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Overview

Experience 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.

  • 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
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: 6-14 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive Geneva & Head to Chamonix

    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.

  • Day02

    Hike in Chamonix with Views of Mont Blanc

    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 or Refuge des Aiglons
    • Activity: 5 hours/4.5 miles with 1,000' elevation gain & 4,000' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 30-minute minibus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Explore the Giffre Valley

    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
    • Activity: 7 hours/6 miles hiking with 3,000' elevation gain & 3,200' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 45-minute minibus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Tour Le Bargy: Lakes & Wildlife

    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
    • Activity: 7 hours/8 miles hiking with 3,000' elevation gain & 3,300' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 1-hour minibus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Take in History & Scenery at the Glières Plateau

    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
    • Activity: 6 hours/9 miles hiking with 2,700' elevation gain & 3,000' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 1-hour minibus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day06

    Hike the Summit Ridge above Lake Annecy

    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
    • Activity: 5 hours/6 miles hiking with 4,000' elevation gain & 4,000' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 30-minute minibus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Ascend La Tournette

    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
    • Activity: 6 hours/6 miles hiking with 3,000' elevation gain & 5,000' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 1-hour minibus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Depart from Geneva

    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
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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 Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • 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.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Jun 25 - Jul 02, 2021
  • Available
    Jul 23 - 30, 2021
  • Available
    Sep 17 - 24, 2021

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2021
$5,295.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $1,200.00 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

Testimonials

  • "A prominent reason we have chosen MT Sobek as our favorite adventure travel company has been the excellent travel guides."

    Carol & Burt D.

    MT Sobek Guests

  • "We have traveled throughout the world, but never experienced a level of service and attention to detail as we did with MT Sobek.

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    MT Sobek Guest

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