Mont-Blanc, Mer de Glace, Aiguilles Rouges… for centuries, these fabulous names have given birth to the Chamonix legends and modern mountaineering. This unique alpine environment continues to fascinate and attract the curiosity of all outdoor activity lovers.
Based out of the village of Vallorcine, this program was specifically designed to suit the interests and activity level of teenagers in a full mountain lifestyle experience. During 6 days, they will enjoy hiking, climbing, sleeping in a hut, canyoning and white water rafting.
Day 1 : Multi-activities
From the Guide Company office we walk to the Compagnie des Guides Outdoor rafting base. We collect our wetsuits and all the other necessary equipment to fully enjoy Barberine's canyon descent. After a good pic-nic lunch we will continue with a climbing session in Vallorcine, a village in the Chamonix valley. This is where we will establish our base camp for the week. We spend the rest of the afternoon setting up the camp.
Day 2 : Barrage d’Emosson - Refuge de Loriaz
We leave for the Loriaz Refuge (2 020m) for a 2-day hiking trip. The Emosson dam and the Loriaz alpine pastures are on the program. We hike up the easy and gradual trail through the spruce forest until we arrive at the beautiful rhododendron covered pastures, just below the charming Loriaz hut. The recently renovated mountain farm huts have been transformed into the Loriaz Refuge with it's architecture baring witnesses to the ancient alpine farming lifestyle. The panoramic view over l'Aiguille Verte and the Mont-Blanc range is exceptionnal. Night at the hut.
Elevation gain : 850m - Elevation loss : 100m
Day 3 : Col de la Terrasse - Val de Tré les eaux
Today’s hike is amazing. The wild Col de la Terrasse (2 648m). allows us to reach the high plateau summit of Cheval Blanc from where the panoramic views are breathtaking ! If It is our lucky day we will meet the ibex, our local star… We finally hike down the quiet less frequented Val de Tré-les-Eaux where we will find our base camp after our 2 day expedition.
Elevation gain : 800m - Elevation loss : 1300m
Day 4 : Vallon de Bérard - Mont Buet
We start our second hiking circuit, with the Mont Buet as our objective for tomorrow. Today, our approach hike leads us to La Pierre à Bérard mountain hut (1 924m). We take advantage of the afternoon to discover the superb and wild Vallon de Bérard and its nature reserve. Night at the hut.
Elevation gain : 700m - Elevation loss : 300m
Day 5 : Vallon de Bérard - Mont Buet
On the way to our objective, the top of Mont-Buet (3 096m). This emblematic summit of the Giffre massif, the Buet dominates the Cirque des Fonds and offers an exceptional view of the Mont Blanc massif, the Aiguilles Rouges and the Haut-Giffre. At the end of the day we find our campsite in Vallorcine for a well deserved rest.
Elevation gain : 1 100m - Elevation loss : 1 700m
Day 6: Rafting
After our last breakfast together, we break camp early in the morning and head back to Chamonix for our afternoon rafting session down the Arve River. End of the activity around 4.30pm.
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
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 2021 : From Sunday July 11th to Friday July 16th - From Monday August 16th to Saturday August 21th.
Price for 2021 : 850 € per person - based on a minimum of 10 participants.
This price includes :
- The organization and supervision by 2 state qualified trekking guides,
- half-board accommodation in mountain huts (dormitory) and campsites,
- picnic lunches,
- extra activities described in the programme (rafting, canyonning, climbing)
- transfers throughout the hike,
Not included in the price :
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…),
- repatriation insurance (compulsory).
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 - Our Chamonix Base Camp is a moderate program. It is designed for energetic teenagers in good physical shape. 6 days to share and live the outdoors. It is adapted to all skill levels, beginners to experts in search of fun and friendly times.
Guiding policy : minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 children per group. 2 state qualified trekking guides for each group are dedicated to our junior tours. The other activities are supervised by mountain guides or qualified rafting guides from our Company.
Accomodation : 3 nights under tents in a campground and 2 nights in mountain huts. 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.
- For teenagers between 13 to 17 years old
- Participants must also take valid ID with them.
- 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.
Parents also need to provided us with the following completed and signed documents:
- Parental permission
- Authorization to leave the 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.
Valid ID or passport + authorisation to leave the country (these documents will be collected before the trip and kept safe by the mountain leaders throughout)
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. . 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 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 (spare items for the luggage in the bus) :
- 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 day :
- 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
For the entire trip :
- 1 sleeping bag
- 1 ground sheet/matress (optional)
- 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.
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