Mont Blanc Ascent

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Trip code: 
TWM
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Summits
Min age:
18
Group size:
2–6

Climb Western Europe's highest peak

In the Mont Blanc massif there is one giant which stands alone amongst a myriad of snow-capped peaks. Looming over the climbing mecca of Chamonix, the majesty of Mont Blanc has captivated climbers for centuries and calls all would-be explorers to join them atop of Western Europe’s highest peak. Attempted over three days, our itinerary is designed to give you the very best chance of reaching the summit, following either the Gouter or Cosmiques route, depending on departure date. During the expedition the rewarding peak of Tete Blanche will also usually be climbed, teaching snow and ice techniques, building your confidence and helping with acclimatisation.

Highlights

  • Crampon and ice axe tuition
  • Three day summit attempt increases chances of success
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation in Chamonix to maximise rest and preparation

Key information

  • 3 days training/high-level trekking, 3 days summit attempt
  • 3 nights 2-star Hotel Les Campanules, 4 nights mountain huts
  • Group normally 4 to 6, plus UIAGM mountain guide/s as appropriate. 
  • Altitude maximum 4810m, average 2900m
  • Optional single supplement for the hotel nights only

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - 3 hotel nights in Chamonix)
  • Visas or vaccinations

6

Pace:

Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour 

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 24.0km/2.0miles
Day 33.0km/1.0miles
Day 48.0km/4.0miles
Day 64.0km/2.0miles
Day 712.0km/7.0miles

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Itinerary

Chamonix
to
Chamonix
  • Day 1

    Fly to Geneva; transfer to Chamonix; equipment hire and briefing.

    Fly to Geneva; transfer to our hotel in Les Houches, just outside Chamonix. Those not flying with group will rendezvous with us at the hotel in the afternoon. You can have an optional lunch here, which will be followed by a full briefing and introduction to the trip. After this you will have the opportunity to hire technical equipment with our local partners and enjoy some free time in Chamonix, before driving back in time for dinner.

    NB: You can leave any items that you don’t need for the expedition in a bag/case in the hotel as we return here on day 4.
    Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Walk to Albert Premier refuge (2702m); afternoon snow and ice skills training on Glacier du Tour.

    After a hearty breakfast the guide will meet us at the hotel and check that everyone is correctly equipped. Weather permitting, this is the start of the three-day circuit that is planned to give you the opportunity to acclimatize to the alpine altitudes in preparation for an attempt on Mont Blanc. We will take a short transfer up the valley to the village of Le Tour, then take a small two-stage cable-car to the Col de Balme. From here we begin our walk to the Albert Premier refuge, located at 2702m on Glacier du Tour. Here we spend the afternoon training in snow and ice climbing techniques on the surrounding glacier.

    Refuge Hut

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Possible ascent of Tête Blanche (3422m) and across the Col Supérieur du Tour to Trient refuge.

    Today is a great opportunity to put yesterdays lessons into practice as we ascend from the refuge to make an attempt on Tête Blanche (3422m). The route is not too steep but most people will begin to feel the effect of altitude. From here we continue through the Col Supérieur du Tour to reach the Trient refuge in neighbouring Switzerland. There will be time to rest or relax during the afternoon.

    Maximum Altitude: 3429m
    Refuge Hut

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Climb the Col du Midi des Grands (3523m), descend to village of Le Tour then back to Chamonix.

    Starting from the Trient refuge, depending on weather conditions we steadily climb either the Col du Midi des Grands (3523m) or return over the Col Supérieur du Tour. We then descend past the Albert Premier refuge where we can take a short break before continuing our descent all the way back to the village of Le Tour. From here

    we transfer back to our hotel in Les Houches.

    Maximum Altitude: 3235m

    NB: The itinerary for the next three days will depend on the weather on Mont Blanc, but if good we will follow the Gouter route to the summit. This decision is made by our local partners, not the Exodus office. If for any reason Mont Blanc is deemed unsafe then an alternative climb will hopefully be arranged (usually Gran Paradiso in Italy).
    Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Ascend by cable-car and train to Nid d'Aigle (2372 m); steady walk to Tête Rousse refuge (3167m).

