Chamonix Hut to Hut hiking short trips, French Alps


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Dates: June – September
  • 3-Day trips

“Rustic hut charm with incredible views!” 

This two short trips are perfect for hikers that like to enjoy stunning views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain, sleep in two mountain huts and spot some ibex and wildflowers along the way. Your local guide makes sure that you will get to the huts just in time to enjoy a delicious mountain dish and that you don’t have to worry about anything but taking the nicest pictures of the famous mountain scenery.

On the first option you will sleep in dormitories, and on the second option you’ll enjoy the comfort of a double room if available.

Chamonix Hiking – Itineraries
1: Lac Blanc and Aiguilles Rouges
Arrival day 

19.00: Information and meeting with the guide at the Hotel.
Night in a Hotel in Chamonix

Day 1: Refuge Bellachat, 2152m

We hike from Chamonix up to the Refuge Bellachat (2152m). The Refuge offers one of the nicest views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain. You might want to enjoy a drink on the terrace that overlooks the whole Mont Blanc valley and wait until the sunset puts the mountains in a pink coat. The family style dinners will soon be served in the cosy mountain hut.

Day 2: Lac Blanc – Refuge Lac Blanc, 2352m

An early breakfast at the mountain hut with the fantastic views towards Mont Blanc. Our trail brings us up to Brevent summit for an even more breathtaking view. We reach Col du Cornu via the Col du Brévent and traverse to the Lac de Cornu (at 2276m), which is situated in of the most beautiful environments in the valley. After a picknick lunch we continue the descent through the Combe de la Glieres and hike up to the mountain hut Lac Blanc (2353m). The Lac Blanc mountain lake is the perfect location to take some stunning pictures of a perfect mountain scenery with the Mont Blanc in the back.

Day 3: Aiguilles Rouges

We eat a good breakfast overlooking the Aguilles Rouges mountain before leaving this beautiful spot. Our way down to Argentière will take us to the Lac Cheserys and either Argentière or the Col du Montets. Those that want to hike a bit longer can join the guide on the Petit Balcon Sud all the way back to Chamonix. Lunch will be served at local restaurant in the famous ski resort of Argentière.

  • 3-5 hrs
Map with the Chamonix hiking route in red:

chamonix hut to hut hiking route

Costs per Person
  • 455€ with a minimum of 6 guests (340€ without the first night at Hotel)
  • 525€ with a minimum of 3 guests (420€ without the first night at Hotel)

Included in the price: Organisation, privat UIMLA-mountainleader for 3 days, 2 nights in dorms at mountain refuges with half board, 1.night at Hotel in Chamonix with breakfast, 2 pack lunches, one lunch at Restaurant, hiking map copy
Not included: personal insurance, drinks

2. Miage Mountain range
Day 1: Refuge de Miage, 1559m
Meet your guide at 9.00 in the morning in Chamonix and take the local bus to Les Houches. Prarion cable car brings you to a starting location with an exceptional view, right across the Mont-Blanc mountain range. You will walk down to Col de Voza (1653m), cross an impressive suspension bridge over a glacial stream and hike up to your next pass, Col de Tricot (2120m). You will eat picknick along the way and have time to enjoy the wild flowers and views over glaciers and peaks.
A steep trail down brings you to your beautiful final location of the day, the Refuge de Miage.
Overnight at one of the wonderful Chalets at Miage Alpage.
Night and dinner at Refuge de Miage
  • (8km, -700m, +500m)
Day 2: Refuge de Miage – Refuge Tré – la Tête (1970m)
You will walk up to Chalet du Truc (1800m), a lookout where local farmers produce their cheese and sausages and start walking down trough a lush forest to the Valley of Les Contamines. Now your way starts climbing up little by little to finally arrive at the Tré – la – Tête Refuge at the foot of the Domes du Miage on the West side of Mont Blanc. You might want to enjoy the homemade Blueberry pie on the sunny terrace overlooking the mountains and valleys.
Night and dinner at Refuge Tré-la-Tête
  • (9km, – 300m, + 850m)
Day 3: Refuge Tré – la – Tête – Les Contamines
You stroll down to the Gorge Bon-Nant and can decide if you want to take a longer hike to Jovet Lake or just a loop in the Gorge and back down to Les Conatmines.
Take the local bus back down to St.Gervais les Bains and continue back to Chamonix by train. 
You will be back in Chamonix around 5-6pm.
  • (14km, -1400m, + 800m included Lac Jovet, can be much less up and down)
Map with the hike and the huts:
chamonix-hut-to-hut-hiking
Costs per Person
  • 850.- € per person with 2 guests
Included in the price: Organisation, privat UIMLA mountain leader guide for 3 days, guides expenses, 2 huts in privat rooms with half board, 3 picknick lunches, Prarion cable car, Bus Chamonix – Les Houches, Taxi Les Contamines – St.Gervais les Bains, Train St.Gervais les Bains – Chamonix, hiking map copy
Guide:

Local, certified UIMLA – mountain leader


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Dolomites hiking traverse, Italy


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Dates: June – September

Confirmed departure with 4 open spots: 1. – 10. of September 2020

The Dolomites might just be the world’s most beautiful construction, on this both architect Le Corbusier and alpinist Reinhold Messner can agree. See and experience true South Tyrolean beauty whilst pondering the towers of Three Peaks (Drei Zinnen) or basking in the last rays of evening light that redden the mountains around Pederü mountain guest house. Hike along the Dolomites High Mountain trail and enjoy the very tasty, local food in this UNESCO World Heritage site. Our hiking traverse brings us from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Val Gardena and the impressive Sella mountain range and ends at the foot of the impressive Rosengarten towers at Karer pass.

