Mont Blanc Highlights

Have you often heard of Chamonix but have not yet found the time to come and discover the world capital of mountaineering?

Then this stay is for you: days of accessible hikes which will allow you to reach the most beautiful points of view of the valley, the wildest places and its exceptional natural environments which made its reputation.
Glaciers, famous peaks, alpine wildlife and amazing views will be your daily adventure.Each evening, you will relax yourself in your basecamp, a comfortable accomodation in Chamonix.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Chamonix

    From the Geneva airport, you’ll be transfered in the valley of Chamonix. You will be lodged all week long in a comfortable chalet.
    In the evening, you will meet with the group and your guide for a brief explanation of your trip and his recommandations on equipment. Diner in town as you please. It is your first opportunity to try out some alpine specialties in typical restaurants.

  • Day 2 Hike to Bionnassay glacier

    Transportation to Les Houches village. Spectacular cable car up to Bellevue. Hike at the foot of the Bionnassay glacier via the Himalayan footbridge, visit the typical alpine village of Bionnassay and its eco-museum.
    Transportation back in your accomodation in the evening.

    4 h hiking, +558 m / - 443 m

  • Day 3 Hike to the Swiss border

    Transfer to the village of Le Tour by train. Hike in the Balme mountain pastures via the Posettes pass. You will have all the rows of the most notorious needles of the Mont Blanc massif from the Aiguille du Tour through the Drus and the famous Aiguille du Midi. Look at Switzerland and one of its biggest dams: Emosson. Return by train to Chamonix.

    4 h hiking, +/-700 m

  • Day 4 Free day for optional walks, activities or sightseeing

    Today is a free day for optional walks or sightseeing. Your can visit the alpine town of Chamonix, which has numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. There are several cablecar excursions you can make from Chamonix, of which the most spectacular is the ascent to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m - 12600ft), offering fantastic views of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks. It should also be possible to do plenty of activities as mountain biking, white river rafting, paragliding or hiking in the souroundings...

  • Day 5 Hike to " Lac Blanc"

    Hike to Lac Blanc, "the mirror of Mont Blanc". Climb in the Flégère cable car, then hike to the lake on a balcony path, small passage in ladders. Here everything is calm, soft and voluptuous. You can enjoy beautiful views of Mont Blanc. Descent to the valley with Flégère cable car.

    4 h hiking, + 262 / - 745 m

  • Day 6 Hike to "la mer de Glace"

    Discovery hike of an ice sanctuary: "the ice sea". Discovered in 1741 by the English, this site is one of the most beautiful in the French Alps. Like a staging, the Aiguilles Verte, the Drus, the grandes Jorasses, the Dent du Géant and Charmoz take the lead. Return to your chalet in the valley through beautiful forest.

    5 h hiking, +/- 956 m

  • Day 7 Planpraz and Brevent pass

    Ascent by the Planpraz cable car. On a winding path you reach the Brévent pass then the Bel Lachat refuge. You will be the spectators of a landscape of ice and rock dominated by the roof of Europe: Mont Blanc. Descent to Chamonix, by a path in the valley of Bel Lachat then in the forest.

    5h hiking, + 524 m / - 1430 m

  • Day 8 Montets pass

    For this last day we offer you the flower walk to the Col des Montets. Climb to the pass by bus, to the house of the reserve, departure of the walk with a guide from the reserve or not. Signposted route among the floral wonders of the mountains. Descent by bus to Chamonix. End of the stay in the early afternoon.

    1 h hiking, +/- 50 m

Not ready to leave yet? We can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. 

Itineraries can be modified according to the weather conditions or the fitness level of the participants. As a last resort, the accompanist remains the only judge of the program that he can adapt according to the various imperatives that may arise.

Dates & prices

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Trip code: RCHAME

Included

  • Technical organisation of the trekking
  • Supervision by the mountain leader
  • Accommodation as described in the program (comfortable chalet close to Chamonix)
  • Half board and picnics (except day 4wich is a free day)
  • Transportation as described in the program

Not included

  • Transfers to and from Chamonix, our meeting point
  • Application fees (18€ per person)
  • Lunch and dinner on free day (day 4)
  • Snacks
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Meals for the first and the last night  in Chamonix

Terms and conditions

Booking conditions

By booking one of our travels, the customer bindingly accepts the general terms and conditions of sale. Each customer must fill a registration form. The booking is definitively registered when the customer has settled the payment of a deposit of 30 % of the total trip's price (subject to availability at the time of registration). In case of short term booking – within 30 days before the travel departure, the full trip's price is due immediately. Payments can be settled via bank transfer (SWIFT code/IBAN number) or online, directly from our website (available soon). You will receive an email with a booking confirmation as quickly as possible.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking registered, we send you an email with the invoice. Full payment is required at least 30 days before your arrival. If the customer does not settle the payment of the travel's price within the period agreed upon, Altaï Alpes gets the right to cancel the booking without additional charges.

