BG Trekking and Extreme sport at Shamoni 2023

In the period July 29 - August 6, Dimo and Lucy from Extreme Sport, accompanied by the professional mountain guide Evgeni Dinchev, made an ascent to Mont Blanc peak, which is a remarkable 4810 meters above sea level.

Here is what professional guide Evgeni Dinchev recommended as equipment for storming the summit:

1. Cold and windproof jacket

2. Cold and windproof trousers

3. Fleece

4. Three-season trekking shoes

5. Gloves

6. A sun hat

7. Hat for cold

8. Hiking poles

9. Front lighting

10. Raincoat, rainwear

11. Change of clothes

12. Water bottle

We left early in the morning on Saturday with two buses from "Russian Monument" square in Sofia. The group was from Sofia, Ruse, Targovishte, Burgas, Gabrovo. Through Serbia and Croatia, we arrived in the evening at the Postojna cave in Slovenia.

On Sunday we went through Northern Italy and the Mont Blanc Tunnel. The tunnel is 11.6 km long. We entered from Italy and exited in France after a long wait on the Italian side. In the evening we arrived in Chamonix /France/ and checked into the Chamonix Volant hostel.

1 day Chamonix - Monday.

With the cars we reached the village of Le Zouche. From there by cable car to Belle Vue and on foot to Mount Prarion /about 2000m/, from where you generally have an incredible view of Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks, if there is visibility. We were not lucky enough to see Mont Blanc on the 1st day. We went down to the lift and headed back to Chamonix. In the afternoon we went for a walk in Chamonix and Evgeni Dinchev showed us the resort village and told us the story of the first ascent of Mont Blanc. There are two monuments in Chamonix. One is by Dr. Packard and the other by Jacques Balma and Bénédict de Saussure. In fact, local resident Jacques Balma accompanied Dr. Packard in the ascent of Mont Blanc, but he was not received with the honors of being the first climber at the time. Whereas when Jacques Balma accompanied Bénédict de Saussure, who is a local resident, there was a very warm welcome. First the monument to Bénédict de Saussure was built and 100 years later the monument to Dr. Packard. The most interesting thing is that the first woman to climb Mont Blanc was a cook who was forced to climb it in order to have the first woman in history to climb Mont Blanc.

Chamonix/ Mont Blanc is the birthplace of mountaineering. There is an elite educational institution here, known throughout the world, which trains mountain guides for the whole world.

Day 2 Chamonix - Tuesday.

We went to Pras and from there we took a lift to Fléger station. Walking round trip through the White Lake about 5-6 hours. Our Rila Lakes are in no way inferior to the White Lakes in the Savoy Alps. Under some rocks we saw a family of marmots. We went up to Cheserys hut where there was a very strong wind. We each ate a vegetable soup, which was served with croutons and a piece of French cheese. We were going home to Chamonix the same way.

Day 3 Chamonix - Wednesday.

We went by car to Le Tour and then by lift to Charmillon station on the Balma plateau. Hiking 5-6 hours, entering Swiss territory on the path of Hamo de Trient. We passed through the Swiss hut Col de la Forclaz and climbed to the beautiful peak of Le Croix de Fer /2343m/. There we took a group photo wearing Mont Blanc T-shirts. On the way back we passed a Swiss cow farm. But instead of buying homemade cheese and milk, there turned out to be a restaurant there. We also saw Swiss and French cows in the meadows, which are shorter and larger than our cows. We walked back to the cars as they stopped the lift due to high winds on a gentle path down for 40 min from the lift station.

Day 4 Chamonix - Thursday.

With the cog railway (an extremely impressive train that climbs the bay without a problem) to the last station Montanver, at nearly 2000 m above sea level. From here there is an incredible panorama of the Mer de Glas glacier, the peaks of Grand Joras, Drew, Mont de Vert, the Needles of Chamonix, the Tooth of Jean, etc. Crossing to Le Signal /2200m - panoramic point/ on one road and descent on another, for about 3-4 hours. We visited the Ice Cave. Extremely beautiful. It is done anew every year because the glacier moves and there is no way to preserve it. It is reached by a cabin and then by countless metal stairs. The Mer de Glas glacier is very well visible. It is covered with an extraordinary number of stones that have fallen from the rocks. We also visited the glacier museum, where you can watch a film about the history of glaciers. We went back by train to Chamonix. Some of the group managed that day to take the lift to Brevan -2550 m and take panoramic photos there.

Day 5 - Friday.

Early in the morning we took the lift to the Aiguille de Midi -3850 m - the highest point that can be reached by lift. The weather in Chamonix was not promising - it was foggy and raining. But it was clear and sunny up there. There we took a bunch of gorgeous photos against the background of Mont Blanc 4810m. We climbed all possible panoramic platforms, including a glass platform that was carried out on the rocks. We were all very happy!

On Saturday we left to go home to Bulgaria. We slept on Postojna. And the next day late in the evening we arrived in Sofia.

For these treks, no special preliminary physical preparation is required, as for the ascent of Mont Blanc.

The treks are not difficult.

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