This short trip is 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 Lac Blanc mountain lake.
Hiking – Itinerary
Arrival day 19.00: Information and meeting at the hotel. Night in Hotel
Day 1: Refuge Bellachat 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.
4-5 hrs, +1100m, overnight at the Refuge Bellachat
Day 2: Lac Blanc 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.
7-8 hrs, overnight at Refuge Lac Blanc
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.
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, UIMLA-guide, 2 nights 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
The Tour du Mont Blanc, a complete circuit of the Mont Blanc, is the ultimate long distance mountain walk, and has some of the most stunning scenery.
The TMB is a 168km route that passes through France, Italy and Switzerland. The track offers cultural delights, picture book Alpine villages, the vibrant towns of Chamonix and Courmayeur, and mountain huts with majestic views. Almost each night we stay in a different location. Accommodation varies from small family run village hotels, auberges and mountain huts.
Arriving day: Independent travel to Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley (hourly buses from Geneva airport) Dinner and night at the hotel in Les Houches
Day 1: Les Houches (1007m) to Les Contamines (1167m) Cable car ride up to Bellevue and ascent to Col de Tricot. A great lunch waits for you after a steep descent to the alpine village Chalets du Miage. You pass the Refuge de Truc and finish the day in Les Contamines.
Night in Hotel in Les Contamines • total ascent 400m • distance 14km
Day 2: Les Contamines (1167m) to Les Chapieux (1554m). Over an old Roman bridge and trough a alpine cow pasture you make the beautiful ascent to the Col de la Bonhomme (2329m). Than you traverse the hillside to the slightly higher Col de Croix de Bonhomme before a descent to the hamlet of Les Chapieux. Night at les Chapieux or village du Glacier • total ascent 1320 m • total distance 20 km
Day 3: Village du Glacier (1554m) to Courmayeur. You follow the well marked route up to Col de la Seigne (2516m) where you cross the border into Italy. From the Col you descend slightly down to Val Veny and take a bus to the alpine city of Courmayeur. Night in Courmayeur • total ascent 1000 m • distance 15 km
Getting into Italy
Day 4: Courmayeur (1226m) – Rest day. Today you have a rest day in Courmayeur. There are great shops, cafes and bars. We also suggest a trip up the brand-new cable car to point Helbronner. Fantastic views of Mont Blanc and the glaciers of the valley blanche. Night in Hotel in Courmayeur
Day 5: Courmayeur (1226m) to Refugio Ferret. You head up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge and the Bertone Refuge for a coffee. Then along the ridge with some of the finest views of the Mont Blanc range, to the guesthouse Chalet Ferret(2025m). A peaceful mountain guest house next to a mountain stream. Night at Chalet Ferret • ascent 860m • distance 12 km
Getting into Switzerland
Day 6: Chalet Ferret (2025m) to La Fouly (1610m). A gentle traverse of the mountainside to the Rifugio Elena for a morning coffee followed by a climb up to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m) where you cross the border into Switzerland. Down through the flower meadows to the small village of La Fouly. Night in a Hotel in La Fouly. • total ascent 900 m • distance 20km
Day 7: La Fouly (1610m) to Champex (1466m). An easier day as you follow a Swiss mountain valley before a short ascent to Champex, a picture book Alpine village. Night in a Pension in Champex. • total ascent 420m • distance 15km
Day 8: Champex (1466m) to Trient (1279m). You walk along the Bovine trail up to the Bovinette alpage where you can enjoy a delicious apple pie or a home made soup. Enjoy stunning views down to the Roman town of Martigny and the Rhone valley as you walk to Trient for the night. Night in a Pension in Trient • total ascent 750m •16 km
Back to France
Day 9: Trient (1279m) to Argentière (1252m). The last Col of the tour… The hike over the Col de Balme brings you back into the Chamonix valley and down to Argentière.
Night at Hotel in Argentière • total ascent 1100m • distance 13km
Day 10: Argentière (1252m) to Chamonix (1000m). From the Col des Montets you walk through the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve to the famous Lac Blanc which provides a magnificent view of the Mont Blanc Massif. Your last walk down of the tour to La Flégere (1875m) and than a cable car down back to Chamonix. Last night in a Hotel in Chamonix • asscent 1100m • distance 8km
This is a challenging route with an accumulated height gain and loss of over 9,000M. The route crosses from valley to valley via mountain passes, with long and some steep ascents and descents. This tour is ideal for regular walkers that are physically fit. The terrain on this trail is diverse with country lanes, forest trails, rocky mountain paths, and high mountain meadows. In early season you might have to walk over a few snow patches. We can arrange a luggage transfer between accommodations to make the tour easier for you.
2,505 CHF per person, double occupancy 355 CHF single supplement
Included in the price: Organisation, guide-book, 10 nights with breakfast in nice hotels and guest houses, 6 dinners, detailed route directions, detailed French IGN Topo maps, 1;25,000 scale, covering the route, complete listing of all hotels with contact information, bus schedules, and nearby emergency medical contacts, pre-trip information with gear list, Pre-trip telephone support with an experienced hiking guide to answer your questions
Not included in the price: lunches, transportations, luggage transfer (we are happy to organize that for you), meals that are not listed above, personal insurance (accident, travel, annulation etc.), drinks
Self guided hiking trips
Do you have the experience and skills to hike a route on your own, but may lack the time or expertise to plan a hiking itinerary in a foreign country? Our self-guided hiking tours are for those independently-minded hikers and walkers who would like the freedom, flexibility and adventure of hiking on their own. We are happy to arrange self-guided hiking trips for single travelers as well as families and groups of up to 12 or more.
