Frequently asked questions on Tour of Mont-Blanc
All questions are good! Here are the most frequent...
1/ What if my bag weighs 8kg and not 7kg?
The best solution is to repack it with the guide because what might appear to be a restriction is really a lesson learnt from experience in the mountains. Many novice hikers who are dropped off after completing a “Trekking on Mont Blanc” mountain hike have quickly taken stock of what they actually used. They conclude that none of their everyday things was of any use… Indeed, you have come for something completely different, and afterwards…you’ve done it!
The guides bring hardly more than 3.5kg of baggage (if that). This is what makes them intransigent about your bags. And what about their love for their animals?
Do not even try to persuade them!
However, you can give your little extra weight to a travel companion who is below the famous 7kg threshold. It may well cost you a few glasses of absinthe around the campfire in the evening, but it’s doable…
2/ What is the minimum age for children on a Trekking on Mont Blanc mountain hike?
Children’s motor skills develop to include new spatial awareness around the ages of six and seven. Like their elders, children perceive their surroundings but are still incorporating them into their sense system and learning about them. They are still learning physically about the sizes of the spaces in which they are growing up. They are getting their bearings. And you can keep telling them to “look where you’re putting your feet”, but they will not necessarily put it into practice as they might like, just as we cannot speak French without practising first.
It is therefore not possible to set off on a mountain hike with children of this age. For their own safety primarily, but also for that of the group of hikers and the guide.
So even if the youngster is sporty, it’s out of the question!
Nine years of age seems to be the minimum required for a “Trekking on Mont Blanc” mountain hike and ten the most sensible age!
3/ Does full board include snacks between meals?
No. The full board for the Trekking on Mont Blanc mountain hike includes seven cold meals (picnics), six hot meals (dinners prepared together) and six breakfasts. Of course, tents are provided but you will have to put them up yourselves… Full board also includes the services of the guide during the mountain hike and the mules.
You can also buy cakes during the hike from all the mountain refuges.
4/ Are mountain hiking poles really necessary, since we’re not carrying anything?
Yes. Experience shows that your triceps will ache after the second day of mountain trekking on Mont Blanc. Hiking poles distribute the effort that you put in to a larger number of muscles which, for a given effort, will each support a lower burden. But don’t be deceived: you will still feel your share of fatigue after a day of the Trekking on Mont Blanc mountain hike, even though you can walk more comfortably and longer (if necessary) with mountain hiking poles.
5/ I’m not super fit, or as young as I once was! Is it possible to easily stop my trek on Mont Blanc if I start it? I don’t want to be a drag on the others or put myself through a trial…
Every day the level is technically feasible and doesn’t pose any problem. The roaming, independent nature of the long-haul logistical arrangement allows us to guard against any abandonment because it is possible to bivouac in the mountains at any time and almost anywhere if the need arises.
It is much safer to travel through the mountains with all the supplies and tents with you than it is to absolutely have to reach a mountain refuge because there is nothing left to eat or drink and no shelter. And it is therefore very easy to manage the stages of the Trekking on Mont Blanc mountain hike so that everyone can follow and so that the fittest hikers are not affected by the more modest speed of one of the others.
Indeed, the muleteer-guides’ second role (the first being to ensure your safety in the mountains) is not only to instil a good group dynamic and coherence by doing everything so that everyone finds their place within it, but also to bring the mountain landscape which provides the backdrop for this trek on Mont Blanc to life with his comments. Muleteers are very generous with these comments and are quite capable of keeping the most athletic members of the group interested while the others catch up. They are very aware that they are there for you and fulfil this role. Make them aware as soon as possible of the slightest problem during your mountain hike so that your muleteer-guide can deal with it as effectively as possible, starting from the very beginning! If you are worried about blisters, you should mention it before you even leave on the first day for your Trekking on Mont Blanc mountain hike. If you do, I guarantee that you will not get one! However, if you have never done much sport in your life and have cultivated a sedentary lifestyle, smoking I don’t know how many packets of cigarettes a day, you’ve got the wrong destination! You will probably have to give up, and in that case you will not be able to claim a refund (even a partial one) for the holiday.
The oldest person we have instructed on a tour of Mont Blanc is an elderly Japanese lady of 72 (she slept in mountain refuges). It is very rewarding for a guide to get someone who did not think they would finish the Trekking on Mont Blanc mountain hike to the finish line, especially when he succeeded in sharing this will to finish with the rest of the group. Of course, she had some assets to call on despite her lesser capacities, such as consistent effort (she barely took any breaks). This is admirable and encouraging, but it is clear that you need a bare minimum ability, so that everyone can play the game, or the interests of the group must take precedence.