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The levels of the tours that Mont Blanc Experience offers include technical and physical components. Technically, it depends on the chosen activity, physically it mostly depends on the length of the stages and the pace necessary to achieve the stages each day. 

The indications given here should help you choose your tour in harmony with your level.


Hiking

Traverse or round trip hikes to discover the northern Alps while exploring the mountains.

• Level 2: on average: 4 to 5 hours hike per day on country roads, trails and hilly paths.
• Level 3: on average: 5 hours hike per day and 600 to 800 meters height difference or 15 kilometers.
• Level 4: on average: 6 hours hike per day and 700 to 1000 meters height difference or 15 to 18 kilometers, possibly off trail.
• Level 5: on average: over 6 hours hike per day and over 1000 meters height difference or 20 kilometers, possibly off trail and in altitude.

 

Glacier trek
To admire the beauty of the glaciers, from introduction on itineraries including hiking and a few paths on glaciers to long glacial traverses on some of the largest glaciers in Europe.

• Level 4: on average: 6 hours trek per day, possibly off trail and in altitude, 700 to 1000 meters height difference or 15 to 18 kilometers. Introduction to the mountaineering techniques.
• Level 5: on average: 6 to 7 hours trek per day, possibly off trail and in altitude, over 1000 meters height difference or 20 kilometers. Basic mountaineering techniques needed.

 

Mountaineering
To reach the mythical peaks, from introduction to the top of Europe, you will learn and use the main mountaineering techniques while discovering an incredibly beautiful environment.

• Level 4: on average: 6 hours trek per day, possibly off trail and in altitude, 700 to 1000 meters height difference or 15 to 18 kilometers. Introduction to the mountaineering techniques.
• Level 5: on average: 6 to 7 hours trek per day, possibly off trail and in altitude, over 1000 meters height difference or 20 kilometers. Basic mountaineering techniques needed.
• Level 6: on average: commited 7 to 8 trek per day, possibly off trail and in altitude, over 1000 meters height difference or 20 kilometers. Mountaineering techniqes needed. Possibility to walk independently from your guide.

 

Snowshoes
To hike quietly in the winter nature. From easy hike to glacial paths.

• Level 2: on average: 4 to 5 hours hike per day on hilly paths.
• Level 3: on average: 5 hours hike per day with around 600 meters elevation difference and/or 15 kilometers.
• Level 4: on average: 6 hours hike per day with around 700 to 1000 meters elevation difference and/or 15 to 18 kilometers, possibly in altitude.
• Level 5: on average: over 6 hours hike per day with over 1000 meters elevation difference and/or 20 kilometers, possibly in altitude and on glaciers. Basic mountaineering techniques needed.

 

Ski touring
To ski far from the resorts. From introduction to the summits and mythical traverses.

• Level 3: on average: 5 hours ski per day for good hiker/skier (posibly difficult snow), at ease with a 6 to 10 kilos backpack, around 600 to 800 meters elevation difference.
• Level 4: on average: 6 hours ski per day for very good hiker/skier (posibly difficult snow), at ease with a 6 to 10 kilos backpack, around 700 to 1000 meters elevation difference. Very good control needed on snow, 35° slopes, possibility of crampons and rope usage.
• Level 5: on average: over 6 hours ski per day for very good hiker/skier (posibly difficult snow), at ease with a 6 to 10 kilos backpack, around 800 to 1300 meters elevation difference. Very good control needed on snow, 35° slopes, possibility of crampons and rope usage.

 

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Levels hiking mountain Alps