Hiking the Alps : Two of the Best Alpine Trekking Tours

It might be snowing outside but we’re already planning our summer of adventure. Chamonix is one of the world’s best destinations for hiking, climbing and exploring the mountains – but it’s also one of the most popular, which makes planning ahead essential.

Hiking the Haute Route in the Alps past alpine lakes and snow capped mountains

Two of the world’s most famous hiking trails, the Tour du Mont Blanc and the Haute Route, set off from Chamonix and traverse stunning alpine trails across glaciers, through forests, and past alpine lakes. Alpine wildlife such as marmottes, bouquetin and chamois graze in the meadows while choucas, peregrine falcons and even golden eagles soar overhead. Part of the adventure is sleeping over in remote mountain refuges under incredible night skies where there is no light pollution to dim the millions of bright stars overhead.

Staying in a mountain refuge whilst hiking the Haute Route

The Haute Route is an iconic Alpine trek that goes from Chamonix to Zermatt, a distance of around 180km, first established in the mid nineteenth century by the English Alpine Club. There are two variations; the longer route takes around 12 days and features more challenging terrain, whereas the shorter route takes around 6 days and stays lower down on the trails. Both offer stunning scenery of snowcapped peaks and flower filled meadows that will leave you with incredible memories of a great trip.

Crossing glaciers and trekking on snow whilst hiking the Haute Route

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a spectacular multiday trek that winds its way around the foot of Mont Blanc going through France, Italy and Switzerland along the way. You’ll pass through rugged national parks, climb remote mountain passes, cool your toes in clear mountain lakes and taste delicious local dishes from three different countries along the way! Not an easy challenge, with around 6 to 8 hours of hiking per day, but a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is more than worth the effort.

Beautiful wild flowers in an alpine meadow, hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc

With the snow falling outside the window, it might seem too early to start dreaming of alpine summer adventures, but now is the time to book if you want that dream to come true! Contact us now for more information and availability.

Hiking in the Alps on the Tour du Mont Blanc trek

Fete des Guides : Mountain Guide Festival in Chamonix

This weekend is the annual Fetes des Guides; a celebration in honour of the men and women who dedicate their lives to the mountains.

Fete des Guides ChamonixThere have already been events throughout the week in Lavancher, Les Houches and Argentiere but Saturday is the grand finale. The day begins with a special church service at 9:30 to remember all those guides that have lost their lives in the mountains, followed by a traditional ceremony in the centre of Chamonix to bless the ice axes and welcome all newly qualified guides to the company.

Fete des Guides ChamonixThere will be stalls, entertainments and face painting in the centre of town until 4pm when the party moves to Lac des Gaillands. There is an entry fee of 13€ for adults and 5€ for children aged 5-12 (free for under 5’s), all the proceeds of which go to Caisse de Secours – a charity fund that supports the families of deceased or injured mountain guides.

Fete des Guides ChamonixThe celebrations carry on into the night with live music, a helicopter rescue demonstration, outdoor games, BBQ and the essential giant tartiflette. The guides themselves will star in a “grand spectacle” played out on the rock face with laser lights and sound effects – expect lots of whizzing about on zip wires and swinging off ropes. Their acrobatic skills are very impressive, even if the storyline is incomprehensible and the acting a bit dodgy… The night ends in a blaze of fireworks, set off over the lake against the night sky.

Without the expert skills of qualified mountain guides, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy a fraction of what you can do in Chamonix; here are some of the fantastic things you can experience when accompanied by a mountain guide:

Mer de Glace ChamonixExplore the Glaciers
Thanks to the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Montenvers train, the glacial terrain of the Vallée Blanche and the Mer de Glace is amazingly accessible. If you want to do more than just sightsee you’ll need alpine equipment such as crampons and harnesses, as well as the knowhow to explore the crevasses and marvel at the seracs in safety. You can join a group or organise a private trip tailored to your own interests – contact us now to book your glacier hike.
Glacier Hiking in Chamonix – find out more

Hiking in ChamonixHike the Haute Route
A legendary trek from Chamonix to Zermatt, taking you from the foot of Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn via alpine forests, glaciers, meadows, mountain trails and remote refuges. See the brightest stars you’ve ever seen as you settle into your lodge for the night and work up a hearty appetite for classic dishes such as cheese fondue and saucisson. This trip can be done over 8 or 14 days, depending on the route – contact us now to plan your Haute Route hike.
Haute Route Chamonix to Zermatt – find out more

Rock climbing in Chamonix
Photo Credit : Chamex

Rock & Ice Climbing
Thanks to its high altitude terrain, you can find superb mixed climbing routes even in summer – huge granite crags leading to spectacular ridges high amongst the snow covered peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif. From one day ascents to multi-day expeditions, we offer a range of options to suit all levels – contact us now to find out more.
Alpine Climbing in Chamonix – find out more

Mont Blanc ChamonixClimb Mont Blanc
Summit the highest mountain in the Alps, venturing amongst the glaciers and seracs to reach the pinnacle at 4807m. Setting off from Chamonix you’ll traverse high ridges, sleep over in mountain refuges and see the sunrise over the mountains as you set out for the summit. This is a once in a lifetime experience that you’ll never forget – contact us now to plan your Mont Blanc expedition.
Mont Blanc – find out more