There are great differences between the Himalayas, the Rocky Mountains and the Alps. It is yet not easy to tell them apart, by just giving a quick glance at a picture of the ranges. Generally speaking, mountains have common features, such as rocky summits, trees growing on hillsides, snow remaining in shady couloirs… 

The Dolomites however show very specific characteristics and are impossible to mistake for other massifs. Not only were they made from coral, but their history, flora and fauna make them truly unique. Mountain lovers find the views offered by these spectacular landscapes striking. 

We will discover the pretty mountain villages, 3 different natural parks and 5 mountain Dolomite mountain ranges. We will stay in beautiful Hotels with one night in a traditional mountain Guesthouse.

Picture credit: Keith Wagner, Canada

The Dolomites: “Born as coral reefs 250 million years ago, today they soar skywards proud and confident as white towers of rock.”

Dolomites hiking Itinerary

Day 1: Cortina d’Ampezzo

We all meet at the Hotel in Cortina at 7pm to get to know your hiking guide, and talk about the itinerary for the week. We enjoy a delicious dinner together.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Cortina 

Day 2: Tre Cime di Lavaredo

10.5km, 4 – 5hrs, + 378m – 378m // 6.5 miles, 1240ft elevation gain, 1240ft loss 
After a short drive past beautiful Misurina lake we start with a gentle hike at the foot of the famous vertical rock needles Tre Cime di Lavaredo. 
Night at Hotel in Cortina, no organized dinner (many options in Cortina)

Day 3: Around Croda di Lago

13,4km, 6hrs,  + 864m – 327m // 8.3 miles, 2834ft gain, 1073ft loss
A short drive brings us to the south side of the Cortina valley from where we hike to the beautiful mountain lake Mondeva located at the foot of the imposing Croda da Lago. Here we stop for a drink at the mountain hut and can later admire the Mondeval alpine pastures from the Forcella Ambrizola Pass. We continue to Forcella Giau and meet our minivan at Passo Giau.
Night at Hotel in Cortina, organized dinner

Into the mountains we go…

Day 4: Malga Ra Stua – Rifugio Seekofel – Pederü 

15 km, 5hrs, + 730m, – 840m // 9.3 miles, 2395ft gain, 2756ft loss
We hike through the Fannes-Sennes nature park today on the Alta Via, a high trail that crosses the Dolomites, and visit the Seekofel hut, one of the oldest mountain huts in the Dolomites. Over green pastures we reach Fodara Vedla to test the best Apfelstrudel in the area. Down a steep military road and we are in Pederü.
Night and dinner at Mountain Guesthouse Pederü

Day 5: Pederü, Lavarella hut, Fanes Alm, Capana Alpina

14,3km, 5hrs, + 635m, – 575m // 8.8 miles, 2083ft gain, 1886 loss
A trail through beautiful alpine pastures in the heart of the Fannes – Sennes Nature park and a sea of rocky limestone formations decorate our way up to Fanes Alm. A short way down a steep valley and we’re in the Alta Badia valley.
Night and dinner at our Mountain Explorers Hotel in the beautiful small town of San Cassiano, Spa

Day 6: San Cassiano – Kolfschung – Crespeina alta via – Wolkenstein (Val Gardena) 

7.4km, 5hrs, + 545m, – 339m // 4.6 miles, 1788ft gain, 1112ft loss
From Kolfschung we take a small cable car up to our hiking start. We hike a panoramic high trail today and finish the hike in the beautiful small town of Wolkenstein in the famous Val Gardena.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Wolkenstein, Spa

Day 7: Wolkenstein – Sassolungo loop (Langkofel / Plattkofel) – Sellajoch 

13km, 5hrs, + / – 540m // 8.1 miles, 1300 gain, 1772ft loss         
This hike leads us around one of the mightiest of the Dolomite mountains. Thanks to this loop path, you can circumnavigate the whole Langkofel / Sassolungo mountain range and enjoy continuously different sceneries and panoramas, always spectacular, while you proceed. We start and finish our hike with cable cars.
Night and dinner at Chalet Hotel in Fassa valley, Spa

Day 8: Rosengarten explorer – Refugio Vajolon  

11km, 6hrs, + 538m, – 290m // 6.8 miles, 1765ft gain, 951ft loss
The Rosengarten towers are very unique and our loop brings us to the Vajolon mountain cabin which is situated right underneath the steep rocky faces of the Rosengarten towers. We might spot some rock climbers on our way back towards the cable car.
Night at Hotel in Fassa valley, organized dinner

Day 9: Panoramic high trail Campiedi – Paolina hut – Fronza hut

10km, 4hrs, + 615m, – 200m // 6.2 miles 2018ft gain, 656ft loss
This relaxing walk is perfect to enjoy the views over the Fassa valley and up to the beautiful Rosengarten towers. A great hike up to a relaxed meal at Paolina hut with lots of time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. A chair lift brings us back down to our beautiful Hotel at Karer pass.
Night and farewell dinner at our beautiful Hotel at Karer pass, Spa

Day 10: Departure day 

Bye – Bye hikers Breakfast at the Hotel before your onward journey or your travel back home.
From Karer pass it’s only about a 1.5hr drive to Bolzano.

