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Mont Blanc Highlights

Mont Blanc Highlights

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  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights
  • Accommodationsingle-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $1475per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2019  
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 18 May '19 to 3 Oct '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 6 dinners
  • Management by our sister company, Exodus
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Standard groups transfers from your hotel
  • All listed activities; travel by minibus, local train and cable car
  • Tour leader throughout
  • 7 nights in comfortable chalet, all rooms with private bathrooms
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Excellent choice for
  • Couples, families, high peaks
      from 3 reviews

Mrs Stone says...
Holiday enjoyed due to good group of people, fantastic weather and wonderful scenery. Guide generally good but needs to check with those at the back more ...
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France: Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc Highlights

  • Walk surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery
  • See the high alpine lake Lac Blanc
  • Stay in a comfortable chalet with outdoor hot tub
  • Altitude maximum 2352m, average 1525m

The circuit of Mont Blanc is one of the finest walking routes in the Alps. It is in reality a series of paths linking the seven valleys that surround the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc. It normally takes a fortnight to complete the whole circuit, but for those with less time this one-week Exodus tour takes in the most outstanding sections with beautiful mountain highlights each day.

Throughout the holiday we are based in the delightful chalet with dramatic views of Mont Blanc, and use a mix of private bus and local trains and buses to travel out each day to re-join the next stage of our walk covering beautiful sections of the famous circuit. At the end of each day we return home for afternoon tea, or for those who wish, a dip in the chalet's bubbling Jacuzzi.

Due to the popularity of this tour, on some weeks we may use more than one chalet. If we do, the groups will be completely separate (although they will share the airport bus transfer). Please note we may adjust your itinerary order to ensure the groups are following different walks each day.



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Typical holiday itinerary



Walking information

This itinerary includes 5 days hill walking with transport to and from start/end points of walks. The maximum altitude is 2350m, with an average of 1525m. Some of the days are quite long, sometimes involving an ascent of 900/950m (3000/3120ft) followed by a similar descent. This will mean steadily walking uphill for 2 to 4 hours and then the same down again. The paths are rocky and steep in sections but generally well maintained. Due to the quality of the trails, the general 'civilisation' of the area and the relative shortness of the trek, we rate it as an Activity level 3, Moderate. That said for those new to hill walking or not walking fit the trekking may feel quite tough. Walking hours stated are given as approximates only and include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. However, in general, days average about six to seven hours and up to nine miles in distance. The trek should be within the capabilities of anyone good health and is reasonably fit. The route throughout is non-technical, although there is a short section with a fixed sloping ladder and metal footsteps to help traverse what would be a steeper section. We will be walking mountain paths throughout however and this trip is not advised for severe vertigo sufferers. The itinerary for all departures may also be altered or modified from time to time depending on the weather, the conditions of the route, the abilities and/or wishes of the group, or other local factors. The leader will discuss these changes with you if and when they occur.




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Day 1: Arrive Chamonix

Your holiday begins at your comfortable alpine chalet. Those making their own way to the chalet should aim to arrive early afternoon for introductions. There is plenty of time to walk into Chamonix in the afternoon before a pre-dinner briefing from the walking leader.

Day 2: Drive to the head of the Chamonix Valley; walking towards Switzerland via the trekking peak L'Aigui

Our first walk of the week is on the slopes of the Col du Balme from where we will have stunning views back to Mont Blanc as well as into Switzerland. From the small hamlet of Montroc (1380m - 4400ft) we have a short warm-up walk before the trail turns uphill on a steady zigzag path. As the trees thin out, the views get ever better and by late morning we reach Aiguilette des Possettes (2200m - 7220 ft). This is a stunning peak from where we are rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the Chamonix Valley, the Aiguille Rouge national park and around to Switzerland. The path continues down to the Col du Possettes and then on a steady trail becoming ever more winding and finally down to Le Tour. (1450m - 4750ft).

