Rock climbing Bariloche, Refugio Frey – Patagonia

Dates: October through April

“Granite spires in an uncomparable setting!”

Climbing experience:

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.

Prices:
  • 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
Frey Hut, 1700m:

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.

The Frey mountain hut in Bariloche lies on a beautiful lake in the mountains

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Getting there:

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.


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Private Ski & Telemark Lessons, Chamonix Valley & Megève

December – April

Skiing:
Highest ski pistes: 3842m
Kilometres of Pistes: 150km
Lifts: 49
Slopes:
21% Beginner
31% Intermediate
48% Advanced

perfect chamonix ski slope

Professional privat Ski – and Telemark lessons in the Chamonix valley & Megève ski area from December until end of April. Learn from the Swiss Ex-world cup ski racer Ella Alpiger and her team.

Everything about Chamonix ski resort is big. In the shadow of Mont Blanc, the deep valley has more skiable slopes than seems reasonable. With several ski areas distributed across the huge mountain ranges to north and south, a thriving town in the centre and smaller, charming mountain villages in the valley, there’s something for everyone.

With the Mont Blanc as its backdrop, Megève ski area is in a lovely sunny setting and the village has a beautifully preserved, partly medieval centre. It’s the capital of the mountain way of life, an authentic village in the Savoy Alps that is covered by a carpet of snow every winter.

Many different slopes in all different colors and challenging Out-bound runs are waiting for you to be discovered.
Beginners and Experts are welcome to join the lessons!

We will analyze your skiing on video camera. Fast technical progress and more enjoyable ski days are the result of that.

Prices for private teaching in the Chamonix valley ski areas:

Daily Ski and Telemark lessons, Off – piste days and Ski touring intro courses:

Half day (3hrs): 240.00€

  • 09:00-12:00 / 13:00 – 16:00: 

All day (6hrs): 360.00€ / High season: 410.00€

  • 09:00 – 15:00: 

Included in the price: Teaching, Video of your progress, pick up at your Hotel

Please consult fees for Megève ski area.

Unlimited skiing

With the Chamonix Unlimited Skipass (more than 3 days) we can also enjoy skiing in Courmayeur (ITA) 15 Min., Verbier (CH) 40 Min. and Evasion Mont Blanc (Megève, St.Gervais, Les Contamines) (FR) 20 Min. by car from Chamonix.

Ski touring

Chamonix also offers great ski touring options not only for Experts. Let us introduce you to our favorite sport with a Ski touring Intro. Learn all about safety, snow and technique with an UIAGM mountain guide.

Off piste, powder courses

Explore the snow on the other side of the groomed run! If you have mastered the pistes and want to learn how to ski all trains off piste, come and sign up for our Off piste courses. We will teach you on all different slopes and terrains. Let’s train to get you fit to take a ski trip down the Valle Blanche!

Helicopter Skiing

Thanks to its exceptional geographical location between Italy and Switzerland, Chamonix is a major centre for Heliskiing from where you can reach a host of exciting destinations. For a day trip, there’s nothing simpler than getting dropped off by helicopter in Switzerland or Italy with a UIAGM – mountain guide, to ski the finest transalpine slopes of Val Veny, Cervinia, La Tile and Val Grisanche. Also exploring the mountains of the Valais in the areas around Trient in Switzerland, or even Zermatt.

Equipment

We proudly ski with K2 Skis, they offer a great range of skis and boots for all different kind of availabilities and snow conditions. Not sure which material to buy or rent? We are happy to recommend the perfect ski for you.

Accommodation

Do you want to sleep in down town Chamonix or rather a bit outside in the quite or maybe ski in and ski out? Chamonix has it all, let us find the perfect place for you!

Chamonix

The Chamonix Valley is consistently rated as one of the top ten ski areas in the world. A must by all ski enthusiasts. The legendary skiing caters for every taste and ability. Some 90% of the ski area is above 2000m with an excellent snow record and a long season from December to May. It is the home of the legendary 23 kilometre Vallee Blanche and the Kandahar World Cup downhill runs. The lift pass which, covers 750km of pisted skiing includes the elegant resort of Courmayeur in Italy that is a short hop through the Mont-Blanc tunnel. The Chamonix Valley is approximately 20 kilometers long with the Aiguilles Rouges mountain range on the north side, and the Mont-Blanc mountain range on the south side, which includes Mont Blanc itself, the highest peak in the European Alps at 4808 meters.The highest lift in the valley is the Aiguille du Midi cablecar which brings you to anincredible 3842 meters elevation.

