GRANDE TRAVERSEE DES ALPES - 1st and 2nd section

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With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
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From Lake Geneva to the Maurienne valley

Cross the Alps meeting people and mountains... The Grande Traversée des Alpes (GTA) between Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean is a long-distance hike. The opportunity to take a long break and put daily life aside.
This itinerary runs along the Swiss and Italian borders while crossing five counties and some of the most famous mountain ranges in the Alps.

1st section: Chablais, Haut Giffre, Aiguilles Rouges, Mont-Blanc
This first section departs from the shores of Lake Geneva to Chamonix, the ice capital of the Alps. Discovering the Chablais mountains with their characterful limestone relief and the green mountain pastures in Abondance! The wild Dents Blanches massif opens the doors to the Faucigny region... a land of giant waterfalls, lapies, chasms and heavenly alpine plateaus. A few hours hike later and we are into the Aiguilles Rouges from where we will finally discover the Mont-Blanc mountains with a spectaular display of glaciers and rocky spikes. To be continued…

2nd section: Mont-Blanc, Beaufortain, Vanoise
This section leads from the giant glaciers of the Mont-Blanc massif to those equally imposing of the Domes de la Vanoise. On our way, collections of milk cans remind us of the authenticity of farming life in the Beaufortain pastures and then on the Vanoise the first National Park in France, created in 1963, land of ibex and marmots.
One of the benefits of being with a guide is the opportunity to discover some beautiful variants and mountain passes stress-free! The chance to feel alone in the world, in the vast preserved Beaufortain and Vanoise areas.

You will like

  • Crossing mountain ranges with varied landscapes and geology
  • Rich ecosystems, abundant wildlife and valleys full of history
  • The beginning of a long-distance alpine trail which can be continued all the way to Nice in 4 weeks
  • Nights lulled to sleep by the sound of cow bells in alpine pasture chalets
  • Baggage transport
  • The nights accommodation between GTA 1 and GTA 2 is free, a gift from us!

GRANDE TRAVERSEE DES ALPES - 1st and 2nd section

Next date Next departure 21/06/20

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Dates & prices

Dates Status Prices
From 21/06/20
to 04/07/20
Guaranteed departure 1620 € Book online
From 05/07/20
to 18/07/20
Guaranteed departure 1620 € Book online
From 19/07/20
to 01/08/20
Guaranteed departure 1620 € Book online
From 02/08/20
to 15/08/20
Guaranteed departure 1620 € Book online
From 16/08/20
to 29/08/20
Guaranteed departure 1620 € Book online
From 30/08/20
to 12/09/20
Open departure 1620 € Book online

Possibility to link up 1, 2, 3 or 4 sections of the GTA...

GTA 1 to 4: 3200€ per person 

THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader;
  • All meals including picnic lunch and snacks (except dinner on day 7);
  • Accommodation in gîtes, refuges and small hotels;
  • Baggage transport between accommodation (except DayS 1,4 & 13);
  • Bus transfers (except the return transfer Chamonix - Thollon, prior reservation possible) and the Bellevue cablecar
  • A bottle of water for 2 people during dinner at Le Repoju refuge.

The price does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.), touristic visits;
  • Dinner day 7;
  • Airport taxes; 
  • Cancellation insurance;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point;
  • Baggage transport to Col de la Vanoise refuge.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

Personalised tour available

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The route day to day...

Day 1

Meet at 12pm in front of the Tourist Office in Thollon-les-Mémises or at 9:30am in front of Chamonix train station if you have chosen this option.

PIC DES MEMISES - BALCON DU LEMAN
Take the cablecar and depart towards the balcony trail overlooking Lake Geneva. Picnic lunch and then cross the Mémises and the alpine pastures of Mottay before descending to Novel valley.                                                             Night in a refuge in the pastures (*without baggage).
3.5 hour walk / Elevation: +550m -600m

Day 2

BISE PASS - BISE VALLEY
From the refuge, climb to Lake Neuteu and the Bise pass. Short detour possible to the beautiful glacial Lake Darbon under the watchful eyes of the ibex! Descend into the Bise valley to the Ubine Refuge nestled under the north face of Mont Chauffé.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +970m -970m

Day 3

ABONDANCE - LAKE TAVANEUSE
Descend to the village of Abondance for a short transfer. Climb to Lake Tavaneuse and to the mountain pass at 1997m. Descend through the pastures and the forest to Lake Montriond. Transfer to the Chardonnière refuge. Night in a dormitory.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -1350m

Day 4

DENTS BLANCHES MASSIF - PAS AU TAUREAU
Climb to the Tête de Bostan facing the superb and wild Dents Blanches massif. Cross the Pas au Taureau (2555m) via a short cabled passage, then descend into the lunar-like valley of the Combe aux Puaires, an unusual area of lappiaz (eroded limestones). Night at the Vogealle refuge in a dormitory (*without baggage).
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -660m

Day 5

BOUT DU MONDE AND CIRQUE DU FER À CHEVAL
From the Vogealle refuge, a beautiful descent facing the Tenneverge cliffs and on to Bout du Monde, continuing to the  amphitheatre at Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval and its multiple waterfalls. Night in the village of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +100m -1150m

Day 6

ANTERNE LAKE AND PASS
Short transfer. The day begins through the woods, alongside the Rouget, Pleureuse and Souffraz waterfalls. Climb to the Anterne pasture at the heart of the Sixt-Passy Nature Reserve, a wide high plateau where one of the most beautiful lakes in the area is nestled. Here is the kingdom of marmots and rare bearded vultures! Skimming stone contest followed by a short climb to the Anterne pass and descent to the Moëde-Anterne refuge. Night in dormitory.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1300m -250m

