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At 4807m (15,771ft), Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe, and one of the most famous mountains in the world, does not stand alone. The snow dome summit is the highest point of a spectacular massif of peaks stretching 60 miles by 20 miles. The height of Mont Blanc and its adjacent peaks, such as the Grand Jorasses and Mont Dolent, allows for the development of vast glaciers that slip imperceptibly from the high slopes and through the side valleys. The trail (105 miles, 168km) that circumnavigates the massif, passing through France, Italy and Switzerland, is the most popular long distance walk in Europe. Anyone who has completed it will understand why; every day the beauty of the mountains, the valleys and the forests is a constant and welcome companion. On the last day of the circuit, when your feet complete that invisible line around the icy massif, every tiring climb - and there are a few - will have been worth the effort. This comprehensive guide includes: 59 maps 10 town and village plans and 49 large-scale walking maps at 1:20,000 showing route times, gradients, where to stay, interesting features. Itineraries for all walkers whether walking the 105 mile-(168km)-route in its entirety, or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks. Practical information for all budgets where to stay (campsites, gites, hostels, B&Bs, lodges and hotels), where to eat, what to see. Detailed public transport information for all access points"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781905864126
ISBN-10: 1905864124
Format: Paperback
(175mm x 122mm x 15mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Trailblazer Publications
Publisher: Trailblazer Publications
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jim Manthorpe

Jim Manthorpe has trekked in many of the world s mountainous regions from Patagonia to the Himalaya and Scandinavia to the Canadian Rockies. Jim lived for seven years on the west coast of Scotland in Knoydart, the remotest inhabited place in mainland Britain. He is the author of three other Trailblazer guidebooks: South Downs Way, Pembrokeshire Coast Path and Scottish Highlands - The Hillwalking Guide. As well as writing guidebooks Jim works as a wildlife photographer and film-maker.