/ Hiking Tour de Mont Blanc; summer hols, independently, anyone ?
Tour de Mont Blanc is my first choice, although concerned that it might be super busy and maybe hard to get huts booked in advance. I know there are variation trails that could be used to avoid the masses.
Also considering a tour in the Ecrins or a Via Ferratta hut to hut, Bouchetta I think it is called, but definitely not solo for that.
Argh too many choices.
Anyone fancy joining up, or got any recommendations on TdMB ?
No need to pay for a tour company, call ahead/get hut guardians to call ahead and reserve hut space when necessary.
Don't carry a ton of stuff.
No need for walking boots unless you have ankles made of balsa wood, trainers are fine.
Do carry a map
Do carry a compass.
Certainly no need a company.. I'd just take a small tent and wild camp or camp in official sites..
I did the Walker's Haute Route solo a few years ago. I took a super-light tent and avoided most of the huts by sleeping in the valley camp-sites / by the trail-side / or asking to sleep in farmers fields (Leading to more then one offer of some killer spirit first thing in the morning). I Slept in a few huts to get the experience but by doing this it kept the overall cost down a lot. I didn't phone any of the huts in advance but because I was on my own they always seemed to find a spot.
It took me two weeks and Is still one of the best trips I have ever done, doing solo means you get highs and lows, have really tough days but the rewards, I believe, are so much more (and a friendly face is never far away if you get in too much trouble).
The second half of August is often quieter than mid-July to Mid-August. (And only partly because the weather is generally a bit wetter)
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