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Kandoo Adventures: March 27th 2020

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Prices start from £949 / $1249 per person

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Discover the amazing Alps with Kandoo Adventures. Whichever trip you choose, our guides will help you uncover the best these awe-inspiring mountains have to offer. As well as the challenge, altitude and adventure, expect epic views, mythical places and a welcoming Alpine culture.
 
We've handpicked our treks in the Alps to offer achievable but challenging summit adventures, as well as some of the most beautiful trails the region has to offer, whether this takes us into France, Switzerland or Italy. Naturally, these three countries are famed for their rich cultures and outstanding landscapes but nowhere is this more evident than in this wonderful Alpine walkers' playground, where the borders are defined by lofty peaks or high mountain passes, and the cultures blur together to create a strong regional identity, heritage and, of course, cuisine - all of which add to your memorable holiday experience. 
 
 
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The Best Treks to explore the Alps

CLIMB MONT BLANC

  • A one-week trip to reach the summit of iconic Mont Blanc.

CLIMB GRAN PARADISO

  • A five-day trip to reach the Italian summit of Gran Paradiso.

CLASSIC TOUR DU MONT BLANC

  • Join us on this nine-day, classic Alpine circuit of Mont Blanc. 
  • On this trek we stay in traditional gites and refuges along the route, which gives you the full Alpine experience and great camaraderie along the way.

BEST OF TOUR DU MONT BLANC

  • A one week, hotel-based trip.
  • Enjoy the best sections of Europe's most popular trek, staying in comfortable hotels.
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Practical Information

Luggage

For the Tour du Mont Blanc, you will need a main equipment bag which will be transported between the hotels or refuges each day. This can be the bag that you bring as your hold luggage. Please bring a soft bag like a ruckack or duffle bag rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical when loading the local minibuses. For the Mont Blanc or Gran Pardiso ascents, you will be carrying your kit every day in a larger rucksack. Again, you may choose to use this as your hold luggage or you may pack it within another case or duffle bag. Any luggage that is not gong out on the trek or climb with you can be stored at the hotel in Chamonix.

Lost or delayed luggage

We recommend that you wear your walking boots to travel and pack as many essential items as possible in your carry-on luggage. If your luggage is delayed we can then do our best to kit you out to start the trek on time. In the event that your luggage is delayed or lost, our procedure is as follows: 

  • Establish what items are missing and a contingency plan for each critical item
  • If it reaches 6pm on the evening before starting the trek and your luggage has not arrived we recommend buying and/or hiring items immediately as a precaution
  • We will take you to a shop where you can buy toiletry items, e.g. toothbrush. You will be able to find everything you need in Chamonix. 

We will do everything we can to help if your luggage is lost or delayed 

Be sure to check your insurance policy coverage for lost luggage cover.

Insurance for your trek

Before you can join any of Kandoo’s Alpine  treks, you’ll need to insure yourself against accident, injury, and illness.

Make sure you're covered

Your insurance must cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and repatriation if necessary. Make sure your insurer knows of your travel plans, and verify that your policy fully covers your trek, climb, and any other activities you will participate in. Specifically, for both trek itineraries on the Tour du Mont Blanc you need to be covered for trekking to 2,500 metres. For the peak climbs, you need coverage for trekking to 4,100 metres on Gran Paradiso and to 5,000 metres on Mont Blanc. (Some policies may have different options for Mont Blanc, such as alpine climbing. it is important to note that you are not mountaineering on fixed ropes. If you are unsure, please check with the insurer that you are choosing the correct coverage)

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses.

We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your day sack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf. You will also need to bring details of your insurance cover to the pre-trek briefing.

We recommend the global supplier of travel insurance, World Nomads. Make sure to choose the correct policy for the altitude you are trekking to.  Be sure to read the small print carefully for any policy you are considering - different policies provide different levels of cover, so make sure you understand what is and isn't included in your policy.

Medicine

Your guide is a trained first-aider and will carry a full first aid kit at all times during the trip. Please bring with you any personal medication that you may need such as inhalers, plasters and painkillers.

