July 09 - 15
July 30 - August 05
Price: US$ 1600 (CAD $1700)
Single supplement not available.
Two days are spent traversing the Massif with spectacular views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix needles, followed by a complete change of scenery and the ascent of Mt Buet 3'096m (10'157 ft). All nights are spent in basic but friendly walker's mountain huts, full board and lunch included. An average day begins with an 8:00 am start followed by about 6 to 8 hours of walking.
Using well-maintained trails, this trip has no unpleasant surprises for the beginner and allows the more experienced walkers to get away from the crowds that are often found on the 'other' side of the valley. This trip is well adapted to families planning a week's holiday in the Chamonix valley considering the accessibility of huts and terrain.
Day 1: Transfer from Geneva airport to the Chamonix valley, briefing and welcome dinner with your guide.
Day 2: Quick transfer to the Col des Montets, hike up to Lac Blanc. A perfect setting for your first night up in the mountains. Accommodation: Refuge Lac Blanc. Walking time: 4 hours.
Day 3: From Lac Blanc, we start our scenic traverse over to the Brévent cable car station. After a hearty picnic lunch, we descend to the Refuge Bellachat for the night. Walking time: 7 hours.
Day 4: We descend to Moëde, then up to the Refuge d'Anterne. Walking time: 6 hours.
Day 5: An uphill day to the Col de Salenton, passing abandoned mines and ruins, before reaching the top and the Bérard valley, where we spend the night in a refuge. Walking time: 7 hours.
Day 6: Our longest day of climbing, up to the summit of the Mont Buet, 3.096m. Return to Chamonix overnight. Walking time: 8 hours.
Day 7: Departure day: Transfer of all clients from the Chamonix valley to Geneva airport.
Trip Leaders: All our guides are internationally certified, and have an in-depth knowledge of the area they are guiding in. Most guides working for us in the Alps live in the Chamonix valley on a permanent basis, where the mountains are both recreation and their livelihood. All of our guides are professionals, and are skilled at transmitting their tremendous knowledge of the region/country to you. All our guides speak fluently English and at least another foreign language. Wherever you go with us, your guide will be able to communicate at ease, enabling him/her to take care of any problem/special wishes that might occur.
Trip Difficulty: Level 3 (From 1=easy to 5=very strenuous). Moderate to difficult walking on some well-marked trails, but also some cross-country hiking. Scree slopes, some boulder-hopping, minimal ridge-walking with minimum exposure. 6-7 hours of daily walking (including stops and lunch), consecutively for 6-11 days. 1200m (3600ft) maximum elevation gain per day. Day-pack and occasionally overnight pack. Maximum altitude of 3000m (10000ft).
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