Mont Blanc Snowshoe Week

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4.5 / 5 from 15 reviews >
Trip code: 
CEC
Activity:
Winter
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–12

Enjoy snowshoeing around 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 new base in Les Contamines, we have put together a stunning series of walks amid Europe's highest peaks. We will explore alpine valleys and climb to mountain plateaux and peaks, to enjoy some of the finest vistas in the Alps.There is also an option to visit Chamonix for a day of further winter activities such as down hill skiing or cross-country skiing.

Highlights

Snowshoe in the shadow of Mont Blanc Comfortable family run hotel Explore Chamonix on the free day

Key information

5 guided snowshoe walks

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Days of Winter
Day by day breakdown
Day 27.0km/4.0miles
Day 38.0km/4.0miles
Day 48.0km/4.0miles
Day 67.0km/4.0miles
Day 78.0km/4.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Les Contamines.

    Start Les Contamines.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Introduction to the area with a snowshoe towards the foot of Mont Joly.

    Our first day on snowshoes begins directly from the hotel as we walk up in the direction of the hamlet les Baptieu. This route is relatively undiscovered and a good introduction to the area, with some good views of Mont Blanc. Initially starting in the forest, the trail then opens up with a panorama with a small alpine village dierctly below us. If luck is also on our side, today is also a good today to potentially spot some of the wilder residents of the area such as Chamois.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Snowshoe to the Mayeres Chalets and explore the Aravis mountain range.

    After a transfer by private transport to the hamlet of La Charmette above Sallanches, today's snowshoe begins in the direction of the Mayeres Chalets. We will then explore the Aravis mountain range which offers a completely different perspective of the area in an open terrain. As we gain a bit of altitude during the walk today there is a possibility of seeing the whole side side of the Mont Blanc chain. Mont Blanc and Les Drus are particularly impressive to see from here. The descent will be in the fresh snow of the north east where the snow is at its best!

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Short transfer before snowshoeing to Le Truc Auberge at the foot of Domes de Miagres and Aiguille de Bionnassay.

    After a 5 minute shuttle transfer our snowshoeing begins in the direction of Mont Blanc. Once at the Truc chalet, we will truly appreciate being at the foot of Domes des Miages (3640 m), Aiguille de Bionnassay (4062 m) and the giant glaciers of the Mont Blanc range. It is also possible to observe wildlife like Chamois, Ibex or deer.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Free day to explore the Chamonix Valley or enjoy other winter sports.

    Free day. There are many options available: downhill skiing (lessons available), cross-country skiing, a glacier walk with a UIAGM mountain guide, ice climbing, tandem paragliding, helicopter sightseeing flights over Mont Blanc, a trip on the Aiguille du Midi (one of Europe's highest cable cars), a ride on the Montenvers train to view the 'Mer de Glace', free rides on the Mont Blanc express train and local buses to Chamonix for shopping and sightseeing, visit Chamonix's sport centre with swimming pool, hamman, sauna, and gym, indoor tennis, squash...... the choice is endless.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Le Plan de la Cry; follow forest tracks to a clearing with spectacular views of the Mont Blanc range.

    This morning we will take a short transfer to the village of “Le Plan de la Cry” and begin our walk by following the track into the forest. After a couple of hours we should clear the forest and the view will open up to the stunning sight of the Mont Blanc range. From here we will be able to observe the full range including the Aiguille Verte, the Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Transfer to the end of Les Contamines Valley to follow an old Roman track to Nant Borrand.

    After a short shuttle transfer to the end of Les Contamines valley, we begin by following an old Roman track. The area around here is beutiful, with a succession of Alpine meadows and old chalets still very well preserved. This day is also perfect to observe some remarkable geologic features like moraines, evidence of erosion and rocks of different types.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Les Contamines.

    End Les Contamines.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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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 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included in the price of the trip.

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 -10º C 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 wind-chill factor can be significant.

Is this trip for you?

