Mont Blanc Ascent

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Tough/Tough+
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Trip code: 
TWM
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
2–6
Min age:
18

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 a top of Western Europe’s highest peak. Attempted over two days, our itinerary is designed to give you the very best chance of reaching the summit. During the expedition, the rewarding peak of Tête Blanche will also usually be climbed, teaching snow and ice techniques, building your confidence and helping with acclimatisation.

Highlights

  • Crampon and ice axe tuition
  • Two day summit attempt increases chances of success
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation in Le Fayet

Key information

  • 3 days training/high-level trekking, 2 days summit attempt
  • 3 nights 2-star Hotel la Chaumiere, 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
  • Countries visited: France

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 4 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 Le Fayet)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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6

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour 

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 10.5km/0.3miles
Day 218.0km/11.3miles
Day 36.0km/3.8miles
Day 413.0km/8.1miles
Day 53.0km/1.9miles
Day 68.0km/5.0miles
Day 76.0km/3.8miles

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Itinerary

Le Fayet
to
Le Fayet
  • Day 1

    Transfer to Plan de l’aiguille (2207m); equipment hire.

    We drop our main luggage at Hotel la Chaumiere, where we will stay the following night. Those not flying with the group will rendezvous with us at the airport or join the group at La Fayet.

    We will have the chance to change and pack our climbing gear and day rucksack followed by a transfer to the Cable car aiguille du midi. On the way there will be possibility to stop at Saint Gervais for hiring technical equipment as necessary. Then we will walk down to the hut plan de l’aiguille. If time allows, our time will check the equipment and show us a few climbing techniques.

    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 2.

    Hut

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Acclimatisation and training day. Practice of scrambling techniques and off-track walking.

    After a hearty breakfast the guide will show us some scrambling techniques and off-track walking. The purpose of the day is to practise as much as possible and familiarise ourselves with technical hiking terrain in altitude, to acclimatise and train for the Gouter hut climb.

    At the end of the day we will take the cable car down to the valley of Chamonix and transfer to Le Fayet. We will stay at the 2 star family run hotel, la Chaumiere at 580m altitude. La Fayet is the perfect base location for our trip, it is just beside the train station to Nid d’Aigle for the Mont Blanc ascent and a 20 mins walk to the Thermal bath of Saint Gervais which you may want to use during your stay here. 

    Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Transfer and cable car to Albert Premier refuge. Afternoon snow and ice skills training.

    In the morning we transfer (public or private transport) to the cable car of la Balme, where take the chair lift or the cable car up to 2200m and walk up to the Albert Premier hut. In the afternoon we will have the option, depending on weather conditions, to practise ice technique on the glacier – roped up – or practise rock climbing with rope on any of the numerous boulders above the hut.

    Hut

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Glacier technique training; classic climb to Tete Blanche (3429m).

    Today we will practise some glacier technique and familiarise ourselves with our crampon. Starting from the hut, depending on weather conditions, we steadily climb either Tete Blanche (3429m). Then we will walk back and transfer to Le Fayet for a good night sleep before 2 days of tough climbing.

    NB: The itinerary for the next three days will depend on the weather on Mont Blanc. This decision is made by our local partners. 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
  • Day 5

    Train to Nid d’Aigle (2372m); walk to the Tete Rousse hut (3167m).

    We will start late morning from Le Fayet by taking the train to Nid d’Aigle (2372 m). From there we will walk up to the Tete Rousse hut (3167m). Today will be guided by the lead mountain guide and additional(s) mountain guide(s) for Mont Blanc climb will join us for dinner. For Mont Blanc Ascent, there will be one guide with 2 clients so one or two more guides will be with the group in the next following days, depending on the group size.

    Hut

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Climb to the Gouter hut and then the Mont Blanc (4810m).

    Today is D-day! After a very early start (can be 1 am, 4 am or 7 am depending on weather conditions) we will climb to the Gouter hut and then the Mont Blanc (4810m) then after the summit we will stay in the Tete Rousse or Gouter hut for the night.

    Hut

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Second chance to climb the summit; descend to Le Fayet.

    Today we will have a second chance to climb Mont Blanc for those who did not have the time or the energy to do it the day before, or in case of bad weather. Then we descend to Le Fayet for our well deserved break, where we spend the night.

    Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Le Fayet.

    End at the hotel in Le Fayet in the morning.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 4 evening meals included.

Please also note that no refund will be given for meals not taken or taken other than where designated. 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. 

