Snowshoe Traverse of the Chablais
France, Snowshoeing, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,245 (land only) - from $1,740 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at Geneva Airport. KE Land Only package services begin with a single, timed transfer to the group hotel in Megevette. Over dinner we will have the first briefing from our guide. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: Donning snowshoes, we begin the traverse, walking through several hamlets to the Col de la Bray (1442m) and on to the Pointe des Jottis (1548m) for fantastic views. We return to the pastures of La Bray before descending to Lac de Vallon and on to Chapelle St Bruno where we catch a bus to our hotel at Bellevaux. Ascent 800m. Descent 530m. Length: 11 km. Approximately 6.5 hours walking.
Day 3: We start at yesterday's finishing point and begin with a climb up the Tre-le-Saix plateau (1486m) which we then traverse to the Col de la Balme (1445m), and on to the Col de Seytrouset (1564m). From here we descend to the Dranse de Morzine, and finish with a short climb to our overnight stop at the village of Biot. + 870m. / -1000m. 14 km. 7 hours.
Day 4: We walk through the forest to the snow-covered pastures of Thex and pass beneath the Pointe de Cercle to reach the Montagne de Drouzin (1620m). We descend into the Abondance valley to reach the Alpages de Druges and we spend the night in the lovely village of Abondance. +780m. / -700m. 14 km. 7.5 hours.
Day 5: Passing a 15th century cloister renown for its frescos, we walk first to the hamlet of Mont. A steady climb takes us up onto the ridge of Mont Chauffe at Col de la Plagne (1546m). From the ridge we now descend to the remote valley of Ubine which is uninhabited in winter and continue to the village of Vacheresse. +780m. / -880m. 16 km. 6.5 hours.
Day 6: There are several ways to reach Mont Baron from Vacheresse. We choose the most unspoiled, heading up the Replain valley to reach the final ridge to the top of Mont Baron (1556m). From the top we have a long descent to the village of Bernex where we check into our overnight accommodation. +900m. / -800m. 12 km. 6 hours.
Day 7: We complete our traverse of the Chablais with an ascent of Mont Benand (1284m) with great views of the Gavot plateau and Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). We then make our way down to Thollon (937m) and continue to Lac Leman itself. From here we transfer to the famous spa town of Evian Les Bains for our last night. +350m. / -900m. 10km. 6.5 hours.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. There are regular connections by train and ferry to Geneva and the guide will assist in the arrngements for these.