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50+ Chamonix French Alps Trip

Trip Dates: 

June 28 – July 5, 2022. 

Mind-blowing views of French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Hiking near glaciers, around Alpine lakes, and through the majestic mountain passes.

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There is a part of us that desires to be surrounded by nature,  totally immersed in her majesty and grandeur.

A longing to lift up our eyes and to see mountains upon mountains filling our view with only lakes and canyons to separate them.

Kosher Summer Adventures believes that these desires are the voice of our inner being telling us how inspired and fulfilled we feel when we enter into remote nature.

Therefore, Kosher Summer Adventures is thrilled beyond words to make the Grandeur of the Alps accessible to the Kosher hiker!

Hiking Trips in the Alps present logistical challenges for the Kosher + Shomer-Shabbat hiker.

At KSA we see this as an opportunity to make sure there is a Glatt Kosher, Daily Minyan with a Sefer Torah and Shomer Shabbat, Adventurous, Exciting and Inspiring hiking trip in the peaks, lakes and valleys of the French Alps.

During this Total Immersion trip 
Kosher Summer Adventures will be offering you:

  1. Two levels of nature adventure: Hikers and Walkers
  2. Fresh, healthy Glatt Kosher meals cooked by the KSA cook.
    Hearty soups, plenty of salads, cooked vegetable dishes, fresh fish, and low on the carbs with chicken on Shabbat.
  3. The opportunity to recapture childhood fun with River Rafting (river level 2-3)
  4. Group bonding through Challah preparation and around the table dinner discussions.

KSA Tentative Itinerary: Exciting Chamonix 2022

Tuesday: The Dream begins with getting to know Chamonix

Update: The KSA bus will pick you up at Geneva airport Tuesday 10:45 am. Our KSA Rep will be at the the Information Point in Arrivals starting at 10:00 am to gather everyone and bring them to the KSA bus, which will depart for Chamonix by 11:00 am.

We will arrive at the “Bayit” in Chamonix for light lunch at 1:00 pm, and then begin a Chamonix Walking Tour around 2 pm.

Walking Tour : Getting to know Chamonix

Dinner and Orientation   Mincha and Maariv followed by Campfire

Wednesday:  Le Tour

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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!
After ascending the Cablecar to the Col De Balme, we will enter Switzerland!
We will walk the Croix De Fer Ridge and peek at the Emosson Dam and the largest reservoir in Switzerland!

Return for Dinner

Evening Program  “Conquering the Aiguille du Midi”

Dialogue with F. Seaton, a seasoned Mountain Guide

Thursday:”Fill your mind and heart with Inspiring Alpine views

Walkers:

Morning: 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.

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Le Gorge de La Diosaz at Servoz

Afternoon: On your way to the Terraces of Mont Brevent!

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Stopping at the Paragliding Takeoff Platform at the base of Mont Brevent!

Hikers: Lac Blanc Adventure Hike

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Evening: Group Challah Making and Evening Nordic Surprise!

Friday:  Top of the World: Stand on the second highest mountain in Europe, the Aiguille Du Midi!

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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
Glacier View from Panoramic Terraces Overlooking the Alps of France, Italy and Switzerland

Walk to Lac Bleu and Picnic

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Afternoon: Free Time strolling and Exploring Chamonix

Ushering in the Shabbat:

Prepare for Shabbat, Hadlakat Nerot, Tefilla, Seudat Shabbat  

Optional Tisch: Niggunim and Stories, Divrei Torah

(Picture taken before Shabbat)

Shabbat

Spend Shabbat relaxing and under the Inspirational view of Mount Blanc!

Tefilla, Kiddush and Optional Guided Chavruta, Seudat Shabbat+ Menucha

Ted style talks by KSA participants , and

Shabbat Afternoon Walk along the river and round Lac de Gaillands

*Mincha  and Seuda Shelishit              *Maariv and Havdalah

Sunday: The Mer de Glace and Rafting on the L’Arve River

Montenvers Panoramic tramway to the Mer de Glace and Glacorium. Ice Caves. Picnic Lunch on the Deck!

The Ice Caves at the Mer De Glace
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Afternoon: White Water Rafting!

Monday:  Am Yisrael Chai!!

Morning: Follow the steps of the Jews as they escaped Occupied France into Switzerland!

Walk from Montroc to Le Buet, and from Le Buet towards the Swiss Border Escape Route

Learn about the connection between Chamonix and the “Exodus”!!

Emosson Dam via The Refuge de Loriaz | SeeChamonix.com
The Path to Safety

Return to Chamonix for last minute souvenir shopping

Afternoon: Group Challenge

Farewell dinner & campfire with participants sharing stories and memories

Tuesday: Farewell and

Hold on to the Dream!

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

Due to different flights and participants’ departure times, you will be making your own shuttle arrangements back to the Geneva airport. To book a shuttle go to alpybus.com and follow the instructions. You can do this approximately two weeks before the trip.

8:30 Latest checkout to depart for Geneva airport.

Additional Optional Activities :

  • Swimming /Workout at Sports Centre
  • Indoor Tennis and Squash
  • Skating Rink
  • Bowling
  • Alpine and Crystal Museum
  • Spa at Deep Nature Spa
  • Para-Gliding
  • Biking

Accommodations in Chamonix

The main KSA “Bayit” – Chalet L’Orignal in the scenic Les Pecles neighborhood, in full view of the majesty of Mont Blanc,  as well as additional rooms at the Chalet Hotel Le Prieure.

The Bayit at Chalet L’Orignal
Chalet Hotel Le Prieure
The View from Chalet Hotel Le Prieure

Price: $3650 per person double occupancy. Additional $950 for single room.

Suggested Flights for Chamonix Trip from USA:

Option One:   JFK Airport

Depart • Mon, Jun 27 at    7:25 pm – 9:15 am +1   Nonstop  JFK ‐ GVA  SWISS Flight # 23       

Return Tuesday July 5  11:45 am – 2:25 pm  Nonstop GVA – JFK  SWISS Flight  #22

Option Two: Newark Airport

Depart • Mon, Jun 27 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 am +1     Nonstop     EWR ‐ GVA    United Airlines 956Return Tuesday July 5    9:20 am – 12:10 pm  Nonstop GVA – EWR United Airlines  957

Suggested Flights for Chamonix Trip from Israel:

Depart Tuesday June 28  ElAl  6:10 am – 9:40 am Nonstop  TLV – GVA Flight 345

Return Tuesday July 5  ElAl  11:00 am – 4:05 pm Nonstop  GVA – TLV  Flight 346

Update: The KSA bus will pick you up at Geneva airport Tuesday 10:45 am. Our KSA Rep will be at the the Information Point in Arrivals starting at 10:00 am to gather everyone and bring them to the KSA bus, which will depart for Chamonix by 11:00 am.

After seeing that all the relevant US and Israel flights to Geneva arrive in the morning between 7:30 am and 9:40 am, as opposed to previous years when flights arrived later, we have decided to gather at the airport around 10:00 am, board the KSA bus at 10:45 am, and leave to Chamonix around 11:00 am. We will arrive at the “Bayit” in Chamonix for light lunch at 1:00 pm, and then begin a Chamonix Walking Tour around 2 pm.

Due to different flights and participants’ departure times, you will be making your own shuttle arrangements back to the Geneva airport. To book a shuttle link to alpybus.com and follow the instructions. You can do this approximately two weeks before the trip.

For price & further details, enter your contact information below, and we will gladly be in contact with you shortly. For a one-on-one conversation with Josh at KSA, call 972-584259191, or with Dani at KSA, call  201-6454487

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