This trip was tried to great success in August and September, but if you’re already dreaming of warmer weather, why not start planning for it now? Once the ice begins to thaw, this backpacking trek through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world will be wonderful. Spectacular, even. Feel free to steal the following itinerary and dream on.
(*half-board= dinner, lodging, breakfast; E=euros)
Day 0: Arrival in Geneva, Switz.
Travel via shuttle (train/bus) to Les Houches, France via www.chamexpress.com
Lodging: Les Campanules Hotel , prices vary
(other hotels, hostels may be available. Town of Chamonix with lodging 20 min by bus)
Day 1: Start of hike: Les Houche to Les Contaminess, France ~18km
Take cable car to Bellevue at start of hike.
Lodging: Les Contamines (small town):
Chalet du Club Alpin Francais $E44(half board), packed lunch E8.50
Web: http://www.chalet-caf-contamines.fr Email: chaletdescontamines.ffcam.fr Ph: 33 (0)4.50.47.00.88
(Alternate: hike to Rifugio Nant Borrant if space available. 1.5 hrs beyond Alpin Francais)
Day 2: Les Contamines to Rifugio Mottets, France ~20km+
Lodging: Rif. Des Mottets (capacity 90) E47 (half board), packed lunches E9.00
Day 3: Ref. les Mottets to Courmayeau (town), Italy ~18km
Lodging: Hotel Domina les Jumeaux, 84 rooms, $E~90-100 w/ breakfast, dinner in town
Aug 27 Day 4: Courmayeur to Rif. Bonatti,Italy ~ 12-16km based on route, weather
Lodging: Rifugio Bonatti (capacity 80), $E45 (half board), 60 twin (half board), lunch E12.00
Day 5: Rif. Bonatti to Le Fouly, Switz. (town) ~20km
Lodging: Hotel Edelweiss $E65 (half board) or E46 lodging and breakfast
Day 6: Le Fouly to Champex (town), Switz. ~15km
Lodging: Pension en Plein Air (hotel) Dorms $E67, Twin room $E79 each person
Day 7: Champex to Col de Forclaz, Switz. ~16km (rural summit accessible by car)
Lodging: Hotel la Grande Ourse, Trient, Switz. : (capacity 40+) $E68 dorm (half board)
Web http: www.la-grande-ourse.ch/index.html Email firstname.lastname@example.org Ph : +41 27 722 17 54
Day 8: De Forclaz to Lac Blanc, France ~20km
Lodging Refugio Du Lac Blanc: $E55 (half board)
Web? Email email@example.com Ph 33(0)188.8.131.52.14
Day 9: Lac Blanc to Chamonix, France ~20km
Hotel Les Cretes Blanches : $69-79 no meals
Ph 33 (4) 50530562
End of Hike!
Grace Galagan is an avid hiker, runner, swimmer, and expat living and traveling in Europe.