Trekking in Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc Highlights

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TWN
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

Beautiful alpine walking on the best of the Mont Blanc Circuit

The circuit of Mont Blanc is one of the finest walking routes in the Alps. It is in reality a series of paths linking the seven valleys that surround the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc. It normally takes a fortnight to complete the whole circuit, but for those with less time this one-week Exodus tour takes in the most outstanding sections with beautiful mountain highlights each day. Throughout the holiday we are based in the delightful chalet with dramatic views of Mont Blanc, and use private buses to travel out each day to re-join the next stage of our walk covering beautiful sections of the famous circuit. At the end of each day we return home for afternoon tea, or for those who wish, a dip in the chalet’s bubbling Jacuzzi.

Highlights

  • Walk surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery
  • See the high alpine lake Lac Blanc
  • Stay in a comfortable chalet with outdoor hot tub

Key information

  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Travel by minibus, local train and cable car
  • Altitude maximum 2352m, average 1525m
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus UK leader
  • 7 nights in comfortable chalet, all rooms with private bathrooms

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single accommodation (not available)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 5-7 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 29.0km/6.0miles
Day 311.0km/7.0miles
Day 411.0km/6.0miles
Day 615.0km/9.0miles
Day 79.0km/6.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Fly to Geneva; transfer to your chalet.  There is plenty of time to walk into Chamonix in the afternoon before a pre-dinner briefing from the walking leader.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Drive to the head of the Chamonix Valley; walking towards Switzerland via the trekking peak L'Aiguillette des Posettes and onto Col du Possettes and then descend back towards La Tour.

    Our first walk of the week is on the slopes of the Col du Balme from where we will have stunning views back to Mont Blanc as well as into Switzerland. From the small hamlet of Montroc (1380m – 4400ft) we have a short warm-up walk before the trail turns uphill on a steady zigzag path. As the trees thin out, the views get ever better and by late morning we reach Aiguilette des Possettes (2200m – 7220 ft). This is a stunning peak from where we are rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the Chamonix Valley, the Aiguille Rouge national park and around to Switzerland. The path continues down to the Col du Possettes and then on a steady trail becoming ever more winding and finally down to La Tour. (1450m – 4750ft).

    6 hours walking. 820m - 2700ft up, 730m – 2400ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Transfer above Les Houches; ascend to the Bel Lachat Refuge, before crossing the Carlaveyron Natural Reserve and summiting the Aiguillette des Houches and the Aiguillette du Brevent.

    Today we have a spectacular walk from (1370m – 4450ft) up to the Bel Lachat refuge on the classic TMB and GR5 routes. Crossing the beautiful Carlaveyron Natural Reserve, we summit the Aiguillette des Houches (2285m – 7500ft) for one of the finest views in the Alps - looking directly across the Chamonix Valley to the Mont Blanc summit. Passing through alpine meadows we descend by a different route to La Flatière (1370m – 4500ft).

    7 hours walking. 900m – 2950ft up, 930m – 3050ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Starting from Les Houches we cross the Col de Voza and continue towards Les Contamines.

    A short transfer takes us through picturesque hamlets and quaint Savoy farmhouses to Maison Neuve, our starting point above the village of Les Houches. From here we begin our climb to the Col de Voza (1653m – 5360ft) from where we enjoy sweeping views of the Chamonix Valley and Aravis mountains. Crossing the lines of the Tramway du Mont Blanc, the highest rack railway in France, we head into the Bionnassay Valley, dominated by the spectacular Aiguille de Bionnassay and its glacier. We continue via the little village of Le Champel towards Les Contamines commune (1015m – 3330ft). Many of our walking leaders choose to run this day in reverse which is equally excellent.

    7 hours walking, 11km – 7 miles, 560m –1840ft up, 610m – 2000ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day for optional walks, activities or sightseeing.

    Today is a free day for optional walks or sightseeing. Your leader will be able to advise you of possible walking routes or you may choose to visit the bustling alpine resort town of Chamonix, which is only 15 minutes’ walk away and has numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. There are several cablecar excursions you can make from Chamonix, of which the most spectacular is the ascent to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m - 12600ft), offering fantastic views of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks. It should also be possible to take the mountain train up to Montenvers for close up views of the glacier, Mer de Glace.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy; climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse high above the spectacular Ferret Valley to Courmayeur.

