The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday



Don’t underestim­ate the wildness of these mountains – or their allure. Huts on popular routes such as the Tour du Mont Blanc can fill up several months in advance; so plan ahead or book with an operator who will handle logistics and may organise luggage transfers.

Pack waterproof­s, warm layers, maps, sunscreen, hat, sturdy footwear and quality socks (merino is best); walking poles are helpful, too.

When estimating walking times, it’s sensible to halve your expected pace – anticipate covering well under two miles per hour on mountain trails.

Check that your travel insurance policy covers activities at appropriat­e altitudes. And consider rail travel – the London to Geneva journey, say, can be time-efficient and more enjoyable by train than by plane.

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