Mont Blanc Leadership Expedition

Mont Blanc, France | Minimum Age - 14 years

This challenging 3 country adventure along the alps, covering over 100km on foot, is one of the world’s greatest treks. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and the Tour du Mont Blanc is considered amongst the World’s top ten 'must do' treks. A physically tough but rewarding trek, your days will be filled with spectacular scenery as you travel across high passes and Alpine meadows in Italy, Switzerland and France, taking in mesmerizing views of glaciers and steep valleys. Each night we’ll recharge with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges. As you conquer one of the world's premiere hiking routes, your greatest takeaway from this Leadership Expedition will be the extraordinary sense of personal accomplishment that comes along with it. This trip will challenge you while demanding focus, commitment and team-work – all essential life skills.

What can you expect to achieve from this trip
  • Trek on one of the world’s top 10 trekking routes along the highest peak in the Alps.
  • Travel through France, Italy, and Switzerland’s iconic mountain trails in the Alpine region of the three countries
  • Physically challenge yourself to complete an iconic trek through disciplined pre-trip preparation
  • Develop holistic skills in leadership, team work, and self-awareness through our signature Outdoor Learning program
  • Get insights on local life from your trained and expert local guide
  • Experience community living in simple lodges, refuges and village inns along the route
  • New experiences in a safe, secure environment and an opportunity to acquire skills - independence, interdependence, and personality development
  • Get rewarded with the certificate of accomplishment from DoTheDifferent

Trip Highlights

Complete the challenge of trekking one of the world’s most famous hiking trails
Cover over 100km on foot
Walk the Alps of Italy, Switzerland & France
Spend time in the Alpine Village of Chamonix
Leadership, Teamwork and Self-Awareness
Six Week Training & Self-Assessment Workbook

Itinerary - 9 Days

Arrival - Les Contamines Montjoie

The group flight arrives in Geneva airport this morning. From here, we will be transferred to the village of Les Contamines Montjoie – a historic village and ski resort close to the Chamonix Valley. This village is a hiker’s paradise with many important mountain summits in close reach.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Les Contamines to Beaufort: 6.5 hours, 1600m ascent

Getting an early start is important in the mountains and we head off after an early breakfast for the beginning of our great adventure – trekking the Mont Blanc Trail! Today is a 1600 + meter ascent as we hike the two Savoy counties, making our way to the Beaufortain mountain range. Well known in France and elsewhere for the cheese by the same name. Tonight, we spend the first of two nights in the “Massif du Beaufortain”.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Beaufort – The Glacier Valley: 6 hours, 1100m ascent

Today is another long day of climbing with a total ascent of over 1100mts. This is also our second night in the “Massif du Beaufortain” region. More of the famous Beaufort cheese for all!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Glacier Valley – Courmayeur (Italy): 6 hours, 800m ascent

This is a special day as we continue our trek as we cross over from France to Italy. In the mountains there are no borders, so you might not notice your passage into “le Val d’Aoste” in the neighboring country of Italy. Lying in the Western Alps, it's known for the iconic, snow-capped peaks the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Courmayeur - Aosta Valley: 5 hours, 750m ascent

We continue our trek in the Aosta Valley with a 700 ascent today. We trek through the pastures of Arp Vieille through stunning scenery and delicious Italian cuisine to keep us going! Spend tonight at the beautiful bottom of the Aosta valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Aosta Valley to Champex (Switzerland): 6 hours, 750m ascent

Today we cross over from Italy into Switzerland, our third country in almost as many days! As the national borders of France, Italy, and Switzerland come together you will find common denominators, a mountain attitude, dishes that resemble each other but the ambiance changes with each country. Tonight, at the end of a hard day’s trekking we experience the Swiss way of life.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Champex – Argentiere (France): 6 hours, 900m ascent

With our trek almost at an end we cross over from Switzerland to France. Fantastic views while we make our way to the Chamonix Valley. Chamonix is the North side of the Mont Blanc summit and was the venue of the first Winter Olympics in 1924.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Argentiere - Chamonix: 4 hours, 300m ascent

We finish the Mont Blanc trek on a high with stunning views of the mountain as we trek to our final destination - the village of Chamonix Mont Blanc! Today is an early start and a relatively short day of trekking. We can expect to reach by the afternoon and then have the evening to explore this beautiful little village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure

With the trip of a lifetime at an end, we are transferred back to Geneva airport for our flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

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Expert on this trip

Dhirender Jamwal

Dhirender Jamwal

With his roots in the mountains near Palampur where he spent most summer vacations hiking, bathing in spring fed rivers, and wandering the fields, Dhiru’s love for the outdoors has stayed with him, and to this day his preferred mode of transport remains his 10 year old cycle. His diverse background includes 5 years with an organisation promoting running in India. A big hit with our trip participants, he is a professional shooter and competes in the 10m Air Rifle event. He also gives his time to sporting event organisation (he volunteered at the Olympics in Rio), fitness training, and bizarrely, even the coffee export business.