9 Reasons why you should hike the Tour du Mont Blanc
There is a never-ending battle over which city or region is truly the best “mountain town,” “trail city” or “outdoor heaven.” East versus West, mountain access versus desert singletrack, dense forest versus world-class crags, even the local craft-brew scene comes into the debate. Europe doesn’t have this problem—there’s a clear winner. Chamonix, France is nestled at around 3,000 feet at the base of the picturesque Mont Blanc Massif and is about as close to a true outdoor heaven as a town can possibly be. Chamonix’s crowning attraction for adventure-seekers, though, is its location along the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 170 kilometer (105-mile) circuit that observes the massif from all sides through three countries. More of a shrine to the Alps than a simple walk in the mountains, the TMB is the definition of a Bucket List Hike.
So, why should you stick the TMB on top of your list? Here are a few good reasons.
1. The Difficulty
Never-ending panoramas along the Tour du Mont Blanc. Matt Guenther The trail acts as a rite of passage for those addicted to serene alpine environments, climbing to 2,500 meters five times and totaling somewhere around 30,000 feet of total elevation gain. Each section of trail is comprised of a major uphill slog, usually followed by an almost equally brutal descent. It’s certainly no walk in the park, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
2. The Scenery
This one is a no-brainer. With hardly any forest cover, the mountain views are panoramic and never-ending. From almost any point along the trail there are million-dollar views of the massif’s glaciers and of Mont Blanc itself. You’ll want to keep your camera handy!
3. The Food
The TMB gives hikers the option to forego the “just add water” meals and incessant food daydreams that usually characterize a lengthy backpacking trip. Villages with stores and bakeries can be found almost daily, and more than 50 trail refuges offer semi-reasonable prices for hot food. Don’t worry, the physical demands of the hike will erase any guilt you might have about culinary indulgences. When in Europe, right?
4. The Accessibility
Many people shy away from backcountry trips that take longer than 2-3 days, the standard time/distance threshold where the risk goes up and the ability to bail goes way down. One of the most appealing characteristics of the Tour du Mont Blanc is how accessible and well marked the trail is. The path winds around some of the most sought-after terrain in Europe, so people are always nearby and help is readily available if needed. There are plenty of points to get on or off the trail, giving hikers the flexibility to create their own itineraries.
5. The Prestige
The trail is famous for its beauty, but this fame extends far beyond some pretty pictures in a magazine. For over a decade now, Chamonix and the TMB have hosted thousands of trail runners each August for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), which has developed into one of the most prestigious and influential ultra races in the world. Hundreds of the fastest mountain athletes flock to Chamonix weeks before the event to train for what may be their biggest race of the year. The UTMB follows the TMB counterclockwise starting and ending in Chamonix, and the fastest runners finish in under 24 hours.
6. The People
One of the best aspects of any popular hiking destination is the people that you meet on the trail. The fact that the Tour du Mont Blanc is such a global attraction elevates this to a whole new level. On any thru-hike it would not be unusual to hear ten different languages being spoken and to see an incredible age range of people using the trail. The trail is also open to mountain bikes, so it’s common to see cyclists resting on the trail’s high-elevation cols before an exhilarating descent. Swapping trail stories is even more fun when your campfire pals are from all over the world.
7. The History
Most high mountain areas have a history of adventure, and the Mont Blanc Massif is no different. The first ascent of Mont Blanc was in the late 1700’s, not too long after the first circumnavigation of the massif itself roughly along the Tour du Mont Blanc’s path. Some of the trails that comprise today’s TMB route are even older than this, though, because they follow old trade and transportation routes used for many centuries between mountain villages—some dating as far back to the days of the Roman Empire.
8. The Culture
In international travel, getting from Point A to B efficiently can sometimes restrict cultural immersion. Hiking is the perfect way to reverse that. As the trail wanders through quaint and historic hamlets in France, Italy, and Switzerland, hikers are able to gain an intimate look into local life and culture at their own pace without the distractions of modern transportation.
9. The Distance
Backpacking over mountainous terrain is tough, especially for the first few days. When a hiker is able to continue working through the soreness and discomfort on a longer trek, a new world of empowered enjoyment can be found. A thru-hike of the TMB takes 9-12 days for most hikers, giving anyone plenty of time to adapt to the terrain and to thrive in the mountains. This is the perfect distance for an international trip that calls for a full-scale adventure in a compact timeline.
In Cornwall we will discover landscapes where the sea turns turquoise in the sun, the sand is white and the natural light is sometimes blindingly bright, the land is adorned with a legacy of Bronze age standing stones. Huge granite burial chambers, Celtic crosses and holy wells. We will walk trough beautiful flower fields along the South Western Coast Path and might spot some seals on the way.
Walking on the Fells in the Lake District National Park is something every walker should experience. 500 million years of geological processes have produced a tightly packed landscape of sparkling waters and superb rugged peaks of dramatic beauty. Within an area only 30 miles across, England’s highest mountains tower over its deepest and longest lakes, with picturesque stone-built villages, farms and country inns crowding into the valleys.
Discover the Cornish coast walks Reach the highest fells in the North Sleep in an old castle and luxury Hotels Cruise on an old steamboat
Luggage transport – Hike only with a daypack
Day 1: Mullion Cove Transfer from Newquay Airport to Mullion Cove Hotel You will stay at the magnificently sited Mullion Cove Hotel for the next two nights. The hotel is situated on the Lizard Peninsula in South Cornwall. The hotel stands on the cliff top overlooking the harbour and fishing cove with uninterrupted sea views. There will be time for a short walk before dinner. Dinner be at hotel.