For Grade 3 no previous experience is required, but you should be confident of your fitness. Routes are decided by the leader according to snow and weather conditions. The average ascent per day will be 500-550 metres. Maximum ascent: 560 metres. Expect 5 ½ -7 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.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Hotel Christiania**
Ideally located in cenre of Les Contamines, the 2-star Hotel Christiania has been run by the Mermoud family for 3 generations and represents good value for the area. All rooms have are en suite and there is a small lounge and bar to relax in after a day on the snowshoes. The restaurant caters the typical Savoyard cuisine such as fondue and raclette

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed March 2015
    Hugh Price

    Mont Blanc Snowshoe Week

    Wonderful scenery, excellent leader and a comfortable Hotel

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Eating lunch opposite Mont Blanc and enjoying an amazing view

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manue ( as in Emanuelle ) is a great leader with a sensitive pace and good awareness of the avalanche risks. She also does a nice line in cakes.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you don't like ham or cheese you will have trouble with the food. Thanks to previous guests the breakfasts have muesli and bananas as well as a typical continental breakfast. The hotel does a packed lunch if you wish ranging from Euro 9 to Euro 4. There is an ATM in Les Contamines. Hotel staff are very friendly and the rooms warm. Take trouble to try to speak in French and they will soon help you in English if you get stuck.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A really enjoyable week with great guests and fantastic scenery, despite 2 days poor weather
  • Reviewed February 2015
    Sandra Mogan

    Mont Blanc snow shoe week

    This is a great holiday in a beautiful area, snow was fantastic however we missed a lot of great views because of cloud but that's the luck of the draw! Hotel could have been more accomodating with regard to bar opening and a few other niggles but overall the standard was about right for a two star.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the top of some tough hills was a challenge but achievable and my best moment was probably taking the cable car to the top of Le Brevent to view the full range around Mont Blanc ....stunning! Descending off the climbs through deep snow is the best fun ever.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was very friendly and helpful, local knowledge of the area and mountains was excellent. Felt safe with Manu at all times.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a hairdryer!!! They do not have any in the rooms at Hotel Christiania despite what the trip notes say! You will need to fit extra safety equipment in your back pack so the advice of a 30L rucksack is worth noting.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would definitely recommend this holiday to anyone, the Hotel did not spoil things but certainly didn't add to the experience. A good level of walking fitness is definitely required!
  • Reviewed January 2015
    Sharon Chollet

    Mont Blanc Snowshoe Week

    Just back from enjoyable week of Snowshoe walking with an excellent group of people. A week of good walking, good company, excellent food and stunning scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The sun breaking through the clouds to reveal stunning views of Mont Blanc and everytime I struggled up an ascent to be rewarded with powdery white snow and tremendous scenery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sylvie was a delightful guide and person. Despite difficult slippery conditions at lower levels she worked hard to revise routes to keep us safe whilst still providing interesting walks with fantastic views. Sylvie had great knowledge of the history, geography and geology of the area and of course there were her soon to become legendary cakes!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The snowfall and temperatures seem to be changeable and unpredictable so pack layers for all eventualities. You really do need to be confident of your fitness to enjoy this trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel is traditional in style with comfortable bedrooms, a charming lounge and dining room. I think there is room for improvement to the service and breakfast but given this was only the second group to use this new base I am sure these teething problems can be addressed. The two inclusive dinners were excellent. Les Contamines is a very pretty village with a good selection of resaataurants and bars.
  • Reviewed January 2015
    Judy Baulf

    Mrs

    A week of breathtaking scenery,good company,fine dining and great exercise .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Looking at the next days trek from the current days vantage point and realising how achievable it all was.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sylvie was inspirational.Her knowledge of the area was extensive and she brought the Alps alive with her passion for the flora, fauna and geology on our walks. Every afternoon she produced a delicious home made cake from her rucksac along with hot drinks etc. Her concern was always for our safety and comfort so I felt very confident on the slopes with her. She was an excellent guide and made the week so memorable with her skills and kindness.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Layer up as snowshoeing is warm work. Mittens not gloves!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Staff at the hotel Christiania were so friendly it felt like a home from home. I slept so well as the beds were really comfortable although the rooms tended to be rather too warm. Les Contamines and Saint Gervais are such lovely,friendly villages with a fabulous choice of restaurants.
  • Reviewed January 2014
    Anonymous

    CHAMONIX SNOWSHOE

    What a fantastic way to spend christmas! Brilliant chalet and chalet staff. Amazing scenery and competent & enthusiasitc guide.I would highly recommend this holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the highest peaks and seeing the remote areas with breathtaking scenery. Having a picnic up a mountain in the snow!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    An inspiring, enthusiastic and knowledgable  guide, who was caring and motivational throughout.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go on this holiday and bring your swimwear as the hot tub is briliant!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fantastic, homecooked food and a very welcoming and homely atmosphere at the chalet.
  • Reviewed January 2014
    Anonymous

