A man on a mountain bike enjoys a beautiful mountain landscape in the Alps

The Alps are an exceptional playground for all outdoor enthusiasts! They offer a true immersion in the Alps' nature and their wild environment. Discover our 9 standout experiences to explore the Alpine territory in the most beautiful way!

1 - Hiking, the essential outdoor activity in the Alps

Hiking, whether on foot or with snowshoes in winter, is a must-do to discover the most magnificent offerings of nature! This "slow" activity allows you to take your time appreciating the tranquility of the mountains while admiring the extraordinary panoramas of the Alps. Hiking offers an incomparable opportunity to disconnect, letting your mind escape daily routines, recharge by simply breathing fresh air, and marvel at the Earth’s beauties. We highly recommend taking this break in the Alps, whether you’re an avid hiker or not: our guides adapt to your preferences.

The Alps are a true natural paradise, dotted with stunning trails wherever you are! The Mont-Blanc massif, the Aravis, the Bauges, the Chartreuse, the Vanoise National Park, or the surroundings of Alpe d’Huez: the mountain paths welcome you for exceptional adventures!

Don’t hesitate to explore all the hiking possibilities in the Alps with our fascinating local guides!

2 - The Mer de Glace and the Aiguille du Midi, must-do activities in Chamonix

The Mer de Glace and the Aiguille du Midi are the most iconic sites in Chamonix, each offering an unparalleled immersion in the splendor of the Alps' nature.

At an elevation of 3,842 meters, the Aiguille du Midi provides a breathtaking panorama of the entire Alps, with views of some of the most legendary peaks: the Matterhorn on a clear day, the Grand Combin, the Dent du Géant, the Grandes Jorasses, and of course, Mont Blanc! With your guide, you will follow in the footsteps of adventurers and mountaineers who have made mountain history, while learning to recognize the surrounding peaks. You will see Mont Blanc as you’ve never imagined, as if the highest summit of the Alps were within reach…

For an off-the-beaten-path experience, discover the landscape of the Mer de Glace from a unique perspective: through the eyes of a glaciologist! The largest glacier in the French Alps reveals its secrets, from its formation to its evolution over time, including the impacts of climate change on this natural wonder, all explained by a passionate scientific expert! 

3 - Electric mountain biking, the perfect summer activity in the Alps

The Alps are filled with stunning mountain biking trails suitable for all levels. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or simply want to explore the Alpine landscapes on two wheels, our guides will tailor the experience to your preferences, taking you on a privileged journey along the most beautiful trails in the Alps! Venture into vast, tranquil alpine meadows at the foot of the mountains, discover hidden spots, or reach extraordinary viewpoints for an unforgettable and refreshing experience. Nature lovers will be delighted!

Discover all our half-day and full-day electric mountain biking tours!

4 - Climbing: a must-do activity in Val d’Isère and Chamonix

During summer, spring, and autumn, the Chamonix valley offers a unique perspective! Whether you’re a beginner looking for your first climbing experience or an enthusiast seeking new challenges, our instructor will guide you to her favorite spots. Engage in this exhilarating sport that pushes your limits while revealing a different aspect of the Alps’ nature!

For the more experienced climbers, the unique thrill of a cliffside bivouac awaits! After a secure climb using specialized equipment, you’ll reach your “room” for the night: a wall hammock! Spend your evening under the stars, sharing a delicious Savoyard fondue with your guide, before (hopefully) sleeping peacefully 20 meters above the ground. This extraordinary activity will create lasting memories!

Are you true enthusiasts undeterred by the cold? In winter, head to Val d’Isère to climb an ice waterfall! Equipped with crampons and ice axes, experience the thrills of mountaineering with an off-the-beaten-path initiation!

5 - Wildlife observation: tracking the inhabitants of the Alps

Your guided explorations along the trails offer the perfect opportunity to spot some of the iconic residents of the mountains, such as ibex, chamois, marmots, and eagles, among many others!

With insights from your guide, learn to identify their tracks and distinctive sounds. Venture out with patience, tranquility, and a bit of luck. Sharpen your vision with a spotting scope or binoculars and relish these special moments encountering these magnificent creatures. What could be better for truly capturing the essence of Alps’ nature?

6 - Winter activities in the Alps: for a perfect snowy vacation!

Winter in the Alps is a true playground for all outdoor sports enthusiasts!

Do you want to experience all the different types of skiing? We organize biathlon (cross-country skiing and shooting) or cross-country skiing initiations, as well as ski touring trips to explore the most beautiful pristine landscapes of the Alps! Want to refine your alpine skiing technique? Spend an exceptional day with a champion from the Alps!

Indulge in some other unique experiences, such as building an igloo, a perfect family activity, or cold yoga and fat biking!

7 - Bivouacking in Chartreuse: a total immersion in Alps’ nature

Experience a micro-adventure in the preserved Chartreuse massif for a unique exploration of the mountainous environment! After a guided hike through stunning wild landscapes, you'll set up your campsite and install your suspended tent. Spend a magical night under the stars, accompanied by the sounds of animals emerging at dusk. This unprecedented experience allows you to fully immerse yourself in the surrounding environment, sharpening your senses! 

8 - The orientation challenge in the Alps: discover nature and the mountains while having fun

Explore the Aravis massif near Annecy with family or friends in a fun and original way! Learn the essentials of navigation using a map and compass as you search for hidden markers. Move from marker to marker to solve the final puzzle and enjoy a delicious Savoyard picnic along the way!

9 - Horseback riding: explore the alpine landscapes at the animal’s pace

Experience a moment of connection and escape with your mount during a special ride through the heart of the Bauges! A break from the ordinary awaits you on horseback, amidst dense forests, verdant meadows, and along charming streams… An unforgettable, timeless adventure not to be missed!

For an active vacation amidst the nature of the Alps, contact our team! We'll take care of preparing the perfect itinerary for your tailor-made stay in the Alps. To learn more, explore all the services offered by Agency 1786, as well as our full range of activities in the Alps!