Sun 21 Jun - Fri 26 Jun 2020

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Day 1, Sun 21 Jun 2020

Travel from London to Geneva

The day is finally here to meet your fellow trekkers at London Heathrow airport and travel to Geneva. On arrival, you will be greeted by the local Charity Challenge team and enjoy a 3-hour transfer to La Fouly. Once there, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your first team dinner. (D)

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 2, Mon 22 Jun 2020

Trek to Grand Col Ferret. Approx. 7 hours trekking (14km), 1000m up, 800m down

Today you’ll climb from the village of La Fouly (1600m) to the highest point on your trip, the Grand Col Ferret (2537m). After packing up camp, the day starts with a pleasant valley walk. You then climb, at times steeply, to a high summer pasture and farm with lovely views of the valley below. The climb continues to the Grand Col Ferret and the border between Switzerland and Italy. From there, you’ll experience the dual stunning views of the Italian Val Ferret and back down into Switzerland. You’ll then continue along a path with a steep decent and some rocky sections to Elena mountain refuge, before happily meeting up with the bus. A short journey through the Mont Blanc tunnel, from Italy into France, takes you into the Chamonix valley and your camp for the next two nights. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 3, Tue 23 Jun 2020

Circular trek to Col du Balme via the Aiguillette des Posettes. Approx. 8hrs trekking (14.4km), 1000m up, 1000m down

After a wholesome breakfast at your camp at Les Frasserands (1380m), you’ll start trekking a path that climbs through forests towards the Aiguillette des Posettes (2200m). Although steep and rough in sections, the path offers stunning views down the Chamonix valley to Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks and glaciers. From the Aiguillette des Posettes, the route descends a short distance before climbing again to the Col de Balme. This high mountain pass marks the border between France and Switzerland. At the col your efforts are rewarded with further breath-taking views of the Chamonix valley and Mont Blanc Massif. After lunch, a steady descent back to the valley brings us through the hamlets of Le Tour and Frasserands and finally back to a second night at the same camp. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 4, Wed 24 Jun 2020

The Grand Balcon sud. Approx. 8hrs trekking (14.2km), 700m up

Today, you’ll experience one of the best walks in the Alps. After packing up camp, the path, which is rough under foot and rocky in sections, climbs up into the Aiguilles Rouges National Nature Reserve. Your views today will be of Mont Blanc and the Mont Blanc Massif. An Instagram worthy scene made up of 100’s of jagged rocky peaks and sprawling glaciers. After trekking to approx. 2000m, the path levels off and the afternoon passes high along the valley to Plan Praz. From here the you’ll descend by gondola to the valley bottom and Chamonix before arriving at our new camp in Les Bossons. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 5, Thu 25 Jun 2020

Climb to Brevent. Approx. 8hrs trekking (10km), 500m up, 1500m down

This morning you’ll retrace your steps and take the gondola back up to Plan Praz (2000m). From there, you’ll start your climb to the summit of Brevent (2520m) and the high point of the day. The path is rocky and rubbly in sections, but after gaining height, the superb views across to the Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc will spur you on!  At the summit, the 360-degree views will take your breath away; not only with beautiful views of Mont Blanc, but also of the surrounding Alps stretching out into the distance. The return to camp is all downhill to a celebration dinner to reward the achievements you have made together! (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 6, Fri 26 Jun 2020

Return to London

Proud of having conquered the Highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc, we transfer back to Geneva for our flight back to London. Saying goodbye to new found friends and trekking partners will be tough, so be sure to exchange contact details before parting ways. (B)

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Important information

B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the strength of the group, and so on. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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