Mont Blanc, Mer de Glace, Aiguilles Rouges, … for centuries, these fabulous names have given birth to the Chamonix legends and modern mountaineering. This unique alpine environment continues to fascinate and attract the curiosity of all outdoor activity lovers.
Based out of the village of Vallorcine, this program was specifically designed to suit the interests and activity level of teenagers in a full mountain lifestyle experience. During 6 days, they will enjoy hiking, climbing, sleeping in a hut, canyoning and white water rafting.
Sunday : BARBERINE CANYON
For our first day we are going to Barberine to enjoy slides and jumps down mountain creeks. We meet at the Cham-Aventure white water base to pick up wetsuits and other necessary equipment. Our minivan drives us to the valley of Vallorcine where will establish our base camp for the week. Then it is time to get to the "canyoning" site and play during 3 hours of tobogganing and pool jumping down the steep Barberine mountain creek. Later in the afternoon we transfer back to the Montets campground and set up the tents : several 2/3 pax tents and one large group tent for meals and meetings.
Monday : BARRAGE D'EMOSSON - REFUGE DE LA LORIAZ
We set off for a 2-day hiking trip around the Loriaz mountain hut. Between the Emosson dam and the alpine pastures we will find tons of great things to see and experience. We hike up the easy and gradual trail through the spruce forest. As we are gaining altitude the ground is covered with flowered rhododendrons, just below the charming Loriaz hut. Recently renovated and transformed into a mountain hut, Loriaz’s architecture witnesses the ancient alpine farming lifestyle.
Up : 850 m / Down : 100 m
Tuesday : COL DE LA TERASSE - VAL DE TRÉ LES EAUX
Today’s hike is amazing. We hike up into the alpine bowl above the hut and over Terrace mountain pass. Then we reach the high plateaux of Cheval Blanc from the top of which the views are outstanding! If It is our lucky day we will meet the ibex, the local superstar…Then we hike down the quiet and remote Tré les Eaux alpine cirque and bowl, leading to the valley bottom and our base camp.
Up : 800 m / Downe : 1300 m
Wednesday : ROCK CLIMBING IN VALLORCINE
Let’s try our hands rock climbing at the local crag! Mountain guides will meet us at the foot of the crag for a fun day learning how to climb cracks and slabs. We’ll master granite-climbing techniques like true locals before we know it !
Thursday : VALLON DE BÉRARD - MONT-BLANC DES DAMES
This is our second day hiking, and our objective is “ladies ‘Mont Blanc”. During the way up we will climb 1700 m/5610 ft to reach the top of Mount Buet, the highest peak in the Aiguilles Rouges range and in the nearby Chablais and Fiz ranges. There is plenty of time for the ascent since we are stopping at the Bérard mountain hut to spend the night on the way back down.
Up : 1700 m / Down : 1200 m
Friday : RIVER RAFTING
It is time to get back down to the valley bottom. We follow the trail along the Eau Noire River all the way to our campground. After packing up our belongings, we transfer to the white water rafting base and finish our outdoor activity week with a rafting time down the Arve River. The day ends around 5pm.
Down : 500 m
Depending on weather and terrain conditions, mountain leaders or guides may have to change program appropriately.
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2017 DATES : From Sunday to Friday. July 09th to 14th - August 13th to 18th.
BOOKING : On line or contact Déborah : firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 PRICE : 660€ per child (8 children minimum)
The organisation and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
All nights and dinners during the trip
Personal repatriation insurance (mandatory)
The midday picnics
Transportation throughout the trip
All described activities
DOCUMENTATION : Valid passport or identity card.
The tour leaders are part of an excellent team of guides accustomed to working with juniors.
ORGANIZATION : Transportation with a private minibus throughout the trip. The camp with 2/3 bed tents and a big tent for cooking, is set up with the children when arriving at the campground. The end of the day is filled with games, entertainment, and meal preparation until dinner time. Our meals are nutritionally balanced and we make provision for the children’s likes and preferences. Please tell us if your child has an allergy or follow a special diet.
LEVEL : Our Chamonix Base Camp is a moderate program. It is designed for energetic teenagers in good physical shape. 6 days to share and live the outdoors. It is adapted to all skill levels, beginners to experts in search of fun and friendly times.
ACCOMMODATION : 3 nights under tents in a campground and 2 in a mountain hut. Our camp is set with 3/4 people tents and a large group tent is used for meals and meetings.
GUIDING : Minimum 8 to maximum 14 children and 2 certified mountain leaders guiding the group.
MEETING PLACE : At 8:30am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix. An optional meeting with your trekking guide is arranged at 6pm the evening before departure at the Compagnie des Guides.
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.
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.