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A towering mountain range on the Italian border, the highest peak of which measures nearly 16,000 feet, making it the second highest mountain in Europe.
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ritorato
Bevaix, Switzerland50 contributions
Chamonix is the place to BE if you like mountaineering…
Be aware that Chamomniy is more a town than a village but even if it's a town,,,it has really a charm….love this place...go there a few times per year and never get bored...Plent of restaurant shops hikes… The only BAD POINT is the POLLUTION that is very present
Written January 24, 2020
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Subhadeep S
The Hague, The Netherlands81 contributions
Hello Happy Travellers,
Hope everyone is safe and Happy. The date I have mentioned here it should be August,2020 (unfortunately I did not time to write up).

Here we go...We stayed in CHmonix for two 3 days as one day we went to top Aiguella De Middi (60euros p.p) another days we went to MardeGlass Glacier which was around 1hour journey with nice view.
Obviously we have choosed AirBNB as we cooked our Indian food form Breakfast and Dinner. There is a Indian restaurent Annapurna they serve nice food speally that malai paratha but yes ccostly indeed.
For everyone while going to Aiguille du midi the gondola will take u up on top within 20mins so be seated for 10-15 minutes to acclamatised or else you might find breating trouble. As this is 3842 meters. But once everything is sattled the view will just awstruck you. 2-3 hours is nice to be there have some coffee and came back to walk around the beautiful town.
There is a Thai food counter near by aiguille du midi stop the food is nice you can take away[for Indian travellers :)].

Our Stay was one tram stop after the aiguille du midi so we have a super view from our balcony and most of the AirBnB owner gives you free passes for tram. SO just check the tram timing for better reach to any where.

We wish to be there once more but may be next time I will try a small hike route from Chamonix. As we were there in Summer so weather was super indeed,

Happy to answer any question.
Written October 24, 2021
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Amit Vij
Dubai, United Arab Emirates27 contributions
Solo
All the reviews will not prepare you for the stunning trek TMB is. I signed up with UTracks in August 2019. Professional and superb arrangement.. While the altitude isn’t high like in Nepal I would rate this trek as intermediate level in terms of difficulty. Chamonix makes for a perfect base and I would recommend an extra day or two to soak in the vibe.....Enough said now let the pics do the talking...
Written May 14, 2020
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Megan A
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I recently climbed Mont Blac and was extremely disappointed with Chamonix Mont Blanc Guides. My guide Beto was disrespectful, sexist, and just rude. He yelled at me everyday in front of large groups of people and spoke to me demeaningly. He said I was his first female client, I don't know if thats why he was so arrogant but it seemed like it. He told me " You know nothing" and I overheard him talking about me in Spanish. The worst part was that he told me I wouldn't make it to the summit. He apologized to the other climbers in my group and Chris said if I don't make it its my fault. A guide is suppose to be supportive and encouraging. He also rushed me over dangerous rocky part of the climb. When I told him I was stuck or couldn't reach the next rock he told me to just go and hurry up. The communication with Monica before I arrived was also poor. I sent an email complaining about my guide Beto and she still hasn't responded. Just don't use this company.
Written September 15, 2021
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Kaspar G
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Friends
Went up with a group of friends. Weather was bad on the first day but we managed to get to Goutier hut abit late, so we had to eat aom the stairs. No washing opportunities and rooms were open. Summit was fairly easy, tracks were visible. On our way down we stayed at Tete Rousse and it was horrible. Only one dish for dinner and rooms were really cold.
Written July 26, 2020
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Greenbay
New Taipei, Taiwan936 contributions
The journey on the station and cable car had been beautiful enough. Even we only up to the first stop of Mont Blanc, the scenery , air and settings are breathtaking and invaluable. Definitely a must see place for any one staying at Geneva!!
Written June 2, 2020
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JuanSebastianReina
Zaragoza, Spain880 contributions
Family
It is once in a lifetime experience that we must do. Although its a little scary to go that up in just a few minutes, its worthy
Written July 28, 2019
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Alinamummy
St. Petersburg, Russia219 contributions
Couples
This is an ideal place to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Here you can easily start believing in Father Christmas again.
Written December 25, 2018
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mistravel
Nevada177 contributions
Couples
There seems to be some confusion on TripAdvisor about Tour Mont Blanc vs Aiguille du Midi. The Tour of Mont Blanc or TMB as most call it is the 105 mile circumnavigation around Mt. Blanc. It is done as a hike, mountain bike or ultramarathon. Aiguille du Midi is the series of gondolas that takes you to the mid station to see and experience the mountain with option of going on a third cable car to cross the glaciers into Italy.
I just experienced both and they are amazing! What I want to share is the experience of hiking Mont Blanc or doing the TMB!

My husband and I are senior citizens. We have always backpacked but recently we have developed a passion for long distance inn to inn hikes. In past year we completed the Coast 2 Coast hike in England(191 miles) and Rota Vicentina( 152miles) in southern Portugal and most recently we completed the TMB(105) which we think is one of the top 5 experiences of our lives.

Since it has elevation gains of over 33,000 ft., which is greater than climbing Everest, I had my doubts about my ability to complete this hike, but my fears were unfounded.
We started in Courmayeur ( most people start outside Chamonix in Les Houches ) and go counterclockwise, but there are many places to start and you can go in either direction since it is a giant loop. Our son and his fiancé were hiking with us for the first 6 days and this offered them the most varied experience. After they returned to USA we continued on our own to finish the last 4 days. Of note, I thought the last two days were the most beautiful of the entire route, but the kids loved the experience they had.

I also have a nasty fear of heights so I worried endlessly about the" balcony" walks and ladders I had read about. In hindsight there was no reason to worry. Be careful yes, but worry no.

