another June Tour de Mont Blanc

Richard Tulloch’s amusing summary of his early season trek on one of the very best hikes in the world.

The full circuit of Europe’s highest range is some 170km long and takes about 60 hours of walking. Most people do it in 8-12 days. ….

It’s staggeringly beautiful terrain – or is that my pack making me stagger? …

Doing it in June is risky:

… We’re in a bit of trouble on our hike, high on Switzerland’s Col d’Emaney. It’s blowing a gale and there’s frozen snow on a treacherously steep slope. My Dutch companions are carrying ice axes, but I’m not roping myself to anyone who learned their mountaineering below sea level in Amsterdam. …

Click through to see how they got out of this situation

TOUR DE MONT BLANC – the Swiss section

And while you’re there, click through on HIKING for Richard’s adventures in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and more.

→ besthike TMB information page

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