12 Days 11 Nights . Switzerland . Culture and Sightseeing
France, Italy, Switzerland Trek. The Mont Blanc Massif, composed of Mont Blanc (15,536′), the highest peak in Western Europe, and a flank of impressively spectacular peaks and glaciers, uniquely straddles the borders of France, Italy, and Switzerland. Rich in alpine history and cultural diversity, this region has been attracting mountaineers and hikers from the world over for more than two hundred years.
INCLUDED
Group transfers to and from the Geneva Airport, all accommodations, all breakfasts (some are continental, others are buffet), all dinners except two, all group transfers on ski lifts, buses and trains as described in the itinerary, guides, great hiking and memories!NOT INCLUDED
Airfare, lunches, two dinners in Courmayeur, optional/individual transfers or excursions, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, insurance, tips to guides/leaders, items of a personal nature.Transportation
Geneva airport at 1:00 pm on the first day for a group transfer to our hotel in Chamonix.Accommodations
Accommodations: Mountain huts and hotels

Additional information

Age12+
Duration11 Days, 12 Days
LocationSwitzerland
MealsAll
Physicality7/10
Day 1

Arrive Geneva, Cointrin International Airport. Group transfer to Chamonix, France, at 1:00 pm. Welcome dinner and orientation. Chamonix is home to a dazzling array of many of the highest peaks in the Alps including Mont Blanc (15,860′).

Day 2

Short transfer to Les Houches and cable car to Bellevue. Here we begin today’s hike passing by the foot of the huge Glacier de Bionnassay, then up through lush meadows to the Col du Tricot (6,995′) with spectacular views of the Aiguille du Bionnassay, Dome du Gouter and the entire Chamonix Valley. After our steep descent from the col, we arrive at our refuge.

Day 3

From our refuge we continue to the village of Les Contamines where we have time to linger and buy lunch items for the next day. Departing Les Contamines, we hike up the Mont Joie Valley, past a 15th-century mountain church, Notre Dame de la Gorge, cross a small ancient Roman bridge and continue up this broad alpine valley to our overnight stop.

Day 4

Departing our refuge, we begin a steady climb to the Croix de la Bonhomme and to the Col des Fours (8,960′). After a long descent passing though the Ville des Glacier and perhaps stopping to buy some beaufort cheese at a farm, we will end our day at the remote and rustic refuge.

Day 5

Today’s hike will lead us to the Italian border at the Col de la Seigne (8,300′). Hiking down the Val Veny, the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif and Mont Blanc itself will dominate the scene, with myriad glaciers and towering rocky peaks. Transfer by bus to our hotel, located in the village of Courmayeur, Italy.

Day 6

Rest day in Courmayeur. The day can be spent exploring the town’s narrow streets, sampling the local pastries and cuisine, day hiking, or taking a series of cable cars up to Point Helbronner and into the heart of the Mont Blanc Massif.

Day 7

Transfer by bus to the end of the spectacular Val Ferret. Hike to Ferret, Switzerland, over the Col Grand Ferret (8,372′). Stopping for lunch en route, we are offered views of the Val Veny, Val Ferret and the skyline is dominated by the Grandes Jorasses, Aiguille Talefre and Mont Dolent. This wonderful day of hiking ends in the Swiss Val Ferret.

Day 8

A moderate day of hiking leads us down the Ferret Valley through small Swiss hamlets and beautiful gardens. The hike ends with a climb up to the picturesque lake village of Champex.

Day 9

There are two hiking options for today, one via the high alpine pastures of Bovine, with expansive views of the Rhone Valley, and the other more difficult route up and over the ruggedly beautiful Fenetre d’Arpette. Both route offer wonderful views of the majestic Swiss Alps.

Day 10

We’ll trek from Trient to Argentiere, France over the Col de Balme (7,230′). Crossing into France at the Col, once again the spectacular sight of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc Range, with its dramatic peaks and glaciers, will be breathtaking. We will end our day in Argentiere.

Day 11

Argentiere to Chamonix via the “Grand Balcon Sud” with ever-changing views of the Aiguille Verte, the Aiguilles des Chamonix, the glaciers of le Tour, Argentiere and the Mer de Glace.

Day 12

Argentiere to Chamonix via the “Grand Balcon Sud” with ever-changing views of the Aiguille Verte, the Aiguilles des Chamonix, the glaciers of le Tour, Argentiere and the Mer de Glace.

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