    This is the first step of the Mont Blanc ascent and it is relatively easy. Starting from Les Houches we take the Bellevue cable-car to reach the Bellevue train station where we catch the Victorian Rack railway train ('Tramway du Mont Blanc') to Nid d'Aigle (2372 m). From here we walk up a winding track offering a stunning view over the Chamonix valley. Shortly we arrive on a snow-covered area approaching the brand new Tête Rousse refuge (3167 m). We spend the whole afternoon relaxing, acclimatising, and contemplating the wonderful view of Aiguille de Bionnassay's North face.

    Maximum Altitude: 3167m
    Refuge Hut

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Cross the 'Grand Couloir' then scramble on to a steep arête to arrive at Goûter refuge (3817m).

    This morning (between 10 and 11am), additional guides will join us at the refuge for the next couple of days and hopefully the summit of Mont Blanc! Once it has been decided who will be roped up with who, we start our ascent to the Goûter refuge. Soon we have to cross the famous 'Grand Couloir' where there are many loose stones and possible rock fall. Extreme care must be taken here and the guides will give precise instructions. A rocky scramble across a steep arete brings us to the Goûter refuge. This section would be problematic for anyone suffering from vertigo. From the refuge, we have an oustanding panorama of the surrounding mountains.

    Note : In case bad weather is forecast for the next day, or if the current weather situation is good and the guide deems the group fit enough, after a short break in the Gouter refuge it may be possible to go directly to Mont Blanc summit this afternoon with a return to the Gouter refuge for the night. The main guide will make this decision according to the weather conditions and the level of the group.

    Maximum Altitude: 3817m
    Refuge Hut

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Climb via Dôme du Goûter (4304m) and Les Bosses ridge to the summit (4810m); long descent to Chamonix.

    Waking-up at 2am, we eat a quick breakfast and start the ascent to Mont Blanc. We walk quietly and at a steady pace, with the route lit by our head torches, to reach the Dôme du Gouter (4304m). Dawn usually arrives and the sun starts to shine as we reach the Vallot emergency shelter (4362m). The summit is now within range as we start our ascent of the majestical and often exposed Les Bosses ridge before suddenly discovering the summit at 4810m. Welcome to the highest point in Western Europe! We descend by the same way with a break in the Goûter refuge, before continueing all the way into the valley at Les Houches. You shouldn't underestimate how physically challenging this day will be and the descent in particular can be very tough and tiring. Back in the comfort of our hotel we enjoy a well earned shower, dinner and presentation ceremony.

    Maximum Altitude: 4810m
    Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Geneva. Fly to London.

    Transfer to Geneva. Fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunches (picnic / snack style), and 7 evening meals are included.

Lunch is not included on day 1 or day 8. Please also note that no refund will be given for meals not taken or taken other than where designated. Typical meals Breakfast: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, French bread, jam, and cereals. Lunch: sandwiches of cold meats, cheese, or sometimes tinned fish. Cakes, chocolate and energy bars. Evening meal: first course of soup or salad or charcuterie, a main course with one or two vegetables, rice or pasta, and a dessert. Beer, wine, coffee or tea, bottled water and other drinks are not included. Vegetarians: In France, hotels and restaurants are not geared up to provide separate vegetarian menus, especially smaller establishments in the mountains. Vegetarians will usually find that there is little difficulty as long as they are prepared to be reasonably flexible. Please note mountain hut meals will be more basic that the chalet meals listed above.

Weather

The main climbing season is from June to September. Our trips run during this time, when finding a window of suitable weather is most likely. Mont Blanc always attracts variable weather conditions and although we have built a degree of flexibility into this itinerary there may be disruptions. The possibility of the climb being abandoned or the route changed in case of unsuitable conditions must be accepted. In the overall interests of safety the guides' decision will be final. Expect warm temperatures (15 to 25ºC) in the valleys, cool (5 to 15ºC) on the passes (though it will feel colder if wet and windy) and very cold (-20ºC) on the summit of Mont Blanc. Strong winds are very likely on the summit; in this case it can feel even colder. It can and does rain and especially on the high passes it can be surprisingly cold at times.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is grade 9 - Tough +
We have planned this itinerary to include a three-day climbing / trekking section with four nights staying high in mountain huts. Much of this route is spent on glaciers and there is plenty of time for training in snow and ice climbing (ice-axe and crampon skills, ropework etc). We spend much of the time at around 3,000m which is essential for helping acclimatisation. The climax of the week is the summit attempt which usually takes three days.

