Chamonix Family Alpine Adventure

Family adventure holiday packed with fun in the French Alps







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Holiday Overview


  • Aiguille du Midi cable-car ride and canyoning with the family
  • Whitewater rafting or Hydrospeed ride on the River Arve
  • Excellent chalet based accommodation outside Chamonix
  • An exciting overnight at a mountain refuge on a 2 day mini trek

France's Chamonix Valley, with its spectacular backdrop of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, is the perfect setting for a family adventure holiday. Based at our comfortable chalet in the village of Argentiere, this superb activity holiday will ensure that your family gets the most out of their week in the Alps. This holiday is designed to involve the whole family, with a fun packed itinerary and the option to finish off the evening with a soak in the hot tub! Adapting the itinerary as necessary, the local guide will escort you on the activities and choose scenic day hikes along famous Alpine trails close to the border with both Switzerland and Italy. Activities offered include introductory canyoning, whitewater rafting or ‘hydrospeed' on the River Arve, as well as the exciting high ropes course at the Chamonix Adventure Park. You will also be able to ride Europe's highest cable-car to the breathtaking viewpoint of the Aiguille du Midi, take the Mont Blanc Express train to Vallorcine and stay overnight in a mountain hut. Also available locally are swimming, ice-skating, biking and the summer 'luge'. This is an action-packed week of fun and adventure at the heart of the French Alps.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 8 years old

With our comfortable chalet base and a variety of included activities, this itinerary should appeal to all families with active children. Our four walking days include cable cars to the top of the mountains and around 4-6 hrs of walking and up to 600m of ascent and descent. We have optional rafting, hydrospeeding, canyoning, an adventure tree tops course and rock climbing. There is also the option of taking the cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi to 3842m. Also included in this exciting holiday is a walk to the Miage refuge where we overnight, meaning we need to carry our overnight things (sheet sleeping bags and teddy bear) in our backpacks. The walks are on good and well-marked trails and they are suitable for children provided they are used to walking in the hills. The itinerary is suitable for children aged 8 and above, although children must be aged 12 to do the hydrospeed and canyoning (children under 12yrs will raft instead). Also note that height restrictions may apply for certain activities. The itinerary includes one night in a mountain hut, all other nights are at our chalet in Argentiere. Chamonix is served by several low-cost airlines flying into Geneva. You should allow approximately EUR200 per person if you wish to take part in all activities. Please see 'spending money' for activities break down.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere in the Chamonix Valley.
  • Walk to the Valley of the Bears and the Swiss border. Return by train.
  • Possibility to take the Aiguille du Midi cable 3800m, afternoon optional rafting or hydrospeeding.
  • Balcony walk from top of the Flegere to Plan Praz. Mont Blanc Panorama walk.
  • Possibility to go canyoning or rock climbing. Afternoon free for optional biking or luge or swimming.
  • Start of the 2 day trek on the Tour de Mont Blanc. Walk from Les Houches cable car to Miage Refuge (1560m).
  • Descend from Le Truc (1720m) to Les Contamines Adventure Park (optional). Return to Argentiere.
  • Departure day.
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The dates above are for the LAND ONLY itinerary, joining at the group chalet in Argentiere. The nearest airport is Geneva, approximately an hour's drive away. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' and 'Flights' sections in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Geneva. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester, Liverpool & Glasgow and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds Bradford & Belfast. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere in the Chamonix Valley.

    Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere just a few kilometres from Chamonix. The accommodation we use for the Chamonix Family Adventure is the Yeti Lodge chalets. The chalets have bright and airy rooms, south-facing sun-decks with views to Mont Blanc, as well as a hot tub and sauna. On arrival you can relax and enjoy the stunning views of Mont Blanc. In the evening, you will meet your guide and have an informal chat about the week ahead. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at Yeti Lodge.

    • Accommodation Chalet

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  • Walk to the Valley of the Bears and the Swiss border. Return by train.

    We begin our week with an easy acclimatisation walk. Starting from your accommodation we walk through the old town of Argentiere and through the neighbouring hamlets of Frasserands and Monroc to reach the Col des Montets at 1461m. Here we can visit the Nature Reserve des Aiguilles Rouges and discover rich and diverse flora and fauna of the region. We continue over this historic pass into Vallorcine, the valley of bears, all the bears have long since gone, but this beautiful valley provides opportunities for a variety of walks depending on your families experience. Walking on good trails we follow the 'Route des Diligences' and find a meadow stop for our picnic lunch before reaching our destination today, the Swiss frontier where there's an opportunity to buy Swiss chocolate! We complete our day by taking the historic Mont Blanc train back to France.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 250m

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 330m

    • Time 3

  • Possibility to take the Aiguille du Midi cable 3800m, afternoon optional rafting or hydrospeeding.

