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Queyras Snowshoe Winter Paradise

France, Queyras
4 reviews
Available Departures: Feb, Mar

8 days from

US$2,560

without flights
Winter
Guided Group
MODERATE MODERATE

A one week snowshoeing holiday in the quiet Queyras area of the French Alps

Trip Code: QUY
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Queyras Snowshoe Winter Paradise

Highlights
  • Snowshoe in remote valleys & quiet trails, away from the crowds
  • Enjoy spectacular mountain views, including the Ecrins National Park
  • Centre-based in a charming family run hotel in the picturesque village of Aiguilles
  • Fully guided and all snowshoe equipment provided

At a Glance
  • Group Size 5 to 8
  • 6 days snowshoeing
  • Max altitude - 2656 metres
  • Join In Aiguilles

Accommodation & Meals
  • All meals included
  • 7 nights Hotel
Overview

The Queyras Regional Natural Park is considered to be one of the most beautiful in France; wild mountain valleys, with impressive rock faces and jagged ridgelines are all there just waiting to be explored. The area lies south of the ancient town of Briancon, a World Heritage Site, and is just west of the frontier with Italy.  For our week in this beautiful area we are based in the village of Aiguilles in a small family run hotel.  We begin our week by snowshoeing up to La Criox de Curlet which boasts excellent views of the area, during the day we can start to get the feel for snowshoeing and our guide will also do a little training on mountain safety in winter and we'll begin to look at the snowpack itself. Continuing through the week, our days get slightly longer as we get used to wearing snowshoes, a specific highlight is on day 6 where we aim to the summit of Crete de Gardiole; at 2656m this is also the highest point of the holiday.  If you are looking to get away from the crowds this winter, look no further, as it's a surprise to meet other groups on the mountain!

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Explore International. This holiday is part of our Explore International range. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

This week of centre-based, guided snowshoeing is designed to appeal to regular mountain walkers wishing to learn snowshoe techniques as well as those with previous snow-shoeing experience. During the holiday we will cover a variety of ground from relatively easy snow covered trails to steeper mountain slopes.  The trip is suitable for novices and also those people with previous snowshoeing experience; however a high level of fitness is required.

The itinerary will be flexible and during the week the guide will use their expertise and local knowledge to determine the best routes to take advantage of prevailing snow conditions and the abilities of the group.  A suggested itinerary for the week is given below, but may be subject to change. If snow conditions do not permit snow-shoeing on any of the routes, the group will follow an alternative winter hiking itinerary.

Why KE?

Snowshoe in quiet areas that are 'off the beaten track' and with a small group (maximum of 8 people) you can get a real feel for this spectacular area.

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Itinerary

We meet at 7pm at our accommodation when your guide will be available to discuss the itinerary and answer any questions about the week ahead. Please note that for those arriving into Turin airport a transfer is included, departing at approx. 1630 hrs to allow us to arrive in Aiguilles in time for dinner.

Accommodation

Hotel

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We ease into the week by heading for an excellent view point which gives a good introduction to the area. This is one of the best belvederes of Saint Veran and the cirque of Clausis. There is the possibility of doing a loop on our descent to vary the terrain and views. We will aim to also do some training looking at the snowpack and considering mountain safety in winter. We will stop at the gorgeous village of St Veran for a well earned ‘refreshment’ before heading back to our hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

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Ascent

762 M

Descent

730 M

Time

5 - 6 hours Snowshoeing

Distance

8 KM

We begin by heading up a narrow valley towards the highest village in Europe at St Veran. It claims this title as the only village inhabited all year round at this altitude of 2050m. We wander through the pine forests zig zagging our way up the mountain side till we reach our destination at Sommet Bucher. It is a good place to view the Col Agnel, the frontier with the Piemont are of Italy. A visit to St Veran for a coffee after the climb is an excellent end to the day.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

846 M

Descent

846 M

Time

5 hours Snowshoeing

Distance

10 KM

A view of the picturesque village of Chateau Queyras is on offer this morning as we head for the Col de la Creche which rises above the village. We drive up a steep mountain road to the community of Les Meyries which is our starting point. A gorgeous climb follows through the pine forests until we rise above the tree line and the impressive ridge leading to the Pic de Agrenier, comes into view. We swing round to the Col de la Creche which gives an excellent view point over the region, we then claim the summit ridge!

