Mont Blanc Highlights
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
Dates & prices
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Trip code: RCHAME
- 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
- Transfers to and from Chamonix, our meeting point
- Application fees (18€ per person)
- Lunch and dinner on free day (day 4)
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Meals for the first and the last night in Chamonix
Terms and conditions
- 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…)
Changes to travel contract
- 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 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 !
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.
Budget & exchange
- One hat or cap
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
- Personal medicine
- Painkillers (paracetamol preferred)
- Intestinal antiseptic
- Light soporific
- C vitamin
- 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.
Health information & recommendations
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.
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.
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).
- 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.