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 8 - Tough/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, which you do not need to be familiar with prior to the trip). 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 two 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 for the attempt on Mont Blanc summit; here the ratio will be 1 guide to every 2 clients. 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 learn the technical 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.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
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020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels & Mountain Huts/Refuges

You will spend 3 nights in Hotel la Chaumiere, in Le Fayet. This is a comfortable 2-star hotel in a good location. 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)

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2019
    Anon P

    Local guides are a joke

    The guides are sexist and unprofessional. All they cared about was rushing back down and changed the itinerary when there were perfect conditions. They swore at the ladies and failed to teach the group any ice axe skills.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    None

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As in the summary! Poor!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t book with exodus or don’t use a local French or Italian guide. Pay more and use a British IFMG instead.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You put everyone’s life at risk on this trip and it’s so sad that you work with these sexists companies. From no hotel briefing to poor organisation and swearing and derogatory comments from the local team it’s the worst trip ever.
  • Reviewed September 2019
    Sarina Pietrosanti

    Local guides are a joke

    The guides are sexist and unprofessional. All they cared about was rushing back down and changed the itinerary when there were perfect conditions. They swore at the ladies and failed to teach the group any ice axe skills.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    None

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As in the summary! Poor!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t book with exodus or don’t use a local French or Italian guide. Pay more and use a British IFMG instead.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You put everyone’s life at risk on this trip and it’s so sad that you work with these sexists companies
  • Reviewed September 2019
    Richard Bridges

    Mont Blanc Ascent Review

    Ascending Mont Blanc has been a lifetime ambition at the back of my mind. This year at age 65 I reckoned it was 'now or never' and I was able to use a legacy from a beloved aunt to help make it happen through Exodus. I'm glad I didn't leave it any longer, as the Tough rating turned out to be very accurate - it's one of the most physically demanding things I've done. Of course, that made it correspondingly rewarding to actually achieve it. The week as a whole was very well planned, with the three days on the Glacier du Tour building our snow and ice skills as well as our team interaction. We were lucky with the weather, though the forecast did mean the guides changed the detail of the itinerary - we summited in lovely conditions but the final part of the descent next morning was tricky! The mountain refuges were a revelation - much more luxurious than I expected, and with very good food (even if the sleeping arrangements were rather tight).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final part of the summit ridge, when I realised I was actually going to make it, was almost overwhelming, and my aunt was very much in my mind during those last few steps. The descent of the rocky part of the Aiguille du Gouter under snow in the dark (by headlamp) was memorable - I had been a bit anxious about this, but guide Michel was a rock and I never felt insecure. It felt like a real achievement to get down safely in such tricky conditions. Also, the scenery throughout was breathtaking, not only on Mont Blanc but also in our walks on the Glacier du Tour. In the lower parts of the walk to the Albert Premier refuge the local flowers were abundant and beautiful. And at one point we saw a chamois really close.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Gigi was great fun, and clearly immensely experienced (when I asked him if he did any rock climbing the list of places stunned us all, not least El Cap Nose). He used the Glacier du Tour part of the week to get to know us and our abilities, and to get us used to snow, ice and rock, and he did all of this very effectively and with a great sense of humour. His command of English wasn't total, which led to the occasional misunderstanding, but was never a problem. When we joined up with two more guides Luca and Michel for the actual summit trip he divided up the team sensibly between them and everything went off smoothly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's really important to make sure you get yourself as fit as possible beforehand, as the trip notes make clear. One of our team wasn't fit or experienced enough and missed out on the summit ascent as a result. Apart from the sheer physical effort, the two main barriers to success are technical difficulty and the altitude. The technical difficulty is not great in climbing terms ('Facile') but it would be an advantage if this is not one's first experience of crampons, or of rock scrambling. When the weather turned we ended up combining the two with darkness and I was glad of my previous winter experience in Wales and Scotland. Similarly the altitude, at 4800m, is significant and psychologically it was a great help that I'd met its debilitating effects before. There isn't time in the week to acclimatise totally, so going very slowly is the main solution. I think all successful members of my group had been over 4000m before, and I'm sure this helped us.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was very happy with the trip. It was a real challenge for me - I was by no means certain that I was actually up to it physically, though I had worked hard in the UK to prepare as best as I could. The experienced mountain guides really helped my confidence, and their advice as to what to take (and not to take) was invaluable. Without Gigi and Michel I wouldn't have managed it.
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Steve W

