Tour Du Mont Blanc
July 16-21, 2017
Scenic trekking adventure in the heart of the Alps
Global Football Adventures
This six day adventure will give you the opportunity to get to know some of the most beautiful spots in the Alps – and all by foot! After one day sightseeing above the Mont Blanc valley we will start our five day hut to hut trek around the highest mountain in Europe – the Mont Blanc.
While on the trek students will be trained in the handling of backcountry emergencies, such as;
- Patient Assessment
- Physiology of altitude and acclimatization
- Wilderness wound management
- Athletic injuries
- Hypothermia and calorie management
Price: $1,499/person (Cash price: $1,450/person) inclusive:
- sightseeing day: Aiguille du Midi cable car and Montenvers train
- 5 days trekking with a qualified guide
- 4 overnight stays in traditional mountain huts in dorm rooms with half board (private rooms available for 200€ extra)
- private transport to Italy (start of the trek)
- delicious lunch packs for all 6 days
- end of trekking all-inclusive dinner party
Six day itinerary:
Day 1 Chamonix Mont Blanc
This six day program starts with an acclimatization day high above the Mont Blanc valley. With a speedy cable car we will ascent almost 3000 vertical meters in less than 20 minutes to the top of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m). The panorama from the cable car station is simply breath-taking! Many different platforms provide great views over the Mont Blanc and the heavily glaciated area. The step into the void will give you a little adrenaline rush as only a thin transparent glass will separate you from the void. The Espace Vertical exhibition will give you an insight of crazy extreme sports taking place in the Chamonix mountains.
In the afternoon we will take the cog railway up to the Mer de Glace. The Mer de Glace (sea of ice) is in spite of the deglaciation the biggest glacier in France and a very historic place to visit. We take a cable car and 420 stairs down to enter a real glacier cave and admire the blue thick ice around us.
The rest of the day will be preparation for our big hut to hut adventure. You will check all the equipment with your guide look at the maps etc.
Day 2-6 Hut to Hut trekking On our five day Tour du Mont Trekking we will hike in great parts of the Italian, Swiss and French Alps and explore different cultures, food and traditions in the charming villages and mountain huts.
Beside the Mont Blanc you will hike close to impressive peaks, huge glaciers and charming mountain lakes.
To participate on the trekking you should have a reasonable fitness and be able to walk between 15 to 20 kilometers with around 1000 meters ascent a day. We will stay in simple & traditional huts and enjoy delicious three course mountain meals for dinner. Most of the people stay in dorms but there are private rooms available if you desire.
Here is a five day itinerary for you to get a better idea what the hike looks like:
Day 1: We will take a minivan through the Tunnel du Mont Blanc to reach the Italian village Courmayeur. After a short walk through the charming mountaineering village we will climb up to the Bertone hut and traverse a beautiful mountain ridge with spectacular view on the Grand Jorasses mountain chain. We will spend the night at the end of the Italian Val Ferret in the Refuge Elena.
Day 2: A great hike from the Italian to the Swiss Val Ferret. We will ascent 500 meters to the Grand Col Ferret, the Italian-Swiss border and head down to the small village of La Fouly where we will spend the night in a charming hut.
Day 3: A long walk in the valley links the two villages of la Fouly and Champex. We will hike through a silent valley passing through charming little villages from time to time. We will spend the night in Champex also called the Canadian villages of the Alps. There is a beautiful mountain lake in the middle of the village.
Day 4: From Champex we will ascent 600 meter to reach the scenic alpage called Bovine. After a great lunch we will head down to the Coll de la Forclaz where we get spectacular views over the famous Wallis with its many vinards and all the 4000 meter peaks. A nice easy traverse leads down to the foot of the huge Trient glacier and than finally to the village Trient where we will spend the night.
Day 5: From Trient we will reach the Col de Balme the Swiss-French border at an altitude of 2190 meters. Surrounded by stunning views we cross over to the Aiguilette de Possettes. To reach our final destination le Tour, we will descent a beautiful trail. On a short bus ride we will get back to Chamonix. In the evening we will meet up with the other group and there will be a great dinner party organized for you!