    We drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy for a chance to soak up some Italian atmosphere! From Arp Nouva (1770m – 5805ft) we climb up and along to the Bonatti refuge. At just over (2000m – 6560ft), the view from here is one of the finest on the tour. Mont Blanc itself, the towering rocky peak of Grandes Jorasses and the glaciers that crowd the northern flank of Val Ferret are there to be admired. Following a dramatic traversing path we contour high above the valley before descending towards the valley floor. Time allowing, we head off to Courmayeur, the perfect spot for a well-deserved Italian ice-cream.

    7 hours walking. 450m – 1500ft up, 550m – 1804ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Starting from Les Praz; walk via Lac Blanc to La Flegere then descend by cable car.

    We drive to les Praz and then take the cable car to La Flégère (1877m - 3900ft). From here it is a mostly steady, but at times a steep and rough path to the beautiful Lac Blanc. This is the highest point of the week (2352m - 7715ft) and a spectacular setting with dramatic, panoramic vistas. If we are lucky we will be able to see a majestic ibex grazing on the mountainside. We then descend via a second trail, making a circular route, and continue back to La Flégère, from where we take the cable car back down to the valley floor.

    7 hours walking. 520m – 1690ft up, 520m – 1690ft down

    If the Flégère lift is closed (Spring and Autumn departures), or there is low lying snow and it is not possible to walk to Lac Blanc then we will instead walk to the beautiful Lacs des Cheserys and then onwards to Flégère before descending past the charming Chalet Floria (there will be time for a cup of tea) and onwards to Chamonix. This will make a total climb of 746m – 2445 ft and descent of 1184m - 3880ft. This is a stunning and beautiful day that equals the original. We only anticipate this happening on the spring and autumn departures.

    7 hours walking.  8km - 5miles - 890m – 2920ft up, 500m – 1640ft down (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Chalet Chamonix or Chocolat.

    Following breakfast we say our goodbyes.  Those on the group flights will transfer to Geneva; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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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.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included in the price of the trip. All food is home cooked in the chalet using local ingredients.

Typical Meals:

Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast will usually consist of cereal, eggs, orange juice, croissant, fresh French bread, butter, jam, tea or coffee.

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

Evening meal: This will normally consist of a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat or fish with rice, potatoes or pasta and vegetables, followed by dessert or fruit and tea or coffee. The price of the evening meal does not include wine, beer, bottled water or soft drinks.

Vegetarians and Gluten-free diets: We happily cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please inform us at the time of booking.

Weather

From late May to late 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 at higher altitudes 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 20ºC at altitude (though it will feel colder if wet and windy) and 5 to 15ºC in the valley at night; possibly a little lower early and late in the season. There is always the possibility of snow, even in August.

Chamonix

Chamonix

Is this trip for you?

This itinerary includes 5 days hill walking with transport to and from start/end points of walks. The maximum altitude is 2350m, with an average of 1525m. Some of the days are quite long, sometimes involving an ascent of 900/950m (3000/3120ft) followed by a similar descent. This will mean steadily walking uphill for 2 to 4 hours and then the same down again. The paths are rocky and steep in sections but generally well maintained. Due to the quality of the trails, the general 'civilisation' of the area and the relative shortness of the trek, we rate it as an Activity level 3, Moderate. That said for those new to hill walking or not walking fit the trekking may feel quite tough.

Walking hours stated are given as approximates only and include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. However, in general, days average about six to seven hours and up to nine miles in distance. The trek should be within the capabilities of anyone good health and is reasonably fit. The route throughout is non-technical, although there is a short section with a fixed sloping ladder and metal footsteps to help traverse what would be a steeper section. We will be walking mountain paths throughout however and this trip is not advised for severe vertigo sufferers.

Spring and Autumn departures: Late spring and early autumn is a great time to visit Chamonix and walk in the mountains. The air is clear, the views are stunning and paths are quiet and tranquil. Chamonix itself is still open for business but the bustle of the high season is replaced by a more laid back vibe. Although the itinerary will be similar and we will continue to walk spectacular sections of the TMB, we will need to alter some of the days. This will be due to the cable car not running, (pre the 10th of June and post 17th September) or (especially in spring time) to snow on the paths or due to river crossings not being possible. Cafes on the mountain may well be closed for some departures too. We try to make sure that any alterations stay within the grading and overall theme of the trip but some days may be a little longer and a little harder. We will always make sure that all walks still show off the best this area has to offer.

