ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

La Tour du Mont Blanc: Hiking France, Switzerland and Italy

Updated on May 7, 2012
In Switzerland
In Switzerland
The Hike
The Hike
In July
In July
In July-stunning!
In July-stunning!

Mont Blanc is the highest in the Alps. This hike is epic and short. It takes only 10-14 days to complete the circle. During this time, you will cross into Italy, Switzerland and France. You will encounter truly some of this planet's most awesome sites and you will experience some of its world class cheese. The hike takes to you to the alpine elevations around the rim of the Alps. You will experience climatic extremes even in the summer months as you climb and descend the valleys and mountains. The hike is 105 miles, so if you ave 11+ miles daily, you can make the round trip within 12-14 days.

Most hikers begin at Les Houches, France and walk clockwise to Italy, that comes into view near Col de la Seigne, a high pass. From this point, the hike is mostly downhill leading to Courmayeur, a ski resort. Mt. Blanc towers over the region like a mighty God or king. As you hike, you eventually cross into Switzerland at Val Ferret. Here, the hike is generally flat leading to the lake resort of Champex. From here to Les Houches, the hike is up and down.

From France, it takes about 6-7 days to reach Italy. Switzerland can be reached in 9 days and back in France within 11-12 days. While the whole hike is scenic beyond belief, the areas when entering Italy and La Fouly are the best of the best with glaciers, valleys, flowers, towering mountains off in the vista.

The best time is of course, summer, which for this area is July-Sept. August being the most recommended. Les Houches, from where you start is a two hour ride from the Geneva Airport. If you are not camping, there are small inns and taverns to stay at along the way. Most hikers backpack will be around 25 lbs. The key element in the hike is stay on the beaten path. Avoid what appears to be short cuts. Daily distances range from 9 to 20 kilometers per day, with distances of 16 to 18 kilometers per day being typical. The daily range in altitude gain and loss is 1200 ft. to 4000 ft. with typical days being 2400 ft+. This is not a technical hike but the terrain is rough in places. Thus, wear good hiker boots and layered clothing for warm days and cool\cold nights.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)