Backabush is back to France for another amazing adventure!
This time we will take you to one of the most beautiful high mountain areas in the world, staying right at the foot of the Mont-Blanc massif. The hiking here is world class with Alpine scenery that seduces the senses and elevates the spirit!
These are mountain landscapes on a colossal scale and Mont-Blanc is the highest peak in Europe. An area of glaciers, icy lakes, remote mountain passes, high meadows and sun-dappled forests.
Although best known for skiing, the Chamonix region is a playground for hikers and this is a perfect time to go when the weather is generally settled and the winter snows are still many weeks away. We are spoiled for choice here as the Alps can offer epic challenges or quiet exhilaration. No words can really do these mountains justice!
This is also a wonderful part of France for delicious Alpine cuisine. We will actually be staying very near to Switzerland and it is easy enough to pop across the border not only for hikes but also for a bit of traditional Swiss fare. Local people are of course very proud of their fine AOC (Apellation d'Origine Contrôlee) cheeses produced here.
There is also simply just so much superb hiking options and the networks of trails are endless. We could keep busy exploring for many, many weeks if only we had the time!
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
7 nights apartment accommodation - rooms are twin-share.
Guided hikes by trained Mountain Leaders (MLTE) and qualified first aiders.
Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992.
French speaking guide - Etiennette .
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
Food kitty - the apartments have self-catering facilities.
Restaurant meals - the region is famous for its cuisine.
Entrance fees for optional visits, cable car & chair lift, etc.
Transport - further information will be sent.
The meeting point is at Geneva Airport on Saturday 31 August at 15:05. We will drop you off at Geneva Airport at 12:00 on Saturday 7 September.
Our airport transfers will be timed to meet the following easyJet flights:
OUTBOUND (#8472) Saturday 31 August
Departure - 12:30 London Gatwick
Arrives - 15:05 Geneva
INBOUND (#8475) Saturday 7 September
Departure - 14:20 Geneva
Arrives 14:50 London Gatwick
Return flights currently cost £128 with checked-in luggage (20kg).
Note: easyJet flights are also available from Bristol and Manchester airports.
To confirm your place on this trip please use internet banking. The account details are:
Account Name: BACKABUSH XPLORERS
VISA: Please check with the French & Swiss embassies if you need a visa to travel there. France is within the Shengen zone. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary documents, including visa.
INSURANCE: You will need to have travel insurance and provide details before travel. It is strongly recommended to have this in place at the time of paying for this holiday or the flight.
It is also essential that you take out travel insurance that covers hiking activities up to 4000 meters.
The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Policies.aspx.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This trip does not involve technical mountaineering nor the ascent to the summit of Mont-Blanc. The hikes though will be quite challenging so you need to have a reasonable level of hiking fitness.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.