TOUR DU MONT-BLANC
We consider the difficulty level of the Tour du Mont-Blanc to be “elementary”. The TMB is therefore a demanding tour. Some stages are long (Day 2: 20km, 2300 meters of elevation gain), and our programs include a minimum of six consecutive days of walking, that is to say a minimum total distance covered of 95 kilometers and a minimum total elevation gain of 10,500 meters).
It is therefore highly recommended to prepare yourself physically and logistically.
- A physical training: The quality of your physical condition influences the success of your hike as well as the pleasure you get from it. It is therefore necessary to plan a regular physical training adapted to the practice. You must walk and/or run regularly in order to develop your resistance to effort, endurance and intensity. By carrying out day trips that offer an equivalent or more demanding level of difficulty. By multiplying the experiences that reinforce our aptitudes, skills and even promote the acquisition of new skills (varied terrain, rocks of all sizes, steeper slopes, presence of snow…) By diversifying the practice environments and modes of execution. By forcing one’s talent, one increases one’s physical level, technicality and accumulated experience.
- Logistical preparation: This is an important element that should not be ignored! Our list of “typical” equipment that will be given to you at the time of your registration will be of good advice.
- Free hiking: For all those who leave without a guide, here are some additional tips. Choose a hike at your level, measure your physical and technical abilities. Study your itinerary and take advice from competent organizations if necessary. Be attentive to all the information in our roadbooks, know how to turn back in case of difficulty or change in weather conditions.
In case of an accident, react quickly! Stay calm. Analyze the situation.
In case of hesitation or uncertainty about your abilities, your knowledge of the terrain, the environment, the management of your trek, choose our guided programs.
And above all! Keep your good mood and your smile in all occasions!
We wish to help you discover the mountain environment, by exploring its specificities in order to better understand the prodigious dynamics that organize the bubbling life of a complex, ingenious, sensitive, pioneering and unique ecosystem. Because we are confident that the knowledge of this particular environment will allow everyone to become a privileged and responsible actor, by becoming a walker or a hiker, capable of keeping behaviors in phase with the mountain environment.
It is this wonderful mixture of life, emotions and knowledge that drives our passion that we wish to transmit and share with you. Conviviality, humor, mutual aid, sharing and dialogue are our strong values. We will be your natural mediators during our mountain excursions, we will take full advantage of this space rich in timeless values and discoveries.
By passion and with a certain form of engagement, our guided hikes are the promise of a true exchange, of an meeting with an extraordinary natural environment.
By definition, and as a reminder, the Mountain guide is a naturalist. His knowledge allows him to approach all the themes and interests of discovery of the mountain environment. He holds a state certificate in mountaineering and is a sports educator and teacher. He knows how to teach different types of people and supervises mountain outings with a permanent concern for the comfort and safety of the participants.
The mountain is a particular environment, which we need to discover and understand with a lot of patience, humility and with a limitless curiosity, because it is impossible to anticipate and predict.
And it is this motivation that leads us to the mountains! Because in our lives and our daily lives, which are too often confined and sanitized, we sometimes feel the need to get out of our comfort zone.
And the mountain is the ideal playground and expression. First of all, it is a grandiose natural setting which, whatever the altitude, allows us to experience a multiplicity of landscapes, giving us a feeling of well-being and accomplishment with each new experience. It is then an environment that conditions our activities, because they must adapt, by innovating their processes in a permanent concern of awakening, attention and observation.
So we find in the mountains, the conditions of a life and practices that must adapt and anticipate. Here we are, potential actors of a life that has become exciting in a unique natural environment: isn’t that a bit like freedom?
Yes, the mountain is dangerous. The cold, the altitude, the relief, the weather, the tiredness, the glaciers, the avalanches are only parameters and/or events related to the environment, which like the sun and the fresh air characterize the mountain environment. The mountain is no less dangerous when you are not there! It is therefore our own actions and decisions that condition the degree of exposure that we wish to ” confront “, ” experience ” and/or ” tolerate “.
- The relief, the weather, the altitude are some of the natural elements that one must know and understand well in order to increase one’s level of practice while reducing one’s own (and the other practitioners’) risk of exposure to dangers.
- One’s own physical and technical capacities are a parameter that should never be ignored or overestimated!
So to resume:
- “The mountain is neither just nor unjust, it is just dangerous” R. Messner: That should never be forgotten!
- But we feel good there because ” The mountain offers to the man, all that the modern world forgets to give him ” B.Vian : That is essential !
- And to conclude, and to present our state of mind, “The virtue of a mountaineer is to never exceed his own limits while always advancing his own experience” W. Bonatti