Cancellation policy

For any reason, if you decide to withdraw from a trip, the amount already paid will be refunded subject to the following exceptions:       
  • Cancellation up to 45 days before the agreed beginning of the trip: You will be charged 20 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)   
  • Cancellation between 44 and 15 days before the agreed beginning of the trip: You will be charged 50 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
  • Cancellation less than 14 days before the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 100 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)

Any cancellation shall be notified in writing (email, letter or fax). The cancellation will be effective as soon as we receive your written statement. If we notice early that the minimum number of participants for a trip cannot be reached, Altaï Alpes will exercise its right of withdrawal immediately. In that situation, you will be informed of the cancellation of your travel no later than 21 days before the agreed beginning of the journey. Altaï Alpes can also cancel a travel in case of major circumstances such as volcanic eruption, civil disturbances, strikes, weather and climate conditions, in order to ensure traveler's security… In such cases, you will immediately be refunded of any payments. However, you will not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If any change is made in the travel's contract at the customer’s request, any fee that might arise from this change shall be paid by the customer. In any cases, every request for changes shall be notified in writing. In case of external events that could not be foreseen, Altaï Alpes might change some aspects of the travel contract. We will endeavour to inform you of any change as quickly as possible.

Pricing

All travel prices for groups on our website have been calculated for the indicated number of participants. The price list is confirmed after the booking. If the number of participants is lower than expected, an additional payment charge might be applied. For each travel and program, we mention the price per person – valid for the minimum number of participants – and we provide you with detailed explanations about the services included or not. Any change, of the currency exchange rates or on the price of travel's services in particular regarding the cost of the fuel, might entail price revision.

Contract transfer

In case of transfer of the contract by the customer to an assignee, modification and cancellation conditions will be applied.

Insurance

We recommend you to get your own insurance before your departure to cover the activities undertaken by Altaï Alpes. Please email us your insurance contract information (insurance company's name, contract number, phone number) and bring this information with you during your trip. 

Practical info

Staff

Our trip is supervised by a mountain guide who will provide you with the technical elements necessary for the smooth running of the stay. It may be necessary to modify the program to ensure safety depending on the weather conditions of the mountain or the physical condition of the participants.

Food

Meals:
  • Lunchtime picnics mostly consist of mixed salads, cold meats, cheeses and fruit. They are carried out by the guide in the evening for the next day: do not worry if he slips away 1 or 2 hours in the evening, it is just that he prepares you good things for the next day ...

  • In the evening, meals are served at the accommodation

  • Remember to provide food for hiking breaks according to your tastes before departure: cereal bars, chocolate bars, dried fruits ... and do not hesitate to bring small specialties from your regions for aperitifs!

Drinks:
Drinks are not included in the price of the stay: remember to take change for coffees, fruit juices, beers or coke during stops ... very often the shelters do not have a credit card machine !

Accommodation

Chalet in the Chamonix valley.
You will stay on a cosy chalet during your trip with private bathroom. This accomodation is close to the nature and you can easily reach Chamonix city center with free shuttles.

Transportation

During this trip, transport will mainly be on foot, but there will be short journeys on private transfers (bus or minivan) and cable cars. 

Budget & exchange

France and Italy are in the Eurozone. Therefore, the unit of the currency is the Euro.
Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc (CHF). It is better to change money before departure, however euros are widely accepted in Switzerland. Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances.

ATMs are available in most of the towns you will cross during your stay, but there are no guarantees that your credit card will actually work in France, Italy or Switzerland. Also, refuges often don’t have EPT (Electronic Payment Terminal): it is best to bring cash.Be aware of the fees usually applied when purchasing products or services on a credit card. 

Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spend your trip constantly feeling short on funds. 

As currency exchange rates can often fluctuate, we recommend to check the following website for daily exchange rates: https://www.xe.com/

Tips

Clients usually pay for the guides’ drinks : you might find it practical to make a group kitty at the beginning of your stay (no obligation). 

Supplied equipment

Collective equipment (compass, altimeter, maps, pharmacy, ropes,..) is provided.

Vital equipment

  • One hat or cap  
  • Sunglasses      
  • Bonnet and scarf     
  • Tee-shirt (carline-type, quick drying material)       
  • Warm shirt or thin polar shirt 
  • Warm coat (polar-type)
  • Windproof coat (K-way or Goretex type)    
  • A drain cape with sleeves (without any button, in polyamide)     
  • Thin pair of pants  
  • Windproof pants (K-way or Goretex type)      
  • Short Socks (100% wool: heats, absorbs and evacuates humidity, avoid foot warming/synthetic fibres: good resistance, absorbs and evacuates humidity but foot warming if 100% synthetic / cotton: absorbs humidity but doesn’t evacuate it)  
  • Trekking shoes: they are the mountain climbers' best friends!
    They must be: solid, waterproof, and hold the feet and anckles. Choose shoes with griping tread surface, quite rigid, Vibram-type     
  • Long gaiters      
  • Warm gloves       
  • Replacement underclothing     
  • Replacement shorts    
  • Replacement socks       
  • Light sandals or sneakers for evenings in chalet      
  • Toilet bag (earplugs recommended)     
  • Fast drying towel

