GRANDE TRAVERSEE DES ALPES - 2nd section

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7 days 7 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 810 € From 810 €

From Mont-Blanc massif to Maurienne valley

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

2nd section: Mont-Blanc, Beaufortain, Vanoise
This section leads us from the giant glaciers of the Mont-Blanc massif to those equally imposing of the "Domes de la Vanoise". On our way, a collection of milk cans reminds us of the authenticity of the pastoral life in the Beaufortain pastures and the creation of the first National Park in France in 1963, land of ibex and marmots.
One of the privileges 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

  • Discovering wild and authentic mountain ranges
  • Different geological landscapes along the way
  • High mountain passes and magical landscapes
  • The conception of the Beaufort cheese, "king of gruyere cheese"
  • The numerous lakes along the way
  • Baggage transport

GRANDE TRAVERSEE DES ALPES - 2nd section

Next date Next departure 28/06/20

From 810 €

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Dates & prices

Dates Status Prices
From 28/06/20
to 04/07/20
Guaranteed departure 810 € Book online
From 12/07/20
to 18/07/20
Guaranteed departure 810 € Book online
From 26/07/20
to 01/08/20
Guaranteed departure 810 € Book online
From 09/08/20
to 15/08/20
Guaranteed departure 810 € Book online
From 23/08/20
to 29/08/20
Guaranteed departure 810 € Book online
From 06/09/20
to 12/09/20
Open departure 810 € Book online

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

GTA 1 and 2
GTA 3 and 4
GTA 1, 2, 3 and 4

Link up the differents sections of the GTA with a free night stay in a hotel on a B&B basis between 2 sections (based on a 2 or 3 person bedroom).

THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader ;
  • All meals including picnic lunch and simple snacks during the day ;
  • Accommodation in gites, refuges and small hotel ;
  • Baggage transport between accommodation (except day 5) ;
  • Bus transfers of Day 3 and the Bellevue gondola ;
  • A bottle of water between 2 people during dinner at Refuge Le Repoju.

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.

Personalised tour available

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The route day to day...

Day 1

Meet at 9:30am at Bellevue cable car in Les Houches or on request at the train station in Les Houches.

LES HOUCHES - LES CONTAMINES
Start of the trek at 1800m high. Crossing to the foots of Bionnassay Glacier before climbing to Tricot pass. Descent to the chalets of Miage, then to Les Contamines village.
Night in the village in a gite, in a small dormitory.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +650m -1300m

Day 2

COL DE LA CROIX DU BONHOMME - CORMET DE ROSELEND
Climb via the Roman road to the famous mountain pass called "Col du Bonhomme". Descend by 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 3

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

Day 4

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

Day 5

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

Day 6

PETIT AND GRAND MARCHET CIRQUES
Leave the refuge and take the balcony trails overlooking 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 dormitory in refuge.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m -1800m

Day 7

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). "Aiguilles de Péclet-Polset" indicate the nearby Chavière Pass. Descent into Maurienne Valley through pastures. Short transfer to Modane from "Porte de l'Orgère".
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1150m -950m

End point around 5:00pm at Modane train station.

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: + 950m - 1100m 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: 5 nights in refuges, gites, 1 night in hotel.
All accommodation offers hot showers.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHT WITHOUT YOUR LUGGAGE

For the night without your luggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough !):
- small toilet bag
- 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 and include 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 of jogging or 3 to 4 hours hiking or cycling. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.

MAPS

IGN Top25 3531 ET St-Gervais ; 
IGN Top25 3532 OT Beaufortain ;
IGN Top25 3532 ET Les Arcs ;
IGN Top25 3633 ET Tignes ;
IGN Top25 3534 OT Trois Vallées.

Practical information

DEPARTURE

From mid-june to mid-september.

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting point at 9:30am at the Bellevue cable car in Les Houches, or by reservation at Les Houches train station.

BY TRAIN
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) - St-Gervais-le Fayet by TGV, then to Les Houches on the Mont-Blanc Express.
Return: Modane - Chamonix via Chambery.
https://www.oui.sncf/

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway direction Chamonix, exit 21 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains.
Free parking near the train station. Then train to Les Houches on the Mont-Blanc Express.
Return: Modane - Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet via Chambery on train OUI SNCF 

A return transfer from Modane to Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet is possible. Book at registration: 45€ per person.

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)

End point around 5:00pm at Modane train station. Do not hesitate to visit the museums in Modane whilst waiting for the train.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Saint-Gervais
Chamonix Tourist Office
Modane

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 between accommodation by our vehicle (except day 5). 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 driver to refuges, which access is not always easy! 
Please use one bag per person; gathering together the belongings of two people usually leads to a heavy bag. Two bags of 10kg is better than one bag of 20 !

Luggage which are too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!

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