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.
We've hiked over 40 miles, assented 6000m in height, burnt up to 5000 calories a day, walked over 25 hours in total and collectively raised over 35k for charity. It's been absolutely unforgettable but a really tough week and I've pushed myself mentally and physically out of my comfort zone, I've met so many amazing and interesting people who are now close friends and had a chance to really reflect on life, appreciate what I have and what's important and put everything into perspective.
Fantastic trip....well organised, new friends made and a huge amount of fun with loads of amazing sights! What was not to like? Thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting some adventure and to find raise for great causes.
Arrive in Chamonix, welcome dinner and chance to meet the team.
Depart to Les Contamines to start the FTMB.
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.
Price includes 5* chalet accommodation in Chamonix, mountain refuge stays, 3 meals per day, lift passes and guiding costs. Beer and wine will also be provided to keep the mood celebratory!
* Price does not include flights and transfers.
All other T&C's will be discussed upon enquiry.
All funds raised will go to the M2M Foundation.
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