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 delightful family-run Hotel Aiguille du Midi in Les Bossons. The hotel is renowned for its fantastic evening meals and dessert buffet, and we include breakfasts and evening meals.
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 the Hotel Aiguille du Midi, in which case we will choose an excellent hotel or chalet in the Chamonix valley - it depends on the point at which the trip confirms.
Chamonix Snowshoe Week: Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive in Chamonix
We meet at the group hotel in the Chamonix valley. We will have a trip briefing at around 6pm, which will give you the chance to ask questions and find out about the week ahead.
Day 2 - Chalets de Chailloux
Today we will 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 safety equipment. 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 the minibus and transfer back to Chamonix for a final celebratory meal and overnight in your hotel or chalet.
Day 8 - Departure Day
Our trip ends after breakfast.
AT A GLANCE
6 days' snowshoeing
Group size: 3-8
Nearest airport: Geneva
6 nights in a hotel or chalet
1 night in a mountain refuge
6 nights' half-board accommodation in a 3* hotel or chalet (Yeti Lodge or similar) based on twin or triple rooms
1 night's half-board dormitory-style accommodation in the Grand St Bernard Monastery or similar
All breakfasts & evening meals
Transport as per the itinerary
Qualified Snowshoe Guide (IML or Accompagnateur)
Snowshoes, walking poles and avalanche safety equipment
Personal drinks & snacks
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