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The Alps: Hiking the Mont Blanc Express

The Alps: Hiking the Mont Blanc Express , Switzerland, Europe

from $3,495* per person 8 Days June-September
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Mountain Travel Sobek 14 people max
  • Geneva, switzerland
  • Active & Adventure trips
Limited in vacation time? Try our "express" version of our classic Tour du Mont Blanc! It's four fewer days of hiking, but the breathtaking scenery, cultural attractions, and outstanding cuisine (especially our popular gourmet picnic lunches!) remain unmatched. Accompanied by a symphony of cowbells, you'll follow alpine trails through forest and field, near glacier and ice. Experienced mountain guides bring a wonderful dimension of history, geology, and local color to every aspect of the trip. Their flawless guiding skills and intimate knowledge of the area make this a can't-be-beat adventure! And after a strenuous day of hiking and enjoying the pure mountain air, you'll unwind in the evenings with new found friends while recounting the highlights of the day.

This is one of the world's most awe-inspiring mountain landscapes, full of dramatic spires and crenellated peaks (Charles Dickens called them "innumerable rude Gothic pinnacles"). As you step through the stunning scenery of France, Italy, and Switzerland, you'll enjoy constantly changing views of the mountains, plus the delightful facets of these different countries. A bonus - three countries, three languages, three cuisines, three cultures-all on one great trip!

And if you have more time, consider our longer Tour du Mont Blanc. Between these two trips, there's surely a date to fit your summer schedule!
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

    * Six-day circuit of the Mont Blanc massif - perfect for those with limited time!
    * France, Switzerland, Italy - hike across three international borders, on challenging trails
    * Revel in breathtaking scenery every day, relax in charming hotels and enjoy delicious regional cuisine at night

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The Alps: Hiking the Mont Blanc Express , Switzerland, Europe

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Special information

  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.

Itinerary

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      Day 1 : Arrive, Transfer to Chamonix

      Meet in Geneva, Switzerland, and transfer to the alpine town of Chamonix, France.
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      Day 2 : Les Houches to Les Contamines

      Hiking Chamonix, from Les Houches to Les Contamines, enjoying panoramic views of the Mont Blanc range.
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      Day 3 : Notre Dame de la Gorge to Les Chapieux

      Hike up an old Roman road to the Plan des Dames, then make a long ascent across two passes. Descend along grassy pastures to Les Chapieux (5,500').
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      Day 4 : Into Italy

      Cross the Col de la Seigne (8,245') and descend into Italy. Explore Courmayeur, then transfer to the Val Ferret.
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      Day 5 : Into Switzerland

      Cross the Grand Col Ferret (8,300') to enter Switzerland. Descend to La Fouly (5,280'), then continue by vehicle to the mountain-ringed lake resort of Champex (4,808') with its typical Swiss-style chalets and pretty gardens.
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      Day 6 : Champex – Bovines

      Hike high over the Rhône Valley and the town of Martigny. An easy descent brings us to the Col de Forclaz, then transfer to the French village of Vallorcine.
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      Day 7 : The Chamonix Valley

      Hike through high pastures and cross one last pass with amazing views of Mont Blanc straight ahead and the Chamonix Valley far below. After descending to the valley, transfer to Chamonix.
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      Day 8 : Fly Home

      Return to Geneva and depart.

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