The itinerary for all departures may also be altered or modified from time to time depending on the weather, the conditions of the route, the abilities and/or wishes of the group, or other local factors. The leader will discuss these changes with you if and when they occur.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Chalet Chamonix or Chocolat

As one of our most popular walking itineraries this trip has seen an unprecedented demand. New for 2018 we are pleased to be able to offer a second superb chalet – the Chalet Chocolat. The chalet provides the same level of comfort and facilities as our original chalet (Chalet Chamonix) and allows us to allocate bookings to provide the best group sizes between the two accommodations. We previously used the Chalet Chocolat back in 2014 with excellent feedback from our trekkers, however unfortunately the owner had to sell the property. We are now pleased to be able to use it again alongside the Chalet Chamonix allowing us to take more people on the fantastic walks in this spectacular region. If you are booking and not on the same booking reference as a friend/s that you wish to share a chalet with please let your sales consultant know at the time of booking. In high season (June to September) we will have groups in both chalets, however they will run independently and each chalet will have its own leader, chalet staff and private bus. The walking itinerary will be the same for both chalets however the order of the walks may differ slightly.

 Chalet Chocolat & Chalet Chamonix

These delightful alpine chalets both have 7 rooms with private bathrooms and are surrounded by large gardens with a Jacuzzi and Mont Blanc views. Both have comfortable lounges and dining rooms with a large table where delicious home cooked  meals will be served and scrumptious cakes will be provided daily for afternoon tea. Located between 15-25 minutes from the heart of Chamonix they provide the perfect base for walking the best of the Tour du Mont Blanc and a relaxing week in the Alps. Due to the natural layout of a chalet build, bedrooms vary in size and shape and some, but not all, have access to a balcony. In Chalet Chocolat one bedroom on the top floor has a Velux window as opposed to a wall mounted window and a large private bathroom on the floor below.  This room will be allocated to the last 2 people to book. In Chalet Chamonix, two bedrooms on the top floor have Velux windows set into a gradually sloping roof. Half the room has a full height ceiling while the beds are positioned under the sloping section these two rooms will be allocated to the last 4 people to book. Both chalets offer complementary Wi-Fi in the communal areas.

Please note: on booking your confirmation documents will name Chalet Chamonix however you may be allocated to Chalet Chocolat. This will be confirmed on your Final Joining Instructions sent 4 weeks before your departure date.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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  • Reviewed July 2018
    Rachel Pierce

    Perfect holiday!

    Wow, what can I say? This holiday exceeded my expectations in every way - the walks were varied and interesting, the weather was amazing and our hosts Sarah and Rich at Chalet Chamonix were brilliant, providing us with gourmet international cuisine every evening and gorgeous cakes in the afternoons after our walks. The scenery and views were stunning - I was in awe of the scale of everything compared to our English Lake District mountains. The days weren't as long as I was expecting - we had plenty of stops for refreshments and time to go into the lovely town of Chamonix.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The jaw dropping views on all the walks, but especially from the top of the Aiguille du Midi, being so high up and close to Mont Blanc and looking down over the Chamonix valley.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mark was an excellent leader - organised, informative, knowledgeable and good company. He catered for the needs of all abilities in the group and entertained us with his 'true stories'.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As a regular fell walker I found the walks easier than I'd expected and the short stretches of via ferrata completely manageable (none of the days contained anything worse than I'd encountered in the Lake District). I'd had concerns before the trip as I'm ok with heights but not exposure - happily I managed everything I came across without worry. However, the walks shouldn't be underestimated if you're unfit or unused to regular walking - they are tough ascents and descents, often on rough and loose ground.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Aiguille du Midi is a must on the free day - and Step into the Void is a once in a lifetime experience (head straight there when you arrive as we queued for 45 mins). The walk along the Grand Balcon Nord from the Plan de l'Aguille mid station to Montenvers via Signal Forbes is excellent.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Helen de Wolf

    A fabulous week!