The training is undertaken by a professional High Mountain Guide, with a ratio of one guide to six clients. Additional guides will join us on days 6 & 7 for the attempt on Mont Blanc; here the ratio will be 1:2. In good weather the ascent is not particularly technical but it is extremely arduous. To have a reasonable chance of success a high degree of fitness and stamina and some previous experience of altitude is highly recommended. Please note that you cannot achieve the required level of fitness during the week - you must arrive fit.

Please note that although the itinerary presented here is the one we intend to follow there is a high chance that variations may be necessary. Many factors can affect climbing in high mountains. Individual member's abilities vary, as does their ability to assimilate the skills needed. Adverse weather during the week may curtail training or even make the climb impossible, while previous weather conditions may have left the mountain in a difficult or dangerous condition. Any such factor may mean we have to re-arrange or curtail the programme.

Essential Information

During the early part of the week the guides will assess your progress and skill levels. Even in good weather conditions you will not be allowed to start the ascent unless the guides feel you have a reasonable chance of success and this will depend on local conditions, fitness and having grasped the necessary skills. There can be no guarantee that guides will be available to organise and run an alternative climb for anyone not able to undertake the ascent of Mont Blanc. This will depend entirely on the size and make up of the group. The guide's main aim will be to ensure your safety and the maximum chances of success on the summit attempt for those fit and able enough to do it. Additional private guides may be available but the cost of this is not included in the price.

What are the chances of reaching the summit?
Obviously you need to be confident of your fitness level in order to attempt this trip, but the main reason for failure is usually weather conditions. Thankfully the Alps enjoy long periods of stable weather in the summer, with regular thunderstorms in the afternoons that our guides are careful to avoid. However, due to its high altitude, any poor weather or strong winds on Mont Blanc can make a summit attempt too dangerous. In most cases this can be forecasted and we will attempt to offer an alternative climb in the region (often Gran Paradiso 4061m in neighbouring Italy). As a guide we would expect about 30% of our trips each summer to be affected by bad weather, making reaching the summit Mont Blanc impossible. Even with a client to guide ratio of 2:1 a situation can develop where both clients will have to turn back if the guides consider that one of the clients should not continue.

Walking and ascent conditions
During the training and the climb you will carry your own personal equipment, water and packed lunches, plus communal equipment (first aid kit, safety items etc.) will be distributed among the group members. On the training days and ascent, most of the time you will be walking on moraine, glaciers and snowfields. None of the ascents are extremely steep (approximate average would be around a maximum of 30 - 35º) but there is some exposure and you will encounter short steeper sections involving some rock scrambling, crevasses, bergschrunds and areas of snow instability and possible rock fall.

Accommodation

Hotels & Mountain Huts/Refuges

You will spend 3 nights in the Hotel Les Campanules ('Bluebell'), in Les Houches, near Chamonix. This is a comfortable 2 star hotel in a fine location directly opposite Mont Blanc itself. 4 nights will be spent in mountain huts and refuges, with mixed, shared dormitory style accommodation. Single rooms for the hotel nights may be available for a supplement (contact our Sales team for details)

Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2016
    David Sheppard
    An amazing trip but oh so hard. I have climbed Kili but this was on another level entirely. Fantastic weather everyday although that made the ascent very hard especially as we climbed to the summit from midday

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All 6 of the group reaching the summit together

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Patrick was Very good and filled you with confidence. We were lucky enough to be joined by the legendary Bernard for the last 3 days

