Switzerland, France and Italy
Grand Tour of Mont Blanc

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A rendez-vous with wonder, and the best of what the Alps have to offer

This challenge begins in Switzerland where you will discover Mont Blanc, the highest peak of Western Europe. During your 12-day expedition, you will encounter lakes and mountains more magnificent than the next. Without ever leaving the majestic Mont Blanc from sight, standing tall afar in the landscape, your adventure will take you up to 3,779 meters and through three countries, with the last leg taking you to France’s Chamonix. This intermediate challenge will leave you with unforgettable images that will forever echo in your soul.

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Soirée d'information pour le programme Challenge SRC - 22 octobre
22 October 2019 - 12:00pm
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Soirée d'information pour le programme Challenge SRC - 22 octobre
22 October 2019 - 12:00pm
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Details

Where

Switzerland, France and Italy

When

June 13 - 24, 2021

Duration of the trip

12 days

Level of difficulty

Intermediate

Accommodation

Hotel, Auberge, Hut

Fundraising goal

$11,000

YOUR JOURNEY

Participants meet at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal. Registration assistance followed by your flight to Geneva.

Dinner and breakfast served on overnight flight.

Arrival at Geneva airport. Transfer by private bus (20 min.) to your hotel in Chamonix. Hotel accommodation.

Dinner included.

Transfer from Chamonix by local shuttle bus to Montroc station. From there it’s a gradual climb to the ledges of Mont Blanc where you’ll be greeted by an exceptional view of the valley, glaciers and the legendary peaks of the Alps. At the renowned Lac des Chéserys and Lac Blanc (2352 m), take time to contemplate the majesty of the Alps. The decent into Argentière is well marked and quite steep.

Hotel accommodation.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Elevation gain: + 1000m, - 1100m / Approximate duration: 6 hrs.

From Argentière (1244 m), transfer by local shuttle bus to Tré-le-Champ hamlet. Walk to the Aiguillette des Posettes (2201 m) via the ridges of Frettes with its many variants to reach the French border at Col de Balme (2191 m) where you’ll be greeted by another magnificent view of the summit and the Chamonix valley. Overlooking a sea of ice and the Argentière Glacier it’s one of the most picturesque on Mont Blanc! Cross the border into Switzerland then descend to the village of Trient.

Accommodation at an Auberge.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Elevation gain: + 1000m - 1200m / Approximate duration: 6:30hrs.

Today, two itineraries are offered, weather permitting: the fenêtre d’Arpette (2665 m), a narrow and busy pass which opens onto impressive icefalls at the Glaciers du Trient and des Grands, or, in the case of inclement weather, a foray into the magnificent Swiss alpine pastures of Bovine (2050 m). At the end of the day, you will visit the village of Champex and its scenic lake.

Accommodation at an Auberge.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Elevation: 800 to 1400m - 700 to 1200m / Approximate uration: 5:30 to 8hrs.

This is the shortest stage of your journey and will allow you take it easy mid-way through your trip. Crossing the alpine pastures of Val Ferret on a pleasant trail, visit typical Swiss hamlets along the way. The main effort of the day is return from the village of Praz-de-Fort to La Fouly.

Accommodation at an Auberge.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Altitude difference: + 650m - 680m / Approximate duration: 4:30hrs.

Ascents to Col Ferret (2537 m) then cross the Italian border. Descend to Elena Refuge (2061 m), on to Arnava, at the foot of Mount Dolent (3820 m), then to the Bonatti Refuge (2025 m) with its spectacular sunsets, via mountain ledges.

Accommodation, dormitory style with shared bathroom.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Altitude difference: + 1250m -800m / Approximate duration: 6:30hrs.

Crossing towards the Bertone Refuge (2000 m), discover one of the most picturesque panoramas of Mont Blanc, the famous Grandes Jorasses. Descend to Courmayeur, the capital of the Italian Alps.

Hotel accommodation.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Elevation gain: + 250m -1075m / Approximate duration: 4 hrs.

On the agenda today are the breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc summit and the hanging glaciers, so characteristic of the Italian slopes. It’s a short transfer by local bus to La Visaille, then cross the Vény Valley to Lake Combal (1950 m). Ascent to Col de la Seigne (2516 m), the border between France and Italy, via pastures, to reach the Chapieux hamlet (1549 m).

Accommodation at an Auberge.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Altitude difference: + 950m - 750m / Approximate duration: 5:30hrs.

The climb to the Col de la Croix-du- Bonhomme (2433 m) leads to a superb passage to the north of the Alp, where you will ride on horseback between Mont Blanc and the Beaufortain Mountains. Enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of Mount Pourri (3779 m). The descent passes by Col du Bonhomme (2329 m). A gradual descent to Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge via an old Roman road, an ancestral path once used by venders that link the two alpine valleys. Short transfer to Contamines-Montjoie.

Hotel accommodation.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Altitude difference: + 950m, - 1300m / Approximate duration: 6:30hrs.

On your final day, you will circumvent Mount Truc (1811 m) to reach the rural village of Miage (1559 m). Then climb a steep path to the Col du Tricot (2120 m). Take a break to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Contamines-Montjoie valley, hike on to Bellevue (1780 m) by way of a spectacular crossing under the Bionnassay glacier. Descend by cable car to Les Houches, it’s then a short transfer by local shuttle to Chamonix.

Hotel accommodation.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Altitude difference: + 1250m - 600m / Approximate duration: 6hrs.

After lunch, transfer by private van to Geneva airport, and then board the plane for your return flight to Montreal.

BE READY TO FACE YOUR CHALLENGE

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Equipment

In order to be comfortable throughout your adventure, it's essential to bring the right equipment. The secret is to protect the most vulnerable parts of your body against heat, cold and moisture. Always pack warm clothing and waterproof hiking shoes. You may want to consider bringing along a toque and even a walking stick. Choose a light backpack and carry nothing but the essentials for your journey. Check out our tool box section for more tips and tricks.

Logistics

Even though the CRS Challenge is a personal experience, it is also a group adventure. Our team of experts will provide you with useful advice and the answers to all of your questions from the moment you register to the moment you return. We have mastered the art of logistics, thanks to our knowledge of the destinations we offer and the fact that we organize several challenges every year, making your overall experience all the more enjoyable.

Prepare for an eyeful in this trip accross Europe's highest lands

Legend has it that the word Alp originates from the Pre Celtic language, signifying ‘the luminous world’ or ‘the world above’. Around the 82 summits among which sits the majestic Mont Blanc, standing tall with its peak at the altitude of 4,806 meters, the Alps offer marvel and discovery. A unique alpine fauna and flora, kingdom of the celebrated edelweiss, thrives where you will encounter a vivifying and robust natural setting. The twelve-day trip will let you discover the high alpine lands of Switzerland, Italy and France. Your challenge will end in the mountain high village of Chamonix, one of the most famous in the world. Imagine having a taste of local delicacy tartiflette Savoyarde with Mont Blanc in the background…

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