Hiking around Mont Blanc is a perfect approach for a first trekking. Filled with discovery, it is a step into the world of outdoor adventures. During one week, kids will camp under the stars, hear mountain tales, play and have great fun in the evenings, enjoy mountain hiking and much more… They will also sleep in a mountain hut and check out a farming operation in the Alps. We even suggest a visit to Courmayeur, eating ice cream and shopping for little souvenirs. Each hiking day is designed to suit young hikers’ ability and expectations. Our minibus driver takes care of group luggage and sets up camps each day, leaving children plenty of time to play and relax before dinner. Our staff members are certified mountain leaders, they have a very good experience of working with youth in the outdoors. So, come and join us soon!
Group transfers, luggage transportation and lunch preparation are taken care of by the mountain leader team. Kids just need the hiking necessary to fully enjoy the hike !
Day 1 : Chamonix - Trient Elevation gain : 800m - Elevation drop : 800m
Meeting in Chamonix at 8:30 am. We start hiking from the village of Le Tour, then we hike up to Col de Balme and the Swiss border. The day ends with a hike down to the Swiss village of Trient (1326m).
Day 2 : Trient – La Fouly Elevation gain : 460m - Elevation drop : 500m
After a short transfer to Forclaz pass (1526m), the hike meanders into the forest above the upper Rhone valley and the old roman town of Martigny. Lunch will take place nearby a herd of black Swiss cows, at the "Bovine" alpine meadows (1987m). After lunch, we hike down to Champex (1482m) where we'll meet our minivan and drive to the campground in La Fouly.
Day 3 : La Fouly - Val Veny Elevation gain : 700m - Elevation drop : 800m
We leave the Swiss Val Ferret for a hike up and across beautiful Swiss alpine pastures, where we meet a shepherd and his herd of sheep. At the Grand Ferret pass (2490m), we walk across the Italian boarder, enjoying the stunning views of the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Mont Dolent stands proudly on the right with the 3 alpine boarders meeting on its summit. The descending trail allows great views of Pré de Bar and Miage glaciers. We spend the night in a campsite at Planpincieux.
Day 4 : Val Ferret - Courmayeur Elevation gain : 1150m - Elevation drop : 1300m
Today a nice traverse of the Saxe Mountain is waiting for us. From the hamlet of Lavachey (1650m) we reach the famous Walter Bonatti mountain hut. The small valley of Malatra lead us to the pass “d’Entre deux sauts” (2521m) followed by the pass “Col des sapins” (2435m). The follow Sapin valley’s path to reach the hamlet of Villair Superiore where we stop our hike for the day. It is now time to enjoy nice ‘gelati’ in Courmayeur. Night in a campsite in Val Veny.
Day 5 : Val Veny – Les Mottets mountain hut Elevation gain : 900m - Elevation drop : 700m
Starting from the Visaille hamlet (1659m), we heading towards the cold waters of Combal lake. Step by step we reach the Italian-french border the “Col de la Seigne” pass (2516m). It is time to say goodbye to the Italian side of Mont Blanc. On our way down we walking through the Beaufortin mountain pastures full of goats and the famous Tarine cows. We spend the night in Les Mottets mountain hut.
Day 6 : Les Mottets mountain hut – Les Contamines Elevation gain : 900m - Elevation drop : 1200m
Today we are doing the Col du Bonhomme pass (2433m), a nice hike up through the mountain pasture where we might have surprising encounters and surely a nice lunch on a natural terrace. Step by step we are heading down to Notre Dame de la Gorge. This is the end of our hike. Transfer back to Chamonix around 5p.m, it will be time to say good bye … until our next junior trip in the Alps together!
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
2018 DATES : From Sunday to Friday.
From July 15th to July 20th - From August 5th to August 10th.
2018 PRICE : 650€ per child (10 to 15 chilrens)
- The organization and supervision by two state qualified trekking guides
- All nights and dinners during the trek
- The picnic lunches
- Transfers throughout the trek
- Lift passes
- Luggage transportation throughout the trek
Not included :
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
- ID or valid passport.
- Authorization to leave the country
- Parental permission
- Having repatriation insurance is mandatory. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
The tour leaders are part of an excellent team of guides accustomed to working with juniors.
ORGANIZATION : A minibus support, along the duration of the trip, takes care of the luggage daily, meaning the children carry only a light day back-pack.
The camp with 3/4 bed tents and a big tent for cooking, is already set up when children arrive at snack-time. 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 : 5 to 6 hiking hours daily on good mountain trails during 6 days. Average daily vertical gain: 600 m (2700 ft). Children carry their personal needs and picnic for the day.
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 10 to maximum 15 children and 2 certified mountain leaders guiding the group.
MEETING PLACE : Departure at 8.30am from the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix.
An optional meeting with your trekking guide is arranged at 6.00 pm the evening before departure at our office.
Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office.
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.