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Category: Kid ages 8-12
Duration: 4 days
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Price from: 580 €

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The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix has developed a collection of tours and summer camps especially for children aged 9 to 13. Based around different daily physical activities, they allow your children to meet new people, improve their self-confidence and develop an awareness of environmental issues while exploring the mountains of the Mont Blanc Massif.
 

- 6-day summer camp: Outdoor and hiking activities with accommodation in tents and mountain huts
- 6-day Tour du Mont Blanc: Route specially developed for children with accommodation in tents
- 4-day Tour des Fiz: Hike in the heart of the Sixt-Passy nature reserve with accommodation in mountains huts and gîtes

Lying opposite the Mont Blanc Massif, the Fiz Massif offers up some truly stunning landscapes, including lakes, cliffs, limestone pavements, mountain pastures, waterfalls and fast-flowing streams. Protected by the Sixt-Passy nature reserve, ibex, chamois, marmots and mountain flowers are easily spotted. All along the route your children will experience an immersive tour through the heart of an authentic mountain environment and will visit several geological curiosities. The nights in mountain huts will also allow them to make the most of these typically Alpine spots, rich in centuries of history.

To best meet the needs of the children, the group is run by two mountain professionals. The second night in the gîte has logistical support and guarantees appropriate accommodation and no need for heavy backpacks.

The Kids Tour des Fiz is aimed at children that regularly go hiking and would like to learn more about the world of mountain huts. It is a great companion to the Kids Tour du Mont Blanc.
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Plaine Joux - Alfred Wills hut
A short transfer takes us to Plaine Joux (1360m) in the commune of Passy and the start of our hike. We reach the celebrated Lac Vert, famous for its emerald-coloured waters. As we make our way up to the Chalets d’Ayères (1640m), we leave the forest behind and reach mountain pastures and views over the Mont Blanc Massif. We continue our walk via a pretty snaking path beneath the Pointes d’Ayères. We climb up to the Col d’Anterne (2257m) to overlook the lake of the same name. The Alfred Wills hut (1812m) nestles behind the lake.
Vertical ascent: 900m - descent: 750m

Day 2: Alfred Wills hut - Auberge de Salvagny
We start with a walk up to the Petit Col d’Anterne (2038m). A beautiful descent leads us to the picturesque Les Fonts hut (1350m) sheltering in a gigantic rocky cirque. We traverse towards the village of Salvagny to reach the heights of Sixt Fer à Cheval, where we spend the night. Logistical support with access to luggage.  
Vertical ascent: 300m - descent: 1200m

Day 3: Salvagny - Sales hut - Col de la Portette - Platé hut
After transferring to Le Lignon (1170m), we cross the small valley with its waterfalls to reach the Sales hut (1874m). We now cross the Vallon de Sales, famous for its four-legged inhabitants, and start the climb up to the Col de la Portette (2354m). As the path becomes steeper we pass from a landscape of mountain pastures to a more rocky environment and the home of ibex. The view over the Aravis chain and the Désert de Platé, a protected site thanks to its geological importance, from the Col de la Portette is sublime. We now make our way down to the Platé hut (2032m).
Vertical ascent: 1180m - descent: 300m

Day 4: Platé hut - Plaine Joux
We walk up to the Désert de Platé (2450m) protected site where we explore the largest stone desert in Europe made up of ‘lapiaz’ or limestone pavements (holes in the limestone formed by erosion). In the afternoon we descend via a handsome winding path to reach Plaine Joux. There is a short transfer to return to the Chamonix Compagnie des Guides office for 5pm.
Vertical ascent: 400m - descent: 1100m

This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.
 

GROUP BOOKING

Group session associates several people who don’t know each other. It allows for a planned program to benefit from an attractive price on fixed dates. This formula is ideal for people looking for the friendliness of a group.
 
Dates in 2022: Find all the dates available in the drop-down list below.

Price for 2022: 580€ per person - based on a minimum of 10 participants.

This price includes:
- The organization and supervision by 2 state qualified trekking guide
- Full board in hut and camp site
- Transfers throughout the hike

Not included in the price:
- Drinks and personal expenditure (bring Euro),
- Repatriation insurance (compulsory).
 

