Trip dates: June 30 – July 7, 2020.
Mind-blowing views of French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Hiking near glaciers, around Alpine lakes, and through the majestic mountain passes.
Chamonix-Mont Blanc attracts hikers from around the world. It is the third most visited natural site in the world. The Mont-Blanc chain is 30 km long by 10 km wide, 28 summits of more than 4,000 m, the rooftop of Europe (4,810 m), set on the French, Italian and Swiss borders. Thanks to the ski lifts and gondolas, the capital of mountaineering allows us to reach the high mountains and glacier lakes easily, so we can use all our energies to see more incredible vistas as we hike through forests, across streams, pastures, waterfalls and alpine flower beds.
Aiguille Du Midi
Ascend by Cable Car to Summit (3842 meters), behold the magical views from the panoramic, peak terraces looking out at the Alps of France, Italy and Switzerland. Our day includes a short, scenic walk to Lac Bleu & Picnic at the Lake.
Hear the tinkle of the cowbells on the Col De Balme mountain pastures, take in the splash of color in the flowers dotting the mountainside, follow the trail as you actually walk in the Swiss Alps and the French Alps all on the same day!
The classic “Balcony” Walk, on a trail taking us from one mountain station to the next, all the time in full view of the glistening Mont Blanc, the perennial White Mountain!
Stopping at the Paragliding Takeoff Platform at the base of Mont Brevent!
Mer De Glace and Ice Caves
As the Mer De Glace (Sea of Ice), one of Europe’s longest glaciers recedes at an alarming pace, we can see, feel and actually hear the dripping of the melting ice as we enter the ice caves that cut into the glacier.
Glacier des Bossons
Chairlift and short walk to a Chalet overlooking the glacier, where we see calving – large chunks of ice breaking off from the glacier.
Les Gorges de la Diosaz at Servoz
On a scenic gorge and waterfall walk, we hear the might of the waters crashing down against the rocks, we feel the spray on our faces as we cross the bridges over the falls.
Lac Des Gaillands
Take some time and space at two quiet lakes that are only a five minute walk from our accommodations.
Rafting on the L’Arve River
Rafting down the river is fun, exciting, and an experience you will keep telling your friends about!
Bicycling in Chamonix Valley, Horseback Riding through alpine forests, Early morning runs, Swimming at the Sports Centre (indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna and hammam), Tennis, Squash, Ice Skating, Bowling, Cinema, Alpine Museum, Shopping.
Accommodations in Chamonix
The main KSA “Bayit” – Chalet des Jumelles, as well as additional apartments and hotel rooms for our participants, are all in the Les Pecles neighborhood, and all are within a 5-7 minutes walk of each other.
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For a one-on-one conversation with Josh at KSA, call 972-584259191.
KSA Tentative Itinerary: Exciting Chamonix 2020
Dates: June 30-July 7
Tuesday, June 30: The Dream begins with getting to know Chamonix
Chalets will be available at 16:00.
Due to different arrival times everyone books their own time on the shuttle.
Go to alpybus.com to book a time for your shuttle from Geneva airport to Chamonix
Alpybus.com will ask for an address write in “Chalet Les Jumelles, 37 Chemin du Nant Favre, Chamonix” (We will update you if this changes)
It is an hour ride from Geneva airport to Chamonix.
If you arrive in the morning you can tour downtown Geneva by walking to the airport train station
Use a luggage-lockers and taking a ten-minute train ride to downtown Geneva.
Once you get to Downtown Geneva head for the lake- a ten-minute walk from the station. From the lake there are multiple types of tours including bike and boating tours
We are here for any added assistance
You will also be part of KSA’s WhatsApp group chat where you can ask any travel question and find travel buddies.
17:00 Walking Tour with Group Leader : Getting to know Chamonix
18:30 Dinner and Orientation 19:45 Mincha at Bayit Rishon 20:00 Maariv and Campfire
Wednesday July 1 : Am Yisrael Chai – Follow the steps of the Jews as they escaped Occupied France into Switzerland!
6:30 Shacharit +7:00-7:45 Breakfast and Lunch Preparation
Group One: Experienced Hikers Depart 8:05
Bus to Le Tour (#2 bus) 8:32
Ascend to Caramillon Coffee Deck
Ascend Les Autannes Cablecar to Col De Balme and enter Switzerland
Croix De Fer Ridge Walk
Group Two: Scenic Walkers Depart 8:30
Bus #2 to Le Tour 8:55 Ascend Caramillon: Bathrooms and Coffee Deck
Cablecars to Col De Balme hike into Switzerland+ Croix De Fer Ridge Walk
18:30 Return for Dinner
20:00 Evening Program “France and the Jews: A Thousand Years
Thursday, July 2: Bundle up for the Ice Cave Adventure
6:45 Shacharit 7:15-8:00 Breakfast and Lunch Preparation
Experienced Hikers: Depart at 8:15 for train to Grand Montets +Hike to Glacier
Scenic Walkers:Depart at 8:15 for Montevers Panoramic tramway to Ice Caves
Friday, July 3: Top of the World: Stand on the second highest mountain in Europe!
6:40 Shacharit and 7:15-8:00 Breakfast and Lunch Preparation
8:45 Cable Car to Aiguille Du Midi Summit (3842 m!!)
Glacier View from Panoramic Terraces Overlooking the Alps of France, Italy and Switzerland
12:00 Walk to Lac Bleu (1 hr round trip)
Depart at 14:15 on train to Walk in the steps of the Jews’ Midnight Escape
15:15 Le Buet Hotel: WWII French Resistance and the Jewish Escape Route
17:30 Prepare for Shabbat
19:45 Hadlakat Nerot ,Tefilla,Seudat Shabbat
23:00 Optional Tisch: Niggunim, Stories, Divrei Torah
(Picture taken before Shabbat)
Shabbat, July 4
Spend Shabbat relaxing and under the Inspirational view of Mount Blanc!
9:00 Tefilla 11:00 Kiddush and Guided Chavruta 13:00 Seudat Shabbat+ Menucha
16:30 Ted style talks by KSA participants
17:30-19:30 Shabbat Afternoon Walk along the river
19:30 Mincha and Seuda Shelishit *Maariv and Havdalah
Sunday, July 5: Fill your mind and heart with Inspiring Alpine views
Scenic Walkers: Depart 8:15 forPanoramicGlacier Tramway to Bionossay Glacier Walk
Fast-Paced Hikers: Depart 8:15 for Lac Blanc and Lac de Chesereys
Monday, July 6: Options Day- Do you want to walk, hike or go Rafting?
Rafters: 8:30 Depart for Rafting on L’Arve River
Scenic Walkers: Depart at 7:45 for train to 2 hour gorge and waterfall walk
12:30 Flegere CableCar and Index Chairlift to Peak – One Last Look and Short hike!
17:00 Return to Chamonix for last minute souvenir shopping
Fast Paced Hikers: 8:30 Depart for Experienced Hikers’ Last Hike -PlanPraz- Flegere
17:00 Return to Chamonix for last minute souvenir shopping
20:30 Farewell dinner & campfire with participants sharing stories and memories
Tuesday, July 7: The dream has become a reality. Time to exchange contact info, share a goodbye and have one last longing look at the wondrous snow capped mountain tops. See you next year at koshersummeradventures.com
*Early Breakfast with optional lunch preparation
*9:00 Checkout and alpybus shuttle for Geneva Airport
Additional Optional Activities :
- Swimming /Workout at Sports Centre
- Indoor Tennis and Squash
- Skating Rink
- Alpine and Crystal Museum
- Spa at Deep Nature spa