Testimonials

What really sets you guys apart—and we have been on a few other guided hiking tours—was that we had a feeling that we were a part of Alpenwild rather than just a hike. Both of our guides conveyed the organizational commitment that Alpenwild has towards its guests. - T. H. - California

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Geneva. Transfer to Chamonix

On arrival in Geneva you’ll be transferred your hotel in the bustling heart of Chamonix, one of the most historic, dynamic, and beautiful resorts in the world. You'll have a chance to take a short excursion and brief orientation before we enjoy a welcome dinner at a select restaurant. (D)

Day 2 – Depart Chamonix. Les Houches to Les Contamines-Montjoie

A cable ascent from Les Houches takes us 2500 feet above the valley to Bellevue. From there we descend beneath the tumbling icefalls of the Bionassay Glacier where we cross a suspension bridge over the glacial gorge. Then it's over the Col de Tricot, with its alpenrose covered slopes. We stop for lunch at a favorite restaurant at the base of the Miage glacier. After a gentle ascent of the Val Montjoie we arrive in a peaceful wooded setting at our modern chalet hotel. (BSD)

Ascent: 2300 feet | Descent: 3400 feet | Distance: 10 miles

Day 3 – Contamines to Les Chapieux, Bourg-Saint-Maurice

We visit the 15th century baroque chapel of Notre Dame de la Gorge before following a Roman road and bridge past stunning waterfalls and over the Col du Bonhomme. Arriving in the hamlet of Les Chapieux we transfer to our welcoming hotel in Bourg-Saint-Maurice. (BSD)

Ascent: 4200 feet | Descent: 3000 feet | Distance: 10 miles

Day 4 – Ville des Glaciers to Courmayeur

We start near the alpine farms that produce the famous Beaufort cheese, and pick up a healthy portion for our lunch. Crossing the Col de la Signe with views to the southern faces of Mont Blanc we hike into Italy and the Val Veni with views of the Miage Glacier. Our 4-star hotel is located in the heart of Courmayeur, an elegantly relaxed resort nestled in the Val d’Aosta. (BSD)

Ascent: 2400 feet | Descent: 2700 feet | Distance: 10 miles

Day 5 – Courmayeur Rest Day

Today is a welcome rest day in Courmayeur where you can relax or shop. But whatever you do, you won't want to miss joining us as we take the Skyway Monte Bianco as it ascends 200 vertical meters in just 10 minutes and takes you to breathtaking views of glaciers, seracs, and the pastel-shaded granite spires of Mont Blanc. (BD)

Day 6 – Courmayeur to Lavachey

On a traverse of the Val Ferret we walk along rushing waters and have spectacular views of the Grandes Jorasses and the Brenva Glacier. Superb cuisine awaits at our charming inn this evening. (BSD)

Ascent: 1500 feet | Descent: 2950 feet | Distance: 10 miles

Day 7 – Lavachey to Champex-Lac

It’s a straightforward and beautiful ascent over the Grand Co Ferret which marks the border between Italy and Switzerland. We descend into the Swiss canton of Valais in view of Mont Dolent, the only Alpine peak shared by Switzerland, France, and Italy. A gentle descent leads along the river to La Fouly where we then take a quick transfer to the lakeside resort of Champex-Lac. (BSD)

Ascent: 2500 feet | Descent: 3150 feet | Distance: 10 miles

Day 8 – Champex-Lac to Trient (Vallorcine)

Take a gentle route over Alp Bovine affords panoramic views into the Rhone Valley, the Bernese Alps and the rocky Dents du Midi. We drop into the quaint village of Trient overseen by its famous pink church. A quick transfer takes us to our luxury hotel in nearby Vallorcine for the evening. (BSD)

Ascent: 3000 feet | Descent: 3250 feet | Distance: 10 miles

Day 9 – Trient to Argentiere

We take the old smugglers route back into France that leads us over the Col de Balme where the Mont Blanc Massif emerges into view in all its glory. We descend along the massive Trient Glacier into the classic French alpine village of Argentiere and our 4-star hotel. (BSD)

Ascent: 2900 feet | Descent: 2950 feet | Distance: 10 miles

Day 10 – Argentiere to Chamonix

Hike the Grand Balcon Sud along one of the most beautiful trails in France. The Lacs des Cheserys dot this high alpine region and Lac Blanc is the perfect lunch spot. This route features some of the most awe- inspiring views of Mont Blanc and its glaciers. Then we make our decent by tram for a grand entrance into Chamonix. Our 4-star hotel is in the heart of this lively and historic resort. You’ll enjoy a celebratory dinner at one of Chamonix’s top restaurants. (BSD)

Ascent: 3800 feet | Descent: 4050 feet | Distance: 9 miles

Day 11 – Day in Chamonix

We take in the best of Chamonix and Mont Blanc on a guided excursion to the Aiguille du Midi and have time in the afternoon to explore the wonderful shops, museums, and local food specialties found in this two-time Olympic village. Farewell dinner (BSD)

Day 12 – Depart Chamonix

We say good-bye and continue an onward journey or return to Geneva for homebound flights. (B)

Trip Videos

The Mont Blanc range from the Lacs de Chéserys Tour du Mont Blanc

Activity Level

Alpenwild trips are designed for people who are energetic, active, and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as strenuous, however most stages offer adaptability and vehicle support. You should be an experienced hiker in good physical condition. You should be capable of walking 5 to 8 hours per day on good trails with some steep ascents and descents averaging 2,500 to 4,200 vertical feet per day at an elevation up to 9,000-10,000 feet above sea level.