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 Grand St Bernard Monastery

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 into the mountains exploring around the Grand St Bernard Monastery. In winter the hut very isolated and can only be accessed by snowshoes or on skis, making it a very special experience.

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 Grand St Bernard Monastery you will need to carry everything you will need for the following day - though bedding will be provided at the refuge. 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.
  • Grand St Bernard Monastery
  • Grand St Bernard Monastery. Return to Argentiere.
  • Departure day.
Sat 30 Jan - Sat 06 Feb Code MBS /01/16/
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Sat 20 Feb - Sat 27 Feb Code MBS /02/16/
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Sat 05 Mar - Sat 12 Mar Code MBS /03/16/
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  • The departure reference for this tour is MBS /03/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 05 Mar and departs on Sat 12 Mar
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
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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We have undertaken to guarantee that all of our Land Only prices will not change once you have booked your holiday. Unlike some of our competitors we have decided never to surcharge, whether you are booking for this year or the next.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • 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

  • Grand St Bernard Monastery

    Tonight we will stay at the world famous Grand St Bernard Monastery. For centuries pilgrims, travellers, traders and armies have climbed to this mountain pass which sits at 2469m. This area is rich in history and we follow in the footsteps of Hannibal, and Napoleon as we climb its snowy slopes. In more recent times the monastery has been famous for its iconic mountain rescue dogs. This is a relaxing day with a visit in the morning to the Grand St Bernard Museum in Martigny which is an ideal introduction to the Monastery and its history. The world famous St Bernard dogs are also to be seen as the kennels are in the grounds of the Musuem. We then hike to the Monastery itself, climbing to the high pass by mid-afternoon.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 544m

    • Meals bld

  • Grand St Bernard Monastery. Return to Argentiere.

    Today we make our way back down from our high pass and take time to swing right into the valley leading to the Italian frontier and the Col Ouest de Barasson at 2635m to enjoy views down into Italy. This is a popular snowshoe destination with a leisurely walk up the valley, before a final short section taking us to the pass. There are excellent views of the Mont Blanc range, and the nearby Pain de Sucre. A wonderful place to enjoy a picnic lunch. Afterwards we descend to our base in Argentiere.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 700m

    • 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.
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 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 Grand St Bernard Monastery, where the accommodation is in dormitories. Single rooms are not available.

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

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

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

  • Ski poles (provided)

  • Sheet sleeping bag liner (for overnight in Grand St Bernard Monastery)

  • Travel Towel (for overnight in Grand St Bernard Monastery)

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

  • Travel clothes

  • Spare clothes

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)


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.

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


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.

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.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

The unit of currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.

The unit of currency in Europe is the Euro.

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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.

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