Material

  • One small headlamp (with battery replacement)
  • One pair of collapsible walking poles (recommended)
  • 1L bottle or a thermos
  • CutleryIndividual plastic
  • Tupperware for lunch picnics
  • Sunscreen (face and lips)
  • Toilet paper (biodegradable)
  • Camera, binoculars (not compulsory)


Warning : mountain is unpredictable. We have tried to think of all the possible weather situations. This equipment list will help you adapt to the mountain’s whims.

Luggage

You will bring two bags :
  • One travel bag for your replacement clothes,
  • One 40L backpack with a large chest strap.
    Bring a trash bag to isolate your replacement clothes from humidity.


Your guide’s advice : « In your backpack, you will put : warm clothes (polar, pants, bonnet and gloves), rain clothes, bottle, camera, solar cream, and your lunch picnic ».

Medicine

Your tour leader will be carrying a first-aid kit. However, it is recommended to bring your own medicine, checked with your general practitioner: 
  • Personal medicine
  • Painkillers (paracetamol preferred)
  • Double-patching
  • Elastoplast
  • Bandage
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-diarrhea
  • Anti-vomiting
  • Intestinal antiseptic
  • Eyewash
  • Light soporific
  • Antibiotic
  • C vitamin

Non-exhaustive list…

Passport

Please make sure your passport and travel documents are valid.

Visa

  • Up to 90 days visit : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France, Italy or Switzerland.
  • Over 90 days visit : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France, Italy or Switzerland over 90 days.

For further information, please check the following website : https://france-visas.gouv.fr/

Identity card

For EU citizens, you can use your identity card to travel to France, Italy or Switzerland. 

Mandatory vaccines

No required vaccination. 

Health information & recommendations

It is important to consult your doctor for medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements.Please keep in mind that we are often in remote areas, away from medical facilities. Please carefully read the brochure and itinerary when selecting your trip, to make sure our style of travel suits you. 

Please note you will travel to high altitude. Most people can travel to 2 500m with minimal effects. However, everyone reacts differently to altitude and altitude sickness can occur.For details on how to best prepare your trip please consult your physician.

Weather

The weather in the French Alps varies up and down the mountain chain. It is a mountainous region between 800 and 4000 meters, so altitude plays a big part in the local weather.
As you climb higher into the mountains it gets 1 degree cooler every 100 meters. It is the case all year around but other factors such as temperature inversions and winds influence the climate.  The sun plays a very important role too.

Spring can be a bit unpredictable : rain, sometimes even some snow interspersed with hot sunny days. 
It can be quite hot in summer: around 20 to 30 degrees, but the fresh mountain air cools you down during your hike. 
In autumn, temperatures start to cool down, but it is still perfect conditions for a walking holiday.  

Keep in mind that weather conditions are unpredictable. Therefore, the trip organization can me modified for your safety.

Electricity

There will be electricity in most places you will stay. If you are scared to run low on battery, we advise to bring an external battery charger.
 
In France the power plugs and sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Power plugs in France have the particularity of being male and female at the same time : they have 2 prongs and a receptacle. If you need an adapter, please purchase if before departure.

The electrical current in Switzerland is 230V, 50Hz. Swiss sockets are recessed, three-holed, hexagonally shaped and incompatible with many plugs from abroad. They usually, however, take the standard European two-pronged plug.

Electricity in Italy conforms to the European standard of 220V to 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz. Wall outlets typically accommodate plugs with two or three round pins (the latter grounded, the former not).

Local time

France, Italy and Switzerland are in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).

Like most states in Europe, Summer Time (Daylight-Saving) is observed in France, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).After the summer months, the time in France is shifted back by 1 hour to Central European Time (CET or GMT+1).

Sustainable tourism

We do our best to offer trips subscribed to the principles of responsible and sustainable tourism. Our aim is to allow visitors to discover the many facets of France, Italy and Switzerland by taking you off the beaten path and getting you in touch with its nature and residents, while ensuring that your visits do not have a negative effect on its natural environment and people.

  • 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 flavours 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.  
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Region
Northern Alps : around Mont blanc
Activity
Hiking Summer
Duration
8 days
Group
4 to 8 people
Code
RCHAME
Price
From €1,290
Level
3/5
Comfort
4/5
Language(s)
English

Strengths

  • Best accessible hikes surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery
  • Stay in a comfortable chalet
  • Enjoy the shops, bars, restaurants and cafes of Chamonix
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