Chloe Knott, one of the alpine aficionados at our leading supplier, Exodus, gives her advice on the best time to go to Mont Blanc:
“The main climbing season for the ascent of Mont Blanc is from June to September. Expect warm temperatures (15 to 25ºC) in the valleys, cool (5 to 15ºC) on the passes (though it will feel colder if wet and windy) and very cold (-20ºC) on the summit, with strong winds too. For the Mont Blanc to Matterhorn trek, fair weather is to be expected late June to early October, but all mountain ranges create their own weather patterns and the Alps are no exception. There is always the possibility of snow, even in August, and in September trips may find snow on the passes. For the Tour de Mont Blanc generally, the climbing window is between June and September. September is great - the trails are generally a little quieter whilst the weather is usually still warm and clear. November isn’t ideal as you have less daylight hours and unpredictable weather. For snowshoeing, there is usually a blanket of snow between December and March. Higher peaks offer deep snowfields and spectacular views. Be prepared for cold temperatures dropping to more than -10º C in the shade”.