Shadow of Mont Blanc
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Tour dates: 20 Aug to 04 Sep 2008.
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This holiday was largely a repeat of last year's holiday, but with a few new walks. Last year's was inspired by the Tour du Mont Blanc, which I have done in 2005 and 2006. The original idea was for my wife and myself to cover the southern part of the TMB at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to stop and enjoy the surroundings.
This changed to become a series of walks based on hotels and huts in the areas around Chamonix, Les Contamines and Courmayeur. It is a pleasant and comfortable holiday with some excellent footpaths.

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Our visit in 2007
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Le Tour

Our holiday started at the Chalet Alpin du Tour: the building you can see at the far side of the village.
It is a very convenient place to start and finish.
We stayed there for our first two nights.

Path to Tré-le-Champ

If you so desire, there is a hillside path that contours to Tré-le-Champ and around into the Col des Montets.
Eventually you make your way up the ridge to l'Aiguillette des Posettes.

l'Aiguillette des Posettes

The summit is above us to the right.
The photo is taken from a sheltered spot below the summit.

Path to Argentière

An easy walk from the Chalet Alpin du Tour.
The Chalet is on the right of the photo.

The path runs through woodlands on the hillside.

Grand Balcon Sud

We took the télépherique to la Flégere and began our walk from there.
The télépherique station can be seen framed by the Mont Blanc massif.

The route gives fine views across to the Mer de Glace...

...with Mont Blanc behind us

The path continues heading NE
With more spectacular views ahead

The path stays high

Until it reaches the Col des Montets
Here the path goes down steeply

With some excellent paths

France to Italy by cablecar

Get here early for the ride up to the Aiguille du Midi
This is the (relatively small) queue at 08:30

Walk up to the observation platform

Admire the view

Watch the climbers going down the ridge to la Vallée Blanche

Take a few photos
They always look good!

Have a look at Mont Blanc

Wince at the ugly avalanche scars

Then go down to board the téléphérique to the Pointe Hellbronner

The gondolas are four-seaters

Sit in comfort and enjoy the view!

Below you roped climbers cross the glacier

Several times you stop and hover in mid-air
(Gondolas have stopped at the station to load)

Past the Dent du Géant
on the left

Spectacular ice-falls

L'Aiguille Noire de Peuterey
on the right

Pointe Hellbronner
is getting closer

As you approach there are people on the snow

This is the way down to the snow
Stairs lead down from the station

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Our visit in 2007
My TMB info page