Lac Blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc Camping Trek

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Trip code: 
TWB
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Point-to-point Trips
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

A point-to-point trek with 3 rest days to enjoy spectacular surroundings

Experience has taught us that 15 days is the perfect duration to fully appreciate this iconic circuit around Mont Blanc - 10 days of trekking complemented by three days of relaxation. Led by an experienced International Mountain Leader (IML) the circuit crosses three borders, climbs over six passes, traverses beneath huge glaciers, and meanders through beautiful alpine meadows and picture-book villages. To lighten our load our baggage is transported between each campsite by support vehicle, leaving us free to enjoy the inspiring scenery found only on this classic trek, hiking around Mont Blanc.

Highlights

  • Stay in small hotels and pensions
  • Admire spectacular views of Mont Blanc
  • Enjoy 3 rest days to relax or sightsee

Key information

  • 14 nights camping, mostly in good campsites with hot showers, occasionally in the wild
  • 10 days walking with vehicle support; 3 rest days
  • 8 days challenging and 2 days moderate walking
  • Altitude maximum 2536m, average 1525m

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches, 13 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

13

Pace:

Approximately 6-8hrs walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 210.0km/6.0miles
Day 313.0km/8.0miles
Day 416.0km/10.0miles
Day 515.0km/9.0miles
Day 614.0km/9.0miles
Day 814.0km/9.0miles
Day 924.0km/15.0miles
Day 1017.0km/11.0miles
Day 1218.0km/11.0miles
Day 1311.0km/7.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Geneva; transfer to campsite at Les Bossons, near Chamonix.

    On arrival to Geneva airport we take a bus transfer to our start point just outside Chamonix, France (approx 1hr 15 transfer time). Wonderful views from the campsite of Mont Blanc and the dramatic crevassed Glacier des Bossons, especially at sunset. Those not flying with the group join us at the campsite in the afternoon (see 'Airport Transfers' above). In the evening there is an introductory briefing by the trek crew.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    From Chamonix the route heads past Lac Blanc to Les Frasserands.

    From Les Bossons (1012m – 3320ft) we have a short bus journey to Chamonix from where we walk to Les Praz and take the téléférique to La Flégère (1,900m – 6230ft). The trail today is named the 'Grand Balcon' and is on the opposite side of the valley from Mont Blanc, affording excellent views of the whole massif lying to our south. Initially we contour and then climb to reach the high point of the day, Lac Blanc (2352m - 7715ft). The trail descends and then contours high above the valley before dropping steeply to the hamlet of Les Frasserands (1371m - 4500ft). In the afternoon there is a very short section of ladders/steep steps with handrails to descend.

    8.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 500m - 1670ft up, 1000m – 3280ft down

    Campsite: Camping Pierre Semard, Les Frasserands

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Cross over Col de Balme to Switzerland and camp at Trient.

    We begin by climbing steeply to the Aiguillette de Posettes (2201m – 7200ft), descend a little and then ascend towards the Col de Balme (2,191m – 7190ft) where we follow one of the paths across the border from France to Switzerland. Excellent views all morning of Aiguille d'Argentière and Aiguille du Tour and its glacier. After lunch we descend to the small hamlet of Trient (1296m – 4250ft). Good views of the Trient Glacier. 

    7.5 hours walking. 970m – 3200ft up, 1060m – 3466ft

    Campsite: Basic Camping, near Trient

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cross Col de la Forclaz to Champex.

    We climb first to the Col de Forclaz (1527m – 5010ft) and then onwards from where we can look directly down into the Rhône Valley and the Swiss town of Martigny. We follow a historic path used to take the cows to summer grazing, the 'Bovine route' (2049m – 6720ft) that takes us through meadows and high alpine pastures before descending to the charming town of Champex (1486m – 4880ft) set beside a picturesque alpine lake.

    7 hours walking. 920m – 3017ft up, 720m – 3261ft down

    Campsite: Camping Les Rocailles, Champex Lac

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Head up Val Ferret to La Fouly.

