Our French Alps itinerary offers walks each day and requires a reasonable level of fitness, the walks will include some steep sections. Walkers should be comfortable with a degree of exertion and challenge. Alternative, independent walks can be recommended for those who would like a more relaxing day; route guidance and maps provided.
A packed lunch on walk days includes a filled baguette, chocolate bar, fruit, crisps and a drink.
Below is a SAMPLE French Alps itinerary of walks.
Moderate Walks: well graded ascents and descents with some rocky or steep ground.
Day 1 – Arrival Day
After transfer from Geneva Airport enjoy a drink with fellow guests and chat about the week ahead.
Day 2 – Grand Balcon Sud
3 to 4 hours walking including breaks. A classic walk of the Chamonix valley from La Flegere to Planpraz. An undulating path with superb views of the Mont Blanc massif.
Day 3 – Lac Blanc
4 to 5 hours walking including breaks. From the top of the Index chairlift the walk leads to Lac Blanc before returning to the cablecar station at Flegere.
Day 4 – Aiguillette des Posettes
4 to 5 hours walking including breaks. From the top of the Charamillon chairlift we head for the Tete de Balme on the French/Swiss border and then to the Aiguillette des Posettes. Impressive views of the La Tour glacier. Alpine flowers in abundance during late June and early July.
Day 5 – Rest Day
Here’s a few things to do in the Chamonix Valley:
| Cable car to the Aiguille du Midi
Montenvers Railway to the Mer de Glace
Brevant and the Restaurant Panoramique
|Tramway du Mont Blanc
The Italian town of Courmayeur through the Mont Blanc tunnel
Day 6 – Montenvers
4 to 5 hours walking including breaks. A classic walk from Plan Aiguille to Montenvers with superb views of the Mer de Glace from Signal Forbes. A chance to visit the ice caves at Montenvers. Return by train to Chamonix.
Day 7- Tete de Prarion
4 to 5 hours walking including breaks. The summit of the Prarion has one of the best views of the Chamonix valley. The walk is mixture of rolling meadows and stunning scenery across to Mont Joly and Les Contamines.
Day 8 – Departure Day
Transport is provided to and from the start of the walks. However cable cars, gondolas and chair lifts are payable locally. For those wishing to walk every day we recommend a Mont Blanc Multipass.
A Week for the Strong 2020
We have put together a week of harder walking in the French Alps. This will start the w/c 11th July; check out the sample itinerary and get in touch if you are up for the challenge or need any further information.
Please note: You join our organised French Alps walking holiday and use our ideas and information at your own risk.