Well, the Summer 2020 hiking season sure hasn’t turned out like we planned. Here at Trenoza Treks, we’ve had to postpone our multi-day treks for next season. What will we do in the meantime, you ask? Take you out for guided day hikes!
Welcome to our “5 Days of Summer” day-hiking session. Has hiking Mont Blanc been on your to-do list? Get ready to check it off! Over the course of the summer, we’ll take groups out to five of the best day hikes around Mont Blanc. This will be a great opportunity for locals to get out and see the best of what the Tour du Mont Blanc has to offer – without having to commit to a week (or longer) trip.
Oh yeah, it’s also going to be (basically) free to you! We just ask that, in return, you let us use photos of you from the day’s adventure, and that you leave a review for us on Google when you get home.
We anticipate you’ll have some questions, so here are some answers in advance!
What are the dates of the hikes?
The hikes will start in July – to coincide with the end of the snow on the trails – and continue through the month of September. We will provide both a main date for a hike, and an alternate date in case of bad weather.
We’ll list the hikes as events on our Trenoza Treks Facebook page, so please “like” our page and check back in for regular updates.
Our first hike is scheduled for Saturday, July 4th, with an alternate date of Saturday, July 11th. Other dates will be posted as the summer progresses.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up at our Facebook page under the events section. Don’t have Facebook? No problem. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited!
I don’t know if I can commit to 5 hikes this summer. Do I have to do all 5?
Nope! Each hike will have individual signups, so come to as many or as few as you like.
How difficult are the hikes?
On average, the hikes will include:
- 6 hours of hiking
- 10km – 15km distance
- 800m-1,100m elevation gain/loss
Do I need to be incredibly fit to do these hikes?
You don’t need to be a super athlete. However, you do need to be accustomed to a moderate level of physical activity to be comfortable on these treks. We won’t be racing to the finish of the hikes – the point is to enjoy the day. But, we do want you to know that these will be challenging days if you don’t already maintain a decent exercise regimen.
What do I need to bring?
Each hiker should be sure to have the following equipment and apparel:
- Daypack for hiking
- Water bottle(s) with 2 liters of water (per person)
- A packed lunch
- Lightweight waterproof jacket
- Hiking boots or trail runners. Regular gym sneakers or running sneakers are NOT ACCEPTABLE.
- Long sleeved jacket/fleece.
- Lightweight hiking shirts and pants/shorts. (Try to avoid cotton.)
- Blister pads and any personal medication. (You must alert the guide to any medical conditions you have and medications you are taking.)
- Face mask (in case we use cable cars or are in other situations where we’re near others).
- Hand sanitizer.
Optional equipment includes:
- Hiking poles
- Extra socks
How do we get there/back?
We will provide you with the meetup points for the hikes, but we will not be providing transportation unless special requests are made (and paid). We encourage our participants to carpool where possible, and we will be able to take a couple of people with us in our vehicle (providing they can meet us in Annecy).
Do I need to bring any cash?
Some hikes will allow us opportunities to stop for coffees and/or pastry(!) at local mountain refuges. As the refuges generally prefer cash, we recommend you bring some euros along to enjoy a treat.
On some occasions, we may also use ski lifts and/or buses to get to the starts of our trails. We will notify you in advance if that is the case.
What if I still have other questions?
Please email us at email@example.com or send us a message on Facebook Messenger.