French Alps self guided walking holiday

“8 days of great value self-guided walking in Haute Savoie region, staying in family run chalet in Samoëns village, with walks of different levels into the stunning Haut Giffre.”

Highlights

Haut Giffre valley | Views of Mont Blanc Massif | Bout du Monde Valley | Angolon ridge | Hot tub | Fully catered | Lake swimming | Alpine wildlife | Guide support at accommodation

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12 Jun 2021
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Our top tip:
There is a chance to join Bruno, the company’s expert mountain guide, on a guided trip if you like. Grab the chance. He is fantastique.
Trip type:
Self-guided.
Activity level:
Moderate/Strenuous.
Accomm:
Family run luxury chalet.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, support, maps & routes, most meals, afternoon teas, wine with dinner.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome, but you may be asked to share room with same sex traveller.
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Accepted

Responsible tourism

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Environment
Our booking process is paperless and we avoid printing wherever possible. We are a small family run business so do not have a typical head office. Additionally we travel to work together and walk when possible. We make conscious efforts to minimise waste when shopping by trying to choose products with less packaging. We make sure to recycle any appropriate waste from the Chalets. We collect all the recycling and then separate it into the communal bins when necessary, we encourage our guests to do the same. In our village it is possible to recycle a wide range of products including soft plastics. Additionally in the local supermarket there are points to recycle bulbs, batteries and printer cartridges. We do our best not to use single use plastics and avoid providing anything to our guests packaged with single use plastic. We try to lower our carbon emissions by transporting guests together, at the moment COVID-19 guideline permitting, meaning that there are fewer vehicles operating in the valley. We buy food locally and seasonally and promote this ethos to our guests.

We purchase local produce where possible and we corroborate this with our local suppliers, as well as making an effort to source meat products that have not been inhumanely treated. We adapt our menus during the year to favour produce that is in season and is grown locally. In order to reduce water we incorporate vegetarian and vegan meals into our menu. By not using meat in all our dishes, this is one of the most effective ways of reducing water consumption. We feel it is important to share with our guests the environmental benefits of reducing meat consumption. Additionally we promote water saving activities such as taking shorter, cooler showers. However we believe reducing the use of meat in our menus and explaining the environmental benefits behind this to our guests saves more water.

We suggest that guests visit our local national park, where through a payment for parking in the area, the local commune is able to implement projects to protect the environment. This recently included a large-scale project to clear an area of the river after a landslide. Additionally the money from visitors is used to maintain footpaths, preventing the local environment from being damaged with people walking in protected areas. We also suggest that guests use the mountain lifts, as these require a payment the money is then used in part to protect the local environment. The lift company has a wide range of projects to improve the local environment and a Green Globe certified.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We provide all our guests with an information pack in advance of their arrival. We make sure that we have communicated any local rules or guidelines that will affect guests. This is particularly important following the pandemic.

As local residents ourselves we have been welcomed into the community. It is this experience that we want to give to our guests and encourage them to speak to and engage with all locals they come into contact with. This includes our local partners who we work closely with to provide the most authentic experience for our guests.

The local community relies on visitors. By encouraging our guests to engage with the local community and activities they are supporting the host community. By increasing visitors to the valley this boosts the local economy, which supports the local community.

As we are the destination supplier, we make sure that should our guest need a guide for their particular activity, a local guide is booked. Our guides are permanent residents of the local community. Where possible we employ local staff and make use of local services. We encourage our guests to visit the local markets and make use of local activity providers while on our holidays. A large proportion of the income derived from our holidays goes directly into the local community and we try to ensure that this benefits small, local businesses.

