Transalpine Snowshoe Week

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Trip code: 
CAV
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Winter Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–12

Explore the beautiful mountain scenery in Italy and France by snowshoe

From Italy to France, this snowshoeing trek gives you the opportunity to discover areas either side of the border. Starting the week in Italy, in the remote and very pretty valley of Thures, not far from the area of Sestriere in the Val di Susa, we spend 2 nights in a mountain refuge. We then cross into France and the Cervières Valley, near Briançon, where we enjoy different scenery, with larche tree forests, open area, wide passes and some rocky steep peaks.

Highlights

  • Snowshoe in France and Italy
  • Spend 2 nights in mountain refuges
  • Summit Cima del Bosco (2376m)
  • Discover remote parts of the Southern Alps

Key information

  • 6 days guided snowshoeing
  • Snowshoes and poles provided
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 7 nights gites and mountain refuges

What's included

  • 7 nights gites and mountain refuges
  • All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 7 dinners included
  • 6 days guided snowshoeing
  • Snowshoes, walking sticks and safety equipment
  • International mountain leader throughout
  • Local transports and luggage transfer service during the trip

What's not included

  •  Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

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

    Arrival and transfer to Thures

    Start Thures.
    La Fontana di Thures or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Cima del Bosco

    On our first day we will tackle the classic climb of the area, the Cima del Bosco (2376m). This route is a great introduction to the snowshoeing. We begin by walking from the gite through areas of beautiful larch forest. When we reach the top we will get fantastic views of the surrounding valleys along with the ski resort of Sestriere in the distance.
    La Fontana di Thures or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Fontana del Thures, Mautino

    Today we have the option of taking one of many routes, depending on snow conditions on the day. There is either the Col Begino (2331m), the Roche Courbe (2031m) or the Col Chabaud (2217m) directly down the valley. Whichever route we take it will be a relatively long day of snowshoeing and we will be rewarded with stunning alpine scenery.
    Mautino Hut or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Explore around the Mautino Hut

    Depending on snow conditions, many options are possible. We can explore the plateau around the accommodation or tackle some of the nearby peaks such as the Cima Fournier (2424m) or the Col Begino (2331m). If conditions are good and we are making good time we may even be able to complete a couple of these walks.
    Mautino Hut or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Mautino hut, Cervières

    This morning we will begin by walking to the Col de Bousson (2153m) located at the French border. From here we have a superb descent down to the beautiful valley of Cerverette. On the way it is possible to climb up the Cime de Saurel (2451m). This walk takes us through untouched snow and is the perfect area for snowshoeing.
    Cerveyrette Gite or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Cervières south faces

    Today’s walk is on the south face of the Montgenévre mountain range. Our goal for today is to climb the Sommet des Anges (2459m) from where we will get some superb views of both the Cerviére Valley and the Izoard Valley.
    Cerveyrette Gite or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Cervières loop walk

    If conditions allow it, our last day’s walk will be to explore the valley of the ‘bois des oules’. This route will allow us to immerse ourselves in the wild white mountain and the beautiful larch forest. There will also be the opportunity to do some cross-country skiing on this day.
    Cerveyrette Gite or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Breakfast ‐ typically continental with cereal, fruit and yoghurt available. Dinner ‐ local mountain dishes including meat stew and pasta along with cheese and soup. Vegetarian options are available.

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?

This trip is set at level 4, moderate/challenging. Previous mountain walking experience is necessary along with a good level of fitness. The difficulty and distances covered in this trip depend very much on the snow conditions, however the routes are designed to be possible even in the heaviest snow.

The altitude gain will be around 700 metres on most days. Some of the ascents are quite steep and snowshoes can be removed if necessary. Expect walking time to be approximately 7 hours including breaks plus 1 hour for lunch. The longest days will involve approximately 8 hours of walking. The maximum distance will be roughly 17km in a day.

This trip involves 2 nights in a mountain hut. During this time you will not have access to your main luggage and will have to carry your essentials in a backpack.

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.

The drive to Thures from the airport can take over 1.5 hours and is predominantly on winding mountain roads. 

Accommodation

Gites and Albergos. Dormitory style accommodation.

We will be sleeping in dorms of up to 8 people with shared bathrooms. Our first two nights are usually spent at Albergo Fontana del Thures, a family run gite in the secluded valley of Thures. This gite is a charming old building with a fireplace and it has a great reputation for providing delicious local cuisine. We then spend the next couple of nights at the remote mountain hut, Capanna Mautino, which is only accessible on foot. At the hut we will be able to fully immerse ourselves in the winter wilderness and enjoy the amazing views from the comfortable living room. For the remainder of the trip we will move onto the quaint Cerveyrette gite, probably the best accommodation of the trip, which also offers great food and a very relaxing environment.

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    Proper walks through excellent mountain scenery. Refuges provided authentic mountain food and hospitality.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking point to point, particularly the cross the alps day. We had lovely sun and superb snow.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yves was excellent. Paced the walks really well and was great fun. Full of knowledge about the area, mountains and particular expertise on snow. A great companion.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Gaiters

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Sleeping was in small dormitory's of 5-7ish. Proper mountain experience.

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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