French Alps walking holiday, self guided

“An eleven day of self guided walking in the Chablais Alps, staying in beautiful hotels along the way. Not high altitude, but there are plenty of walking highs along the way. ”

Highlights

Walking routes in the Chablais Alps | Les Gets | Lac de Montriond | Mont Chery summit | Col de l'Encrenaz | Super-Morzine ridge | Mont de Grange | Morgins | Chatel | La Chapelle d'Abondance | Cornettes de Bise | Mont de Grange | Lac d'Arvouin| Pointe de Lachau | Lac de Tavaneuse | Col de Tavaneuse

Description of French Alps walking holiday, self guided

This eleven day French Alps walking holiday is self-guided, using our carefully crafted itineraries that offer a mix of challenging Chablais and chilled Chablais. The Chablais Alps are a range in the western Alps, located between Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc Massif, the highest peak being in the Dents de Midi massif at 3,257 m. Not something you will tackle on this holiday, but you will have wonderful views over to them, especially on day six of this itinerary when you trek up to Le Morclan at 1970m, and the Dents feel as if they are right beside you.

Other peaks that you can conquer on this itinerary are Mont de Grange (2432m), a wildlife reserve protecting over five hundred chamois, and Cornettes de Bise at the same elevation overlooking Lake Geneva. From the summit you gain a huge panoramic view, a feature of many of the walks on this trip, with chances to see all the Alpine highlights throughout your time here including Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, the central Swiss Alps and the Jura.

Walking from one mountain accommodation to another including a family run chalet, mountain resort hotels and a traditional Chablais house, you will also enjoy excellent regional cuisine that will never leave you hungry after a day of walking these ancient trails. Trails that include part of the classic Alps long distance walking route, the GR5, which follows the Swiss border. But as this is a tailor made trip, we are happy to create an itinerary according to your fitness level and how much walking you want to do in a day. Some people are happy to take time out to chill in the mountain hotel hot tub one day and conquer a col the next. The advantage of a self-guided holiday is that you can guide the pace and we are more than happy to help you with that.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: French Alps walking holiday, self guided

UK Office:
We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.

Leaders & local suppliers:
A Mecca for hikers, the French Alps have just enough tourist activity to make the towns and villages lively without spoiling them. One of our favourite places is Les Gets where Hotel Alpina is the start, and end, point of this challenging 10-night, high level walk. A chalet style hotel, it offers mountain hiking at its most luxurious! The rooms are beautifully furnished with intricately carved wooden panelling, and most have balconies. There is a covered, heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and small garden. Owner-chef, M Hominal, serves exquisite evening meals in his panoramic dining room.

Itís just a short walk into the village where there is a selection of artisan shops, cafes and bars. If you are here on a Wednesday morning, the cheese maker at the local Perrieres Cheese Dairy opens first thing for a free guided tour.

Group size:
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.

Activity:
Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when youíre strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and youíll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place youíre visiting.

We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.

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