Day 2:Kynance Cove and Lizard Point Today we’ll take our first long hike along the Cornish coast, directly from the hotel on the South West Coast Path. We’ll visit the dramatic Kynance Cove and Lizard Point, before proceeding to the pretty village of Cadgwith for a welcome pint! 10 miles, 2000 feet of ascent and descent. Dinner at hotel.
The very westerly point of England
Day 3:St Michael’s Mount and Land’s End Today we’ll start very early to fit in a visit to iconic St Michael’s Mount and its 17th Century Castle, with access by its cobbled tidal causeway. If the tide is high, transfer is by small boat. After that we can transfer to the little village of Porthcurno and hike along the South West Coast Path to Land’s End admiring the views from the most westerly point of the English mainland. 6 miles, 2000 feet of ascent and descent. Dinner at Hotel
Day 4:St.Ives Today you will hike from Lelant to Zennor. Again we follow the South West Coast Path through wonderful coastal scenery through areas of wild orchids, with views down to rocky inlets where the seals will be resting. An option today is to finish the walk in St.Ives to allow more time to shop and sightsee there. Otherwise the hike finishes in Zennor. Using the train, allows the choice of length of stay in St.Ives and the journey takes just 10 minutes. Leland to Zennor, 11 miles, 2700 feet in ascent and descent Lelant to St.Ives, 3,5 miles
Lake District discovery
Day 5: Transfer to the Lake District & The Swan Hotel Today you will transfer by private minibus to Newquay airport and again transfer to the Lake District by private minibus from Manchester airport. Depending on flight times, we should have time for a little hike up Hampsfell and a visit to the picture postcard village of Cartmel, famous for its races, sticky toffee pudding and its priory, before reaching our hotel, The Swan at Newby Bridge. Dinner will be at the Hotel
Day 6: Scafell Pike, the highest point in England Today, we’ll attempt an iconic British hike, to the top of England’s highest fell, Sca Fell Pike. The hike starts in Brotherilked, we go up past the waterfalls of Scale Gill and the River Esk, to magnificent Great Moss. From there we make a final ascent of Sca Fell Pike via Micklesore, and then descend steeply down the path by Lingmell Gill enjoying views over Wastwater. A short hop by minibus brings us to the Wastwater Hotel with its famous hikers bar. A long, but very rewarding day. 8 miles, 3100 feet in ascent and descent on rocky and uneven Lakeland paths with some steep sections. Dinner will be at the hotel.
To the northern Lake District area
Day 7: Rydal Water and Grasmere Today’s we’ll enjoy a shorter hike as we transfer to the North Lake District. Starting in Rydal Water on the coffin route, we’ll ascend little Loughrigg Fell high above pretty Rydal Water. We’ll then descend to Loughrigg Terrace where the bluebells will greet us before crossing over to White Moss and Wordsworth’s house. It is possible to have a guided tour of Wordsworth’s house, a fascinating insight into 18th century domestic life, as well as the great poet. Grasmere village itself is a picture postcard of pretty slate houses, shops and pubs. 4 miles, 1300 feet in ascent and descent Your hotel tonight is Armathwaite Hall and Spa, where you will have dinner.
Day 8: The Newlands Round, Keswick and Derwentwater Today we will drive into the heart of the Newlands Valley to Little Town, the starting poing of one of the Lake District’s most famous hikes, The Newlands Round. First we will ascend the spectacular wide ridge of Hindscarth to reach Dale Head and one of the best views in the Lake District over Buttermere and Crummock Water. From here we will descend over Maiden Moor down to beautiful Derwentwater and the jetty at Brandlehow. You will then catch the Victorian steam launch across the lake to the market town of Keswick, where there are plenty of shops and cafes, before catching your private minibus home, via the ancient stone circle of Castle Rigg. 9 miles, 2900 feet in ascent, 2400 feet in ascent, on rocky and uneven Lakeland paths. Some steep sections. Your dinner tonight will be at Armathwaite Hall.
A cruise and a train ride back to London
Day 9: Ullswater and transfer to London Today you will transfer to Pooley Bridge to catch another Victorian steamer and enjoy a trip down the deepest lake in England, Ullswater. You will enjoy a gentle walk along the shores to the pub in Patterdale. There a private minbus will transfer you to Penrith station for your First Class train journey back to London. 5.7 miles, 1100 feet in ascent and descent.
3557.00€ / hiker, with a group of 5 hikers
3150.00€ / hiker with a group of 8 hikers
Excluded: Flights, London hotels, Meals other than those stated, lunches, drinks
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 lodge. Hike along the Dolomites High Mountain Trail (Dolomiten Höhenweg) and enjoy the very tasty, local food in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Dolomites: “Born as coral reefs 250 million years ago, today they soar skywards proud and confident as white towers of rock.”
Day 1: Cortina d’Ampezzo Meet at the hotel in Cortina Dinner and night at the hotel.
Day 2: Tre Cime di Lavaredo + 350m – 350m / aprox. 5 hrs 9,5 km (aprox. 3,5 hrs)
We are at the foot of the vertical rock needles Tre Cime di Lavaredo, summiting at almost 9900 ft, so famous for their rock climbing routes. We begin with a gentle hike around the Tre Cime. A loop around the range takes us back to the start of the hike. Night and dinner at Hotel in Cortina.
