Chamonix Family Adventure
Chamonix Family Adventure
Chamonix Family Adventure
Chamonix Family Adventure
Chamonix Family Adventure
Chamonix Family Adventure

Chamonix Family Adventure


Family Adventure in the French Alps

France’s Chamonix valley is the perfect setting for a family holiday. With its spectacular backdrop of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, you're spoilt for choice with outdoor activities. From our comfortable chalet base in the village of Argentière we ensure that your family gets the most out of the trip.

The Chamonix Family Adventures are designed to involve the whole family and with these fun packed itineraries you will definitely all be kept busy, and you can then enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub of an evening! Our local guide will escort you on your activities as well as leading the day hikes along the famous alpine trails.

Highlights

  • Stunning mountain scenery
  • Gorgeous chalet style accommodation
  • Spend the night in a remote mountain hut 
  • Relax in the hot tub and sauna
  • Catch a ride on Europe's highest cable car
  • All meals are included; breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
  • Optional Activities; Rock Climbing, Canyoning, Rafting or Hydrospeed!

Still have free time? We promise to provide you with an action-packed week of fun and adventure in the heart of the French Alps, but if you find yourself still full of energy and time to spare then we can also help you arrange mountain biking, swimming, ice-skating or the summer 'luge'!


Thanks again for an adventure packed week, for keeping us all safe and the experience you bring to our crazy family. Everyone had a fantastic time. I don't know how you stay so patient!

Itinerary

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  • You will meet your guide this evening at our chalet in the village of Argentière in Chamonix Valley, and just a few kilometres from the town of Chamonix itself. The accommodation we use for the Chamonix Family Adventure is at Yeti Lodge. The chalet has bright and airy rooms, south-facing sun-decks with views to Mont Blanc, and a hot tub and sauna. This evening, we will have an informal chat about the week ahead when your guide can answer any questions you might have. 

  • We begin our week with an easy acclimatisation trek. Starting from your accommodation we walk through the old  village of Argentière and through the neighbouring hamlets of Frasserands and Monroc to reach the Col des Montets at 1461m (4792ft). Here we can visit the Nature Reserve des Aiguilles Rouges and discover the rich and diverse flora and fauna of the region. We continue over this historic pass into Vallorcine, the Valley of the Bears, all the bears have long since gone, but this beautiful valley provides opportunities for a variety of walks depending on your families fitness. Walking on good trails we follow the 'Route des Diligences' and find a meadow stop for our picnic lunch before reaching our destination today, the Swiss frontier where there's an opportunity to buy Swiss chocolate! We complete our day by taking the historic Mont Blanc train back to France. PS remember to take your passport!

    Ascent: 250m (820ft) Descent: 330m (1082ft) Distance: 10km (6.3 miles) Duration: 4h00

  • The Aiguille du Midi cable car leaves from the centre of Chamonix, and is a journey of two stages. The first brings visitors to the Plan de l'Aiguille at 2300m (7544ft), with the second stage traversing Les Pelerins glacier before rising up the impressive North Face of the Midi. In summer it is often possible to spot climbers on their way up this face towards the summit of the Aiguille. From the top station the view of the Alps is incredible, with several terraces from where visitors can take in the spectacular views of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps. On a clear day it is possible to see the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and the Grand Combin. An elevator inside the rock rises the final 42m (138ft) to the top terrace at 3842m (12,601). This is the closest you can get to Mount Blanc without climbing!

    We then descend to the mid-station at the Plan de l'Aiguille and leave the cable car to enjoy our picnic lunch. After our final descent on the cable car, we head off to get wet with a fun, fast and furious journey on white water along the river Arve through the centre of Chamonix itself. Choose from Rafting or 'Hydrospeed', which is swimming with a helmet, flippers and a block of plastic as a float! To raft you must be 10 yrs old or 1m 20cm (3ft 9in) in height, and for ‘Hydrospeed’ at least 12 years old and 1m 50cm (4ft 9in) in height, and be able to swim.

    NB: Please note that the cost of the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the rafting/hydrospeed are not included in the trip price, allowing you to benefit from a family tariff.

  • This walk visits the Aiguilles Rouge Nature Reserve; a landscape of granite cliffs, wildlife, and often old snow left over from the winter. Our route begins at the Flégère cable car where we take advantage of a ride up to the start of our trail at 1877m (6156ft). This is a lovely balcony walk which gives us impressive views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley, a fantastic way to view Western Europe's largest mountain and surrounding peaks.

    Just before arriving at the end of our balcony walk at around 2000m (6560ft) we will choose a picnic spot amongst the alpine flowers and boulders. From here, the views of the glaciers and mountains are simply incredible and in fine weather we can watch the paragliders taking off and playing on the warm air. We then save our knees by taking the cable car at Plan Praz down to the heart of Chamonix, where we can visit one of many ice cream shops! 