    Now on the east side of the main Mont Blanc massif we walk south, descending through woods to the Val Ferret and on to Issert (1,055m – 3460ft) and other pretty alpine farming villages. This is also quite a good day for flowers earlier in the season, including orchids. We continue up the valley to the remote village of La Fouly (1600m - 5250ft) which lies at the foot of Mont Dolent, whose summit marks the meeting point of France, Switzerland and Italy.

    6 hours walking, 15km - 9 miles, 440m – 1450ft down, 540m – 1780ft up

    Campsite: Camping les Glaciers, La Fouly

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Climb to Grand Col Ferret, the highest pass of the trek.

    Still following the same valley and the river 'La Drance', we climb to the 'Grand Col Ferret' (2537m – 8320ft), the highest pass of the tour. Now in Italy, the valley is also called 'Val Ferret'. The mountain views from the Col are stunning with Grandes Jorasses dominating the scene. We walk down the valley to Arp Nouva (1,770m – 5800ft) where we then take an optional bus to Planpincieux (1,600m – 5250ft). For the first and last trip of the season the bus may not be running and we may need to walk to camp.

    7.5 hours walking. 970m - 3180ft up, 800m – 2600ft down.

    Campsite: Camping Grands Jorasses, Val Ferret

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Rest day.

    The nearby ex-spa towns of Courmayeur and Entrèves have picturesque older sections, which are worth a visit, especially for the keen photographer. There is a cable car from La Palud to Point Helbronner (3461m – 11350ft) and on across the glacier to the Aiguille du Midi (and in fact on down to Chamonix). This is a splendid (optional) excursion, which gives close-up views of all the big peaks.

    Campsite: Camping Grands Jorasses, Val Ferret

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse high above the spectacular Ferret Valley around Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur and on to Val Veny.

    We start with a short bus ride to pick up the TMB and from the road (1675m – 5500ft ) climb up to the Bonatti refuge (2025m – 6640ft). Today we follow a beautiful contouring path around Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur. The views of the south Mont Blanc massif are exceptional as are those of the towering, cliffy peak of the 'Grandes Jorasses' and the glaciers which crowd the northern flank of the Val Ferret. In the afternoon we have a long, steep descent to Courmayeur (1230m – 4030m) (superb ice creams!) from where we take a short bus ride into the spectacular Val Veny (1530m – 5020ft).

    8 hours walking. 500m – 1640ft up, 900m 4400ft down

    Campsite: Camping Aiguille Noire, Val Veny

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Re-enter France across Col de la Seigne and through La Ville des Glaciers to Les Chapieux.

    The trail climbs gently along the Val Veny beneath the moraine of the massive glacier du Miage and passes Lac Combal before the gradient becomes steeper as we follow the old Roman road across today's pass, the 'Col de la Seigne' (2516m – 8250ft), marking our re-entry into France. A fairly steep descent brings us through La Ville des Glaciers (1,789m – 5870ft) and finally to Les Chapieux (1553m – 5090ft), a small hamlet which is only inhabited in the summer months. This is one of the longer walking days.

    8.5 hours walking. 990m – 3250ft up, 970m – 3180ft down

    Campsite: Chapieux - wild camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Climb to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and contour around to Col du Bonhomme.

    We have now reached the southwest corner of the circuit and turn north to climb once again. Today is a longer day; first we make a steep climb to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2478m – 8130ft) and then contour around to the Col du Bonhomme (2328m – 7640ft). We then descend (again on a Roman road) to our campsite in Les Contamines (1180m - 5900ft).

    8 hours walking. 930m – 3050ft up, 1375m – 4510ft

    Campsite: Camping le Pontet, Les Contamines

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Rest day.

    There are short and long optional walks in the area. Time can be spent visiting the half-day market in Les Contamines, or you can simply relax around town or in camp and recharge your batteries for the days ahead.

    Campsite: Camping le Pontet, Les Contamines

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 12

    Cross Col de Tricot and Col de Voza to re-enter Chamonix Valley and descend to village of Les Houches.

