About us

The Big Smile Adventures project was born in 2014, It was created by Gary Daines, International Mountain Leader and member of SNAM (Syndicat National Des Accompagnateurs en Montagne). Gary has traveled, climbed and trekked all over the world for work and pleasure and in 2015 Gary and his team of guides started guiding the first trips as Big Smile Adventures –  All fully qualified International Mountains Leaders, selected by Gary for their professionality and human skills.

We are a small and ambitious company,

Things that make us strong:  first of all, we are enthusiastic and passionate about our projects, we follow with excitement every aspect of Big Smile Adventures; and then, we personalise as much as possible every trip, we propose to make you live an authentic all-round experience. We take what we do personally and very professionally.

Now. Why to choose us.

Because we love our job and we know exactly what we do.

Because we work professionally and safely.

Because we know the areas where we are taking you.

Because your needs are our priority.

Because you will live a True and Emotional Experience.

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Itinerary HR.

Day 1 – Meet, greet and overnight in Chamonix. (Twin room)

You will meet your guide for the trek at 5pm on this evening to talk about your trek and to look at your equipment for the trip. You over night in Chamonix tonight. and dinner is not supplied on this night. Remember you need to buy a packed lunch for the next day.


Day 2 – Chamonix to Cabane du Col de Mille (Dormitory)

Leave Chamonix and we take a private transfer to Bourg St Pierre where we ascend to the Col de Mille.

Starting at Bourg St Pierre, we make a gradual ascent through wild flower meadows to the alpage of La Coeur at 2,233m. We pass over a col and traverse the mountainside following a balcony trail offering superb views the length of the valley overlooking Orsières. We then reach the newly built Cabane du Col de Mille at 2472m where we spend the first night.

Distance Approx 11km Time approx 4.30 hrs Ascent: +1220m and Descent -375m

Day 3 – Cabane du Col de Mille to Cabane de Louvie (Dormitory)

In the morning we leave the Cabane du Col de Mille and head down to the lovely Swiss village of Fionnay . We then have an amazing steep climb up through the meadows to the Cabane de Louvie, and you get to spend another great night in a mountain refuge beside a beautiful lake. The Cabane de Louvie is an experience to be savored as it feels like a really remote location.

 Distance Approx 20 km Ascent +722m. Descent -981m.  Time 6-7 hrs.

Day 4 – Cabane de Louvie to the Cabane de Prafleuri (Dormitory)

This is one of the most spectacular days of the trek, traversing two high cols, with dramatic views throughout. At the start, the path follows the lakeside. We then hike up on steep trails to then traverse on a high path that cuts beneath the towering cliffs. Shattered rocks and a dramatic path leads us up to the Col de Louvie at 2921 mts where we then drop down to the Grand desert. Skirting the edge of this glacier we traverse the moraine fields and head up to the last col of our day the Col de Prafleuri at 2987 mrs before dropping down to out hut for the night the Cababne de Prafleuri at 2624 mts.

Distance approx 18 km. Ascent + 820 mtrs. Descent – 550 mtrs. Time 7-9 hrs.

Day 5 – Prafleuri to Arolla/La Sage (Twin room)

After an early breakfast we cross the Col de Roux to reach the Lac de Dix. Wandering along the lake for a few kilometers we then start climbing up towards the Col de Riedmatten and  the Pas du Chevre a ladder system that brings us to the same place as the col, if the weather is good we can take the ladders. Dropping down towards Arolla we gain fantastic views of Mont Blanc de Cheilon and the Glacier de Cheilon.

Distance  approx 14 km Ascent: +735mtrs Descent- 1360mtrs. Time 6-7 hrs.

Private Transfer to La Sage from Arolla

Day 6 – La Sage to Zinal (Twin room)

We climb up to our first col of the day, the Col de Torrent that sits at 2912m and we then make our descent to the blue green waters of the Moiry Dam. A final climb up to the Col de Sorebois that gives spectacular views to mountains such as the Dent Blanche. From here we descend  to our accommodation in the beautiful old town of Zinal.

Distance Approx 22 km Ascent: +1800 mtrs. Descent: –1820mtrs. Time 9 hrs.

