Snow Traverse of the Chablais

A snowshoe traverse of the French Chablais Alps to Lake Geneva




From $1,780 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Snowshoe into hidden valleys under pristine snow conditions
  • Stay in traditional Alpine villages in the Chablais Alps
  • Conveniently accessed from Geneva
  • Luggage transfer included - Carry only a lightweight daypack

Snowshoeing is growing in popularity as more and more people catch on to this easy to learn, low-impact way to access the beautiful pristine landscapes of a winter-transformed alpine forest or high pasture and even to climb easy peaks. The Traverse of the Chablais is a special journey through the mountains of the Haute Savoie between the French village of Megevette in the valley of the Arve in the west, to the shores of Lake Geneva in the east. The Chablais area is renowned for its marvellous snowshoeing country and many of the high points we cross on this route offer impressive views of the Mont Blanc range. At the end of each day's snowshoeing, we arrive at our hotel in one of the pretty little alpine villages of the Chablais, where our luggage will be waiting. After a hot shower and change we will be ready to enjoy the evening and taste some superb regional cuisine. Requiring no previous experience of snowshoeing and with snow shoes, ski poles and other items of specialist equipment provided, this is the perfect winter wonderland holiday.

Is this holiday for you?

As we travel on our snowshoes from village to village through the Chablais, we pass through remote valleys, under towering limestone cliffs and over high plateaux. We aim to cover around 12 - 16 km each day with ascents of 800 - 1000 metres. Snowshoeing is a high energy activity and you should be in good condition to undertake this traverse. However, as our luggage is transferred between each night's hotel we will be carrying only what we need for the day. The techniques of snowshoeing are easily learned and no previous experience of snowshoeing is required.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Megevette. A single timed transfer from Geneva Airport is provided.
  • Snowshoe to Chapelle St Bruno via the Col de la Bray and Pointe des Jottis. Transfer to Bellevaux.
  • From Bellevaus across the Tre-le-Saix platueau (1486m) and the col de Seytrouset (1564m) to Biot.
  • Walk beneath the Pointe de Cercle to reach the Montagne de Drouzin (1620m). Decend to Abondance.
  • Climb to the ridge of Mont Chauffe at Col de la Plagne (1546m). Descend to the village of Vacheresse.
  • From Vacheresse to the village of Bernex via Mont Baron (1556m).
  • Traverse of Mont Benand (1284m). Descend to Thollon (937m) and Lac Leman. Transfer to Evian Les Bains.
  • Departure day. It is possible to return to Geneva by ferry or train from Evian.
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The dates above are for the LAND ONLY itinerary, joining at the group hotel in Megevette, near Saint Jeoire. The nearest airport is Geneva. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

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If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Geneva. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester, Liverpool & Glasgow and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds Bradford & Belfast. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively 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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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • trip direction
  • peaks
  • transfer
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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Megevette. A single timed transfer from Geneva Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Megevette, near Saint Jeoire

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Snowshoe to Chapelle St Bruno via the Col de la Bray and Pointe des Jottis. Transfer to Bellevaux.

    Putting on our snowshoes for the first time, we begin the traverse, walking through several hamlets and ascending to the Col de la Bray (1442m). We continue to the Pointe des Jottis (1548m) where we have some fantastic views and then return to the pastures of La Bray. We now descend to the frozen Lac de Vallon and from here continue through the snow covered forest to Chapelle St Bruno. As there is no accommodation here we will catch a bus to our hotel at Bellevaux.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 800m

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 530m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs snowshoeing

  • From Bellevaus across the Tre-le-Saix platueau (1486m) and the col de Seytrouset (1564m) to Biot.

    We catch a bus back to yesterday's finishing point where we put on snow shoes and climb up to the Tre-le-Saix plateau (1486m) which we then traverse amid tall pines o the Col de la Balme (1445m), and on to the Col de Seytrouset (1564m) with stunning views across to the Dents du Midi. From here we descend to the Dranse de Morzine, and finish with a short climb to our overnight stop at the village of Biot.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 870m

    • Distance 14km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs snowshoeing

  • Walk beneath the Pointe de Cercle to reach the Montagne de Drouzin (1620m). Decend to Abondance.

    From the village of Biot we walk through pine forest and across the snow-covered pastures of Thex. We pass beneath the Pointe de Cercle to reach the Montagne de Drouzin (1620m) and from here we descend into the Abondance valley and the Alpages de Druges. We stay tonight in the charming and highly picturesque village of Abondance.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 780m

    • Distance 14km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs snowshoeing

  • Climb to the ridge of Mont Chauffe at Col de la Plagne (1546m). Descend to the village of Vacheresse.

    We begin today by strolling past the famous 15th century cloister with its frescos. We then head off to the hamlet of Mont with its immense chalets in the Chablais style. After a good climb we reach the ridge of Mont Chauffe at Col de la Plagne 1546m. Then its off down into the stunning valley of Ubine which is uninhabited in winter. We then descend to the village of Vacheresse to spend the night there.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 780m

    • Distance 16km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 880m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs snowshoeing

  • From Vacheresse to the village of Bernex via Mont Baron (1556m).

