The Summer Season of 2022 has started out here in the Alps, and it's truly spectacular on the trails. On our hikes we've seen many teams already out hiking the trails of the TMB and beyond. After a very lean and short winter in terms of snow cover, followed by a warm spring the trails are rapidly becoming snow free and any remaining snow patches pose very few Issues.
We have been out to visit some of the High Cols of the TMB and discovered that we are almost a month ahead in terms of melting snow conditions. And the combination of less snow than usual and the lifting of COVID restrictions seems….”Freedom of Movement” is the current theme!
We have had some very high temperatures so far and this summer is looking like it could be HOT HOT HOT! However this has usually comes with some very violent thunderstorms as a consequence. The Chamonix lift systems and mountain refuges are open.
The demand for bookings this year has been exceptionally high, therefore it is expected to be very busy out on the trails all of the season. However, fear not as there is enough space for everyone !
Below you will find some photos of the current trail conditions taken last week…(6th-10th June 2022)
Current Trail Conditions - Tour du Mont Blanc
Col du Bonhomme (2329m)
The col still has some large snow patches remaining however far less than usual.
It is still recommended to have walking poles to aid safety crossing. Walking spikes are not needed as many teams are passing each day so there is a good track in place.
Col des Fours (2665m)
Heading towards and descending form the Col des Fours has the most snow. Not so many teams have taken this variation so far however it is passable with walking poles and extra care.
Col de la Seigne (2516m)
The France Swiss border of Col de la Seigne showed surprisingly much less snow than average and any snow that does remain really is not a problem.
Grand Col Ferret (2537m)
Our Visit to the Grand Col Ferret coincided with a particular bad weather day therefore it was difficult to get some good photos. Although yet again we discovered much less snow for the time of year.The initial descent on the Swiss side involves crossing some patches of easy angled snow which very soon dissipates.
Hiking Trail Conditions - Tour du Mont Blanc
So less snow than usual and in some parts the trails have become very muddy after recent snow melt and worsened after heavy thunderstorms/rain. Another reason walking poles are recommended.
Flora and Fauna on the Tour du Mont Blanc
There are an abundance of Marmots whizzing around the hillsides and plenty of Ibex and Chamois to be spotted also. The Alpine flowers are in blooming and looking glorious right now, but the high temperatures have meant some are dying off faster than usual.
Weather on the Tour du Mont Blanc
As always summer trekking in the Alps involves having temperatures as high as the 30c and as low as 6c in a single day!! Each area has its own micro-climate and as you walk, expect ALL types of weather! Despite temperatures soaring in the valley, you must still prep' for cold and wet weather and carry the essentials at all times. And for the sun, remember a high factor sunscreen, sunglasses and hat.
Kit List for the Tour du Mont Blanc
Take a good look at the advice on our kit list pages as you pretty much need to be ready for anything weather wise and the terrain needs some careful thought.
On that note…..It time for 2022 adventures to commence!