7-Day Holiday in Chamonix France: Learn Alpine Hiking Skills

Enjoy a 7-day holiday in Chamonix, France, and learn the skills you need to organise your own hiking trips in the Alps.

7 days
€1,099 to 1,299

Learn alpine hiking skills on this 7-day holiday in Chamonix, France!

This week long course covers the skills needed for trekking in the Alps. It’s ideal if you like hiking but rarely go out alone or lead a group, or if you’re comfortable hiking in North Wales or the Lake District and want to explore bigger mountains. From our base in a comfortable Chamonix hotel, we’ll explore different parts of the Chamonix valley each day. Along with the instructional content, we’ll also get to hike in some truly wonderful terrain.

We look at navigation, both with maps and with GPS/apps, route planning, equipment choice, mountain weather, dificult terrain, crossing snow, fixed equipment (ladders, chains etc.), and the accommodation and transport options for planning multi-day treks.

By the end of the week, you’ll have a better understanding of navigation and planning a trek, have gained experience crossing difficult ground, and you’ll be ready to plan your next hiking trip with confidence.

Price Includes

  • Six nights accommodation in a 2-star hotel in the Chamonix Valley
  • Five days guided hiking and instruction with an International Mountain Leader
  • All breakfasts
  • All evening meals
  • Return transfers from Geneva Airport
  • All transport and lift passes needed during the trip

Price Excludes

  1. Travel to Geneva Airport
  2. Lunches, snacks and additional drinks
  3. Insurance

What to expect

Are you ready to learn alpine hiking skills? Check out our itinerary for this 7-day holiday in Chamonix, France.

Day one: Arrival day - you'll be picked up at Geneva airport at around 6pm and driven to your hotel in Chamonix for dinner.

The following days' schedule will be planned according to the weather and mountain conditions, but will be similar to the sample itinerary below.

Day two: After breakfast we'll have a chat about equipment and the weather before heading out on a classic Chamonix hike such as the Lac Blanc walk. Over the course of the day we'll introduce aspects of Alpine trekking, including navigation, difficult terrain and fixed equipment. The day will finish with a look at equipment choices for different types of treks.

Day three: Today we'll stay in the valley for an in-depth look at navigation. Our navigation venue at the base of the Grands Montets ski area gives us ideal woodland terrain for this. We'll cover basic navigation skills with map and compass, GPS devices, smart watches, and phone apps, before moving onto route planning with both maps and technology.

Day four: Heading back into the mountains, we'll use the Aiguille du Midi cable car to access the Grand Balcon Nord. Before hiking the famous path, we'll put our new navigation skills to the test in the moraine fields around Lac Bleu. We'll discuss nutrition and hydration over the course of the day before the pleasant descent to Chamonix.

Day five: It's back to the Grands Montets for the advanced navigation day, which builds on the skills of day three. The focus is on navigation with contour features, away from footpaths. Moving further afield, we'll hike up the valley to finish the day in Le Tour. Back at the hotel, we'll plan a week-long hike using maps, apps and guidebooks.

Day six: We'll plan and execute an international hike from France into Switzerland, choosing the route together from a number of options. We'll allow time for questions, and to revisit any topics that need reinforcement. The journey back by public transport will be followed by a last drink together in Chamonix.

Day seven: Departure day - you'll be picked up after breakfast at around 9am and dropped off at Geneva Airport for your return flight.


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