Hikers on Mont Blanc Circuit!
Spectacular trek around the Alp's highest peak!
Trekking Europe's Classic Mont Blanc Circuit
August 30th - September
Wilderness and Travel Medicine
Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
The MontBlanc Circuit -
Wilderness and Travel Medicine conference is one of the world's
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
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
Our 2009 Mont Blanc Wilderness and Travel
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
Breathtaking alpine and glacial scenery every single day!
Charming hotels and fine dining!
Your gear is transported each day so you
can hike with only a light day-pack.
Itinerary - The MontBlanc Circuit - Wilderness
and Travel Medicine Conference:
(Meals included: B=Breakfast,
Group transfer from Geneva Airport at 2:00 PM to
your hotel in Chamonix. Group briefing before
welcome dinner. (D)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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 and transfer to Argentiere. Hike time: 6 hours. (B+L+D)
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)
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.
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
"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: $5,250* (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
||KEN ZAFREN, MD, FAAEM, FACEP, FAWM
is an Emergency Physician in Anchorage, Alaska and a Clinical Professor
in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University Medical
Center in California. He has many years of experience in mountaineering
and mountain rescue. He is a Medical Advisor for the Alaska Mountain
Rescue Group and has served as Medical Director for the Denali National
Park Mountaineering Rangers.
For detailed itinerary or to register for
Hiking Europe's Mont Blanc Circuit
Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238
COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES:
- Altitude Illness
- 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
- Preparing for Foreign Travel
- Backcountry Medical Kits
- Wilderness Wound Management
- Wild Animal Attacks
- Patient Assessment in Wilderness
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Marine Hazards & Envenomations
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.
claim only the credit commensurate with the
extent of their participation in the
Photo by Jeri Mendelson, M.D.
This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions.
Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only.
Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for
any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.