August 23-26th 2019
This moderate hiking trip gives you a chance to sample some of the very best bits of Alpine living. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets over snowcapped mountain tops, a dip or two in some glacial lakes, fondue, vin rouge and a chance to admire the breathtaking scenery at your own pace.
Leaving from the pictueresque ski slopes of Morzine we head high into the mountains to a remote refuge where we bunk for the night. Waking up surrounded by mountains and nothing but the sounds of tinkering cow bells and near by waterfalls.
Reaching a peak of 2,500m on our second day we arrive at the Col du Brevant overlooking Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe and it's stunning glaciers.
What's included: Three days days of hiking, wild swimming and sightseeing high up in the French Alps. One night in a mountain refuge, another in a lakeside auberge and a third in a boutique hotel all in and around the Portes de Soleil and the Chamonix Valley.
Wild Swimming And Walking The French Alps
Wild Swimming and Hiking in The French Alps
Pre Trek Dinner:
We start our French Summer Treks by the side of a lake in France, (the one pictured as the main web site image) with dinner with the group and a chance to go over the route and meet the team. We'll make a plan for the following morning for those who want to run around the lake, folks that want to swim the 2km of it, anyone wanting to potter in or out of the water of those who'd just like a slow start with at least a couple coffees and taking in the view
We enjoy fresh baked croissants, home made granola, berries, gluten-free breakfast buns and all kinds of other home made treats in our hotel over-looking the lake. From there it's a short drive to the start of our first days trail. It's a 4-5 hour walk to the lakeside picnic spot, (we'll stop en route for snacks and snaps), where you can take a dip or a swim around the little island, or clamber up on it and pick at the wild blueberries that grow there. Post lunch we walk for another couple hours passing through wildflower meadows, marmots and Ibex before reaching our overnight stop at the mountain refuge for a dinner of fondue, a little red wine and a stunning sunset over Mont Blanc (more on this in the FAQ).
We walk down to the valley floor and along side a roaring glacial river before a 3 hour climb up to the highest point on our Trek, (2,500m) overlooking Mont Blanc, (the highest point in Europe) and it's stunning snow capped glaciers before our final descent, (by lift or on foot) into the picturesque ski town of Chamonix.
After two days of extensive sight-seeing and Trekking, the third day is your own. The Chamonix valley offers numerous options of how to spend your day: there's a chance to relax and visit a local spa, take the gondola up over the glacier and marvel back at the ranges you've walked or spend the final morning hiking up to it before your flight home - whichever you prefer.