The top station of the Aiguille De Midi cablecar has a spectacular panorama of Chamonix, the Mont Blanc and the Mer De Glace glacier. It’s the access point to high elevation glacier skiing the world famous Vallée Blanche. Majestic Mont-Blanc, one of the world’s natural wonders dominates the area.

The town

Chamonix is an ancient mountain town with a stylish atmosphere and a blend of French charm, varied skiing and modern facilities that few other alpine resorts can match. Our guests return time after time and always discover something new.

The town of Chamonix with its pedestrianised cobbled streets and squares, beautiful buildings has an excellent choice of quality shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, and a Saturday market that should not be missed. Chamonix has an attractive, bustling old town centre. The smaller, quieter ski villages of Argentiere, Les Houches and Vallorcine offer a different style of resort life.

How skiing came to France; did you know?

Skiing had come to Italy via Switzerland since about 1895. The natural thing for France would have been to copy the neighboring Italians. They went to the source instead, they wanted a missionary from Norway and in November 1902 one such providentially dropped in. A junior Norwegian army lieutenant called Herman Schultz that wanted to visit France as a ski instructor in order to get out into the wider world an learn French. Later two more officers where sent to France and they started a ski school to teach the French soldiers. Those soldiers showed a legendary marching ability and could accomplish to march up to 50 or 60 km a day on skis without really being worn out. They sometimes started at 4a.m. and didn’t return until 8p.m.

The ski school was so exhausting, both for teachers and the taught, that it only ran from Monday to Thursday, with the rest of the week free; for the French soldiery at any rate. On Friday and Saturday, the Norwegians were expected to teach the officers and on Sundays, their wives. The Colonel’s lady was particularly keen. The two instructors would support her on each side and she was wearing a hat and veil! …”Suddenly her skis broke trough the crust, and we ran on, but in confusion. It was not a dignified regimental commander’s wife who got her feet, covered in blood, with hat awry and tattered veil. Afternoon tea with her was cancelled. We didn’t see her for 14 days.”

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Ski Vallee Blanche, Chamonix

Dates: January to May

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
  • Length: 18Km
  • 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 the Valle Blanche:

If you ski confidently on a black slope you will be ready for THE Vallee Blanche with us!

Map:

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Price: 350.00€* 

(* 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.

Lift Pass:

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.


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Chamonix freeride skiing week


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Dates: January to April

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.

 

Tentative plan

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.

Prices:

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.
Day Guiding:

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.

Accommodation:

Let us know if we can help you finding your perfect accommodation.


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Ski tour Mont Blanc summit, France

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!

 

Itinerary:

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

Price:

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.
Personal Requirements:

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.


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Kyrgyzstan ski touring adventure

4th – 13th of February 2019  

What to expect:

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.
People

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.
 
Food
  • 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 airport is 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).
Visa
  • 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.
Language

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.


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Ski touring Haute Route Chamonix – Zermatt

Dates: March – May, please choose your date for privat tours

Date for mixed group open to sign in: 20th – 25th of April 2019

From the French to the Swiss historical alpine capital

This six day Ski tour on glaciers for the most part, offers exceptional beauty of the landscapes. It traverses the crest of the Western Alps and passes through some of the most stunning mountain scenery in Europe. We start in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc and ski across the Wallis glaciers of Switzerland. The tour ends with a unique ski descent on the foot of the Matterhorn down to Zermatt.