Further information

In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).

Meeting point : meet at 8.30 am at the Compagnie des Guides office, 190 Place de l’Eglise, 74400 Chamonix.

Ability level : 3/5 - Junior Tour du Mont-Blanc hiking trip is a moderate trek. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. For active people who do not mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.

Guiding policy : minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 children per group. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
- 2 state qualified trekking guides (1 man, 1 woman) for each group are dedicated to our junior tours
- 1 Logistical support
on D2 in Salvagny

Accomodation : 5 nights under tents in a campground. Our campsite is equiped with 3/4 people tents and a large group tent  used for meals and meetings.

Meals : our guiding team prepares healthy balanced meals daily, using fresh local products as much as possible. Naturally, food preferences of the children are taken into consideration.

Documentation :
- Participants must have sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up.
- Participants must also take valid ID with them.

Preparing for the trip : There is an information meeting with your mountain leader the day before departure at 6pm at the Compagnie des Guides Office.

For the attention of the legal guardian of the registered minor : The legal guardian is aware of the sporting and risky nature of the activities offered as part of this service. Failure to comply with safety instructions and level requirements can lead to accidents
 

Equipment

We recommend that you take special care in choosing your equipment because it contributes greatly to the success of your trip. As alpine conditions can be highly variable with sudden changes, it can get very cold in altitude, it is preferable to have numerous layers rather than one thick piece of clothing. It is not uncommon to have snow in the middle of summer, do not skimp on warm clothes even if the weather seems favourable. Contrarily, the sun can be scorching hot. Without weighing too much, you should always have sufficient equipment in your backpack to deal with the capricious and severe weather.
 

Equipment
- A comfortable backpack with sufficient volume for the days belongings which is properly adapted to the childs morphology. . Make sure you have enough space for the picnic. A small tip in case it rains : even if you have a backpack cover, always protect your belongings in a plastic bag (a big rubbish bag) inside your backpack.
- A compact and solid travel bag, maximum 15kg, with the childs name. If the sleeping bag is too latge place it in another bag.
- A pair of  hiking boots with Vibram or Contagrip soles. For new shoes, we strongly suggest that you wear them beforehand to mold them to the shape of your foot. If you are prone to blisters :  talcum powder applied to dry feet and in your shoes before you start your days hiking. Provide elastoplast to put on their heels and sides of their feet.

Clothing
For added comfort regarding underwear, (t-shirts, boxers, socks), avoid cotton which is heavy, cold and dries very slowly. Opt for synthetic technical fabrics or wool, which is making a comeback. They are warmer and dry quickly.

For the hike:
- 1 short-sleeved t-shirt
- 1 long-sleeved t-shirt (technical fabric)
- 1 polar fleece
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of hiking trousers
- 1 pair of hiking socks (technical fabric/terrycloth)
- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover
- 1 pair of waterproof trousers (although light Gore-tex trousers are expensive, other types of light waterproof trousers will do)
- Sun hat or baseball cap
- 1 warm hat
- 1 pair of gloves
For the entire trip (change of clothes available on day 2)
- At your convenience

For the hike:
- 1 short-sleeved t-shirt
- 1 long-sleeved t-shirt (technical fabric)
- 1 polar fleece
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of hiking trousers
- 1 pair of hiking socks (technical fabric/terrycloth)
- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover
- 1 pair of waterproof trousers (although light Gore-tex trousers are expensive, other types of light waterproof trousers will do)
- Sun hat or baseball cap
- 1 warm hat
- 1 pair of gloves

Accessories
For the entire trip:
- Sunglasses
- Sun cream and lip salve
- 1 water bottle (minimum 1 litre but 1.5 litres is better)
- 1 knife
- 1 fork (type "spork")
- 1 pair of telescopic poles
- 1 sleeping bag liner
- Flashlight or headlight
- Personal pharmacy : elastoplast, (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids "second skin" kit, compresses, medicines for common ailments : diarrhea, constipation, sore throat, headaches, pain relief, allergies and any prescribed medication. The mountain leader always carries a first aid kit with them. Remember that packing light is essential.
 
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