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New Year's Eve at Bonatti Mountain Hut (Italy)

New Year's Eve at Bonatti Mountain Hut (Italy)
Technical Level 1  
Number of days : 2
Price : 360€

An Italian New Year's Eve in a dreamlike scenery !

Special offer for New Year's Eve: 2 days snowshoeing in Val Ferret (in Italy), to spend the night in one of the most beautiful refuge of the area. Mara, Sara and the whole Bonatti crew will welcome you in their cosy refuge, with a feast Italian menu!

Aosta Valley will charm you with the sympathy and welcoming of its residents, the beauty of its preserved architecture and its unique landscapes between Northern and Southern Alps.

This two-days snowshoeing hike is beautiful. On the first day, hiking up to the Val Ferret is a perfect warm-up to enjoy at lunch the famous polenta or the traditional minestrone soup homemade at the Lavachey auberge. On the second day, you will enjoy the wild landscape of the Malatra Bowl where the Bonatti hut is settled. Smooth curves, wild range, with the Mont-Blanc as a background ...

For any further information, feel free to contact Anaïs +33 450 53 00 88 or by email: anais@chamonix-guides.com

Day1, December 31st : Val Ferret – Lavachey – Refuge Bonatti                   Elevation gain : 1 320ft.

The Italian Val Ferret is parallel to the South face of Mont Blanc range. An easy and varied snowshoe circuit leads us to the hamlet of Lavachey, where we will enjoy a typical Italian lunch. In the afternoon, we start the hike to Bonatti hut by crossing a larch forest before reaching an open land over the tree limit. Bonatti hut was built in 1998. It is probably the only refuge of its kind regarding comfort and space. Hot showers, comfortable and large dormitories, walls decorated with numerous pictures of Walter Bonatti's adventures.

Mara will welcome us with a special dinner for an unforgettable New Year's Eve!

Day 2, January 1st : Refuge Bonatti – Vallon de Malatra       Elevation gain : 650ft , Loss of altitude : 1 970ft.

Above the Refuge, Malatra's bowl is a perfect playground for snowshoeing. Wherever we look at, the views are breath-taking ! According to the weather or snow conditions and our motivation in the morning, we will adapt the length of the hike before going back down to the Val Ferret. Back to Chamonix around 5pm.

Important : 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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More pictures on our Blog

DATES : Sunday December 31st 2017, and Monday January 1st 2018.

PRICE : 360€ per person (groups starts at 5).

- Mountain Leader guiding services
- Half-board at the hut (dinner and breakfast), hot shower, night in small mixed dormitories
Special New Year's Eve dinner
Welcome drinks : cold vin brûlé, white wine, non alcoholic drinks, ..., focaccia, olives, Val d'Aostan' cold cuts, ...
- Hot lunch at Lavachey on Day 1
- Pic-nic lunch of Day 2
- Snowshoe and pole rental
- Transfer from Chamonix To Italy and back
- The Mont-Blanc tunnel toll fee

Not including:
Drinks other than described and personal expenses (we recommend euros in small bills)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)

- Valid passport or ID
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.

Tracés non contractuels

DIFFICULTY 1/5 : At everyone's reach. Easy snowshoe hike for everyone aged 9 and up.
A maximum of 500ft. vertical gain and about 2 to 3 hours hike.
No prior experience required.
We carry our personal belongings.

ACCOMMODATION : One night in a cozy mountain hut with small mixed dormitories (7 people). Hot showers. Don't forget your sleeping bag sheet (silk is preferable because lighter).

GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 5 (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 without a guardian.

MEETING PLACE : 9.30am at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, 190, place de l'église, 74400 Chamonix.

EQUIPMENT : See attached list

Repatriation insurance is mandatory. Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. We recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance. Individual insurance cover for mountain activities is also recommended as a complementary insurance.


190 place de l'Eglise

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88