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£880.00 (2017)
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7 nights
7 B&B, 2 evening meals, 1 picnic
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3 - 6½ hours per day
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Chamonix and the French Alps
Le Pays du Mont Blanc
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 Day 1

Important note: Times given for each day are  walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops.  “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb.  See “How we grade our walks” for more information.

 

Arrive in Les Contamines. Marvel at the mountains for the first time.

Day 2

Les Contamines circuit. A walk to Refuge Tré la Tete and onward if you wish to your first glacier, returning via a Roman road and a nature trail. (10km, 4hrs, CUSs 820m, with shortening and lengthening options) 

Day 3

The Lacs Jovet circuit. You will be following part of the Tour de Mont Blanc on the Roman legions' original route, returning to Les Contamines for a second night's stay. The goal - to reach the Lacs Jovet, at an altitude of over 2000m. (19km, 6½ hrs, CUSs 1180m). Shorter circuits: Various options, including taking the telepherique and starting with a height advantage.

Day 4

Les Contamines to Les Houches. A long and fairly strenuous day taking you into the Chamonix Valley, with two options: medium, and frankly challenging. The first plateau reached, common to both routes, the Chalets du Truc, gives you superb views of the bottom of the Glacier de Miage, then either through some unspoilt hamlets and farming communities, or via the Col de Tricot, wild, exposed and breathtaking in all senses. (17km, 5¾ hrs, CUSs 1330m, or 6km, 2½ hrs, CUSs 420m with short bus transfer to start)

Day 5

Circular walks around Les Houches taking in the charm of Servoz and, if you have the energy, a diversion to the Gorges de la Diosaz with their mountain torrents. (9-19km, 2 - 5 hrs, CUSs 350-880m) 

Day 6

Les Houches to Chamonix (Les Bossons). A day walking through the forest, visiting the Parc de Merlet, where you can see local fauna, to finish up (if you wish!) with a swim in the outdoor swimming pool at your Hotel.  Harder optional extra loop for superb views over the Mont Blanc range. (3½-6 hrs, 9-13km, CUSs 840-1100m) 

Day 7

Chamonix – Aiguille du Midi – Chamonix. The climax of your week - a final (optional) trip up a cable car to over alt. 3800m, for the best views, weather permitting, in the Alps, a walk along the Grand Balcon Nord, and a dramatic view of a glacier, returning to Chamonix via the cog railway for your last night's celebrations. (6km, 3–3½ hrs, CUSs 230m) 

Day 8

Depart hotel (or choose to stay further nights).