Come and discover the Chablais, between Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc, Geopark Global UNESCO certified, the historical mountain pastures await... Sleep in a hunter style camp, follow marmots, walk to a mountain pass or a small summit and go beyond yourself. Make a herb garden, a watermill and play at gold prospecting in the mountain streams.
Along the way the donkeys accompany us, faithful companions who carry our picnic, gently led by the bridle and cuddled, they quickly become children's best friends.
From 630 €Contact us
Teenager (12-15 years)............ 670€
Child (6-11 years)..................... 630€
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The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Meet at 2:30pm infront of the Post Office in Morzine.
MORZINE - MONTRIOND LAKE
After a short briefing, start off on an easy hike to get used to the donkeys... learn to lead them, give some gentle coaxing and kind cuddles. Cross the Dérêches Park and climb up towards the Montriond Lake along the local river La Dranse.
Swimming and nautical activities possible on the lake. Or an extra hike to reach the Ardent waterfall.
Night in a hotel near the lake in a Canadian atmosphere.
2 hour walk / Elevation: +100m
LES PRAZ - COL DE LA BASSE - FORON ALPINE PASTURE
Transfer to the Côte d'Arbroz village. Hike to the mountain pasture of Les Praz and then the Col de la Basse (1636m) with its panoramic view of the Mont Blanc. Here we are in the nature reserve of the Roc d'Enfer enabling wildlife sightings of eagles, ermines, marmots and chamois... Descend to the mountain pasture of Combafou and installation of our hunter style basecamp for two nights, preparation of the fire for the evening, BBQ or dinner under the hunter style tent. Night in the family tent.
4.5 hour walk/ Elevation: +360m -300m
COL DU FORON - COL DE LA BOLIRE
The day starts with a "hello" to Pierrot, always ready to tell a story about his life in the pastures with his herd. Climb to the Col du Foron (1832m), with the donkeys where we can see numerous chamois and marmots in this corner of paradise. Arrive at the Col du Foron and the brave mountaineers can climb to the summit of the Pointe de Chalune at 2116m with its superb views of the whole of the Chablais mountain range and Lake Geneva. Descend via Chalet Blanc and the Col de la Bolire. Return for a second night to our hunter style basecamp.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +/- 550m
1.5 hour walk / Elevation: +/-220m to Pointe de Chalune
ALPAGE DE POIL AU CHIEN - LAC DES MINES D'OR
Transfer from the basecamp towards the Vallée de la Manche. Climb to the mountain pasture "Poil au Chien" (Dogs Hair)(1950m) by forgotten tracks... The landscape from here is vast with views over the Swiss border and the Dents du Midi. A small detour from the trail will lead us most likely to Noémie, the shepherd of l'Aiguille and her 1000 sheep. Descend to the lake Mines d'Or. Accomodation for two nights in a small gîte facing the cursed lands!
4 hour walk / Elevation: +520m -260m
SMUGGLING TO THE COL DE COUX
A big day! Depart early with the donkeys towards the farm at Freterolles to watch Louis-Paul making cheese, local tomme de Savoie and goats cheese. For those who don't like the smell of cheese you may drink a coffee (or a glass of local white wine!) in the farmhouse bar whilst you wait. We continue on to the Col de Coux at 1920m the French Swiss border rich in historic tales of smuggling, clandestine crossings, gold prospectors and a route for migrating birds... Descend through mountain pastures amongst local Abondance breed cows. Second night in the gîte at Lac des Mines d'Or.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +/-530m
VALLON DE CHARDONNIERE - MORZINE
Depart from the lake to join the GR5, which passes under the mysterious cursed lands, the Terres Maudites. Descend towards the mountain pasture of Chardonnière to picnic next to a cool mountain steam where we can build barrages and construct water mills. Descend to the Mines d'or and short transfer to Morzine.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +180m -570m
End point Friday at 4:00pm in Morzine.
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.
Elevation: +/- 500m average per day.
Walking time: 4 to 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 6 years old.
Number in a group between 6 and 14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader.
The Chablais mountains are particularly suited to the discovery of the alpine environment:
We have designed this program with children in mind but also so you may enjoy this experience with them.
Donkeys are your children's companions. They motivate the children to walk beside them, carry the bags for the day, enjoy being brushed, gently led 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 4km/h and are not able to travel 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.
3 nights in family rooms for 2 to 4 people in a gîte or hotel.
2 nights camping (tents and mattresses provided, *bring your own sleeping bag).
The "hunter" style basecamp is as comfortable as possible whilst keeping close to nature: communal mess tent with dining table and wood stove, family tents for the night with thick sleeping mats, fire pit area for the barbecue, compost toilet and washing area.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation or prepared together at the camp.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.
We do our best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.
IGN 3528ET Morzine (1/25 000) GROUPE
Meet Sunday at 2:30pm in front of the Post Office in Morzine, with your baggage prepared and dressed ready to start walking.
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 9:11am arrive in Thonon at 1:33pm.
Night train: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 11:12pm arrive in Cluses at 8:20am.
Return: depart Cluses at 5:22pm arrive in (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 11:00pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or at www.oui.sncf
BY BUS VIA THONON OR CLUSES
SAT Bus depart Thonon at 1:40pm arrive in Morzine at 2:25pm.
Depart Cluses at 8:40am arrive in Morzine at 09:30 or depart 12:40pm arrive at 1:30pm.
Depart Morzine 4:25pm arrive in Cluses at 5:15pm.
Take the A40 motorway to Cluses, then direction Morzine/Avoriaz (les Portes du Soleil), follow Taninges, Les Gets to arrive in Morzine. Covered free parking behind the church in Morzine (500m from the meeting point).
End point Friday at 4:00pm in Morzine.
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. For children, a small backpack of 15 litres to carry a waterproof jacket and waterbottle.
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 driver, where access is not always easy, please think of their backs! Baggage which is too big and too heavy won't be 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.