FRANCE’S MONT BLANC WALK
Considered to be one of the finest routes in the Alps, the Mont Blanc circuit allows you to experience this fantastic area in a relaxing way. It offers an unusual variety of spectacular scenery, from terrific glaciers, the Mont Blanc Massif to alpine lakes, mountain streams and charming villages. Here nature reserves have protected the rare wild flora and fauna that abound in the higher reaches.
Your trip starts in Argentiere, nestled in a bustling valley at the foot of the highest range in Europe, the Mont Blanc Massif On a clear day, a visit up the Aiguille de Midi (12,486 feet above sea level) is breathtaking-you will feel on “top of the world.” You then start your walk following the mountain streams along the valley bottom from Chamonix to the town of Argentiere. During the next walking day, you will cross from France into Switzerland to the village of Finhaut at 4,020 feet above sea level which (as the name implies) is perched high on the mountain with spectacular views.
Cable cars and chairlifts enable you to ascend to Emosson Lake. Prehistoric dinosaur tracks are close at hand above Vieux Emosson Lake. Gorges such as the Trient gorges or the Tete Noir gorges make an interesting walk. You will also be able to walk along the mighty Trient glacier to Lac Champex.
The walks are generally between six and nine miles per day with the option of shorter walks.
Include 6 nights hotel accommodation, breakfast and dinner each a walking days, cable car and train fares, guide, luggage transfers, tax.
DIFFICULT OF WALK
Walking mainly on tracks and paths, sometimes steep. Walk 6 and 9 miles a day with option of shorter walks.
Arrival Day. Transfer from Geneva airport to Argentiere. You will arrive in time for dinner and drinks at the hotel bar.
Return to Chamonix and take the cable car (price is not included) to the Aiguille du Midi at 12,000 feet for a closer look at the Mont Blanc, or take the Montenvers train to La Met de Glace and stroll back down. Explore the lovely town of Chamonix, and enjoy close up views over the highest peak of Europe. (4 hrs)
Walk over Col des Montets and explore the botanical gardens. After a gentle climb, begin a long gradual descent to Chatelard following the alpine river. You will then take the spectacular train through the border to the Swiss village of Finhaut. (4 hrs)
You will either have the chance of exploring Lake Emosson and its prehistoric Dinosaur tracks, or the group may choose to descend through the villages of Les Marecottes with its alpine zoo and outdoor swimming pool, finishing the walk by discovering the beautiful Trient gorges and powerful waterfalls. Take the alpine train back to the hotel. (3-4 hrs)
From Col du Forclaz you will walk through the pine forest along the Trient glacier and climb gradually to the Col du Fenetres, with exceptional wild flowers and wildlife. Alternately, the group can opt for the shorter walk to the romantic Champex Lake with views over the Swiss Rhone valley and snow capped peaks. (4 hrs)
Stroll along the high ridge to the alpine hut of Orny, overlooking the mighty Orny glacier. The hut serves excellent alpine cuisine and is on the famous ‘Haute route’ between Chamonix and Zermatt. (4 hrs)
After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to Geneva airport. Approx 1.5 hours.