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

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Chalet Chamonix or Chocolat.

    Your holiday begins at your comfortable alpine chalet. Those making their own way to the chalet should aim to arrive late morning to early afternoon for introductions. 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.

    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

Please note: On this trip it is essential to have helicopter evacuation cover within your travel insurance.

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

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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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.

To help the environment and save water linen is not changed during the week. Should you need a change of sheets please ask your chalet staff who will happily provide these. Extra towels are available and your chalet staff will let you to where these can be found.

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
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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  • Reviewed August 2018
    Annie Davidson

    Fantastic Trip!

    Highly recommend this trip, everything was great from the magnificent walks to the incredible food. The chalet itself and town of Chamonix are lovely, and each day trip and hike provided beautiful scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was all so scenic, but Lac Blanc and also the day in Italy with wildflowers in full bloom were particularly beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our walking guide Jim was fantastic, very knowledgeable and friendly. And chalet hosts Sarah and Rich were also great; Sarah is an incredible chef and the food was well beyond expectations.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'd recommend going paragliding on the day off, super fun.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Jacqui Bunce

    Chalet Chocolat - Simply delicious

    If you are looking for a weeks hiking within one of the best mountain valleys in Europe, you should take this trip. The scenery is awesome and this trip enables you to see Mont Blanc from a wide variety of perspectives. Our hosts Zoe and Ben at Chalet Chocolat were so welcoming and accommodating. The food was delicious, of an extremely high standard and always beautifully presented. Ben would always head out early to get the fresh baguettes. The range of salads to select for your packed lunch changed daily. The cake ready for your return from a days trekking was always delicious. They were always smiling and cheery and wanting to ensure you had the best possible stay. Mike was our guide for the week and his knowledge of the area and his leadership was outstanding. The banter and humour throughout the week and his skill at ensuring the pace and routes met the needs of all the group was fantastic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The view of Mont Blanc from our balcony as the sun set. The view from the top of the Aiguille de Midi on our day off, seeing the climbers starting to walk off The view of Mont Blanc from the top of the Aiguillette des Houches

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mike Rhodes is an outstanding highly experienced leader who led the group extremely well. There were two days where extenuating circumstances beyond his control i.e. ski lifts out of action and landslides meant that he had to quickly come up with alternative suitable routes. He did this quickly and ensured that the days were still enjoyable and we had the opportunity to have fantastic walks and views

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want to be nearer to the centre of Chamonix then the other chalet offered by Exodus may be preferable, but you would miss out on Zoe's cooking.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Erik Griffioen

    Mont Blanc C'est magnifique

    Generally it was a fun trekking trip. Everyone in the group were pleasant and enjoyable to be with. However, there was a large discrepancy in hiking fitness level so daily hikes were rather slow and sometimes shortened as a result. Food was excellent. Accommodation was comfortable and spacious. Only negative was location which was far out from town centre Chamonix. Wasn't feasible to just go to town for an hour or so before dinner. Public transport in Chamonix over-crowded as the bus/train service was insufficient.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Views were amazing. Fun banter with the group

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jenn was a good leader and tried her best to accomodate all the people of varying fitness and hiking ability
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Julie H

    Wonderful

    Our Mont Blanc highlights trip exceeded our expectations. The walking was at a perfect level for us as fit 60+ yr olds who climb hills weekly. We were with a wonderful, friendly group with similar abilities and a god guide, Frank. Our hosts, Sarah & Rich were wonderful, warm and well organised and cooked us superb meals and made my birthday there a special occasion. Their meals and afternoon cakes were an unexpected' icing on the cake' aspect of the trip. The weather was perfect and the walks varied and spectacular. We loved reaching a summit and sitting on rocks or in meadows to soak up the view and fresh mountain air. There is time to explore Chamonix and on our free day we took the train into Switzerland and visited Emosson Dam via a steep funicular. A great day. We would highly recommend this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views of the snow capped mountains. Hiking through the forests in the lower parts of the mountain. The mountain flowers andmeadows. Waterfalls and swinging bridges. Everything

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was good and knew the area well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do it! Make sure you train by walking up some steep hills a couple of times a week. I felt that this really helped us cope with the walk well.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you. The trip was fabulous and well organised.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Katarina V