Day 7

ENVERS DU BREVENT - CHAMONIX
Short descent towards the Arlevé bridge. Here the landscape changes, the Fiz limestones give way to the red rocks of the Aiguilles Rouges range. Climb up to the Brévent pass (2368m) then descend to Planpraz to take the gondola down to Chamonix.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -750m

Day 8

LES HOUCHES - LES CONTAMINES
Take the cable car and depart on foot from 1800m. Crossing to the foot of the Bionnassay Glacier before climbing to the Tricot pass. Descend to the Miage chalets and on to Les Contamines.
Night in a small dormitory in a village gîte.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +650m -1300m

Day 9

COL DE LA CROIX DU BONHOMME - CORMET DE ROSELEND
Climb via the Roman road to the famous mountain pass, Col du Bonhomme. Descend via the Crête des Gittes and the vast Beaufortain pastures to arrive at Plan de la Lai. Night in a dormitory above Lake Roselend.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +/- 1000m

Day 10

FROM THE FOOT OF PIERRA MENTA TO PORTE DE ROSUEL
Balcony trail overlooking Lake Roselend and climb to the Bresson pass (2469m) at the foot of the Pierra Menta mountain. Descend through the Ormette valley and alongside small water channels in the hamlets to reach Valezan, part of the Tarentaise valley. Taxi transfer to Peisey Nancroix and La Porte de Rosuel.
Night in a dormitory in a refuge (*or hotel).
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1050m -1650m

Day 11

COL DE LA SACHETTE - TIGNES
Enter into the Vanoise National Park at the foot of Mont Pourri and Dôme de la Sache. A short detour is possible via Lake La Plagne before climbing to the Sachette pass (2713m). Descent into La Sache valley and the natural reserve of Tignes-Champagny and continue to the village of Tignes-les-Boisses.
Night in a hotel.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1160m -940m

Day 12

COL DE LA VANOISE: VIEW ON THE GRANDE CASSE
Short bus transfer to reach the Val Claret ski resort. From here discover the wide outdoors of the Vanoise National Park and climb to the Leisse pass. Descend the Leisse valley punctuated by its many lakes. The 1700m high southern face of the Grande Casse overhangs the trail.                                                                                                             Night in a dormitory in Col de La Vanoise refuge (*without baggage).
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1080m -650m

Day 13

PETIT AND GRAND MARCHET CIRQUES
Depart from the refuge along the balcony trails overlooking the Pralognan Valley: Combe de l'Arcelin, Cirque du Dard, Cirque du Grand Marchet, Cirque du Petit Marchet, Lake Valette and Combe des Nants. Descent into Prioux Valley. Night in a dormitory in a refuge.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m -1800m

Day 14

CHAVIÈRE PASS - MAURIENNE VALLEY

Climb Chavière valley dominated by the Domes de la Vanoise in a lunar landscape punctuated by cairn forests (piles of stones). The Aiguilles de Péclet-Polset indicate the nearby Chavière Pass. Descend into the Maurienne Valley through the pastures. Short transfer to Modane from Porte de l'Orgère.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1150m -950m

End point around 5pm at Modane train station.

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 700m to 1300m approximately per day.
Walking time: 5 to 7 hours per day.
Type of trek: mountain route on trails with some well equipped aerial sections.

GUIDING

Group from 6 to 14 people supervised by a guide.

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC: 13 nights in mountain chalets, refuges and gÎtes.
All accommodation offers hot showers.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHTS WITHOUT YOUR BAGGAGE

For the nights without your baggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), please add these things to your day backpack (approx 2 kilos):
- small toilet bag and quick dry towel
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities!)

MEALS

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

PHYSICAL CONDITION

To be able to easily walk 15km (on flat trails) in 3 hours maximum.
If this is not the case, at least 3 weeks before departure, 2 to 3 times a week, we advise you to undertake some prior fitness training: 4 to 5km jogging or 3 to 4 hours hiking or cycling. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.

MAPS

IGN Top 25 - 3528ET/ Morzine and Top 25 - 3530ET/ Samoëns (1/25 000).

Practical information

DEPARTURE

From end of June to mid-September.

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting point at 12pm in front of the Tourist Office in Thollon-les-Mémises.

BY TRAIN
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) TGV Paris/Bellegarde/Evian
There are regular buses from Evian to Thollon Les Mémises (40mins) http://www.thollonlesmemises.com
Schedules should be verified in a train station or at https://www.oui.sncf

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway to Annemasse, free parking and bus sat-leman ligne-141-evian-annemasse or train to Evian-les-Bains, then to Thollon-les-Mémises thollonlesmemises.
Free parking at Thollon-les-Mémises.

CAR-SHARING                                                                                                                                Get in touch with people to share a lift! Here are some website recommendations:  https://www.blablacar.fr https://covoiturage-libre.fr https://www.laroueverte.com  https://www.roulezmalin.com

CLOSEST AIRPORTS
Geneva (GVA)
1 hour by car to Chamonix.
Bus and minibus services direct to your accommodation (25-35€ pp each way)
Lyon (LYS)
2.15 hours by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix, 4.15 hour journey (40-45€ pp return)
Paris (PAR)
7 hours by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix / 5-6 hour journey (80-120 pp return)

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Thollon Les Mémises:
www.thollonlesmemises.com
Evian-les-Bains:
www.evian-tourisme.com
Chamonix Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 53 00 24
www.chamonix.com

If you book a night in the Chamonix valley, ask the hotel reception for a bus/train pass to use public transport for free in the Chamonix valley.                              https://chamonix.montblancbus.com/en/bus-lines

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.

Our insurance can only be sold to European citizens speaking French.

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on: +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.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the the driver to refuges, which access is not always easy! Luggages which are too big and too heavy won't accepted by the drivers!

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 with your other baggage.

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