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Walking in the French & Swiss Alps

Trip Length

Trip Code

8 days PEWA
Min Altitude Max Altitude
1050 3342

Minimum Passengers

4 people

Maximum Passengers

16 people
Minimum Age
15

Countries Visited

France, Switzerland

Start City

End City

Chamonix, Rhône-Alpes, France Zermatt
Walking in the French & Swiss Alps

 

As imposing on the landscape as an exclamation point at the end of a sentence, the Matterhorn is impossible to ignore. Some 4478 metres high, the first ascent of this rugged, skyward beast was achieved in 1865. During the descent, four mountaineers died leaving only Peter Taugwalder and Edward Whymper alive to tell the tale. This ascent marked the golden age of alpinism. 

Why we love it:

Walking in the French & Swiss Alps


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Chamonix

Meals included: 1 dinner

Accommodation: Park Hotel Suisse or similar, Chamonix

Activities:

Day 2: Stunning views from the Col du Balme - Chamonix

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Park Hotel Suisse or similar, Chamonix

Activities:

Day 3: The classic Grand Balcon Sud (South facing balcony walk) - Chamonix

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Park Hotel Suisse or similar, Chamonix

Activities:

Day 4: A busy free day - Chamonix

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Park Hotel Suisse or similar, Chamonix

Activities:

Day 5: Sion - Zermatt

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Jaegerhof or similar, Zermatt

Activities:

Day 6: Zermatt Valley

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Jaegerhof or similar, Zermatt

Activities:

Day 7: Zermatt

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Jaegerhof or similar, Zermatt

Activities:

Day 8: Zermatt

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

What to know

You'll need to be in good health and able to walk for a few hours, with some up-and-down, and on varied terrain, from well-defined paths to rocky trails.

What's Included

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.


What to know

Fitness

This trip is graded a moderate walk but due to the mountainous and hilly terrain encountered you may find some sections slightly more challenging. Comfortable good quality walking boots are essential for this trip. Walking poles are also very useful, particularly for all the ups and downs and for those with knee or lower back issues. To get your walking fitness level up we recommend you undertake some preparation before the trip and get out and do some long walks including some hill walks. Most of the walks are achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness but the fitter you are the more you will get out of your holiday and the more time you’ll be able to spend enjoying the views rather than catching your breath. Although it’s important to have reasonable walking fitness, the walks are taken at a steady pace, there is no need to rush and we advise you pick a pace that you can keep going at for 45 minute without needing to have a break. The mountains can suffer unseasonal weather at all times of the year. On average there will be more sun that rain and you will need to bring sun hats, sunglasses and sun cream to protect yourself. Equally it can and does rain and waterproofs will be needed. It can also be quite cold and we have occasionally seen snow even in August. Light weight tops that you can add as layers will help as will a hat and gloves. September trips will have a late summer, early autumn feel and nights will be cool. It is a lovely time to see the Alps but pack for cooler weather.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

France
Visas are currently not required for Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian or UK/EU passport holders wishing to visit France.

Switzerland
Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, USA and British citizens, do not require a visa to visit Switzerland.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

France

A Year In Provence Peter Mayle Toujours Provence Peter Mayle The Olive Farm Carol Drinkwater Lazy Days Out In the Loire Philippe Barbour Burgundy: Touring wine country-Hubrecht Duijker Dordogne Adventures-Eric Line Five Quarters of the Orange-Joanne Harris Walks & climbs in the Pyrenees-Kev Reynolds And God Created the French-Louis-Bernard Robitaille

Switzerland


About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

17 December 2013


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