Based in the Chamonix valley, this hiking trip gathers a selection of the most scenic day-hikes around the top of Europe. Light day packing, optimal guiding service (maximum of 8 hikers per guide), and an authentic and welcoming 2* hotel in the city center of Chamonix are only a few great advantages this trip offers. Discover five amazing day-hikes out of the Chamonix valley, and enjoy the beauty of mountain landscapes in the Mont-Blanc region.
Group transfers, luggage transportation, lifts and lunches are taken care of by the mountain leader. You stay in a hotel in the city centre of Chamonix. Bring just the hiking necessary and fully enjoy the hike!
Day 1 : Mer de Glace – Aiguille du Midi Elevation gain and loss :1 063 ft.
Starting from Chamonix we will use the famous little rack railway of Montenvers above the Mer de glace (Sea of Ice). We reach the historical mountain site of Montenvers, from where we penetrate into the glacier and visit the ice-cave. We continue our visit with the crystal gallery, and the recently opened and very modern glacier exhibition. We start our hike on the beautiful northern “balcony” traverse until the plan de l’Aiguille. The cable car ride us up to the 3 842m of the Aiguille du Midi. The terraces of the site and its “Step into the void” offer you a 360° panorama over the Alps range. After our visit we will use the cable car to ride down to Chamonix.
Day 2 : The Saxe mountain Elevation gain and loss : 2 300 ft.
After a short minivan ride to the town of Courmayeur, Italy, we hike from the upper Villair hamlet in the direction of the Bertone hut. Mont de la Saxe is an incredible belvedere to admire the steepest peaks of the Mont Blanc massif while we enjoy an extra-long lunch-break. The hut makes it hard to resist the call of a real Italian “cappuccino “.
Day 3 : The Loriaz alpine pastures Elevation gain and loss : 2 100 ft.
From the village of Vallorcine, we gently head towards the Loriaz cattle grazing area. Just a couple hundred feet before we reach our goal, a fantastic panoramic view over the Mont-Blanc range, nearby peaks and the Aiguilles Rouges range leaves us speechless. The descent follows a different route, towards and along the Bérard creek.
Day 4 : Aiguillette des Houches Elevation gain and loss : 3 280 ft.
Back on the French side of the Mont-Blanc range, we start our hike from the hamlet of La Flatière and start our ascent to Aiguillette des Houches (7 500ft). From the top we can enjoy a 360° panoramic view. The scenery over the top of Europe is just breathtaking! Mont Blanc seems to be at an arm’s reach…
Day 5 : Cheserys Lakes – Lac Blanc Elevation gain : 2 900ft - elevation loss : 3 600 ft.
The hike starts from Col des Montets, deep into the wildlife sanctuary of the Aiguilles Rouges. We hike up to the
Cheserys Lakes, a photographer’s favorite shooting area! If we feel like it, we can reach the magical site of Lac
Blanc, “the” place to be for a picnic. And to crown it all, we may come across a group of ibexes on the way down…
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
2018 DATES : From Monday to Friday.
June 18th to 22th - July 9th to 13rd – August 6th to 10th - August 20th to 24th - September 10th to 14th
2018 PRICE: 650€/person (5 people minimum).
- The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in 2 star hotel in Chamonix center
- The picnic lunches
- Lift passes
- Transfers throughout the trek
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Diner from day 1 to day 6
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
- ID or valid passport.
- Having repatriation insurance is mandatory. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
WHY CHOOSE COMPAGNIE DES GUIDES :
- An all-inclusive product
- Only 5 to 8 people per group and mountain leader
- An accomodation in the city center of Chamonix
- We prepare lunch packs with local products
- A minibus “Cie” dedicated to our group all along the trek
LEVEL : 2/5 - The Best of Chamonix hiking trip is for any fit people. A minimum of 400m (1350ft) vertical gain and about 4 to 6 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on comfortable trails without specific difficulty. We carry a light backpack for the day hike. This program is ideal to experience multiday hike. For active people, from 12 years old and over, with some hiking experience on mountain trails.
ACCOMMODATION : 4 nights in 2 star hotel in Chamonix (twin and double room)*. *Please inform our office for you preference for twin (separate beds) or double (one large bed).
GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 8 people maximum.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
MEETING PLACE : At 8.30am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix on Day 1. You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office.
TRAINING : Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.
CLIMATE : Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. A high pressure moving in can also bring in cool air. You should anyhow bring warm clothes and be prepared for cold or very hot weather, while minimizing additional weight gain.
Please, feel free to contact Anaïs at the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip, and have your own guide !
- Exclusive guide
A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.
- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.
For any further information, please contact Anaïs:
Tel : +33 4 50 53 00 88 or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org