    Another long day; we walk through Les Contamines, ascend to Chalets du Truc (1720m – 5614ft) and then descend to the Chalets de Miage (1,560m – 4120ft). From here we take the trail that climbs steeply to the Col de Tricot (2119m – 6950ft) before descending very close to the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay where we will enjoy good views of the north side of the Mont Blanc massif. Eventually we make another short ascent to reach the Col de Voza (1652m – 5418ft) where we re-enter the Chamonix Valley and descend to the village of Les Houches. A short bus ride takes us to our camp in Les Bossons (1,012m – 3320ft).

    9 hours walking. 1200m – 3980ft up, 1370m – 4500ft down

    Campsite: Camping les Marmottes, Les Bossons

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Probably best views of Mont Blanc today on the long ascent to Brevent; descend to Plan Praz.

    We cross to the north side of the Chamonix Valley and climb through pine forest. The high point of the day is Brevent (2525m – 8290ft) from where there are panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Massif and the Chamonix Valley. We walk down to Plan Praz (1970m - 6460ft) and then descend by cable car to Chamonix and then on to our camp at Les Bossons (1012m - 3320ft). Our last day on the TMB circuit is long with a tough climb of over 1500m but affords the best views of Mont Blanc and its neighbours of the whole trek.

    7.5 hours walking. 1480m – 4850ft up, 520m – 1690ft down

    Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Free day at Les Bossons.

    Free day at Les Bossons (near Chamonix). There are several good walks in the Chamonix Valley. Chamonix itself is also a great place to spend a day. The most popular excursion, weather depending, would be the spectacular ascent by cable car to the Aiguille du Midi or the Montenvers cog railway.

    Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 15

    Transfer to Geneva; fly to London.

    For those on group flights, these depart in the morning and will arrive in the UK the same day.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

No visa required for British passport holders.

Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Eating and Drinking

14 breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches and 13 dinners are included in the trip. On free days 7, 11, 14 and both transfer days, lunch is not provided. On the free day 7, dinner is also not included and needs to be bought locally. We take our evening meals in camp on eight nights, the other five in nearby local restaurants. The restaurant meals are usually arranged as a 'menu' for the whole group and as they are based on special negotiations made by us represent better value than eating independently. Please note that should the times of flights change to arrive earlier, or depart later, additional meals will not be included. No refund will be given for meals not taken or taken other than where designated.

Typical Meals

Breakfast: Will usually consist of coffee, tea, cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, bread, and conserves.

Lunch: Picnic style lunches will normally include bread, cold meat, cheese, sometimes boiled eggs or tinned fish, fresh salad vegetables and fresh fruit.

Evening meal: Whether in camp or in a nearby restaurant will consist of a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat with one or two vegetables or rice or pasta and a dessert course.

Beer, wine, bottled water, coffee, tea or other drinks are not included in the price of evening meals taken in restaurants. Coffee and tea are included with the evening meal when we eat in camp and beer and wine are also available for purchase at a modest cost. Please be aware that, as this is a camping trek, cooking facilities are necessarily limited.

Vegetarians: We do make an effort to cater for vegetarian diets but you should not expect the variety of food that you may have at home. In Europe most 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.

Weather

From late June to early October fair weather is to be expected, but all mountain ranges create their own weather patterns and the Alps are no exception. It can and does rain and especially on the high passes it can be surprisingly cold at times. Expected daytime temperatures are in the range of 15 to 25ºC in the valleys (although it can sometimes reach 30ºC in July/August), 5 to 15ºC on the passes (though it will feel colder if wet and windy) and 5 to 15ºC in the valleys at night; possibly a little lower early and late in the season. There is always the possibility of lying snow, especially in the early season, and snowfall even in August and September when we may find new snow on the passes. Please note that on late season treks (September) the days are shorter and we will need to make early starts to make the most of the available daylight hours.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded Activity Level 4 (moderate/challenging) - it involves 10 days of walking; 2 days at a Moderate level and 8 days Challenging level. Most of the days are long, quite often involving an ascent of 900-1200m (or 3000 -4000 feet), equivalent to 3 to 4 hours walking uphill, followed by a similar descent. Although the paths are well maintained there are sections that are rough underfoot. As this is a group holiday you need to be confident that your fitness will allow you to enjoyably walk at a consistent and steady pace that matches the group average, therefore allowing the group to finish the day at a reasonable time. You will also enjoy the trek a great deal more if your fitness allows you to walk the route in relative ease. A Challenging graded day would be equivalent to walking up Scafell Pike or Ben Nevis in the UK and take between 3 to 5 hours of walking up hill and up to 9 hours in total depending on the pace. We recommend that you make a special effort to get in good physical condition for the trip.

