Walk to Wine — Three-Night French Mountain Hut Experience

July 25th to 28th. Haute-Savoie, French Alps
Individual price: £225 (plus £70 per night for mountain hut and dining costs)

A micro-adventure high in the French Alps is the ultimate antidote to office-induced cabin fever. Turn Wild’s incredible Walk to Wine experience takes you deep into Haute-Savoie, an Alpine region edged by white limestone mountains providing clear views for miles and miles. The region is also known for its local produce — cheeses, dried meats and wines — which we will hungrily sample at the end of each day’s trek.

Staying in comfy French mountain huts, we start early to make the most of each day, taking a light breakfast at 7am then heading onto paths still wet with dew. Tricky sections entailing ropes and ladders will mostly be avoided as we follow a route that winds its way through spectacular valleys and peaks. We aim to be on the trail for six to eight hours each day, keeping an eye out for the region’s abundant wildlife, including eagles, marmots and bearded vultures. The evenings are spent relaxing together, enjoying delicious meals served with refreshing local wines.

Walk to Wine is a relaxed mountain weekend designed to introduce relatively inexperienced hikers to multi-day Alpine trekking. A very high level of fitness is not required, however you should feel confident that you can roughly run five kilometres in half an hour. To get yourself in better condition for this trek, training routines and advice can be found at Turn Wild Training.

For those unfamiliar with what and how to pack for a trek of this length, a helpful session on pack preparation will be held on the week before the trip at a camping store on Kensington High Street for no additional cost.


I cannot recommend Walk to Wine enough. Hiking, cheese and wine — what’s not to love? This is one of those trips that makes you feel like you have been away for weeks, despite the fact it has been only a few days. The hiking is in a spectacular region… Ian is a fantastic guide. He is extremely knowledgeable about the local area, which also meant that he was able to change the itinerary at a moment’s notice to match the needs of our group. He is very passionate about his work, and took time to point out local flora and fauna, as well as teach us navigation skills... He also clearly has safety at the forefront of his mind at all times, which means you can relax, enjoy the scenery, and know that you are in good hands. A fantastic mini-break out in the fresh mountain air!
— Beth Ward

How to book

Cost is £225 non-refundable. A deposit of £45 is required to secure your booking.
Full payment is required 50 days before the event.

Contact Ian on 07901 916 169 or Ian@turnwild.com
Find more about Turn Wild’s terms and conditions here.


Getting there and getting home

This experience kicks off at 1pm at Geneva International Airport on July 25th 2019, where a Turn Wild transfer will collect you and take you straight into the Alps. You will be responsible for booking a flight which arrives before this time. The trek will finish no later than 4pm on July 28th, and you will be responsible for organising your flight out of Geneva International Airport after this time. All other transfers and overnight accommodations will be booked by Turn Wild, although you will be required to pay (euros or credit card) directly for your mountain hut accommodation each night (approximately £70/€80).


What to bring

  • Rucksack — 35 to 50 litres

  • Water bottle or reservoir (at least two litres)

  • High energy snacks

  • Sensible hiking clothes

    • At least one non-cotton t-shirt, a breathable mid layer and a light warm layer

    • Hiking shorts or trousers

    • Spare socks and underwear

    • Comfortable clothes to wear in the evenings

  • Hiking boots — which have been worn on at least one relatively long trek

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Sun cream, sun hat and sunglasses

  • Overnight toiletries

    • Toothbrush and toothpaste

    • Small hotel soap

    • Travel deodorant

    • Zinc oxide

    • Personal medications (if required)

  • Waterproof bags

  • Head torch

  • Sleeping liner (plus ear plugs for light sleepers)

  • Passport, relevant travel documents and EHIC card (a visa is not currently required for British travellers visiting France)

  • Personal hiking insurance documents

  • Cash (euros) and a credit or debit card

  • Mobile phone and charger


What is not included

  • Lunches (can be purchased at mountain huts or brought)

  • Evening meal (purchased with accommodation)

  • Drinks

  • Any additional charges that maybe incurred due to injury or sickness


Accommodation

The French mountain huts are practical but basic. Mixed sex dormitories with blanket supplied. A silk liner should be brought. Turn Wild chooses huts with showers (generally unheated) but cannot guarantee these will be working when we visit.

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