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Walk the best of the Mont Blanc circuit.
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7 nights accommodation, meals as indicated, transport and activities as indicated and Explore tour leader throughout.
15 Jun, 27 Jul, 10 Aug, 31 Aug '19
The Mont Blanc massif provides outstanding mountain scenery and is home to the charming Chamonix Valley. Day walks in the Alps include sections of the famous Tour du Mont Blanc, including the spectacular trail to Lac Blanc, from where there are panoramic views of the whole Mont Blanc range. Based in a comfortable hotel, relax at the end of each day, with no need to carry luggage during walks or pack up every night.
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Enjoy spectacular scenery of snowy peaks, glaciers and granite spires
Relax in one of the many open-air cafes and watch the street life in Chamonix
Chance to try out rock climbing, cycling or whitewater rafting
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Arriving at Geneva Airport, it's around a one hour drive to our hotel in Les Houches (990m) in the Chamonix Valley. Hotel du Bois is our home for the week. A relaxed atmosphere, pool and gardens with views across the Mont Blanc range make this family-run alpine chalet a comfortable place to relax at the end of the day's walk. The bedrooms are full of light and enjoy mountain views. (D)
From the hotel, we walk along the Petit Balcon Sud to Chamonix town with excellent views of the glaciers and ridges that descend from Mont Blanc into the valley. We then continue along the River Arve to Paradise du Praz where we have picnic lunch in a shaded spot. In the afternoon, you can opt to take the bus back to the hotel or climb to a pretty mountain café with wonderful flowers and a view down to Chamonix, an ascent of some 250 metres. We then descend to Chamonix with time for a look around the town before heading back to our hotel by local bus.
The morning walk of 12 kilometres will take us around three-and-a-half hours and is pretty much on the flat. Our optional walk in the afternoon is five kilometres and will take around two-and-a half hours with a total ascent and descent of 250m each way. (B)(L)(D)
We walk from the hotel to Le Bellevue cable car which takes us up to 1800m in a matter of minutes. At the top of the cable car we are on part of the Tour du Mont Blanc trek and it is an amazing spot to see Mont Blanc looming above. It is also the starting point of the main route for climbing Mont Blanc and we may see some mountaineers returning from the summit. We see views of the Contamines Valley, Mont Joly and towards the Aravais mountain range. Our walk descends to the Col du Voza (1653m) and then up to Le Prarion - a small peak at 1969m with spectacular 360 degree views. We then descend through the forest back to Les Houches. For those not wishing to make the descent, you can save your knees and take the cable car.
Today's 13 kilometre walk is expected to take around four-and-a-half hours with a total ascent of 300m and a descent of 1150m which can be reduced by 1000m (and five-and-a-half kilometres) by taking the cable car down. (B)(L)
We travel along the length of the Chamonix Valley passing some beautiful scenery and iconic mountains such the Les Drus and the Aiguille d'Argentiere. After an hour we arrive at the pretty hamlet of Le Buet (1300m). From here we take a short walk to the river and then climb to Les Cascades du Berard - waterfalls in a lovely setting (1400m). We then continue alongside the river and further into the forest of the Berard Valley. A short climb brings us to Les Granges (1566m), a hamlet with summer houses and a viewpoint of the Mont Blanc range from the east. We descend via a different route and then take the train or a local bus back to Les Houches.
Today's eight kilometre walk is expected to take around four-and-a-half hours with a total ascent of 300m and descent of 500m. (B)(L)(D)
Today has been left free. You can relax at the hotel, go into Chamonix, take a walk or take part in some optional activities. Activities include a ride up the spectacular cable car to the Aiguille du Midi at 3842m for arguably the finest view in the Alps. At this height you are among the great Alpine peaks and glaciers with unimpeded views from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn over 60 kilometres away. Other activities include rock climbing, cycling, rafting and visiting Chamonix's Alpine museum. You may also like to take the cog-railway to Montenvers where you can take a series of steps down to the Mer de Glace and go inside the glacier itself. (B)
We travel to the pretty village of Servoz. We then climb through meadows and forest to Lac Vert, flanked by huge limestone cliffs. The lake has many varieties of tree which are helpfully labelled. From here there are magnificent views of the North-West faces of the Mont Blanc range. We then climb a little higher before returning to Servoz via a different path.
Today's eight kilometres walk will take us around four to five hours with a total ascent and descent of 470m each way. (B)(L)
We take the bus to Les Praz and then a short telecabin ride to Chalet de la Flegere (1871m). We then make our way on the Tour du Mont Blanc to Lac Blanc (2352m) for panoramic views of the whole Mont Blanc range. It is approximately 2-2.5 hours to the lake and is a fitting end to the holiday with magnificent views all around. We descend to Chalet de la Flegere and return to Chamonix via a forest walk. For those with tired legs, you can take the cable car back down to the valley floor.
Today's ten kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with a total ascent of 470m and descent of up to 1300m depending on the route taken. (B)(L)(D)
Today we drive back to Geneva airport where the trip ends. (B)
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