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
6 days' snowshoeing
Group size: 3-8
Nearest airport: Geneva
6 nights in a chalet
1 night in a mountain refuge
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
Personal drinks & snacks
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