    Amazing week at Chalet Chocolat

    This was one of the best organised tour holidays I've ever been on. We had an exceptional week of hiking, our tour guide Tom was awesome - he had fantastic local knowledge, kept us clear of the big tour groups, showed us all the hidden gems and kept us entertained with his stories. The hiking was very civilised and reasonable, should be no problem if you're in decent physical fitness. Great introduction to the beautiful Mont Blanc area. The weather in July was perfect - we were lucky to not get even one day of rain or bad weather. Staying at Chalet Chocolat was also great - our chalet hosts Zohi and Ben looked after us so well; amazing breakfasts, buffet pack-your-own lunch, fresh baked cakes every day and a three course meal - the food was really well done, dietary requirements catered for. Couldn't ask for more - would definitely recommend this trip to anyone!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Looking at the views over the Chamonix valley on the last day of our trip, while sitting down to each lunch. It was a spectacular view after 5 days of hiking and got to enjoy it with a great group of people.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tom was an exceptional tour leader, so knowledgeable, patient and entertained us with his chat and stories. He really made the experience enjoyable and successful for everyone.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Jay Miers

    Beautifully Balanced Holiday

    My wife and I were apprehensive about booking a guided group tour that was center-based as all our previous hiking trips were both self-guided/planned and a bit more aggressive. However, we found the center-based, guided and group aspects made for a truly delightful holiday. The chalet was extremely comfortable and clean, located perfectly at the edge of town with magnificent views right out the front door. The hikes were challenging enough to satisfy most athletic people yet not so demanding that they could not be enjoyed by moderately active people. And the views - WOW! Every view seemed better than the next. Every day ended with tea (or cocktails) and home made treats in the common area followed by a 3-course, gourmet meal, paired with wine prepared by our private chefs extrordinaire, Sarah and Richard. Our guide's (Peter) knowledge of the history, geology and botany of the area made each hike interesting and enjoyable and meeting new people who share enthusiasm for the outdoors was the icing on the cake. All-in-all, we were thrilled with our Exodus experience and can't wait to start researching our next Exodus trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Here I was sitting outside a mountain refuge, sipping Italian espresso, breathing cool, clean mountain air and looking at some of the most magnificent views of the Mount Blanc massif. Was I dreaming? No! I was on an Exodus Travel hiking trip. It was hard to believe the life could ever be that good.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was obviously an accomplished hiker and climber yet he paced our group in a manner that allowed all to enjoy each hike. His knowledge of the local history, geology and botany made the hikes more enjoyable and his personality fostered an environment that helped our group bond well - that is had more fun!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I recommend you come ready to relax (assuming you too find hiking relaxing) and leave the rat race and your electronics behind. Carry a little cash with you on each hike to buy a cafe' at the refuges that dot the mountains and make some new friends right away with whom you can share a bottle of the daily recommended wine starting on the first evening.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We considered this trip a test of Exodus Travel's product and You (Exodus) overwhelmingly exceeded our expectations. We'll be seeing you again soon.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Sarah Kopferschmitt

    Tour de Mont Blanc, Highlights

    Excellent week, surpassed expectations. Great fun group, super guide & above all, amazing chalet hosts, Sarah & Rich treating us to their warm welcome, local knowledge & 5* gourmet meals in Chalet Chamonix

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to mention !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    excellent

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The highlights were exactly that. Routes well planned to enable us to see the majesty of Mt Blanc from so many different view points, varied terrain, interesting walks
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Mick Sfinarolakis

    Amazing trip!

    Fantastic week in amazing surroundings with great people, we stayed in chalet chocolat which is a lovely chalet with everything needed for a comfortable stay, hosts zohi and ben were brilliant, very friendly and accomodating and kept us well fed with excellent food. 5 days of walking amongst fabulous scenery and a day to explore, paraglide, ride the cable cars etc. Our guide for the walks, tom, was fantastic, friendly, full of knowledge and contributed to a brilliant week. All round a great holiday, would highly recommend.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Everyday brought something new so difficult to pick one moment, the walks offered varying amazing views of the alps and paragliding on the day off was unbelievable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader tom was brilliant, full of stories, great knowledge of the local area and around the world, and a very friendly guy.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Kathleen Bush

    Perfect Week in Chamonix France

    My husband, son, and I just spent a delightful week in Chamonix , France on the Mt Blanc highlights trip. We stayed in Chalet Chocolat and loved every minute of the trip. Each day we enjoyed a great breakfast and packed up a lunch that included sandwiches with fresh locally baked bread and salads prepared by our wonderful chalet hosts Zohi and Ben. Our guide Shaun would lead us daily to a different area around Mt Blanc for a beautiful hike in the Alps. The hike itineraries were well planned out. We saw a variety of areas and had time for a great picnic lunch each afternoon. In the afternoons Zohi had a delicious cake waiting upon our arrival back at the Chalet. We could also enjoy time in the hot tub with views of Mt Blanc. Every night Zohi and Ben cooked a delicous gourmet meal. We couldn't have been happier on our trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    My favorite moment was picnicking in a field of wild flowers in Italy .
  • 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.

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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