Snowshoe Traverse of the Chablais

Snowshoe Traverse of the Chablais

  • Discover pristine alpine landscapes

  • Explore high pastures and easy peaks

  • Full luggage support

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

  • Fully qualified and expert guide

  • Stay in pretty alpine villages

  • Enjoy traditional local food and wine

Snowshoe Traverse of the Chablais: Dates and Prices

Snowshoe Traverse of the Chablais

On our Snowshoe Traverse of the Chablais we take a fabulous journey through a winter wonderland of alpine forests, pastures and snow-topped peaks. Snowshoeing is the perfect low-impact way to explore the pristine snowy landscapes, as we make our way from the French village of Mégevette to Evian-les-Bains, on the shores of beautiful Lac Léman (also known as Lake Geneva). The Chablais Alps are renowned for their excellent snowshoeing opportunities, and enjoy fabulous views of the Mont Blanc Massif. 

What to expect

On this trip we will stay in hotels in alpine villages on all 7 nights, and will enjoy traditional local food, wine and hospitality. There is full luggage support, so we can travel light with just daypacks, and our main bags will be waiting for us on arrival. 

Each day we will aim to cover around 12-16 kilometres, with ascents between 800 and 1000 metres, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. No prior experience of snowshoeing is needed, however, as the techniques are relatively simple, and easy to learn. If you have any questions at all about whether this trip is right for you, just ask. 

AT A GLANCE

 

7 nights

6 days' snowshoeing

Luggage delivery

Group size 4-10

 

Price: £1395

 

Join: Geneva/Mégevette

End: Evian-les-Bains

ACCOMMODATION

7 nights in hotels

 

 

DIFFICULTY GRADING

5

Moderate

Snowshoe Traverse of the Chablais: Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Geneva and transfer to Mégevette

We offer a transfer for the group from Geneva Airport at a specified time (please ask us for details), but if you're not able to make the transfer, and are travelling independently, we will meet at the group hotel in Mégevette. We will have a trip briefing, followed by dinner. 

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Day 2 - From Mégevette to Bellevaux

After we have put on our snowshoes for the first time and 'found our feet', we will start the first day of our trip with a traverse up to the Col de la Bray (1442m), passing through several hamlets on the way. We then climb to the Pointe des Jottis (1548m), and take in the fabulous views, before dropping back down to the pastures of la Bray. Our descent takes us past the frozen Lac de Vallon, and the snow-covered forests, to Chapelle Saint-Bruno. There is no accommodation here so we hop on a bus to nearby Bellevaux, and our hotel for the night.  

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6-7 hours

Distance: 12km

Altitude gain / loss: +1053m / -819m

 

Day 3 - From Bellevaux to le Biot

After breakfast we take the bus back to yesterday's finishing point, and continue our snowshoeing adventure with a climb up to the Tré-le-Saix plateau (1486m). We then traverse through the tall pine trees to the Col de la Balme (1445m), and on to the Col de Seytrouset (1564m), where we enjoy spectacular views of the Dents du Midi. We descend to the Dranse de Morzine river, followed by a short climb to our hotel in le Biot.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 7-8 hours

Distance: 14km

Altitude gain / loss: +870m / -1000m

 

Day 4 - Snowshoe from le Biot to Abondance

We leave the village of le Biot, and start the day with a lovely walk through pine forests, and the snowy pastures of Thex. Passing beneath the Pointe de Cercle we reach the Montagne de Drouzin (1620m), then descend into the Abondance valley and the Alpages de Druges. We will spend the night in the charming village of Abondance. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 7-8 hours

Distance: 14km

Altitude gain / loss: +780m / -700m

Day 5 - Snowshoe from Abondance to Vacheresse

We have a lovely start to the day, as our walk takes us past Abondance's 15th century Abbey, with its famous frescoes, and on to the hamlet of Mont. A steady climb brings us to the ridge of Mont Chauffe at the Col de la Plagne (1546m), followed by a descent into the beautiful valley of Ubine, which is uninhabited in the winter. We drop down further until we reach Vacheresse, which will be our base for the night.  

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6-7 hours

Distance: 16km

Altitude gain / loss: +780m / -880m

Day 6 - Snowshoe from Vacheresse to Bernex, via Mont Baron

There are several routes to Mont Baron, but we will take the most unspoilt, heading up the Replain valley and on to the final ridge to the top of Mont Baron (1556m). We enjoy views of the Ubine valley, before starting our long descent to the village of Bernex. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6-7 hours

Distance: 13km

Altitude gain / loss: +900m / -800m

 

Day 7 - From Bernex to Evian-les-Bains

Our final day of snowshoeing starts with a traverse of Mont Bénand (1284m), and fabulous views of the Gavot plateau and Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). We pass underneath the north face of the Memises, on our descent to Thollon (937m). We are getting lower now so, depending on conditions, we may need to continue without snowshoes as we descend right down to Lac Léman itself. We will then take a transfer to Evian-les-Bains, which is a famous spa town on the shores of the lake, and the perfect end to our adventure. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6-7 hours

Distance: 11km

Altitude gain / loss: +350m / -950m

Day 8 - Departure day

Our trip finishes after breakfast. Airport transfers back to Geneva are not included, as there are a couple of options, which are both very easy. The most scenic is to take the ferry across the lake, then a train to the airport. Alternatively you can take a taxi to the Evian-les-Bains train station, and take a train to the airport from there. 

Included

  • All snowshoe and safety equipment

  • 7 nights' accommodation on twin-share basis

  • All meals in the itinerary

  • All transport in the itinerary

  • Fully qualified & experienced International Mountain Leader

  • Luggage access on all 7 nights

  • Airport transfer from Geneva to Mégevette (timings apply)

Not Included

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal drinks & snacks

  • Tips

  • Transfer from Evian-les-Bains to Geneva airport

Snowshoe Traverse of the Chablais: Book Online

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