Chamonix Snowshoeing Weekend

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Trip code: 
CVI
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Short Breaks, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Snowshoeing
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–12

A long weekend of snowshoeing through the dramatic scenery of the Mont Blanc region

What more dramatic setting can there be for snowshoeing than in the shadow of Mont Blanc?  From our base in Chamonix, we have put together four stunning walks with fantastic views of Europe's highest peaks.  We will explore alpine forests, climb mountain plateaus and spend the night in a remote mountain hut.  Not bad for a long weekend!

Highlights

  • Dramatic scenery of the Mont Blanc region
  • Snowshoe amid Europe's highest peaks
  • Cable car to the Aiguille du Plan

Key information

  • 4 guided snowshoe walks
  • Snowshoes and poles provided
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus leader, min age 16 years
  • 2 nights traditional 2-star hotel and 1 night mountain refuge

What's included

  • 2 nights traditional 2-star hotel and 1 night mountain refuge
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • 4 guided snowshoe walks
  • Snowshoes and poles
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Local transports and luggage transfer service during the trip

What's not included

  • Cable car fees (approximately €20)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Single accommodation (available on request)

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Geneva; transfer to Chamonix; walk at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi.

    The group flight arrives in Geneva and we transfer to our hotel in Chamonix approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from the airport. Those not flying with the group will meet us at the hotel. In the afternoon we will take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to 2310m and do an introductory walk on the Aiguille du Plan to familiarise ourselves with the snowshoes.

    La Chaumière Mountain Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Take train towards the Chalet de Loriaz; snowshoe in mountains.

    This morning we take a train towards the Chalet de Loriaz which is situated in the middle of the Aiguilles Rouges massif, close to the Swiss border. We will begin our walk from near the station and climb through beautiful alpine forest. Once we clear the forest and approach the mountain hut, we will be rewarded with stunning views of the Mont Blanc massif.

    Chalet de Loriaz or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Explore the Aiguilles Rouges massif; take train to Chamonix.

    Today we will enjoy a walk around the plateau de la Chevrette which is an open snow field with amazing views of Mont Blanc. However, there are many possible walks that we can enjoy in the area. We will make our way to Vallorcine in the afternoon and then take the train back along the valley to Chamonix.

    La Chaumière Mountain Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Morning walk at the foot of the Glacier du Tour; transfer to Geneva; fly to London.

    For our final morning there are many fantastic routes in the valley where we can walk. One possibility is to take a short train journey to Montroc, and walk at the foot of the Glacier du Tour. We will then return to Chamonix where our trip ends. Those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in time for their flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Switzerland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Switzerland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

Evening meals are generally 3 courses, usually starting with soup followed by a meat or vegetarian dish such as pasta or stews, and a dessert. All is home cooked. House wine is available for around €10 for a litre, and beer can be purchased – this is often local and on tap.

Lunches are not provided but can be purchased at shops in Chamonix. For the lunch on Day 3, it is possible to buy a packed lunch at the mountain hut (approximately €10).

Vegetarians can be catered for but options are limited.  Please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.

Weather

Throughout the Alps the winter months can bring extended periods of fine, settled weather. From Christmas through to the end of February average daytime temperatures range between +4º and ‐10ºC in the shade. These temperatures can feel surprisingly comfortable, largely because the air is very dry, and you will often be on the move. In periods of unsettled weather the daytime temperature will rise to zero or higher, but it will feel much colder as the air carries much more moisture at these times. At any time local winds can blow, and the resulting windchill factor can be significant.

Is this trip for you?

Snowshoeing is offered at level 3, moderate, suitable for beginners. Certain walks are dependent on weather conditions, and alternative routes may have to be chosen as necessary. 

The average ascent per day will be 400-500 metres. Maximum ascent: 720 metres.  On the Friday & Saturday when we will have the full day for snowshoeing, expect 5-6 hours per day spent on the mountain.

Snowshoes are adaptable to fit most trekking boot sizes, however if you wear larger than UK size 12 boots (US13 or EU47) please let us know at the time of booking. We will then be able to confirm if we can provide suitable snowshoes for you.

Accommodation

Hotel and mountain refuge

We typically spend our nights in Chamonix at the family run 2 star hotel, La Chaumière Mountain Lodge, which is located approximately a 10 minute walk away from the town centre. Rooms are all en suite, have beautiful mountain views and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a restaurant as well as a relaxing bar area.

Our night in the Aiguilles Rouges massif will be in a remote mountain refuge where we will be able to enjoy fantastic mountain scenery, including views of Mont Blanc. Rooms will be dormitories with bunk beds and shared facilities that sleep up to 15 people.

Single accommodation on 2 nights (available on request).

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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