Climate

8 Reviews of French Alps self guided walking holiday

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Reviewed on 17 Jul 2017 by

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


We had a fantastic time staying in Samoens. We are a family with two adults, 14 year old and twelve year old twins, and stayed in the Petite Ourse in the
second week of July 17. We could not recommend the experience more highly. The accommodation included double room with ensuite, and four bed bunk
room with ensuite including bath. Downstairs was kitchen, and living space, with outdoor deck with table and hot tub. There are beautiful views across the
valley from the downstairs windows. We had guided walks on five days, and a rest day on the Wednesday. Bruno was an excellent guide - patient and able to
moderate pace and information delivery according to capacity and appetite! Bruno speaks excellent English, and was also happy to speak French to our
daughters who are learning French at school. We walked in a group with those staying 'upstairs' in the Grande Ourse, and had a fun time getting to know
some very friendly people. The catering was excellent, with full breakfasts, materials for making lunches and snacks for taking walking, cakes on return
from walking, and three courses with wines in the evening, beautifully done by Ben and JJ, who also gave enthusiastic and helpful area advice. The walking
was amazing at this time of year: alpine meadows, wildflowers, waterfalls, and glacial landscapes, and not too challenging: we ranged between 500m and
970m ascent in a day. We went rafting on the Giffre on our day off, which was also great.

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


Transfer from Geneva airport was easy at around 1 hr by private transfer.

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


The holiday visited stunning landscapes, and walking with Bruno helped increase awareness of the evolution and sensitivity of alpine landscapes. Samoens
had many activities for visitors, including several musical events in the square, and fireworks on Bastille day. The Samoens market on Wednesday morning is
extensive: we ate out on the Wednesday evening chalet night off, though it would be very easy to source local ingredients at the market and prepare these in-house as an alternative for the Wednesday.

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


Excellent.

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2016 by

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


Superb walking country

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


Plenty of different grades of walking for self-guided tours with very good, detailed maps and instructions.

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


Walks usually incorporated a visit to a refuge or local café for drinks or snacks.
Use of local hiking guides and cycling, white-water rafting if needed.
Recycling boxes at entrance to chalet.

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


Excellent base to explore the beautiful Haute-Giffre valley. Wonderful chalet staff, Kirsty, Scott and Sally, who are very happy to help plan your day.

Reviewed on 02 Jul 2016 by

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


Varied expertly guided walks through magnificent scenery

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


Come prepared. Any questions are answered effectively and quickly. Veery
flexible staff.

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


Benefits local areas. Helps to sponsor nature reserves

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


An excellent week, well looked after with good walks.

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2016 by

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


Walking in the mountains.

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


Check the room size. Some are very small with low ceilings

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


Somewhat

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


Very good.

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2014 by

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


The overall experience was top-notch. The staff were warm, welcoming and helpful.
Great accommodation and excellent food and beverages. Great hiking guide as well.

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


We stayed Saturday to Wednesday and regret not staying longer. Wonderful hikes and other outdoor activities as well as a market to enjoy.


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


Our hiking guide was local but the owners and the rest of the staff are relocated Brits.

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


Superb

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2014 by

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


Hiking to the frozen lake just outside Samoens.

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


Restaurant called Les 8 Monts in village of Samoens for Wednesday night (chalet staff night off).

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. Great food, comfortable chalet, beautiful walks, good company (chalet mates), great guide (Bruno) and lucky with the weather.

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2014 by

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


Fantastic walks and great company. The chalet and staff and the food were really good. So close to Geneva.

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


Just go for it!

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?



Reviewed on 02 Oct 2012 by

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


Everything was memorable- the chalet was delightful, food wonderful,and the hosts very helpful and friendly! The walking was outstanding and Bruno,the French guide (with excellent English) was very informative but with a great sense of humour! His knowledge of fauna and flora was impressive. Full marks!

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


Dont hesitate to use Bruno as your guide - we learned so much from him!

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


We had one car free walking day and stayed fairly local to the chalet on the other days. Washing was kept to a minimum and everything possible was recycled. food was sourced locally where possible. Care was taken to minimise impact on wildlife and flora when out walking.

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


Fantastic - would love to go again to such a beautiful area and stay in such a great place.

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