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Alps Chamonix to Annecy Hiking

Majestic Mountain Passes of the Upper Savoy

 

Enjoy the Haute-Savoie or "Upper Savoy" in France for an epic adventure into the Alps, from Chamonix to Annecy, Mont Blanc to the Aravis. Discover majestic mountain passes, alpine lakes, glorious glaciers and Sixt-Passy's nature preserve. Embrace the thrill of hikes to limestone plateaus and summit ridges while taking in the World War II history of the region and its rich landscape. Led by top professional guides, enjoy warm hospitality as you immerse yourself in the resplendent charm of alpine towns and villages.

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  • Trek the challenging, awe-inspiring Haute Savoie, traveling from Chamonix's Mont Blanc to Lake Annecy

  • Encounter spectacular nature as you pass glaciers, forests, lakes, pastures and endless peaks

  • Enjoy superb leaders, local hospitality, and shared accomplishment of this MT Sobek original adventure

Arrive:

Geneva, Switzerland

Depart:

Geneva, Switzerland

Price: from $5,295

Duration:

8 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

6-14 Guests

Min Age:

18 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

On this trek you will be hiking 5-7 hours a day and up to 9 miles over several days. The trails in excellent condition but steep with up to 4,000' elevation gain and 5,000' elevation loss. You do not need to be an athlete, but you should be in excellent physical condition to take this trip.
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  • Arrive Geneva & Head to Chamonix

    Day 1

    Arrive at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland and meet your private transfer. Head to the iconic French resort town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, surrounded by majestic Alpine peaks. Once at the hotel, enjoy time to rest, explore this charming village or watch the moonrise.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix

    Located in the shadow of Mont Blanc in the heart of Chamonix, the Grand Hotel des Alpes is centrally located, just minutes from the lake, the lift to the Aiguille du Midi, and the old town. The traditional blue shuttered building, built in 1840 but newly renovated, offers 30 handsome rooms with extensive amenities including concierge service and afternoon tea.

    Accommodation: Refuge des Aiglons

    Rooms at this contemporary Alpine 4-star hotel feature free wifi, complimentary tea/coffee, mini-bar, flat screen TV, hair dryer, and en suite bathrooms. The hotel also offers laundry services and has a swimming pool and wellness center with a steam room and sauna.

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike in Chamonix with Views of Mont Blanc

    Day 2

    Take in the crisp Alpine air. After an easy ascent in the cable car, cross towards the pristine waters of Lac Blanc - one of the valley's most famous sites with stunning, panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Massif, Aiguille Verte (or, "The Green Needle") and glaciers Argentière and Le Tour. Descend through the Aiguilles Rouge National Nature Reserve towards the Col des Montets mountain pass, passing by Cheserys Lake. Dare to plunge in for a quick swim? Arrive to Col des Montets and transfer back to Chamonix.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix

    Located in the shadow of Mont Blanc in the heart of Chamonix, the Grand Hotel des Alpes is centrally located, just minutes from the lake, the lift to the Aiguille du Midi, and the old town. The traditional blue shuttered building, built in 1840 but newly renovated, offers 30 handsome rooms with extensive amenities including concierge service and afternoon tea.

    Accommodation: Refuge des Aiglons

    Rooms at this contemporary Alpine 4-star hotel feature free wifi, complimentary tea/coffee, mini-bar, flat screen TV, hair dryer, and en suite bathrooms. The hotel also offers laundry services and has a swimming pool and wellness center with a steam room and sauna.

    Activity: 5 hours/4.5 miles with 1,000' elevation gain & 4,000' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minute minibus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Giffre Valley

    Day 3

    Discover the thrill of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval and Passy Nature Reserves. Climb past the hamlet of the Ayères des Rocs to reach the Pass of Anterne for awe-inspiring vistas. Descend to glimpse Lac d'Anterne where the steep east face of the impressive Fiz reflects in its waters. Take a beat at Refuge Alfred Wills, named after the well-known British mountaineer, before heading towards the swell of waterfalls. Arrive to Salvagny and transfer to picturesque Samoëns.

    Accommodation: Chalet Hotel & Roc

    This charming traditional Alpine chalet is one of the original Relais hotels combining authentic style with modern comfort. The family-run complex offers refined Savoyard cuisine, and each room has its own balcony with valley and mountain views, hair dryer, and en suite bathrooms. The property has free wifi, two swimming pools, fitness room, spa, and features hearty home-made breakfasts.

    Activity: 7 hours/6 miles hiking with 3,000' elevation gain & 3,200' elevation loss

    Transportation: 45-minute minibus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Tour Le Bargy: Lakes & Wildlife

    Day 4

    Continue towards Lapiaz du Bargy, where bearded and griffon vultures join elegant ibexes on the mountain's steep slopes. Discover the Cenise plateau and head to the Lac de Lessy at the base of Pic de Jallouvre. After lunch, a short climb leads to the pass under the Aiguille Verte. Descend to the resort town of Grand Bornand on the western slope of the Aravis.

    Accommodation: Hotel Chalet les Cimes

    A traditional Alpine chalet and one of the original Relais hotels, the former Hudry family home epitomizes friendliness and comfort. The hotel in the heart of the village features free wifi, en suite bathrooms, and spa services. Enjoy an aperatif in the cozy lounge bar.

    Activity: 7 hours/8 miles hiking with 3,000' elevation gain & 3,300' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1-hour minibus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Take in History & Scenery at the Glières Plateau

    Day 5

    After three sporty days of climbing, a more leisurely day awaits. Visit the limestone Glières Plateau in the Bornes Massif, an important site rich in biodiversity and a stronghold for the resistance during World War II. Between mountain forests and protected alpine pastures, discover the native landscapes of the French Alps. Transfer to quaint Annecy, the largest alpine town in Haute-Savoie.