Day 3: Around Croda di Lago + 920m – 400m / aprox. 6 hrs Hike to the Palmieri mountain hut, located at the foot of the imposing Croda da Lago. We can admire the Mondeval alpine pastures from the Forcella Ambrizola, continue to Forcella Giau and meet our minivan at Passo Giau. Night and dinner in the typical mountain restaurant in Cortina.
Into the mountains we go…
Day 4: Lagazuoi, Fanes Nature Park, Pederü +400 m -1300 m / aprox. 6 hrs At Lagazuoi peak the past has left many evidences of courageous enterprises from the Italian and Austrian soldiers. One can still see war bunkers and visit galleries to measure the craziness of past battles in the area. Our route follows the Alta Via Dolomiti trail and its beautiful landscapes until Forcletta del Lago pass. The trail continues through a wide alpine valley that leads to Fanes hut and down to Pederü. Night and dinner at Pederü hut.
Day 5: Refugio Fodara, Sas dla Para +500 m -580 m / aprox. 5 hrsWe hike up to the Fodara hut, accessible thanks to an old military road, dug and carved into the mountain. We can also continue on and reach the summit of Sas dal Para to admire the incredible panorama from the top. Night and dinner at Fodara hut.
Day 6: Refugio Biella, Ra Stua +350 m/+750 m -800 m/-1300 m / aprox. 7 hrs Beautiful hike to the altiplano across fields and sedimentary rock. We stop at Refuge Biella for a short while. Optional hiking up to Seekofel/Croda Rossa and back. Then our trail goes down into the Scuro alpine bowl to Ra Stua hut. Night and dinner in Cortina, Pizza night out
Day 7: Passo Giau – Refuge Averau – Col Falzarego +350 m -470 m / aprox. 4 hrs We will reach the summit of Nuvolau and stop at the eponymous hut for a rewarding, and contemplative break. On the way down we hike past many remains from the Great War.
Day 8: Departure day Breakfast at the Hotel in Cortina.
Dolomites hiking traverse We offer also a 8 days Dolomites traverse that starts in Cortina d’Ampezzo and ends in St.Ulrich with a pick up and drop-off possibility at Venice airport. This tour leads trough 5 different Dolomits ranges and visits 4 different natural resorts. Day hiking with luggage transport and nice Hotels and Guest Houses.
Please contact us for that option.
Map for the Dolomites traverse:
Packing list for trekking tours with Hotels:
(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)
1 long sleeve shirt
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
1 set Gore-tex rain gear
1 thin down jacket
Casual outfit for dinners
Gaters (for tours in early spring)
Swimsuit (many Hotels have a Spa)
1 day backpack
1-2 water bottles, thermos bottle
Wollte or similar for hand washing clothes at Hotels
1 pair trekking poles
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7-14 days programs available. Tailor maid for you.
When the days start to get shorter in the northern hemisphere, spring is slowly waking up in Patagonia. For the ski touring fans this means corn and sometimes powder snow skiing under the south american sun. Some experts speak about the best spring skiing in the world.
All our ski touring goals between Bariloche and Temuco are between 2000 and 3000 meters high and no long acclimatization is necessary.
Our skiing adventure starts in Bariloche Argentina or in Temuco Chile airport and ends in either of both, depending on the itinerary you choose. We can offer a round trip or also a point to point trip. Bariloche is situated in the northern part of Argentina’s Patagonia in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. There are great ski touring options around the so called “Switzerland of south America” in the Patagonian Lake District. The incredible views down to the huge lakes and rainforests are stunning.
After the amazing volcano-skiing in Chiles “small south” where we ski volcanos like Casablanca, Osorno, Villarica or Lanin we cross the boarder into Argentinas lake basin.
We choose those volcanos and mountains with the best conditions at the moment we are there. (There are about 10 volcanos to choose from).
To relax between the tours, we take you to some of the worlds best hot springs in hidden valleys and eat great seafood as well as Argentine beef. Come join us on this exotic skiing adventure!
At a glance:
14 days / 13 nights in Chile & Argentina
3 hot springs
Day to day itinerary, a program option that we like:
Day 1: Meet at Temuco airport – drive to Malalcahuello Your IFMGA – mountain guide picks you up at the airport and drives you to the foot of the volcano Lonquimay. Night in Hotel Malalcahuello
Day 2: Skitour volcon Lonquimay 2865m Our first volcano, Lonquimay is surrounded by very old Araucaria trees and is perfect for a start into the Volcano-tour. + 1365m Night in Hotel in Malalcahuello
Day 3: Skitour volcano Llaima 3125m Llaima is one of the biggest volcanos in this area and stands in the Conguillio National park. It’s name means “the reawakened” in Mapuche language, the language of the local people. +1325m Night in Hotel Malalcahuello
Day 4: Travel to Pucon and hot springs „Los Pozones“ We use this day to relax and reload our batteries. The Pozones hot springs is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy nature. Pucon is one of Chiles favorite outdoor destination, a small vibrant town on the foot of Villarica vulcano. We spend the evening and night here. Night in Hotel in Pucon Drive: 160km
Day 5: Skitour volcano Villarica 2847m A short drive up into the Villarica national park. Today we will climb the 2847m high volcano Villarica. The long ascend is very much worth it: a view in to the bubbling Magma in the crater and a great downhill run on the slopes up to 35° back down to the car. +1450m Night in Hotel Pucon
Volcano Lanin … is waiting for you
Day 6: Lanin bivouac (shelter) 2400m A strato volcano on the boarder with Argentina and Chile that forms part of two national parks, Lanin and Villarica. It lies at the Atlantic-Pacific water device and is one of our favorite to ski on. Today we skin up to a shelter that overlooks both Chile and Argentina. The shelter is very simple but offers the perfect option to spend a night on the mountain. +1300m Night at bivouac Lanin
