A few places are still available on the departure of February 27th, 2017!
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Winter has never seemed so captivating : open larch pine forests, snow-covered alpine pastures at rest, traditional mountain architecture with the inevitable steep and impressive South face of Mont Blanc in the background.
We have selected a quaint mountain inn in the village of Morges to discover this Italian snowshoe paradise.
Thanks to their acute knowledge of local geography, our leaders will reveal secret and wild snowy trails.
With the assistance of a minivan all week long, the Compagnie des Guides offers the possibility to select and access the best destination according to weather and snow conditions at the time.
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For any further information, feel free to contact Laurence +33 450 53 94 32 or by email
Day 1 : THE ORS ALPINE PASTURES
We meet at 8H30 in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix. We drive to Italy and Val d’Aosta where we start our hike. We make our tracks through an open larch forest, commonly found in the deep valleys of the Alps. Trees become sparse as we climb, and their twisted trunks are an evidence of the harshness of the weather in the mountains. We finally arrive at the quiet and untouched Ors alpine pastures. As we make our way to the mountain inn to settle for the night, Gran Paradiso treats us with a spectacular view.
+/- 2 130ft
Day 2 : VAL D'ARPY
A favorite summer destination, the small Arpy lake is very calm and peaceful in winter. Only mountain hares and foxes left evidence of their presence in this sleeping arctic environment, where alpine newts and red frogs mysteriously survive. If weather permits, and for those within the group who are interested, we can continue our hike to Col de la Croix to get a closer view of the impressive Mont Blanc South face.
+/- 1 350ft
Day 3 : MONT COURT DE BARD /POINTE FETITA
On the way up into the forest, we can get a glimpse of the surrounding peaks at times. From Col de Bard, the route follows a superb shoulder ridgeline to Court de Bard peak (7 400 ft), leaving below us the Bertosan valley. The view opens up on a panorama fromGran Paradiso to Mont Blanc, an endless series of snowy peaks as far as the eye can see…
+/- 2 015ft
Day 4 : VAL FERRET - REFUGE BONATTI
Today’s destination takes us to a different area in Italy: built in the late 90’s, Rifugio Bonatti is a sturdy and comfortable hut, where visitors can experience the inevitable charm of Italian hospitality at its best. Facing the impressive Grandes Jorasses South face, one cannot imagine a better place to build a mountain hut and memorial to the great Italian alpinist Walter Bonatti. Night at the hut (6 640 ft).
+ 1 350ft
Day 5 : REFUGE BONATTI - VALLON DE MALATRA
From the hut, the Vallon de Malatra is the perfect place to enjoy the peace of endless snowfields. According to snow condition and our motivation, we'll adapt our route above the hut before hiking back down to the Italian Val Ferret. We'll reach Planpincieux after following the left banks of Ferret River. Transfer back to Chamonix around 5:00pm.
+ 650ft / -1970ft
Guides and leaders may have to adapt program and hiking route to weather/ terrain conditions and according to group hiking skills.
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Important : Estimated hiking time are based on a 825ft uphill, 1 650ft downhill progression per hour, covering an average distance of 2 miles. Average hiking times do not include lunch and view admiring breaks. Progression rythm for snowshoeing depends on snow quality, visibility and hikers' skills.
2017 WINTER DATES : From Monday to Friday. January 2 to 6, February 6 to 10 - February 27 to March 3.
2017 WINTER PRICE : 650€ per person (groups starts at 6).
Mountain Leader guiding services
Drinks and personal expense (souvenirs…)
Half-board at the hotel (double room), and at the hut (dormitory)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Snowshoe and pole rental
Shuttles and van assistance
We can organize a private departure for this trek. Quotation on request.
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).
DIFFICULTY : No specific snowshoeing technique required. Hiking and/or snowshoeing experience recommended. We carry our personal belongings in our backpack on Day 4, when sleeping at Bonatti hut.
ACCOMMODATION : 3 nights in a hotel (double room), 1 night in a cozy mountain hut, small dormitory, and hot shower.
GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 6 (min) to 8 people (max). The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the most restrictive in the mountain guiding industry.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18.
MEETING PLACE : 9.30am at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix (190, place de l'église, 74400 Chamonix).
EQUIPMENT : See attached list
INSURANCE : Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD).
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance. Individual insurance cover for mountain activities is also recommended (ie. Carte Neige) as a complementary insurance.
TRAINING : Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.
Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.
You're a group of friends. You're a family. You would like to book this hike.
You can ask for a customized trip, and have your own guide !
- Exclusive guide
A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.
- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.
For any further information, please contact Laurence :
Tel : +33 450 53 94 32 or E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org