Discovering ski-touring in Chamonix
Day 1 Warm-up and level ckecking race on the Tête de Balme
Your mountain expert guide welcomes you in Chamonix in the morning and check your technical equipment (rental is possible if necessary). We warm-up on easy slopes and have a fun level checking race. We learn more about specific technics of ski-touring and research exercises (with an avalanche transceiver).
After all of that theory learning, we leave Chamonix by car towards the village of Le Tour at the end of the valley. Our tour begins after taking the cable car up to Charamillon. We start climbing on steep slopes to reach the first peak: Tête de Balme at 2321m. During the descent, we will test our freeride abilities (off-piste). Yet we will remain close to the ski area and its ski trails where we can always return if necessary.
Ascent : 500m / Descent : 870m / Max Altitude: 2371m / Accommodation: cottage / Physicial activity time: 4 to 6 hours
Day 2 Aiguilles Rouges - Aiguilles Crochues (2837m)
This morning, we leave our cottage to discover beautiful slopes, generally powdered in the area of the Aiguilles Rouges, facing the great peaks and glaciers of the Mont Blanc. We take the cable car of La Flégère and the Index chairlift to start our ascent towards the Aiguilles des Crochues (2837m). Today is a tough one, but you will enjoy having a nice and relaxed evening in a typical and comfortable mountain hut.
Ascent : 600m / Drop : 1000m / Max Altitude: 2837m / Accommodation: cottage / Physical activity time: 5 to 6 hours
Day 3 Croisse Baulet, discovering the Aravis massif enjoying a panoramic view of the Mont Blanc
After a 45 minutes transfer in the morning, we start hiking above the village of Megève. Your guide will take you in remote areas and slopes, crossing lush forests and alpine pastures to reach the "Petit Croisse Baulet" (2009m). Slight descent before heading up towards a final beautiful slope before the highest peak of Croisse Baulet (2236m), that the bravest ones of your group will climb! This is an ideal place to ski, going downhill on the snowy glades, heaps of fun!
Ascent : 600 to 970m / Descent: 600 to 970m / Max Alt: 2009 to 2236m / Accommodation: cottage / Physical activity time: 6 to 7 hours
Day 4 La Punta Croce (2478m), Italy
Today, we cross the border from France to Italy to discover the southern slopes of the Mont Blanc. After a one-hour drive, we will cross the tunnel of Mont Blanc and arrive to Arpy, a small picturesque village lost in the mountains of Aosta valley, with houses made out of stone. This is where a change of scenery will take on its full meaning.
We’ll go up through the beautiful valley of Arpy to climb the gentle slopes of the Punta Croce (2478m), great hidden hiking outlet away from the crowds. We’ll spend the night in a wooded setting cottage, lost in the Italian mountains.
Ascent : 780m / Drop: 780m / Max Alt: 2478m / Accommodation: cottage / Physical activity time: 5 to 6 hours
Day 5 The Monts Telliers (2951m)
Today is our last day discovering the Mont Blanc massif. Thus, we head north towards Switzerland and the end of the Grand St Bernard road. This is a nice hiking path which makes its way on sunny and remote slopes. It will get us to a charming viewpoint: the Monts Telliers at 2951m. Breath in some fresh air before heading back down to Chamonix in the afternoon.
Sadly, this is where we say goodbye after a wonderful week together in the Mont Blanc massif.
Ascent: 1020 m / Descent: 1020m / Max Alt: 2951m / Physical activity time: 7 to 8 hours
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
- The technical organization of the stay
- Mountaineering with high-mountain guides
- Collective equipment provided (ropes)
- Half-board accommodation in refuges, cottages and lodges
- Lunch picnics
- Safety equipment : Avalanche transceiver (battery not provided, 4 LR03 AAA batteries needed), shovel, probe
- Individual ski material : shoes, ski, skins and knifes, sticks
- Transfers to meeting and separation points
- Snacks: dried fruits, cereal bars, chocolate bars, etc ..
- All the drinks and personal expenses in refuges
- Insurance and assistance
- Application fees (18€ per person)
- Technical individual equipment : crampons, harness, ice axe
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes"
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s price
- Less than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs : plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plane changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs : you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees : Insurance fees will not be refunded if you subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmation
Changes to travel contract
- Lunch picnics and diners in refuges.
- Bring some snacks according to your own tastes.
- Personal drinks are not included in the trip’s price : water, tea, coffee, beer, coke...
Budget & exchange
- Collective material (ropes) if needed
- Sleepers and blankets in shelters : bring your own sleeping bag
- Individual safety material (avalanche transceiver - battery not provided-, shovel, probe) : please inform us if you already have yours
- One pair of light touring-skis equipped with breaks or safety straps
- One pair of ski-touring shoes with VIBRAM-type sole
- 1 pair of sticky sealskins suitable for ski
- Sticks with fender washers
- Safety equipment
- Life blanket
- Clasp knife
- Thermos or bottle
- Windproof bonnet
- Hat or cap
- Solar cream (high protection index), face + lips
- Glacier sunglasses (category 4 index) + ski goggles
- 2 technic breathable underclothing with long sleeves (Carline type, no cotton, it is drying too slowly)
- 1 breathable technic undershirts
- 1 thick polar coat
- 1 windproof and waterproof coat (Goretex type)
- 1 pair of windproof mittens (polar or wool)
- 1 pair of windproof gloves (polar or wool)
- 1 pair of technic tights (Carline type)
- 1 pair of comfortable mountain pants
- 1 pair of windproof and waterproof pants (Goretex type)
- 2 pair of socks (one thick, one thin)
- Toilet paper
- 1 plastic bag (100L) + one upper bag to protect your belongings and backpack from rain
- 1 waterproof sleeve to put your ID, phone, money, insurance/ assistance contract with all your emergency numbers
- You will be carrying your one-day belongings and equipment in a 40L- bag (equipped with ski racks)
- Your personal belongings will stay in the lodge in another bag (travel bag)
- Personal medication
- Pain killers (paracetamol)
- Elastic adhesive tapes
- Local disinfectant
- Anti-diarrheal pills
- Light tranquilizers and sleeping pills
- Up to 90 days visit in France : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France.
- Over 90 days visit in France : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.