Day 7: Skitour volcano Lanin 3776m We ski up to the top of Lanin and enjoy a long downhill back to the car. Drive back to Pucon. +1370m Night in Pucon
Day 8: Hidden Hot Sprigs in the woods – Huilo Huilo Natural Reserve A magical relax day! This natural hot springs have an idyllic setting between the mountains. There are several pools with varying temperature for personal selection. The setting is very natural and quiet. After soaking our muscles we continue the drive into the Huilo Huilo natural reserve where we can discover the Valdivian rainforest. Night in Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve
Day 9: Skitour volcano Choshuenco 2300m, travel south Llanquihue lake The Mocho-Choshuenco volcano lies directly behind our Hotel, we cross the Huilo Huilo river with it’s clear blue water and skin up trough the rain forest to the top of this twin volcano. After the tour we drive down south into Chiles Lake District and to the beautiful Llanquihue. +1000m Night in Puerto Varas
Going down south…
Day 10: Skitour volcano Osorno 2650m – Antillanca hot springs Maybe the most perfect conical shaped volcano on the tour. We reach it after a short drive around Llanquihue lake, Chiles biggest sweet water lake. From the top we will be able to overlook the whole lake basin and all the way to the Fjords near Puerto Montt. A short drive brings us to Antillanca and it’s hot springs near the Argentine boarder. +1300m Night in Antillanca
Day 11: Volcano Casablanca 2050m, Travel to Bariloche, Argentina Casablanca or the whit house is our last volcano in Chile. Easy to reach from the Antillanca ski area. In the afternoon we drive over the Samore pass and the boarder line into Argentina down to the Nahuel Heap National Park +900m Night in Bariloche
The best of Bariloche, ARG
Day 12: Skitour Refugio Meiling, 2000m The hike up to Refugio Meiling starts at the hamlet of Pampa Linda. It takes 1.5hr drive from Bariloche trough the Nahuel Heap National Park and along the pale blue Gutierrez and Mascardi lake. We hike first trough a forest and skin up reaching the hut over a ridge with great views over the glaciers and waterfalls. + 1000m Night at Refugio Meiling
Day 13: Skitour Cerro Tronador 3458m, Back to Bariloche We start early this morning after a breakfast at the hut. We skin up over big, wide glaciers to the Blanco Pass. The last part to the summit gets a bit steeper, but no climbing techniques are required. Ready for an unforgettable ski run down? +1400m Night in Bariloche
Day 14: Extra day
Please contact us for programs and prices tailored to your wishes!
How to get to to Bariloche, Argentina
Take a 2 hours flight from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
How to get to Temuco, Chile
Take a 2 hours flight from Santiago de Chile, the capital of Chile.
Map with all the volcanos and our route
Geography and History of Patagonia
Patagonia is the scene of the world’s great adventures. Even if you know little of the place, the name itself inhabits our subconscious, whispering of an unknown finger of the earth, el fin del mundo. You picture large silent spaces and windblown solitude.
The first Europeans to lay eyes on this landscape were led by Ferdinand Magellan, who pioneered passage trough the treacherous strait that now bears his name. His expedition named the mainland “Tierra de los Patagones” unwittingly spawning the myth of a race of Patagonian giants.
To the east of the Patagonian Andes, the pampa is an immense desert, by some accounts among the five largest deserts in the world. West of the Andes is another world. Here both the Central Valley and the Coast Range have sunk into the Pacific; what were once glacial valleys are now fjords, and what were once mountaintops ar now islands. Hotsprings lay revealed by coastal erosion while great glaciers further fragment the landscape, necessitating maritime or air travel. Great forests cloak the Andes from the Pacific shoreline to the continental divide, bisected by surging emerald rivers carrying glacial silt to the sea and providing habitat for fearless trout and salmon.
Cerro San Lorenzo is the third highest peak in the Patagonian Andes (47° 36′ S, 72° 19’W). It’s a huge mountain range that rises about 3300meters out of its surroundings.
Not only its elevation is very special, also its location. This mountain stands between the southern and the northern continental icefields and exactly between the Argentinian and the Chilenian boarder. It is surrounded by four huge glaciers.
We choose the so called “routa de Agostini”, named after the first climber Padre de Agostini in 1943. We offer this route as a wonderful skitouring expedition.
Itinerary ski touring Patagonia, Cerro San Lorenzo:
Day 1 Transport from Balmaceda airport to the hotel in Coyhaique. Meet and greet with the guides and the other guests. Night in a hotel in Coyhaique
Day 2 Transfer by car to Cochrane, one of the last small villages at the famous routa 40. (6 hours) Overnight stay in a hotel in Cochrane
Day 3 Transport with a fourwheel drive car to Fundo San Lorenzo, our starting point Here we enjoy a typical, delicious patagonian grilled sheep, a “Cordero Patagonico” Night at the Fundo, a local farmers mountain home
Day 4 Trekking to Refugio Toni Rohrer, a small pretty shelter in the woods. Night at the Refugio
Day 5 We reach Paso del comedor and Brecha del comedor (aprox. 6hrs) Overnight in the tent
Day 6 Cumbre!!! All the way up to Cerro san Lorenzo today and a great ski down back to the camp (aprox. 8-9hrs) Overnight in the tent
Day 7 Back to Refugio Rohrer
Day 8 Back to Fundo San Lorenzo Overnight stay at the Fundo
Day 9 Transport back to the hotel in Coyhaique (This program is base on nice weather. As the weather can change very quick in this area, it’s important to plan a couple back up days)
Day 10-12 back up days
Proper parallel turn in all snow conditions Walking with crampons Enough personal fitness to climb 1000m a day (total 3100m), with a backpack (15-18kg)
How to get there:
Flight to Santiago de Chile and from there to Balmaceda airport. It’s served by Latam airlines. That’s where we pick you up.
