Alpine hiking week Chamonix, French Alps

Dates 2024:

  • 30st of May – 4th of June
  • 17th – 22nd of June
  • 9th – 14th of July
Private Dates: June – September
  • 5 hiking days, 5 nights at hand picked Hotel in Chamonix
  • Flexible, exclusive itinerary with daily hiking options in the Alps most spectacular locations
  • Relax and enjoy Chamonix after your hike, no need to repack
  • An escape to Italy for a day hike at the beautiful Val Ferret

Enjoy the great Alpine hiking week Chamonix in the Mont Blanc region with the convenience of not having to change hotels every day. Your “base camp” for this hiking week is a nice, handpicked hotel in the bustling alpine town of Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc.

With moderate to challenging hiking options selected by your guide each day, the itinerary is flexible. We make sure that you can enjoy the spectacular beauty of this part of the Alps.

And spectacular it is! Fabulous vistas of serrated peaks and glittering glaciers every single day! Our flexible itinerary allows us to “follow the good weather” in this region of micro-climates. The hikes are chosen according to where the best weather is.

You might also want to take a day off to enjoy the local restaurants and shops if you like.

Most dinners are not organised so that you can choose where you would like to go each night.

Hiking at Val Ferret, Igaly
Itinerary: Alpine hiking week Chamonix
Day 1: Arrival at Chamonix

You might want to explore the town of Chamonix a bit before meeting the guide and enjoying a welcome dinner and orientation of the tour.

  • Night at Hotel in Chamonix, organised welcome dinner in a local restaurant
Day 2: Aiguille du Midi-Montenvers (France)

We begin our hike from the Hotel, crossing the town of Chamonix before taking a gondola up to Plan de Midi. Shortly after we’ll reach the Grand Balcon Nord trail. Now above tree line we have fabulous views of the Chamonix granite Aiguilles towering above us. we traverse below these peaks towards the Montenvers railway sitting high above the Mer de Glace glacier. We walk up to a beautiful viewpoint to observe the famous Mer de Glace glacier. A short descend brings us down to Monetenvers.
In 1741, the first tourists to Chamonix were transported to Montenvers on the backs of mules in order to admire the glaciers. Today, most travelers take a bright red cog train up the steep slopes to reach the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), the second-largest glacier in the Alps. This train brings us back to town.

  • Hike: 7.2km, +201m, – 733m
  • Night at Hotel in Chamonix, no organised dinner
Day 3: Mountain lakes at Aiguilles Rouges natural reserve


The Aiguilles Rouges natural reserve which lies north of Chamonix offers beautiful views of the Mont Blanc massif. A telepherique allows us to quickly escape the valley floor for hikes to deep blue mountain lakes. According to the group’s hiking abilities (and the weather forecast), two hiking options are available: one to Lake Cornu, a five-hour hike with an ascent/descent of 1,500 feet; or a hike to Lac Blanc, an easier three-hour hike that offers a reduced 600-foot ascent and a 1,500-foot descent.

  • Hike: 9.9km, + 780m, -890m
  • Night at Hotel in Chamonix, no organised dinner
Day 4: Bella Italia and Bonattis mountain hut, (Italy)

Courmayeur (4,014′) lies on the Italian side of Mont Blanc and is only a 20′ drive away thanks to the Mont Blanc tunnel. Courmayeur is spectacularly situated beneath the Grand Jorasses and Brenva Glacier. Here the views of Mont Blanc are Himalayan in scale – the mountain rises in a breathtaking abruptness from the Veny Valley to the summit 10,000 feet above. We’ll hike up to a balcony trail above tree line high above the Ferret valley. This path is also part of the famous Tour du Mont Blanc hike. We will continue to the well-known Bonatti Refuge, which faces the famous peaks and needles of the Grandes Jorasses. A delicious lunch break is well deserved before continuing to the end of the Val Ferret. From here a bus brings us back to Courmayeur and the shuttle to Chamonix for the night.

  • Hike: 11km, +719m, – 258m
  • Night at Hotel in Chamonix, no organised dinner
Day 5: Chalet Loriaz and Buet valley

We take the Mont Blanc express train today to the village of Le Buet at the boarder with Switzerland. Our hike starts with a stroll along the Buet river gorge and to it’s waterfall. After we wind up steeply trough the forest to the beautiful meadows around Chalet Loriaz. Once here we can enjoy a delicious lunch on the terrace before heading down to Vallorcine.

The train brings us back to Chamonix for the night.

  • Hike: 10.2km, +582m, -628m
  • Night at Hotel in Chamonix, organised dinner in a local restaurant
Day 6: Aiguillette des Posettes, Col de Balme (Switzerland)

Our last hiking day leads to one of the best view points over the Mont Blanc valley and lies right on the boarder with Switzerland. Aiguillette des Posettes can be reached on many different ways. From there we head to Col de Balme for a lunch break. Trough Alpen rose fields we finish our hiking week in the village of Le Tour. Back to Chamonix by bus and End of tour.

  • Hike: 12km, +950m, – 800m

Hiking level Alpine hiking week Chamonix

This hiking tour leads over mountain and forest hiking trails that can sometimes be rocky. You should be able to walk 10-12km per day for 6 days with elevation gains between 500m and 1000m. You do not need to be a great athlete to do this tour, but being in good shape is highly recommended. Depending on the weather conditions and the group, the guide can adapt the hikes.


Accommodation

This trip offers comfortable double room accommodations based in Chamonix, France at the foot of Mont Blanc in a 3 star hotel with the most common amenities. Private rooms with ensuite bathroom.


Costs Alpine hiking week Chamonix:

Max. 7 hikers per group, Costs can be cheaper depending on the accommodation

  • With 4 hikers: 2122.00€ per person
  • With 6 hikers: 1841.00€ per person

Included in the price:

  • Expertise and guiding of our certified UIMLA mountain leaders
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts
  • Welcome and final dinner in Chamonix
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, cable cars and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included in the price:

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • 3 dinners and all lunches (The guide will help you to make reservations for dinner and can organise picnic lunches and lunches at mountain huts during the hikes)
  • Personal insurances (travel, hiking, cancelation etc.)
  • Personal expenses
  • Single room supplement
  • Tipps

Map:

Map with Chamonix, Courmayeur and Geneva

How to get to Chamonix:

Chamonix can be reached with an 1hr shuttle from Geneva airport or with the Mont Blanc Express train trough Switzerland. We can help you organise your shuttle to Chamonix.


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