Day 7 – Zinal to Gruben (Twin room)

Only one Col to cross today, and we begin with a pleasant ascent through the larch woods. This trail is very pleasant as it meanders up and down traversing the mountainside, until we reach the junction for the two Cols, the Col de la Forcletta that sits at 2874m, and the Meidpass which lies further along the route, and sits at 2790m. Depending on weather, and conditions your guide will decide which route offers the best experience for the group. Distance approx 17km Distance Ascent: +1315 mtrs. Descent: –1165 mtrs.

Day 8 – Gruben to Zermatt (Twin Room)

A superb trek today, as we start out through open woodland, then high pastures and rocky upland wilderness. The trek soon opens up to some of the most spectacular views in the Swiss Alps. Our final pass is the Augstbordpass at 2894m, beyond which we descend steeply to the pretty hamlet of Jungu and on again into the Mattertal and the town of St. Niklaus. Here we take the train/taxi to what has to be one of the most famous mountain towns in the world – Zermatt!

Distance approx 13km Ascent: +1070mtrs. Descent: +1765 mtrs.

Day 9 – Departure day.

The trip ends at 10 am on this day and we wish you the easiest and nicest journey back home after a great Haute route trek with Big Smile Adventures.

Itinerary TMB.

Day 1 – Join trip in Chamonix.   

Arriving in Chamonix the famous Mountain town of the French Alps based at the foot of Mont Blanc, we meet the group at 6pm for a trip briefing with your guide for the trek. Afterwards we have our evening meal.Accommodation: 3* hotel. Dinner included. Luggage availability

Day 2 – Transfer to Les Houches and trek to Les Contamines.

Arriving in Les Houches by private transfer we then take the cable car from the Bellevue lift. Crossing the hanging suspension bridge by the snout of the Bionnassay glacier we head up to the col du Tricot and down to the chalets du Miage for a coffee break before carrying on to Les Contamines. If it is very bad weather we can use a lower route option.    Accommodation: 3*, Breakfast & Dinner included. Lunch not included. Luggage delivery.

Distance: 15.6km Walking: Approx 6 hrs,  Ascent +837 mtrs Descent -1520 mrs

Day 3 – Les Contamines – Les Chapieux.

Trekking up the old Roman road to Notre Dame de la gorge, we then start up hill past the Chalet de Barme and on up to the Col de Bonhomme at 2328 mtrs where we stop to eat our lunch. After lunch we carry on traversing on a gentle climb path to the Col de la Croix de Bonhomme at 2478 mtrs. From here it is a two hr descent to Les Chapieux where we stay for the night.  Accommodation: Guest house, Breakfast & Dinner included.Lunch not included. Luggage delivery.

Distance: 19km Walking : Approx 7-8hrs, Ascent +1348 mtrs Descent -960mtrs

Day 4 – Les Chapieux – Courmayeur Italy.

After taking a mini bustransfer to miss walking on 5 km of tarmac road, we cross the river at Ville des Glaciers and start heading towards the refuge des Mottets from where we start the climb up to the Col de la Seigne at 2517mtrs which marks the frontier of France and Italy. From the col you look down the awe inspiring Val Veni and into Italy. Descending past the Rifugio Elisabetta we head down to Les Visaille where we take a local bus into Courmayeur where we stay in a central good quality hotel for the night. Accommodation: Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner included. Lunch not included. Luggage delivery.

Distance: 17.2km Walking: Approx 5-6 hrs, Ascent +867 mtrs Descent -1015 mtrs

Day 5 – Courmayeur – Rifugio Bonatti Val Ferret

Today we start steeply up on lovely forest trails to the Rifugio Bertone and the Mont de la Saxe ridgeline. If conditions are good we can take the lesser-trodden variant to the Mont de la Saxe ridge and up to the Tete de la Tronche and then descending steeply to the Col Sapin. A couple more descents and ascents finally bring us to the Col Entre Deux Sauts. Today is quite a long day but with really amazing jaw dropping scenery and not so many other trekkers. Overnighting in the wonderful Rifugio Bonatti with stunning views of the Mountains and glaciers as the sunsets. Tonight is the only night with out luggage availability. Accommodation: Mountain Refuge, Breakfast & Dinner included. Lunch not included. No Luggage delivery.