  • 6 skitouring days
  • 5 nights in typical mountain huts
Daily itinerary

Day 1: Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Elevation gain: 200m
Vertical loss: 800m

Day 2: Refuge de Trient
Ref Argentiere  – Refuge Trient
Elevation gain: 1100m
Vertical loss: 300m

Day 3: Refuge Prafleuri
Refuge Trient – Refuge Prafleuri
Elevation gain: 700m
Vertical loss: 2700m

Day 4: Cabane de Dix
Refuge Prafleuri  – Cabane de Dix
Elevation gain: 800m
Vertical loss: 450m

Day 5: Cabane des Vignettes
Cabane de Dix – Cabane des Vignettes
Elevation gain: 850m

Day 6: Zermatt
Cabane des Vignettes – Zermatt
Elevation gain: 900m
Vertical loss: 2100m

Map:

map of the haute route Skitour from chamonix to zermatt

Price:

1560.-€ (min. 4 guests, max 6)
This spectacular tour can be done in many different ways. Adding more peaks or changing tour route with other huts. Please contact us for more informations.

Included in the price: Organisation, IFMGA mountain guiding, Private Transport Champex – Verbier on Day 2,  half board in the huts
Not included in the price: Lunch & Drinks, Lift tickets, personal insurance*, personal equipment

*We strongly recommend the purchase of a cancellation, accident, travel insurance.

Level requirements

This trip is for experienced ski tourers who have already done at least one hut-to-hut tour or a multi-day ski tour. You should be able to skin up to 5 hours with up to 1100m vertical gain per day, at a good steady pace.
Efficiency in your skinning technique and confident moving over a steep and exposed terrain should be no problem. You are expected to be comfortable and safe doing kick turns on slopes of over 35 degrees.
Are you an excellent off piste skier, confident and efficient in skiing in all snow conditions without losing control over your skis?  Skiing on slopes of 40 degrees is not a problem of you?
You should be physically fit, ready to hike and ski for up to 8 hours per day without being too tired the next day. You have to be able to move reasonably fast (climb 400m/h).

Haute Route Mont Blanc Extension 

Why not benefit from your fitness and acclimatization and climb Mont Blanc with skis following your completion of the Haute Route? Take a look at our program!


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Women’s Skitouring Camp Vallorcine, France

March 2019:   7 th – 10th  &  28th – 31st

(Please ask us for private dates, also for mixed groups)

Highlights 
  • 3 days ski teaching and skitouring in the Chamonix valley
  • 3 nights at a traditional Chalet in Vallorcine
  • Learn all about ski touring and back country skiing
  • Ski touring basics, including gear usage, uphill techniques, pacing, layering, and route selection
  • Avalanche awareness including terrain management and basic companion rescue strategies

 

Learn off piste skiing and ski touring with us!

Three days of world-class skiing with top, women-specific instructions from Ex-World Cup ski racer and certified ski instructor Ella Alpiger.
This Women’s ski touring camp features the latest ski and ski-touring teaching techniques, avalanche safety informations and some hidden Off-piste runs.

  • “It’s all about learning off piste skiing technique, backcountry skills, mountain safety, and most importantly, having fun in the outdoors!”

We will base out of the beautiful village of Vallorcine for 3 days of adventure skiing. Our goal is to ski the best hidden places for the given conditions, and provide you with coaching and instruction in big mountain skiing.

  • “It’s a unique ski program that makes it easier, faster and more fun to learn.”

 

Women’s ski touring camp Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

We welcome you at the Chalet in Vallorcine for a first get together.  Come enjoy a typical Savoyard dinner with some fine wine from the chalet owners vinery.
Night at Chalet in Valloricne

Day 1: Off piste skiing work shop and avalanche rescuing

Off piste work shop in the ski area of Vallorcine / Balme which lies very near the Chalet. We ski where we find the nicest snow. Get tips on your skiing skills and technique to help you improve in a variety of ski conditions and terrain. Work on technique and mental preparedness that will improve your skiing in the backcountry, in steeps, trees, narrow chutes and crud.
Learn how to search with your avalanche transceiver in the afternoon. An important skill you have to know!
Night and dinner at the Chalet in Vallorcine.

