Do I need to take both Swiss Francs and Euros?
It’s not necessary to take both currencies as the places we visit in Switzerland will take Euros. However, you may not get a particularly favourable Euro/ Swiss Franc exchange rate, but you won't be spending much when over the border so the difference is minimal.
Katarzyna Crompton - Customer Operations
Tips from staff who have done the Mont Blanc circuit
Weather - I did the trip in late June last year, and the weather was lovely pretty much all the way through. We did have a couple of days of white cloud or grey skies, but the sun was actually out most of the time. It rained a couple of afternoons after the clouds built up. To check the weather, I would look online at forecasts. It's impossible to say what the conditions are going to be exactly, as the mountains can change everything depending on local patterns. It should be nice and warm during the day, low to mid 20s, and pleasant evenings lower down. As you go higher, you may find it chilly sometimes in the evening and so will need a fleece/ jacket for this.
Clothing - I had a warm fleece, wind/ waterproof jacket and some gloves. Apart from that, it was just the usual layers underneath. I would also advise a rain cover for your rucksack.
Washing - I did wash out things as I went along, and just dried them at the campsites, which didn't present any problems. I don't recall any washing machines.
Water - you don't need purification tablets, as the campsites will have drinking water available to fill your bottles from as you go along.
Free time - Courmayeur is very pretty and lovely to walk around for a few hours. Most of us did a cable car ride and it's well worth it for amazing views. I think the next free day (11 or 12) most of us took it easy, as it was the first day off for a while! The last free day in Chamonix, I just spent relaxing around Chamonix having a beer and sitting in the sunshine. I don't think anyone did extra walks, but some people did take the other cable car ride.
Money - It's hard to say exactly how much to take, as some people take more than others. You need to budget for the meals not included, plus drinks, and anything over that is optional. For the lunches not included, maybe allow €60. For the dinner not included, maybe €25 and then drinks will depend but costs aren't so different to the UK, so whatever you would spend on water, juice and alcohol normally.
It's a great trip, and nothing to different to advise apart from what's in the trip notes. The more basic camps are just that, so don't expect comfort, but all the rest are really nice!
Katarzyna Crompton - European Operations
What do we do about washing whilst on trek?
A few campsites actually have washing machines and lines to hang stuff on, and you can usually get things pretty dry.
The others have a minimum of a sink so you could always run water through things, and then there are two wild camps with nothing.
Peter Stokes - Customer Operations