The French Alps offer some of the most dramatic and majestic scenery found on planet Earth. All of the courses will take you to amazing viewpoints, beautiful​ passes, hidden lakes and bubbling streams. Courses available include the world famous Tour du Mont Blanc as well as many relaxed trekking holidays taking in some stunning scenery around the French Alps. We have new courses worldwide too, so not just in the mountains! 

Where to go and when

Resort Best season for trekking
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Argentiere                                
Chamonix                        
Essaouria                        
Fuerteventura                        
Verdon                      

For Beginners

What’s the difference between hiking and trekking?

The main difference is that hiking is seen as a more leisurely activity whereas trekking is a bit more challenging. This may mean that rather than walking through a gentile forest path you may climb up a steeper narrower path.

What kit do you need?

UCPA provide boots and backpacks, but you may find it comfier with your own.

What you need to bring; hiking boots or suitable trainers, water bottle, comfortable/breathable clothing, hat, waterproof layers for if the weather changes

How fit do you need to be?

You will need a base level of fitness as you will be expected to climb up to 1200m in height and walk for 5 to 7 hrs each day at a steady pace depending on the chosen program.

 

 

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What would I be expected to do at this level?

You should have the ability to walk at a faster than average pace, be used to walking at altitude, be able to cope well with walking in all weather conditions.

Are there any treks that are a little bit different?

If you are looking for some stunning scenery but a bit of relaxation time too, check out our wellness course in Verdon. If this is not enough exercise for one week, try a week in Morocco and discover all the beauty and atmosphere that Essaouria has to offer. 

 

 

For the more advanced tr​ekkers

What exciting challenges could I do?

Have you ever wanted to walk on a glacier? Try walking with crampons hiking the glaciers of the Mont Blanc Massif. Test yourself on one of the most iconic routes in the Alps, the Haute Route Chamonix- Zermatt.

 

 

 

 

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