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Included in the price: – Organisation from Patagoniatiptop – 2 local IVBV-IFMGA mountain guides – Transport from Balmaceda airport, Coyhaique to Fundo San Lorenzo and back – All meals – Night at Hotel – Luggage transport to the mountain hut by horse – Tents and Cooking equipment
Not included in the price: – Personal equipment – Personal insurance (accident, annulation etc.) – drinks
Dates: September and October are ideal for this tour
Ski touring week, Bariloche
Patagonia…one of this rare places to remain wild and pure. It’s a real paradise for adventurer and those that like to explore this places on skis! You can enjoy great views on the striking blue lakes around Bariloche and after some powder runs you might want to enjoy the famous Argentinean cuisine and its wines. We skitour the nicest peaks around Bariloche, explore the Frey hut area and finish our trip with the ascent of the sleeping volcano Cerro Tronador.
Day to day itinerary:
Arrival day: Meeting at the Hotel in Bariloche to check the equipment for the week Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche
1st Day: Cerro Chall-Huaco (2000m) A bit outside of Bariloche in the step lies Cerro Chall Huaco. A perfect warm-up tour! Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche
2nd Day: Cerro Lopez (2070m) Our personal favorite ski touring mountain in our back yard! We pass the Lopez mountain hut and get to the top of Cerro Lopez where spectacular views to Cerro Tronador and over the Lake District await us. Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche
3rd Day: Refugio Frey (1700m) We take the lifts from Cerro Cathedral ski area to get to our starting point today. We ski tour to Frey Hut that lies just above tree line next to the small Laguna Frey. A ski touring paradise! Night and dinner at Frey hut
4th day: Skitouring Refugio Frey area Countless options for today: Couloires between the red granite towers and small mountain lagoons wait to be discovered. Night and dinner at Frey hut
5th day: Bariloche We enjoy some more ski touring in the Frey area before skiing back to Bariloche. Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche
6th day: Pampa Linda – Meiling mountain hut (2000m) We follow the tracks of Otto Meiling one of the first Andringst. We reach the Mietling hut from “Pampa Linda” in the Nahuel Haupi National Park. This hut lies on the foot of Cerro Tronador surrounded by glaciers. Night and dinner at Meiling hut
7th day: Cerro Tronador, Pico Argentino (3200m) Cerro Tronador, the king of the mountains in the Bariloche area! We enjoy a very long glacier descent on this sleeping volcano today! Transport back to Bariloche Night and final dinner at Hotel in Bariloche
Up to 2 pax: 2596.- USD per pax 3 pax: 2006.- USD per pax 4 and more pax: 1723.- USD per pax
Included in the rate: Organisation, local, english speaking UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide, all transporte from/to Bariloche airport, 4 nights with half board at mountain huts, 4 nights with half board at Hotel in Bariloche, skipass day 3, all lunches
Not included: Flight, personal insurance (accident, travel, annulation, etc. ), drinks
How to get to Bariloche
Bariloche is situated in the Argentine lake district and can be reached with a 2hrs flight from Buenos Aires (also by bus from Buenos Aires aprox. 18hrs). If you come from Chile, Bariloche can be reached with a bus from Puerto Montt or Osorno.
“This place is full of shocking beauty. Bariloche, likely the most well-known Argentine Patagonian outpost, has mountains and subsequent vistas with a scale that makes the Rockies or the Alps look almost fragile. The terrain here is huge not only in height but also in space occupation, and, with the added bonus of wide dabbles of lakes cutting through the volume, the effect is only amplified by the resulting interplay of light, reflection, and depth perception.”
Rock climbing from 2 – 5 days with a certified UIAGM – mountain guide. There is something for every level of traditional and sport climbing. A wide spectrum of climbing from the clean cracks to challenging heady sport cracks to chimneys to off widths with each ending atop some precipitous spire with a view.
Imagine a wonderland of endless spires of quality granite bathed in alpine sun amid a backdrop of snow capped volcanoes, enormous alpine lakes, soaring condors, and friendly Argentines that know how to make pizza, beer and chocolate. Indeed such a land does exist nestled on the east side of the Andes a short steep hike up from Bariloche in the lake district of Argentina.
It’s regarded by many as the best rock climbing area in South America. Honey-coloured granite pinnacles surround a beautiful basin with a laguna. The rock is weathered, solid and breathtakingly beautiful.
To climbers, Patagonia means rumbling glaciers, ceaseless wind, and world-class alpinism. Frey, a pair of connected alpine cirques in northern Argentine Patagonia, borrows from both of these perceptions. It’s the Patagonia of steep splitters and looming spires. If you’d rather climb than scowl over bleak forecasts, Frey’s one- to 10-pitch granite routes, following steep splitters and huecoed faces, might just be Patagonian paradise.
2 days of guided rock climbing:
1 person: 600 USD 2 persons: 300 USD each
Every following day: 300 USD (max. 2 climbers/guide)
Price does not include transportation, huts, meals, insurances
A two-story stone Refugio above tree line, a mere frisbee toss from frigid Lake Toncek that servers delicious food and Argentine wine and their own beer. You can camp out or sleep in the dorms.