All ascents, descents and walking distances listed below are approximates. We have decided the most accurate method is to map the routes carefully using google earth. That said it is impossible to obtain a completely true figure of the distances walked. Regarding GPS - due to the inherent inaccuracies of defining an exact waypoint with a GPS and the cumulative overall inaccuracy this causes, you may find that our distances and GPS distances you obtain on trek with your personal GPS/phone, may differ by quite a margin. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

This trek is based on the 'supported camping' concept, with a vehicle doing all the hard work of transporting luggage, equipment and supplies. Whilst camping the support leader will erect your tent but in the morning you will be expected to pack away your own tent (these are modern pop up style tents that are very easy and quick to fold away and pack) and the whole group generally helps to load the support vehicle on the days when we move camp. On half of the nights we eat in camp, you should expect to help with the washing up. 

Accommodation

Camping

You will spend 14 nights camping. This will mainly be at comfortable campsites with modern facilities, hot showers, electricity to recharge batteries etc. However you will have to camp at more basic sites on 2 occasions. Facilities at these basic camps are minimal with public toilets and cold running water only and no showers. Single tents available on request. Please note that the campsites listed in the trip notes can occassionally change from those stated.

Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2017
    Nat Black
    This trip is a great way to see the Alps as you circumnavigate Mont Blanc. Along the way the peak appears and a disappears as the scenery changes. Going earlier on the season means the trail is less busy. It was a very peaceful two weeks in the mountains with lots of fresh air. The one thing I found quite shocking is how quickly the glaciers are disappearing! The camping is also a great experience, the group comes together so there is a real communal feel, teamwork is key.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the whole circuit and finishing at Brevent. The views are super and that is your reward for walking up hill all day (1500m). Going up the Aiguille du Midi is also incredible, it is great to get so close to Mont Blanc. The gondola ride across the glacier is also very memorable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jenny was a great leader, she was very knowledgeable about the trail and knew where all the lovely hut stops were.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to enjoy walking up and down, you are not often walking on flat trails, so practice those ups and downs. The Aiguille du Midi is definitely worth doing. It is cheaper to go up from the Italian side, however if the weather is bad wait until you get to Chamonix.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It is a fantastic walk, the scenery is spectacular. If you are a keen walker looking for something a bit more challenging then I would definitely recommend this trip. The Alps are amazing!
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Christine Miller
    This was a very well organised trip and the views through the whole trek were absolutely amazing. The walking was sustained and sometimes challenging, but super staff support, campsites, food and regular stops at refuges through the day means the days were never too tiring. It was nice to have two rest days and to eat in restaurants a couple of nights - these 'special touches' were appreciated and I'm sure they added to the success and relaxed feel of the holiday. Camping out every night made the trip really special.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Near the end of the trip, we reached 'the Trico challenge' -a stiff climb to a col, which our leader perfectly introduced to us as the toughest climb of the trip. He challenged us to challenge ourselves for the ascent, so as a group we stormed - at our own best speed - up the mountain. We all met the challenge and it was fantastic to sit up the top together with some mountain sheep, feeling triumphant in the sun with the most amazing views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was extremely competent and had a very good approach to managing the group and leading us safely and happily so that everyone enjoyed the walks at their own pace. He had a great way about him and really helped make the trip the success it was. The support staff were also attentive, caring, efficient and provided for all our food needs, and more, perfectly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Being a camping trek, you are up and off early so need to be quite organised and ready for a wee burst of activity first thing as you wrestle your pop up tent into its bag, get breakfast and packed lunch etc ready. The days themselves, though, are relaxed and although they can be long, are perfectly interspersed with regular stops along the way to refuel on local, homemade goodies at amazing mountain refuges along the route. Walking poles were really useful and think about taking two camping towels in case it's raining and one gets wet -the warm shower at the end of the day was worth having a dry towel for!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I felt that it could be positive for the support staff and guides to have the opportunity to take part in an Exodus trip themselves as a participant, so that they have a wider experience to underpin their overall knowledge of Exodus for their clients.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    James Longcroft
    Just back from a fantastic trek of the Mont Blanc region (Late August - Early September). The mountain guide (Kim) took us on a trip of a lifetime, and kept us all amused along the way. Andres our camp manager made sure that we where always looked after, fed & watered and welcomed us back into camp each day with a smile and great food. You couldn't ask for more and I would highly recommend this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Vallee Blanche, the cable car ride across it from Aiguille du Midi at 3842m and the icy blue crevasses which you see to and from the Helbronner cable car. Beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kim Jackson was our group leader and looked after us all throughout the two week camping trek and kept a good pace, not too fast and not to slow. Great giggles along the way. Andres Urban our camp manager made us feel at home each day with great logistics support throughout the trek, and top class camping food.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try and go when its not too hot! It was in the high 20's most days and a little too hot some days when it got steep. Be bold....start early and cold (as Kim would tell us, to avoid the mid day sun). Take a good sleeping mattress / inflatable....you will appreciate it after a few days camping.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trek and group of fellow walkers. Next trip.....Mont Blanc itself perhaps...?
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Michelle Mason
    We couldn't have asked for a better guide, group, campsite support or weather report!! An amazing 2 weeks spent circumnavigating Mont Blanc with vista after vista of stunning scenery; brilliant and challenging walking through valleys and up and over cols (minus Col de Tricot in the heat - bleurgh!); fabulous camping and camaraderie; a truly awe-inspiring day watching the UTMB; and too many superb cake stops to mention en-route. Jenny and Clare did a top-notch job in delivering our trip and we all enjoyed the journey due to their care, diligence and smiles. Simply unforgettable