Day 2:  Ski touring intro Les Marecottes, Switzerland

A short train ride brings us to our Offpiste work shop in the morning in the quiet ski area of Les Marecottes. Les Marecottes is a secret spot for powder lovers and offers also some great tree skiing  just over the boarder in Switzerland. Practice the tips you have learned yesterday.
Now we are ready to bring our back country skiing to the next level. We start with a short ski tour in the afternoon where you learn all about ascending with skins on your skis, ski touring itineraries and snow safety information.
Night and dinner at the Chalet in Vallorcine, enjoy a glas of wine at the fire place and check out today’s skiing videos.

Day 3: Ski tour 

With a picknick and all necessary things in our backpack we skin up into the mountains. We use and try all our new learned skills and enjoy a day in the peaceful mountains.
The course finishes at 3pm in Vallorcine.

Changes to the itinerary:

The programme is given as an indication only. Changes and adaptation may be made to suit current technical criteria, safety requirements and weather conditions.

What you will learn in this Women’s ski touring camp:

This course makes it possible for intermediate and advanced skiers to move to the next level of expertise in the shortest time possible. Get confident with the avalanche safety skills and make your first ski touring experiences. All in a group session designed to foster camaraderie. A truly elevated experience.

Personal Requirements:

If you feel confident on red and black slopes and have some off-piste experience, you’re ready to join this camp. Please contact us if you’re not sure about your level.

Location: Vallorcine

The last or first village in the Chamonix valley, Vallorcine is a peaceful mountain village. Hidden behind the col des Montets, at the foot of the Aiguilles Rouges, La vallée des Ours (the valley of bears) has retained all the charm of a traditional mountain village. Vallorcine is made up of several hamlets on the foothills of the surrounding mountains stretching to the Swiss border. Here, the mountains never cease to inspire your curiosity and sense of adventure. 

How to get to Vallorcine:

We can organize a transfers to and from Geneva airport with guaranteed flexibility to match your flight times allowing you to fly from your local airport at a time that suits you. If you’re traveling by train from Switzerland, you can reach Vallorcine via Martigny. We will pick you up at the train station.

Our Accommodation:  

Nico’s and Audrey’s traditional chalet in a very quiet and peaceful location.

This comfortable, traditional chalet offers breathtaking views of the mountains.  Guests can relax in front of the  fireplace with a glass of wine or enjoy the cozy rooms.

Four tastefully furnished double bedrooms one of them with a privat bathroom and a bedroom with 4 bunkbeds can be found in the Chalet. 

Chalet features:
  • Champagne and canapés upon arrival at the chalet
  • Typical Savoyard dinners  – including special menus for those with dietary needs, prepared by an experienced chef
  • Excellent quality complimentary French wine (selection of red, white and rose wines), spring water with all evening meals
  • Full breakfast every morning: hot and cold option including eggs, bacon, fresh bread, pastries, fruit platter and a choice of cereals
  • Afternoon tea – home baked cakes, fresh bread and jams with tea and coffee
  • Tea available at all times
  • No WIFI and very little phone coverage – a good break to disconnect and connect with yourself!
Fees:
  • 3 Skiers:              885.00€ /skier
    5 skiers:               734.00€ /skier
    Skiing only*:       400.00€ /skier 

(*Min. 3 skiers: accommodation/half board, ski pass and transport not included in the skiing only program)

Included: Professional teaching and organisation, 2 ski passes in Vallorcine/Balme and Les Marecottes, 3 nights in a traditional Chalet with half board in a privat room, lots of information about ski touring and avalanche rescuing, mental training tips, train ride to Les Marecottes and back, entrance avalanche rescue park

Not included: Transportation to and back from Vallorcine, lunches, drinks, personal insurance, personal equipment (let us know if you need ski touring and avalanche safety equipment, it can be rented).

What material should you choose for our women’s ski touring camp? 

We proudly ski on K2 Skis! They offer great backcountry skiing equipment especially for Women! Let us know if we can recommend a ski for you.

 

 



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Chamonix Hut to Hut hiking short trip


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Dates: June/July/August/September

  • 3-Day trip

“Rustic hut charm with incredible views!” 

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

Guide:

Local, certified UIMLA – mountain leader


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Trekking tour around Mont Blanc, TMB

Dates: Mid June to late September

  • 10 – day program, 9 hiking days

The Tour du Mont Blanc, a complete circuit of the Mont Blanc, is the ultimate long distance mountain walk in the Alps, and has some of the most stunning scenery.

