Belvédères du Mont Blanc

7-DAY HIKING TRIP IN THE NORTHERN ALPS

7 days

2/5

12 people max.

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Welcome to the Mont Blanc valley for some beautiful hikes exploring the mountain ranges around Chamonix. This comfortable holiday offers you a foray into this legendary valley, for a superb trip full of contrasts.

From Les Houches to Vallorcine, set off as a group to discover the splendid panoramas between the Aiguilles Rouges and the Mont Blanc massif.

The hikes are selected from among the most spectacular and least busy

7

1350,00 

About this trip

Welcome to the Mont Blanc valley for some beautiful hikes exploring the mountain ranges around Chamonix.

This comfortable holiday offers you a foray into this legendary valley, for a superb trip full of contrasts and yet coming back to the same place each night. From Les Houches to Vallorcine, set off as a group to discover the splendid panoramas between the Aiguilles Rouges and the Mont Blanc massif.

The hikes are selected from among the most spectacular and least busy.
Listen to Mickaël’s description of this hiking trip in the Chamonix valley

Pierrick Delattre
+33 06 65 93 29 29
contact@watse.fr

Pierrick, the founder of the agency, grew up in the Mont Blanc region.

As a true mountain lover, he has made the area his playground and his profession, always with your happiness as his goal. He will take you off the beaten track on routes that he has designed and mapped himself. Sharing his experience and passion with you every step of the way, you can entrust yourself completely to his guidance.

Highlights of the trip

The best hikes in the Chamonix valley.
The comfort of staying in the same place each night and carrying light backpacks.
The grandiose panoramas offered by Mont Blanc.
DAY 1: FIRST ENCOUNTERS BEFORE SETTING OFF
Overnight stay in a hotel
On arrival at the hotel, you will have the pleasure of meeting your guide and the rest of the hiking group. The evening will be devoted to welcome drinks and the presentation of the wonderful programme that awaits you during the week.

Make the most of this first night to rest so that you can start your adventure on good form!
DAY 2: FROM LACS NOIRS TO COL DE LA GLIÈRE
5 hours walking time - 10-minute drive - Night in a hotel - 600 m (1,970 ft) ascent / 600 m (1,970 ft) descent
You will start this first day by taking the Flégère cable car. This will take you soaring above the landscape so that you can admire the emerging rocky surroundings.

Little by little, you will see Mont Blanc receding into the distance while the famous peaks Aiguille Verte and Aiguille du Dru and the Mer de Glace glacier appear. On the other side, to the north, you can admire the limestone peaks of the Haut Giffre massif and the vast Sixt Passy Nature Reserve.

You will then pass the Col du Lac Cornu to arrive at the impressive Lacs Noirs (“Black Lakes”). The scenery is magnificent, and you will be amazed at the way the glaciers carve their way through the landscape! Finally, you will reach a second pass, Col de la Glière, before returning to La Flégère and the cable car.
DAY 3: VIEWS OF ALL THE PEAKS IN THE REGION
5 hours walking time - 15-minute drive - Night in a hotel - 900 m (2,950 ft) ascent / 900 m (2,950 ft) descent
Today, you will head for the charming little hamlet of Les Houches for the start of your hike. You will climb up Mont Lachat (2,115 m / 6,940 ft) on little-used paths. If you look up, you can admire Aiguille du Goûter and its refuge. The panoramas are magnificent along the entire route, with beautiful views of the neighbouring peaks.

The return loop will take you via Col de Voza, from where you can catch a glimpse of the wagons on the Mont Blanc tramway.
DAY 4: AIGUILLETTE DES POSETTES
6 hours walking time - 20-minute drive - Night in a hotel - 800 m (2,625 ft) ascent / 800 m (2,625 ft) descent
After a short morning transfer, you will arrive at the top of the valley, on the border with the Valais region of Switzerland just a stone's throw away.

The ascent will take you to Aiguillette des Posettes (2,201 m / 7,220 ft), a beautiful viewpoint. You will then continue on to Col de Balme (2,195 m / 7,200 ft). This is a pass that has been used for decades by mountain dwellers from both countries, as well as trekkers undertaking the Tour du Mont Blanc.

The rest of the day will take you through the mountain pastures above the Chamonix valley, returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.
DAY 5: IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A MAJESTIC FOREST
6 hours walking time - 15-minute drive - Night in a hotel - 950 m (3,115 ft) ascent / 950 m (3,115 ft) descent
With majestic panoramic views, today will be like a hymn to the imposing Mont Blanc.
Your goal for the day is the ascent of Aiguillette des Houches (2,310 m / 7,580 ft), with its breathtaking views of the summits and 360 degree panorama!

The path will take you first through a coniferous forest interspersed with birch trees and the scent of summer. You will be sure to enjoy the breathtaking views as you walk through the rhododendrons. Finally, your descent will take you a different way back down to the hotel via a spectacular ridge.
DAY 6: FROM COL DES MONTETS TO MONTAGNE DE LORIAZ
6 hours walking time - 30-minute drive - Night in a hotel - 850 m (2,790 ft) ascent / 850 m (2,790 ft) descent
You will start today's hike at the top of the valley. You will drive through Col des Montets and down to the small hamlet of Le Buet. The path towards Montagne de Loriaz and Barberine is a pleasant and shady climb up to the Loriaz refuge, perched at 1,982 m (6,500 ft) above sea level.