A flight to Buenos Aires and a 21 hrs deluxe tour bus ride, or a 2hrs direct flight from Buenos Aires to reach San Carlos de Bariloche. A 10km +700m hike from Villa Cathedral brings you in 3-4 hours up to Refugio Frey.
The world famous 18km journey with 2800m of vertical descent through some of the most stunning glaciated alpine scenery rarely disappoints!
Start altitude (Aiguille du Midi): 3777m
Finish Altitude (Chamonix): 1050m
Vertical Descent: 2727m
Season: Usually January to April
Time: Varies according to skiers ability and priorities but commonly 4-5 hours
This magnificent ski journey can be done in a short day by confident black slope skiers. Thanks to the height gain (2742m) given by the Aiguille du Midi cable car. The descent of the Vallee Blanche is often the highlight of a ski trip to Chamonix!
We provide fully qualified (IFMGA) Mountain Guides who work hard to ensure, that you have a safe, enjoyable and interesting descent. We are also able to offer interesting variations on the descent. Would you like to choose steeper lines? Or include a short ski tour across to the Italian side before skiing down the classic route to Chamonix.
Requirements to ski vallee blanche:
If you ski confidently on a black slope you will be ready for THE vallee blanche with us!
(* up to 6 skiers)
Included in the Price: UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide – a fully qualified and experienced Patagoniatiptop guide will accompany you, we provide you with an avalanche beacon and harness.
Not included in the price: Cablecar ride up to Aiguille du Midi
Bad weather option:
If the weather or snow conditions are not suitable to ski the Vallee Blanche, we will not cancel the trip but follow an alternative off-piste skiing program. Chamonix offers perfect terrain for a guided off-piste skiing day.
A lift pass to access the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Montenvers train is needed, the Mont Blanc Unlimited is the best option as it covers both.
Dates: March until beginning of June Ski tour Mont Blanc:
“A challenging dream came true for me! I always wanted to ski that mountain and my mountain guide was fabulous!”
Ski touring up to the summit of Mont Blanc can be done from end of march until may and is a great spring 2-day adventure!
Day 1 : Chamonix – Grand Mulets hut 3051m Afternoon ride with the first part of the Aiguille du Midi – cablecar up to Plan de l’Aiguille (2310m). Skitour up to the Grand Mulets hut. + 800m, Night at Grand Mulets hut (3051m)
Day 2 : Grand Mulets Hut – Summit – Chamonix We start early today with a technical ascent of the north face of Dôme du Goûter cramponning, slopes up to 40º to reach the normal route, than continuing over to Bivouac Vallot to the great summit of Mont Blanc (4810m). Ski down to Plan d’Aiguille or Chamonix. + 1700m / – 2600m or -3500m
1100.-€ (Included in the price: Organisation, IFMGA-mountain guide) (Not included: Overnight stay at mountain hut, Liftticket, Food & drinks, Guide expenses, personal insurance)
This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the conditions in the mountains and the abilities of the guest, your mountain guide may alter the route.
Very good physical fitness, expert skiing skills and to be well acclimatized to altitude are needed to do this tour. If you have a solid experience in ice climbing and ski touring, you’re ready to let the dream come true.
How it all began, the Mont Blanc first ascent:
1786: The Frenchmen Michael Gabriel Packard and Jacques Palma were the first to reach the top of Mont Blanc.
After hundreds of failed attempts by dozens of aspiring mountaineers, Paccard and Balmat made history when they became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. The mountain rises 4810m/15’711feet above sea level and is ranked No. 11 in the world in topographic prominence. The two Chamonix local ascended the summit on August 8th, starting the climb from the Chamonix valley.
The accomplishment was, and still is, considered historic. Eric Shipton, a British Himalayan mountaineer, described the feat, writing in his book Mountain Conquest:
“Theirs was an astounding achievement of courage and determination, one of the greatest in the annals of mountaineering. It was accomplished by men who were not only on unexplored ground but on a route that all the guides believed to be impossible.”
The first female climber
1808: The former maidservant Marie Paradis, in 1808 became the first woman to climb Mont Blanc, joined by guide Jacques Balmat. For Paradis it was not an easy ascent. She was in such poor condition by the time the climbing party reached the summit that she actually had difficulty speaking and, reportedly, could not see the view from the peak. Her self designed outfit that she was wearing weighed just over 14 pounds.
Imagine waking up in a traditional Yurt, in the middle of the snow caped Tien Shan mountains. You are ready for a day of ski touring with your friends…! Your dream can come true.
We would like to introduce you to a fascinating country. Kyrgyzstan, a country of nomads, in the heart of Central Asia. Largely unexplored mountains offer a wonderful playground.
We take you to yurt camps in snowy summer pastures. That offers us immediate access to endless skiing terrain with mountains up to 3,400-3,600m.
Traditional, cosy yurts will be ready for us swell as a traditional Russian Sauna next to a river with refreshing spring water. All yurts are heated by wood burning stoves.
10-day program / 7 skiing days:
4th of February: Arrive early in the morning at the airport in Bishkek. Meet with the group and join the privat transfer to Karakol (6hrs). We drive along the north shore of Issyk Kul lake, the second biggest alpine lake in the world
5th-10th of February: Yurt based skiing days in Jyrgalan and Aksuuvalley
11th of February: We ski in the morning and go back down to Karakol in the evening. The night is spent in Karakol.
12th of February: You will have some time to explore Karakol in the morning before we travel to Bishkek. Last night and farewell dinner in Bishkek.