     

    Ascent: 420m (1377ft) Descent: 318m (1043ft) Distance: 6 kms Duration: 04h30 

  • Canyoning involves descending deep gorges/rivers on foot and using abseils, jumping and sliding over waterfalls and swimming through hidden pools. Professional guides will give you protective gear and detailed instructions to allow you to safely enjoy the thrills of one of the region’s best canyons. To canyon you need to be 1m 50cm (4ft 9in) in height, over 12 years old, keen for an adventure, and be a confident swimmer.

    Alternatively, if you would prefer a dryer experience, challenge yourself with rock climbing. Join a professional guide at Chamonix's lakeside crag to learn the skills and techniques to scale a rock face and abseil by yourself back to 'terra firma'!

    Lunch today can be in one of the town’s many cafés and the afternoon is then free for you to explore. You may wish to relax, or if you are in need of more adventure your guide will help you organise another activity. You can take the the train up to the Mer de Glace Glacier and Ice Grotto, hire bikes, ride the Chamonix 'Luge', or check out the flumes at the swimming pool.

    The activities today are optional and not included in the trip price.  

     

  • Today we being a two day mountain adventure. We need to be organised and ready to leave early, as this is our most challenging walk. We pack our rucksacks to walk along the world famous trail: the 'Tour du Mont Blanc'. Our two day adventure begins from Les Houches, and we first of all make use of a cable car to gain 900m (2952ft). We cross under the Bionnassay glacier and head up to the Col de Tricot, 2120m (6953ft), before a steep descent to the delightful Refuge de Miage and alpine pastures. Here we have the afternoon to explore this hidden valley with its farm animals, river and views to the glacier. We spend the night in characterful accommodation set amidst an alpine meadow, hosted by the Orsett family. Please note that this walk can be adapted to suit most fitness levels and age groups. Depending on the time of booking, accommodation could be in a non-segregated mixed dormitory which is normal for mountain hut accommodation. The principal is that we should be happy to have a warm, cosy bed, and good food regardless of the sleeping arrangements! 

    Ascent: 700m (2296ft) Descent: 560m (1836ft) Distance: 8.5km (5.3 miles) Duration: 6h00

  • After our breakfast in our mountain chalet we make the short climb to the Truc alpage, where we have the option of climbing a little further to the Truc peak for 360 degree views. We then head downhill through the larch forests to the small town of Les Contamines.

    Ascent: 150m (492ft) Descent: 600m (1968ft) Distance: 8km (5 miles) Duration: 4h00 

    A little further along the valley, just beyond Les Contamines, we come to the Tree Tops Adventure Park, where we have our picnic lunch by the lakeside. Here we can experience the ‘high life’ travelling from tree to tree through the forest, using rope bridges, Tarzan swings, Tyrolean wire slides, rope ladders and cargo nets. The height for this is a minimum of 1m 20cm (3ft 9in) and is designed for children over the age of 8. Thanks to a technique taken from mountain climbing and Via-Ferrata, the journey through the trees is completely secure, but we do ask adults to stay with their children at all times. To ensure your family benefits from the family tarifs at Tree Tops Adventure Park, this cost is not included in the trip price. From here we take our transfer back to Argentiere for a well deserved rest and final dinner.

  • Today is your departure day. For those with afternoon or late flights there are plenty of options for sightseeing in Chamonix.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. In most cases we have known the management for many years, and it’s like visiting old friends. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured hotel/hotels and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of similar standard. 

Our trips are booked on the basis of two people sharing a room. If you are travelling as a family there sometimes options for a triple room or a room for four people.  Please contact us for details.

Yeti Lodge, Chamonix Family Adventure

Chalet
The chalet which is very comfortable and newly renovated, features a sauna, hot tub and views of Mont Blanc. The bedrooms are twins, but with family groups there are also sometimes rooms available for three. These will be either en suite or shared bathrooms depending on availability. All meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and three-course dinner) are included. One of the evenings you will eat out in the village of Argentière - this is included in the price. Chalets are limited in terms of the number of bedrooms and for this reason single rooms are not available. 

The chalet is approximately 8km (5 miles) from the centre of Chamonix town. There is free bus and train travel up and down the valley. To take advantage of the free travel you should request a Guest Card from the chalet staff.

You also have the use of the comfortable lounge area which has satellite TV & DVD and free WIFI.

 

Refuge de Miage

Refuge

Spending a night at the Refuge de Miage is a true mountain experience. After the day hikers have left the mountains you will still be 'up there' with the cows, sheep and horses which graze on the meadows beside this lovely mountain hut or 'refuge' as they are called in the Alps. Like most refuges the accommodation is rustic, traditional and characterful. The food is plentiful and delicious, there are hot showers, toilets, and the sleeping arrangements are in traditional dormitories. 