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

609 M

Descent

609 M

Time

6 hours Snowshoeing

Distance

9 KM

We start at the trailhead at Montbardon with the high alpages of Fontantie as our goal. This is a superb mountain pasture, and we should get a great view over the Ecrins National Park from the top at 2,500m. The pastures are home to the cow herds during the summer months, but in winter they are a silent snowcovered landscape with all the cattle safely 'tucked up' in the barns in the valley.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

791 M

Descent

788 M

Time

6 hours Snowshoeing

Distance

9 KM

This is one of the classic winter peaks of the area and will be our highest summit, sitting as it does at 2656m. We drive to the lovely old village of Abries, before taking a stunning side valley to the hamlet of Le Roux. Here we begin our hike up a mountain that offers incredible views of the range. Definitely, one of our favourite snowshoe trips! A fine summit awaits, and if the weather is kind you will without doubt be impressed by the photo opportunitites.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

914 M

Descent

913 M

Time

7 hours Snowshoeing

Distance

50 KM

The Col sits at 2,701m and is an excellent goal for a great day out. We begin just after the remote village of Fontgillarde, the last inhabited village before we reach the Italian frontiere. We start our trail at Pont de Lariane and climb steadily along the left bank of the stream of the Vallon du Tronchet which descends from the Col. After enjoying the stunning views we descend a little along our track before taking the other bank of the stream and doing a circular route back to our starting point. This route is know in the area as a 'grand classic' snowshoe, with it's north facing slopes it holds the snow until late in the season

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

738 M

Time

6 hours Snowshoeing

Distance

9 KM

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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • Professional guiding with full snowshoe instruction
  • All land transport
  • Single timed airport transfers
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the meal plan
  • Snow shoes and ski poles.

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for local staff
  • Personal spending money and miscellaneous expenses - drinks
  • souvenirs etc.


TRAVEL TO YOUR DESTINATION

In some cases you may choose to take a ferry and/or train to your holiday start and end destination. Please see further information on Travelling by Train.

If flying from the UK there are low cost airlines available to the start and from the end of your holiday.

To benefit from full financial protection, ease your holiday planning, and avoid dealing with airlines, we can book scheduled flights from the UK as part of a flight inclusive package. Scheduled flights are usually more expensive that low cost alternatives, however potentially less stressful if your flight is cancelled or delayed. If you book flights through KE Adventure Travel we will offset the carbon of your flight.

The group will meet for dinner at the group hotel in Aiguilles at 19:00.

On day 1 of the itinerary there is a single timed transfer provided from Turin Airport at 16:30. On day 8 of the itinerary there is a single timed transfer back to Turin Airport departing at 08:00 - Your flight back from Turin should be from 1300 hrs onwards on this day.

All meals are included in your holiday price. We recommend an allowance of about €10 for snacks and soft drinks.

This is one of the few trips for which we include a packed lunch on each of the snowshoeing days. Aiguilles our base is small and it is convenient for our guests to provide a picnic. Our hosts do a great job at ensuring we have plenty to eat at lunchtime on the mountain. Please bring a plastic/tupperware box of around 300-350cc and fork/spoon as they will often supply some salad.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

Our base for this week of snowshoeing is a lovely family run hotel in the small village of Aiguilles. The hotel boasts spacious rooms, generous meals and a friendly atmosphere. The accommodation will be based on twin sharing with each room having a seperate toilet and bathroom. If you are travelling on your own, you will be paired up with another traveller of the same sex. Single rooms may be available on request; however, these are limited in number and we recommend that you book early if you wish to be sure of a single room.