    Review of Refuges - Albert 1er, Tete Rousse, Gouter, Les Campanules

    This reviews focuses solely on the accommodations to complement the other reviews: At all refuges below, the food was excellent (!!) served in communal meals. you can purchase beverages and snacks. 1.5L of bottled water was 5, 6, and 7 Euros increasing by refuge below. Albert 1er: Beds: Separate rooms of 4 upper and 4 lower bunks Toilets: "A" Spotless. Running water in sinks, arguably potable. Paper provided. Tete Rousse: Beds: 8 upper and 8 lower bunks in room with no separation between mattresses. Sleep sheet or liner is required Toilets: "C" No running water, tough aroma, somewhat messy. Paper provided. Gouter: Beds: One large room but partitioned into smaller rooms and each bunk has a slight privacy panel (2 feet wide) at head and feet. Toilets: B+ - no running water but clean and neat. Paper provided. Les Campanules: Obviously held to a higher standard than the refuges! Even-numbered rooms have a fabulous mountain view, although the rooms are somewhat simple, with multiple beds, and small shower and toilet areas. Odd-numbered rooms have a limited pine tree view but much more luxurious facilities, although no soaking tub apres hike! If you have an early departure, be sure to settle bill prior evening as no one is available before 7:30am.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    ...
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Mark Green

    Mont Blanc Ascent

    After much hard work in preparing my 60 year old body for this trip I was slightly disappointed that we were unable to tackle Mont Blanc due to high winds and poor visibility. However we were lucky enough to have 2 opportunities to tackle the Gran Paradiso summit in neighbouring Italy which we all managed on the second attempt.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After a failed first attempt climbing Gran Paradiso due to high winds and poor visibility, having another opportunity to attempt the summit the following day in somewhat iffy and very cold weather conditions. Our small group of 4 plus guides summitted just as the thick clouds that we had been ascending through parted just at the right moment to reveal the drama of the magnificent landscape all around us. Only then did we witness how exposed we were with terrifying drops below! This was not Mont Blanc but it was still a big mountain day with some 1350m ascent (mostly on ice), and around 2100m cumulative descent.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The famous 65 years young Bernard Muller (look him up) is very experienced and therefore despite the sometimes questionable weather we felt safe in his capable care. Many people that we met em route appeared to know and respect this man and despite his charming idiosyncrasies he is much fun to be with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We did not attempt to summit Mont Blanc due to the weather but please do not underestimate how fit and conditioned you need to be to undertake the initial training on glaciers then an ascent of an alpine peak. It's hard work whoever you are and you need to bring along with you a good deal of courage and commitment to get through this.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    With adequate training, preparation and the right attitude this is about as much fun and sustained effort that you can have on your 2 legs. And oh yes..... dont forget to bring along a good sense of humour and some very warm gloves!
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Mark Green

    Mont Blanc Ascent

    After much hard work in preparing my 60 year old body for this trip I was slightly disappointed that we were unable to tackle Mont Blanc due to high winds and poor visibility. However we were lucky enough to have 2 opportunities to tackle the Gran Paradiso summit in neighbouring Italy which we all managed on the second attempt.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After a failed first attempt climbing Gran Paradiso due to high winds and poor visibility, having another opportunity to attempt the summit the following day in somewhat iffy and very cold weather conditions. Our small group of 4 plus guides summitted just as the thick clouds that we had been ascending through parted just at the right moment to reveal the drama of the magnificent landscape all around us. Only then did we witness how exposed we were with terrifying drops below! This was not Mont Blanc but it was still a big mountain day with some 1350m ascent (mostly on ice), and around 2100m cumulative descent.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The famous 65 years young Bernard Muller (look him up) is very experienced and therefore despite the sometimes questionable weather we felt safe in his capable care. Many people that we met em route appeared to know and respect this man and despite his charming idiosyncrasies he is much fun to be with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We did not attempt to summit Mont Blanc due to the weather but please do not underestimate how fit and conditioned you need to be to undertake the initial training on glaciers then an ascent of an alpine peak. It's hard work whoever you are and you need to bring along with you a good deal of courage and commitment to get through this.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    With adequate training, preparation and the right attitude this is about as much fun and sustained effort that you can have on your 2 legs. And oh yes..... dont forget to bring along a good sense of humour and some very warm gloves!
  • Reviewed July 2016
    David Sheppard

    Crikey that was hard

    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

    Mont Blanc Ascent

    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

    MONT BLANC ASCENT

    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

    MONT BLANC ASCENT

    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.

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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