MONT BLANC WALKING HOLIDAYS
WALKING IN THE MONT BLANC REGION
About Mont Blanc
Sitting on the Italian and French border is Europe’s highest mountain – Mont Blanc. At 4810m, some underestimate the scale of Mont Blanc and the other 4000m+ peaks in this region of the European Alps. Whether standing on the valley floor, or crossing a panoramic pass, the magnitude and beauty of this wilderness region will definitely leave an impression on you.
Mont Blanc is permanently covered in snow and ice, hence it’s name. The literal translation for Mont Blanc is ‘White Mountain’. In French, the mountain is often referred to as La Dame blanche ("the White Lady") and in Italian Mont Blanc is often referred to as Il Bianco ("the White One").
The Mont Blanc massif was first climbed in 1786, and the ascent gave birth to modern day mountaineering. It is not only a region for climbers however, walking in Mont Blanc has become so popular that the regions is now the third most visited natural site in the world. Anyone who travels here will soon see why.
MONT BLANC WALKS: Circumnavigate it, or enjoy leisurely sections with the kids
Few will capture the true beauty of the European Alps’ highest peak and surrounding mountains with a fleeting visit to famous towns such as Chamonix. To truly do justice with the picture postcard views of spectacular mountain vistas and alpine landscapes a walk in the Mont Blanc region is a must.
There are a number of trails open to walkers of various fitness levels. Without doubt the most famous walk is the classic Tour du Mont Blanc, however families and walkers of various abilities can choose a trail to suit their fitness level.
UTracks offers a number of treks and walks around sections of Mont Blanc, as well as the full circumnavigation. You can walk as part of a guided Mont Blanc walk or choose to travel from hut to hut on your own on a Mont Blanc self guided walk.
WHEN TO WALK IN MONT BLANC
The most pleasant Mont Blanc walking experiences are backed up with comfortable mountain hut accommodations. Part of the appeal of walking in the Mont Blanc region is the refuges, or mountain huts. These refuges are only open in summer (typically June to September) and hence this is the best time of year to walk.
Alpine weather can be very unpredictable, so the shelter, hot food and in some cases hot showers are a welcome retreat after a splendid days walking.
GUIDED AND SELF GUIDED MONT BLANC WALKING HOLIDAYS WITH UTRACKS
UTracks has a wide range of guided and self guided Mont Blanc walking holidays ranging from moderate to challenging forays to more gentle rambles suitable for families and those who prefer to slow down and ‘smell the roses’.
All of our Mont Blanc walking tours, guided or self guided, include luggage transfers, meals on the trail, accommodation at gite hostels or refuges on a multishare bases (upgrades to double rooms maybe available, ask us to learn more). Self guided travellers will receive route maps and of course guided trips come with an experienced guide.
Discover our full range of hiking holidays in Mont Blanc or talk to our experienced team to learn more.