Updated: Oct 18, 2022
Conversation: Tour du Mont Blanc
One of the most well-known treks in Europe is the Tour du Mont Blanc. Take notes on what Gary, our VIP Mountain Leader, has to say as you listen.
Conversations: Tour du Mont Blanc
Sorry about the sun, but I just wanted to show you how incredible it is!
“I often pass trekkers who are ill-equipped and I know they just don’t have enough protective layers in their packs…”
Use only guides who are IML (International Mountain Leader) certified.
Prepare for all weather scenarios.
In France, Italy, and Switzerland, every day is a brand-new adventure.
Before a hike, break in your boots.
You get what you pay for.
Bring a quality sun kit and sunglasses.
Guided vs Self-Guided
Your safety net is provided by IML guides, who are a wealth of information and are familiar with the area and its weather patterns.
Your best chance of a best-case outcome from a worst-case emergency is a guide, who carries complete first aid kits, satellite phones, emergency shelters, safety ropes, and other essential equipment.
It can be helpful that guides are familiar with those who run huts and lodging.
Having a comprehensive guidebook is great for your preparation but cannot assist you when you need it because no trip is ever the same.
Verify that your mountain guide is an IML (International Mountain Leader) certified climber whether you are traveling with a company like Adventure Abroad or attempting to plan your own tour. IML is the second-highest guide certification after being a certified Mt. Everest summit guide; these guides are referred to as Carpe Professionals. The European Alps have a law requiring all guides to be IML registered; if they are not, they will be removed from the mountain and you will be left on your own.
On the outskirts of Courmayeur is Val Veny. It has breathtaking views, and the nearby refugios' friendliness is undeniable. Make sure your camera is fully charged and enjoy your stroll into the Italian side of the TMB because the scenery is beautiful. Arguably, the best view of Mont Blanc.
Most Essential Packing Items
Warm clothes and waterproof clothing
Quality gloves and hat
First aid kit for yourself that includes blister protection
"People often forget that they are still in the mountains and that while civilisation is all around them, it can still feel far away at times, so it's important to be prepared. It's not unusual to be trekking in 30 degree Celsius and then find yourself in a blizzard the next minute."
VIP Luxury Tour du Mont Blanc vs Standard Tour du Mont Blanc
IML licensed guides who are knowledgeable, experienced, and experts
Exclusive access to locations that others cannot visit
other opportunities and pursuits not accessible to others
High-end adventure days featuring wineries and helicopter rides
"There is never a problem, and if there is, we can fix it right away. Instant solutions to instant problems," says Gary Daines.