    CHAMONIX SNOWSHOE

    We had a great time on the Chamonix Snow Shoe Holiday.  The chalet was a great base - really comfortable and so well run by Abby and Andy.  Stephanie, our mountain leader, was brilliant!  She made such an effort to make sure everyone in the group enjoyed themselves.  The snowshoeing was lots of fun...the only thing that would make it even better is if the walks were even longer!  

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Snowshoeing down hills in really deep snow!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Stephanie was really excellent.  She was considerate of all needs in the group.  She bought us French sweets for Christmas (as well as Champagne!). She was extremely friendly. She organised our glacier walk on the day off (which was great) and organised our shoe hire.  
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous

    CHAMONIX SNOWSHOE

    A week of superb snow, brilliant sunshine, very good quality equipment, daily walks that were all completely different but fabulous in their own right, very friendly hotel in the centre of Argentiere with an excellent range of choice for breakfast & 3 course dinner in the lovely attached restaurant. What more could you want!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walks and views were spectacular all week but, the stand out, walking up through the clouds on our final day into superb sunshine looking across at Mont Blanc 'avec le chapeau' and looking over the top of the fluffy white clouds in the valley below, exhilarating!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Organised, calm, confident, aware of all the groups needs, helpful, knowledgeable and keen for us to have fantastic walks & views.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit! To get the best views you have to go up, and it can be hard work but well worth the effort with a great feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day. You'll probably get hot so layers are the key to temperature control, trip notes re clothing are spot on.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy!
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous

    CHAMONIX SNOWSHOE

    It was great to get away from it all into the snowy moutains and we were blessed with lots of blue skies. We felt in safe hands with our leader Emma, who chose our walks carefullly in relation to the conditions. She was also fun despite being under the weather (she got a colleague in to cover for her one day, who was also great). The hotel was comfy with excellent food (five courses on New Year's eve) in a pleasant French village Argentiere just outside Chamonix.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to a point up high amongst the mountains with views of Mont Blanc, watching off-piste skiers going down a steep valley and some lamagia  birds circling around us. Also enjoyed going off piste in virgin snow and feeling free to jump downwards into it. All very endorphin inducing.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Emma was lovely, unfortunately not on tip top form, but she more than compensated for this in her energy and sensitivity to our needs as a group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Snow shoeing requires more fitness than usual hill walking and you need to have balance as well as confidence not to worry about occasional falls, especially going down hill.  It is a brilliant way to walk in the winter, don't be put off by how silly people look with tennis raquets on their feet, the equipment we had is much more sophisticated than when we first tried it 8 years ago.
  • Reviewed March 2012
    Anonymous

    CHAMONIX SNOWSHOE

    Fantastic walks.  Fantastic chalet.  Fantastic hosts.  Great weather as well.  No complaints at all.  Special mention should go to Oliver and Elaine who looked after us famously during the week.  

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Waking up each morning to see the summit of Mont Blanc.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic.  Great guide - felt very safe on the mountains.  Great host. Nothing too much trouble.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go on this trip or some other that stays at the Chalet Savoy

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    In the past I have been asked whether I wished to nominate the guide for an award.  I would not hesitate to nominate either Oliver, for guiding us, or Elaine for looking after us in the chalet afterwards.
  • Reviewed February 2012
    Anonymous

    CHAMONIX SNOWSHOE

    Returned again to Chamonix, and again had a great time with fantastic snow and great days with Oliver ass our guide. Fantastic cake and dinner on our return each day, the hot tub after a long day was just great. It was a great week with great company and if you never done any snowshoeing then it’s an excellent place to start and allows access to places that you could not get to in winter without the snowshoeing

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    the views on the clear days and the deep snow

    What did you think of your group leader?

    oliver if the perfect leader and made the trip full marks to him

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    if you never  done any snowshoeing then it’s an excellent place to start and allows access to places that you could not get to in winter you just need to book it and enjoy

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    great place to go to winter and summer i have been 3 times winter and summer and would not go back if it was not  a excellent place thanks again

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