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The Big Outside Trip Planner: Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc

November 14, 2017  |  In Family Adventures, Hiking, International Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
A hiker trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc toward Courmayeur, Italy.

A hiker trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc toward Courmayeur, Italy.

 

Welcome to The Big Outside’s Trip Planner on trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc.

This planner offers expert insider tips on how to take a multi-day trek on the 106-mile (170k) Tour du Mont Blanc, including local travel logistics, mountain huts and lodging, and how to customize your trek’s distance and difficulty. See my story at The Big Outside about my family’s TMB hike, “Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc at an 80-Year-Old Snail’s Pace.” That story includes dozens of photos and a video. Continue reading →

November 14, 2017 A hiker trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc toward Courmayeur, Italy.

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc at an 80-Year-Old Snail’s Pace

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By Michael Lanza

Our bus winds up a narrow road in the Vallée des Glaciers, below snowy peaks of the French Alps. We boarded it with about 10 other trekkers after a late-afternoon thunderstorm ripped the sky open while we enjoyed a café and tea with chocolate mousse and a slice of blueberry pie at the Auberge de la Nova in les Chapieux, a speck of a village along the Tour du Mont Blanc. As the bus rumbles into Ville des Glaciers, a cluster of old farm buildings, I ask the driver to stop.

My 80-year-old mother wants to get off and hike. Continue reading →