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Ideal for snowshoeing, the Glières plateau alternatively offers large open pastures, still used for grazing in summer, and forest areas with Norway spruce and Scots pines. It is a heavenly place for cattle grazing, producing high quality milk to make the famous local “reblochon” cheese.
Many site names give evidence of the past presence of a famous wild animal : Creux du Loup (dip of the wolf), Plan du Loup (plane of the wolf), the Wolf Den …
The area is also well known for the actions of the French Resistance in 1944, which highly contributed to liberating Haute Savoie from the German occupation.
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Day 1 : THE AUGES MOUNTAIN
From Chamonix we transfer to the starting point of our snowshoe adventure, just below Plateau des Glières. For our first day, we hike to “Pas du Loup” ( passage of the wolf), just above the plateau . Then we continue on, and climb up a second hill that leads to Plateau de la Montagne des Auges. Here, several mountain chalets seem asleep, half-buried under the snow. From here the panoramic view over the Mont Blanc range is just spectacular. We follow the same way down and settle in at the mountain inn “ Gîte chez Constance” on Plateau des Glières.
+/- 1 320ft / Hiking time : 4H00
Day 2 : THE FRÊTES MOUNTAIN
From the “gîte”, this beautiful day starts with a nice snowshoe hike to the Spée pass. This first circuit allows a great overall view of the Plateau, illustrating its unique geographical location. Plateau des Glières is not far and above Annecy, the capital of Haute Savoie. Surrounded by many higher mountain ranges, it rises as an isolated island , offering incredible views as invitations to hiking further… Then we reach the Ebat mountain pass, and admire the view over the great Alps and its highest peak, Mont Blanc. The way back cuts through the forest above Champ Laitier.
+/- 2 640ft / Hiking time : 7H00
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 : Departure on Saturday January 28.
2017 WINTER PRICE : 195€ per person (groups starts at 6).
Mountain Leader guiding services
Drinks and personal expense (souvenirs…)
Half-board at the "gîte", in dormitory
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Snowshoe and pole rental
Transfer from Chamonix and back
We can organize a private departure for this trek. Quotation on request.
- Valid passport or ID
- 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 is yet necessary. We carry our personal belongings in our backpack.
ACCOMMODATION : One night in dormitory in a mountain inn :" Gîte Chez la Constance".
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.
Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.
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