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Rēm Dėf reviewed La Tournette
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Très belle randonnée!

Bebe Hofacre reviewed Bastille
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Hiking
Freeman Smith reviewed Tour du Mont Blanc
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Backpacking

A classic to be done by everyone who loves the mountains and culture. 11 days is a good time limit. memories for a lifetime. lots of people and friends to make along the way. the variants are often the best parts of the Tour.

Awesome experience. The trail is generally well marked and maintained. Some of the steep down parts are terrible but overall quite good. Enough gites for averaging 20 kilometers per day. Conques was fantastic, mostly because of the Abbaye and evening organ concert. I walked from Le Puy to Moissac in about 21 days. Every day was different, every day was hard, every day was fantastic.

Romain Coste reviewed Saint Bonnet Loop
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top spot

Marc Segal reviewed Route Du Semnoz
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Easy walk with beautiful views Great for a picnic and a run

There are two factors making this different from trails in the US: villages and gites. The trail passes through rural farms and picturesque villages which appear little changed from the Middle Ages. In the end near Le Puy you will meet more cows than people. The lodging for hikers is the gite, in which hikers stay in dormitories or private rooms, sometimes quite small and sometimes quite large. Most provide dinner and breakfast (Demi-pension) for a fee, a bed and food together averaging about €38 per night. Long dinners with other hikers and copious amounts of local wine and food make this experience extraordinary. As this is a pilgrimage trail, most hikers carry a credential and the symbol of the Camino, a scallop shell.

Pit Del reviewed Puy de Dome
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Beau paysage après une montée un peu raide mais courte.

Dawid Klajber reviewed La Tournette
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Difficult but definitely recommended but for someone who is in good condition.

Danny Mongrain reviewed Le Criou
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Hiking

Christmas hike in 2014, when there wasn't any snow in the French Alps. Hike starts from the Samoens village. Very little used, we saw only one person. Don't go alone as it might take a while to be found and helped . Stunning views on the village, Samoens peak, and Mont-Blanc in the distance. First half is forest then it becomes more rocky. 4 Hours round-trip for two guys.

Daniel Tremblay reviewed Mount Joly Circuit via Le Bettex
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Hiking

Fait à partir du stationnement du Bettex. Il est aussi possible de prendre le téléphérique et de se rendre au premier sommet, ce qui réduit considérablement la distance.

Frank Meijer reviewed Tour du Mont Blanc
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perfect views awesome

Leon Pfeiffer reviewed Tour du Mont Blanc
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Really nice hike. I would recommend taking 12 days for relaxed hiking and one spare day. No need to pack a lot of food as there are many possibilities to buy food along the way. A lot of elevation sets this trail apart from other hikes in Europe (unsurprisingly, it's in the alps). It's exhausting but worth the effort. Beautiful alpine scenery, some snow and cozy refuges. Great hike!

Uyen Nguyen reviewed Tour du Mont Blanc
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Hiking

As good as it gets. Amazing views everywhere you look. Would do again in a heartbeat.

Ryan Sallans reviewed Tour du Mont Blanc
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Backpacking

The food, the views, the people and the culture made this trip one I would do every year if I could. I highly recommend doing it anti-clockwise, and if you have the gear, camp it instead of staying in refuges. Camping offers you more privacy, better sleep and a more flexible schedule. If you do camp, map out the official campgrounds to stay at, especially in Italy.

Kimberly Hawkins reviewed Tour du Mont Blanc
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Hiking

Amazing experience. I highly recommend it! I didn’t want to come home after completing the hike.

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Nice views from the rim. involves some minor climbing, what makes more interesting.

Philippe Audi reviewed Mount Charvin Summit Trail
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Hiking
Michael Coleman reviewed Tour du Mont Blanc
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Hiking

This was an amazing hike! The views every day were fabulous. Our Trek was an REI Adventure. We had two guides and a driver. Our support team took care of all the logistics so all we had to do was enjoy the hike. We hiked 8 to 10 miles a day. Elevation gain was in the 2500 to 3000 ft range each day with one 4000 ft day. The climbs were very steep at times so be sure to be in shape if you plan to try this trek! It is an adventure of a lifetime!

Bryn Rickards reviewed Mont Veyrier Circuit
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More of a workout than a scenic mountain hike. Steep ascent and descent through forest - fairly monotonous. But where views are possible very beautiful.

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Great loop trail with some fun scrambly bits and a nice cave along the way

Sonia I. reviewed Mount Veyrier
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Hiking

Beautiful views at the peak, but not much to see during the hike itself; Great hike if you’re in the area and want cardio with a view

Yonatan Zeleke reviewed Lake Jovet
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Backpacking

A very good hike with majestic views!! Not ideal for hammock camping so bring a TENT!!!

Tony Cassetta reviewed Lake Jovet
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Hiking

A wonderful trail that runs along portions of the TMB. Plenty to see...waterfalls, livestock, and a lake at the summit. beautiful views and places to stop for lunch/beer. The second half of the trek in is above treelike bring sunscreen.

Jim Slack reviewed Puy de Dome
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Hiking

Easy hike to the top of the tallest volcano overlooking Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne region of central France. Views from the top are awesome with this being a gorgeous area of France. (I was there on business and was very surprised at how beautiful this area is.) Alternatively, there is a train that takes tourists to the top to enjoy the views without the hike, but that takes a bunch of the fun out of it.

Jim Slack reviewed Puy de Dome
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Hiking

Easy hike to the top of the tallest volcano overlooking Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne region of central France. Views from the top are awesome with this being a gorgeous area of France. (I was there on business and was very surprised at how beautiful this area is.) Alternatively, there is a train that takes tourists to the top to enjoy the views without the hike, but that takes a bunch of the fun out of it.

Janel Carrasco reviewed Tour du Mont Blanc
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Having this map downloaded saved me on day three of my hike. I was going over Col de la Seigne alone and in very bad weather. It was the beginning of June so the trail at that altitude was still completely obscured by snow. It was pouring rain and there were heavy clouds so visibility was only a few meters. I would pull out my phone and check my location in relation to the trail every five minutes. I safely made it to Refuge Elisabetta and was so grateful for this map!!

Hayden Farrell reviewed Grand Pomerolle
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Walking

Was a nice little walk that featured hot weather and dry ground on the way up. Most difficult part outside of a lack of fitness was the caterpillars that hung from a spiderweb like silk over the path. The view from the top was gorgeous and I gotta say was worth the walk

B L reviewed Tour du Mont Blanc
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Hiking

Four of us did TMB counterclockwise in July starting from Les Houches. We completed the loop in 10 days/9 refuges (or auberges) without taking any bus/train/cable car. We are in our mid-50s. We each carried a 35-40 cubic liter backpack weighing 20-25 lbs including lunch and water. With proper preparation and conditioning, most people can do this. And one can book all the refuges and make other arrangements by him/herself without needing help from commercial companies.

Rick Sanderson reviewed Tour du Mont Blanc
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If I wasn’t so darn old (71) my knee might not have blown out on the first day. It was gruelling we hiked 2000 meters up hill. Definitely take the gondola to the top and start from there. Took 4 hours out of a 16 hour day hike. It is a beautiful hike so don’t be discouraged by my comments. If your young and “FIT” do it.

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