Note that your mountain leader may alter this itinerary without prior warning due to changing weather or other safety considerations.
Friday late afternoon:
Arrive Chamonix. Chance to purchase last minute personal items at Chamonix sports stores or pharmacies. Purchase of lift ticket and picnic lunch supplies recommended. Overnight at hotel.
An early morning start - we will catch one of the first cabins up the Aiguille du Midi. Your guide will take you to the various viewing platforms of the site, and explain some of the human and natural history of each mountain range you can see. Lunch at altitude (your choice of picnic or restaurant).
Descend to Plan dAiguille. Possible short nature hikes at the Plan dAiguille. Dinner in refuge.
Breakfast at the refuge, and beat the crowds with an early start for our hike along the Balcon Nord. Pack lunch picnic or lunch at the Montenvers hotel. Your guide will explain various features and points of interest along the way on this 2-5 hour hike. You will have a choice of harder or easier route to reach Montenvers.
Tour of the Montenvers site overlooking the Mer de Glace. Depending upon your groups speed, much of the glacial moraine terrain around the Montenvers site can be explored with your guide.
Choice of descent to Chamonix by train or by hiking with your guide down a moraine path, with refreshment stop at a beautiful little buvet with an alpine garden overlooking the mouth of the Mer de Glace glacier. Overnight in Chamonix hotel.
Monday morning (or choose to stay longer) :
The below Google Map shows the region for this tour.