    The Aiguille du Midi cable car leaves from the centre of Chamonix. It is a journey of two stages. The first brings visitors to the Plan de l'Aiguille at 2300 metres. The second stage traverses the glacier of Les Pelerins, before rising up the North Face. Often in summer it is possible to spot climbers on their way up this face towards the summit of the Aiguille. From the top station at 3800 metres the view of the Alps is incredible, with several terraces from where visitors can take in the spectacular views of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps. On a clear day it is possible to see the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and the Grand Combin. An elevator inside the rock rises the final 42 metres to the top terrace at 3842 metres. This is the closest you can get to Mount Blanc without climbing! We then descend to the mid station at Plan de l'Aiguille and have our picnic lunch. After our final descent, we head off to get wet with a fun, fast and furious journey on white water along the River Arve through the centre of Chamonix itself. Choose from Rafting or 'Hydrospeed' which is swimming with a helmet, flippers and a block of plastic as a float! To raft you must be 8 years old, 1m 20 in height and for ‘Hydrospeed’ at least 12 years old and 1m 50 in height and be able to swim. Both the cable car and the Hydrospeed/rafting are optional, and should be paid for locally. Dinner will be at a restaurant in Argentiere.

    • Accommodation Chalet

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  • Balcony walk from top of the Flegere to Plan Praz. Mont Blanc Panorama walk.

    This walk visits the Aiguilles Rouge Nature Reserve with a landscape of granite cliffs, wildlife, and often old snow left over from the winter. Our route begins at the Flégère cable car where we take advantage of a ride up to our trail at 1877m! This lovely balcony walk gives us impressive views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley – a fantastic way to view Western Europe's largest mountain and surrounding peaks. After arriving at the next cable car, Plan Praz at 2000m, we will stop for our picnic lunch. From here the views of the glaciers and mountains are simply incredible and in fine weather we can watch the paragliders taking off and playing on the warm air! We then save our knees by taking the cable car down right into the heart of Chamonix where we can visit one of many ice cream shops! If time allows it's then possible to walk a little more along the by the glacial River Arve back towards your accommodation. Distance: 6km along the balcony walk, optional 6km from Chamonix to Argentiere.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 180m

    • Distance 6km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 100m

    • Time 4

  • Possibility to go canyoning or rock climbing. Afternoon free for optional biking or luge or swimming.

    Canyoning involves wearing protective gear whilst descending steep gorges and river courses. This can involve abseiling over rocky steps, jumping and sliding over waterfalls and swimming through hidden pools. Professional guides will give you detailed instruction and equipment to allow you to enjoy the thrills of one of the region’s best canyons. To take part in this activity (canyoning) you should be at least 12 years old, 1 metre 50 centimetres in height and able to swim well. It is reasonably exhilarating. For those who would prefer a dryer experience, there is the option to challenge yourself with rock climbing. Join a professional guide at Chamonix's lakeside crag to learn the skills and techniques to scale a rock face and abseil by yourself back to terra firma! Both the canyoning and rock climbing are optional activities and payable locally. Lunch today is in one of the town’s many cafes and the afternoon is then free for you to explore. You may wish to relax. Or, if you are in need of more adventure your guide will help you organise another activity - you can take the train up to the Mer de Glace Glacier and Ice Grotto, hire bikes, ride the Chamonix Luge, or check out the flumes at the swimming pool. All activities payable locally.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals bld

  • Start of the 2 day trek on the Tour de Mont Blanc. Walk from Les Houches cable car to Miage Refuge (1560m).

    Today we need to be organised and pack our little rucksacks to start a 2-day walk along the world famous trail of the 'Tour du Mont Blanc'. We set off for our adventure from Les Houches and enjoy stunning views of the Chamonix Valley as we use the cable car to gain 900 metres of elevation. We cross under the Bionnassay Glacier and head up to the Col de Tricot (2120m), before making the steep descent of around 45mins to the Miage pastures and chalet/refuge. Here we have the afternoon to explore this hidden river valley, with its farm animals and views to the glacier. We spend the night in characterful accommodation hosted by the Orsett family, having dinner in the hut. Please note that this walk can be adapted to suit most fitness levels and age groups. Our accommodation will be in a non-segregated mixed dormitory. You will be required to bring with you a sheet sleeping bag (in your backpack with your overnight belongings), blankets are supplied. With the sound of cow bells and the fabulous views, staying in this high and remote mountain hut is an experience not to be missed!

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 600m

    • Distance 9km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 560m

    • Time 4

  • Descend from Le Truc (1720m) to Les Contamines Adventure Park (optional). Return to Argentiere.

    After our breakfast in the chalet, we make the short ascent up to the alpage or Alpine meadow at Truc. Here, we have the option of walking up to the viewpoint summit of Truc for 360 degree views. We then have a gentle descend from the col to Le Truc (1720m) where there is a refuge at which we can have a coffee. We continue our descent through a forest of tall pines on a wide track to the small town of Les Contamines. We then walk a little further to the adventure park where we have our picnic lunch by the lakeside. Here, we can experience the ‘high life’ travelling from tree to tree through the forest, using rope bridges, Tarzan swings, Tyrolean wire slides, rope ladders and cargo nets. There are different circuits for different ages / sizes of children. For the fun yellow & blue route you have to be 8yrs or older and at least 1 metre 20 centimetres tall. Entrance for the tree tops adventure trail is optional and payable locally. From here we transfer back to Argentiere for a well-deserved rest and final dinner.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 150m