6 hours walking. 820m - 2700ft up, 730m - 2400ft down

Day 3: Transfer above Les Houches; ascend to the Bel Lachat Refuge, before crossing the Carlaveyron Natura

Today we have a spectacular walk from (1370m – 4450ft) up to the Bel Lachat refuge on the classic TMB and GR5 routes. Crossing the beautiful Carlaveyron Natural Reserve, we summit the Aiguillette des Houches (2285m – 7500ft) for one of the finest views in the Alps - looking directly across the Chamonix Valley to the Mont Blanc summit. Passing through alpine meadows we descend by a different route to La Flatière (1370m – 4500ft).

7 hours walking. 900m – 2950ft up, 930m – 3050ft down

Day 4: Les Contamines Valley, the Col de Voza and Les Houches.

Approximately a 35-minute transfer from our chalet brings us to the les Contamines valley which is where we start our walk back towards the Chamonix Valley. The day starts on a valley path that narrows and steepens as we climb up towards the Passerelle de Bionnassay, a dramatic suspension bridge spanning a white-water stream that tumbles from the Bionnassay glacier a few 100 meters higher up. The route then brings us round to the Col de Voza (1653m – 5360ft) with an expansive view up the Chamonix Valley. During the afternoon we trek down to the valley floor although there is a cable car option (payable locally) for those with tired legs.

7 hours walking, 11km – 7 miles, 560m –1840ft up, 610m – 2000ft down

Day 5: Free day for optional walks, activities or sightseeing.

Today is a free day for optional walks or sightseeing. Your leader will be able to advise you of possible walking routes or you may choose to visit the bustling alpine resort town of Chamonix, which has numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. There are several cable car excursions you can make from Chamonix, of which the most spectacular is the ascent to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m - 12600ft), offering fantastic views of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks. It should also be possible to take the mountain train up to Montenvers for close up views of the glacier, Mer de Glace or if you are feeling adventurous you could enjoy a tandem Paragliding flight.

Day 6: Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy; climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse high above the spectacular Ferret

We drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy for a chance to soak up some Italian atmosphere! From Arp Nouva (1770m – 5805ft) we climb up and along to the Bonatti refuge. At just over (2000m – 6560ft), the view from here is one of the finest on the tour. Mont Blanc itself, the towering rocky peak of Grandes Jorasses and the glaciers that crowd the northern flank of Val Ferret are there to be admired. Following a dramatic traversing path we contour high above the valley before descending towards the valley floor. Time allowing, we head off to Courmayeur, the perfect spot for a well-deserved Italian ice-cream.

7 hours walking. 450m – 1500ft up, 550m – 1804ft down

Day 7: Starting from Les Praz; walk via Lac Blanc to La Flegere then descend by cable car.

We drive to les Praz and then take the cable car to La Flegere (1877m - 3900ft). From here it is a mostly steady, but at times a steep and rough path to the beautiful Lac Blanc. This is the highest point of the week (2352m - 7715ft) and a spectacular setting with dramatic, panoramic vistas. If we are lucky we will be able to see a majestic ibex grazing on the mountainside. We then descend via a second trail, making a circular route, and continue back to La Flegere, from where we take the cable car back down to the valley floor.

7 hours walking. 520m - 1690ft up, 520m - 1690ft down If the Flegere lift is closed (Spring and Autumn departures), or there is low lying snow and it is not possible to walk to Lac Blanc then we will instead walk to the beautiful Lacs des Cheserys and then onwards to Flegere before descending past the charming Chalet Floria (there will be time for a cup of tea) and onwards to Chamonix. This will make a total climb of 746m - 2445 ft and descent of 1184m - 3880ft. This is a stunning and beautiful day that equals the original. We only anticipate this happening on the spring and autumn departures.

7 hours walking. 8km - 5miles - 890m - 2920ft up, 500m - 1640ft down (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Leave Chamonix

Following breakfast we say our goodbyes.

