Chamonix Zermatt

Chamonix Zermatt

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 9-12

Our Chamonix Zermatt adventure will take you to two of the most famous routes in Europe, the Tour du Mont Blanc and the Haute Route. You will fully immerse yourself in the exploration of France, Italy, and Switzerland. Meet travelers from around the globe, trek among wildflowers and the most beautiful countrysides imaginable, and explore the cobblestone streets of Chamonix and the best of the City of Lights, Paris.

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28 Days

$6,495

  • June 29th - July 26th
  • Paris, France

Day 1-3

Your journey will begin as you meet your trip leaders in Paris early that first morning. You will stay in Paris that first night at a youth hostel within walking distance of the Montmartre and the Opera House. That first night, you’ll have the chance to regroup after such a long flight. The next day, you will move quickly across France to Chamonix, the location of the very first Winter Olympics in 1924, to reach the heart of the European Alps. Nestled between the Mont-Blanc Range to the south and Aiguilles Rouges Mountains to the north, Chamonix is the birthplace of mountaineering over 200 years ago. Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps and second highest in Europe at 15,771 feet, dominates the scenery from the village. It’s the perfect staging location to organize and prepare for your upcoming hike. A full day in Chamonix will provide enough time for a short introductory day hike and a visit to a local mountaineering museum.

Day 4-23

You will begin your 20-day journey of a lifetime with the famous Tour Mont Blanc. The Tour Mont Blanc (TMB) will take you  You will trek for 8 days on the TMB, traveling through France, Italy, and ending in Switzerland, all while circling Mt. Blanc. In Champex, Switzerland, you will take a day of rest before resuming your trek and meeting up with the famous Haute Route (High Route).

The Haute Route combines natural beauty with cultural exploration. The group will set out through the high regions of Switzerland for this final 11 -day adventure. This magnificent high traverse starting north of Champex, and eventually concluding in Zermatt, was first completed as a walking route in 1861 by the members of the famous Alpine Club. Your trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region and the western Valais, crossing through the highest mountain range in Western Europe, the Pennine Alps. While there, you’ll hike through two distinct cultural regions, the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snowcapped cols will surround you and your group on a daily basis. The accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. The comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end each day  of magnificent hiking.

Each member of your group will take a turn as the “WA leader of the day”. It’ll be the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques. The 20 days spent on these two iconic European routes will provide each student several more opportunities to build upon the leaderships skills. Arriving in Zermatt on the final day with breathtaking views of the Matterhorn will be a tremendous and memorable accomplishment for everyone.

Day 24-25

Mountaineers from all over the world are drawn to Zermatt, Switzerland because of the vast glaciers and 13,000 foot peaks that dwarf this historical European village. Following in this rich climbing tradition, you’ll take a day to explore Zermatt following your completion of the Haute Route. You and your group will ride to the base of the 14,692-foot Matterhorn for an inspiring panorama of beauty and wonder. In what is certain to be a fantastic culminating experience. The following day we will then board a train to Paris.

Day 26-28

We will head to Paris for 2 days of relaxation and urban exploration. Your group’s quaint hotel located at the near Montemartre, will serve as your base while you explore the City of Lights. You’ll visit many historic sites, including the River Seine, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Your European experience will conclude with a traditional final banquet. This last evening will be spent enjoying an excellent meal while reminiscing about the life changing adventure you’ve just experienced as a group. The next morning, you will say au revoir to your new life-long friends as you board your planes in Paris and head back home.

Day 1-3

Your journey will begin as you meet your trip leaders in Paris early that first morning. You will stay in Paris that first night at a youth hostel within walking distance of the Montmartre and the Opera House. That first night, you’ll have the chance to regroup after such a long flight. The next day, you will move quickly across France to Chamonix, the location of the very first Winter Olympics in 1924, to reach the heart of the European Alps. Nestled between the Mont-Blanc Range to the south and Aiguilles Rouges Mountains to the north, Chamonix is the birthplace of mountaineering over 200 years ago. Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps and second highest in Europe at 15,771 feet, dominates the scenery from the village. It’s the perfect staging location to organize and prepare for your upcoming hike. A full day in Chamonix will provide enough time for a short introductory day hike and a visit to a local mountaineering museum.

Day 4-23

You will begin your 20-day journey of a lifetime with the famous Tour Mont Blanc. The Tour Mont Blanc (TMB) will take you  You will trek for 8 days on the TMB, traveling through France, Italy, and ending in Switzerland, all while circling Mt. Blanc. In Champex, Switzerland, you will take a day of rest before resuming your trek and meeting up with the famous Haute Route (High Route).

The Haute Route combines natural beauty with cultural exploration. The group will set out through the high regions of Switzerland for this final 11 -day adventure. This magnificent high traverse starting north of Champex, and eventually concluding in Zermatt, was first completed as a walking route in 1861 by the members of the famous Alpine Club. Your trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region and the western Valais, crossing through the highest mountain range in Western Europe, the Pennine Alps. While there, you’ll hike through two distinct cultural regions, the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snowcapped cols will surround you and your group on a daily basis. The accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. The comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end each day  of magnificent hiking.

Each member of your group will take a turn as the “WA leader of the day”. It’ll be the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques. The 20 days spent on these two iconic European routes will provide each student several more opportunities to build upon the leaderships skills. Arriving in Zermatt on the final day with breathtaking views of the Matterhorn will be a tremendous and memorable accomplishment for everyone.

Day 24-25

Mountaineers from all over the world are drawn to Zermatt, Switzerland because of the vast glaciers and 13,000 foot peaks that dwarf this historical European village. Following in this rich climbing tradition, you’ll take a day to explore Zermatt following your completion of the Haute Route. You and your group will ride to the base of the 14,692-foot Matterhorn for an inspiring panorama of beauty and wonder. In what is certain to be a fantastic culminating experience. The following day we will then board a train to Paris.

Day 26-28

We will head to Paris for 2 days of relaxation and urban exploration. Your group’s quaint hotel located at the near Montemartre, will serve as your base while you explore the City of Lights. You’ll visit many historic sites, including the River Seine, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Your European experience will conclude with a traditional final banquet. This last evening will be spent enjoying an excellent meal while reminiscing about the life changing adventure you’ve just experienced as a group. The next morning, you will say au revoir to your new life-long friends as you board your planes in Paris and head back home.