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Tour Code : TWN
The journey is provided by
Exodus Adventure Travels
Destinations : Switzerland
Tour Starts : Chamonix Valley
Tour Ends : Chamonix Valley
Group Size : 4 - 14
Ages : 16+
Activity :
8 days from
NOK 21 365

Overview

Beautiful alpine walking on the best of the Mont Blanc Circuit

The Mont Blanc Circuit is one of the finest walking routes in the Alps. It is a series of paths linking the seven valleys that surround the highest mountain in western Europe, Mont Blanc. It normally takes two weeks to complete, but if you have less time, this one-week tour takes in the most outstanding sections with beautiful mountain highlights each day. Throughout this walking holiday, we are based in a delightful chalet with comfortable living areas (inside and out) and delicious, home-cooked meals. We use a mix of private bus and local trains/buses to travel out each day to rejoin the next stage of our walk. At the end of each day, we return home for afternoon tea and, for those who wish, a dip in the chalet’s bubbling hot tub. Did you know you can travel by train to this trip? Find out more here

Highlights
  • Walk surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery
  • Stay in a comfortable chalet with outdoor hot tub
  • Enjoy the shops, bars, restaurants and cafes of Chamonix
Key Information
  • Five days centre-based walking; one free day
  • Travel by minibus, local train and cable car
  • Altitude maximum 7,717ft (2,352m), average 5,003ft (1,525m)
  • Group normally four to 14, plus UK leader. Minimum age: 16
  • Seven nights in comfortable chalet
  • Option to travel by train to your adventure
Included
  • All breakfasts, five picnic lunches, six home-cooked dinners
  • Afternoon tea and cake on walking days
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Group arrival and departure transfers available
Not included
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single accommodation (not available)

Itinerary

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Important Information

The trip destination
  • Five days centre-based walking; one free day
  • Travel by minibus, local train and cable car
  • Altitude maximum 7,717ft (2,352m), average 5,003ft (1,525m)
  • Group normally four to 14, plus UK leader. Minimum age: 16
  • Seven nights in comfortable chalet
  • Option to travel by train to your adventure
Food
All breakfasts, five picnic lunches and six dinners are included in the price of the trip. All food is home cooked in the chalet using local ingredients. Typical meals Breakfast: buffet breakfasts will usually consist of cereal, eggs, orange juice, croissants, fresh French bread, butter, jam, tea and coffee. Lunch: picnic lunches will normally include bread, fresh salad, cold meats or tinned fish, cheese and fresh fruit. Evening meal: We endeavour to make dinner something to look forward to, and each day there will be a freshly prepared menu for the whole group, consisting of a soup, salad or similar, a main course of meat, fish or vegetarian served with a selection of vegetables and carbohydrates, and a dessert. The price of the evening meal does not include wine, beer, bottled water or soft drinks. Vegetarian, gluten and dairy-free diets: Although we serve a single menu each night for the whole group, we will happily shop for and prepare alternative menus for vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free diets, but please inform us at the time of booking. Please note: to reduce food wastage we shop to exact quantities for the whole week in advance, so if you have requested a certain diet please remain with that diet for the whole trip.
Weather

From late May to late October, you can expect fair weather, but all mountain ranges create their own weather patterns and the Alps are no exception. It can and does rain and can be surprisingly cold at times, especially at higher altitudes. Expect daytime temperatures between 15C and 25C (59F and 77F) in the valleys (although it can sometimes reach 30C/86F in July/August), 5C and 20C (41F and 68F) at altitude (though it will feel colder if wet and windy) and 5C to 15C (41F to 59F) in the valley at night; possibly a little lower early and late in the season. There is always the possibility of snow, even in August.

Is this trip for you?

This itinerary includes five days of hill walking with transport to and from start/end points of walks. The maximum altitude is 7,717ft (2,352m), with an average of 5,003ft (1,525m). Some days are quite long, sometimes involving an ascent of 3,000ft-3,120ft (900m-950m) followed by a similar descent. This will mean steadily walking uphill for two to four 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 the trekking may feel quite tough, so we recommend 5mi-6mi (6km-9.5km) hilly routes as training.

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 9mi (14km) in distance. The trek should be within the capabilities of anyone in good health, who is reasonably fit. We will be walking mountain paths throughout however and this trip is not advised for severe vertigo sufferers.

Spring and autumn departures: Late spring and early autumn are great times to visit Chamonix and walk in the mountains, especially for those keen on photography. The air is clear, the colours are vibrant and the paths are quiet and peaceful. Chamonix itself is very much 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 Mont Blanc Circuit, we may need to lightly adjust some of the days due to lying snow or a river crossing not being open. Lac Blanc and the Grand Balcon Sud walk will also follow a lower route due to the gondolier being closed before 10th June and after 16th September. Cafés on the mountain may be closed for some departures.

Although some days may be little harder or a little easier, we try to ensure that any alterations are as minimal as possible, stay within the grading and overall theme of the trip, and most importantly still including the best highlights of the area.  The lift schedule can occasionally change, which means they may run on the first/last departures. If this is the case, there may be lift costs that are payable locally.

September and October 2023 departures and occasional high season weeks in late July and August: From 4th September 2023, for an estimated 15 weeks, the Mont Blanc tunnel that connects France and Italy will be closed for maintenance works. This means that we are unable to visit Italy on all departures from 2nd September – 7th October 2023. Instead, we will have a fabulous walk with views into Switzerland that follows a panoramic path to the Loriaz refuge high above the Vallorcine valley. Occasionally in the high season weeks of late July and August the queues can become very long and in these cases we will discuss with the group the option of exchanging the Italian day for the Loriaz refuge day.

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.

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 will share the airport bus transfer). Please note we may adjust your itinerary order to ensure the groups are following different walks each day.

Download our Fitness Training Guide for more information on our Activity Levels.

**Please note: on this trip it is essential to have helicopter evacuation cover within your travel insurance.**

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