Mont Blanc self guided walking holidays

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Can be arranged anytime between July to September
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Responsible tourism: Mont Blanc self guided walking holidays

Environment

The trails we follow on this tour are regulated by the local authorities. A procedure is in place to add the Mont Blanc massif to the UNESCO World Heritage list and ensure a full protection of this amazing natural beauty, but due to its international geography (shared between France, Switzerland, and Italy), it makes all actions a bit slower than usual. The Alps also host an incredible variety of wildlife and during the hike, you will get a chance to observe bouquetins or Alpine Ibexes (wild goats), marmots, eagles and other raptors in their natural habitat.

By discovering the area in an environmentally-friendly manner (walking), you will have plenty of time to enjoy the natural wonders along the Tour du Mont Blanc trails, while minimizing the impacts on the surrounding nature.

We avail of a Travelers Code of Conduct and all our documents are printed on recycled paper. Our staff also follows an Environmental policy (e.g: only using hard copies when necessary or switching off the lights where the areas are not in used.)

Last but not least, as hikers by passion, we have a strong ethic about respecting the places we go to and their environment, either for business or personally (e.g: not leaving any rubish behind us during a day walk or using reusable water containers), and we encourage our guests to act responsibly while traveling.

Community

People living in scattered villages in the Mont Blanc Massif, carry on traditions and culture related to the mountains, whether they live on the French, Swiss, or Italian side. Folklore is still very alive and many manifestations and events take place throughout the year, on each side of the borders, with people wearing traditional clothes. Many of the walking trails in the Mont Blanc Massif have been used for centuries by local people when moving the animals up into the mountains. This practice is still in use and known as transhumance. Milk and cheese production is linked to all this and the places we work with proudly provide their clients with local products.

We are commited to work with local hotels and restaurants only. Actually, we personnaly know each person we deal with as we go on ground to tailor make these holidays for you.

To design this tailor made walking holiday, we have personally been on ground and have met the local people we deal with, from the refuges guards to the local hotel owners like the nice family Richer on the Swiss side, not to forget the taxi driver who will transfer your luggage daily.

By dealing directly with local professionals, we also ensure them maximum benefits.

Reviews of Mont Blanc self guided walking holidays

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


That would be the hike up to La Fenetre d'Arpette. Out of our group of eight only three decided on doing this harder hike from Champex to Trient. All of the stages were great, but this one was particularly memorable.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We decided to have two rest days, one in Courmayeur and one in Champex. It was a very good decision. There is lots to do in Courmayeur and Champex is a very charming little town. Although three of us hiked to La Cabane d'Orny on the extra day in Champex, but most were happy to have a bit of a rest, treat their blisters and sore muscles. Unless you belong to the very young, I would recommend some rest in between in order to do the whole tour in comfort.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I am not sure about reducing environmental impacts or conservation, but we did support the local economy. The seasons are short enough in these valleys, and I am sure our meals and other purchases helped local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall we were all very happy with our holiday. Some overnight stays were wonderful, such as in Champex, beautiful setting and great food.
However, it would be nice if something better could be found in the Col de Forclaz or Trient. The Auberge Mont Blanc is really not up to scratch (even the Refuge des Mottets was much better). No sinks had hot water. In one shower one had to keep one hand on the lever, or else the water stopped. A newly installed sink in the common shower area had a fixture that came right off when one wanted to turn on the water. In one room there was obviously faulty wiring, because the light kept going out. Also one room had lumpy mattresses. The British chap who ran the place and served supper was super. He was the only friendly and warm thing about the whole place.

The rest of the accommodation was good to very good and there were no issues. We did enjoy the vacation very much and would consider booking with this company again.

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everything about this trip was memorable, going up passes crossing over to another country, the ever changing scenery, camaraderie, and able to complete the circuit without cheating, the storm and the animal... The most of all, the mountain huts, the hot showers, comfy beds, flush toilet and the food or should I say feast! I wish we have some of those in Canada.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I completed the circuit in 11 days, spent around 4 to 6 hours each day in trekking. Although the stages are relatively short and the 11 days gone by so quick, it was hard for me trying to remember every details of each stages. I would suggest plan some rest days in places that interest you, spend some time to explore and absorb.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


More awesome than just great!

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Thanks shirry. Appreciated. Fabien.

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