EXCURSIONS

IN THE PIONEERS’ FOOTSTEPS

Hiking with Chamonix Guides’ Company

Get off the beaten tracks with our mountain professionals and find out more about Chamonix’s unique history, landscapes, fauna and flora :

  • For all the family  Discover charming hamlets in unique settings, hidden valleys, waterfalls,  LesCheserys © Patrice Labarbe 1nature reserves on this gentle hike. Find out more about the glaciers and the great climbs of 1865 and enjoy some family fun with a nature quizz !

When:  Wednesdays at 10am at the Mountain Guides’ office. Return at 3.30pm. Bring a pic-nic.
Adults : 37 €  /  Children : 24 €
Price includes private mini bus transfers, minimum 5 persons, maxi 8 persons
Reservations and information at the Compagnie des Guides, adjacent to Chamonix church.         Tél. 04 50 53 00 88.

  • A panoramic hike in the Massif des Aiguilles Rouges, facing Mont-Blanc and the legendary summits of 1865

Setting off from the beautiful hamlet of la Flatière, direction the chalets de Chailloux and the Aiguillette des Houches, which offers an outstandng panorama of the Massif du Mont-Blanc. Find out more about the pioneers of the Golden Age of Alpinism and the glaciers which were thriving 150 years ago! Return via Pierre Blanche above the village of Servoz.

When: Wednesdays at 9am at the Mountain Guides’ office. Return at 4.30pm. Bring a pic-nic.
Adults : 37 €
Price includes private mini bus transfers, minimum 5 persons, maxi 8 persons
Reservations and information at the Compagnie des Guides, adjacent to Chamonix church.         Tél. 04 50 53 00 88.
Programme Randonnées 2015

With Luc Moreau, glaciologist and mountain leader.

  • Secrets of the Mer de glace !

Le Lavancher – Le Chapeau – Belvédère de la Mer de glaceLa mer de Glace en 2002 et en 2012

An easy two hour hike, elevation : 380 m
From the glacier des Bois to the Mer de Glace, discover the fascinating history of this major French glacier in the heart of the Mont-Blanc Massif. Baptised the “Mer de Glace” in 1741 by two Englishmen, this glacier has never ceased to inspire its visitors… and nobody knows it better than Luc Moreau!

The walk departs from the village of le Lavancher, to the quaint historic creamery of le Chapeau, and just beyond, to an exceptional viewpoint at the foot of the Drus, overlooking the glacier.

When: Every Thursday from 9th July to 20th August 2015, from 9am t à 12 noon.
Meeting point:   Lavancher car park at the top of the village at 9am. Bring a pic-nic if you wish to stay in the mountains, or book your lunch at the Chapeau refreshment chalet. In case of bad weather, an alternative will be proposed by Luc. Information at the Maison de la Mémoire in Chamonix, or check at the tourist office.
Adults : 13 € / Children : 7 € (from 8 years)
To sign up:  Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine, Chamonix,    Tél. +33(0)4 50 54 78 54.

With Xavier Dunand, heritage guide and mountain leader

  •   The Massif des Perrons above Vallorcine

A superb hike departing from Vallorine and traversing the alpine pastures and chalets of La Loriaz. Up the Combe de l’Ours to the foot of the Perrons peaks. Xavier your guide will share his passion for the mountains, local heritage, herbal medecine, foraging and more…                       Facing you in all their majesty are summits of the  Verte and the Chardonnet, both climbed for the first time in 1865.

Did you know? Vallorcine derives its name from Vallée des Ours (bear valley) from the time when they inhabited this remote area!

When: Tuesdays 11th and 18th August
Meeting point: 9am at le Buet station with pic-nic and hiking gear (walking shoes, fleece, raincoat and sun hat,…)
Adults:  35 € per person (5 minimum)
Réservations : +33 (0)6 09 81 36 97

Alpinism with the Chamonix Guides’ Company

  • Argentière glacier

Bassin d'argentiereA glacier hike in the heart of the Mont-Blanc Massif beneath the majestic summits of the Verte and Chardonnet, both of which were first climbed in 1865. Discover the Argentière basin and the Mont Dolent at the head of the glacier, marking the natural border with Switzerland and Italy.

When: every Friday. A 6 to 7 hour trip. Walking with crampons, ice axe, rope etc. Initiation to glacier and mountaineering techniques.
Cost : 156 € per pers.
Information and reservations:  Cie des Guides, Tél. +33(0)4 50 53 00 88

  • Petite Aiguille Vertela_petite_aiguille_verte

At an altitude of 3512m, the Petite Aiguille Verte, is a perfect summit for an introduction to mountaineering, offering breathtaking views of the entire Mont-Blanc range. The climb involves a mixed route of snow rock and ice, and is accessed from the summit of the Grands Montets cable car.

When: Mondays and Saturdays, A 3 to 4 hour hike/climb to the summer (2 pers. per guide).         Cost : 184 € per pers.
Information and reservations:  Cie des Guides, Tél. +33(0)4 50 53 00 88
Programme Haute Montagne

Teresa’s Photo Walks

  • teresaCharousses – A costumed walk to the beautiful alpine pastures above les Houches

Follow Teresa and take a trip down memory lane with your camera and/or smart phone.  Discover alpine life in the nineteenth century when the  pastures were thriving and families

spent their summer months in mountain chalets. Artists are welcome and will find creative inspiration in this unique environment.

