European Alps

European Alps

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 7-9

Experience the best the Alps have to offer while hiking through the pristine high alpine environments of France, Italy, and Switzerland. In between unforgettable treks, this three week adventure will have you whitewater rafting on the Giffre River, riding the cable car up the Aiguille du Midi, and soaring down ziplines through the peaks of Europe.

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21 Days

$5,695

  • June 20th - July 10th
  • July 13th - August 2nd
  • Geneva, Switzerland

Day 1-2

You will arrive in Geneva, Switzerland, meet your leaders and other trips mates, and get ready to journey through Switzerland, Italy and France over the next three weeks. Once in Geneva, you will then travel south by train to Zermatt, Switzerland. Upon arrival, you will be completely awestruck by the beauty of the Matterhorn as its iconic pyramid shape towers over the quaint Swiss resort town. Zermatt is within a German-speaking section of the Valais canton in Switzerland.

 

 

Day 3-5

Over the next few days in Zermatt, you and your group will explore the area by foot. You’ll take on the Five Lakes Trail, a diverse, 9-kilometer (between 5 and 6 miles) hiking tour through the mountains with incredible mountain lake views reflecting the Matterhorn and several other impressive peaks. You’ll zip-line for a day, taking to the skies and giving your legs a break before hiking the beautiful Flower Trail to see the alpine flora of the region. Numerous information panels give details of the alpine flowers as you trek the 4.6-kilometer route. The day hikes will prepare you for the next day’s big adventure: climbing the Breithorn.

Day 6

The Breithorn stands at 13,661 feet within the Pennine Alps between Switzerland and Italy. You and your group will team up with professional guides to learn the basics of mountaineering in order to summit this iconic peak. The majority of the peak is glaciated, so you will learn to use ice axes, crampons, and proper rope techniques as you make your way to the summit. It will be an unbelievable experience that will undoubtedly prepare you for the days of trekking along the Tour du Mont Blanc to come

Day 7-8

Over the next two days, you and your group will travel to Chamonix and begin preparing for the Tour du Mont Blanc! Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and its beauty is astounding! It is situated north of Mount Blanc with views of the surrounding area that you won’t believe. You will take a train from Zermatt to Chamonix and stay at the esteemed Gite Le Vegabond for the next two days in preparation for the TMB!

Day 9-14

The Tour du Mont Blanc will kick off in Courmayer, just a short train ride away from Chamonix. Courmayeur is a beautiful location in northern Italy, a part of the Aosta Valley. 

You and your group will hike along the Tour du Mont Blanc, trekking around the tallest mountain in Western Europe, for the next six days and five nights.  Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snow-capped cols will surround you on a daily basis. Your accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. Your comfortable, dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end a great day of hiking. Throughout your days of hiking, group members will take turns as the “WA leader of the day.” Leading the group for a day will be the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques. You will finish the Tour du Mont Blanc in the town of Champex and have the next day to explore and celebrate!

Day 15

Before traveling back to Chamonix, you and your group will spend a day exploring Champex, a beautiful traditional mountain village resting at just under 5,000 feet of elevation in the shadow of the mountain of “La Breya”. You will paddle board on Lake Champex and then visit the World War II Bunker Museum.

Day 16-19

After exploring the best of the best in Champex, you will travel back to Chamonix. By this point, after all you’ve seen and done, it will feel like coming home! You and your group will give your legs a rest over the next few days and do a variety of other fun activities in the area. You will stand up paddle board and duckie on the Giffre River. You will ride up the Aiguille du Midi (“Needle of the Mid-Day”) cable car and be the closest one can get to the summit of Mount Blanc without physically climbing it! The views will be spectacular.

Day 20-21

On your last day in Chamonix, you will prepare to say goodbye to your newfound best friends. But before you get too distraught, you still have an amazing day of whitewater rafting to enjoy! Located in the most preserved valley in Chamonix, the Giffre River is known for its scenic gorges. This day of rafting is sure to be not only beautiful, but also totally rad! Your final full day together will be spent touring the city of Chamonix and having your final banquet together. You will share your stories from the past three weeks, be awarded your paper-plate award, and enjoy a truly special evening with your whole group one final time before departing back home where your family awaits to hear about your incredible adventure.

