Challenge level: 4 out of 5
|20 September - 24 September 2023||On Sale|
Short of time but not energy? This three-day trek in the Alps (five days including travel) will push you to the peak and knock you out with the best sense of achievement. Trekking over 45km through France, Switzerland and Italy, we’ll tackle steep ascents and explore some of Europe’s most beautiful mountains.
We'll discover the valleys of Val Feret, climb to La Fouly peak at 1,700m above sea level and spend a night in the Alpine paradise of Champex on the shores of the crystalline Lac Champex. We'll also get jaw dropping vistas of the mighty Mont Blanc Massif and Col Ferret, explore the stunning town of Chamonix and finish our epic adventure Col de la Forclaz.
Prepare for epic climbs, dazzling panoramas across three countries in Europe, and a tightly-knit group of trekkers destined to be your friends for life.
Our epic adventure starts at the airport in London, where we catch our flight to Geneva. Here, we meet our local mountain guide and transfer together across the border to France.
Our journey ends in the beautiful Alpine town of Chamonix, where we find our hotel and settle down for the evening. Our Challenge Leader gives us an exciting briefing on our charity trek and we tuck into a delicious welcome dinner.
If you were worried we wouldn't see Switzerland again after our brief stop yesterday, think again! Today sees us setting off after breakfast on a stunning trek across the border between France, Italy and Switzerland. We head to the two valleys of Val Ferret, with magnificent views of Col Ferret and the neighbouring mountains connecting the countries.
Here, our hike begins in earnest, following clear trails up through Val Ferret with sublime panoramas that improve as we gain height. Trekking a total of approx. 14km, we reach La Fouly, standing at 1,700m above sea level.
After an incredible first day of walking in the mountains, we settle down at our comfortable local accommodation for dinner and a great night's sleep.
Fuelling up again with a big breakfast, we trek further along the Alpine border. We stick to the Swiss side on a tough, undulating route that tests our strength, but rewards us with expansive vistas across the snow-capped peaks and lush valleys below.
Every step takes us closer to the mighty Mont Blanc Massif, and we end our day in Champex, the postcard-perfect town at its foot, on the shore of Lac de Champex.
Surrounded by idyllic views, we find our accommodation and enjoy another relaxing evening.
Rise and shine to our final day of trekking in the Alps! After a big breakfast at our accommodation, we set off on our longest hike yet.
Having started in a valley today, we have a lot of steep climbs to tackle. However, we know well from the ascents we've conquered so far that the higher the climbs, the greater the views.
As we trek, the Alps' settlements and evergreen forests shrink until they could as well be Lego. Crystalline lakes lie far below us and the snow-capped peaks ahead no longer seem intimidating.
We reach our finish point at Col de la Forclaz with aching legs and an awesome sense of achievement. At last, it's time to celebrate our incredible accomplishment for charity.
We finish the evening back in Chamonix with a fantastic celebration dinner and a very well-deserved rest at our hotel.
After our short but mighty charity challenge, it's time to return to the UK. We bid farewell to the beautiful mountains and transfer to the airport in Geneva for our flight. Touching down in London later in the day, we say our goodbyes and you make your own way home.
Pay the registration fee (£249) and challenge costs (£1,229).
Pay the balance
Pay your registration fee (£249) and fundraise £2,458 or more for your chosen charity.
Minimum sponsorship target
Our three-day charity trek in the Alps is not about living in the gym, but you do need to train. Loads of people who sign up for our non-competitive charity challenges have low levels of fitness when they register. The point is to train, do your best, and reach your fitness goal while making a big difference for the charity that means the most to you.
Once you register for Trek the Alps Three-Day Challenge 2023, we'll send you a realistic training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we start the trek. You can also check out our top trekking tips here and our indoor training ideas for the days you don't feel like facing the weather!
We'll face long days of trekking in the mountains, encounter steep climbs and tackle a lot of uneven terrains. Please invest in a pair of quality hiking boots with ankle support to wear during your training and on your trek in the Alps, as these are essential for walking on uneven terrain. We also recommend incorporating hills in your training walks.
Our supportive challenge guides and community spirit will help you conquer the trek of a lifetime. You're also likely to improve your mental health and well-being.
Everyone who is 18 years old or over by the departure date is more than welcome to join this trekking challenge in the Alps. We'll have adults of all ages taking part to achieve something awesome for charity — one of the many things that make our charity challenges so special
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Our challenges around the world are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and lifelong friendships made, as our groups take on these incredible feats together.
Once you've signed up, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for our three-day challenge in the Alps. Please use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising.
You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your trekking challenge for charity and we will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.
Once you have registered, we will send you a Welcome Pack with everything you need to know about your challenge, including the itinerary, an example insurance policy, details about our challenge destination in Europe and the weather we can expect on our trek, the structure of an average trekking day, a full kit list, and a realistic training plan to help you get fit for the challenge. The training programme builds up gradually as the trek gets closer.
We'll also send you regular updates in the lead-up to the adventure, with more important details and seasonal fundraising ideas. During the trek in the Alps, we'll have a UK doctor with expedition medicine training accompanying the group at all times, along with a team of outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides.
Your non-refundable registration fee of £249 per person is used to administer the challenge.
Your challenge costs of £1,229 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the sponsorship option) cover:
You will need a pair of quality walking boots with ankle support — these are essential for trekking on uneven terrain. Please also bring a 2-litre water bottle.
We'll supply you with a full kit list for your overseas trekking challenge well before we leave for Europe.
In addition to paying your registration fee (£249) and either self-funding your challenge costs (£1,229) or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target (£2,458), you'll need to budget for your:
Yes of course! If you would like to extend your stay in the Alps, please let us know at least 17 weeks before our departure date and we can arrange this for you.
Our Dream Challenges are renowned for their camaraderie, but we find that the strongest bonds are formed in smaller groups. We'll travel in a group of around 20-30 people and you're likely to make friends for life!
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Please arrange your insurance as soon as you can after you sign up to ensure you have coverage for your booking as well as the challenge.
In your Welcome Pack, you will receive information about an insurance provider that specialises in our type of overseas challenges and also covers you for cancellation due to medically-diagnosed COVID-19.
You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in France, Switzerland and Italy. Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your challenge.
Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your charity trek.
Currently, UK citizens do not require a visa for France, Switzerland or Italy, but we'll let you know if this changes before the challenge in 2023.
As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.
We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.
NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home