Walking and Hiking Holidays
The Mont Blanc region provides arguably some of the best walking in the world and Jeremy cannot wait to introduce you to the area. There are walks for all levels and all weather conditions, from low valley scenic ambles, to easy access high mountain hikes. Our location in St Gervais puts us at the very heart of this massive walking area; within a thirty minute drive of the chalet, we have not only the granite of the Mont Blanc massif, but also the limestone of the Grand Massif and Aravis ranges and the sedimentary rock of the Val Montjoie. This gives us not only a huge amount of walks to choose from, but also vastly different rock formations; we can put together a program of walks for you where every single day is totally different. Come and stay with us for a week and we can organise a program of totally contrasting walks that will leave you with a lasting impression of this fabulous area!
A selection of walks :
- The Col du Tricot (2120 m.) From Champel, just above St Gervais, walk up to the tongue of the Bionnassey Glacier. Picnic at the Col du Tricot, and then return via the Miage valley and a well earned beer at the Refuge de Miage. One of Jeremy's favourite circuits.
- Take the Tramway du Mont Blanc, a rack and pinion train, from the centre of St. Gervais to the Nid d'Aigle at 2372 metres. Then either follow the Bionassay glacier back down to the valley or go up over 3000 metres to the Refuge de Tête Rousse, springboard for the Mont Blanc summit.
- Jovets Lakes (2174 m.) from Notre Dame de la Gorge at the end of our valley, follow the old Roman road and Tour de Mont Blanc trail to just above La Balme. Branch off eastwards and walk up beside cascading water to the magnificent Lacs Jovets.This is a superb walk for snow shoeing early in the season, when the marmottes are dazedly emerging from their burrows...
- Col de la Fenêtre,(2245 m.) with relatively easy access via the lift from Les Contamines, gives you a classic high mountain pass that is attainable by most levels of walkers. Superb views of the pastures of the Beaufortain on one side of the col contrast sharply with the rugged Mont Blanc rearing up on the other side. A walk full of contrasts!
This list is endless and each walk can be adapted to take account of the weather, the residual snow conditions in early season, and your own personal wishes! We can taylor a series of walks to suit your own abilities and the length of time you are staying, be it a long weekend or a fortnight! Over twenty years of walking this region has given Jeremy an intimate knowledge of this area, and an enthusiasm for the mountains that he is only too willing to share!