    A fantastic combination of a very friendly group, wonderful guide and the culinary delights of Chalet Chamonix. Quite a jackpot! We enjoyed it all and the mountains and breathtaking views lived up to all expectations. We also benefited from a tremendous work out each day for legs more accustomed to the flat lands of The Netherlands! It was a great experience. The unassuming superstars of Chalet Chamonix are Sarah and Rich whose hospitality and delicious food exceeded our expectations; I think they must set a new culinary standard for Exodus trips! The teatime cakes and international cuisine at dinner created a welcome and unexpected element to the trip which was quite a talking point. Our group had quite a discussion about the activity grading of this trip, most felt that parts of it felt more strenuous than the indicated 'Moderate 3' might suggest. However, you do feel like you have had a very full and enjoyable week at the end.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There are many on this trip! The day in Italy was a good contrast to the higher walks on the French side; wonderful wild flowers everywhere and delicious hot chocolate and ice cream.... The trip up to the Aiguille du Midi on the free day is really worth doing; it's impressive.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mark is great! A real, no-nonsense, mountain man with huge experience. Our group included those with different levels of experience, including a fell runner, but I felt he made us all feel comfortable, also ensuring we knew the programme for the day, so we could enjoy the holiday as part of a group.... I feel I learned a lot about the area too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, read the trip notes carefully and then read them again! You do need to be fit and have some hill walking experience (and gear) to enjoy this trip properly. The trip is listed 'Moderate 3' but it is certainly more demanding, because of the ascents and descents, than other trips we have experienced at this level. However, we enjoyed it very much. The views and landscape are worth all the effort.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Karen OBrien

    Trip Review

    A thoroughly enjoyable trip with expert guidance walking in the Mont Blanc region. Comfortable accommodation in Chamonix, within easy walking distance from town centre. Gourmet, three course dinners also provided with breakfast and picnic lunches

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being in the French alps in summer, with breathtaking views during the walks and from the chalet.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was friendly, professional and knowledgeable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I assumed I would be one of the oldest people participating in this walk at 61 and was delighted to find that fellow participants were of a similar age and similar interests.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend this trip to fellow travellers
  • Reviewed July 2018
    David Goff

    Mont Blanc Highlights

    A good introduction to walking in the Chamonix region

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The high walks looking down into the Chamonix valley and the lower level walk in the Aosta valley. wonderful colours with wild flowers.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very safe and looked after the group well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You should have walking experience in mountains and be able to manage fairly steep climbs. Small amounts of via ferrata but always plenty of good chains/ropes to hold on to. Important to have reasonable fitness for the uphill. Some days involve climbs of 1000m. Sturdy walking boots required. Walking poles not essential but may help on the downhill sections.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    john woolgrove

    Wonderful trip

    Organisation of trip excellent. Stayed in Chalet Chocolat, comfortable, what made our stay was out hosts Zoe and Ben who ran the chalet efficiently and were great fun. The catering was gourmet standard with fabulous cakes every day. Our guide Mark has lived in the area for 10 years, he was a superb guide and had many interesting stories. The terrain was quite tough for us in our 60's but very enjoyable with world-beating views. We enjoyed sharing the chalet with a good crowd.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent and great fun

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit and you'll enjoy it even more
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Brenda Mosedale

    Mont Blanc Highlights- Chalet Chamonix

    I wasn't sure about a holiday in the mountains. I enjoy walking and thought I'd be up for the challenge. I wasn't disappointed. Most of the week we were in Chamonix we had warm sunshine, which simply made the mountains more spectacular. Chalet Chamonix was comfortable as a base and the food, including the cakes on our return from walking, little short of amazing. It was interesting to have 2 hosts at the chalet who both looked after us for the week as well as driving us to where we needed to be so that our guide could lead us up the mountain paths.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I couldn't point to just one - the views from the highest points of our walks were great - with the exception of the one day when the cloud came down on us. One of the most troubling aspects was to see just how quickly the level of the huge glacier above Chamonix was going down as the ice melted.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was quiet and efficient, always ready with information when asked and engaging with each of the group on the topics that most interested them. The hosts were welcoming and ready to make our stay both comfortable and fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It helps to take seriously the advice to be as fit as you can be and get used to walking both uphill and downhill. Walking poles really do help. If you can print boarding pass and baggage tag for your return through Geneva airport it will make things much quicker and less stressful!
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Carolyn Scott

    Great walks, great food, great company

    Recently returned from an amazing walking holiday in the stunning area surrounding Mont Blanc. A lovely break away in the fresh mountain air with great hospitality & food, staying in a comfortable chalet in Chamonix.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What could be better than having toiled uphill for a couple of hours or so, than sitting eating a delicious packed lunch, & feeling like you really earned it! And enjoying glorious, mountain views stretching in all directions. A 'feel good' factor moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Superb hospitality, well informed on all aspects of the locality, good entertaining company & fabulous cooking