Everyday has multiple hiking options. There is main route which in most cases is the easy way, but also" variants" which are often more tricky. The one exception is the ladder section which is on the main TMB getting to Grande Balcon du Sud. Old and young do it without problems, but probably not the best choice in bad weather or if you have acrophobia. That day we took the variant which was very steep climb but manageable by most everyone and views at top were amazing.
Our son's and his fiancé opted to do the ladders, even though she has problem with heights too. By the third ladder she was whipping out her camera and doing selfies so
it probably is pretty safe! They we so proud and thrilled with their accomplishment. We were proud of them too.

We did this hike on our own- sans guide, but we used Mac's Adventure to book accommodations and paid extra for the luggage transport service which was more than worth the $240 we paid! The only place they can't have your luggage delivered is Refugio Bonatti, so we were required to take what was needed for that one night in our day packs and our luggage caught up with us the second night in Switzerland.

The trails are extremely well marked in all three countries. Distances are stated in time to hike rather than miles or km. For the most part we found the time to be very consistent with our rate of travel even when we stopped for snacks or photography.

You can go without reservations in shoulder months of June and September as there seems to be a place to stay every 1.5-3 hrs walk apart. If one place is booked solid you just go on to next. My problem with this is on some days, like our 16 mile jaunt to Montetts, had they been sold out I would have cried, died or screamed if I would have had to go on another 2 hours to next facility. Of course, July and August would be extremely busy and best done with advance reservations and planning since all of Europe vacations then.
If you opt to carry gear and camp, you can do this very inexpensively, but then you are dealing with carrying lots more weight than just lunch and rain gear.

We had a nice variety of accommodations, hotels, gites, refugios and auberges.
All were half board, which means breakfast and dinner were included, except when in the big cities like Chamonix and Courmayeur where only breakfast was part of package deal. By the way both of the cities are perfect for "rest days". You will have access to nice restaurants and laundromats and plenty to do. This is also the perfect time to do the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix which should not be missed.

One thing we loved was the water troughs along the trail and in villages.
Ice cold water to refill water bottles was so refreshing as tasted to good!
You still need to carry water as often several hours walk between water sources.

All the accommodations will pack a lunch for you if you ask night before. Usually 12 E pp, but we found the lunch to be enormous and easily shared by 2 people.
Often there were 2 sandwiches per person, fruits, candy bars, juice and powerbar type snack. If you opt to buy lunches most days you will find someplace to do so about every 2-3 hours during your walk. We had homemade cheese fondue, quiche, risotto, wine even gelato while on trail. Not bad!!

I hope to avoid dormitory sleeping but due to our late booking we had two dorm nights.
One at Bonatti, which was a delightful place and spotlessly clean and other at Trient, but there we were able to upgrade at last minute to 2 bedroom apartment.

One thing to know about dormitories and refugios is they all require you to take off shoes on arrival and leave poles in storage room. Even most hotels do this also.
All these places provide footwear which is usually clogs or Crocks but not all sizes are readily available. I ended up in some that were too big and stumbled up and down stairs all evening. My one packing regret was not taking my on flip flops. Even better would be some light weight shoes that can be worn with or without socks. For us even in September it was hot when we arrived but evenings cooled down and it would have been great to have lounge shoe options.

One the subject of shoes...I did the entire hike in waterproof (Gortex) trail runners and for the first time EVER I was blister, callus and hot spot free! I found they had adequate support and worked well for water crossings (this might not be true in early summer with high water levels).

Also on subject of waterproofing. We took same rain gear we used in England.
It had worked perfectly there even in heavy rains. Same clothing did not work well at all on TMB. We speculate that heat from climbing caused condensation inside our jackets and even with pits unzipped we were soaked and freezing as temperatures dropped and we got wet. Even our pack covers failed and hands were extremely cold.
I would line my daypack with garage bag and I am currently researching new options for jackets. Just purchase Gortex mittens to put on over warmer gloves @ REI, but they are pricey for what you get. Not one person we talked to on trail was happy with there "rain gear", so try it out at home by dressing up and spraying yourself and partner with garden hose!

Take hiking poles-you will be glad you did.

Lastly, the bigger gondolas run in summer for hikers. Small chairlifts are shut down.
The gondola going into Courmayeur was not running by the end of our hike in mid September. It is long 4500 ft elevation loss back into town. be prepared.

We think this walk was stunning. I am not a "do it again" person-life is too short- but I would certainly consider another go-round on this one!

Where to next????
Written October 4, 2016
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ShortStack12
Hope, NJ432 contributions
Couples
I just looked at the latest 50 English reviews. They covered 5 separate topics, although the topic wasn't always 100% clear. It wasn't always perfectly clear what the reviewer was talkiing about... Here is my interpretation:

28 of those 50 reviews were for the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi, which is not Mont Blanc, but it gives you a close up view of Mont Blanc. TripAdvisor has a separate listing for Aiguille du Midi where these 28 belong.

13 of those 50 reviews were for the general Chamonix, France area. (It is outstanding place.)

5 of those 50 reviews were for the Tour du Mont Blanc, one of the great long distance hikes in the world. The Tour du Mont Blanc ought to have its own TripAdvisor listing. Chamonix is the main city on the hike so it makes sense to put it under Chamonix, France even though the hike also enters Italy and Switzerland.

3 of those 50 reviews were for the actual climb up the real Mont Blanc. (Many of the reviews for Aiguille du Midi thought they were taking a cable car ride to Mont Blanc!) I don't understand why a mountain climber would post a review on TripAdvisor anyway. Really?

1 of those 50 reviews was for the tunnel that goes under Mont Blanc between Italy and France. Strange.
Written October 19, 2017
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