    • Distance 8km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 3

  • Departure day.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking guides and local instructors
  • All transfers
  • Cable cars (apart from Aiguille du Midi) involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the meal plan

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Airport transfers
  • Activities (Aiguille du Midi / rafting / hydrospeeding / canyoning / rock climbing / tree tops)
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The group will rendezvous at the Yeti Lodge in Argentiere on the evening of day 1 of the trip itinerary. For clients arriving by air, the easiest way to get to Argentiere is to fly to Geneva Airport and make use of an airport transfer service. We recommend KE clients can get transfers from €27 each way by entering the promo code YETI. Please note that transfers are subject to availability and your flight details are required a minimum of 72 hours before your arrival in Geneva. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you are driving to Chamonix we will provide route details and directions to the group hotel/chalet in Argentiere. Parking is available for clients arriving by car.

During this trip, the group will spend 6 nights in chalet-style accommodation at Yeti Lodge in Argentiere. The apartments in Yeti Lodge all enjoy bright and airy rooms with floor-to-ceiling picture windows with private south-facing sun-decks facing Mont Blanc, real fireplaces, satellite TV/DVD and free Wi-Fi. The chalet has a sauna, hot tub and wonderful views. The family rooms are twin, triples or quads with either en suite or shared bathrooms depending on availability. The group will also have use of a comfortable lounge area. Yeti Lodge offers secure car parking and is non-smoking. One night will be spent in mixed dormitory style accommodation in a mountain hut.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The food in Yeti Lodge is varied and plentiful. Continental breakfasts, packed lunches, afternoon tea and full 3-course evening meals are included. Yeti Lodge has an honesty bar for wine and drinks with your meals. Certain days you will receive a packed lunch. In the mountain hut night you will be served wholesome mountain food.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.

ACTIVITY PRICES. All prices are per person Aiguille du Midi lift: €50 Rafting 2hrs: €40 Hydrospeeding 45mins: €45 Half-day Canyoning: €75 Half-day Rock Climbing: €75 Tree Tops Adventure, Les Contamines: €15 to 20 depending on course You should allow approx €200 per person for the activities An additional sum of min €50 per person should be allowed for entrance charges to swimming baths, ice rink etc. and a few drinks, tipping and personal expenses. There are ATM's in Argentiere and Chamonix. All prices are approximate and are subject to change without prior notification.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking professional leader throughout the holiday and during the activities by qualified instructors.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We advise you to tip as a group.

There is no weight restriction as such on this trip other than that imposed by your international carrier. However, travelling is always easier the lighter your luggage. On the day/night that you are walking to the mountain refuge there is no baggage transfer. Everyone will need to carry their overnight belongings including a sheet sleeping bag. We recommend that you keep your backpack as light as possible. Of course you may wish to carry some of the childrens belongings in your pack as well. We recognise that for some of our holidays and for some of our travellers, the KE Trek Bag (see below) may not provide the best solution when packing for your holiday. A bag with fitted wheels or a holdall with more than one compartment and more than one access zip can, in some circumstances, be more appropriate. We have no problem if you choose to use an alternative bag.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Walking/Hiking boots
  • Trainers / sneakers
  • Old trainers for canyoning and rafting (that you don’t mind getting wet)
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers /pants
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / pants
  • Thermal underwear (long-johns) for rafting
  • Baselayer shirts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Sheet sleeping bag
  • Daypack c.30 to 40 litres (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you want to carry)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles (approx 1 litre / quart per person)
  • Swimwear (at the public Chamonix swimming pool these must be Speedos or lycra type swim shorts)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel
  • Torch/flashlight and batteries
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit - You should bring your own personal first aid kit consisting of the following: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets are a good idea. NB There are excellent medical facilities in Chamonix.

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Walking poles
  • Insect repellant
  • Wet wipes
  • Travel clothes
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, film / memory cards, batteries
  • Toys / games / books etc


  • All specialist equipment required for the activities on this trip are provided.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or activities trip getting some additional exercise. Even very fit youngsters will benefit from some kind of training regime and it can be great fun as you head toward your activity holiday. For this trip you require basic aerobic fitness and be comfortable with walking at an easy pace for 5 hours each day on a variety of terrain. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country. You should encourage your children to learn about the country. Though it is not so apparent in Europe, local people may have some different customs and behaviours, which are worth explaining to younger children. (For example, in France it is customary to greet friends with kisses and it is not uncommon for male friends to do this too)

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Generally, the temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, ranging from around 18 to 28°C. At night in Argentiere, we can expect the temperature to drop to between 10 and 15°C. The weather is usually stable at this time of year, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out.

Most people in this area of France speak very good English. However we do recommend you try to learn some simple French phrases and greetings as attempts to speak in the local language will always be appreciated and is all part of the fun.

Travel With Children. Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet). Chamonix – Mont Blanc. Martin Collins. Around Mont Blanc. Helmut Eberlein. Mont Blanc Trails. (Editions Sentiers du Mont Blanc). Chamonix Valley. Terry Marsh.

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