Family Tour du Mont Blanc
France & Italy, Family, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at Yeti Lodge in Argentiere (altitude 1240m). KE Family Land Only package services begin with evening briefing and dinner. Overnight in our chalet.
Day 2: Cable car ride to Flegeres to gain some of the height for the walk in to the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve for the start of our ridge walk to Lac Blanc. After a visit to the Lac Blanc refuge, we descend to the mid-station at La Flegere before descending to Chamonix by cable car. Overnight in our chalet accommodation in Argentiere.
Day 3: We walk from the door of the chalet along the Petit Balcon Nord to Le Tour, at the top end of the Chamonix valley. After crossing the Col de Balme, where we have a picnic lunch, we descend to Trient before the final climb to the Col du Forclaz where we stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 4: Today we hike the Bovine Trail through high meadows whilst enjoying views along the Rhone Valley and across to some of the major Swiss peaks. In the afternoon we descend to the idyllic lakeside village of Champex where we stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 5: We descend through pine trees and take the 'Mushroom Trail' towards the meadows of Praz de Fort. The trail stays on the valley floor as we climb towards the Italian border and Mont Dolent. We spend the night in Le Fouly. This day could potentially be a rest day for anyone who wants to spend the day in Champex, rejoining the group later in the day by taking the bus!
Day 6: A big day today, as we set off on the long climb to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m). After enjoying the views of snow-capped peaks from the pass we descend into Italy before heading uphill again to the Bonatti Refuge (2056m), from where there are stunning views of the Mt Blanc Massif. Overnight in the refuge.
Day 7: Today's walk begins along a balcony trail, and there are several route options to complete our journey before our trek ends in beautiful Courmayeur. Transfer back to our chalet base in Argentiere, where we enjoy a final dinner.
Day 8: KE Family Land Only package services end after breakfast.