Professional, English speaking guide

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 high altitude.  You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

We recommend an allowance of €15 - €20 per day for lunches, snacks, water etc.  For this trip the opportunity to obtain cash is very limited, there are cash machines in Turin Airport and we strongly recommend you take money out here, or bring Euros with you.

For this trip we ask that you keep your luggage to a minimum. To make travelling to your accommodation easier a singel timed transfer from Turin airport is provided. However, it means that there may be 8 people in a minibus with limited space for luggage. Your guide will also be arriving with all the snowshoe equipment for your week ahead, and this also will be in the minibus. In addition you will have to carry your luggage up stairs to your accommodation so please keep luggage as small and light as possible.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Europe

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For the latest details on visiting countries within the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), please check the UK Government website

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations.

GHIC / Medical cover

UK residents should carry a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment when you're visiting an EU country or Switzerland. This is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is vital when travelling overseas.

The currency for part or all of this holiday is the Euro.

The temperatures we can expect to encounter during the day will be in the range -10 to +15 degrees celcius/ 14 -59F, though it can feel much warmer than this in the reflected sunlight high on the slopes. In the evening the temperatures will drop. January to March is statistically the time of the lowest precipitation but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems so occasional rain, snow and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

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It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots (must be waterproof)
  • Gaiters
  • Trainers  (for valley use)
  • Socks
  • Walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking trousers
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers
  • Underwear
  • Thermal baselayer - leggings
  • Thermal baselayer shirts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket (eg. down)
  • Daypack of approximately 30 litres capacity
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Basic First Aid Kit - Our professional tour leaders hold first-aid qualifications and will carry a basic medical kit. You should bring your own personal first aid kit consisting of the following: throat lozenges, painkillers (anti-inflammatory), antiseptic cream/spray, plasters, blister treatment/tape, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets are a good idea.
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with side protection
  • Ski goggles
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sunhat
  • Tupperware box of around 300-350cc and fork/spoon for lunches
  • Ski poles (provided)

The following items are optional:

  • Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
  • Waterproof liner for your daypack
  • Camera
  • Travel clothes
  • Spare clothes
  • Small padlock (to lock bag)
  • Swimwear (there is a sauna and spa at the hotel)

Notes:

Specialist Equipment: Snowshoes, ski poles, and standard safety equipment including an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel will be provided by KE, and available to collect at the group hotel.
Please note you will be liable for any damage caused to the specialist equipment due to negligence.

If you wish to take your own walking poles, make sure that they have snow baskets fitted.

Cotswold Outdoor Red PantonMany of the Equipment items listed above are available from Cotswold Outdoor - our 'Official Recommended Outdoor Retailer'. When you book a holiday with KE you will receive 12.5% discount voucher from Cotswold Outdoor and other retailers.
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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 from 4 reviews

An excellent trip ★★★★★

An excellent trip in a beautiful area of the French Alps little known outside France. Some days were quite remote and little visited and on one day we saw fox, wolf, lynx and deer prints as well as the remains of a wolf kill of a wild boar, but no people! Paul was probably the best group leader I have ever had and I could not fault him in any way. He is very knowledgable, and very willing to share his knowledge, and an excellent teacher.

By James Rugby | 09 March 2023

a lovely week of snowshoeing in an uncrowded and very beautiful setting ★★★★

This was a very enjoyable week of snowshoeing in a very beautiful area that I would not have otherwise traveled. Our guide, Gary, was excellent. He ensured our safety, while also ensuring that all within our group enjoyed their holiday. Our hotel, though not luxurious, was very comfortable and very clean and the meals were enjoyable. I recommend this trip to other travellers who are game for a week of invigorating winter fun.

By Michelle Columbia | 18 March 2017

Exhilarating snowshoeing - superb views ★★★★★

A plethora of full day routes exist within short drives from the accommodation situated in a quiet village. The walks are certainly more strenuous than those of 'Chablais Traverse' but completely doable for fit people. Most of the walks ended in or close to picturesque villages, all with a welcome bar or cafe. This trip would suit experienced or beginner snowshoers but some of the climbs are relentless and steep. Stamina and fitness will be required.

