French Alps trekking holiday

“An eight day guided walking holiday in the French Alps, for experienced walkers keen to take on a few great peaks in multi-day treks. Based in Samoens”

Highlights

Multi-day treks in Alps | Samoens | Gorges des Tines | Cascade du Rouget | Anterne Pass | Passage du DÈrochoir | Sales valley | Tête de Pelouse | Combe aux Puaire | Vogealle lake | End of The World |Overnight stays in mountain huts

Description of French Alps trekking holiday

This eight day French Alps trekking holiday, based in Samoens in the Haute Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes is a top three peak package. Staying in two types of accommodation, a cosy Alpine chalet for four nights and then mountain huts for three nights, this itinerary allows excellent high mountain trekking in the Alps.

You will be walking about seven hours a day through some of the region’s most dramatic valleys and ridges, peaks and snowfields, so a good level of fitness is recommended. With highlights such as ascents to the Tête de Pelouse summit, the Anterne Pass with its stunning views over myriad peaks and a trek through the unforgettable Gorges des Tines. On the most challenging day we will take on a 1300m ascent, where you will be rewarded by the sparkling prize of Chambres Lake.

Travelling in a small group with like minded hikers, you will have experienced mountain guides leading you throughout the trip, which consists of two separate long treks spreading out over a couple of days.

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Environment

Our booking process is paperless and our brochures are printed on 100% recycled FSC approved material, using renewable energy and vegetable oil based inks. Our printer, Severnprint Ltd, is one of the first British printers to achieve FSC certification and ISO14001 accreditation.

We make conscious efforts to minimise waste when shopping by trying to choose products with less packaging. We recycle everything that can be recycled and encourage our guests to do the same, and compost everything that can be composted. Likewise, it is in the interest of the locally owned mountain huts to keep waste to a minimum, as they can often only transport it from the mountain by helicopter.

Our holidays have a very strong focus on nature and the environment and we spend a lot of time in local nature reserve. Guests are made aware of the unique flora and fauna and we talk specifically about endangered species and reintroduction efforts. We focus our guests attention on local efforts to preserve flora and fauna and we like to think holidays significantly contribute to raising awareness of the mountain environment.

We advise our guests about local regulations and protected areas at each destination. We use telescopes to observe the wildlife, stick to marked paths in areas where wildlife is more sensitive and minimise operations during the main reproductive times, meaning minimal disturbances.

We do everything we can to reduce carbon emissions from transport by encouraging guests to travel by train. We minimise our pick-ups by grouping people together. Travel is also minimised during the trek as we are generally walking to and from the chalet.

Community

These holidays have a strong focus on the local culture. We discuss how people lived in the past, how the Alpine valleys got depopulated and we try to encourage discussion about and understanding of the local history.

Our guests are given the opportunity to visit the most well preserved villages and hamlets in the area and a strong focus is put on the now almost extinct culture of transhumance in western Europe (a semi-nomadic lifestyle where people migrate seasonally between villages at the valley floors in winter and high-mountain pastures in summer). We visit local farms and transhumance hamlets and maintain personal relationships with the families still living in this way.

Since the start of 2011 in the French Alps, we have taken part in the Leonardo Da Vinci programme which is a European initiative aimed at placing students from all over Europe in relevant work experience outside of their own countries. This programme has allowed the students the chance to experience working in a hotel, to meet our guests and to see what it’s like living in such a beautiful, natural environment. Often, it’s the first time that the students have been to mountainous regions and that coupled with all of the fantastic outdoor activities that Samoens has to offer, provides the students with a fantastic opportunity – and one that will support their future careers.

Our guides are permanent residents of the local community. Where possible we employ local staff and make use of local services, including the mountain huts. We encourage our guests to visit the local markets on the rest day. A large proportion of the income derived from our holidays goes directly into the local community and we try to ensure that this is directed to small, local businesses.

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