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Grab your walking boots, rent some crampons and hire a guide if you want to venture deeper into the glacier. Glacier walking is available in Tignes and also Chamonix which makes a great day trip for Morzine guests. Cham’ is a 1 hr + drive from Morzine. You can take the Aguille midi self-guide your walk or hire a guide, (which we recommend), and enjoy spectacular views & unbelievable ice formations. These guided walks last for a half or full day and are a rewarding experience for all abilities.
No experience is necessary for a glacier hike on the Grande Motte in Tignes. Head up the funicular railway (tickets from €16) and you can start your walk or hike from the top. Simply cross over the decking of the restaurant Panoramique and head down to the snow line which is right there! Having a guide will help first timers use crampons and is a good idea if you want to venture far, such as the summit of the Grande Motte glacier. It’s the perfect climb to discover the joys of mountaineering and affords incredible views. It’s also an opportunity to see the other rocky side of the Grande Motte that you may not have been lucky enough to see before!
A guide will provide harnesses, helmets, mountain boots, crampons and ice axes. |You will have to bring your own lift pass, gloves, warm clothing, sun screen, food and water.
What to wear and take:
Take several warm layers for your hike – even if it’s a blisteringly hot day in the resort. Waterproof trousers and jacket are recommended, as are telescopic ‘Nordic Walking’ poles which will help propel you along and balance you. You will need a rucksack, which should be mountaineering quality, suitable for carrying ice axes and crampons. You can buy or rent these locally.
No experience is necessary for a glacier hike on the Mer de Glace in Chamonix. After taking the traditional Montenvers train, you’ll go down some iron ladders bolted to the rock face which gets you onto the famous ‘Sea of Ice’. Here, you will clip on your crampons (if you have them) and go for a mini-adventure. When you return to the train station, you’ll be amazed at the distance you have covered and on a warm day you can top up your water bottle from the streams on the glacier.
If you’ve got a little experience of hiking on glaciers with crampons at altitude, (or you are a hardy soul who learns fast!) then the Vallée Blanche traverse is a cracker! You will take the Aiguille du Midi cable car lift and then the famous Arête (ridge) which you will have to cross to get to the main hiking routes. A guide is recommended for first timers and they will tailor hikes at your request.
What to wear and take:
Take several warm layers for your hike – even if it’s a blisteringly hot day in resort. Waterproof trousers and jacket are recommended, as are telescopic ‘Nordic Walking’ poles which will help propel you along and balance you. You will need a rucksack, which should be mountaineering quality, suitable for carrying ice axes and crampons. You can buy or rent these locally.
All activities and excursions sold in resort or included within our Free Active Packs, such as but not limited to, White Water Rafting, Canyoning, Climbing (etc) are run by third party suppliers for whom Alpine Elements act as Agents. Their Terms and Conditions will apply. As such, these activities will not form part of your package holiday contract with us. We advise that you request a copy of the supplier’s Terms and Conditions on arrival from your host or hotel reception if you wish to clarify the legal terms applicable to the contract governing the excursion.
The Magic Pass pass, Sportignes pass or Summer Gift pass, (Cadeaux Ete), are provided by the Morzine-Les Gets, Tignes and Val d’isere Tourist Offices respectively, and their terms and conditions will apply. As such, these activities will not form part of your package holiday contract with us. Alpine Elements merely act as agents and will collect these passes from the Tourist Offices and deliver them to you, for your convenience. Our clients must understand that there are risks involved with the activities contained in our programme, and on these Multi Activity passes. We advise that you request a copy of the supplier’s Terms and Conditions on arrival from your Active Rep or hotel reception if you wish to clarify the legal terms applicable to the contract governing the Multi Activity pass.
All additional activities, (not contained within our Active Packs), must be booked and paid for in resort with our Activity Reps who will give recommendations whilst helping you plan your week. The availability of activities is generally excellent and guests can almost always take part in their chosen activity. Some activities take place on set days and if an activity is ever cancelled, you will be offered an alternative activity of similar value or a refund in resort.
You accept and understand that mountain biking and other mountain sports and water sports such as (but not limited to) White Water Rafting, Canyoning, Climbing and Mountain biking (etc) are hazardous activities. You accept the risks for death and injury and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the required level of insurance cover, fitness and skill to participate in such activities. If you are traveling with children, they remain your responsibility, and the onus is on you to decide whether they are able to take part in the activities with or without parental supervision. You will exercise due care and attention at all times.
It is also your responsibility to ensure you have adequate Insurance Cover for the various activities included within our Active Packs or for any other Additional Activities you may choose to take part in.
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