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Walking in Chamonix "the Best of Chamonix" - 7 days

Walking in the Chamonix valley, france
Mt Blanc 4,810m (15,780 ft)
from the Chamonix valley

A walking week in the Chamonix valley for all ages.

A 7-day introduction to the wide variety of walks in this wonderful part of France.

From our Chamonix Valley base, under Mont Blanc, we'll walk in Switzerland as well as in the Chamonix valley itself with its stunning views of the whole Mt Blanc range.

This is some of the finest walking in Europe.

walking holiday in Chamonix
a glacier viewpoint
We are in Nature Reserves for many of these walks and we should see a wide variety of birds (Eagle, Lammergier),
animals (Chamois and Ibex) and flowers.

on top of the world

Our hotel base is usually
the traditional and central
Hotel Richemond in Chamonix.

This hotel is convenient for shopping, for the sports centre & swimming pool, and for all the restaurants of Chamonix.

Itinerary - difficulty grade B+

Walking in Chamonix "the Best of Chamonix"

Chamonix is one of the most famous centres in the world for walking and climbing. This week is an introduction to the " best of the Chamonix Valley " . We'll visit high alpine pastures, clear mountain lakes and gleaming white glaciers: always with stunning views of Mt Blanc itself in the background.

The walking is graded "B - moderate" and we will always introduce minor variations that take full account of your own wishes and personal objectives. We'll walk for an average of 5-6 hours a day with height gains of up to 800m (2,600ft). But we will also (included in the price) make maximum use of lift systems, particularly to avoid those long descents which can be hard on the knees.
We provide (and you carry !) wonderful big lunches each day:
a range of local meats and cheese, trail bars, fruit and nuts.
Vegetarians are welcome, just let us know in advance.

your detailed itinerary
Day 1 Arrive midday at Geneva Airport - transfer to your hotel (approx 1hr) - sightseeing in this world-famous centre of mountain sports (pm) and briefing with wine and traditional food.
Day 2 The Aiguilles Rouges A traverse of the alpine meadows of the Aiguilles Rouges mountains with their stunning views of the whole Mont Blanc range (5 hrs walking with up/down by cable car).
Day 3 The Aiguille du Midi A cable-car ascent to the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m, 12,605ft) for stunning mountain views; followed by a high-level traverse of the Chamonix Valley to the "Mer de Glace" glacier. Descend with the Montenvers train, (4 hrs walking) or on foot (6 hrs walking).
Day 4

The Désert de Platé, a spectacular limestone plateau with a scrambling ascent (6 hrs walking). Views of Ibex and Chamois and Marmots.

or a "rest day" with a visit to a local farm to see cheese-making (and taste the cheese) and then, in the afternoon, an exciting white-water rafting trip.

Day 5 The Lac de Salanfe A train journey into Switzerland and a climb up to the Lac de Salanfe (1,925m, 6,315ft) followed by a descent into the beautiful flower-filled Emaney valley (6 hrs walking).
Day 6 The Aiguillette des Posettes A last hike in the Chamonix valley. A climb up the wonderful Aiguillette des Posettes ridge (2,201m, 7,220ft) and then a traverse across the open alpine meadows of Le Tour to descend by chair-lift (5 hrs walking).
Day 7 Last minute shopping before the late morning transfer to Geneva airport.

girl  walking in Chamonix.
for all ages
This is a taster week to familiarise you with the Chamonix Valley and this magnificent area of the Alps. Why not stay on for a few days and do some more hiking and sightseeing yourself?

We can help you to organise this.

Walking holiday in chamonix
a typical chalet
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Walking in Chamonix, France.
walking in Chamonix

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This is a sample itinerary, the actual itinerary will always be of the same quality but may vary depending on factors like the weather, mechanical breakdowns of lift systems and the wishes of clients.
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Based on:
2 people sharing a twinroom with shower in a 2* hotel in the Chamonix Valley (6 nights).
A single-room supplement is readily available if you prefer.

What is included:
Airport transfers, bed and breakfast (nights 1-7 inc), big picnic lunches (days 2-6), all cable cars and lifts, valley transport each day and evening. All leadership and guiding.

What is NOT included:
Lunch (travel days 1&7), all evening meals, alcoholic drinks, insurance, any medical costs, postcards and presents.
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