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Join this amazing challenge as we travel to the Alps to trek in one of the most popular areas – the Mont Blanc region. Just a short hop away from the UK, the Alps are perfect for giving us a fantastic week long trekking challenge. Taking in three countries this route will certainly challenge us as it’s full of ups and downs but the rewards are the pleasure of seeing the most spectacular views this part of Europe has to offer – from stunning cliffs, to gorgeous glaciers, this trek will really open our eyes to the beauty that lies within just 2 hours from the UK.
Day 1 – We depart the UK on our flight to Geneva. Transfer to Les Contamines.
Day 2 – Les Contamines to Les Chapieux – From Les Contamines (1,164m), the path ascends steadily along the riverbank to the church Notre Dame de la Gorge (1,210m). We continue uphill through a rocky section towards the day’s first pass at Col du Bonhomme before rising again to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2,483m). We contiue down the valley to Les Chapieux and our accommodation for the night.
Trekking distance – approx. 18km
Day 3 – Les Chapieux to Refugio Elisabetta – Our day begins with a trek up the river valley on a small road to the village of Valle de Glaciers. After Les Mottets we follow a path up the main valley to Col de la Seigne (2,516m), the border with Italy and our high point for the day! We then follow the path down the valley until we reach Rifugio Elisabetta.
Trekking distance – approx. 15km
Day 4 – Refugio Elisabetta to Courmayeur – Departing Elisabetta we follow the old military road into the lower valley. Taking the uphill path we will have stunning views back towards Mont Blanc. We pass the ski lifts and cable cars to descend via Plan Checrouit towards the village of Dolonne and from there we cross the river into Courmayeur.
Trekking distance – approx. 20km
Day 5 – Courmayeur to Trient – After breakfast we have a short transfer to Arnouva. The path then ascends more steeply up a river valley and from there is mostly downhill through the trees to Col de Forclaz (1,526m) where you briefly meet a road and a shop before descending towards Trient (1300m).
Trekking distance – approx. 16km
Day 6 – Trient to Chamonix – Following the road along the river out of Trient we continue past the small group of houses at La Puety. From here we ascend a steep and challenging forest path and emerge at the top of the forest section to ascend more steadily towards the Col de Balme (2,191m) at the French border. The descent on the French side is easy to the village of La Tour, from where we take the train to Chamonix. This evening we enjoy our celebratory dinner.
Trekking distance – approx. 13km
Day 7 – We depart for our flight back to the UK.
*Please note that whilst we make every effort to adhere to this schedule and the accommodation stated, this is subject to alteration.