Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Meeting in Chamonix.
Dinner and night at the hotel in Chamonix.
We start with a cable car ride up to Bellevue and ascent to Col de Tricot. A great lunch waits for us after a steep descent to the alpine village Chalets du Miage. We pass Refuge de Truc and finish the day in Les Contamines.
• Total ascent: 400m
• Distance: 14km
On a Roman road we make the long ascent to the Col de la Bonhomme (2329m). We then traverse the hillside to another slightly higher Col before a descent to the hamlet of Les Chapieux.
Night at Bourg St.Maurice (we get there by Taxi)
• Total ascent: 1320 m
• Total distance: 20 km
We follow the route through Vallee des Glaciers and up to Col de la Seigne (2516m) where we cross the border into Italy. From the Col we descend slightly down to Val Veny for a night in Courmayeur.
• Total ascent: 1000 m
• Distance: 15 km
Today we have a rest day in Courmayeur. There are great shops cafes and bars. I suggest also a trip up the cable car to point Helbronner. We will enjoy fantastic views of Mont Blanc and the glaciers of the Valle Blanche. Night in Hotel in Courmayeur
We head up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge to the Bertone Refuge for a coffee. Then along the ridge with some of the finest views of the Mont Blanc range, to the Refugio Ferret(2025m).
Night at Refugio Ferret
• Ascent: 860m
• Distance: 12 km
A gentle traverse of the mountainside to the Rifugio Elena for morning coffee. A climb to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m) where we cross the border into Switzerland. Down through the flower meadows to the small village of La Fouly.
Night in a Hotel in La Fouly.
• Total ascent: 900 m
• Distance: 20km
Day 7: La Fouly (1610m) to Champex (1466m).
An easier day as we follow a Swiss mountain valley before a short ascent to Champex, a picture book Alpine village.
Night in a Pension in Champex.
• Total ascent: 420m
• Distance: 15km
We climb along the Bovine trail, there are stunning views down to the Roman town of Martigny and the Rhone valley as we walk to Trient for the night.
Night in Pension in Trient
• Total ascent: 750m
•Distance: 16 km
We hike over the Col de Balme, along the Posettes ridge and down through the forests to Argentière.
• Total ascent: 1100m
• Distance: 13km
From the Col des Montets we head up through the Nature Reserve to the famous Lac Blanc which provides a magnificent view of the Mont Blanc Massif. We walk down to La Flégere (1875m) and take the cable car down back to Chamonix.
Last night in Hotel in Chamonix
• Ascent: 1100m
• Distance: 8km
Hotels, lodges and mountain huts. Double romos or dorms in huts. Please let me know if you wish to sleep in a single room. This is possible in many places.
We can arrange a luggage transfer between accommodation on most days. Exceptions for the three mountain huts, when you will need to carry your overnight/next day gear in your rucksack.
Mountain leader from the UIMLA organization
The Swiss Alps where my playground where I grew up in. I love the mountains! After my career as a ski racer for the Swiss National Ski Team I traveled to Patagonia and fell in love with an other great mountain range, the Patagonian Andes. My passion to work with people and to be able to enjoy the great outdoors where the reasons, why I became an UIMLA- mountain leader and a snow-sport instructor with a Federal Certificate of Higher Vocational Education and Training.
Since 2007 I’m guiding my friends and clients in the Swiss and French Alps and show them my second home, the Patagonian Andes. That’s where I spent several months every year.
I’m based in Chamonix and St.Moritz while I’m in Europe and in Bariloche during my Patagonian months.
Please get in touch with me if you are looking to discover one of these two beautiful regions. It will be my pleasure to guide you there.
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