Mont Blanc Snowshoe Week

The Best Snow Shoe Walks in Chamonix




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Holiday Overview


  • Stunning views of the Mont Blanc range
  • Suitable for fit beginners & intermediates
  • Superb accommodation in the Chamonix Valley
  • A night in the famous Bonatti Refuge, Italy

Snowshoeing is one of the fastest growing recreational sports in the world, travelling through the quiet serenity of snow-covered landscapes is a truly rewarding experience and the snowshoes allow us to really get out into the mountains. Modern snowshoes are light and easy to use so it is possible to progress very quickly from easy trails to steep mountain slopes. Instruction will be given in the use of safety equipment and, after familiarising ourselves with basic techniques, we will soon progress to more challenging terrain, leading to high viewpoints and alpine summits! As we ascend the sun-drenched snow slopes above the tree-line, with breathtaking views of the Chamonix Aiguilles, the magic of snowshoe walking will become immediately obvious! Returning to the valley each evening, our comfortable chalet base with Hot Tubs, Saunas and all the home comforts, will provide a great place to rest and recuperate ahead of the next day's adventure. As well as the best walks in the Chamonix Valley, including Mont de l'Arpille in Switzerland, if the snow and weather conditions allow we will also hope to head through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy where we will spend two days deep in the mountains exploring around the Bonatti Refuge. In winter the Refugio, dedicated to the memory of mountaineer and photographer Walter Bonatti, is only accessible on skis or snowshoes; so those who spend the night here have earned the privilege! A real treat.

Is this holiday for you?

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 and for the night in the Bonatti Refuge you will need to carry everything you will need for the following day - though bedding will be provided at the refuge and towels can be hired. The itinerary will be flexible and during the week as the guides 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. It should be noted that in some snow conditions snowshoeing can be quite energetic and you should have a good level of cardiovascular fitness before coming on this trip. The trip is suitable for novices and also those people with previous snowshoeing experience.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group accommodation in Argentierre in the Chamonix Valley.
  • Around Chamonix. A day's introduction to snowshoeing techinique and saftey.
  • A day snowshoeing in Switzerland. Ascent of Mont de L'Arpille.
  • From Vallorcine to the alpage at Loriaz.
  • Snowshoe below the Tete Noire.
  • Through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy. Snowshoe to the Bonatti Refuge.
  • Snowshoeing in the Malatra Valley and climb the Col entre deux Sauts. Return to Argentiere.
  • Departure day.
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The dates above are for the LAND ONLY itinerary, joining at the group chalet in Argentiere. The nearest airport is Geneva, approximately an hour's drive away. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' and 'Flights' sections in the trip dossier for further details.

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

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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  • airport
  • trip direction
  • transfer

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group accommodation in Argentierre in the Chamonix Valley.

    Meet at the group accommodation in Argentierre in the Chamonix Valley (altitude 1240m / 4660ft). Here, you will be welcomed and made to feel at home. In the evening, we will have an informal chat about the week ahead. You will meet your guide at approximately 6pm who will check out your clothing etc to decide if you will need to pick up any further items of equipment before setting out in the morning. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the chalet. .

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals d

  • Around Chamonix. A day's introduction to snowshoeing techinique and saftey.

    After fitting our snowshoes and taking time to look at technique we will also introduce you to using avalanche transceivers, 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. If we have time we plan to spend a little time in Chamonix itself before heading back to our chalet before sitting down to our 3-course dinner.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 570m

    • Meals bld

  • A day snowshoeing in Switzerland. Ascent of Mont de L'Arpille.

    Today we have an ascent of one of the best viewpoints of the area. We drive to the village of Ravoire above the vineyards of the Rhone Valley. We then 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.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 770m

    • Meals bld

  • From Vallorcine to the alpage at Loriaz.

    We head towards the Swiss border and the hamlet of Vallorcine - the ‘valley of the bears'. Unfortunately because the locals used to pay their taxes in bear meat there are none left today! 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. Our local walk allows for plenty of time to get back to enjoy the hot tub and sauna!

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 700m

    • Meals bld

  • Snowshoe below the Tete Noire.

    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 what have to be some of the finest views of the Mont Blanc range. On one side the valley which leads to Chamonix, with Mont Blanc in the distance, on the other the Aravis mountains, and ahead the shapely mountain of the Croisse Baulet at 2236m. Not to forget the jagged rocky spires and huge cliffs of the Rocher des Fiz!

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 680m

    • Meals bld

  • Through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy. Snowshoe to the Bonatti Refuge.

