European Alps Trip

European Alps

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 7-9

Experience the best the Alps have to offer while hiking through the pristine high alpine of France, Italy, and Switzerland.  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.

21 Days

$5,295

  • June 24th - July 14th
  • July 17th - August 6th
  • Geneva, Switzerland

Day 1-4

Arrive in Geneva, meet your leaders and other group members, and get ready to begin your journey through Switzerland, Italy and France. We begin by transferring to Chamonix, where we will spend a few days exploring the town and going on day hikes in preparation for our first trek around Mount Blanc.

Day 5-7

Today we begin our first hut to hut trek around Mount Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe. Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snowcapped cols will surround us on a daily basis. Our accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. Our comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end a great day of hiking. Throughout our days of hiking, group members will take turns 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. Moving from the towns of Contanimes, Chapieux and Col de Seigne, we will arrive in Courmayeur, where we will spend the next few days of our trip.

Day 8-10

Courmayeur is a beautiful location in northern Italy, a part of the Aosta Valley. We will ride the cable car to the Pointe Helbronner summit and take in the stunning views. Of course we will be a bit tired from our first multi-day trek, and will get a chance to rest our legs and prepare for our next portion of the trip. Here in Courmayeur we will visit the Gran Paradiso National Park, a pristine location to observe the flora and fauna. The woods are important because they act as a natural defense for the animals from avalanches, landslides and flooding. We will also visit the Tsatelet Animal Park, a fantastic opportunity for birdwatching and of course an assortment of native animals. Before we begin our next portion, we will tour the small city and taste some of the famous Italian cuisine!

Day 11-13

Back on the trails again! This time we head to Zermatt, a German-speaking section of the Valais canton is Switzerland. Our accommodations will be similar to our previous trek, with dormitory style rooms, comfortable beds and a hot meal every morning and night. After a couple days on the trail, we will come across one of the most recognizable mountains in the world, the Matterhorn.

Day 14-18

Over the next few days we will have a chance to further explore the wonderful city and area of Zermatt. Take in an afternoon at relaxing Lake Leisee, day hike the stunningly colorful Flower Trail and ride the gondola around the majestic Matterhorn. Before returning to Chamonix, we will complete the Breithorn Climb and stay an evening at the Hornli Hut, located at the foot of the north-eastern ridge of the Matterhorn. After our evening at this classic hut, built by the Swiss Alps Club in 1880, we will transfer back to Chamonix for our final few days together as a group.

Day 19-21

After arriving back at our starting location of Chamonix, we will prepare to say goodbye to our newfound best friends. But before we get too teary, we still have an amazing day of whitewater rafting to enjoy! Raft the Giffre River, known for its gorges and located in the most preserved valley in Chamonix, this is sure to be not only beautiful but also totally rad! Our final full day together will be spent touring the city of Chamonix and having our final banquet together. Share your stories from the past 3 weeks, be awarded your paper-plate award, and enjoy a truly special evening with your whole group one final time before departing back to the USA where your family awaits you.

Day 1-4

Arrive in Geneva, meet your leaders and other group members, and get ready to begin your journey through Switzerland, Italy and France. We begin by transferring to Chamonix, where we will spend a few days exploring the town and going on day hikes in preparation for our first trek around Mount Blanc.

Day 5-7

Today we begin our first hut to hut trek around Mount Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe. Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snowcapped cols will surround us on a daily basis. Our accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. Our comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end a great day of hiking. Throughout our days of hiking, group members will take turns 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. Moving from the towns of Contanimes, Chapieux and Col de Seigne, we will arrive in Courmayeur, where we will spend the next few days of our trip.

Day 8-10

Courmayeur is a beautiful location in northern Italy, a part of the Aosta Valley. We will ride the cable car to the Pointe Helbronner summit and take in the stunning views. Of course we will be a bit tired from our first multi-day trek, and will get a chance to rest our legs and prepare for our next portion of the trip. Here in Courmayeur we will visit the Gran Paradiso National Park, a pristine location to observe the flora and fauna. The woods are important because they act as a natural defense for the animals from avalanches, landslides and flooding. We will also visit the Tsatelet Animal Park, a fantastic opportunity for birdwatching and of course an assortment of native animals. Before we begin our next portion, we will tour the small city and taste some of the famous Italian cuisine!

Day 11-13

Back on the trails again! This time we head to Zermatt, a German-speaking section of the Valais canton is Switzerland. Our accommodations will be similar to our previous trek, with dormitory style rooms, comfortable beds and a hot meal every morning and night. After a couple days on the trail, we will come across one of the most recognizable mountains in the world, the Matterhorn.

Day 14-18

Over the next few days we will have a chance to further explore the wonderful city and area of Zermatt. Take in an afternoon at relaxing Lake Leisee, day hike the stunningly colorful Flower Trail and ride the gondola around the majestic Matterhorn. Before returning to Chamonix, we will complete the Breithorn Climb and stay an evening at the Hornli Hut, located at the foot of the north-eastern ridge of the Matterhorn. After our evening at this classic hut, built by the Swiss Alps Club in 1880, we will transfer back to Chamonix for our final few days together as a group.

Day 19-21

After arriving back at our starting location of Chamonix, we will prepare to say goodbye to our newfound best friends. But before we get too teary, we still have an amazing day of whitewater rafting to enjoy! Raft the Giffre River, known for its gorges and located in the most preserved valley in Chamonix, this is sure to be not only beautiful but also totally rad! Our final full day together will be spent touring the city of Chamonix and having our final banquet together. Share your stories from the past 3 weeks, be awarded your paper-plate award, and enjoy a truly special evening with your whole group one final time before departing back to the USA where your family awaits you.

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