Join Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care on this 5-day trek in the beautiful Mont Blanc region. Mont Blanc, or 'White Mountain', is the highest mountain in the Alps at an elevation of 4,810m. It is named Mont Blanc because it is permanently covered in snow and ice, giving rise to its nicknames, La Dame blanche 'the White Lady' in France, and Il Bianco 'the White One' in Italy. This 3-day trek will take you along part of the Tour du Mont Blanc trail.
Day 1: London - Geneva - Courmayeur
Depart London for Geneva. On arrival we will meet the local team and transfer to our hotel in Courmayeur, Italy where we will enjoy a welcome dinner and a briefing on the trek to come. Meals: Dinner.
Day 2: Courmayeur - Val Ferret
After a morning transfer to Arnuva, we hike up to Grand Col Ferret at 2537m, the highest point of the trek on the border between Italy and Switzerland where spectacular views unfold across the valley. During the hike Glacier de Pré de Bar appears at the base of the snow-covered summit of Mount Dolent. Once at the pass, we descend to the Swiss Val Ferret passing scenes of traditional rural life such as open meadows and farmland all with a stunning mountain backdrop. From there we transfer to the charming village of Champex and stay overnight at our mountain chalet in Switzerland. Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hours (750m ascent/800m descent). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 3: Champex - Trient Valley
Today we hike from the Champex valley to the Trient valley. It will take us to the alpine pastures of Bovine. A balcony trail above the Rhone valley and its vineyards allows us to admire the peaks of the Bernese Oberland and the steep summits of the Combin massif. After descending in the shade of the larches, we arrive at the Col de la Forclaz, a key passage between the Rhone and Trient valleys. Overnight at a refuge in Trient. Trekking time: approx. 5-6 hours (700m ascent / 670m descent). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 4: Trient - Tré le Champ
Our final day starts with a steady climb which takes us to the Swiss-French border from where the views on the north of the Mont Blanc range are breath-taking. This fabulous scenery will stay in sight until we arrive in the hamlet of Tré le Champ. Tonight we have a farewell dinner and stay overnight in Tré le Champ, France. Trekking time: approx. 7 hours (910m ascent / 750m descent). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 5: Tré le Champ - Geneva - London
Today we transfer to Geneva airport for the flight back to London. Meals: Breakfast.
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from the UK
- Airport taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport
- 3* hotel and refuges on the trek
- English-speaking local guides
- Different Travel UK tour manager
- All meals
- Trek permits
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
- Spending money (tips and gratuities, souvenirs)
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Personal trek kit
- Travel insurance
- EHIC card
12th - 16th September 2019
£345 registration fee + fundraise £2,400 for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care
This trip is graded as Moderate to Challenging
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