By Richard Oldham | 06 March 2017

Great Snowshoeing in a region new to me. ★★★★★

An excellent week of snowshoeing in the Queyras led by IML Emma Jack. Hotel Yak Avenir provided good accommodation with excellent food. With not a lot of snow at lower levels Emma had to find higher North facing slopes & cols to snowshoe to/on which she always managed to achieve. Indeed, she managed to exceed expectations with some memorable days in remote valleys with no one else in sight...brilliant!!!

By Ernest Hereford | 07 February 2017

Traveller Reviews
4.8 out of 5 from 4 reviews

An excellent trip
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

An excellent trip in a beautiful area of the French Alps little known outside France. Some days were quite remote and little visited and on one day we saw fox, wolf, lynx and deer prints as well as the remains of a wolf kill of a wild boar, but no people! Paul was probably the best group leader I have ever had and I could not fault him in any way. He is very knowledgable, and very willing to share his knowledge, and an excellent teacher.

By James Rugby | 09 March 2023

a lovely week of snowshoeing in an uncrowded and very beautiful setting
★ ★ ★ ★

This was a very enjoyable week of snowshoeing in a very beautiful area that I would not have otherwise traveled. Our guide, Gary, was excellent. He ensured our safety, while also ensuring that all within our group enjoyed their holiday. Our hotel, though not luxurious, was very comfortable and very clean and the meals were enjoyable. I recommend this trip to other travellers who are game for a week of invigorating winter fun.

By Michelle Columbia | 18 March 2017

Exhilarating snowshoeing - superb views
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A plethora of full day routes exist within short drives from the accommodation situated in a quiet village. The walks are certainly more strenuous than those of 'Chablais Traverse' but completely doable for fit people. Most of the walks ended in or close to picturesque villages, all with a welcome bar or cafe. This trip would suit experienced or beginner snowshoers but some of the climbs are relentless and steep. Stamina and fitness will be required.

By Richard Oldham | 06 March 2017

Great Snowshoeing in a region new to me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

An excellent week of snowshoeing in the Queyras led by IML Emma Jack. Hotel Yak Avenir provided good accommodation with excellent food. With not a lot of snow at lower levels Emma had to find higher North facing slopes & cols to snowshoe to/on which she always managed to achieve. Indeed, she managed to exceed expectations with some memorable days in remote valleys with no one else in sight...brilliant!!!

By Ernest Hereford | 07 February 2017

DATES & PRICES

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  • Queyras Snowshoe Winter Paradise
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: QUY /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 15 Feb and ends on Sat 22 Feb
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$340 - There are a limited number of single rooms available. Single rooms can be requested but are not guaranteed. - Breakfast will be taken in our hotel each day and will be continental-style. Lunch will be packed lunches given to us by the hotel. Dinner each evening will be at the restaurant in our hotel, which boasts beautiful 'home-made' meals.
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  • Queyras Snowshoe Winter Paradise
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: QUY /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 1 Mar and ends on Sat 8 Mar
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$340 - There are a limited number of single rooms available. Single rooms can be requested but are not guaranteed. - Breakfast will be taken in our hotel each day and will be continental-style. Lunch will be packed lunches given to us by the hotel. Dinner each evening will be at the restaurant in our hotel, which boasts beautiful 'home-made' meals.
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Land Only Information

We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Turin Airport which is approximately 3 hours drive from Aiguilles . Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the departure is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Turin. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham & Leeds Bradford. Other airports may be available.

If you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Changes to flights

Please be aware that the flight industry is experiencing a high level of service fluctuation and changes to your flights may occur. This may also require amends to the transfers and joining arrangements. Thank you all for continuing your patience and understanding.

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The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, KE have undertaken to guarantee the Land Only price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our 'No Surcharge Guarantee'.

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