The Refuge has been run by the Orset family for several generations and Olivier and his wife Celine continue the tradition. There is a fascinating local history book, usually lying in the restaurant, which details the part played by Celine's grandfather, a high mountain guide, in the local French Resistance Movement. 


  • Chamonix, France is easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane.

    Geneva is the closest international airport, only 1h15 by road which makes shared transfers, buses or trains easy to arrange. Please contact us if you need further advice on your specific travel requirements.

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our 'Terms and Conditions' is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. This is normally 4, and on some occasions 5. 

    In the 'Dates and Prices' section you can hover over the 'Status' button to see how many more bookings are required for your trip to be confirmed. 

    The maximum number of guests that we take on any given trip is indicated in the 'At a Glance' box on the right hand side of the trip page. 

    We will, on occasion, run trips that have not reached the minimum number because our guests have agreed to pay a supplement to allow the trip to go ahead, enabling them to book their travel. If the trip then reaches its minimum number we refund the difference. Do contact us if you wish to discuss this option. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and simply a case of sharing out a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. On a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    On many of our cross country ski trips to remote areas there will also be a few additional items to share such as the grip waxes/klisters, spare pole, and snow shovel. These items are shared in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, and insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors. 

  • Designed to be suitable for most walkers in good health who exercise regularly. These family walking holidays are predominantly on good paths and at an altitude of between 1000m (3290ft) and 2000m (6560ft). On this trip you may reach 3842m (12601ft) if you choose to visit the Aiguille du Midi by cable car. We would expect all members of the family to have had some experience of walking in the mountains. You should be prepared to deal with hiking in bad weather if necessary. Expect to walk for between 4-6 hours on the walking days and with ascent and descents of no more than 800m (2624ft).

    This week is designed for all the family from 8 years old and over. Chamonix has plenty to offer for all abilities so we can adapt the week to suit a variety of ages and enthusiasm!

    Please note height and age restrictions may apply for some activities.

  • This is a general statement with regard to luggage and is not specific to your trip. Please read on.

    Point to Point

    The majority of our point-to-point trips have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to wear a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. 

    On some trips which feature a night in a refuge/rifugio/hut your main luggage may not be available that evening due to lack of vehicle access. Your rucksack should be of sufficient capacity to carry a few extra items required for this overnight. Your trip itinerary will indicate on which nights you do not have access to your main luggage. If in any doubt please contact us

    Centre Based

    For our centre based trips, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all week, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, do refer to the note below with regard to 'size' and the lack of elevators in some hotels. 

    Size of Luggage

    Please note that many hotels do not have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom. 

    On our point-to-point trips where your luggage is moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number because they have to unload and reload the vehicle each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. 

    Luggage on wheels is a good idea, and as stated you need to be able to carry your luggage to your bedroom which may involve climbing several flights of stairs.  

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash. 

    On our walking and running trips which take in the route of the 'Tour du Mont Blanc' you will find that Euros will also be accepted in Switzerland as we are never far from the frontier, but the exchange rate will be poor.

    Below is a list of the currency and the currency symbol for each of the countries where we run trips:

    Italy = Euro/€

    Germany = Euro/€

    Sweden = Krona/SEK

    Norway = Kroner/NOK

    Bulgaria = Lev/BGN

    Switzerland = Swiss Franc/CHF

    Finland, including Lapland = Euro/€

    Spain, including Mallorca = Euro/€

    France, including Corsica = Euro/€ 

    Poland = Zloty/PLN = Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

    Czech Republic = Koruna/CZK - Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

  • Food

    On all our trips we prefer if you can experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country we are visiting and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free. 

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. This trip is not suitable for those who follow a vegan diet or those with other more specific dietary requirements. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but you would need to bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness. 

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water that is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. Our partners are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging our partners to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that any partners with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally our partners may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2019

Sat 29 Jun - Sat 06 Jul
Code: FCH1
Price: £995 Spaces available Book
Sat 17 Aug - Sat 24 Aug
Code: FCH2
Price: £995 Spaces available Book

What's Included

  • Hotel or chalet accommodation at Yeti Lodge for 6 nights
  • A night in a remote mountain refuge
  • The services of an International Mountain Leader
  • Cable-cars as part of the itinerary (except the Aiguilles du Midi lift)
  • Transport in Chamonix Valley is included
  • All meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and 3 course evening meal
  • Tracks and Trails memento - a gift to take home!

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Optional activities: Aiguille du Midi, Rafting, Hydrospeeding, Canyoning, Rock climbing, Adventure Park

Thanks again for an adventure packed week, for keeping us all safe and the experience you bring to our crazy family. Everyone had a fantastic time. I don't know how you stay so patient!

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At a Glance

From Price £995
Holiday Type Family
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 10
Minimum Age 8
Maximum Altitude 3842m (12,601ft)
Countries Visited France
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