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The French Alps offer some of the most dramatic and majestic scenery found on planet Earth. All of the courses will take you to amazing viewpoints, beautiful​ passes, hidden lakes and bubbling streams. 

The courses are run from UCPA Argentiere and UCPA Verdon.


Open for all levels. You won't be walking along any technical paths but will need a base level of fitness as you will be expected to climb up to 1200m in height and walk for 5 to 7 hrs each day at a steady pace depending on the chosen program.


Trekking (5 days guided Argentiere)

Not an extreme week, but a great program for those that enjoy being in the mountains but fancy a more relaxed week with some sunshine. Explore the Chamonix valley and a number of its glaciers and trek up to a refuge for the local Fondue. 

Discover the High Mountain (5 days guided Argentiere)

This course is about discovery of a unique environment under the watchful eye of a qualified mountain guide. A perfect introduction to life above the snow line and a great mixture of trekking and mountaineering. Also available as a student deal. 

The most beautiful trails of the Verdon national park (5 days guided Verdon)  

One of the most beautiful places in the world, the Gorges du Verdon are known as the Grand Canyon of Europe and offer magnificent views down to the river way below the limestone cliffs and across over the forested plateaus that stretch far beyond the horizon line. The week involves very diverse walks to discover the national park.

Glaciers of the Chamonix Valley. (5 Days guided Argentiere) 

Guided day treks seeking out the best view points of the Chamonix Glaciers - Mer de Glace, Glacier du Tour, d'Argentiere and des Bossons glaciers.

Tour du Mont Blanc

Follow the classic tour through three countries around Mont Blanc from Chamonix through Switzerland and Italy and back to Chamonix. 


Will vary but typically:

  • Saturday - Optional arrival day
  • Sunday - Arrival day, check in & meet other participants. Free day to explore the local area.
  • Mon - Fri - Practice with your instructor. 
  • Saturday - Departure day, morning free time, enjoy lunch, clear your room & say good bye (till the next time)


One of the nicest things about a UCPA holiday is the social aspect - it's a great way to meet new people through sharing good sporting times together. Whether you travel by yourself, or with friends you're sure to make some great new friendships through the week.

Hikers relax by stunning lake admiring the view

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