TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY
TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY

Hiking the Alps

8 days

Preview

Chamonix-Mont Blanc attracts tourists from around the world, mountaineers, hikers or families. It is the third most visited natural site in the world. The Mont-Blanc chain is 30 km long by 10 km wide, 28 summits of more than 4,000 m, the rooftop of Europe (4,810 m), set on the French, Italian and Swiss borders.
Each hike will allow you to contemplate exceptional landscapes and their mythical summits, with the Mont-Blanc mountain range in the background.
Thanks to the skilifts and gondollas, the capital of mountaineering allows to reduce the time of approach and to reach the high-mountain and its glaciers.

About KSA
KSA – Kosher Summer Adventures is an Efrat based initiative providing affordable access to amazingly beautiful places. Bringing years of experience in running Jewish educational programs, Rav Dani Epstein and Josh Rubin of Efrat have teamed together to offer people who share a desire for Kashrut and Shabbat observance, the enjoyment of good company and a thrilling week of rejuvenation, discovery, fun, excitement and relaxation.

Trip Leaders
Rav Dani Epstein and Josh (Yehoshua) Rubin of Efrat lead the trips.

Dani brings vitality, dynamism and drama, heart and soul, to our KSA Trips, as our Mara DeAtra in charge of religious and halachic issues, and as our program planner and tour guide, combining his knowledge of Jewish and European history with his ability to find the most awe-inspiring vistas and hiking routes in all our KSA locations. Dani is an avid skier, ping-pong player and he loves teaching and connecting with people of different backgrounds and beliefs.
Before coming on Aliyah, Rav Dani led the Maimonides High School in Vancouver, Canada, and was Rabbi of the Beth Jacob Congregation in Irvine California. A passionate believer in a moderate, enlightened Orthodoxy and in Religious Zionism, Dani made Aliyah to Efrat 19 years ago. Upon making Aliyah, Dani served as principal of an Israeli High School for 12 years, and he currently teaches Torah subjects, history and literature at YTA High School in Jerusalem, and Jewish Philosophy at the Machanayim Hesder Yeshiva in Efrat. Dani is married to Joy, an Atlanta-born therapist, and has four children, who also love travel and adventure.

Josh is a trained therapist specializing in both helping single people with their dating and helping people lose weight through freedom from emotional eating. He has a M.A. in counseling and is a Master Practitioner of NLP therapy. Josh is married with five children, four of whom are married, and he is also a grandfather. He is a published author – his latest book is called Jonah the Woodchopper. Josh loves ballroom and zumba dancing. He is an avid cyclist and loves playing guitar.

Itinerary

Monday,  July 3:
Fly to Geneva, arrive airport by 17:00
19:00  Arrival at Chamonix from Geneva airport via airport transfer directly to your pre-assigned chalet
20:00  Dinner at Bayit Rishon (Chalet L’Orignal)
21:00  Evening walk in Downtown Chamonix including Ice-Breakers

Tuesday, July 4:
Depart 8:30
Cable-Car to PlanPraz
Gondolla to Brevent Summit Outlook opposite Mont Blanc
Return to PlanPraz ParaGliders Station
Grand Balcon Sud Balcony Walk across to top of Flegere 3 hrs
Index Lift to Peak
Optional Crest Walk to Lac Blanc 4 hr round trip
Descent on Index Lift and Flegere cable car, bus return to Chalets – Home!!

17:00 Relax in Chalets
19:30  Dinner at Bayit Rishon
20:30 “Chill” in Chalets (Movie/Optional Shiur) or at Chamonix Central Plaza

Wednesday, July 5:
Depart 8:30
Bus to Le Tour
Ascend Caramillon and Les Autannes Cablecars to Col De Balme
Enter Switzerland
Croix De Fer Ridge Walk
Aiguille des Posettes
Cross Col De Balme Plateau back To Caramillon

17:00  Train Return to Chalets in Chamonix
19:30  Dinner
21:00-22:00 “France and the Jews: A Thousand Years” with Rav Dani, MA Medieval Jewish History

Thursday, July 6:
Depart 8:15
Cable Car to Aiguille Du Midi Summit  (3842 m!!)
“Step into the Void” Glass Observatory, Glacier View from Panoramic Terraces
Peak Terraces Overlooking the Alps of France, Italy and Switzerland
Cable Car down to Midpoint  (Plan De l’Aiguille)
Walk to Lac Bleu & Picnic at Lake 1 hr round trip
Down to Chamonix on Plan De Aiguille cablecar

14:00  Cog Railway to  Mer De Glace and Ice Caves
17:30 Return to Chalets & Relax
19:30 Dinner
21:00 High Energy Cooking for Shabbat