Day 1-2

You will arrive in Geneva, Switzerland, meet your leaders and other trips mates, and get ready to journey through Switzerland, Italy and France over the next three weeks. Once in Geneva, you will then travel south by train to Zermatt, Switzerland. Upon arrival, you will be completely awestruck by the beauty of the Matterhorn as its iconic pyramid shape towers over the quaint Swiss resort town. Zermatt is within a German-speaking section of the Valais canton in Switzerland.

 

 

Day 3-5

Over the next few days in Zermatt, you and your group will explore the area by foot. You’ll take on the Five Lakes Trail, a diverse, 9-kilometer (between 5 and 6 miles) hiking tour through the mountains with incredible mountain lake views reflecting the Matterhorn and several other impressive peaks. You’ll zip-line for a day, taking to the skies and giving your legs a break before hiking the beautiful Flower Trail to see the alpine flora of the region. Numerous information panels give details of the alpine flowers as you trek the 4.6-kilometer route. The day hikes will prepare you for the next day’s big adventure: climbing the Breithorn.

Day 6

The Breithorn stands at 13,661 feet within the Pennine Alps between Switzerland and Italy. You and your group will team up with professional guides to learn the basics of mountaineering in order to summit this iconic peak. The majority of the peak is glaciated, so you will learn to use ice axes, crampons, and proper rope techniques as you make your way to the summit. It will be an unbelievable experience that will undoubtedly prepare you for the days of trekking along the Tour du Mont Blanc to come

Day 7-8

Over the next two days, you and your group will travel to Chamonix and begin preparing for the Tour du Mont Blanc! Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and its beauty is astounding! It is situated north of Mount Blanc with views of the surrounding area that you won’t believe. You will take a train from Zermatt to Chamonix and stay at the esteemed Gite Le Vegabond for the next two days in preparation for the TMB!

Day 9-14

The Tour du Mont Blanc will kick off in Courmayer, just a short train ride away from Chamonix. Courmayeur is a beautiful location in northern Italy, a part of the Aosta Valley. 

You and your group will hike along the Tour du Mont Blanc, trekking around the tallest mountain in Western Europe, for the next six days and five nights.  Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snow-capped cols will surround you on a daily basis. Your accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. Your comfortable, dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end a great day of hiking. Throughout your days of hiking, group members will take turns as the “WA leader of the day.” Leading the group for a day will be the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques. You will finish the Tour du Mont Blanc in the town of Champex and have the next day to explore and celebrate!

Day 15

Before traveling back to Chamonix, you and your group will spend a day exploring Champex, a beautiful traditional mountain village resting at just under 5,000 feet of elevation in the shadow of the mountain of “La Breya”. You will paddle board on Lake Champex and then visit the World War II Bunker Museum.

Day 16-19

After exploring the best of the best in Champex, you will travel back to Chamonix. By this point, after all you’ve seen and done, it will feel like coming home! You and your group will give your legs a rest over the next few days and do a variety of other fun activities in the area. You will stand up paddle board and duckie on the Giffre River. You will ride up the Aiguille du Midi (“Needle of the Mid-Day”) cable car and be the closest one can get to the summit of Mount Blanc without physically climbing it! The views will be spectacular.

Day 20-21

On your last day in Chamonix, you will prepare to say goodbye to your newfound best friends. But before you get too distraught, you still have an amazing day of whitewater rafting to enjoy! Located in the most preserved valley in Chamonix, the Giffre River is known for its scenic gorges. This day of rafting is sure to be not only beautiful, but also totally rad! Your final full day together will be spent touring the city of Chamonix and having your final banquet together. You will share your stories from the past three weeks, be awarded your paper-plate award, and enjoy a truly special evening with your whole group one final time before departing back home where your family awaits to hear about your incredible adventure.

One of my favorite memories from my Wilderness Adventures European Alps trip was when we woke up at 4am to summit Tete Blanch. Trecking up the snow capped mountains with crampons on while watching the sun rise was an amazing experience I will never forget. Another once in a lifetime experience I had was when I woke up with a view of the Matterhorn (On the Matterhorn) above the cloud level. Overall this was a life changing trip that never got boring.

Ben Jackson, European Alps 2016