Healthcare can be extremely expensive, we strongly advise all of our clients to invest in insurance before travelling.

Weather Forecasts for the Alps

We stay closely tuned to changing weather forecasts. On a guided hike in the Alps, you may also want to keep up with the forecast in English by checking Meteoswiss or Meteofrance. 

Weather Varies by Region

Summer hiking weather in the Alps, whether you're in Courmayeur, Switzerland or the Mont Blanc Range, is generally very pleasant. While you may walk in short sleeves under sunny skies on some days, we can almost certainly guarantee that there will also be some days that are cool and wet, especially at higher elevations. The mountains create a rain shadow. Temperatures can range from the low 40s at night to 80 °F during the day. Hikers can expect daytime temperatures in the 70s in the valleys and in the 50s or 60s above 8000 feet—although it's not uncommon to have freezing rain or snow on the high trail one day, and T-shirt weather at the 9500-foot pass the next.

Seasonal Weather Variations in the Alps

As for seasonality, the Alps are ideal for hiking or alpinism from mid-June through mid-September, with the high passes often snowbound until early July. Therefore we typically schedule our first  trips starting the first week of June and conclude by September 15. Wildflowers on the Tour du Mont Blanc are at their peak in late July and early August, and even earlier in Italy.

Mandatory vaccines

There are no specific health risks.

Local time

France uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1 hour and Daylight Saving Time (DST) is observed here.

Tipping your guide

Tipping customs vary all over the world, tipping is an accepted practise that we support and we have set out below what is recommended. Tips are not a substitute for good wages: our guides  are all well paid and well looked after.

How much money should you expect to pay in tips

Tipping is completely voluntary, and at your discretion. If you receive bad service or have not been treated well, you would not be expected to tip at all. Of course, that won’t happen on one of Kandoo’s climbs.

Paying tips 

Tips can be paid in Euros 

How do I get to Chamonix

For hikers based in the UK or the US, it is best to fly to Geneva International Airport (GVA). Lots of airlines fly to Geneva from all of the major UK airports, and many of the larger US international airports as well. 

All of our tours begin at Chamonix , known as the capital of Alpinism, at an altitude of just over 1000 metres above sea level. Chamonix is only  53 miles from Geneva International Airport by car, and we will arrange transport from the airport to your hotel as part of your trek. Transport is generally available at 2 pm,  and takes approximately an hour and a half. 

Chamonix is an excellent choice for hotel accommodation during your stay, but it does fill up quickly during the peak season, so be sure to reserve your booking with us as early as possible.

Please Note: it is a requirement of joining any of our hikes that you attend a pre-trek briefing the evening before the tour begins. This gives our guide the opportunity to speak to you about your adventure, and sort out any last minute queries or concerns. We will also carry out a pre-trek health check which must be completed before you hike in the mountains.

The briefing in Chamonix is held at 6 pm and we recommend that you book a flight that arrives in Geneva before 2 pm for you to attend the briefing and our transfer. If you should arrive on a later flight, you will be given the full briefing the next morning at 7:30am before you set off.

Airport transfers and local contacts

All our tours include airport transfers to pick you up at Geneva International Airport (GVA) and take you to your pre-trek hotel in Chamonix, then back again at the end of your stay. Just let us know when you make your booking that you require this service.

If you choose to book a transfer you will be met at Geneva Airport Arrivals section by a Kandoo team member holding a sign reading ‘Kandoo’, so there is no confusion.  We operate one transfer on the scheduled arrival day which leaves Geneva airport at 2 pm.

It takes about an hour and a half  to drive from the airport to Chamonix. Once you arrive, we will confirm the time for your pre-trek briefing. At the briefing, we’ll review the plans for the trek with you, make sure you have all the right gear, and answer any questions you may have.

If you have arranged a return transfer, we’ll drop you off at Geneva International Airport after your trek. Make sure to arrange a time for the transfer that gets you to the airport in plenty of time for check-in. Remember for international flights you need to arrive 2 hours before departure. Delays can occur, and making your flight is your responsibility! Our shuttle leaves from Chamonix at 9 am.

