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Olivier Levasseur

Born in Annecy, I'm a trekking guide and guided more than 10 years, first in the Alps, then world wide. Now at the office designing and organising mountain trips in the Alps for french and world wide clients. This also allows me time to get outdoor.
My favourite activity is ski touring and I love to share and design all kind of trips in my favourite places for anyone.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I'm specialized in
- Hiking / trekking in summer
- Climbing / Mountaineering in summer
- Ski touring in winter
...and all over the Alps from the mediterranean sea to the Dolomites (including France, Switzerland and Italy) were my favorite places are Mont-Blanc range, Dolomites (Italy) and Wallis (Switzerland)"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I started as a trekking guide in "my" french in the Aravis, then a little bit further, around Mont-Blanc or Matterhorn and Val d'Aoste. I worked then as a tour leader all over the world and especially in New-Zealand, Nepal, and Patagonia.

Even if I had the chance to live in different countries I finally came back in my hometown, Annecy. It's just 1hour from Chamonix, best place for skiing and mountaineering and 1 hour from the Italian and Swiss borders....well a great place to live and go hiking, cycling, skiing, climbing, paragliding, kayaking."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"There are so many great experiences traveling, but my best is for sure an "early morning start" to climb a snowy mountain. When the sun appears behind the horizon and you're already high up on the mountain cramponing....some of the best feelings. And if, mother earth gives you the chance to get a low-wind day I like to take off paragliding from the summit :-)
This could happen all over the world....but my favourite place for that is the Mont-Blanc range obviously ;-)"

Olivier is part of the following groups: Switzerland Travel Agents, Italy Travel Agents, France Travel Agents
Lake Moiry as seen from Corne de Sorebois
Chamonix to Zermatt Walker's Haute Route - 7 Days

Hike through thick pine forests, visit traditional Swiss villages, and look for wildlife (like ibex and marmots) on this 7-day trekking itinerary through the Swiss Alps. Cross the high-elevation Col de Riedmatten Pass, traverse mountainside, and hike along glacier foothills as you make your way east towards Zermatt, which sits at the base of the Matterhorn. At night, cozy up in huts and small villages that retain an authentic alpine feel.

Val d’Anniviers
Chamonix to Zermatt Walker's Haute Route - 8 Days

From traditional alpine villages to high rocky passes, you'll experience the best of the Swiss Alps on this 8-day trek from the Valais Valley to Zermatt.  You'll hike along glacier foothills, traverse mountainsides, and hike through alpine meadows and peaceful lakeshores. At night, fall asleep in high mountain huts and towns to the sound of wind in the mountains. 

Val d’Anniviers
Chamonix to Zermatt Walker's Haute Route - 9 Days

Explore the Swiss Alps on this nine-day trekking itinerary. Start in the Valais Valley—the main gateway to the surrounding mountains. From here, head east as you continue deeper into Switzerland. You'll spend the next several days navigating along the base of glaciers, hiking through thick pine forests, and exploring small alpine towns. Your destination is Zermatt, at the base of the Matterhorn—you'll reach here on day seven, leaving you enough time to hike around the area and take in the iconic views.

Lac de Moiry
Chamonix to Zermatt Walker's Haute Route - 10 Days

Visit traditional Swiss villages, explore high-elevation alpine lakes, and cross high rocky passes as you trek through the Alps on this 10-day itinerary from Chamonix to Zermatt. Head east across the mountain range as you traverse mountainsides, hike along glacier foothills and look for wildlife (like ibex and marmots). Spend your nights in lakeside mountain huts and cozy towns, falling asleep to the sound of the wind and water. 

Crossing Col de Balme
Chamonix to Zermatt Walker's Haute Route - 12 Days

You'll explore high alpine passes, pass through thick pine forests, hike along the base of glaciated peaks, and much more on this 12-day trekking itinerary. Start your trip in Chamonix—the French 'Capital of Alpinism'—then head east into Switzerland, arriving 10 days later in Zermatt at the base of the Matterhorn. As you hike through the Alps, you'll spend your time looking for wildlife, breathing in the fresh alpine air, and taking in the views, ending each day with comfortable stays in villages and mountain huts.

Running in the Alps
Tour du Mont Blanc: Self-Guided Trail Run - 6 Days

Follow the classic Tour de Mont Blanc trail on this six-day itinerary, with a twist: you'll be running between villages and alpine passes, maximizing your time in the region. This adventurous trail running trip is perfect for active travelers who want to experience classic Alps views. You'll run between 19 and 28 miles per day as you wind your way around the Mont Blanc Massif, taking in the views of glaciers and spotted alpine cows before relaxing in mountain villages at night. 