Friday, July 7:
Depart 7:45  Train to Servoz
9:15 Les Gorges de la Diosaz  at Servoz: 3 hour gorge and waterfall walk
12:30 Train to Le Buet: WWII French Resistance and the Jewish Escape Route
15:00 Return to Chamonix: Pre-Shabbat Stroll and Shopping
17:30 Prepare for Shabbat
19:45 Hadlakat Nerot  and Kabbalat Shabbat
21:00  Seudat Shabbat
23:00  Tisch: Niggunim, Ruach, Stories, Divrei Torah

Shabbat, July 8:
9:00 Tefilla
11:00 Kiddush and Guided Chavruta
12:00 Free Time
13:00 Seudat Shabbat
14:30-16:30 Shabbat Menucha!!
16:30 Symposium: Judaism in the 21st Century
17:30-19:30 Shabbat Afternoon Forest Walk
19:30 Mincha  and  Seuda  Shlishit Preparation
20:15 Festive Seuda Shelishit
22:00 Maariv and Havdalah
23:00 Ice Cream Party

Sunday, July 9:
Depart 8:00 Train to Hotel at Le Buet:
Climb to Cascade de la Berard
Cross Valley to Refuge de la Berard
Return by train to Chamonix

14:00 Piece de Resistance!!! – White-Water Rafting on L’Arve River
17:00 Free Time (Stroll and Shop)
19:00 Cleanup and Pack
20:30 Farewell Dinner & Wrapup
23:00 Kumsitz Sing-Along, Stories and Memories

Tuesday, July 12:
Early Breakfast
Checkout
Depart for Geneva Airport

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
ALP/17 07/03/2017 07/10/2017 Book this tour
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**
ALP/17 07/03/2017 1895 $

* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room

* Price of tour is subject to change due to change in air fare.

Need to Know

Additional Options for Activities:
• Bicycling Trails (Downhill or Electric Bike) 3 hrs
• Horseback Riding through Forests and Valleys 3 hrs
• Early Morning Runs
• Yoga and Meditation

Covered Outdoor Activity for Rainy Day:
Les Gorges de la Diosaz at Servoz: 3 hour gorge and waterfall walk plus lunch

Additional Indoor Activities In case of Rain:
Montevers Ice Caves and Museum
Tramway du Mont-Blanc from Bellevue charlift summit to Les Bossons Glacier
Swimming: Richard Bosson Sports Centre in Chamonix (swimming indoor and outdoor, sauna and hammam)
Indoor Tennis and Squash, Skating Rink, Bowling, Cinema, Alpine Museum, Shopping

Food and Kashrut:
KSA is committed to providing kosher plentiful and varied meals, with a focus on health and nutrition. Food for three daily meals is included. Fully Prepared Daily Dinner and all Seudot Shabbat will be eaten together at the KSA Bayit.
KSA provides each chalet with a variety of breakfast and lunch food materials and Kosher utensils. To streamline the mornings, breakfast is prepared and eaten by participants in their respective chalets, so that they will be able to get out on time to join the group. Participants prepare and pack a lunch in their chalets.

The Bayit Kitchen will be kashered under the guidance of Rav Dani Epstein according to Strict Orthodox halachic standards. Rav Dani is a YU RIETS Musmach, with additional Smicha in Israel. He has been in charge of koshering facilities and Kashrut supervision of facilities in California, Vancouver – British Columbia, and several European locations. He was a Shul Rav of OU Shuls in California for 11 years, and has been in charge of Orthodox high schools in Canada and Israel for 15 years.
Some food basics will be brought from Israel, the rest is purchased at the Kosher Supermarket in Geneva. Fruits and vegetables are purchased locally. We will also be following the kosher products lists put out by the French Rabbinate and the CER Kashrut Authority (Conference of European Rabbis). There will be bug inspection for required vegetables.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodations on a shared room basis
  • Three meals a day + hiking snacks
  • The entire itinerary, all entrance fees, all the ski lifts and cable car rides to the hikes
  • Free Bus service throughout the Chamonix valley for your free time activities and leisure.
  • Guest Card with discounts for optional additional activities such as the Crystal museum.

Price does not include flights, airport transfer, or travel health insurance.

Accommodations

Chamonix
The Chalets have several bedrooms, with various combinations of single or double beds to fit our needs. All chalets have kitchens and living rooms, with WIFI and TV flat screen entertainment. Linen and towels are included. We will self-clean, and clean together for Shabbat. Chalets are in the Les Pecles neighborhood, all within a 5-7 minutes walk of each other.

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