Our transfers only run on the scheduled arrival and departure dates. If you choose to add extra days in at the beginning or end of your trek then you will need to arrange your own transfers between Geneva airport and Chamonix.

When you book we will send you our local contact phone number. We recommend you put this telephone number into your mobile phone before you depart for Geneva. This will be your main contact for any issues that arise while you are in France.

Safety

Your Guide Is In Charge

Your guide has the full command of the group during the whole length of your trip. Having the knowledge of the land, he is the one and only able to make decisions and his word is final.

Fragile Environment

Our trips take place in alpine environments and in regions that can be hostile and also extremely fragile. On site, your guide will detail the security procedures that you will have to adhere.

Emergency Communications

Hike Prepared

Hiking and trekking in the Alps is about as safe and worry-free as any outdoor adventure can be. Still, it comes with the risks inherent in any outdoor activity. Our guides are experienced outdoor leaders and have received advanced emergency wilderness medical training as Wilderness First Responders. As a result of this preparation and a concern for your safety, we have never had a serious accident or injury on one of our trips.

The safest hiker in the Alps is a prepared hiker. So as you prepare for your trip, review the following instructions. Additionally, hikers should carry with them the following contacts for emergency medical services and hospitals in the areas they hike.

In France there are different numbers for different types of Emergencies:

  • Need the Fire Brigade call 18
  • Need the police call 17.
  • Need an ambulance (SAMU) call 15.
  • Call all emergency service from mobile call 112.

In Switzerland

  • Call the Police (117) or 1414 which calls out a helicopter rescue (REGA). This should be used only if absolutely necessary.

In Italy 

  • 112 - Carabinieri (national police)
  • 113 - Local police (also ambulance and fire)
  • 115 - Fire department
  • 116 - Roadside assistance from A.C.I. (like AAA; expect to pay for any service)
  • 117 - Finance police (if you've been cheated)
  • 118 - Medical emergencies
  • 1515 - Forest fires

Emergency Evacuation Instructions

  • In the event of a serious accident or medical emergency, have someone remain with the participant.
  • If there is a mountain hut, inn, farm, or house nearby, seek assistance there.
  • The international distress call is a series of six signals (blasts on a whistle or horn, and after dark, flashes with a light) spaced evenly for a minute, followed by a one minute pause. Then repeat with an additional six signals. The reply is three signals followed by a minute's pause.

Rental gear in the Alps

If you are climbing a peak you will need additional specialist equipment. We recognise that the cost of this equipment can be very high but this equipment can also be hired in Chamonix.

On Day 2 of Climb Mont Blanc and Climb Gran Paradiso, you will spend the morning in Chamonix with the guide and they can assist you with the equipment rental if required. Please ensure you factor in sufficient time to rent and check your equipment. 

We work with and recommend Concept ProShop, where our customers will receive a 10% discount off the normal prices.

Guide prices of what you can expect to pay for 6 days hire:

  • Crampons 55€

  • Mountaineering boots 60€

  • Ice axe 40€

  • Harness 40€

  • Helmet 40€

  • Poles 40€ 

  • Basic pack (shoes +crampons+ice axe) 150€ 

  • Mont Blanc pack (basic pack + harness+ helmet) 170€

We strongly recommend you bring your own climbing boots as rental boots may be cold and wet from being used recently. 

Packing list for the Tour du Mont Blanc

During the day the temperatures can easily range from the high 30's (centigrade) right down at night to 0 c. To cope with this huge range in temperature your clothing and kit strategy needs to be based around combining lots of thin layers that you build up and take off as the weather demands.

If you are packing for your hike it is important to really plan your clothing appropriately. This is why we recommend that you pack the following:

  • Top Base Layer
  • Bottom Base Layer
  • 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve
  • 1 Hard shell pant
  • 1-2 Long Sleeve Hiking Shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Hard Shell Jacket 
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