13th of February: Flight back home
Prices per skier:
2495€ (minimum 4 skiers)
Included in the price: Guiding with IFMGA mountain guide Federico Arletti, organization, all accommodations as mentioned in the program (Hotel, guest house Yurts), all meals, all transportations from/to Bishkek
Not included in the price: Flights, personal insurances, alcoholic drinks, personal equipment
Kyrgyzstan… a fascinating country in central Asia:
A welcoming landlocked oasis located at the heart of Central Asia. It’s surrounded by Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Kyrgyzstan is a in a remote, always fascinating, sometimes volatile, and oftentimes misunderstood part of the world. With an average elevation of 3,000m (9,840ft) and 30% of its landmass buried under permanent ice and snow. The country’s landscape and people are defined by a ruggedness utterly unique to the highlands of Central Asia. The republic is a little smaller in area than the UK minus Northern Ireland.
Home sweet yurt
Yurts are the archetypal shepherd shelters. Circular homes made of multilayered felt stretched around a collapsable wooden frame. The outer felt layer is coated in waterproof sheep fat, the inner most lined with woven grass matting to block the wind. Long woolen strips secure the walls and poles. The interior is richly decorated with textiles, wall coverings, quilts, cushions, and ornately worked chests. Floors are lined with thicket felt and covered with bright carpets and sometimes yak skin. Look up: the central wheel-like tuneup that supports the roof is none other than the design depicted in the middle of Kyrgyzstan’s national flag.
Native Kyrgyz make up around 70% of the country’s population. The remaining percentage made up mostly of Uzbeks and Russians. Kyrgyzstan gained its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991. Many Kyrgyz today follow the nomadic traditions of their ancestors, erecting hand-crafted yurts in the high mountain pastures above their villages. There they graze their animals and live for the summer.
The central Tien Shan mountains
This region offers many superlatives of Central Asia. The highest mountains, the coldest temperatures, the longest glaciers and the strangest natural phenomena. It’s a region of ice, snow and unexplored peaks. The world’s fourth longest glacier and an amazing disappearing lake can be found here. You will be discovering the valleys close to Karakol where the temperatures are more pleasant. The Chinese were the first to explore this foreboding mountain zone, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that European explorers penetrated the region. The snow that falls on this former Soviet state is particularly light and fluffy. This, combined with the country’s mountainous geography, makes it something of a paradise for powder-loving backcountry skiers.
All food is prepared by local chefs. Our breakfast menu is Western-inspired, featuring omelets, frittatas, burritos, pancakes and french toast, and always the option of muesli or porridge. The dinner menu highlights traditional Kyrgyz cuisine.
Getting to Kyrgyzstan by airplane
Bishkek’s Manas airportis the main hub with relatively inexpensive international connections on Turkish and Pegasus (via Istanbul), Flydubai (via Dubai), Ukrainian International (via Kiev) and Aeroflot (via Moscow).
Around 60 nationalities can stay for 60 days or longer without a visa. Citizens of most major Western and former Soviet countries are included in those.
Kyrgyz is a Turkish language that has the usual characteristics of that language group. Most notably vowel harmony, which is strictly adhered to. As part of the Kyrgyz-Altay group of Turkic languages, it is most closely related to the Altai language and fairly similar to Kazakh. Russian is also an official language and Uzbek is widely spoken in the south.
Our Chamonix Freeride weeks are a dream come true for everyone interested in backcountry skiing.
What to expect:
During the week you’ll get a chance to experience the scenic backcountry around Mont Blanc in the company of an UIAGM-licensed mountain guide. The Chamonix Mont Blanc area will leave nobody cold. The most experienced free riders from all corners of the world come to ski this ski areas. A real skier’s paradise!
Our guides know the backcountry terrain and weather conditions extremely well and will make sure you’ll ski the best spots.
Arrival day: Meet and greet in Chamonix, Equipment Check
Day 1: Les Grands Montets, Argentière We will ski at the Grands Montets, Chamonix most famous off-piste ski area. This ski resort has an immense range of off piste skiing. The snow stays light and fresh, due to the North Face of the Aiguille Verte which shields it from the sun.
Day 2: Vallee Blanche We’ll ride one of the most legendary Glaciers of all time – the Vallée Blanche route, where you get to see the most amazing views of Mont Blanc.
Day 3: Courmayeur Courmayeur (ITA) is just a 20 Minutes drive trough the Mont Blanc tunnel away from Chamonix and offers very nice off piste options. A real Italian ski day!
Day 4: Brévent – Flégere We will check out the snow at Brévent – Flégere ski area accesible form Chamonix town today.
Day 5: Toule Glacier The brand new Sky way cable car brings us up to Punta Helbronner. We ride the South side of Mont Blanc, on the Toule Glacier down into Courmayeur.
2 skiers: 875€ per Skier 3 skiers: 660€ per Skier 4 skiers: 600€ per Skier
Included in the price: Organization, 5 days UIAGM-mountain guide
Not included in the price: Lift passes, snow safety equipment, personal insurances, transportation
We require all participants to carry full avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) and to obey given instructions to ensure amazing powder days.
Do you only have a day or two for skiing in Chamonix? We are happy to offer you a great shorter off-piste experience! Let us know.
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Patagoniatiptop guides a large variety of trips to the Alps and the Andes and teaches you skills to improve your outdoor abilities. As a small company, we are able to provide highly personalised services and set the highest quality standard for your trip.
All of our mountain guides are certified UIAGM-IFMGA and our mountain leaders are certified UIMLA. We encourage you to explore our site and to contact us with any questions or thoughts about our guiding and teaching services.