Chamonix Family Alpine Adventure Holiday
France, Family, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,255 (land only) - from $1,460 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous in Argentiere. KE Land Only services begin with evening briefing and dinner. Overnight at our chalet style accommodation in Argentiere.
Day 2: Acclimatisation walk through the hamlets of Frasserands and Monroc to reach the Col des Montets at 1461m, and over this pass into Vallorcine, the valley of the bears. We continue to the Swiss border and take the historic Mont Blanc train back to France.
Day 3: In the morning, we take an optional cable car ride to the Aiguille du Midi for spectacular views of the Alps. In the afternoon we have the option of either exciting 'hydrospeed' swimming or white water rafting on the Arve River that flows through Chamonix Valley.
Day 4: We take the Flegere cable car up to 1877m, and walk along the balcony trail with some impressive views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley. We walk to the Plan Praz cable car and return down to Chamonix. Optional walk back to Argentiere.
Day 5: This morning we have the option of an exciting canyoning trip. For those who want to stay dry, there is the option to try rock climbing. Lunch will be in a Chamonix cafe, and the afternoon is free for exploration. Choose to relax or enjoy an optional activity - there's lots to choose from! Visit the ice grotto at the Mer de Glace or ride the Chamonix luge. Dinner and overnight at Yeti Lodge.
Day 6: Today is the start of a 2 day adventure following part of the 'Tour du Mont Blanc' trail. Taking the cable car from Les Houches, we cross the Bionnassay Glacier and head up to the Col de Tricot (2120m). Tonight we stay in a mountain hut, enjoying mountain hospitality and homely food.
Day 7: After breakfast in the mountain hut, we walk down through the forest to Les Contamines. We visit the Adventure Park for some `high life` fun on the high ropes course before returning to the lodge for a celebratory final dinner.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.
This holiday involves going to a fairly high altitude on the cable car to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi at 3842m. Given that you will be well acclimatised with a previous day's walk above 2,000 metres feet and considering the short time spent at this high altitude, this should not present any problem but some people and especially younger children may react to altitude in minor ways. You may ‘feel' the altitude the first time you walk above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay attention to your hydration levels while walking above 2000 metres. Our professional guides are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience.