Chamonix Snowshoe Week

Chamonix Snowshoe Week

 

  • Explore the world famous Chamonix Valley

  • Stunning views of the Mont Blanc Massif

  • Spend a night in the Grand St Bernard Monastery 

  • Get off the beaten track in France and Switzerland

  • Enjoy peaceful snowy landscapes

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

 

  • We are the Chamonix experts

  • Fully qualified International Mountain Leaders

  • Snowshoes, walking poles and transceivers included

Chamonix Snowshoe Week: Dates & Prices

Chamonix Snowshoe Week: Overview

The Chamonix Valley is a beautiful place to snowshoe, and on our Chamonix Snowshoe Week you'll be able to fully explore this stunning area. No previous snowshoeing experience is needed, but participants should have a reasonable level of fitness, and have experience of day hikes. Snowshoeing is a great way of exploring the winter scenery, and you'll be amazed how quickly you can leave the crowds behind and experience Chamonix's backcountry away from the ski lifts.

Our prices include transport in the Chamonix valley, as well as snowshoes, poles and avalanche safety equipment. 

On this trip we usually stay at the fantastic Yeti Lodge in Argentière, at the higher end of the Chamonix Valley. The chalet has a sauna, hot tub and beautiful views of the Mont Blanc massif, and we will enjoy traditional chalet hospitality. The chalet is full-board, and they will send us off with a lovely breakfast and packed lunches each day. On the chalet staff day off, we will eat out in Argentière (unless it coincides with our refuge night). The meal out is included in the price of the trip. 

On one night we will aim to stay in a mountain refuge - usually the Grand St Bernard Monastery. The accommodation in the mountain refuges is in dormitories, but the experience will be more than worth it.

On busy weeks we may not be able to stay at Yeti Lodge, in which case we will choose an excellent hotel in the Chamonix valley (not always in Argentière) - it depends on the point at which the trip confirms.

Chamonix Snowshoe Week: Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrive in Argentière

We meet at the group chalet in Argentière. We will have a trip briefing at around 6pm, which will give us the chance to ask questions and find out about the week ahead.

 

Day 2 - Chalets de Chailloux

Today will give us the chance to ease into the week, as we get used to our snowshoes and master the techniques needed. We will also learn how to use our avalanche equipment, such as the transceiver. We will then spend the day on a fabulous walk to the Chalets de Chailloux, from where we have a great vantage point and wonderful views of Mont Blanc. 

 

Day 3 - Ascent of Mont de l'Arpille, Switzerland

We start the day with a drive to the village of Ravoire, overlooking the Rhone Valley. We make our way through the pine forests to the high pastures, then on to our summit. The Mont de l'Arpille is one of the best vantage points in the area, with breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains, including the Dents du Midi. 

Day 4 - Vallorcine and the Alpage de Loriaz

First we head to the small hamlet of Vallorcine, then climb until we reach the high mountain pastures of Loriaz. If the Refuge de Loriaz is open then we will stop for a hot chocolate and admire the fantastic Mont Blanc views.

Day 5 - La Crête des Bénés

First we take a short transfer down the mountain to Sallanches, and pick up a trail that zig-zags through the forest below the Tête Noire (1691m). As we leave the trees we are treated to magnificent views in all directions - Mont Blanc (4810m), the Aravis mountains (with the Pointe Percée at 2752m), the Croisse Baulet (2236m), and the Rochers des Fiz. 

Day 6 - The Grand St Bernard Monastery

Tonight we will aim to stay at the historic and world famous Grand St Bernard Monastery. The mountain pass sits at 2469m and in winter it is only accessible by snowshoe or skis, making it a very peaceful and special place. As we climb we follow in the footsteps of Hannibal and Napoleon, not to mention countless pilgrims, traders and travellers throughout the centuries. The monastery is also famous for its iconic rescue dogs, and we should have enough time in the morning to visit the Grand St Bernard Museum in Martigny before we start our climb up to the monastery. There is no luggage access on this day.

Day 7 - Col Ouest de Barasson - the Italian frontier

After our night at the monastery we will take a route through a valley leading to the Italian border and the Col Ouest de Barasson (2635m). A leisurely walk through the valley is accompanied by beautiful views. A final ascent lead us up to the pass, where we can enjoy a picnic lunch with Mont Blanc views. After lunch we descend back to our base in Argentière, and relax at the chalet before a final meal together to celebrate our adventure. 

Day 8 - Departure Day

Our trip ends after breakfast. 

 

AT A GLANCE

 

7 nights

6 days' snowshoeing

Group size: 3-8

Price: £1295

Join: Chamonix

End: Chamonix

Nearest airport: Geneva

ACCOMMODATION

6 nights in a chalet

1 night in a mountain refuge

DIFFICULTY GRADING

                    

              

6

Moderate

Included

  • Six nights full-board accommodation in a 2* hotel or chalet (Yeti Lodge or similar) based on twin or triple rooms (breakfasts, packed lunches, evening meals included)

  • One night's full-board dormitory-style accommodation in the Grand St Bernard Monastery or similar

  • Transport as per the itinerary

  • Qualified Snowshoe Guide (IML or Accompagnateur)

  • Snowshoes, walking poles and avalanche safety equipment

Not Included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Personal drinks & snacks

  • Airport transfers

Chamonix Snowshoe Week: Book Online

 

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+44 208 144 8102     

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