    From Vacheresse there are several ways to reach Mont Baron and we choose the most unspoiled, heading up the Replain valley to reach the final ridge to the top of Mont Baron (1556m) overlooking the Ugine Valley. From the top we have a long descent to the village of Bernex where we check into our overnight accommodation.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 13km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs snowshoeing

  • Traverse of Mont Benand (1284m). Descend to Thollon (937m) and Lac Leman. Transfer to Evian Les Bains.

    We complete our traverse of the Chablais today starting with a traverse of Mont Benand (1284m) which affords great views of the Gavot plateau and Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). Passing below the north face of the Memises, we then descend to Thollon (937m). Depending on conditions we may have to continue from here without snow shoes as we descend to Lac Leman itself where we can dip a toe in the cold (if not frozen) waters. From the lake shore we transfer to the world famous spa town of Evian Les Bains where we have our last night.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 350m

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 950m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs snowshoeing

  • Departure day. It is possible to return to Geneva by ferry or train from Evian.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers are not included on this day. Our hotel is close to the Lake Geneva ferry terminal and the best and most scenic option to return to Geneva is to take the ferry across the lake from where it is possible to take the train into the airport. Alternatively, you could take a taxi to the railway station at Evian and travel by train to Geneva Airport. Our guide will assist us in organising onward travel.

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Holiday Information

  • The services of a profesional qualified International Mountain Leader
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Baggage transfers bewtween each night's accommodation
  • All road transfers required by the itinerary (Not airport transfers)
  • All snowshoe equipment and safety equipment

  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous spending - drinks etc.

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.

The group will rendezvous at a pre-arranged meeting point in Geneva Airport. Within the Land Only price of the holiday we have arranged for a single, timed transfer from Geneva Airport to the group hotel in the small village of Megevette, north of the town of Saint Jeoire in France (approximately 1 hour drive from Geneva Airport). This transfer will depart Geneva Airport at 17.30 and you should arrange flights which allow you to comfortably meet this transfer. It is also possible to join the group in Megevette. The most convenient airport is Geneva and from here it is possible to take a train to Cluses (50 minutes) and a taxi from there to Megevette. The holiday ends in Evian on the shores of Lake Geneva. The easiest way to return to Geneva Airport is to take the morning ferry across the lake and then catch the train from there direct to the airport. A wonderful way to end the holiday! Full joining instructions together with contact and location details of the group hotel and an emergency telephone number, are provided with your booking confirmation.

During the holiday the group will spend 7 nights in simple (2 star equivalent) hotels and guest houses. All accommodation is based on twin share and if you are travelling alone you will be paired with another independent traveller of the same sex. Single rooms may be available on request and will incur a supplementary cost.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

As to be expected, the food available in guest houses and hotels in France is excellent. Continental breakfasts and evening meals are provided by our accommodation.

All breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday price. Packed lunches can be ordered at your overnight accommodation. We suggest you allow 10 Euros per day for your lunches.

We estimate that 200 - 250 Euros should be sufficient to cover all personal expenses including your dinner on the final evening, lunches, snacks and a reasonable amount of drinks including wine with your meals. All breakfasts and dinners (except in Evian) are included in the holiday price. There are cash point facilities in Megevette and in most of the places we stop on the route. If you intend to purchase items of equipment, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect).

The group will be led by a qualified, English-speaking International Mountain Leader.

We ask you to restrict your luggage to a single trek bag of maximum weight 15kg and a small daypack of around 30 - 40 litres. Your trek bag will be transferred between overnight stops and you should have this ready for collection by 8.30 each morning. The bag will normally be delivered to your hotel by 4.00pm.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

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)
  • Snow shoes (provided)*
  • Ski poles (provided)*
  • Avalanche probe (provided)*
  • Snow shovel (provided)*
  • Avalanche transceiver (provided)*
  • Gaiters
  • Trainers / sneakers (for valley use)
  • Socks
  • Technical walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal baselayer shirts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket (eg. down)
  • Daypack of approximately 30 litres capacity
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Fleece hat & balaclava
  • Eyewear – sunglasses with side protection
  • Ski goggles
  • Headtorch with spare batteries
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Sunhat
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including plasters (band-aids), pain killers, and blister treatment.

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces
  • Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
  • Waterproof liner for your daypack
  • Thermos flask
  • Ski poles (provided)
  • Camera, memory cards, batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Spare clothes
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)


  • * All specialist items of equipment are provided. If you wish to take your own ski poles, make sure that they have snow baskets fitted.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. While regular hiking is the best preparation for this holiday, a weekly exercise plan (running, cycling, swimming etc.) is good for developing cardio-vascular fitness. Before setting off we recommend that you make time to fit in several long walks in hilly country. It is not necessary to have any previous experience of snow shoeing as the techniques required are simple and easy to learn.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: 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 FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Walking in the Haute Savoie: North. by Janette Norton. Cicerone Guides

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