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the the UTMB - hands down the most impressive and awe-inspiring day of the trip closely followed by the trip up in the cable car from Courmayer across to the Aiguille Du Midi and back again.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jenny knew every facet of the trail and where we could deviate to get an even better viewpoint, challenge or piece of cake :) I have a serious addiction to tart aux myrtilles now. My waistline thanks you Jenny

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a challenging walk. I have done Kili, Toubkal and EBC and this was the most challenging walking by far. True, it doesn't have the altitude of these other hikes, but with about 9,500 meters of ascent in total, it is not a walk in the park.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Neil Pittaway
    I Just have returned from an absolute fantastic holiday on the Tour du mont Blanc camping trek (6-20 August 2016) with it's breathtaking scenery and amazing walking!!! with some of the best views you will find any where in the world!! The camping and walking experience is brilliant!!! and is a totally emersive experience with excellent and flawless organisation and in-depth knowledge on the areas and sites visited from our team leader / guide(s) Clare Appleby and John Briggs who made everyone feel included, welcomed at every stage of the holiday sharing their knowledge and passion for the outdoor life style and their love of the mountains in the regions covered on the tour. Clare cooked some amazing food! and organised all the day to day camping and transporting logistics in a seamlessly flawless manor, whilst John did the same for the walking, providing excellent guiding and knowledge of the mountain scenery with it's flora and fawner! etc. The group two was excellent!! - with a good range of ages and mix of backgrounds and was a truly international group where we shared good humour over camping and some hotel dinners and on the trails! The communal camping experience is also fantastic which enabled us to gel even better as a group sharing life experiences and stories from the trek. This holiday is exceptional value and is a great introduction to the beautiful scenery of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is very hard to say what the most inspirational moments were on the trip as there were so many magical moments, these included swimming in a beautiful fresh water lake even though the locals seemed to think we were barmy doing this. however it was great fun and a good way to relax after a longish day trekking. The many varied views on the trek, the Helbruna cable car to the Aiguille du Midi and from the campsites watching and recording the sun rise and set on the Bosson glacier were truly stunning and inspirational. The great humour shared by the whole group and leaders during the trek and the communal camping life style Particularly having to muck in with the cleaning and washing up brought everyone closer together and more integrated as a group.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    John Briggs was and is an exceptional tour leader!! very dedicated and well organised!! John guided us all safely and brilliantly!! throughout each day of the trek. There were 14 of us on the trek and John set the pace brilliantly allowing for the people like me to have time to take photographs and to record the scenery through painting and drawing. John paced and managed each trekking day extremely well giving a detailed briefing each evening of what to expect on the days trails. John also shared his in-depth expertise on the mountain scenery and its flora a Forna. Whilst on the rest days he gave equally good briefings with options and directions of what's available to do in the region(s) where the rest days were spent. I have undertaken a number of treks in Nepal and some in south America and I have never had explained by any previous guide(s) how to be able to walk properly to use your boots and to be able to trust them to avoid potential walking hazards etc. John did this at key intervals in the trek which was extremely useful and made walking easier and safer. Clare Appleby who also had an equally difficult job of organising all the camping logistics including setting up each campsite, shopping and then cooking great three course dinners as well as transporting the luggage between each campsite. Clare made everyone feel extremely welcome and her cooking was amazing! If you are lucky enough to have John Briggs and Clare Appleby as your team leader(s) then you will get a truly well managed, organised and emersive camping trek that you will remember for the rest of your life.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to have a good level of fitness to do this trek with some experience of mountain trekking as some of the days have continuous fairly steep ascents and descents. It is important that you have a undertaken some training / walking in preparation for this trip before you go and to have the right equipment including good well broken in boots. I also find that trekking poles help a great deal whilst on the trails. The tents that exodus use are spacious and comfortable but I would recommend a good self inflating camping mattress and I also took a four season sleeping bag even though it was only cold a few nights during camping. You may need some extra Euros than outlined on the trip notes as some of the refuge drinks can be expensive. If it is clear and good weather it is well worth paying the 80 euros (approx). to do the return cable car trip from Helbrunna on the Italian side to the Aguille Du Midi on one of the rest days for some of the most breathtaking scenery of mountains you will see any where!! You can pay in Euros in Switzerland - so there is no need to take or change money into Swiss francs. Bring some swim ware / shorts - for swimming in rivers etc..