When : 1.30pm at Prarion lift, les Houches. Car sharing possible
Cost : 25 €
Fridays 10, 17, 24 and 31 July and 7, 14 and 21 August
Find out more and reservations  : www.teresakaufman.com or Les promenades de Teresa

Day exursion to Zermatt

  • In the footsteps of Edward Whymper and Michel Croz

Panorama of the Matterhorn During the Golden Age of Alpinism, this small alpine village became a popular destination for members of the Alpine club, drawn to “the most inaccessible peak in the Alps”,  In 1865, the summit was finally climbed, but it claimed the lives of 4 alpinists on the descent, including the famous Chamonix guide, Michel Croz. Teresa Kaufman, photographer and nineteenth century shepherdess will immerse you in the ambiance of a bygone era. Discover the Museum Zermatlandis, which describes the Matterhorn conquest, and visit Michel Croz’ gravestone in the local cemetery.

When: Wednesday 15th July and Wednesday 19th August 2015                                                  Tarif : 47 € adults – 44 € seniors (>65 ans) – 35 € child – 147 € Family (2 adults- 2 children)
Pick up points : Chamonix Sud : 7h30 – Chamonix Centre : 7h35
Place Mont-Blanc : 7h40 – Les Praz : 7h45 – Argentière SNCF : 7h50 – Vallorcine : 8h05
Practical information : Lunchtime free – many restaurants or bring a pic-nic
Equipement : walking shoes and warm clothing (1608 m d’altitude)
Travel time by coach : approx. 2h45
This excursion is organized by Mont Blanc Bus /and Travel agent Crolard http://chamonix.montblancbus.com/fr/excursions-estivales

Guided Heritage Visits: discover the Chamonix Valley in 1865 with national heritage guide Christine Boymond-Lasserre.

P1030626Tourism prospered in Chamonix during the 1860′s and the British were the foremost visitors of the time. Find out what they did in Chamonix, where they stayed, how they travelled and how they got on with the locals. A fascinating story!

When: Wednesdays 8, 22, 29 July, 5, 12, 26 August and 9 September

Duration : 2h30

Meeting point  10h in front of Chamonix church.
Cost : 12 € pp Visit time 2h30

  • Michel Croz’ homeland – the villages of le  Tour,  Montroc and les Frasserands

A superb walk to discover the hamlets of the higher reaches in the Chamonix valley, including Michel Croz’ village and homestead. Who was Michel Croz, the guide held in such high esteem by his clients? His friendship with the English alpinist and artist Edward Whymper. The impact of the Matterhorn accident and the consequences.

Duration : 2h30
When: Tuesdays 21 July, Monday 10 and Tuesday 25 August
Meeting point: 2 pm in front of the gondola lift in the village of Le Tour
Cost : 12 € pp

  • The glacier and the village of Les Bois

In the company of Christine and Sylvain Coutterand, glaciologist. Find out more about the living glaciers, the little ice age in the 1800′s and how the locals dealt with the menace of the glaciers.

The beautiful village of les Bois, which lies directly beneath the Mer de Glace retains its authenticity and gives you an insight into local life and agropastoral activities before the advent of mass tourism. A picturesque and informative walk.

Duration : 2h30 with Sylvain Coutterand, glaciologist
When: Wednesdays 15 July and 19th August
Meeting point 2pm in front of the fountain in the village of les Bois
Cost : 20 € pp

  • The old village of Servoz- The Lieutenant’s house – On the trail to Chamouny

The charming village of Servoz has always be a watering hole on the route to Chamonix. Its history is rich and very different to that of Chamonix. What was the role of the imposing house, known as the Lieutenants abode? Discover the exhibition within its walls, dedicated to the trials and tribulations of travel in the mid 1800′s before Napolean III built a road to Chamonix. This visit promises to surprise you!

Duration : 3h  – Visit organised and partly financed by the valley municipality.
Thursdays 16 July et 13 August. Reservation necessary
Meeting point 2pm in front of the Maison de l’Alpage in  Servoz
Cost :  5 €

  • Vallorcine : a stone’s throw from Switzerland

By the ancient stagecoach route, discover a charming walk through a succession of unspoilt hamlets in the “Vallée des Ours” (Valley of Bears). Vallorcine has preserved its traditional habitat, with special features which are unique to this more isolated village. Local craftsmen still work, whittle and carve wood as they did 150 years ago. This visit also provides visitors with the opportunity to discover the exhibition on byways and travel from the Chamonix Valley over to Switzerland before the two countries were linked by train in 1908.

Duration : 3h
When: Fridays 24 July and 21 August, Tuesday 8 September
Meeting point 1.30pm in front of the Buet railway station.
Cost : 15 €

information and reservations for all visits
Tél. +33(0)06 07 21 51 90 – Tél. Office de Tourisme Chamonix +33 (0)4 50 53 00 24
email : contact@visites-guidees-74.fr

 

All inclusive holiday offers

  • ADVENTURE 1865

Book your 3 or 4 night stay in hotel accommodation with breakfast included.

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Also included is a Mont-Blanc Multipass which gives you free access to all the lifts in the Chamonix Valley

And a choice of one mountain activity accompanied by the professionals from Chamonix Guides’ Company (rock climbing, hiking, river rafting, adventure park, 1865 themed outings)

And a museum pass giving you free access to all Chamonix’s 1865 exhibitions. Don’t miss the Treasures of the Alpine Club at the Alpine Museum!

Offer valid from 4th July to 31st August 2015 for 3 and 4 night stays. Prices from 257€ pp. Book now!