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June holiday

Anonymous
Fri, 02/26/2010 - 19:37

Hi

I'm keen to get away on holiday in June but there's so much choice I can't make up my mind! I'd be grateful for any ideas: I don't want to fly further than four hours away from the UK, I don't tolerate very hot weather as I am fair skinned and I'm fairly fit. I like walking but not looking to do anything too strenuous. I quite like the look of the Mont Blanc Highlights but not sure if June is good time to go.

Any advice?

Thanks

Emma

Anonymous
Sat, 02/27/2010 - 13:33

Hi Emma

I live in Chamonix and have done for about 7 years now. We have had some very hot summers and some very wet summers so there is no general guidelines as to how hot it will be. One year my sister came to visit in May and it was cold with rain and snow, a few years later my dad came in may and had glorious sunshine.

However the higher you go up the mountainside the cooler it gets, the general guideline is for every 100m you ascend the temperature lowers by 1 degree. Which means we chuckle a lot when we see tourists at the base of the Aiguille de Midi lift in shorts, sandals and strappy tops because they'll be very cold when they get to the top.

I've just had a read of the itinerary and it looks like at most altitudes on the trip you should rarely get too hot (except maybe from exertion!) I've not done any of the walks myself but it looks like you are eased in to acclimatise as altitude really does make a difference.  The first walk of the summer for me is always hard work.

 

Hope this helps a little.

Beverley 

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