The Alps from one side to the other to meet people and discover mountains. The Grande Traversée des Alpes (GTA) between Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean sea 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 massif of the Alps.
2nd section: Mont-Blanc, Beaufortain, Vanoise
This part takes us through the giant glaciers of the Mont-Blanc to those of the Dômes de la Vanoise as impressive due to the area they cover. Along the way, milk drums remind you the authenticity of pastoral life, very rooted in the Beaufortain pastures. No factory farming here eventhough a herd can be made of more than 150 animals. This part also is the way between three major valleys of the Alps: the Chamonix Valley, the Tarentaise and the Maurienne.
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Departures from 21 June to 6 September 2020
510€ per person, classic accommodation (based on 2 people)
Single person supplement: 60€
Comfort option, 3 nights in a room of 2/3 persons : 65€/pers.
With baggage transport (except days 1, 5 and 6), daily departures
760€ per person for groups of 2 to 3 persons, classic accommodation.
620€ per person for groups of 4 to 5 persons, classic accommodation.
595€ per person for groups of 6+ persons, classic accommodation.
Single person supplement: 230€
Supplement baggage transport on Day 6: 150€ for the group
Comfort option, 3 nights in a room of 2/3 persons : 65€/pers.
Information and reservation is simple by telephone or e-mail.
The price includes:
The price does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Start at the Prarion cable car in les Houches.
LES HOUCHES - COL DU TRICOT - CONTAMINES
Ride up with cable car to get to Col du Tricot at the foot of the glacier Bionnassay. Way down to the village Les Contamines and Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge.
Night in small dormitory in refuge Nant Borrant (without baggage).
5 - 5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +600m ; -1250m 11km
1 hour walk / Elevation: +250m 2km from Contamines to Nant Borrant
COL DU BONHOMME - CORMET DE ROSELEND
Climb up through the Roman road to the famous Col du bonhomme of the Tour of Mont-Blanc. Then cross the Ridge of Gittes and the big Beaufortain pastures of Cormet de Roselend.
Night in dormitory on the plateau of Cormet de Roselend.
6 - 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1350m ; -700 m ; 16km
COL DU BRESSON - PORTE DE ROSUEL
Balcony trail overlooking the Lake of Roselend and climb up to Col du Bresson at the foot of the Pierra Menta. Way down to the valley of Ormette and through canals and hamlets to get to the valley of Tarentaise. Taxi transfer from the Saint Guérin chapel to reach Peisey Nancroix and Rosuel.
Night in dormitory in refuge.
6 - 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +950m ; -1170 m ; 15km
COL DE LA SACHETTE - TIGNES
Enter into the Vanoise National Park at the foot of Mont Pourri and the Dome de la Sache. Detour possible to the lake of La Plagne before climbing to the Col de la Sachette (2713 m). Descend into la Sache valley and the natural reserve of Tignes-Champagny to the village of Tignes les Boisses.
Night in a hotel.
6 - 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -850m ; 13km
VALLEY OF LA LEISSE - COL DE LA VANOISE
Short transfer in local bus to join Val Claret resort. Departure of the hike to discover the wide spaces of the Vanoise National Park and climb up to the Col de la Leisse. Descend the Leisse Valley and its lakes where the 1700m south face of the Grande Casse overhangs the trail.
Night in a dormitory in the refuge Col de la Vanoise (without luggage).
6.5 - 7 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -650m ; 19km
CIRQUES DU PETIT AND GRAND MARCHET
Leave the refuge and cross along balcony trails overlooking the Pralognan Valley: Combe de l'Arcelin, Cirque du Dard, Grand Marchet, Petit Marchet, Valette Lake and Combe des Nants. Descend into the Prioux Valley.
Night in a dormitory in a refuge.
6.5 - 7 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m ; -1800m ; 14km
COL DE CHAVIERE - VALLEE DE LA MAURIENNE
Walk up to the Chavière Valley dominated by the Dômes de la Vanoise, in a moon-like world, dotted with cairn forests. The Aiguilles de Péclet-Polset show us the col de Chavière nearby. Walk down into the Valley of Maurienne among the pastures and to Modane.
6 - 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1150m ; -950m to the refuge of Orgère
Descend to Modane by feet: additional elevation -880m, 1,5-hour walk
End of the trek around 5:00pm at Modane train station.
Elevation: +/- 600m to 1200m approximately per day.
Walking time: 4 to 7 hours per day.
Type of trek: this tour is not technically difficult and is open to children from 12 years.
Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing:
In France trails are marked with red and white stripes for Grande Randonnée (in both directions).
It is preferable to know how to read a topographical map at 1/25000.
Without baggage transport: you carry your baggage.
With baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle except days 1, 5 and 6.
Extra for luggage on Day 6: 150€ for the group.
6 nights in refuges in a dormitory of 4 to 8 persons.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accommodation in the evening.
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.
We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)
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.
From mid June to mid September.
Cable car Prarion in Les Houches.
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.
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.
1 hour by car to Chamonix.
Bus and minibus services direct to your accommodation (25-35€ pp each way)
2h15 by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix, 4h15 journey (40-45€ pp return)
7 hours by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix / 5-6 hours 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.
Chamonix Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 53 00 24 www.chamonix.com
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.
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
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.
Your baggage will be daily transported between accommodation by our vehicle (except day 1, 5 and 6). 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 are better than one bag of 20 !
Luggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!