Day 1(Sunday): Arrival in Chamonix Valley
Arrive in the Chamonix valley and meet with our leader in the evening for welcome, snowshoe equipment check and briefing.
Day 2 (Monday): Les Contamines and Mont Truc
Our first tour kicks off from the Montjoie valley to the West of Mont Blanc. We ascend from a small hamlet, through forest, to an idyllic high mountain pasture with charming old barns. This is a great route for getting used to our snowshoes and to spend some time practicing a few skills needed for safe travel in winter. The highlight of the day is our final ascent to the top of Mont Truc.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Vallorcine and the Loriaz Chalets
From Vallorcine we ascend on a narrow and interesting track through snow-covered pine forest. As we come out of the tree line, the terrain opens up, revealing the Loriaz mountain pastures. We continue to the Loriaz chalets, which are nearly completely hidden under the snow. On our descend we traverse the plateau and complete the circle back to Vallorcine.
Day 4 (Wednesday): The Rhone Valley and Mont de l’Arpille
We head into Switzerland to a small hamlet above the Rhone valley. Here, we strap on our snowshoes and begin the ascent to the summit of Mont de l’Arpille. Our route takes us past an idyllic mountain pasture to the summit, which offers spectacular 360 degrees views of the Mont Blanc massif in France, the Swiss Valais region and the impressive Rhone valley.
Day 5 (Thursday): Les Houches and the Aiguillette des Houches Our aim today is an ascent of the Aiguillette des Houches situated above the Chamonix valley with, probably, the best views of the Mont Blanc massif as well as views of the Fizz mountain chain. This makes for an unforgettable day on snowshoes.
Day 6 (Friday): Vallon de Bérard and the Col de Bérard From the hamlet le Buet we move up the gorgeous Vallon de Bérard along a gorgeous mountain stream until the valley opens up and reveals a stunning snowy bowl. We continue ascending until we reach the high-point of our week Col de Bérard at 2460 meters. From the col we have have views into the stunning and remote Aiguille Rouges nature reserve. This is a long day and a great final to our week.
Day 7 (Saturday): Depart Chamonix After breakfast, you check out of your hotel. This is the end of the trip.
Suitable for walkers with good fitness and an adventurous spirit. No previous winter experience neccessary.
7 days holiday with 5 days walking.
Hotel or chalet (min. 2**).
Group size and guides:
From 4 to 8 clients with 1 certified English-speaking guide (UIMLA).
Dates & prices
17 - 23 January 2016
06 - 12 March 2016
Price: £ 795 p.p.
Groups smaller than 4 will run if members are happy to pay a small supplement.
Standard inclusions & exclusions:
- Expert tour planning and organisation by Alpine Treks
- 5 days guiding by English-speaking guide (UIMLA)
- 6 nights accommodation in hotel
- 6x breakfast
- Transportation at destination
- Free use of snowshoes and walking sticks
- Travel to and from Chamonix
- Lunches, snacks, drinks and meals not mentioned above
- Cable cars