Week end Vallée blanche
Day 1 Discovering the Vallée Blanche
We meet with our expert guide at 9 am at the Aiguille du Midi cable car station. He will check our equipment before taking the cable car. Up there, we discover one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Alps. The biggest peaks of the massif seem to be very close: Mont Blanc, Dent du Géant, Grandes Jorasses, Aiguille Verte...
We descend the Aiguille du Midi snow ridge roped up with the guide and begin our classic route run (few difficulties but magnificent scenery: Gervasutti eperon, Mont Blanc du Tacul). The guide always goes first to ensure our safety. When passing through the seracs of the Glacier du Géant, we have to be extremely careful and do precisely what the guide tells us. This requires a good ski control. Just after this passage, we will take time to eat our packed lunch and drink a warm tea! We then reach the flat surface of the Mer de Glace glacier. We have to ascend a steep 100m rocky slope to reach the skiable path which will get us back to Chamonix. If there is not enough snow, we will go back by the Montenvers railway station.
Ascent : 100m | Descent : 2800m | Max Altitude : 3842m | Accomodation: hostel or lodge
Day 2 Second run
Today is an ambitious adventure day in high mountain!
After a good breakfast, we leave to the Aiguille du Midi cable car at 10 am (or earlier if conditions require it). We put our skis back on up there and descend through more secret off-piste routes (e.g. Petit Envers or Grand Envers route) chosen by the guide, such delightful runs! Sometimes we will ski really close to the crevices, so we must carefully follow the guide's way. We will probably be back in Chamonix around 4pm to say goodbye.
Ascent : 100m | Descent : 2800m | Max Altitude : 3842m
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.
- Technical organisation of the trip
- Aiguille du Midi cable car (2 trips)
- High mountain guide
- Collective equipment (carried by the guide)
- Loan of safety harness, avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe for 2 days
- 2 picnics (1 for each day)
- Montenvers train tickets if there is not enough snow to reach Chamonix by the skiable path
- Saturday night accommodation in Chamonix (hotel)
- All transports around the valley
- Insurance and assistance
- Individual equipment (skis, shoes, sticks)
- Personal expenses
- Sunday night diner in Chamonix
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes" section
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
Budget & exchange
- Collective equipment
- Safety harness
- Avalanche transceiver
- Skis, shoes, sticks, helmet
- Ski clothes
- Goretex jacket and over-pants
- Ski goggles
- Solar cream
- Little backpack (to put your belongings and your picnic inside)
- 1L water bottle
- Analgesic (avoid aspirin)
- Anti-inflammatory (pills and cream)
- Bandages and second skin
- Elastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters)
- Sunscreen and after-sun cream
- Light sleeping pills (if you need some) and/or ear plugs
- Your own medicine...
- 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.