Mont Blanc walking holiday

“Our lowest priced 7 day trekking holiday around Mont Blanc, in a small group led by international mountain guide, staying in mountain lodges.”

Highlights

Chamonix Valley | Trient | Forclaz Pass | Valais des Hommes | Grand Col Ferret | Courmayeur | Checroui Pass | Miage glacier | Col de La Seigne | Estelette Glacier | Col de la Croix du Bonhomme | Contamines Natural Reserve.

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2017: 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 25 Jun, 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 24 Sep
Our top tip:
Wear boots with ankle support and, if you have bad knees, take walking poles
Trip type:
Small group, guided.
Activity level:
Moderate to challenging.
Accomm:
Shared dorms in hostels.
Included:
Accommodation, all meals, baggage transfer by mules or vehicles (max 7kgs), transfers, mountain leader.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome but shared dorms the norm.
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Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mont Blanc walking holiday

Environment

The alpine landscapes you will experience on this Mont Blanc walking vacation are simply stunning so it is essential then, that our small groups of up to hikers minimise our impact on the mountain to ensure that they remain so for future generations.

All rubbish will be carried out of the mountains and disposed of sensibly. The mountain huts and their immediate environment are particularly sensitive to degradation and it up to us to ensure that we use the facilities sensibly and leave them as we would expect to find them.

The natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.

Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.

Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!

Community

Our starting point of Chamonix is heavily geared up for tourism but this does not mean that everyone is a tourist or understands our language. It is up to us to make all reasonable effort to communicate in the local language and to fit in with the local way of life.

Our responsible travel principles: Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.

We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.

We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.

We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travelers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.

We strive to educate our travelers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.

No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.

Reviews of Mont Blanc walking holiday

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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 12 Jul 2016 by

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


While every part of our holiday was amazing, we particularly found the stay in Fornovelasco to be the best. We loved listening to the river outside our window, hiking up to the arch, and down in the cave. Our daughter went zip lining and climbing with the local adventure group in town.

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


Take the fitness level seriously. This was a wonderfully challenging adventure. Also, try to be in Italy for a few days beforehand. We flew into Florence the week before and spent a week outside of Bologna first. We found flying in and out of Florence easy to do, getting both a bus and train to get to ur destination,

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


Yes, these were rural areas and we were often the only people staying in our hotels.

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


Excellent - this is our third family vacation through Responsible Travel and each
one has been fantastic.

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2016 by

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


The views

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


Good fitness level

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


Definitely

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


10/10

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2015 by

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


Everything: from the best guide (Maxime), great food and accommodations, amazing travel companions and the place itself...it was perfect!

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


Make sure you train well for 6-8 hike everyday to enjoy the scenery

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




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


Perfect!

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2010 by

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


Climbing down Fenetre d' Arpette, and climbing up Bonhomme.

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


Make sure you are very fit physically, and read something about the Alps (geographic, flora & fauna, history, culture). Other than that, everything was very well organized.

If you fly in from outside of Europe, consider arriving a few days earlier, stay in Chamonix area and warm yourself up with some small day-hiking trip. I travelled 24 hours to arrive in the evening before the trek started, and felt tired even before starting walking. Better spare some time to adjust.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

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


Great!

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2007 by

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


Reaching lac Blanc.

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


Pack only the most essential items - keep your day pack as light as possible. Choose the tour with the mule - different atmosphere.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely.

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


5 star - excellent guide and wonderful atmosphere with mule Nikita - guide handled Nikita with care.

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