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 a well-adapted choice of accommodation (single/double/quadruple rooms) are only a few great advantages this hike 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 and lunches are taken care of by the mountain leader. You stay in a hotel in Chamonix. Bring just the hiking necessary and fully enjoy the hike !
Day 1 : LA MER DE GLACE
Our hike starts in Chamonix and follows the moraine of the anciently named « glacier des Bois », today worldly known as Mer de Glace. 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 recently opened and very modern glacier exhibition, before hiking back down to Chamonix.
Up / Down : 2870ft / Hiking Time : 5 H 00
Day 2 : LA MONTAGNE DE LA SAXE
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 “…
Dinner is on your own this evening so that you can pick a restaurant of your choice and enjoy Chamonix's night life.
Up / Down : 2 300ft / Hiking Time : 5 H 30
Day 3 : LES CHALETS DE LORIAZ
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.
Up / Down : 2 140ft / Hiking Time : 5 H 00
Day 4 : L'AIGUILLETTE DES HOUCHES
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 (7 500 ft). 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 …
Up / Down : 3 280ft / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 5 : LES LACS DES CHESERYS - LAC BLANC
The hike starts from Col des Montets, deep into the wildlife sanctuary of the Aiguilles Rouges. We hike up to the Cheserys Lake, 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…
Up : 2 970ft / Down : 3 610ft / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
For safety reasons, the guide may adapt the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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2017 DATES : Monday to Friday.
May 29th to June 02nd - June 05th to 09th - June 12th to 16th - June 19th to 23rd - September 11th to 15th - September 18th to 22nd.
2017 PRICE : 660€ per person (5 people minimum)
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half board in a 3* hotel in Chamonix center
Dinner on Day 2
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Minivan support throughout the trip
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).
WHY CHOOSE COMPAGNIE DES GUIDES :
- An all-inclusive product
- Only 5 to 8 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation
- We prepare lunch packs with local products
- A minibus “Cie” dedicated to our group all along the trek
- Truly mountain oriented our certified leaders are happy to share their knowledge and expertise in the guiding field
LEVEL : The Mont-Blanc Region hiking trip is a moderate trek. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. For active people who don’t mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.
ACCOMMODATION : 4 nights in 3 star hotel (twin and double room). Information about additional cost and availability for a single hotel room are available.
GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 8 people maximum. For maximum safety and quality guiding, a second mountain leader joins the group at 8 people.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18.
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.
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
INSURANCE : Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD). Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
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 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 Déborah :
Tel : +33 450 53 00 88 or E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org