The TMB is a 120km 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 and hand picked mountain guest houses.

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Detailed Program:

Arriving day:
We pick you up at Geneva airport or you travel independent to Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley. Check-in at the Hotel and get to know your hiking guide that tells you all about the tour.
Dinner and night at the Hotel in Les Houches

Day 2: Les Houches (1007m) to Les Contamines (1167m)
Cable car ride up to Bellevue and ascent to Col de Tricot. A great lunch waits for us after a steep descent to the alpine village Chalets du Miage. We pass the Refuge de Truc where we buy some fresh cheese and sausages and finish the day in Les Contamines.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Les Contamines
• ascent 639m, descent 1200m
• distance 14km

Day 3: Les Contamines (1167m) to Les Chapieux (1554m).
We reach Col de Bonhomme (2329m) 0ver an old Roman bridge and trough alpine cow pastures.  After a picknick lunch we traverse the hillside to the slightly higher Col de Croix de Bonhomme before a descent to the hamlet of Les Chapieux.
Night and dinner at les Chapieux or village du Glacier
• ascent 1270 m, descent 906m
• distance 15 km

Getting into Italy

Day 4: Village du Glacier (1554m) to Courmayeur
We follow the well marked route up to Col de la Seigne (2516m) where we cross the border into Italy. We enjoy views to the impressive Mont Blanc from it south side while stepping over the border line. From the Col we descend slightly down to Val Veny and take a bus to the alpine city of Courmayeur.
Night at Hotel Courmayeur, no organized dinner
• ascent 734 m, descent 741m
• distance 15 km

Day 5: 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 new cable car to punta Helbronner. Fantastic views of Mont Blanc and the glaciers of the Valle Blanche.
Night in Hotel in Courmayeur, no organized dinner

Day 6: Courmayeur (1226m) to Refugio Ferret. 

We head up to 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 and dinner at Chalet Ferret
• ascent 1080m, descent 522m
• distance 18km

Getting into Switzerland

Day 7: 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 we cross the border into Switzerland. Down through the flower meadows to the small village of La Fouly.
Night and dinner in a Hotel in La Fouly.
• ascent 760m, descent 746m
• distance 14km

Day 8: Champex Lac (1466m) to Trient (1279m).
We take a bus up to Champex Lac and  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 and dinner in a Guesthouse in Trient
• ascent 750m, descent 705m
• distance 14 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. The view from the pass over Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains are just incredible. We stop for a delicious homemade Quiche at a mountain guest house before heading down to Argentiére.

Night at Hotel in Argentière, no organized dinner
• ascent 1100m, descent 500m
• 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 and farewell dinner
• ascent 1100m, decent 500m
• distance 12km

Map:

map of the tour du Mont Blanc

Difficulty

This is a challenging route with an accumulated height gain and loss of over 9,000meters. 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.

Rates
  • 3915.00€ per hiker / single room supplement 410.00€

Included in the price:
Organization, certified UIMLA-hiking guide for the whole tour, 10 nights in privat rooms with ensuite bathroom in typical village hotels and mountain guest houses, breakfasts, 7 dinners, cable cars, pick up and drop off at Geneva airport, transport to hiking starts 

Not included in the price: lunches, 3 dinners,luggage transfer (we are happy to organize that for you, the cost is  35.00€ per day per luggage of 15kg), meals that are not listed above, personal insurance (accident, travel, annulation etc.), drinks

a picknick along our tour du Mont Blanc Trekking
Lunches

We didn’t include lunches because often hikers have different kind of appetite and food wishes along the trail. There are a view mountain guesthouses where we can stop for delicious lunches and the guides are more than happy to organize a buffet style picknick during the hike. Once in Les Houches the guide will ask you what your food preferences are.

 


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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

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

Hiking 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.

 


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Hiking in Cornwall & Lake District, England


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Dates: May – September

What to expect
Cornwall

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.

Lake District

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.

Highlights
  • 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
Hiking Itinerary

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.

Prices
  • 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


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Dolomites hiking traverse, Italy


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Dates: June – September

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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