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Multi-activites Summer camp for kids

Duration: 6 days

Beginner: You have no experience.

Intermediate/Confirmed: You have had at least one previous experience.

Advanced/Expert: You practice regularly.

Price from: 890€
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General information

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

The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix offers a summer camp providing a gentle introduction to the mountains. The camp consists in 3 multi-activity days with camping overnight followed by 3 days of hiking with nights in a mountain hut. The programme focuses on a graduated approach, combining physical activity and exploring the local heritage. The trip to see the dinosaur footprints provides an exciting opportunity for your children to fully appreciate the history of life on Earth.

To best meet the needs of the children, the group is run by two mountain professionals. The overnight stays in a mountain hut guarantee a secure environment and suitable accommodation.

The Kids summer camp is aimed at kids who are keen on sports and curious about exploring the mountain environment. It is a logical preparatory trip for the Kids Tour du Mont Blanc.

Group booking

The collective formula associates several people who do not necessarily 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 : Find all the dates available in the drop-down list below

Price 2024 : 890€ per person - based on a minimum of 10 participants

This price includes :
- the organization and supervision by 2 state qualified trekking guide
- the specific professionals for canyoning, rafting and rock climbing
- full board in either mounhtain huts (dormitories) or camp site (tents)
- all the activities described in the programme (rafting, canyoneering, climbing)
- transfers throughout the hike

Not included in the price :
- drinks and personal expenditure (bring Euro)
- repatriation insurance (compulsory). Cancellation Insurance highly reccommended

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

Level : 2/5. The summer camp includes hikes with 100m to 500m of vertical ascent and an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. Children must be keen on sports, capable of following instructions and to be an independent member of a group.
Water sport: be able to float on the back and keep the head above water for 5 seconds, to jump, to swim 25 meters, and to pass under a floating object.

Supervision : The professionals looking after your children form a team dedicated to hikes for children. The group will consist in a maximum of 10 to 14 children.
- 2 state accredited mountain leaders (1 man, 1 woman) for the 6 days
- 2 mountain guides and 2 white-water instructors complete the team for the canyoning, rafting and rock climbing activities.

Accommodation : 3 nights in tents and 2 nights in mountain huts. The camping area has 3 and 4 person tents plus a large ‘mess’ tent, all erected by the children. The mountain leaders sleep in the mountain huts with the children.

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 :
- Aged between 9 and 13 years old
- 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.
- Authorization to leave the French country

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


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.

- A comfortable backpack with sufficient volume for the days belongings which is properly adapted to the childs morphology (25 liters). 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.

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 entire trip:
- 6 pairs of socks
- 5 underpants
- 5 T-shirts
- 3 shorts
- 1 pair of jogging trousers and sweater
- 1 sweatshirt
- 1 warm jumper
- 1 undershirt/jumper
- 1 warm outfit for the evening (down jacket or thick fleece)

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:
- 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 pair of comfortable shoes or flip flops
- Toiletries, hand towel, bath towel
- Flashlight or headlight
- Games, playing cards, book ....
- 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.

For the hike:
- 1 sleeping bag liner

Our Rental Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard Sports, Ravanel & Co & Concept Pro Shop
Our Equipment Partners : Millet, Dynastar, Julbo, Grivel & Monnet




Day 1: Canyoning & setting up camp
This morning, we make the descent of the local canyon. On the program: a fun course in the Barberine torrent with jumps, cascading rappels and natural slides. After a short transfer, we dedicate the afternoon to setting up camp in the heart of the campsite where we take the time to settle in comfortably. Night on campsite.

Day 2: Mountain safety
Hiking around Vallorcine focusing on mountain safety and survival skills. We discover the local medicinal plants used by our ancestors to treat wounds. We light a fire by friction alone, without using lighters or matches. Finally, we learn the basics for use in case of accident. We return to the campsite for the night.
Vertical ascent: 1,300 feet - descent: 1,300 feet

Day 3: Rafting & climbing
We return to Chamonix for a day full of excitement! The morning is about high-adrenaline excitement rafting down the Arve. While in the afternoon we go to the Gaillands rock climbing area for a fun discovery of rock and verticality. We return to the campsite for the night.

Day 4: Emosson Dam - Vieil Emosson mountain hut
We start our day by dismantling the camp before a short transfer takes us to the impressive Emosson Dam (6,440ft) in Switzerland. We learn the basics of hydroelectricity, the main source of renewable energy in France. Next we continue our journey to the Vieil Emosson mountain hut (7,155ft), where we spend the night.
Vertical ascent: 700 feet

Day 5: Vieil Emosson mountain hut - La Loriaz mountain hut
Now we head off in search of dinosaurs! The Emosson site is rich in footprints left over 240 million years ago. An educational trail leads us to the point where we can actually see them. We then join the balcony path which leads us to the Loriaz refuge (6,627ft), and where we spend the night.
Vertical ascent: 400 feet - descent: 1,000 feet

Day 6: Refuge de Loriaz - Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve
A pleasant path crossing through rhododendrons and alpine pastures allows us to discover the fauna and flora of the site. At the end of the morning, we return to the Col des Montets, where we will visit the chalet of the nature reserve and its botanical trail. We return to the Chamonix Compagnie des Guides office around 4pm.
Vertical ascent: 400 feet - descent: 400 feet

The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.


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