French Alps Hut to Hut

Join us for 4 days of walking and 3 nights in remote mountain huts exploring fascinating and unusual limestone landscapes. We’ll circuit the monumental towering cliffs of Rochers des Fiz, cross limestone slabs and enjoy superb views across to the ice capped summits and jagged spires of the Mont Blanc range.

Each day of hiking will involve considerable ascent and/or descent crossing mountainous terrain with sections of steep, exposed ground and short scrambles.

We would expect to see an array of wildlife including marmots, ibex and perhaps the mighty bearded vulture. The limestone bedrock provides a special habitat for many plants and animals.

We’ll be spending our nights in typical mountain hut accommodation. Many of these are former farm buildings steeped in history. Our dormitory style accommodation will include dinner, breakfast and a packed lunch setting us up for each day’s exploration. 

The trip will be led by a qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader keeping you safe and informed every step of the way.

Price

The price is £400 per person and includes 3 nights hut accommodation & food.

group ratio

The group ratio is 1:6 and we require a minimum of 3 people for this trip to take place.

Alpine Hut Experience

Join us on a two day trip with an overnight in a remote mountain hut.

Ideal if you want to sample an alpine journey but are short of time. Exact trip TBC according to time of year, weather conditions etc but an example would be;

Hike up from the Chamonix valley through alpine woodland and up into high meadows to reach the Refuge de Loriaz. Built as an alpage, or summer farm, the family would have moved themselves and their animals up here to take advantage of the fertile grazing during a short summer. The milking and cheesemaking would have taken place up here before returning to the valley in the autumn and the first snows. This way of life still exists but on a smaller scale while many old farm buildings have been put to use as accommodation for hikers and sometimes even skiers.

Our night in typical, simple dormitory rooms includes dinner and breakfast. Beer and wine is usually available too and welcome after the climb and soak up the views across to Mont Blanc.

The following morning we climb higher to visit the Emmosson lakes, the huge dam wall and the Swiss border. The lakes are set amongst the most stunning high mountain environment, towered over by rocky peaks and glaciers. From here we’ll return to the valley and finish our mini adventure.

price

The price is £150 per person and includes hut accommodation and meal.

group ratio

The group ratio is 1:6 and we require a minimum of 3 people for this trip to take place.

Day Hikes

A huge range of trips and hikes can be arranged from many locations along the Arve Valley. If staying in Chamonix you’ll be able to take advantage of the fantastic public transport network (your accommodation should be able to provide you with a card for free travel). You’ll also have easy access to the cable car network up and down the valley (additional costs and seasonal opening applies). These uplifts get you high above the valley allowing you to access the higher trekking paths and stunning scenery.

Lower down the Arve valley between Sallanche and Saint Gervais les Bains you’ll find accommodation cheaper and a more French and local feel. Getting into Chamonix is still possible for a day trip but takes a little longer and more expensive. However there are still some great local hikes to be done but easier with your own vehicle.

The Fiz and Aravais ranges are made up of stunning limestone peaks and among my personal favourites of the area. Any walks in around here will still provide great views across to the Mont Blanc range.

price

The price is £45 per person or £150 for 1:1 or private group leading per day.

group ratio

The group ratio is 1:8 and we require a minimum of 4 people for the day to run.