    Accommodation: Imperial Palace

    The Impérial Palace is a 4-star historic hotel on the shores of Lake Annecy featuring free wifi, air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms, spa, pool, and casino. Each guest room has a mini-bar, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, and complimentary tea/coffee. Enjoy the shaded terrace overlooking the lake. Breakfasts feature classic homemade pastries.

    Accommodation: Hotel Pré-Carré

    Conveniently located near the historic center of Annecy and the lake, rooms at this cozy contemporary hotel come with flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, en suite bathroom, plus safe and mini-bar. Additional amenities include a sauna, indoor wood-paneled hot tub, and lounge bar.

    Activity: 6 hours/9 miles hiking with 2,700' elevation gain & 3,000' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1-hour minibus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike the Summit Ridge above Lake Annecy

    Day 6

    Discover perialpine Lake Annecy, France's third largest lake and Europe's purest lake, viewed from above. From this bird's eye point of view above Annecy-le-Vieux and Menthon-Saint-Bernard, follow the lake along the summit ridge of Mont Veyrier, Mont Baron and Mont Baret. Visit the charming waterfront villages of Menthon-Saint-Bernard and Talloires.

    Accommodation: Hotel Abbaye de Talloires

    Nestled on the shore of Lake Annecy, this 1,000+ year old former chapel and monestary is now a unique 4-star hotel that features free wifi, en suite bathrooms, hair dryers, air conditioning, laundry service, sauna, hot tub, and spa. Relax on the garden terrace overlooking the lake, and even take a swim from the private beach area.

    Activity: 5 hours/6 miles hiking with 4,000' elevation gain & 4,000' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minute minibus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ascend La Tournette

    Day 7

    Conquer the region's highest summit for the best view of the lake, and beyond it, the French and Italian Alps. Embark on a steep, but direct climb surrounded by native flora and fauna. Gently descend to alpine pastures, home of the Aravis massif's famous cows, which produce Savoy's celebrated Reblochon cheese.

    Accommodation: Hotel Abbaye de Talloires

    Nestled on the shore of Lake Annecy, this 1,000+ year old former chapel and monestary is now a unique 4-star hotel that features free wifi, en suite bathrooms, hair dryers, air conditioning, laundry service, sauna, hot tub, and spa. Relax on the garden terrace overlooking the lake, and even take a swim from the private beach area.

    Activity: 6 hours/6 miles hiking with 3,000' elevation gain & 5,000' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1-hour minibus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Geneva

    Day 8

    After breakfast, transfer to Geneva Airport to international flights home, or to other destinations in Europe on your own.

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Alps Chamonix to Annecy Hiking

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

No one knows the Alps like us, with four decades of experience leading trips here and a regular following of Alps-loving clients.

Reason #02

MT Sobek guides are the best in the Alps, well-reputed for their indispensable knowledge and skills.

Reason #03

Our Haute-Savoie route combines strenuous all-day treks, with carefully chosen, comfortable lodgings in gorgeous alpine settings.

Meet your guides

Florence Simond

Florence Simond

A native of Chamonix, Florence is a descendant from two of the area's oldest families. After growing up in the Chamonix Valley, "Flo" spent several years in the south of France, and then traveled abroad to South America and Asia. She returned to her ancestral home, where the mountains now form an integral part of her life. She has led nearly 50 trips to the Alps, not counting how many times she has done this trip for her own fun! In addition to being an accomplished hiking guide, Flo is a skier and climber. As a member of the Compagnie des Guides, she follows in the footsteps of her forefathers.

Beatrice Mugnier

Beatrice Mugnier

Beatrice is a native of Chamonix, France, and has been guiding professionally in the Alps since 1989. She comes from a family of mountain climbers and her grandfather was also a professional mountain guide. Aside from being an expert hiking guide, Beatrice is also an avid climber and accomplished skier, and is a ski instructor during the winter months. She loves the mountains, and will share her enthusiasm and her great experience with you during your trip.

Activities

High-altitude hikes, challenging summits that involve steep trails, spectacular scenery, occasional wildlife spotting and panoramic drives.

Lodging

Charming accommodations in alpine towns and villages, featuring comfortable rooms, on-site restaurants, and stellar vistas of surrounding scenery.

Climate

The days can change from hot to cold and wet. Snow is even possible at high passes. Come prepared for everything.

FAQ

Are there bathroom facilities along the route?

Yes. There are several opportunities each day to use the facilities at local auberges along the route.

Do you supply hiking poles that I can use or borrow?

No. We recommend that you bring your own hiking poles. They are very useful on this trip.

Is my luggage transferred for me on this trip?

Yes. Your luggage will be transferred each day by our driver. You will just bring them down to the hotel lobby each morning.

What is the food like on this trip? I'm gluten free. Will I find enough to eat?

There will be plenty of meats, cheeses, salads and fresh fruit. If you are gluten free, your guides will consult with the restaurants to ensure you have plenty to eat.

If I want to skip a day of hiking and rest, can I do so on this trip?

Yes. If you would like to skip a day of hiking, you may do so. But you must be willing to take a ride with our luggage service vehicle to the next night's hotel.

  • 2021
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2021

Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $1,050 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on day 5
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

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2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jun 24 - 30, 2022
    $5,595 Price per person
    Available
    New 7-day itinerary
  • Jul 22 - 28, 2022
    $5,595 Price per person
    Available
    New 7-day itinerary
  • Sep 09 - 15, 2022
    $5,595 Price per person
    Available
    New 7-day itinerary

Additional costs

  • $1,050 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on day 5
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

888.831.7526

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

Thank you, one of our specialists will be contacting you shortly.

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Private Trip Pricing:

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Additional costs

  • $1,050 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on day 5
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

888.831.7526

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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