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Mont Blanc Trek for Macmillan Cancer Support

Italy, France, Switzerland Trek TOUGH
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About the Challenge

The Mont Blanc region is one of the world’s most renowned hiking regions with high snow-capped peaks and permanent glaciers that tumble down the mountainsides. Throughout the lush valleys you can hear the traditional melody of cow-bells from the grazing herds.

Our three days of trekking take us from the Chamonix valley base high up into the mountains. Alpine paths and forested tracks allow us to experience the beauty of this region: jagged peaks and glacial lakes, steep towering cliffs and thundering waterfalls.

This physically demanding challenge lies close to home and offers some of the most spectacular views in Europe as reward for your efforts.

Mont Blanc Trek for Macmillan Cancer Support

  • Depart London and fly to Geneva. On arrival we meet our awaiting transport and drive (two hours) into and through the Chamonix Valley. Our first campsite lies a few miles beyond Chamonix itself, in Tre-le-Champ.

    (Lunch not included)

  • After a good breakfast we walk to the small railway station and transfer (½ hour) to the small Swiss town of Vallorcine, 1260m. We start walking on forest tracks that are well-graded but steep in places. We trek up above the tree line where we can enjoy the view out over the Vallorcine valley, before the final push to our high point: the Tete de Balme, 2321m. A 360-degree panorama awaits us with views along the spectacular Chamonix Valley to Mont Blanc, westward across to Lake Emosson and east-wards a vista of Swiss peaks. We are currently standing on the Swiss / French border. We descend along the same track to the Col des Posettes, 1997m, and climb again to Aiguillette des Posettes, 2201m. From the second peak we descend along the spectacular ridge line with great views all around us. The ridge is steep in places and gradually descends into the tree line and back down to the same camp site as last night, where we enjoy a much-deserved cup of tea and dinner!

  • A tough day awaits us, starting with a steep walk from camp to the Col des Montets, 1461m. From there we continue up a steep and tough zigzag path to approximately 1800m, where the path levels onto the Balcony Route: a mid-level contouring path running along the length of the Chamonix valley. This is one of the most spectacular walks in the entire Alps region. The summit of Mont Blanc is our constant companion with its needle-sharp spires, sheer cliffs, huge crevasse-fractured glaciers and hanging valleys with spilling, gushing waterfalls all facing us on the opposite valley wall. The views are constantly changing as our perspective moves and numerous narrower tributary valleys and more distant mountain peaks come in and out of view. On our side of the valley the path is well-graded and surrounded by greenery, with isolated lakes. The chances of seeing mountain ibex, marmots and chamois are high. In the afternoon we pass the mountain hut at Flegere and continue through dense forest along a good track, eventually climbing out of the tree line up to Planpraz, where we take the cable car down into the Chamonix Valley to camp.

  • This morning we make our way back to the cable car and return up to Panpraz at 2000m. We then follow a steep track leading to a zigzag path up to the Col du Brevent. This is a beautiful but tough trek with amazing views to the north and west. We continue high up on the ridge and climb to the highest point of our entire trek: the summit of Brevent at 2525m. From the peak we have tremendous, uninterrupted views of all of the surrounding peaks, including magnificent views of Mont Blanc in all its glory. Any closer and Mont Blanc would be too close to see its full scale, but we can see the glaciers, crevasses and sheer cliffs in perfect detail. Our route takes us across open mountain landscape before we descend steeply on well-graded paths that snake down through the trees to our finishing point at Les Bossons (1012m.) This is a tough descent with some very steep sections. Our finishing point marks the end of a great Alpine adventure in some of the best scenery in Europe! We enjoy a well deserved celebratory meal tonight! Night hotel.

    (Dinner not included)

  • After breakfast we leave camp and drive the 1.5 hour journey back to Geneva airport to catch the flight back to London UK.

    (Lunch not included)

Prices may vary depending on date.

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    Pricing Explained

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    Payable on booking

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    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

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    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.