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers at the destination at specified timings. Our team will help you with the details for your trip.

Safe, secure and fun accommodation at hostels, lodges & camps on shared basis - separate for girls and boys.

All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Picnic style lunches and hot dinners with snacks available on most days.

An experienced Internship Leader from the #DoTheDifferent team who travels from India and stays with the group at all times.

Meaningful experiences to introduce you to practical exposure on the subject of your interest.

Certificate for the valuable real experience and knowledge you have gained to boost University Applications & your CV.

FAQs

What flights should I book? Open or Close

Flights are not included in your trip price. Should you like to travel on the same flight as our Trip Leader from India, we suggest the following flights ex-Mumbai:

Onward:
Monday LH-757 BOM 02:55 FRA 08:00
Monday LH-1216 FRA 12:15 GVA 13:20
Return:
Tuesday LH-1213 GVA 09:10 FRA 10:20
Tuesday LH-766 FRA 13:20 BOM 01:00 (next day)

You are welcome to book other flights if you find them suitable, however please aim to arrive and depart within 1 hour of the above group arrival and departure from Geneva to ensure the Trip Leader can personally receive and see you off.

What is the accommodation like? What sanitation facilities are available during the trek? Open or Close

• The participants will be staying at simple refuges, the popular accommodations on the Tour Du Mont Blanc trek, on sharing basis. These are modest but clean and sufficient. Toilets are modern on most days.

What should I bring along? Is there a comprehensive packing list that I can follow? Open or Close

• We provide a comprehensive packing list after you have registered for the trip. This trip does not require any technical equipment. You do need special clothing and good shoes and a trekking pole will be handy.

How can I train myself to the level of fitness needed to undertake this trek? Open or Close

We provide a comprehensive 6 week training plan to all our participants. The best form of training is simulating the activity you are training for and then increasing the level of exertion as the routine becomes easier. In the 2 weeks leading up to the trek, you should be able to walk 6-8 hours per day for 3-4 days a week. Most active teenagers are able to cope with the physical demands of this trek without any trouble.

Who will be carrying my luggage during the trek? Open or Close

Your main luggage will be transferred to your stays on all trek days. However, participants are required to carry a day pack with them with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket etc. You can expect this bag to weigh about 3-4kgs.

What sort of food can I expect on this trek? Open or Close

Continental meals will be available on this trip. Breakfasts will be bread, butter, jam, cheese, eggs, cereal and sometimes eggs. Lunches are likely to be picnic style and dinners will be soups, salads and hot meals. Vegetarian food is available throughout. The style and cuisine will generally be local. If you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies, do inform us prior to the trip so that we can try to meet your needs.

What about altitude sickness? Open or Close

AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is a valid concern at the high altitudes, however this trek will range in the 3200 to 8800 feet altitude which is not considered high enough for altitude sickness. The challenge on this trek is the high range of elevation change almost everyday. Should you have any concerns on altitude sickness you can consider carrying some over-the-counter drugs such as Diamox that can be used to prevent AMS and we recommend that you speak to your physician about this.

Do I need a special insurance coverage to do this trek? Open or Close

Yes, you need special insurance coverage which includes cover for Emergency Medical Evacuation and covers high risk activities such as trekking Mont Blanc. Ordinary travel insurance, even if it has Emergency Medical Evacuation, does not cover trekking. Please ask us about specialist insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory on all our trips and all details of your insurance policy including the policy number and insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number must be submitted to us before the trip begins.

Is there any special documentation needed to obtain a visa for this trip? Open or Close

All Indians entering France need to hold a valid Schengen visa. Travellers below the age of 18 travelling as unaccompanied minors require special documentation. You may also require documentation relating to the person receiving the participants at the destination. DoTheDifferent provides visa assistance though the documentation is the responsibility of the parents / travellers. Visa is granted at the consulates discretion.

Dates

Start Date End Date
24 June 2019 02 July 2019

Why Us

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    Get access to specialists and leaders in their field
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    Independence, Team Building & Leadership
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  • 100% Safe Environment

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    Value Addition to College Applications with the Certificate