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Category: HIKING TRIPS
Duration: 5 days
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Price from: 550 €

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Located just across the valley from the Mont-Blanc range, the massif des Aiguilles Rouges presents numerous trails and look-out points, ideal belvederes to admire some of the greatest views and peaks in the northern Alps. With the highest peak in the Alps in the background, this hike will lead you into Réserve des Aiguilles Rouges, a preserved alpine environment. It is not uncommon to meet a herd of ibexes, or admire the deep blue of the alpine gentian, the pure white of the anemone, or the elegance of the Martagon lily. Great landscapes in the setting, comfortable and wide trails under our feet … This casual trek will suit all types of hikers, and provide the best photo opportunities. Simply spectacular !
 
In order to immerse ourselves into a unique alpine setting, we carry all our belongings for the week. Nights in dormitory, in mountain inns or huts. We use public transportation for transfers and get food supplies from the huts.
 

For any further information, feel free to contact Anais +33 4 50 53 92 78 or anais@chamonix-guides.com

 

GROUP SESSION

2019 Price : 550€/person (minimum 5 people)

Including
- The organization and supevision by State qualified trekking guide/s
- Half board accomadation in mountain hut (dormitory)
- The picnic lunches
- Shuttle back to Chamonix

Not included
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs...)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory).

Further information

Why choose Compagnie des Guides :
- An all-inclusive product
- Only 5 to 12 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation

Level3/5 - The Mont-Blanc Spectaculars 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 don’t mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.

 
Guiding : Minimum 5 and maximum 12 people per guide.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18 under a legal guardian.
 
Accommodation : 4 nights in a hut (dormitory). Each hiker carries all his personal belongings, and the picnic along the entire trek.
 
2019 Dates :
-From Monday July 15th to 19th.
- From Monday August 19th to 23rd

Meeting Place : At 8.30am in front of the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix. You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6pm.
 

Equipment

Equipment List
 
Hiking boots
- Ankle supporting boots with notched technical rubber sole (i.e. VIBRAM).
- We strongly recommend wearing new boots (several days and preferably hiking) to break them in before the hike.
- To avoid blisters, try rubbing baby talc on dry feet before using boots (sprinkling talc inside boot works too)
 
Back-pack
- Minimum size recommended 40 L (bigger is better than too small).
- Take out lunch should fit AFTER packing all your personal belongings.
- Bad weather precaution: pack covers are great to protect pack from rain or snow. We also recommend packing your belongings in a large and solid plastic bag (i.e. garbage bag) for a better protection in case of heavy rainfall.
 
Clothing 
Avoid using cotton underwear. Compared to technical synthetic material, it is heavier and it dries slowly. Wool is also getting popular amongst sportswear brands. Synthetic and wool are warmer; they dry fast, and allow you to pack light (you can easily wash a piece of underwear in the sink as you arrive at the mountain inn/hut. It’ll be dry before you finish your first beer!)
 
Carrying weight
Taking enough time to pack is essential, as you are going to carry every item for several days in a row. Avoiding extra weight can easily be done by packing your clothes tightly, placing heavy items at the bottom of the pack, and avoiding empty spaces. As a result weight is better spread throughout your back and weight impression diminished. Your back pack should not exceed 19 pounds (9kg).  
 
DAILY NEEDS

- 1 long-sleeve shirt + 1 Tshirt (both synthetic)

- 1 polar fleece + 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)

- 1 pair of shorts + 1 pair of hiking pants

- 1 pair of synthetic hiking socks

- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)

- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover

- 1 pair of rain pants (although light Gore-tex pants are expensive, other types of light rain pants work too)

- 1 water bottle (1.5 quart, to 2 quarts minimum) 

- 1 pocket knife + 1 « spork »

- Sun hat or ball cap, sunscreen, sun glasses, lip protection.

- 1 warm hat and a pair of gloves

- 1 pair of telescopic poles
 

FOR THE ENTIRE HIKE

- 2 changes of clothes: (T-shirt, underwear and socks) prefer synthetic to cotton

- 1 pair of long underwear (synthetic recommended)

- 1 pair of ultra-light shoes (i.e. flip flops, slippers)

- 1 pocket light or head-lamp

- Personal first aid kit **

- 1 one-person sleep-sheet (silk is the most comfortable and remains the lightest)

- Ultra-light shower kit (feel free to customize ...) + synthetic « dry fast » towel

- ID card or valid passport + small change/ bills for personal expenses.

- A small amount of laundry detergent

- Optional : low gaiters ( early season trekking), camera, binoculars, umbrella, etc …
 
** Elastoplast (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids, second skin, medicine for common aches and pains (diarrhea, headaches, sore throat…)  Don’t forget to bring your personal prescription treatment if you have one. Mountain leaders also carry a complete first aid kitRemember that packing light is essential.
 

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