Whatever your level of ability, our holidays are tailored to suit you
Our 4 night TRIP TWO makes for slightly different experience. Our 'Adventure Weekend' is a fantastic 'second week' weekend option. With a carefully crafted balance of walking and action TRIP TWO includes a varied experience from our other weeks and is coupled with white-water rafting and via feratta.
Monday 2 July 2018
Activity: White water rafting
After breakfast we will descend the valley to the village of Laundry making our way to the H2O white water rafting centre. Rafting is one of the most accessible white water sports and you will experience an unforgettable adventure lasting 2.5 hours. Adrenalin junkies, outdoor sports lovers or first timers adore this sport! The Haute Isère is the most exciting river for rafting in France: you can have fun exploring the area whilst the more courageous can hurtle down fast-flowing streams and gorges.
H2o ,our preferred partner, has developed a system to make this originally extreme sport into an activity for everyone.
H2o guarantees comfort, safety and enjoyment by providing top quality infrastructures and equipment.
Lunch followed by airport departure. Please book an evening flight to allow time for a full day’s activity.
Sunday 1 July 2018
Activities: Via Ferrata des Bettieres (with our guide Olivier)
Overnight: Refuge Porte de Rousel – dinner, bed and breakfast
a via ferrata sling equipped with a braking system and 2 carabiners
suitable shoes with a good sole
What is via-ferrata?
A cross between hiking and climbing. Via Ferrata routes are built into rock faces with cables and ladders and other equipment designed to facilitate people's progression along the route and to optimise their security. Using a via ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable limiting any fall. The cable can also be used as an aid to climbing and additional climbing aids (such as iron rungs, pegs, carved steps and even ladders and bridges) are often provided. Thus via ferratas allow otherwise dangerous routes to be undertaken without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing or the need for climbing equipment such as ropes. They offer the relatively inexperienced a means of enjoying dramatic positions and accessing difficult peaks, normally the preserve of the serious mountaineer!
Bettières via ferrata is close to the Refuge Porte de Rousel offering an ideal opportunity for all abilities to try this thrilling activity. There are 3 sections with varying grades of difficulty to suit all standards and nerves!
Difficulty: 3 sections:
PD Little difficulty (child, beginners and scaredy cats)
AD Fairly difficult (for beginners well accompanied)
D Difficult (regulars)
Departure point at 15,56 metres
Arrival point at 1,910 metres
Vertical rise of 354 meters.
Thursday 28 June 2018
Welcome meeting and dinner
Local B&B – bed and breakfast
Your journey begins with a transfer from Geneva airport to the Bourg St Maurice valley. As we are aiming to include as many activities as possible during the weekend without having to take too much time out of work, we will be booking afternoon/evening flights.
From the airport we head off to the mountains. The transfer takes around two hours (flight and traffic dependent). For those wishing to stock up on local French produce, we can include a stop at a supermarket if required.
Once we arrive we will take you to your accommodation on a B&B basis. After this you can then get settled in and unpacked. A short welcome meeting will follow.
After the welcome meeting we will assemble and hand out our Nordic Walking poles if needed.
We will eat in a local restaurant (this is not included in the holiday price).
Friday 29 June 2018
Nordic walking, trekking.
Refuge du Mont Pourri – dinner, bed and breakfast
After breakfast we will leave the chalet and drive up the valley to Peisey-Nancroix passing through the hamlet of Les Lanches until we arrive at the parking in front of Refuge Porte de Rosuel.
We commence our walk with a gradual climb following the GR5 route. There is plenty of interest in our walk as the valley is full of charm and the surrounding mountains have lots of scenic appeal.
The path passes through forest, enjoying views on the facing rocky crest with waterfalls cascading down into the valley.
Saturday 30 June 2018
Nordic walking, trekking
Refuge Porte de Rousel – dinner, bed and breakfast
Early continental breakfast around a large wooden table consisting of orange juice, bread, jams and honey with hot coffee, tea or chocolate.
Once our bags are packed we will start our assent to the Col de la Chal and Lac des Moutons with a view of Mont Blanc in the distance. Crossing the stream in front of the refuge we will follow an indistinct footpath, the first few hundred metres wind back and forth across the meadows until we reach the main path, where we continue up a marked path.
Enjoy the skyline of the Grande Motte’s snow dome in front of you. We then continue up the meadow, passing grazing cattle and sheep until we arrive on the shores of Lac de La Plagne where we may see locals fishing.
We retrace our tracks until we find a turn off to the left traversing the rugged pastures toward our night’s refuge - Refuge de Mont Pourri.
This time we cross the waterfalls that we have spotted from across the valley. Shepherd’s tend to their flocks in the open pastures on the mountain side and marmots play in the long grass.
The refuge becomes visible in the distance first sighting the flying Nepalese Prayer flags.
The refuge has several dormitories sleeping from 8 to 12 people in each room. Dinner is at 7.30pm and consists of 3 courses
Once we reach the col we can enjoy magnificent views of Mont Blanc and the reflections of the surrounding mountains in the waters of Lac des Moutons. We can also see down the valley into the ski resort of Les Arcs with some of the ski lifts in view on the horizon.
The descent down the valley is a little more rapid as we will take a direct route. We cross a tractor path then wind our way down the rocky trail until we arrive at the forest trail to the floor of the valley back to the road that we can follow that will lead us once again to the parking where we will be reunited with our mini bus.
This is where we will spend our third night in Refuge Port de Roseul. Our accommodation will once again be dormitory style