Recent trip reviews for Olivier

Hut to Hut hiking in Switzerland · Switzerland - Jul 22 - Jul 27, 2019

Traveler: Arvind R. - Local specialist: Olivier Levasseur

Olivier and Julien were great. They were responsive and informative. Awesome trip!

Pamela

Dolomites · Italy - Jul 2 - Jul 8, 2019

Traveler: Pamela B. - Local specialist: Olivier Levasseur

We did an unguided tour of the Dolomites. In general, we felt the distances of the hikes did not match what my Garmin recorded. There was not enough time allotted meet up with our guided portion of the tour. Our luggage transfer service, Taxi Rizzo, was excellent and very complementary of Allibert Trekking. The accommodations, travel books, maps, bus/train information and phone app were good. The choice of destinations and accommodations were excellent. Tre Cime is breathtaking and all the alpine huts had spectacular views.

Dolimites runcation · Italy - Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2019

Traveler: Tony G. - Local specialist: Olivier Levasseur

No one can predict the weather, but even with half the trails covered in slow, we were able to navigate with very little worry. Olivier was great to deal with, and we look forward to planning another trip some day.

Dolomites · Italy - Sep 20 - Sep 22, 2018

Traveler: Meghan F. - Local specialist: Olivier Levasseur

Olivier was very helpful, was quick to respond and booked an unforgettable trip for us. Thank you!

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Olivier Levasseur, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Meghan,
Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed riding the Dolomites. And thanks for your pictures, they are great !
The Alps are wide...many good places to ride your bike. Don't hesitate to get in touch for a new trip

Swiss KimKim Self-Guided tour · Switzerland - Sep 8 - Sep 12, 2018

Traveler: Oliver L. - Local specialist: Olivier Levasseur

We set up a custom, unique experience with KimKim. We wanted a self-guided tour to align with our dates. KimKim worked with us to find an amazing trip to help make our vision of this experience amazing.

We live in the US and Olivier corresponded with us regularly to help us the options and set up all the arrangement for us. Since this was self-guided, we received a trip book with maps, a custom book with background and specific trail instructions, which helped make us comfortable in advance... read more

We set up a custom, unique experience with KimKim. We wanted a self-guided tour to align with our dates. KimKim worked with us to find an amazing trip to help make our vision of this experience amazing.

We live in the US and Olivier corresponded with us regularly to help us the options and set up all the arrangement for us. Since this was self-guided, we received a trip book with maps, a custom book with background and specific trail instructions, which helped make us comfortable in advance and guided us every day.

Our whole trip in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland was amazing. Several standout experiences include taking a train from Grendlewald up to the Inn at Alpiglen, where the staff was amazingly helpful, our rooms has stunning views of the fog shrouded Alps, and we enjoyed Swiss wine. We also loved the next day, where we hiked below the north face of the Eiger up to a gorgeous 19th century hotel, the Hotel Bellevue du Alps, where we enjoyed beautiful rooms, views of the glaciers, and delicious food in elegant surroundings. Overall, the hiking, views, hotels and huts, were an amazing once in a life-time experience that we'll never forget.

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Olivier Levasseur, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Oliver,
Thanks for your great feedback.
Happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip and swiss accommodations. Bernese Oberland is a perfect place in the Alps for a multi day hike with quality accommodation (this is Switzerland ;-).

Gus

Dolomites Trekking - one week · Italy - Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2018

Traveler: Gus J. - Local specialist: Olivier Levasseur

Julien and Olivier from Allibert Trekking did a fantastic job in planning my itinerary for my Dolomites trek. Given that August is the high season, I thought the task of booking my trip would be almost impossible given that I booked in June. Nevertheless, within 48 hours of initial contact, I had my itinerary mapped out and all rifugios confirmed. It was almost too good to be true!

They were super responsive and possess great knowledge useful for people wanting to take a self-guided tour.... read more

Julien and Olivier from Allibert Trekking did a fantastic job in planning my itinerary for my Dolomites trek. Given that August is the high season, I thought the task of booking my trip would be almost impossible given that I booked in June. Nevertheless, within 48 hours of initial contact, I had my itinerary mapped out and all rifugios confirmed. It was almost too good to be true!

They were super responsive and possess great knowledge useful for people wanting to take a self-guided tour.

The itinerary they planned was very detailed, and the accommodations were excellent.

I'm already thinking about the next trip I will want to have planned for them. Great job guys!

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Olivier Levasseur, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gus,
Thanks for your great feedback. You were our 1st Kimkim traveler and we're glad you enjoyed it.
We love the Dolomites - unique scenary.
Don't hesitate to get in touch with us for your next alpine trip
Olivier