc and its adjacent peaks, such as the Grand Jorasses and Mont Dolent, allows for the development of vast glaciers that slip imperceptibly from the high slopes and through the side valleys. Some might dare to say that this is the most magnificent mountain scenery in Europe. You may even be forgiven for thinking, at times, that the Alps are like a mini Himalaya.
The trail (105 miles, 168km) that circumnavigates the massif, passing through France, Italy and Switzerland, is the most popular long distance walk in Europe. Anyone who has completed it will understand why; every day the beauty of the mountains, the valleys and the forests is a constant and welcome companion. On the last day of the circuit, when your feet complete that invisible line around the icy massif, every tiring climb - and there are a few - will have been worth the effort.
This comprehensive guide includes:
At 4807m (15,771ft), Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in western Europe, and one of the most famous mountains in the world. The trail (105 miles, 168km) that circumnavigates the massif, passing through France, Italy and Switzerland, is the most popular long distance walk in Europe.
About the Author
Jim Manthorpe has trekked in many of the worlds mountainous regions from Patagonia to the Himalaya and Scandinavia to the Canadian Rockies. When not writing, he works as a ranger in Knoydart, Scotland.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION (1) PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TREK With a group or on your own?; Budgeting; When to go; Weather and climate; Getting there; What to take; Accommodation; Mountain safety and weather (2) PART 2 - MONT BLANC: Geology; History of the Tour du Mont Blanc; History of mountaineering on Mont Blanc; Flora and fauna (3) PART 3 CHAMONIX Introduction; Services; Where to stay; Where to eat; Nightlife; Public transport (4) PART 4 - MINIMUM IMPACT TREKKING (5) PART 5 - TRAIL GUIDE AND MAPS Getting to the start; Les Houches; Les Houches to Col de Voza; Col de Voza to Les Contamines via Bionnassay; Alternative route - Col de Voza to Les Contamines via Col de Tricot; Les Contamines; Les Contamines to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme; Col de la Croix du Bonhomme to Refuge des Mottets via Les Chapieux; Alternative route - Col de la Croix du Bonhomme to Refuge des Mottets via Col de Fours; Refuge des Mottets to Col Checroui; Col Checroui to Courmayeur via Dolonne; Alternative route - Col Checroui to Courmayeur via Rifugio Monte Bianco; Courmayeur; Courmayeur to Rifugio Bonatti via Rifugio Bertone; Alternative route - Courmayeur to Rifugio Bonatti via Val Sapin; Rifugio Bonatti to Rifugio Elena; Rifugio Elena to La Fouly; La Fouly to Champex; Champex; Champex to Col de la Forclaz via Alp Bovine; Alternative route - Champex to Col de la Forclaz via Fenetre dArpette; Col de la Forclaz to Col de Balme; Col de Balme to Tre le Champ via Aiguillette des Posettes; Alternative route - Col de Balme to Tre le Champ via Le Tour; Le Tour &; Montroc; Tre-le-Champ & Les Frasserands; Argentiere; Tre le Champ to La Flegere via the ladders; Alternative route - Tre le Champ to La Flegere via Col des Montets; La Flegere to Les Houches (6) PART 6 - THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC; With or without a guide? ; Mountain guides; When to go; Weather and climate; What to take; Mountain safety (7) APPENDICES Bibliography; Maps; Language - French and Italian; Glossary; Health, safety and insurance; Mountain photography (8) INDEX
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