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Hikers on Mont Blanc Circuit!


Spectacular trek around the Alp's highest peak!

Trekking Europe's Classic Mont Blanc Circuit
Wilderness and Travel Medicine

August 30th - September 9th, 2015
Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

The MontBlanc Circuit - Wilderness and Travel Medicine conference is one of the world's classic treks!

The spectacular Alps are a mecca for hikers, and the famous "Tour du Mont Blanc", might be the centerpiece. This wonderful journey takes us through an ever-changing panorama of dramatic peaks, glaciers, meadows, and alpine beauty! The circuit of Western Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc (15,771') is one of the world's premiere treks!

Along the way you'll be hiking through France, Italy, and Switzerland, each with its own distinctive culture and flair!

Experienced, colorful mountain guides bring a wonderful dimension of history, geology, and local color to every aspect of the trip. After a vigorous day of hiking, you'll welcome the creature comforts of quaint mountain inns and comfortable hotels - all featuring excellent meals and great local wines! Wilderness and Travel Medicine lectures take place in the inns each evening.

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Our 2009 Mont Blanc Wilderness and Travel Medicine group!

Trip Highlights:

  • Tour du Mont Blanc - A Classic circuit of the Mont Blanc massif is a must-do for every mountain hiker!
  • Three countries, three cultures, three cuisines - all on one great trip!
  • Breathtaking alpine and glacial scenery every single day!
  • Charming hotels and fine dining!
  • Wilderness Medicine
    Your gear is transported each day so you can hike with only a light day-pack.
    Brief Itinerary - The MontBlanc Circuit - Wilderness and Travel Medicine Conference:
    (Meals included: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

    Day 1

    Group transfer from Geneva Airport at 2:00 PM to your hotel in Chamonix. Group briefing before welcome dinner. (D)

    Day 2
    Train ride up to Montenver to see the Mer de Glace with stunning views of the glacier and the surrounding summits Descend to Chamonix. We continue the ascent to Point Vue to appreciate this wonderful view. Descend to Chamonix. Dinner on your own. Hike time: 5 hrs. (B+L)

    Day 3
    Hike below the tumbling Bionnassay Glacier. Walk through the thickly wooded hillside to the charming small town of Les Contamines where we will overnight. Hike time: 6 hrs. (B+L+D)

    Day 4
    Today we have a long ascent! Truly a mountain day on a variety of trails. We spend the night in the simple but welcoming Auberge La Nova at Les Chapieux. Hike time: 7 hours. (B+L+D)

    Day 5
    We transfer to the end of the "Vallee des Glaciers," then enjoy a relatively easy hike over the Col de la Seigne (8,245'), where Mt. Blanc re-appears, and down into Italy. Transfer to our hotel in Courmayeur. Hike time: 6 hours. (B+L+D)

    Day 6
    One of the finest views of the impressive south flanks of the Massif. A steep ascent to the refuge Bertone for a well earned drink and then continue the trek. Descent to the Val Ferret to transfer to our hotel. Hike time: 7 hours. (B+L)

    Day 7
    Today we enter Switzerland. We explore the scenic village of La Fouly (5,280'), located beneath the Glacier de l'A Neuve. Then transfer to small resort of Champex. Hike time: 6 hours. (B+L+D)

    Day 8
    Hike through woodland, traverse a forest trail and then begin a steep uphill to reveal a delightful path along alpine pastures with great views. Descend to our hotel for the night at Forclaz. Hike time: 6 hours. (B+L+D)

    Day 9
    Hike back into the Chamonix Valley enjoying majestic views of Mont Blanc. Transfer to the small village of Argentiere at the top of the Chamonix valley. Hike time: 6 hours. (B+L+D)

    Day 10
    Trek and steep climb around Chamonix Valley. The views just get better and better! We take the cable car down into the Chamonix Valley and transfer to our hotel. Hike time: 6 hours. (B+L+D)

    Day 11
    Group transfer from Chamonix to Geneva airport will leave between 7:30 or 8:00 AM. Please book your flight to leave no earlier than noon, to ensure ample time before boarding

    Wilderness Medicine

    "A wilderness adventure with top-notch staff providing excellent food , fun and facts. Beautiful scenery and outstanding faculty make this a must do for every outdoor enthusiast and medical types alike" Kristen Wheeler, RN, BSN Phoenix, Az

    "Overall a great, wonderful, exciting, and relaxing trip. The faculty and staff were the best thanks for all of the helpful and smiling faces each day I will definitely be back."

    "The most interesting CME I have ever attended. Instructors well-versed and entertaining guides very safety oriented and helpful food was amazing! This was the best CME I have attended in my 13 years of practice and I look forward to attending again" Dan Weiler, MD

    "The CME trip to Mont Blanc was fabulous. Very well organized... even above expectations. The guides in particular were exceptionally professional, affable, very knowledgeable and mindful of our safety. The guides helped to create a very relaxed, friendly and joyous atmosphere within the group with their humour and piquant stories. The choice of hotels, restaurants, food for lunches on the trails was excellent ..."
    Cristina Tulai, MD


    Trip Cost: $4,950* (Includes: 10 days / 11 nights. Professionally guided trek.)
    Additional CME Cost: $695 (Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
    *per person, based on double occupancy



    Faculty for the Classic Mont Blanc Circuit Wilderness and Travel Medicine conference:

    ERIC A. WEISS, MD, FACEP: Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine; Medical Advisor, National Geographic Society, Author of A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine and Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine.

    For detailed itinerary or to register for
    Hiking Europe's Mont Blanc Circuit
    please call Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238

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    COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES:

    • Altitude Illness
    • Hypothermia
    • Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
    • Environmental Heat Illness
    • Snake Envenomation
    • Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
    • Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
    • Lightning Injuries
    • Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
    • Management of Fractures and Dislocations
    • Preparing for Foreign Travel
    • Backcountry Medical Kits
    • Wilderness Wound Management
    • Wild Animal Attacks
    • Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
    • Wilderness Dermatology
    • Marine Hazards & Envenomations

    CME ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

    "This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."

    The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
    16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

    Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.