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train very hard for this
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Stuart Aberdeen
    Great trip with a great team. Tough but we all made it. I would definitely recommend it but don't underestimate the challenge and the altitude .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Eventually reaching the Summit and feeling on top of the world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bernard, our leader is a well known and respected mountaineer and we had total faith in him and his decision-making. Although his English wasn't always completely clear he was humorous and totally at ease which made us feel comfortable and reassured.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's really important to be fit and to have endurance as the mountain can be unforgiving. Working as a member of a team is crucial as you can support each other's strengths and weaknesses.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Take time to enjoy the beauty of the mountains around you. The Alps are fantastic and for the English, only on our doorstep !
  • Reviewed October 2013
    Anonymous
    For a 65 year old like myself it was tough and fully desrving of its E category. It made trekking to Everest Base camp feel like a walk in the park.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summitting Mont Blanc on what the guides told us was the best day of the season weather wise. We could even se Lake Geneva.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader over the first 3 days trained us in the use of ice axes, crampons etc but made no concessions for my age and told me he thought I wouldn't make the summit. On the actual ascent our new guide was excellent and said if I was determined to do it and took it slowly I had a chance of doing it. He was a gem.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It really justifies its E grading. If you are younger and fit it shouldn't be a problem. If you are older be aware of what you are taking on.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Why do people run marathons? Why do people row single handed acroos the Atalntic etc. They all want to challenge themselves and Mont Blanc is a real challenge.
  • Reviewed August 2013
    Anonymous
    Excellent holiday spoilt by travel to and from Switzerland and lack of assistance from Exodus with Swiss Air problems.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the time spent in the mountains with a great group of likeminded fellow travellers and the excellent guides was fantastic. A good introduction to alpinism. The best conditions possible for the summit were a real bonus. The following day no one was going up to the summit as the cloud was down and the wind was up. Luckily we were heading down for the best shower in the world and a nice cold beer.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A real alpinist who lives and breathes for the mountains.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't fly with Swiss Air.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The outward flight was cancelled and no help was forthcomming from Exodus. I eventually got to Geneva via Zurich several hours or more late. On the return journey after boarding the plane I was told I would have to get off as I didn't have a reservation. How odd after Swiss Air had given me a boarding card and checked my baggage onto the flight. After 10 minutes of discussion I was allowed to stay on the plane and return home.
  • Reviewed July 2013
    Tim Meeks
    The group that I was in arrived in Chamonix on 23 July 2015. We were told that as of 17 July 2015 the Company of Guides - Saint Gervais (basically the people who manage and look after the Mountain) had suspended any walking / climbing on Mont Blanc for an indefinite period. This was due to several weeks of unseasonably high temperatures melting the ice further up the mountain, so releasing rocks and causing rock fall. On the first night we were told that there was '99%' likelihood that the Gouter Route would remain closed for the duration of the trip. I am disappointed that I was not told in advance of the booking as I have a flexible work environment allowing me to move holidays. Exodus should have informed me and the rest of the group in advance providing us with the option or re-booking which in the very least would have saved approx £500 of the add on costs (UK airport parking, equipment hire, lift passes, etc.) I have done a number of trips with Exodus and never had a problem in the past, but to allow the group to fly out on a 'Mont Blanc Ascent' after months of preparation and training, when they knew the mountain was closed is very disappointing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunrise in the mountains

    What did you think of your group leader?

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    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We realise that it must have been extremely disappointing for Tim and the rest of the group to find out that on the local authorities had closed the Gouter Route for safety reasons due to concerns about melting snow dislodging rocks. It is extremely rare for the mountain to be closed for a prolonged period of time and given the information at our disposal before this group left the UK and that we could not have reasonably known for how long the mountain would remain closed, we did not contact people travelling to Chamonix as we felt it was reasonable to assume that the weather could change at any point. We do appreciate that this must have been hugely disappointing, but the group instead climbed Gran Paradiso which we hope they enjoyed.

    Olly Pemberton - Trip Manager for the Mont Blanc region

  • Reviewed July 2013
    Anonymous
    A fabulous holiday. Excellent guides and superb weather. The guides were professional, supportive and extremely helpful. I owe my reaching the summit to Bernard. He was so patient with me when I couldn't find the energy to carry on. The holiday exceeded expectations indeed. A fantastic holiday highly recommended.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reachign the summit

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bernard was a fantastic leader. I really enjoyed the climb walking with him

