Mont Blanc Circuit walking holiday

“Join a small group led by an international mountain leader as you hike for 10 days and rest for 3 whilst undertaking the Mont Blanc Circuit, clockwise from Chamonix.”

Highlights

Chamonix | Col de Balme | Switzerland | Col de Forclaz | Champex | Val Ferret | Grand Col Ferret | Monte de la Saxe | Col de la Seigne | La Ville des Glaciers | Col de la Croix du Bonhomme | Col de Tricot | Chamonix Valley | Brevent | Les Bossons |

Description of Mont Blanc Circuit walking holiday

Over the many years that we’ve enjoyed running this Mont Blanc Circuit walking holiday there’s one thing that always rises to the fore and that’s balance.

For instance, we know that 10 days of walking is always balanced by three days of resting. We’ve also found that transferring luggage from one campsite to the next is also a great way to create a healthy balance between exertion and enjoyment and, let’s face it, as this Mont Blanc Circuit walking holiday climbs six mountain passes and crosses Swiss, French and Italian borders, lightening your load always makes for a much more pleasant experience.

Throughout this two week Mont Blanc Circuit walking holiday you’ll be under the experienced eye of an international mountain leader who will guide you under gigantic glaciers and through meadows of alpine flowers in the safest and most sensible way possible.

Travelling in a clockwise direction you’ll discover the picturesque mountain villages and stunning panoramic views overlooking Mont Blanc which is why we think we’ve got the balance for this Mont Blanc Circuit walking holiday, just about right.

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Responsible tourism

Mont Blanc Circuit walking holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking and trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints and have a strict policy with proper disposal of litter. We understand that this sense of responsibility is even more necessary in the case of Mont Blanc than some other trekking sites as the mountain does not have National Park status and regulations to protect it. Our staff are trained with environmental stewardship in mind and protective guidelines are then passed on to our clients through briefings in order to keep our impact neutral.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trekking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should use fresh water springs on the way to re-fill a singular container. These springs are clean and are a wonderful resource for reducing plastic waste, or guests can simply re-fill at the campsite where they stay.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation & Meals:
By camping throughout this trip, we minimise energy usage and meals are usually communally organised which is more efficient and less impactful. Where meals are provided, we try to use local supplies if possible and encourage clients to do the same when they shop independently: for example, there is a Saturday market in Chamonix with plenty of local shops and cafes en route. When we eat out, we use family run business that benefit the local community by keeping investment in the area. We stop almost daily in locally run refuges where our trekkers usually have a coffee and a big slice of cake. It does not sound like much but these are all locally owned establishments and our business is an excellent source of income for them.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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“The thing about a trip like this is that you are with likeminded people and, I have to say, I had such a laugh with everyone. My sides were hurting sometimes as we were laughing a lot. So, breathtaking scenery and a great bunch of people. ”

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019 by

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


Hiking in amazing scenery

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


Be prepared for some tough days of hiking

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?


Excellent trip, really recommend the camping trip

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2018 by

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


The amazing scenery, wonderful food and excellent company.

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


If you love walking then this is for you. Lots of different types of landscape through valleys over mountains across streams.

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?


This holiday exceeded my expectations, I was buzzing when I came back from it and just wanted to do it all again!!!!!

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2017 by

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


The whole walk on the Mont Blanc circuit is amazing

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


Make sure you do loads of hills and long walking days to get fit.

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


Not really

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


Great

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Barbara,

Firstly, thank you for your comments, we are delighted that overall you had a great trip.

We’d like to give you a little more information regarding your comments in question 3.

As we’re sure you’re aware few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking and trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints and have a strict policy with proper disposal of litter. We understand that this sense of responsibility is even more necessary in the case of Mont Blanc than some other trekking sites as the mountain does not have National Park status and regulations to protect it. Our staff are trained with environmental stewardship in mind and protective guidelines are then passed on to our clients through briefings in order to keep our impact neutral.

By camping throughout this trip, we minimise energy usage and meals are usually communally organised which is more efficient and less impactful. Where meals are provided, we try to use local supplies if possible and encourage clients to do the same when they shop independently: for example, there is a Saturday market in Chamonix with plenty of local shops and cafes en route which we hope you got to visit. When eating out, we use family run business that benefit the local community by keeping investment in the area. We stop almost daily in locally run refuges where our trekkers usually have a coffee and a big slice of cake. It does not sound like much but these are all locally owned establishments and our business is an excellent source of income for them.

We do hope that this explanation provides an adequate response to your review and offers you reassurance that we are continuously working on ensuring our trips are as responsible as possible. We hope to welcome you back to France one day.

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