Fortunately, aside from proper clothing, snacks and water, there is no need to pack a lot of other gear such as tents, cooking gear and so on. All through the Tour are numerous hostels (called refuges in France, rifugios in Italy) that offer accommodation and meals, all for a set price. It was wonderful to know that after a 15-kilometre, 4,000-vertical-foot hike (the average distance we did), there would be a bed, a hot meal and a cool drink to enjoy!
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Photo: Andrew Wilson