MONT BLANC LEADERSHIP EXPEDITION - 9 Days

Kanha, India | Minimum Age – 13 years | Difficulty Level – 3.5

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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