No place is better for a snowshoeing adventure than Chamonix. Lying at the foot of Mont Blanc, surrounded by majestic peaks and huge glaciers, the scenery is hard to beat. The bustling town of Chamonix is steeped in mountain history and has, ever since the first ever winter Olympic was held here in 1924, generally been regarded as one of the worlds premier winter destinations. Its superb location also gives easy access into Switzerland and Italy, and with a great snow record, this really is a perfect place to go for a winter adventure.
During this week we'll explore some of our favourite snowshoeing excursions in the vast Mont Blanc region. We'll chose the best routes depending on the current conditions and the aspirations of the group. At night you'll be able to relax at your comfortable hotel, or you can explore the many cafes, restaurants and shops in Chamonix.
No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary - a good level of fitness and an adventurous spirit is all you need for this trip of a lifetime!
Day 1 (Sunday): Arrive in the Chamonix valley and meet with your leader in the evening for welcome, snowshoe equipment check and briefing.
Day 2 (Monday): Our first tour kicks off from the Montjoie valley to the West of Mont Blanc. We ascend from a small hamlet, through pine 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): From Les Houches in the Chamonix valley, we zig-zag upwards through wonderful snow-covered pine forest until we reach an interesting and steep ridge for the final part of our ascend. When we arrive at the summit of le Prarion we’re met by the most amazing views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley.
Day 4 (Wednesday): 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 through an idyllic mountain pasture before we arrive at 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) : Our aim today is an ascent of the Aiguillete 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): From the hamlet le Buet we move up the gorgeous Bérard valley 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.
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