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take ear plugs. The dormitories are shared and there are some high volume snorers!!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A fabulous trip that is highly recommended. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous
    Massive disappoint is the best way to sum up this trip. In selecting Exodus ahead of other companies I thought I’d made a wise choice, little did I realise what awaited me in Chamonix! Put simply there was a woeful lack of organisation. The worst example of this was the failure to secure places in the Gouter refuge ahead of the group’s summit attempt. I consider myself to be pretty fit but to do Gouter route without being able to stop at the Gouter refuge was beyond me. What made me very annoyed is that like everyone else in the group I’d booked the trip months in advance thereby granting ample time to secure the necessary accommodation.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The climb from the Albert Premier to the Trient refuge.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The guide provided to us was astonishingly unsuited to the role of leading a group of novice climbers. Indeed it would not be an exaggeration to state that he considered us to be little more than an inconvenience to be tolerated. Of his numerous short comings the most serious was his failure to provide the sort of snow and ice climbing training required to climb Mont Blanc safely. Incredibly he even refused to show the group how to use their ice axes when asked directly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    During the summit attempt you will be moving over steep ground so bear in mind that if you get the same guide our group did there is a possibility that you will be doing so without having received training in how to use your ice axe and crampons. I therefore recommend that you get some snow and ice climbing experience before you book this trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It’s not worth paying the single room supplement as Exodus’ partners in Chamonix don’t necessarily provide you with a single room.
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous
    My Mont Blanc Trip was an excellent mountaineering experience. The skills that we learned on the training climb, through to the experience of climbing Mont Blanc du Tacul (Mont Blanc was outwith our reach owing to rockfall) were simply amazing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moment of my trip was standing on the top of Mont Blanc du Tacul, with the summit of Mont Blanc and Mont Mauduit to one side and a full panoramic view of the Swiss Alps on the other.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Bernard, was excellent. He kept us safe, and every decision that he made was made with the utmost care and thorough evaluation of all the options. Simply put, he was fantastic. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I think that travellers should make sure that they have a basic level of winter mountaineering experience before attempting this climb. If you are learning how to use an ice axe and crampons for the first time then this is not the place for you. Go prepared and you will have a great time! 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great all round experience with a great guide, well worth the money! Sadly the summit wasn't meant to be for us, but I will be back :)
  • Reviewed October 2012
    Anonymous
    An amazing if challenging experience. A fun group, a brilliant guide and fantastic weather all week meant, luckily for us, the summit was on offer and we took it. Standing on the roof of Western Europe looking down on three countries made all the effort worthwile. The three day aclimatization at the start of the trip was perfect to learn the skills needed for Mt Blanc and to cope well with the altitude.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing at the foot of the Dome de Goutier at 0400 on the summit day. Looking up at the ribbon of head lamp lights snaking their way high up the Dome against the crystal clear jet black night sky and the glare of the Domes snow walls. It was a sight you just dont see unless high on a mountain at night. Magical! 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    One of the most inspirational and talented people I have ever met. Pushed us hard and gave us an amazing experience with lots of new skills being taught and learnt right from the start of the trip. Always felt safe with Herve despite ending up in situations and challenges that I am still telling people about today with a big smile on my face. He pushed our boundaries of what we thought we could do without ever compromising our safety and I am so grateful for the memories. Constantly cheery, endlessly knowledgeable after many years teaching people in the high mountains.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Quite simply, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the trip and the greater your chances of success if the weather is good. Travel as light as possible up the mountains as every extra KG on your back has to be carried a long steep way. Leave all non essentials at the hotel. Make sure you have done some training carrying a rucksack with some weight in it as it will be attached to your back for days on end on some challenging terrain. Have a head for heights as some of the routes are narrow ledges high up. Enjoy it its an amazing week from start to finish.    
  • Reviewed October 2012
    Anonymous
    This was an amazing trip. The friendships, the teamwork, the mountain scenery, the sense of achievement on reaching the summit. Absolutely amazing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

     The most inspirational moment was summit day, and reaching the top of Mont Blanc. But each day was memorable for different reasons and it would have been an unforgettable holiday even if we hadn’t reached the summit. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader, Herve, was fantastic. He was inspirational in every way. Fun, friendly and helpful. But also demanding and keen to push us and help us achieve more than we thought we were capable of achieving.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do it. Book it now. You won’t regret it.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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