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Activities

  • Small Adult Group
  • Food

    • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included in the price of the trip. Typical Meals Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast will usually consist of cereal, eggs, orange juice, croissant, fresh French bread, butter, jam, tea or coffee. Lunch: Picnic style lunches will normally include bread, fresh salad vegetables, cold meats or tinned fish, cheese and fresh fruit. Evening meal: Will normally consist of a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat or fish with rice, potatoes or pasta and vegetables, followed by dessert or fruit and tea or coffee. The price of the evening meal does not include wine, beer, bottled water or soft drinks. Vegetarians: Although vegetarianism is not common in France and most meals are based on meat or fish, it is usually possible to cater for vegetarians as long as they are prepared to be flexible. If you are a vegetarian please inform us at the time of booking.

    Activities

    • Guided Group
    • Food

      • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included in the price of the trip. Typical Meals Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast will usually consist of cereal, eggs, orange juice, croissant, fresh French bread, butter, jam, tea or coffee. Lunch: Picnic style lunches will normally include bread, fresh salad vegetables, cold meats or tinned fish, cheese and fresh fruit. Evening meal: Will normally consist of a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat or fish with rice, potatoes or pasta and vegetables, followed by dessert or fruit and tea or coffee. The price of the evening meal does not include wine, beer, bottled water or soft drinks. Vegetarians: Although vegetarianism is not common in France and most meals are based on meat or fish, it is usually possible to cater for vegetarians as long as they are prepared to be flexible. If you are a vegetarian please inform us at the time of booking.

      Activities

      • Accom: hotel/lodge
      • Adult group
      • Walking & Trekking
      • Walking centre-based
  • 1

    Start Chalet Chamonix

    Start Chalet Chamonix. Those making their own way to the chalet should aim to arrive late morning to early afternoon for introductions. There is time to walk into the centre of Chamonix in the afternoon before a pre-dinner briefing from the walking leader.

  • 2

    Drive to the head of the Chamonix Valley; walk to Switzerland via Les Bonhommes and the Col de Balme; descend back into France passing Chalets de Balme.

    Our first walk of the week is on the slopes of the Col du Balme from where we will have stunning views back to Mont blanc as well as into Switzerland. From the small hamlet of Montroc (1380m – 4400ft) we have a short warm up walk before the trail turns uphill on a steady zigzag path. As the trees thin out the views get ever better and by late morning we reach Aiguilette des Possettes (2200m – 7220 ft). This is a stunning peak from where we are rewarded with a superb panorama view over the Chamonix valley, the Aiguille Rouge national park and around to Switzerland. The path continues down to the Col du Possettes and then on a steady path becoming ever more winding and finally down to La Tour. (1450m – 4750ft). 6 hours walking. 9km - 6 miles, 820m - 2700ft up, 730m – 2400ft down

  • 3

    Transfer above Les Houches; ascend to the Bel Lachat Refuge, before crossing the Carlaveyron Natural Reserve and summiting the Aiguillette des Houches and the Aiguillette du Brevent.

    A spectacular walk from (1370m – 4450ft) up to the Bel Lachat refuge on the classic TMB and GR5 routes. Crossing the beautiful Carlaveyron Natural Reserve we summit the Aiguillette des Houches (2285m – 7500ft) for one of the finest views in the Alps - looking directly across the Chamonix Valley to the Mont Blanc summit. Passing through alpine meadows we descend by a different route to La Flatière (1370m – 4500ft). 7 hours walking, 11km – 7 miles, 900m – 2950ft up, 930m – 3050ft down

  • 4

    Starting from Les Houches we cross the Col de Voza and continue towards Les Contamines.

    A short transfer takes us through picturesque hamlets and quaint Savoy farmhouses to Maison Neuve our start point above the village of Les Houches. From here we begin our climb to the Col de Voza (1653m – 5360ft) from where we enjoy sweeping views of the Chamonix Valley and Aravis mountains. Crossing the lines of the Tramway du Mont Blanc, the highest rack railway in France, we head into the Bionnassay Valley, dominated by the spectacular Aiguille de Bionnassay and its glacier. We continue via the little village of Le Champel towards Les Contamines commune (1015m – 3330ft). Many of our walking leaders choose to run this day in reverse which is equally excellent. 7 hours walking, 11km – 7 miles, 560m –1840ft up, 610m – 2000ft down

  • 5

    Starting from Les Houches we cross the Col de Voza and continue towards Les Contamines.

    A short transfer takes us through picturesque hamlets and quaint Savoy farmhouses to Maison Neuve our start point above the village of Les Houches. From here we begin our climb to the Col de Voza (1653m – 5360ft) from where we enjoy sweeping views of the Chamonix Valley and Aravis mountains. Crossing the lines of the Tramway du Mont Blanc, the highest rack railway in France, we head into the Bionnassay Valley, dominated by the spectacular Aiguille de Bionnassay and its glacier. We continue via the little village of Le Champel towards Les Contamines commune (1015m – 3330ft). Many of our walking leaders choose to run this day in reverse which is equally excellent. 7 hours walking, 11km – 7 miles, 560m –1840ft up, 610m – 2000ft down

  • 6

    Drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy; climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse high above the spectacular Ferret Valley to Courmayeur.

    We drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy for a chance to soak up some Italian atmosphere! From Arp Nouva (1770m – 5805ft) we climb up and along to the Bonatti refuge. At just over (2000m – 6560ft), the view from here is one of the finest on the tour. Mont Blanc itself, the towering rocky peak of Grandes Jorasses and the glaciers that crowd the northern flank of Val Ferret are there to be admired. Following a dramatic traversing path we contour high above the valley before descending towards the valley floor. Time allowing we head off to Courmayeur, the perfect spot for a well-deserved Italian ice-cream. 7 hours walking, 12km – 8 miles, 450m – 1500ft up, 550m – 1804ft down

  • 7

    Drive to Col de Montets; walk via Lac Blanc to La Flegere then descend by cable car.

    We drive to les Praz and then take the cable car to La Flégère (1877m - 3900ft). From here it is a mostly steady, but at times a steep and rough path to the beautiful Lac Blanc. This is the highest point of the week (2352m - 7715ft) and a spectacular setting with dramatic, panoramic vistas. If we are lucky we will be able to see a majestic ibex grazing on the mountainside. We then descend via a second path, making a circular route, and continue back to La Flégère, from where we take the cable car back down to the valley floor. 7 hours walking, 9km – 6 miles, 520m – 1690ft up, 520m – 1690ft down If the Flégère lift is closed, or there is low lying snow and it is not possible to walk to Lac Blanc then we will instead walk to the beautiful Lacs des Cheserys and then onwards to Flégère before descending past the charming Chalet Floria (there will be time for a cup of tea) and onwards to Chamonix. This will make a total climb of 746m – 2445 ft and descent of 1184m - 3880ft. This is a stunning and beautiful day that equals the original. We only anticipate this happening on the spring and autumn departures. 7 hours walking, 8km – 5 miles, 890m – 2920ft up, 500m – 1640ft down (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • 8

    End Chalet Chamonix.

    End Chalet Chamonix.

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