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What equipment will I need? See the attached gear list.
Do I need walking poles? The use of walking poles is obviously a personal choice but we strongly recommend their use for the trekking. There is a lot of altitude gain (and loss) over the route and poles can make all the difference. If you do not already own a set of poles, try and get some which will ‘fold’ down into 3 so that they can be attached to a backpack when not in use. It is also a good idea to have used them a few times before using them for your adventure.
What is the best footwear to use? Good quality, well broken-in hiking boots with good ankle support are strongly recommended purely for ankle stability on the rocky track sections and for walking through snowy areas on the higher passes. Whilst you could wear walking shoes / outdoor trainers in the valleys they are not recommended for the passes.
Will I be able to use my mobile phone? For most of the route there is mobile network coverage. Occasionally, in some of the valleys, coverage is lost for a short time. There is WiFi available in all of the huts (except on the first night of the trekking).
Do I need insurance? Yes! There are many forms of travel insurance, but please make sure you have a policy that will cover you to be flown off the mountains in France, Italy and Switzerland should the worst happen, as well as for any subsequent medical treatment required.
What’s the weather like? Even in summer, the weather in the mountains can be notoriously changeable. Temperatures may drop to freezing or go up to 35°C in the day. We may experience high winds, sleet or even snow at some of the cols, we may have days of cloud, or uninterrupted blue skies. So please be prepared with sunscreen, thermals and waterproofs.
Is there the possibility to skip a stage or certain parts of the tour? There is some transport available in some valley sections, but they may not take you from valley to valley so it is best to physically prepare for being able to complete the full trek. There is also a cable car at Col de Balme (day 5) which can be used to skip the descent towards Chamonix.
Do I require a Visa for Europe? Visa requirements for Europe depend on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule Americans won’t require a visa (90 within 180 days in the Schengen area) but may need at least 6 months validity on their passport. Rules do change though and it is therefore important that you check for yourself with your local embassy or travel agent prior to travelling.
What is the food like in the refuges, mountain huts and guest houses? You will probably find that you will be eating the majority of your breakfasts and dinners in the refuges while you have your lunches while out trekking. Breakfast in the refuges will usually consist of coffee, tea, cereal, fruits, bread, and conserves. Evening meals generally consist of a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat with one or two vegetables or rice or pasta, and a dessert course.
Standards do vary from place to place. In most you’ll enjoy a hearty evening meal that will satisfy all but the fussiest hiker. Lunches offerings also tend to be quite good and adequate enough nutrition. Breakfasts provided by refuges however often leave something to be desired, so a good idea to bring along some energy bars, trail mix, etc.
What is the accommodation like in the refuges when walking? Refuges vary in their standards and facilities, some are modern some are older and more basic – but generally are in excellent locations in the mountains. If you are used to hiking and staying in walkers huts then you’ll be pleasantly surprised and find Refuges quite comfortable and more than adequate. If this is the first time you’ve tried anything like this and your idea of roughing it is a 2* hotel then you’ll need to adjust your expectations!
Some refuges are wonderful rustic ex- farms that have been converted to accommodate hikers where the accommodation is much more basic and communal. The atmosphere is friendly and jovial as hikers from many countries gather to spend the night. You may find some refuges have private rooms of triple/ quad share but these will generally need advance bookings. You will mostly find shared dormitories that provide mattresses, pillows and blankets with shared indoor toilet and shower facilities.
Do I need to worry about altitude sickness? No, altitude sickness generally can occur at heights over 3000 metres and all the passes along the Mont Blanc circuit are below this, therefore it would be very unlikely that you would suffer from altitude sickness. You may however experience some affects of being at high altitude while walking, such as slight shortness of breath.
What is the track like? Underfoot you will experience a variety of tracks and trails. Typically the mountainous sections of the Hut to Hut adventure run on single-track paths that can be rocky in places, sometimes with steps but mostly just the bare earth. Tracks are also common – perhaps gravel forest roads, ski pistes, or rough tracks for vehicles over agricultural land. There are some short sections of country lanes. Depending on spring weather in Europe there may be snow on the passes.