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Mini Tour Du Mont Blanc Trek 2021

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  • Price: £1295
  • Expedition Dates: July 2021
  • Duration: 8 days

ITINERARY

DAY 1 : Arrive Chamonix (France)

We will meet you at Geneva airport and transfer you back to Chamonix where you’ll have some time to settle into the hotel.

Yo will have time to explore the beautiful Alpine town of Chamonix before returning to the hotel for an evening briefing covering essential information for the following days, talks on food, personal equipment and weather forecasting before a relaxing dinner.

Accommodation Twin share- http://www.langleyhotels.eu/en/our-hotels/hotel-gustavia

DAY 2 : Free Day in Chamonix (France)

Cham’ is a destination popular the world over. In the streets of this high-mountain town you’ll hear languages from every corner of the globe. But the people who come to this ‘summit meeting’ share the same way of thinking, the same love for mountaineering, its legends and its ethics.

When you’re out shopping in the town centre, wherever you are look up and you’ll see ‘it’ there… 4,810 metres (15,781 ft) of rock, snow, ice and dreams of things to come.

A stunning option for the day would be to go up the Aiguille du Midi cable car to 3842 m where you can look down on the Mer de Glace glacier snaking its way towards the valley bottom, and up to Mont blanc du Tacul, with its huge glaciated seracs, and onwards to Mont Blanc itself.

Accommodation Twin share – http://www.langleyhotels.eu/en/our-hotels/hotel-gustavia (B)

DAY 3 : Walk over Col du Balme to Trient (Switzerland)

After an early breakfast, we’ll transfer to our start point in Montroc at the upper end of the Chamonix valley.  Following the classic Tour du Mont-Blanc trail we climb a winding path through alpine forest, then suddenly the trees thin and we are rewarded with a dramatic view down the Chamonix Valley  Onwards we climb to the Aiguillette des Posettes 2201m, a smooth topped peak that allows us a 360 degree panorama and stunning views over the Mont Blanc massif and Mont Blanc itself. Then on to the col du Blame 2195m from where we step out of France and into Switzerland before we descend to Trient for the night.

Accommodation Dormitory – http://www.la-grande-ourse.ch/index-en.html (BLD)

Distance – 12.5km / Ascent – 1087m / Descent – 1173m
(Trekking time 5-6 hours)

DAY 4 : Walk Bovine route to Champex (Switzerland)

We start the day with a steady climb From Trient 1300m to the Col de la Forclaz, 1527m where you may choose to have a coffee at the hotel and look over to the Col du Blame where you crossed into Switzerland yesterday. Onwards and upwards, we are climbing through old forest, alpine meadows and ancient traditions. The Bovine route is used today as it has been for centuries by the impressively stocky mountain cows that munch the lush green grass and produce the ultra-high-quality milk for the famous Swiss cheese. Late morning we break free of the trees and the view down the Rhone valley, flanked by snow-capped mountains either side is a sight to behold. From a high point of 2049m the afternoon brings us a steady decent down to Champex lac 1486m a chocolate box beautiful Swiss village with scenic lake, perfect to cool your feet or even take a dip!

Accommodation Dormitory – http://www.pensionenpleinair.ch/pensionen.htm. (BLD)

Distance – 16.3km / Ascent – 1531m / Descent – 1376m
(Trekking time 7-8 hours)

DAY 5 : Transfer to La Fouly walk Grand col Ferret to Refuge Elena (Italy)

We take a short transfer this morning to La Fouly 1600m. The day starts with a valley walk that steepens as we near its end and brings us onto a lovely well graded alpine track that takes us to the Grand Col Ferret, the highest point on the circuit at 2537m. We are now leaving Switzerland end entering Italy. This side of the Mont Blanc massif, the collection of 1000’s of peaks, spires and cliffs that sit around Mont Blanc, are wild, raw and dramatic. A steady descent brings us to the Elena refuge, the perfect place to try an Italian coffee or better still and Italian hot chocolate.

Accomodation Dormitory – http://www.rifugioelena.it/pagine/ilrifugioen.html (BLD)

Distance – 11.6km / Ascent – 1161m / Descent – 702m
(Trekking time 7-8 hours)

DAY 6 : Mont de la saxe Balcony route to Courmayeur (Italy)

Two excellent days walking to go. Today’s walk is a real treat as once we have made the relatively short climb onto the balcony path we follow a gently undulating trail with a backdrop near shear cliff faces for our views. This is some of the biggest and best views the Alps have to offer. The afternoon is a descent to the charming Italian town of Courmayeur where we can refuel on delicious ice-cream before transferring back to Chamonix through the Mont blanc tunnel.

Accommodation Twin share- http://www.langleyhotels.eu/en/our-hotels/hotel-gustavia (BLD)

Distance – 18.6km / Ascent – 983m / Descent – 1824m (Trekking time 7-8 hours)

DAY 7 : Walk Balcon Sud – Chamonix (France)

Have we saved the best for last? Possibly yes. Today we take a gondolier from the Chamonix valley to Flegere 1877m from where we start a day of ever changing and stunning views. As we walk along, the tightly packed peaks of the Mont blanc massif on the other side of the valley change perspective with each other. Mont Blanc of course, the Aiguille du midi, Grand Jorasses, Aiguille Verte just to name a few, between them the mighty glaciers glisten in the sunshine. We are heading to Lac Blanc, 2353m, a fine panorama point, perfect to reflect on the achievements of the past few days. The afternoon is a descent to the valley floor and back to Chamonix for a celebratory meal and drink.

Accommodation Twin share- http://www.langleyhotels.eu/en/our-hotels/hotel-gustavia (BLD)
Distance – 10.7km / Ascent – 770m / Descent 1257m (Trekking time 6-7 hours)

DAY 8 : Free Day in Chamonix (France)

Accommodation – http://www.langleyhotels.eu/en/our-hotels/hotel-gustavia (B)

DAY 9 : Travel home

(B)

Included

Not Included

  • SBA UK Leader
  • International Mountain Leader x 2
  • Airport Transfers to/from Geneva
  • Transfers to and from Mountain base
  • Trave by mini bus, local train and cable car
  • 5 days hut to hut walking; 2 free days
  • 5 nights in a comfortable hotel
  • 3 nights Refuge accommodation during trek including breakfasts, packed lunch and dinner
  • International Flights to Geneva
  • Personal equipment
  • Insurance
  • Baggage transfers Mon,Tue,Weds (can be added for a supplement)
  • Alcohol,laundry and other items of a personal nature
  • Lunch/dinner on non walking days
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving trek early