Distance: 17km Walking: Approx 7hrs, Ascent +1584mtrs Descent -940mtrs

Day 6 – Bonatti Hut Italy – La Fouly Switzerland

Today see`s us cross the Grand col Ferret at 2537mtrs and one of the highest cols of the trek. We get great views of the Grand Jorasses, the Grand Combin and Mont Dolent (the only mountain in the range to sit with a foot in France, Italy and Switzerland). At the col we cross over in to the Swiss Ferret and it is completely different to the Italian Val Ferret that we have left behind us. Dropping down we arrive at the small alpine village where we stay in a hotel for the night. Accommodation: Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner Included. Lunch not included. Luggage delivery.

Distance: 20.3km Walking: Approx 6-7 hrs, Ascent +1128 mtrs Descent -1580mtrs

Day 7 – La Fouly – Champex en Lac.

A shorter day today finds us traversing through classic Swiss alpine meadows and small villages. A final climb see us arrive at the alpine resort of Champex that sits beside a picture perfect lake. Staying in a tradition hotel with simple but very clean rooms and great food. Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Breakfast & Dinner included. Luggage delivery.

Distance: 17.2km Walking: Approx 5hrs, Ascent: +711mtrs Descent: 855mtrs

Day 8 – Champex en Lac -Trient

Dependant on the weather and the fitness of the group there are two options for today. If the weather is good and everyone in the group is feeling fit enough we might trek up and over the Fenêtre d’Arpette; the highest col on the Tour du Mont Blanc at 2665 mtrs. A fantastic route with great views of the Trient glacier when we reach the top. Otherwise we can take the standard TMB route the Bovine and wind our way up to the col de la Forclaz and then down into Trient for the night. The guide will decided which route is to be taken depending on all the factors involved. Accommodation: Auberage, Breakfast & Dinner included. Luggage delivery.

Distance: 15.4 km Walking: Approx 5-6hrs, Ascent: +1484 mtrs Descent: 1716 mtrs

Day 9-Trient – Argentière

If the weather is good, we do not follow everyone up the normal TMB route but take another variant via Les Grands. With great views and a less travelled path it makes for another great day, if the weather is not so kind we take the normal route up through the forests where both paths bring us to the Col de Balme and the frontier with Switzerland and France. dropping back into France with the Chamonix valley falling away below us, we climb up to the Aiguillette des Posettes before descending through wonderful forests and then following the river into Argentière where we stay in a hotel in the centre of the village. Accommodation: Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner included. Luggage delivery.

Distance: 18km Walking: Approx 6 hrs, Ascent: +1200 mtrs Descent: 1500 mtrs

Day 10 – Argentière – Chamonix

Returning to Tré-le-Champ we hike up to the Lac des Cheserys, with probably the best views of the Mont Blanc Massif and one of the classic walks of the valley. Using a series of ladders and cables to ascend the cliffs (It is very easy and nothing to fear) we arrive at the Lac des Cheserys we descend to Flégère. Here we start upon another classic walk of the valley the Grand Balcon sud. Arriving at Planpraz we take the cable car down to Chamonix town and our hotel. Accommodation Hotel, Breakfast and dinner included. Luggage delivery.

Distance: 15km Walking: Approx 7hrs Ascent: +1260 mtrs Descent: 650 mtrs

Day 11 – Chamonix – Les Houches

Taking the cable car back up to Plan Praz today, we carry on hiking from where we left off yesterday. Up to the Col du Brevent and traversing some wonderful cliff lines and another short ladder ascent brings us up to the summit of the Brevent for great views across the valley to Mont Blanc. Here we drop down on paths into the forest and end up at Les Houches where we pick up our transfer back to Chamonix and our Hotel. Accommodation: Hotel, Breakfast and dinner included. Luggage delivery.

