Registrations for our Trek the Alps challenge are now closed

We will be launching our bespoke 2020 overseas challenge in the coming months, please email events@christies.org if you would like to be the first to hear about our next Team Christie trek.

Day 1: Depart Manchester

We depart the UK on our flight to Geneva, Switzerland. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel Courmayeur, Italy.

Day 2: Arnuova (Italy) to La Fouly (Switzerland)

We take a transfer from our hotel to our start point at Arnuova. Our challenge begins with a gradual climb through a long valley with the Pre de Bar glacier peeking through the mountains up ahead. From the valley the gradient of trail increases as we climb to the pass of Grand Col Ferret, which marks the boundary between Italy and Switzerland. Trek distance - approx. 14 km.

Day 3: La Fouly (Switzerland) to Champex-Lac (Switzerland)

Today is slightly easier on our legs than yesterday as our trail gradually descends through the beautiful wooded valley of the Drase de Ferret river to the village of Issert. From here we trek through forests and across meadows to the town of Champex-Lac. Trek distance - approx. 15km.

Day 4: Trient (Switzerland) to Argentiere (France)

Today is our toughest day in terms of ascent and marks the last day of our Alps challenge! We take a transfer to Trient which marks the start of our trek and begin to climb a zig-zag trail through the tress before emerging into open ground. Our trail then climbs further to the stunning Col de Balme (2,195m) which marks the border between Switzerland and France. After some short undulations to Col Des Posettes we descend to Argentiere which marks our finish. We transfer to Chamonix for our celebration dinner! Trek distance - approx. 16 km.

Day 5: Fly Geneva to Manchester

Following breakfast, we take the transfer to Geneva airport for our flight back to the UK.

Itinerary correct at the time of publishing, and can be subject to change.

When does the trek take place?
The trek will take place from Wednesday 4th September to Sunday 8th September.

What do I have to do to take part?
Simply sign up online with Global Adventure Challenges and pay your £199 registration fee. We will then be in touch after receiving your registration and will send you a fundraising pack in the post.

How can I reach the fundraising target?
We know that committing to raise a specific amount can seem a bit daunting which is why our team are here to support you event step of the way. We’d recommend starting off by creating a JustGiving page and sharing this around family, friends and colleagues. You’ll then need to think about organising some events to help bring in additional funds: bake sales, quiz nights and family fun days are some events previous supporters have organised.

What if I can’t raise the minimum sponsorship?
We will provide you with lots of ideas on how to reach your target, our events team will also be on hand throughout to offer support and advice. However, if you do not manage to raise the £1,800 10 weeks prior to departure you will either have to forfeit your place on the challenge or make up the shortfall yourself. You’ll have until 4 weeks after the challenge to pay in the remainder of your fundraising.

When do I have to pay in my sponsorship?
You will need to raise a minimum of £2,250 in total. However The Christie must receive 80% of the minimum sponsorship (£1,800) 10 weeks before departure in order to confirm your place on the challenge. The remainder of your fundraising must be with us within 4 weeks of the event taking place.

Who organises the trip?
The trip is operated by Global Adventure Challenges, ATOL 6506 - booking conditions apply

How fit do I need to be?
Global Adventure Challenges’ advice is that you need to have a reasonable level of fitness in order to take part, but you do not need to be ‘super fit’ or a professional athlete! It is suggested that you slowly build up your fitness levels in the lead up to your challenge.

What will the hike be like?
The challenge has been graded as ‘tough’ by Global Adventure Challenges. A ‘tough’ trek features more demanding activities and the days are generally longer and harder than a challenge graded as ‘challenging’

Where will we stay while hiking?
We will use a mixture of hotels and mountain refuges on this challenge. The hotels are clean and comfortable, the mountain refuge will be dormitory style accommodation, and will be much more basic than what you are used to in the UK.

Why is the registration fee non-refundable?
The registration fee forms part of the total challenge cost and is used by Global Adventure Challenges to process your registration, vet your medical form and also to secure suppliers linked with your challenge. It is non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another participant under any circumstance. We strongly suggest you obtain travel insurance immediately after registration, to cover this cost element of your challenge.

What about travel insurance?
For international events travel insurance is compulsory.

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