Map for the Dolomites hiking traverse:

Dolomites hiking tour

Fees  Dolomites hiking traverse:
  • 4982.00 USD per person with 6 guests, single supplement $270.00
    Minimum of 4 persons needed to conduct the tour (ask for prices); tour will be cancelled if less than 4
    Ask for discounts for bigger groups.

Included in the price: 
Accommodation and meal reservations and organization of the trip, UIMLA hiking guide, 9 nights in nice Hotels in private double rooms, 1 night in a cozy mountain guesthouse in private double rooms, private transportation to the hikes and back to the hotels, luggage transfer to all hotels, 8 dinners (as noted), park entries, cable car fees.

Not included in the price: 
1 dinner, lunches and snacks, beverages, personal insurances (accident, travel, cancelation etc.), transport to Cortina and back from Karer pass.

Changes to the itinerary: 
Note: All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.

Hiking Level for Dolomites hiking traverse:
  • This is a moderate trek 
    8 hiking days with 4 to 7 hours of hiking daily, with 1900ft of average vertical gain each day. Hiking will generally be on well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy off-trail sections. This trip is for active people who don’t mind training to prepare for the hike, or a great multi- day hike for people with trekking experience. 

Accommodation: 
3 nights at Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
1 night at the mountain guest house in Fanes Natural Park 
1 night at Hotel in San Cassiano
1 night at Hotel in Wolkenstein
2 nights in Fassa valley
1 Nights at Karer pass

Lunches: 
We didn’t include the lunches because we have had big differences in eating preferences in the past. Some people only want to eat an energy bar, others like more a buffet style picnic or to stop at one of the many great mountain restaurants. Once in Cortina you can let me know your preferences and I can organize a picnic style buffet each day or box lunches for you. Also often there are many great mountain restaurants along the way where we can stop for lunch.

Dinners: 
1 dinner in Cortina d’Ampezzo is not included. The guide will help you find the perfect dinner place for you.

Insurances: 
Travel insurance is not included in your tour.
We strongly recommend that you purchase insurance to cover cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability. 

Climate: 
Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. You should be prepared for cold and  hot weather, while minimizing items you need to pack. 

How to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo:
Venice has the closest airport and is a great location to start the tour. We recommend spending a day or two in this beautiful town prior or after the trip.

Private transportation from Venice airport:
If you like I can organize a private shuttle from the Venice airport to Cortina and back for those who would like to go back to Venice on the last day.  

By train:
If you prefer traveling by train, the main railway line is Venezia S.Lucia – Calalzo di Cadore, then transfer to Cortina by a connected bus service. The next railway station is at Calalzo di Cadore, 21.7 miles away.

By bus:
There is a 2-hours direct bus service from Venice to Cortina called the Cortina Express. It operates daily: http://www.cortinaexpress.it/en/index.htm 

How far is Cortina from … / miles:
100 from Venice
268 from Milan
430 from Rome 
102 from Innsbruck 
820 from Calais
  27 from the Austrian border  
  45 from A27-Belluno motorway   

How to get back from Karer Pass at the end of the tour
I’m happy to arrange a Taxi for you or you can take the public bus to Bozen/Bolzano and than a train to Venice or where ever you like. From Bozen there are trains in all different directions.

Packing list for this Dolomites hiking tour:
Recommended clothing:
(We’re fans of Merino wool clothing for hiking, they dry fast and don’t smell)
  • 1 pair of hiking boots or shoes (high or low is up to you, I always recommend higher ones but the trails are in very good shape)
  • functional underwear
  • hiking socks
  • 1 long sleeve shirt
  • 2-3 T-shirts
  • 1 fleece or soft-shell jacket
  • 1-2 pair synthetic hiking pants or shorts
  • 1 pair long pants
  • 2 – 3 pair hiking socks – wool or wool blend
  • 1 pair shoes for wearing after the hiking in the towns
  • 1 sun hat, 1 warm hat
  • thin Gloves
  • 1 set Gore-tex rain gear
  • 1 thin down jacket
  • Casual outfit for dinners
  • Gaters (for tours in early spring) 
Optional clothing:
  • Swimsuit (many Hotels have a Spa)
Gear:
  • 1 day backpack
  • 1-2 water bottles, thermos bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal toiletries
  • Wollte or similar for hand washing clothes at Hotels
  • 1 pair trekking poles
  • Camera
  • Blister tape
  • Pocket knife
  • Personal medicaments

Read more about our last Dolomites hiking traverse from our friend and travel writer Laura Gosset

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