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2020-07-11 Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB)
|Event Location:||Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB)|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Jul 11 2020 5:00 pm >> Fri, Jul 24 2020 10:00 am|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Aug 14 2019 7:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Wed, Aug 14 2019 7:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||14 Days|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Bill Wey|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||1|
|Minimum Group Size:||1|
|Number Registered So Far:||16 / 3 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
<<< Summary >>>
Come join the like-minded adventurers for a fortnight tour with some of the finest scenery in the world. This classic alpine route, the famous ‘TMB’ or ‘Le Tour du Mont Blanc’, circumnavigates Western Europe’s highest mountain over passes and through the valleys of three contrasting countries. This is a circuit with spectacular ranges of granite spires and glacier peaks. We will savor the culture and cuisine of France, Italy, and Switzerland and enjoy the majestic beauty of their legendary alpine scenery.
We will complete our TMB in 14 days and 13 nights. It is designed for members with positive, adaptive, and flexible spirits. Good physical fitness and endurance are also required. I’ve spent a lot of time evaluating details over a dozen itineraries; and this final version self-guided tour is the best balance between cost and comfort. It also covers the entire TMB’s 107 miles in 9 trekking days and 3 rest/ exploring days to reach the ultimate balance of challenge and enjoyment.
We will use luggage transfer in the morning to the next town. This will allow us only carry a daypack on the trail. We'll work out all detailed arrangements once registration and participant list are confirmed. Feel free to contact me for any questions.
Day 1: 2020-07-11 Saturday.
Arrive hotel in Les Houches before 5 pm. We will have a trip meeting at 5:30 pm details TBD.
Day 2: Les Houches to Les Contamines 19 km /11.8 miles, 7 h
Day 3: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux 20 km /12.8 miles, 8-9 h
Day 4: Les Chapieux to La Palud 30 km /18.6 milies, 9 h
Day 5: Rest day to explore La Palud
Day 6: La Palud to La Fouly 28 km /17.3 miles, 7 h
Day 7: La Fouly to Champex 13.5 km /8.3 miles, 4.5 h
Day 8: Rest day to explore Champex
Day 9: Champex to Trient 15 km/9.3 miles, 5.5 h
Day 10: Trient to Argentiere 20 km /12.8 miles, 6 h
Day 11: Argentiere to Chamonix 12 km /7.5 miles, 5 h
Day 12: Rest day to explore Chamonix
Day 13: Chamonix to Les Houches 14 km /8.6 miles, 6 h
Day 14: The fortnight trip ends after breakfast
<<< Difficulty Level >>>
Our outings will be at the AOC’s D5 difficulty levels ranging from 8 to 19 miles, and averaging 3,300 feet of elevation gain/loss. The continuous nature of daily outings requires all participants to be physically prepared and trained before taking this trip.
There are no vertigo-inducing sections on the entire TMB when we stick to the itinerary as described in the route notes and defined on the maps; and avoid the ‘variations’. Some of the sections can be shortened if desired by the use of cable cars or (in Italy) a local bus service.
<<< How to get there >>>
Take flight to Geneva and arrive in the morning or early afternoon local time. The flight is most likely scheduled the day before our "Day 1" because of the time difference and trans-Atlantic flight. Take a 60 miles bus ride from Geneva airport to Les Houches, the first town in the valley of Chamonix, France. It is best to reserve the bus ticket in advance.
<<< How to sign up >>>
This web page is designed so that you can only put yourself on the waiting list. Once you’re verified to be suitable for this trip, you will be moved to the participant list.
This is not an AOC Paid event. We need to cover ALL our costs. All costs are paid by members on their own.
Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.
My budget for the entire fortnight trip is $3,351. This is a reference for your estimate. Followings are included in mine: 13 nights twin shared hotels; luggage transfer; 13 free breakfasts from hotels; 13 lunches $10 each; 13 dinners $25 each; 2 bus fares between Geneva airport and Les Houches $30 each; Economy round-trip airline ticket from Atlanta to Geneva $1,000. Followings are not included in mine: beverages; cable cars or (in Italy) a local bus service to shorten some sections; souvenirs; other personal expenses not mentioned.
Summer daytime temperatures on the TMB range from 60 to 75F. Evening temperatures generally drop into the 50s. Weather in the Alps can change quickly, so we must be prepared for variable weather conditions including sunny and rainy days, and even an occasional light snow.
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.