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Mont Blanc Trek Morzine Chamonix
Get ready for beautiful alpine scenery, wonderful wild flowers, marmots a plenty and magnificent views of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak. You will be staying in predominantly valley village accommodation, but with 1 night in a high alpine Mountain Refuge! This is some of the most beautiful trekking in the French Alps - get ready for a great trek, with beautiful Savoyard food and wine in the evening!
From Morzine we shall be heading south, and making our way via a pleasant back country route, via the shoulder of the Pointe de Nyon, and then on to the peaks of Pointe de Chamossiere (1889m) and la Bourgeoise (1770m) before our descent down into Samoens. Approx 17km.
We shall loop up above Samoens crossing the raging Giffre Torrent, and then up amongst perfect woodland, and beside the Lac de Gers, and off to the summit of 'Les Grands Vans', before dropping down to the pretty village of Sixt Fer a Cheval.
From here the trek will take us over to the Natural Reserve of la Montagne d'Anterne - a beautiful high upland plateau surrounded by stunning high peaks.
Finally we shall trek on via the Lac D'Anterne to the imposing ridge of le Brevent, where we shall encounter the stunning view of Chamonix and towering Mont Blanc behind. Please note this is a tough undertaking… and not to be underestimated—please make sure you get your training underway—EARLY!
Day 1 - Fly in early to Geneva Airport for collection. Latest requested arrival - 10:00. Transfer to Morzine. Trek from Morzine to Samoens - approx distance = 7 hrs - starting altitude = 1000m - max altitude = 1889m
Day 2 - Trek from Samoens to Refuge Alfred Wills - approx distance = 8 hrs - starting altitude = 800m - max altitude = 2038m
Day 3 - Trek from Alfred Wills to Chamonix - approx distance = 6.5 hrs - starting altitude = 1810m - max altitude = 2368m.
Trek Start time approx 08:00 - expected finish of trek - 15:00. Usual descent method - via Brevent / Flegere Cable Car - Transfer from Chamonix (Depart 16:30) to Geneva Airport for return flight home to UK
Day 4 - Alternative - you may stay for a comfortable night in Chamonix - the original Mountain Sports Town in the Alps.... enjoy a bit of the high life, before flying home from Geneva (transfers included for group together at the same time)
One night is spent in a mountain refuge. Both other nights are spent in simple hotel accommodation. Typically these will provide bedding - but we recommend you bring either your own sleeping bag or silk liner. Be aware - you will be sharing in dormitory accommodation ! It's part of the experience!
What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Visas / Redtape
You should be sure to have good personal insurance that will cover you overseas - and will cover the trekking nature of this trip. You should also carry the appropriate documentation to ensure you do not have to pay for hospital care in Europe.
Included In Trip
Qualified Mountain Leader
Bed & Breakfast Accommodation x 3
Transfer from Geneva Airport to Morzine & return transfer from Chamonix to Geneva Airport
Lunches x3 and Dinners x2
Support vehicle & driver is not included but can be supplied at an extra cost.
Excluded From Trip
Water Purification Tablets, Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Vaseline, Rehydration Salts
Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste (small size)
Hill Walking Items
Sleeping Bag - 2/3 season rated to 0° C comfort rating or sleeping bag liner (silk or cotton)
Medium Sized Rucksack - lined with waterproof bags
Rucksack Liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves
Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended), Fleece Hat
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, 1 Pair Tracksuit Bottoms
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, 1 Change of Casual Evening Wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet Roll / Pack of Travel Tissues, Spare Lace
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Travel Documents, EHIC Travel Card
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Penknife, Mobile Phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!)
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
Expect the weather to be pleasant with daily temperatures into the twenties - although we could experience colder temperatures at higher altitudes. You will need to be prepared in case of rain (just in case) - hot and sunny weather - and colder temperatures. The mountains always have a fickle weather pattern and hence we need to make sure we prepare for all eventualities.
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