The Tour du Mont Blanc is a perfect approach to trekking in the mountains.
Filled with discovery, it is a step into the world of outdoor adventures. During one week you will camp under stars, hear mountain tales, play and have great fun in the evenings, enjoy mountain hiking, and much more… You will also sleep in a mountain hut and check out a farming operation in the Alps. We also organize a visit to Courmayeur, eating ice-cream and shopping for little souvenirs.
Each hiking day is designed to suit the rhythm of young hikers, while respecting their expectations. Our minivan driver will handle group luggage and set up the camp 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 outdoor with young crowds. So, we invite you to join us and see for yourself soon !
Sunday : CHAMONIX – TRIENT
Meeting in Chamonix at 8h30.
The trip starts with a transfer to the village of le Tour. Then we'll head to the mountain village of Le Tour, where we ride the Charamillon gondola to 1900m. 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. (1326 m).
Up : 800 m. / Down : 800m.
Monday : TRIENT – LA FOULY
After a short transfer to Forclaz pass (1526 m), 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 (1987 m). After lunch we hike down to Champex (1482 m) where we'll meet our minivan and drive to the campground in La Fouly.
Up : 460 m. / Down : 500m.
Tuesday : LA FOULY –VAL VENY
We leave the Swiss Val Ferret for a hike up and across beautiful Swiss alpine pastures, where we meet a sheppard and his herd of sheep. At the Grand Ferret pass (2490 m), 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. From the hamlet of Arnuva (1769 m) a short bus ride takes the group to Val Veny where we spend the night. We may stop in Courmayeur on the way.
Up : 700m / Down : 800m.
Wednesday : VAL VENY – LES CHAPIEUX
Our hike starts at la Visaille (1659 m), and follows the river up to Lac Combal and Elizabetta hut. Then the trail zigzags up to la Seigne Pass(2516 m). As we hike over the French boarder we'll say goodbye to The Italian summit of Mont-Blanc. The hike continues down across Beaufort alpine grounds with herds of cows and goats. We spend the night at the hamlet of les Chapieux (1552 m).
Up : 900m / Down : 800m.
Thursday : LES CHAPIEUX – LES CONTAMINES
Today's hike takes us over the Bonhomme Pass (2433 m) . As we traverse towards the pass, we'll stop for lunch, may be with ibexes joining us for company. Then the trail drops down to Notre Dame de la Gorge and the lovely Savoyard village of Les Contamines. Transfer to the lovely hamlet of Bionnassay where we'll camp for the night.
Up : 900m / Down : 1200m.
Friday : BIONNASSAY - CHAMONIX
Our last and easy day. We'll hike over the Voza pass (1653 m), by the Bionnassay glacier and later across the Nid d’Aigle cog train tracks (which end at the start of the climb to the summit of Mont-Blanc). The Chamonix valley is in sight again! Our minibus will pick us up in Maison Neuve (1221 m) for the last bus ride to Chamonix. We'll meet the children families again around 16h00 in front of the Compagnie des Guides. It will be time to say good bye..... until our next junior trip in the Alps together!
Up : 200m / Down : 400m
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 16th to 21st
BOOKING : Contact Déborah by Email or by Phone : +33 450 53 00 88.
2017 PRICE : 595€ per child (10 to 14 chilren)
The organisation and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
All nights and dinners during the trek
Personal repatriation insurance (mandatory)
The midday picnics
Luggage transportation throughout the trek
DOCUMENTATION : Valid passport or identity card.
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 : 5 nights in a campground. Our camp is set with 3/4 bed tents and a big tent for cooking.
GUIDING : Minimum 10 to maximum 15 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.