Tour des Combins
Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in the Swiss Village of Bourg St Pierre. KE Land Only package services begin with an evening briefing from the guide and dinner in the hotel.
Day 2: Starting at Bourg St Pierre we make a gradual ascent through wild flower meadows to La Coeur (2233m). We cross a col and traverse the mountain to reach the Cabane du Col de Mille (2472m) where we spend our first night in the mountains. This is a fabulous viewpoint next to Mont Rogneux. Ascent: 1200m.
Day 3: We begin with a descent, round Mont Rogneux before heading up a gorge to the toe of the impressive Corbassiere glacier, one of the largest glaciers in Europe. We have a steady climb to the recently built Cabane de Panossiere where we spend the night. A beautiful situation for the evening, with views to the Grand Combin. Ascent: 600m.
Day 4: A long, but satisfying day climbing over the highest col on the trip, the Col des Otanes at 2846m. We descend this impressive rocky mountainside and begin our traverse to the Lac de Mauvoisin before making our way along its east bank to the Cabane de Chanrion where we spend the night. A good day for spotting the iconic edelweiss flower and chamois! Ascent: 700m.
Day 5: Heading first down-valley we then climb beside the Glacier de Fenetre to the col at 2797m. Here we can stop and enjoy the view back to the Chanrion hut with the snowy peaks of Mont Blanc de Cheilon behind it. We then cross the border into Italy and descend to lush summer grazing grounds. Following an ancient irrigation channel, we arrive at the new Cabane de Champillon. Ascent: 1000m.
Day 6: An easier day through Alpine meadows to the Col de Champillon at 2709m before a descent to the Italian villages of Etroubles with its ancient cobbled streets and a final short climb to St Oyen where we check into a hotel. Ascent: 450m.
Day 7: For our final day, we follow in the footsteps of Hannibal and Napoleon as we climb to the famous Col du Grand St Bernard (2460m) and cross the border back into Switzerland. The Grand St Bernard Monastery, home of the world famous St Bernard mountain rescue dogs, is situated on the pass. We finish with a steady descent back to Bourg-Saint-Pierre where we check into our hotel. Ascent: 950m.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.