Spring and Autumn departures: Late spring and early autumn is a great time to visit Chamonix and walk in the mountains. The air is clear, the views are stunning and paths are quiet and tranquil. Chamonix itself is still open for business but the bustle of the high season is replaced by a more laid back vibe. Although the itinerary will be similar and we will continue to walk spectacular sections of the TMB, we will need to alter some of the days. This will be due to the cable car not running, (pre the 15th of June and post 17th September) or (especially in spring time) to snow on the paths or due to river crossings not being possible. Cafes on the mountain may well be closed for some departures too. We try to make sure that any alterations stay within the grading and overall theme of the trip but some days may be a little longer and a little harder. We will always make sure that all walks still show off the best this area has to offer. The lift schedule can occasionally change which means they may actually be running for the spring/autumn on the last/first departures. If this is the case the may be lift costs that are payable locally.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Chalet Chamonix, Chamonix

Please note: on booking your confirmation documents will name Chalet Chamonix however you may be allocated to Chalet Chocolat. This will be confirmed on your Final Joining Instructions sent 4 weeks before your departure date.

These delightful alpine chalets both have 7 rooms with private bathrooms and are surrounded by large gardens with a Jacuzzi and Mont Blanc views. Both have comfortable lounges and dining rooms with a large table where delicious home cooked meals will be served and scrumptious cakes will be provided daily for afternoon tea.

Located between 15-25 minutes from the heart of Chamonix they provide the perfect base for walking the best of the Tour du Mont Blanc and a relaxing week in the Alps. Due to the natural layout of a chalet build, bedrooms vary in size and shape and some, but not all, have access to a balcony. In Chalet Chocolat one bedroom on the top floor has a Velux window as opposed to a wall mounted window and a large private bathroom on the floor below. This room will be allocated to the last 2 people to book. In Chalet Chamonix, two bedrooms on the top floor have Velux windows set into a gradually sloping roof. Half the room has a full height ceiling while the beds are positioned under the sloping section these two rooms will be allocated to the last 4 people to book. Both chalets offer complementary Wi-Fi in the communal areas.

If you are booking and not on the same booking reference as a friend/s that you wish to share a chalet with please let your sales consultant know at the time of booking. Equally if you have a preference for one chalet over the other, please let us know at the time of booking and we will do our best to fulfil your request. Otherwise we will select a chalet for you automatically. The walking itinerary will be the same for both chalets however the order of the walks may differ slightly.

A Chalet is different from a hotel and provides open and social spaces ideal for group holidays. The atmosphere is homely and welcoming and we hope you will enjoy the chalet as much as the stunning local walks. Outside of the bedrooms both Chalets have living rooms with sofas and comfortable chairs. A client kitchen which is not for preparing food but has unlimited tea and coffee making facilities and a honesty bar. Outside there is a large and scenic decking area with more seating, a grassy garden we encourage you to go out and enjoy as well as an outdoor hot tub. In the dinning room meals are taken together around a communal table and are prepared by your two resident chalet hosts. There is no reception in the chalet. Chalet hosts live on site and can be contacted in an emergency.

Chalet Chocolat, Chamonix

Please note: on booking your confirmation documents will name Chalet Chamonix however you may be allocated to Chalet Chocolat. This will be confirmed on your Final Joining Instructions sent 4 weeks before your departure date.

These delightful alpine chalets both have 7 rooms with private bathrooms and are surrounded by large gardens with a Jacuzzi and Mont Blanc views. Both have comfortable lounges and dining rooms with a large table where delicious home cooked meals will be served and scrumptious cakes will be provided daily for afternoon tea.

Located between 15-25 minutes from the heart of Chamonix they provide the perfect base for walking the best of the Tour du Mont Blanc and a relaxing week in the Alps. Due to the natural layout of a chalet build, bedrooms vary in size and shape and some, but not all, have access to a balcony. In Chalet Chocolat one bedroom on the top floor has a Velux window as opposed to a wall mounted window and a large private bathroom on the floor below. This room will be allocated to the last 2 people to book. In Chalet Chamonix, two bedrooms on the top floor have Velux windows set into a gradually sloping roof. Half the room has a full height ceiling while the beds are positioned under the sloping section these two rooms will be allocated to the last 4 people to book. Both chalets offer complementary Wi-Fi in the communal areas.