    Today we start our two day adventure to Italy. We drive through the famous Mont Blanc tunnel to enter the land of excellent coffee, gelato and world class pasta! 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 with views of the peaks of the Mont Blanc range. We can take lunch at the lovely restaurant at La Vachey before climbing the last section to the Bonatti, named in honour of the world famous alpinist and photographer Walter Bonatti. On arrival you can enjoy cake and coffee, before relaxing at the Refuge with views to the glaciers.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 450m

    • Meals bld

  • Snowshoeing in the Malatra Valley and climb the Col entre deux Sauts. Return to Argentiere.

    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 Refuge for a well earned morning coffee. Then it's down all the way to the valley and back to our chalet in Argentiere for a celebratory meal to end our holiday.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 500m

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day.

    KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the chalet.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Professional guiding and snowshoe instruction
  • All land transport (not airport transfers)
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals as described in the meal plan
  • Snowshoes / ski poles and all necessary safety equipment

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Equipment hire (other than snowshoes and poles)
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks
  • hill snacks and souvenirs 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 the Yeti Lodge in Argentiere on the evening of day 1 of the trip itinerary. For clients arriving by air, the easiest way to get to Argentiere is to fly to Geneva Airport and make use of an airport transfer service. We recommend KE clients can get transfers from €27 each way by entering the promo code YETI. Please note that transfers are subject to availability and your flight details are required a minimum of 72 hours before your arrival in Geneva. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you are driving to Chamonix we will provide route details and directions to the group hotel/chalet in Argentiere. Parking is available for clients arriving by car.

During this trip, the will group start and finish the trek at the comfortable Yeti Lodge, in Argentiere, a few minutes from Chamonix. Offering
stunning views of Mont Blanc and facilities which include Hot Tubs, Saunas and free WIFI, Yeti Lodge is the perfect base for your snowshoeing week. The accommodation will be in twin or triple rooms. The group will also stay one night at the stunningly located Bonatti Refuge, Italy, where the accommodation is in dormitories. Single rooms are not available.

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

Yeti Lodge provides excellent food which is varied and plentiful. Continental Breakfast includes a daily service of bread, freshly baked croissants, pain au chocolate, fruit, cereals, yoghurt, fruit juices and tea/coffee. An Apres Ski snack will be waiting for you every afternoon and in the evenings a three course evening meal. There will be a night dining at the Bonatti Refuge and one evening at a restaurant in Argentiere, included in the trip price. Packed lunches will be provided by the chalet or nearby bakery.

All meals are included in the trip price. You will need to purchase snacks for each day. These can be bought in Argentiere and in the huts. We recommend an allowance of €20 per day for snack food and water.

The holiday price includes all accommodation, transport, guiding and meals. You should make an allowance for hill snacks and water, other drinks etc… Beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. We estimate that approximately €100-€150 should cover typical personal spending requirements. Note that towels are available for hire at the Bonatti Refugio at a cost of around €3. There are cash point facilities in Argentiere and in Chamonix. If you intend to purchase items of equipment you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be used in this respect).

The group will be lead by one or more ‘Accompagnateur en Montagne’ guides. On this trip we will take up to 8 clients. The number of guides employed will depend on the group size.

There is no weight restriction as such on this trip other than that imposed by your international carrier. However, travelling is always easier the lighter your luggage. Please note that for the night in the Bonatti Refuge you will need to carry your overnight essentials. Bedding/towels will be provided at the refuge.

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.

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 on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

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)
  • Gaiters
  • Trainers / sneakers (for valley use)
  • Socks
  • Technical walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
  • Spare laces
  • 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 over gloves or mittens
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip notes for details
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Fleece hat & balaclava
  • Eyewear – sunglasses with side protection
  • Ski goggles
  • Head torch/head lamp and spare batteries
  • SunhatSki poles (provided)
    Sheet sleeping bag liner (for overnight in Bonatti Refugio)
  • Travel Towel (for overnight in Bonatti Refugio (or towels can be hired at the refuge for a small cost)

The following items are optional:

  • Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
  • Waterproof liner for your daypack
  • Swim-wear (for the hot tub)
  • Camera, film, batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Spare clothes
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Head torch/head lamp and spare batteries


  • 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 Yeti Lodge.
  • If you wish to take your own walking 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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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

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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.

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 in the Alps but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems so occasional rain, snow and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out.

Most people in France and Italy speak very good English. However we do recommend that you try to learn some simple French and Italian phrases and greeting as this is all part of the fun!

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