A HOP SKIP AND JUMP FROM MONT BLANC

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6 days 6 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level ** Level **
From 575 € From 575 €

Family trek with donkeys

Taking your family to the mountains for a few days... it is good to have a few secrets up your sleeve so that the children are not discouraged on their first adventure.

Firstly, two donkeys who will follow your path, carry your luggage and picnics and who will become close companions for the children, who can care for them and even ride on their backs around the refuge.
Next, a fun route... to Lac d'Anterne for a stone skimming competition, a dip in the river, the viewpoint at Dérochoir for the thrill and the view of the Mont Blanc, and the natural bathtub for washing...
Finally, a beautiful mountain, a nature reserve, where wildlife is abundant, a real 'marmotland'! The Fiz mountain range, is the gateway to the Mont Blanc, a real life mountain postcard to offer your children...

You will like

  • The strange sculpted limestone landscapes.
  • The presence of the donkey companion for your children. 
  • Observing abundant flora and fauna in the nature reserve of Sixt-Passy.
  • A slow pace of life and real cosy mountain refuges. 
  • Nature based activities for your children.

A HOP SKIP AND JUMP FROM MONT BLANC

From 575 €

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Dates & prices

THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking costs, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader ;
  • All meals including picnic lunch and simple snacks during the day ;
  • Accommodation in tents, gîtes and refuges ;
  • Shower tokens in accomodation if required ;
  • Baggage transport between accommodation by donkeys ;
  • Bus transfers.

The price does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc...) ;
  • Touristic visits ;
  • Airport taxes ;
  • Cancellation insurance ;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

Day 1

Meet at 14:30 in the village of Salvagny, Sixt-fer-à-cheval 

SALVAGNY - HAMEAU DES FONTS
Welcome and introduction to our four legged friends. How to look after the animals, the safety rules and how to move the donkeys along with some gentle coaxing and kind cuddles! Depart on a mule trail towards the mountain pastures of Fonts under the imposing rockfaces of the Mont Buet. Night in a refuge.
3 hour walk / Elevation: +460m

Day 2

LES FONTS - PLATEAU D’ANTERNE
Depart for the Col d'Anterne at 2038m, the gateway to the vast mountain pastures of Anterne at the foot of the Fiz chain of mountains. We can make the most of this first climb to observe numerous chamois in this wild valley. Picnic and then an easy descent towards the Alfred Willis refuge. Once settled in, it is possible to swim in the small stream, watch marmots playing in the evening sun or practice yoga in the fields around the refuge...
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +670m -230m

Day 3

LAC D’ANTERNE
A circuit itinerary from the refuge and rest day for the donkeys! Climb to Lac d'Anterne, over the limestone rocks. Watch marmots, eagles and maybe a vulture nested close by. A geology lesson about the loss of water from the lake and then carry on the climb to the Col d'Anterne at 2257m or onto the ridgeline of the Arête de Villy at 2463m facing the Mont Blanc, depending on the fitness of the group.Descend back to the refuge.
4 hour walk / Elevation: +/-450m Col d’Anterne
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +/-650m Arête de Villy

 

Day 4

ANTERNE - VALLON DE SALES
Depart from the refuge, traverse the plateau and hopping over streams to descend to the "weeping" waterfall, 'Pleureuse de Sales'. From here the path climbs along the rockface to the Sales valley where the acrobatic, mountain agile Ibex, are never far away... A few bends later we arrive in the village of Sales. Night in a refuge or tents for those who wish. No showers at the refuge due to a limited supply of source water. Toilet facilities available.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: -430m +500m

 

Day 5

LE DESERT DE PLATE - LA COMBE DE GERS
Depart from Sales on a small track which climbs to the Combe des Foges and the Col Pelouse at 2343 m through the limestone rocks typical of the Désert de Platé. We may be lucky to see a herd of ibex on this wild mountain pasture... From the Col Pelouse descend through the vast open valley of Gers. Night in a gîte on the shores of Lac de Gers.  
5 hour walk / Elevation: +460 m -800 m via the Col Pelouse
4 hour walk / Elevation: +320m -650m via the Chalets de Foges

Day 6

SALES - SALVAGNY
Easy departure through the beautiful chamois dotted Gers valley to descend to civilisation via a small trail, perched between two streams and the Saubaudy waterfall, to the village of Salvagny.
4 hour walk / Elevation: -780m

End point Friday at 15:00 in Salvagny.

The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, the possibility of unknown factors affecting this itinerary is possible including situations beyond our control which may change the route, timings etc.

Personnalised tour available, please ask...

The trip

LEVEL **             

Elevation: +/- 500m average per day.
Walking time: 4 - 5 hours average per day.
Type of trek: Flexible adaptable routes. Easy treks from 8 to 12km maximum per day.
Tour open to children from 8 years old.

GUIDING

Number in a group between 6 -14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader.

TRAVELLING WITH A DONKEY

Donkeys are your childrens companions. They motivate them to walk beside them, carry the bags for the day, enjoy being brushed, lead by the bridle and cuddled. They can carry a tired young hiker (children 40kg maximum) on their backs, when the terrain permits. 
Donkeys walk at around 4kmh so are not built for travelling rapidly, but with a little firmness and lots of affection, you'll quickly win over your hiking companion. 
One donkey is provided for 3-4 children. 

The donkey is a docile, placid and gentle creature but has its own character! It can be unpredictable and we must always remain vigilant. During the hike, the possibility for a child to sit on the donkey is the sole responsibility of the adult responsible for the child. It is therefore requested to have accident and personal liability insurance.

ACCOMMODATION

5 nights in dormitory in mountain refuges.
Possibility to camp if you wish.
All accommodation has hot showers except Refuge de Sales (toilet facilities only).

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of a healthy salads and local products.

MAPS

IGN 3530ET Samoëns (1/25 000)

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meet Sunday at 14:30 in Salvagny, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.

BY CAR

Take the A40 motorway to Cluses, then D902 direction Taninges (10km), follow D907 to Sixt-fer-à-cheval (16km). Once in the village of Sixt, turn right at the bridge and continue 1.5km to the hamlet of Salvagny. Meet in the car park in Salvagny.

End point Friday at 15:00 in Salvagny.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Auberge de Salvagny: +33 (0)4 50 34 47 64
Samoëns Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 34 40 28
Sixt Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 34 49 36
www.samoens.com
www.sixtferacheval.com

If you arrive the day before, don't miss a visit to the 'cirque du Fer à Cheval', after the village of Sixt is a huge limestone amphitheatre (the largest in the Alps) 4-5km long, the steep rockfaces reach 500 to 700m in height. Dominated by the Corne du Chamois. In the month of June there are over thirty waterfalls gushing from the rocks.

INSURANCE

In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

 

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks. For children, a small backpack of 15 litres to carry a waterproof jacket and waterbottle.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported between accommodation by the donkeys (1 donkey to 6 people). You are allowed 1 soft bag no larger than 30litres and no heavier than 6kg with all your possessions inside (a specific waterproof bag for to place your bag inside will be provided) 

If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point.

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