If you are booking and not on the same booking reference as a friend/s that you wish to share a chalet with please let your sales consultant know at the time of booking. Equally if you have a preference for one chalet over the other, please let us know at the time of booking and we will do our best to fulfil your request. Otherwise we will select a chalet for you automatically. The walking itinerary will be the same for both chalets however the order of the walks may differ slightly.

A Chalet is different from a hotel and provides open and social spaces ideal for group holidays. The atmosphere is homely and welcoming and we hope you will enjoy the chalet as much as the stunning local walks. Outside of the bedrooms both Chalets have living rooms with sofas and comfortable chairs. A client kitchen which is not for preparing food but has unlimited tea and coffee making facilities and a honesty bar. Outside there is a large and scenic decking area with more seating, a grassy garden we encourage you to go out and enjoy as well as an outdoor hot tub. In the dinning room meals are taken together around a communal table and are prepared by your two resident chalet hosts. There is no reception in the chalet. Chalet hosts live on site and can be contacted in an emergency.

Travel

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.

Reviews

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Mrs Stone, 29/08/2013

Holiday enjoyed due to good group of people, fantastic weather and wonderful scenery. Guide generally good but needs to check with those at the back more often to see there are no problems over challenging walks.

Descriptions in the brochure not accurate, particularly distance/time of day 1 - concerns raised with Exodus staff

Expected walking to be similar to last holiday (in Portugal) with same grading but it was much more challenging.

Headwater response:
Thank you for your feedback. Some of the walks have been adapted following your feedback and we have reviewed all our 'boot' levels. As a 2 boot + walk this is amongst our more challenging walks.


Mr Archer, 10/07/2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with some reservations all directed towards the hotel. We chose this holiday mainly for the mountains but also because the hotel was advertised as a luxury 4 star hotel. Whilst some of the facilities were as expected, e.g. the spa, the service and food in the restaurant were unacceptable such that we made a serious complaint after the third night. Headwater speedily resolved this to our satisfaction but it meant that we were apart from the main group in the evening. This was a disappointment to us because they became friends during the week. Serious consideration needs to be given to this hotel in our opinion.

The walking was wonderful but a bit tougher than we expected. The guide, Carey, was superb, knowledgable, friendly, made all 15 in the group enjoy their holiday and made delicious picnics! She is a great asset.

Overall, a memorable trip.

Headwater response:
Following your feedback the hotel has made some improvements ready for summer 2014 and has employed a new chef. We're delighted you liked the walking - albeit tougher than expected - and have changed some of the walks a little for 2014 to avoid some of the steeper balcony paths and make more use of the cable cars.


Mr Wiles, 01/07/2013

Chamonix is a good choice for a walking base but perhaps not in June when so many of the mountain cafes are closed. This is also true of some lifts. The walks were certainly not easy - very strenuous for my age group. Doing 700 meters twice in a week is demanding by any standards. The town is noisy at night. The hotel we stayed at was excellent in many ways but airless and with no airconditioning. You really need this. Exodus' admin was poor which created a lot of the first day arrival experience at the hotel. The guide on the other hand was excellent

Headwater response:
Thank you for your comments. Your feedback is very important to us and following your comments some changes have been made for the 2014 season. Regarding the walks and grading: We have adapted our walks to endeavour to enjoy the best of the valley whilst making the most of the cable cars and less steep balcony paths. It is not effortless though, and not all hills can be avoided, so we will be careful to match the pace of the group to the terrain. We are never rushed and plenty of time is allowed to walk the paths and enjoy the scenery.



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This 7 night guided walking holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in a hotel

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 6 dinners

Management by our sister company, Exodus

Services of an experienced walking guide

Standard groups transfers from your hotel

All listed activities; travel by minibus, local train and cable car

Tour leader throughout

7 nights in comfortable chalet, all rooms with private bathrooms


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
A minimum of 4 people (in total) are required for each departure.

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Guided walking Managed by our sister company, Exodus.

Departures
Selected Saturdays from 18th May 2019 to 3rd Oct 2020, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 6 dinners

Other details
Please note: on booking your confirmation documents will name Chalet Chamonix however you may be allocated to Chalet Chocolat. This will be confirmed on your Final Joining Instructions sent 4 weeks before your departure date.

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