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Category: Teen ages 13-16
Duration: 6 days
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Price from: 920 €

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Mont-Blanc, Mer de Glace, Aiguilles Rouges… Centuries ago, these fabulous names gave 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 in 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 classic hiking, nights in refuges, Via Ferrata and rafting. The perfect cocktail to share and experience great times in the mountains !

Itinerary

Day 1 : Multi-activities (Via Ferrata and Rafting)
From the Guide Company office we go to the Flégère cable car to reach the foot of the Via Ferrata "Les Evettes". With our High Mountain guides, we will experience the void and thrills of climbing. Early afternoon we descend back to Chamonix and head to the rafting base of the Compagnie des Guides Outdoor. We change into wetsuits ready for our rafting descent of the Arve. We spend the rest of the afternoon setting up the camp.
Night at the Campsite (Base Camp)

Day 2 : Refuge de Loriaz
Today we go to the Loriaz hut (2020m) to discover its magnificent mountain pastures. The path is pleasant and climbs gradually through forests to the rhododendron pastures. The refuge is charming, an old mountain pasture farm that has been restored and rehabilitated into a mountain refuge. The panorama of the Aiguille Verte and the Mont-Blanc massif is exceptional from here.
Night at the Campsite (Base Camp)
Elevation gain : 850m - Elevation loss : 850m
 
Day 3 :
Alpages de Balme et Croix de Fer
A nice climb awaits us this morning. We climb by the Aiguillette des Posettes in the direction of Tête du Balme. Here on the Swiss border we have the glaciers of the Mont-Blanc massif as a backdrop, simply superb. We continue finally reaching the summit of the Croix de Fer (2343m). The descent will be via the Chalets de Catogne and the col des Posettes to find our base camp for our last evening camping.
Night at the Campsite (Base Camp)

Elevation gain :  800m - Elevation loss : 1300m

Day 4 : Lacs des Aiguilles Rouges            
We start our Aiguilles Rouges traverse by climbing to the famous Lac Blanc. We will pass by the hidden Remuaz lake, where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we will admire the lake of perseverance and descend to the flégère hut where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain : 1100m - Elevation loss : 700m

Day 5 : Grand balcon Sud
This morning we take the famous lGrand Balcon Sud which takes us Planpraz. After this warm-up, we will have to climb the Brévent pass where we will have a superb view of the Fiz and Aravis massifs. The crossing to the summit of Brévent is technical and allows us to take advantage of our training of the past week. A final descent takes us to Lac du Brévent and the Bellachat refuge, where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain : 750m  - Elevation loss :  300m

Day 6: Aiguillette des Houches et retour Chamonix
We will cross the magnificent perched garden of the Carlaveyron nature reserve. Between wetlands and alpine pastures, we may have the chance to meet the gaze of the Ibex who live high up in the aiguillette of Les Houches. The descent takes us to the Chalet de Chailloux where we will have lunch. Unfortunately, it is necessary to return to civilization! We take the long descent through the forest to reach the Chamonix valley at the end of the afternoon. 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 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 2023 : 920€ 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 (tents)
- picnic lunches
- extra activities described in the programme (via ferrata, canyonning, climbing)
- transfers throughout the hike

Not included in the price :
- drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- 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. Our summer camp for teens is a program of moderate difficulty. It is designed for energetic teenagers in good physical shape. 6 days to share and live the outdoors. All levels and skills are welcome, novices as well as experienced, beginners and experts can have fun and learn at their own pace, and at their ease. A good condition as well as a physical preparation are strongly desired.

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 Company's high-mountain guides will supervise the ancillary activities.

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.

Documentation :
- For teenagers between 14 and 16 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

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 (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)

Accessories
For the day :
- 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
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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CO2 emitted per person for the activity: 86 kg. In order to limit global warming to +2°C by 2100, the COP-21 agreement stipulates that each human should emit no more than 2t of CO2 per year. According to the French Ministry of Ecology, today European citizens emit an average of 11t per year, and American citizens emit an average of 21t annually.

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