Mont Blanc Snow Shoe Week
France, Snowshoeing, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,345 (land only) - from $1,740 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at approximately 6.00pm in the group's chalet base in Argentiere above Chamonix. KE group package services begin with the evening meal. The guides will give a briefing on the days ahead and answer any questions.
Day 2: Today we fit our snowshoes and take time to look at technique. We also introduce you to using avalanche transceivers and other essential safety equipment when walking in the mountains in winter. We aim to spend the day enjoying a walk with views of the Mont Blanc Massif from the Chalets de Chailloux, a fabulous vantage point that gives superb views of the Chamonix Valley and glaciers.
Day 3: Today we have a trip to Switzerland, and an ascent of one of the best viewpoints of the area. We head up initially through pine woods, watch out for squirrels and roe deer, and then into more open ground as we arrive at the alpage. We then head for the summit which offers incredible panoramas of Mont Blanc, the Dents du Midi, and the Rhône Valley. Ascent 770m.
Day 4: Chalet Loriaz is above the hamlet of Vallorcine. The Vallorcine valley, which means ‘valley of the bears', used to easily be cut off during the winter months due to it's access being two mountain passes. We leave the village to climb steadily until we reach the open mountainside of the alpage at Loriaz. If the conditions permit we can also ascend the higher point of the Charmoz. Ascent 700m.
Day 5: We have an overnight stay in the Grand St Bernard Monastery located on a high pass at 2469m. The monastery is isolated in winter, and can only be accessed by snowshoes or on skis. Before the ascent we visit the St Bernard Museum in Martigny which is also home to the world famous St Bernard dogs. We aim to be up at the pass by mid-afternoon. Ascent 544m.
Day 6: Today we climb to the Italian frontier at the Col Ouest de Barasson (2635m) for views down into Italy. This is a popular snowshoe destination with a leisurely walk up the valley, before a final steep section taking us to the pass. There are excellent views of the Mont Blanc range, and the nearby Pain de Sucre. A wonderful place to enjoy a picnic lunch. Ascent 700m. We then descend to Argentiere.
Day 7: We begin by driving up a steep mountain road to start our walk from the high village of Romme. After leaving the tiny ski area in the village we head up through the pine forests before emerging to wonderful views of the region. The forests are magical in fresh snow, a real winter wonderland. Our goal is the summit of the Tête de la Sallaz, which offers a stunning panorama. Ascent 700m.
Day 8: KE group package services end after breakfast.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.