You will continue your walk towards Col du Passet to discover the delightful Lac d’Emosson. As on previous days, you will return to the hotel after making your descent from the mountains.
DAY 7: THE BALCON NORD IN CHAMONIX
5 hours walking time - 5-minute drive - 250 m (820 ft) ascent / 1,200 m (3,935 ft) descent
In the morning, you will take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to Plan de l'Aiguille. From here, you will have a bird's eye view of the famous Aiguilles, which have long been a Mecca for climbers. Just above, you will see the North face of the Aiguille du Midi.

This is how your walk begins, following the traverse of the Balcon Nord overlooked by impressive glaciers and chiselled ridges. You will then follow a beautiful traverse to Signal Forbes (2,200 m / 7,220 ft) and its amazing rocks, then the Montenvers station, before starting your descent to Chamonix.

Your hike and your stay will draw to an end in the late afternoon. Now is the time to share your last impressions of this fantastic week of hiking in the Alps!

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Time difference

No time difference.

Safety

You can find advice on foreign travel from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on their official website at diplomatie.gouv.fr under the heading “Conseils aux voyageurs”.

Information published on the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs is subject to change and is provided for guidance only. Furthermore, please remember that no country or region of the world can be considered safe from the risk of terrorism.

Climate

Temperatures vary according to the altitude. It can be as hot as 30°C in summer at low levels and minus temperatures on the summits.

Infos
Luggage

Your luggage will be waiting for you in the hotel each evening.

Transport

Transport to the starting points of the hikes is provided daily from the hotel.

Transport to and from the hotel on the first and last day is not included in the price. Possibility of transfer from Cluses station or Geneva airport at an extra cost.

Air

No particular information.

Electricity

You can charge your electronic devices every day at the hotel.

Meals

Picnics at lunchtime prepared by your guide or by the hotel. Breakfasts will be taken at the hotel. Evening meals will be taken at the hotel or in town. Snacks are provided but you can also bring your own favourite snacks.

Accomodation

6 nights in a 2 or 3-star hotel, in a double room, in the Chamonix valley.

If you would like a single room, a supplement will be charged. Please let us know when you book.

Health and vaccines

No compulsory vaccines.

We strongly recommend that you make sure you are up to date with the standard vaccinations: diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis, whooping cough, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and B.

We recommend that you have a check-up with your dentist before you leave.

Ifremmont

No particular information.

Supervision

A local mountain leader will guide you throughout the trip.

Formalities and Visa

No visa is required for French nationals and citizens of bordering countries.

BUDGET, CURRENCY AND TIPS

Daily transfers, meals, except for supplements (cold drinks, snacks, etc.) and accommodation are included in the price of the stay.

Tipping is not mandatory and should reflect your satisfaction with the team.

Registration

By post:

Ask us for a registration form

Send us your registration along with a copy of your passport, your details (postal address, phone numbers and email address) and a deposit of 30% of the cost of the trip.

Also, if you wish to take out a Comfort or Comfort Multi-risk cancellation insurance policy, this must be paid at the same time as the deposit when you register. You can consult the insurance contracts on our website.

On the internet:

Book your stay directly on our website: on the page for the trip by selecting your date and insurance options.

PLEASE NOTE: Airfares will be maintained until 3 months before departure and may be readjusted if necessary if you are booking less than 3 months before.

Insurance and assistance

We strongly advise you to take out insurance for the duration of the trip.

We offer two tailored insurance policies: Comfort Cancellation and Comfort Multi-risk to be taken out when you register for the trip.

Details of this insurance cover can be provided on request or can be viewed by clicking here.

There are other insurance options available, such as Mondial Assistance, your own insurance company or the Club Alpin Français. You should check that they cover trekking.

Make sure that your insurance covers all medical costs in the event of an accident.

It is essential that you check and ensure that you have insurance cover for mountain rescue costs. If this is the case, you must provide us with the following information prior to your departure on the trek:

A certificate from the insurance company stating that mountain rescue costs are covered.

The contract number and telephone number of the assistance centre.

Be aware of the restrictive clauses contained in certain insurance policies (particularly those linked to bank cards such as Visa Premier, Gold or others), for example mountain insurance restricted to snow activities and altitude sickness not recognised as an illness requiring repatriation, resulting in refusal to repatriate.

Please check the actual content of your insurance and make the necessary arrangements where required.

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Added benefits from Watse

A CHOICE OF QUALITY ACCOMMODATION

Our team has carefully selected the accommodation to guarantee maximum comfort and quality cuisine. Nothing is left to chance to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable adventure!

CAREFULLY PREPARED PICNICS

Lunch is very important, which is why the picnics are prepared by us using fresh and local products.

TRANSFERS BY PRIVATE VEHICLE FOR MORE AUTONOMY

To ensure complete freedom and independence, all transfers will be made by private vehicle. This avoids you having to wait or any other inconvenience.

Next dates and prices

7-DAY HIKING TRIP IN THE NORTHERN ALPS

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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP

  • Daily transfers to the start of the hikes
  • Accommodation in a 2 or 3-star hotel in the Chamonix valley, on a half board basis in a double room
  • Picnic meals on the hike
  • Supervision by a qualified French mountain leader who knows the valley inside out
  • Cable cars as indicated in the programme

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP

  • Cancellation and repatriation assistance insurance to be taken out at the time of registration
  • Cold or fizzy drinks in general
  • Personal hiking and travel equipment (boots/shoes, poles, personal toiletries)
  • Single room supplements at the hotel: +€155
  • Transport to and from the hotel on the first and last day. Possibility of transfer from Geneva airport at an extra cost
  • Cable cars and other lifts not indicated in the programme
  • Anything not listed in the “What’s included in your trip” section

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