Mont Blanc Snow Shoe Week
France & Italy & Switzerland, Snowshoeing, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,395 (land only) - from $1,620 (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 Rhone 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: Today we head down the valley towards the market town of Sallanches where we take a small mountain road climbing to the parking at Le Perret. From here we pick up the forest trail which zig zags up the hillside to the ancient farms below the Tete Noire at 1691m, a fine summit in itself. We then leave the trees to discover one of the finest views of the Mont Blanc range.
Day 6: Today we start our two day adventure to Italy. We drive through the famous Mont Blanc tunnel to enter Italy! We can enjoy the alpine town of Courmayeur and wander the ancient streets before we put on our snowshoes and wander along the stunning Val Ferret. We can take lunch at the lovely restaurant at La Vachey before climbing the last section to the Bonatti Refuge.
Day 7: This morning we set off early to walk through the beautiful valley of Malatra, a spectacular winter landscape surrounded by mountains. We then climb to the Col entre deux Sauts, the pass offers the most stunning views of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe at 4810m. After the obligatory photo stop, we descend once more into the valley of Malatra and wander back to the Bonatti.
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.