The Tour of Mont Blanc

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The Tour of Mont Blanc is one of the best - if not the best - of the world's classic walks. It circumnavigates the Mont Blanc massif in about eleven days. This new edition incorporates details of the new routes on the Italian section, as well as all other recent route changes and variants. The walk has all the excitement of the high mountains yet none of the worry of altitude sickness. It crosses numerous cols with stunning views of spectacular snow and rock peaks. Accommodation along the route is plentiful.The ...
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Overview


The Tour of Mont Blanc is one of the best - if not the best - of the world's classic walks. It circumnavigates the Mont Blanc massif in about eleven days. This new edition incorporates details of the new routes on the Italian section, as well as all other recent route changes and variants. The walk has all the excitement of the high mountains yet none of the worry of altitude sickness. It crosses numerous cols with stunning views of spectacular snow and rock peaks. Accommodation along the route is plentiful.The 'official' Tour du Mont Blanc follows an established route around the main block of mountains containing not only Mont Blanc but its principal allied summits. The author describes the tour both in the traditional 'anti-clockwise' direction and the 'clockwise' direction. There are several alternative routes that subsequently link, and these are also described. The routes, along with suggestions for alternative exploration, give what the author thinks is the very best perspective and appreciation of the whole region.

This mountain walking guide covers route maps, with step-by-step guidance for all walks and background information on the sites and attractions along the route.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852845322
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Mountain Walking
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Kev Reynolds is a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he has since produced 27 titles for Cicerone, with others being researched at present. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     11
The Tour of Mont Blanc     12
The Route     13
Clockwise or Anti-Clockwise?     18
Suggested Itineraries     20
How to Get There     20
When to Go     22
Accommodation     23
Languages     25
Maps and Waymarks     26
Notes for Walkers     27
Safety in the Mountains     29
Using the Guide     31
Information at a Glance     34
The Tour of Mont Blanc - Anti-Clockwise     35
Les Houches - Bionnassay - Les Contamines     36
Les Houches - Refuge de Miage - Les Contamines     43
Les Contamines - Croix du Bonhomme - Les Chapieux     49
Les Chapieux - Col de la Seigne - Rifugio Elisabetta     58
Rifugio Elisabetta - Courmayeur     64
Courmayeur - Rifugio Bonatti     74
Rifugio Bonatti - Grand Col Ferret - La Fouly     82
La Fouly - Champex     90
Champex - Alp Bovine - Col de la Forclaz     95
Champex - Fenetre d'Arpette - Col de la Forclaz     100
Col de la Forclaz - Col de Balme - Tre-le-Champ     107
Col de la Forclaz - Refuge Les Grands - Tre-le-Champ     113
Tre-le-Champ - La Flegere     117
La Flegere - Le Brevent - Les Houches     126
Places and Items of Interest on the TMB     133
The Story of Mont Blanc     149
The Tour of Mont Blanc - Clockwise     153
Champex - Ferret     154
Ferret - Grand Col Ferret - Rifugio Bonatti     161
Rifugio Bonatti - Courmayeur     168
Courmayeur - Rifugio Elisabetta     176
Rifugio Elisabetta - Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme     182
Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme - Les Contamines     189
Les Contamines - Bionnassay - Les Houches     196
Les Contamines - Refuge de Miage - Les Houches     203
Les Houches - Le Brevent - La Flegere     209
La Flegere - Col de Balme - Trient     216
Trient - Alp Bovine - Champex     225
Refuge Les Grands - Fenetre d'Arpette - Champex     231
Accommodation     237
Useful Addresses     242
Bibliography     245
French-English Glossary     249
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