Distance: 14.8km Walking: Approx 7-8 hrs, Ascent: +872 mtrs Descent: 1776 mtrs

Day 12 – Departure day

After breakfast our Big Smile Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc finishes. Breakfast included




Hike Les Massif des Alberes and the Vermeille Coast in a Nutshell

The Albéres is a small mountain massif sitting right on the Mediterranean coast in the south of France. Sitting at the far eastern side of the Pyrenees, it borders with Spain and its mountains tumble down to the beaches of the clear blue waters of the med. Covered in Forests and vine yards, with medieval tours dotting the skyline, this is really a beautiful, unknown and unspoilt part of France. Big Smile Adventures hiking holiday here is a perfect one-week get away with great hiking and the chance everyday to swim in the sea and relax on the beach after the days hiking. This is a Bed and Breakfast holiday package based in a local hotel in the village of Argeles sur Mer. Each day we head to the local hills for some really beautiful walking, before returning back to finish your day on the beaches. There are a plethora of restaurants’ to choose from each night, Super markets and local shops for snacks and such, and the area is famous for its wines.

What more could you ask for Mountains, beaches, warm seas, great food and wine all in one holiday.

  • Sitting on the Mediterranean Coast line
  • Far eastern end of the Pyrenees mountain chain
  • Borders with Spain
  • Deep traditions due to the Catalonia influence
  • Ancient French vine yards
  • Beautiful wooded mountain massif and unspoiled trails
  • Guided with highly professional and fully qualified english speaking International Mountain Leaders


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Les Albéres and the Vermeille coast 

Things to consider: This is rated a moderate fitness level of hiking holiday, ideal for people that are regular hikers. The terrain underfoot is rocky and dirt paths with about 500 – 600 mtrs of ascent/descent on each day but with two of the days that have an Ascent/descent of 800 mtrs plus. The distances range from 10.5 – 15 km on each day.

Price: €1632 per person

Dates and Availability 

14th May – 21st May 2020 €1632 P/p – Available


16th May 2020 – 23rd May 2020 €1632 P/p – Available


17th Sep – 24th Sep 2020 €1632 P/p – Available


24th Sep – 1st Oct 2020 €1632 P/p – Available



  • 8 Days
  • 7 nights hotel based on B&B Twin sharing
  • 6 days Hiking
  • Breakfast each day
  • Picnic lunch on all hiking days
  • 3 dinners – Arrival night (Saturday)/ Tuesday/ Last night (Friday)
  • Fully qualified International Mountain Leader (English and French speaking)

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Transfers from and to Airport from Argeles sur Mer
  • Insurance – Travel and hiking insurance inc Rescue & Repatriation plus helicopter rescue
  • 4 dinners – Sunday/Monday/Wednesday/Thursday
  • Drinks/Snacks
  • Tips

Haute Route in a nutshell

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To reach Zermatt and the most elegant mountain, The Matterhorn, we will walk under the great 4000 meter peaks of the western Alps and we will visit some of the most spectacular valleys. There we will  pass through delightful villages and remote alp hamlets, wander flower meadows and deep fragrant forests. We traverse lonely passes and descend into wild, stone-filled corries. To arrive, at the end, to see the most famous mountain profile in the world: the Matterhorn.

Although demanding the Haute Route is a non technical trek, it is suited to experienced trekkers and is not really for people who have just started trekking or hiking in the mountains and it is the next logical alpine trekking step up after completing the famous Tour du mont blanc.

  • One of the Great Treks of the World.
  • Start in Bourg St.Pierre finish in Zermatt – under the wonderful Matterhorn.
  • Treks only in Switzerland, seeing the highlights of the famous trek.
  • Amazing Mountain views everyday.
  • 116 Km, Ascent 7,700 mrs Descent 8,800mtrs.
  • 7 days hiking/8nights.
  • A mix of high Alpine huts and Hotel Accommodation, with luggage support on four days.
  • Fully guided with experienced and fully qualified International mountain Leaders.


Things to consider: Although demanding the Haute Route is a non technical trek, it is suited to experienced trekkers and is not really for people who have just started trekking or hiking in the mountains and it is the next logical alpine trekking step up after completing the famous Tour du mont blanc.

Price: €2390 P/p

Dates & Availability 



  • Private transfers on 2 days
  • All Accommodation
  • Breakfasts & Dinners
  • Luggage transfers on days 5,6,7,8
  • Experienced and fully Qualified International Mountain Leader

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches
  • Personal snacks and drinks
  • Train ticket St Niklas – Zermatt
  • Tips