Mountaineering experience required: None
Fitness level required: Med/High
It’s the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc but with a never experienced before twist – Guide Francois Eric-Cormier is a legend in the alps. The flamboyant Chamonix local has over 50 years experience in the mountains and is considered an expert on the TMB. Expert may actually be an understatement given that he has not only written three books on the oldest route in the alps but is also one of the best athletes to have ever competed in its prestigious ultra marathon, the UTMB. To be guided by Francois is a privilege, but to join him as he reveals his secrets on the most famous trail in Europe is an opportunity not to be missed. Francois has personally curated an ‘off piste’ itinerary incorporating hidden valleys, rarely visited passes and of course the best refuges the mountains have to offer. Think big snowy peaks, huge glaciers, wild rivers and green valleys; and that’s just day one.
Arrive in Chamonix, welcome dinner and chance to meet the team.
Depart to Les Contamines to start the FTMB.
15th - 19th
Francois guides us through technical, rugged, off piste routes, exploring corners of the mont blanc massif that only he and Ibex know. Long days discovering new worlds followed by warm nights in picturesque remote refuges away from the main trails.
Arrive in Courmayeur and head back to Chamonix where the celebrations will ensue.
Return to the UK to dream about the mountains.
I can honestly say that having had a few days to reflect on everything we achieved and experienced on this trip, it's hands down one of the best things I've ever done.
Being in the mountains made me and my problems pale into insignificance and the perspective I was able to gain surrounded by such natural beauty couldn't have been achieved just anywhere.
I've learnt things about myself I never knew and most importantly I learnt that I have a love and deep respect for the mountains.
£1900 + VAT per person
Price includes 5* chalet accommodation in Chamonix, mountain refuge stays, 3 meals per day, and guiding costs. Beer and wine will also be provided to keep the mood celebratory!
* Price does not include flights and transfers.
Funds raised will go to the Millimetres to Mountains foundation.
* Limited spaces available.
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