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The campsites that exodus use are very good the majority of them have fantastic mountain views of glaciers and mountains. The majority of campsites have good hot showers all of which are free - Switzerland was the best equipped campsites. Most campsites particularly the ones on the rest days have washing and drying machines so there are some opportunities to be able to do washing for a modest price. If you are looking for a totally immersive and exceptional holiday which will bring you closer to the mountains and the natural world I would definitely recommend this holiday!! Neil Pittaway August 2016
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Hapsa Takolia
    This has to be one of the most amazing, fabulous trips I have ever done. The spectacular views, being in the mountains, supportive guides and a good bunch of walking minded people -top marks!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    To have the ability to keep up with other walkers, to finish the tour and to have survived the whole trip camping!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jeffrey Oonk was our tour guide.. I can not express what a wonderful guide he was. He was always attentive of everybody's abilities, enthusiastic about the walk and very knowledgable about the area, plants and animals. He made the trip exceptional and nothing was ever a problem or issue. He was always giving us advice about using walking sticks and walking up/down mountains as well as being very conscious/ethical about supporting the local communities. I would definitely recommend him as a guide and would be happy to attend any of his tours in the future.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I was a complete novice on travelling alone with small group of people I had never met.. I kept debating about whether this is the trip for me, but now I am so glad I did it as I have had one of the best time. So If you are debating about whether this is for you, I would say go ahead and book. Read the information/guide provided by exodus and use their chat room to talk to like minded people and then you can't go wrong.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Stephanie Simko
    We thoroughly enjoyed the who trip, walking through spectacular scenery and camping it picturesque locations. It was well organised and met all our expectations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being in the alpine meadows with all the beautiful flowers surrounded by snow capped mountains. This could be a fabulous selling point for Exodus.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jeff was fantastic, well organised, knowledgeable, fun and a responsible leader. He had a special talent to spot any potential problems and sort them out quietly and efficiently. he had an excellent knowledge of the local flora and we enjoyed his regular explanations during the walks. Congratulations to Exodus on selecting such a high quality person to lead the trek. We would love to walk with him again. Also Andy the camp manager was amazing and produced delicious food with limited facilities for both vegetarians and non vegetarians . His pleasant and cheerful personality was a bonus at the end of a days walk.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is worth doing some training before you go on this trip as physical fitness will add to the enjoyment of the overall experience.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As some participants of the trek traveled from Australia, Canada, Africa etc. it would have been useful if camping mattresses had been supplied by Exodus as this would have helped reduce carrying bulky items on long distance flights and added to a comfortable rest after a days walk. We highly recommend this holiday for those who love walking in the mountains.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Catherine Hocking
    What a fabulous two weeks walking amidst stunning mountain scenery. We had mostly fantastic weather so the mountain views were spectacular and walking through carpets of alpine flowers in full bloom (end of July/beginning August) and lots of different butterflies made every day special.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day was inspirational in different ways but reaching the top of each col provided fantastic mountain views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    John was undoubtedly the best leader I've had on a trip because he has the perfect combination of experience, leadership, support and sociability. I had knee problems from day 3 but I can't thank John enough for his treatment advice, his ongoing support and his kindness assisting with decisions about managing the problem which enabled me to complete the trek.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As many other reviewers have commented, take poles they're invaluable for the steep descents. Embrace the camping experience; two weeks may sound daunting but the tents were spacious and the whole experience was so much fun. Take a small brolly - it really is useful for the sudden showers/thunderstorms.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A really wonderful holiday with a lovely group of people. I can't wait for the next trekking holiday with Exodus but a lot to live up to after this trip!
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Gina Moore
    Two weeks of amazing scenery, mountains, camping, great camp mates and lots of fun. The camping was great, even the rainy evenings, as were the endless games of UNO and cards. The mountains were AMAZING and in my opinion this is a must do trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All of it really. Each day more great walking, more great views and more great memories