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go prepared to enjoy!
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Sally Nichols

    Amazing trails, Fab food & Great company

    This trip went far beyond my expectations. The walking was great, through lush wooded hills and fields full of the most beautiful wild flowers. The weather was mixed with one day completely washed out, although not spoilt as we still enjoyed the variety of walking even when soaked! What stood apart was the food - Sarah and Richard were the best hosts I have yet encountered - and I have traveled for over 25 years. The themed menus, quality and presentation of meals was second to none. The freshly baked daily cakes were so good to come back to after a challenging day in the mountains too. My only problem was leaving enough room for dinner each evening.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Coming across the beautiful 'Chalet la Floria' halfway up one of our later walks in the week (I won't spoil the surprise to tell you which walk). Its multi-coloured umbrellas against the starkness of Mont Blanc and the brilliant blue sky behind it were magical. And the coffee/loo stop was very welcome too!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shaun was knowledgeable and a calm and steady guide that kept us all happy - whether we were racing ahead or lagging behind - we walked as a group and enjoyed the trip so much more because of it.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Request Chalet Chamonix to experience the best cuisine in the mountains, with Sarah and Richard. The boot room didn't always dry out boots after heavy rain so take some plastic bags to put over your socks to keep you walking in comfort (this worked well for me for two days). The fan in each room was great at creating white noise to drown out your snoring room-share!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book it - you won't regret this trip if you enjoy walking. Our party ranged in age from 40s, 50s to mid-60s and all had a great time.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Tania Rahman

    The hills are really alive...

    Mont Blanc was really the star of the trip. I loved the way we were put together in the Chalet (Chocolat) and led by Pete our group leader. Zoe and Ben also put every possible effort to look after us well. Most of all I met such wonderful and inspirational people in the group. I will be staying in touch with some and never forget the rest.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lunch time on the first hiking day. I stood on the hill and the mountains opened up to me. It was honestly like the film, “The Sound of Music!” Used to London air conditioning and urban air. Being on these hills, I felt I could breathe properly away from pollution. As a child I read Heidi and matched my imagination so well. The scenery was what I had read about in my geography lessons as a child. This included the glacier cut landscapes and the rivers in the valleys.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pete was obviously very experienced, educated and professional. To add to this he was always genuinely thoughtful about our welfare and safety. He was extremely kind, caring, and sensitive to our individual needs. I was rather anxious about this hiking trip. He certainly helped me increase my confidence in my abilities and next time go into something like this I’ll be more confident in my own abilities.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you read the advice, especially in the trip notes before going and make sure you don’t rush your preparation in the last minute. I would advise you to make sure you take all the suggested clothing/equipment as stated as it’s very helpful to have it as such. It includes the ear plugs as chalets are not especially sound proof. I went straight from work to travelling there and it’s always good to have some time to unwind and rest before and after. I found it a bit of a mental adjustment from inner city urban London. That way is the best way to appreciate the holiday the most.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There may doubts in your head about your abilities and for most people this will help their confidence.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Paul West

    Great Experiance

    Great Walking without being over stretched phyically Amazing Views Great Chalet Hosts Super Guide Great Company

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was all inspirational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our Group leader Frank had a great knowledge of the area. He was also very informative about much of the flora and fauna. He kept the group together well, managing the pace to ensure that all got the best out of thier days afoot. Stops for a breather and take in the scenary were regular but not so many as to impact on the joy of each hike. His commitment showed when he was spotted in the mountains doing a recci for one of the week's later walks on his day off. Top marks!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walks were not over strenuous , though did involve a long climb and decent each day. One does not need to be super fit to enjoy this holiday. However best suited to those who are regular walkers or from a sporting background. Best pub for a post walk drink is the Little Boxes bar, just 400m or so from the Chalet Chamonix

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our chalet hosts, Sarah and Richard were outstanding. Sarah provided some of the best food we have ever tasted (She deserves an award!) Richard was always on hand in the back ground with a smile doing all those jobs that a host needs to do. Thier knowlegde of Chamonix and the area was considerable and very useful and thieir obvious love of the Great Outdoors shone through. The rooms were spotless and the view of Mont Blanc from the Chalet could not have been better.

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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