Mont Blanc Family Adventure

Mont Blanc Family Adventure information and booking

from
$1090
  • Duration
    7 days
    Days
  • Group size
    8-15
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 6 nights mountain refuges / gîte hostels
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, walking boots, warm clothes, day pack and sun hat – walking sticks are recommended. Sleeping sheet & towel required for accommodation. (A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Trek through stunning alpine scenery around the highest peak in Western Europe
  • Experience the exhilaration of trekking through three countries in the European Alps
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as Raclette
  • Sharing your walking day with other families and the donkeys which enrich your alpine experience

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This specialised walk ensures that all members of the family experience the spectacular trails and wonderful alpine spirit through France, Italy and Switzerland. Guided along mountain trails this relaxed itinerary provides awesome views of Mont Blanc with overnight stays in charming alpine villages and mountain huts. Carrying only a day pack, our trusty companion mules transport our bags and supplies. We have plenty of time to enjoy the small villages we happen upon along the way, including the delightful La Fouly and enchanting Trient. Staying in local refuges and hotels we feast on French, Swiss and Italian cuisine. This itinerary, suitable for active children from age 7 and up, provides an exhilarating alpine walk with unforgettable vistas around every bend.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. lunch is picnic style. dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialties
  • 6 nights accommodation in mountain refuges / gîte hostels on a dormitory share basis. upgrade to 2 nights dorm, 1 night quad, 3 nights double room - supplement applies
  • Luggage transfer by donkey – max 7kgs (excesses are refused so please test the weight of your luggage before meeting the group, allowing 200g for the kit bag). it is possible early or late in the season that you may need to carry your overnight requirements for one or two days if the snow conditions on the trail are not suitable for donkeys.
  • Experienced mountain guide

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Courmayeur and walk to Berthone refuge (3.5 - 4 hrs/765m)
Today begins by meeting the rest of the group and your guide in the delightful Italian town of Courmayeur where you can sample the excellent ice creams. You will be advised of the meeting point with your tour confirmation. There will be a short briefing where you will pack gear in the kit bags provided (to be loaded onto the donkeys) and begin walking. The route climbs steadily through birch forest and the tree line before arriving at the refuge. In good weather the views are superb. Overnight refuge with shower.
Day 2 Walk to Refuge Elena (5-6hrs/700m)+450m, -450m)
We walk to the road head and transfer to the next section of the trail. There are great views over the 'Grandes Jorasses' and we can see the southern face of Mont-Blanc which is really quite spectacular. We will pass through the high mountain pastures of Arminal, Malatra and Arnuva, before climbing up to Elena refuge where there are excellent views to the glacier and mountains beyond. Overnight refuge with shower.
Day 3 Walk to Switzerland (5hrs/+455m, -857m)
Today views of the Pré de Bar glacier, (a glacier that boasts a perfect tongue formation), are with us all the way as we make our way towards the Grand Col Ferret (2537m), which marks the border of Switzerland and Italy. The day starts with a steep climb to the pass and the view back to the Italian Val Ferret is superb, as is the view to the Grand Combin to the east. The descent from the pass takes you to the valley floor and your refuge just before the charming village of La Fouly. Overnight refuge with shower.
Day 4 To the Valais des Hommes (5.5hrs/+567m, -625m)
Half an hour in to this mornings walk you arrive in the pretty village of La Fouly. Although this is most definitely a quieter day, it is also one that brings you into contact with some scenes of amazing natural beauty. Dry meadows, pools of cold, fresh water and chalets that are as black as the small Heren cows that roam about, and are surrounded by flower filled gardens. Swiss village life is all about us and whilst the dramatic scenery of previous days is not as apparent today, it is a chance to experience the wonderful “Valais des Hommes”. Overnight gîte with shower.
Day 5 Walk to the high mountain pasture of Bovine (4-5hrs/+596m, -236m)
Today’s walk takes you on a gentle ascent through the Bovine mountain pastures which overlook the Rhône valley and the village of Martigny. In the distance are the Bernese Alps. Overnight Refuge with shower.
Day 6 Walk to mountain town of Trient (4hrs/+62m, -803m)
On a good weather day there are extraordinary views to the Trient Glacier during the days walk. The high point of the day is at around 2049m before we descend to the Col de la Forclaz. This evening will be spent in a gîte in Trient with shower.
Day 7 Walk via the Balme Pass to Le Tour (5-6hrs/+821m, -640m), trip concludes
On our last days walk we make our way to the Balme mountain passage. Weather permitting we will be afforded wonderful views over the Mont Blanc chain. Our walk concludes in the Chamonix Valley.