    What did you think of your group leader?

    John was our walking guide and he was great. Lots of tips on walking technique for both the novice and experienced walker alike. Great pace throughout and lots of advice on any walking ailments from blisters to sore knees. He also had lots of little 'optional extra walks' up his sleeve, a good sense of humour but not such a great choice in his music!! Claire was our camp manager and she was fabulous. Camp always well set up on arrival with tea and biscuits waiting. Her dinners were absolutely great and exactly what you needed after a long day walking. I have some special dietary requirements and she went out of her way to get me food I could eat and cook a separate dinner for me. She was always helpful and really made the camping experience great. Claire our camp manager was

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking poles are a MUST even if you have not used them before, you will need them on this trip. Bring with you a sense of humour and sense of adventure and you will be fine and have a great trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Listen to the advice of the leader and you will have a fabulous trip.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Joanne Griffiths
    All the key elements I look for in a trip …. mountains, hiking, camping, new friends, lots of laugh and tired legs; this trip definitely delivered! Add in some great weather, maybe a little rain, great food, beer, gelato and Uno … an all-round awesome trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Simply spending time in jaw droppingly fabulous scenery ....... at every single turn. Fabulous group of fellow trekkers, so much joy and laughter every day!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    John clearly belongs to the school of tour leaders who make it look completely effortless; when it really isn’t. He knew and monitored every ailment, dodgy knee, blister, poor diet and sun burn of our team; but when it came to walking, it was like going out for a hike with a mate. Perfect pace throughout the trek, but providing us with additional challenges along the way. Genuinely fostered a ‘team’ ethos. Legend. Clare: cool, calm, patient and very professional. Without fail she would be at the entrance to our campsite on arrival (us - hot, tired, dirty and hungry) with a smile and clear details about the amenities …. toilets, showers and laundry. Tents would be up, kit bags out of the van, hot water for drinks and biscuit box at the ready …. beer in the ice box! The food she prepared was tasty, nutritious and plentiful. A special mention for the lovely cakes she sourced for my birthday!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Listen and act upon the advice given by your tour leader (how to walk, what to eat, how much to drink, what to pack in your day sack, where to buy the best tart!) and you’ll practically skip up the mountains.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Look into paragliding into Chamonix on the final day of the trek; it was a perfect finish to wonderful holiday.

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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