Who goes on KOA trips?
Positive and easy going people who like to hike and are Shomer Shabbat and Kashrut.
What is the level of hiking?
Every morning starts with a group hike at a moderate pace and level of challenge.
To avoid the steep climbs we take cable cars up to 1000-2000 meters and then walk across the mountain ridges.
What other activities options are there in Chamonix:
After lunch you can chooseÂ a challenging group hike or take the cable car down to the village center.
In the village center you can choose from a swim, gym workout, cycling, golf, a walk along the river, shopping, Â or a visit to the crystal and alpine museum. You can also go back to home base for sauna or soak in the hot tub.
On the last day we go rafting together!
What happens on Shabbat?
Shabbat is a balance between inspiring Tefila, lively group meals with singing and Divrei Torah and quiet time for rest, hanging out and relaxing country walks. All participants are invited to give Divrei Torah, share an inspirational story or tune.
There will also be optional shiurim and group learning on a variety of current topics, Â which can be catered to your interests.
What is the nature of Tefilah on KOA?
There is daily group Shacharit, Mincha and Maariv -with a minyan, when there are ten men. Participation is by choice. We bring a Sefer Torah from Israel.
What is the level of Kashrut?
Rav Dani is the Mara DeAtra of Kosher Outdoor Adventures. He is a Mushmach of RIETS-YU.
The Meat is Glatt. There is generally no Chalav Yisrael available on our trips.
Regarding processed foods we follow the kosher list published by the local Bet Din. We buy locally all fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, baguettes and fresh fish.
Safety and Insurance
We only hike on approved trails.
Everyone is required to have travelers/medical insurance. Additional special insurance must be purchased if one anticipates joining the group for rafting.
The Accommodations are a balance between modern comfort and an authentic alpine atmosphere. Sometimes in wooden chalets, lofting roofs, wood burning fireplaces, steaming hot showers, gardens and patios with incredible views or a flat screen TV for watching the game with a cool brew.sometimes in resorts or 3 star hotels.
Please check out the pictures of the accommodations at the gallery.
Food and the Group Experience
After a long hike we come back to a delicious, hearty meal including soup, meat or fish with a variety of a veggies and carbs.
Thursday night we crank up the music and bake challahs and Shabbat desserts together.
What does the price include?
All entrance fees, the cable car multi pass which also includes a discount at the sport center and museums, all local bus and train rides, the chalet accommodations, all your meals and snacks, laundry machines, sauna and hot tub.
The fee doesn’t include flights, airport transfer, travel health insurance, basic tips, and additional optional activities.