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Weekend at Bonatti Hut (Italy)

Weekend at Bonatti Hut (Italy)
Number of days : 2
Price : 210€

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 us in their cozy refuge !

On the first day, snowshoeing up the gentle Val Ferret is a perfect warm-up to enjoy the famous polenta or the traditional minestrone soup at Lavachey auberge. On the second day, we'll take advantage 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, please contact Anaïs +33 450 53 00 88 or by email:

The Italian Val Ferret parallels the South face of Mont Blanc range. An easy and varied snowshoe percourse leads us to the hamlet of Lavachey. From there, we'll hike up to Bonatti hut first crossing a larch forest, and then reaching the open lands over the tree limit. Bonatti hut was build in 1998. It is probably the only refuge of its kind regarding comfort and space. Hot showers, comforters, large dormitories, walls decorated with numerous pictures of Walter Bonatti's adventures.
Up : 1 320 ft  /  Hiking Time : 4 to 5 H 00

Day 2 :
Above the Refuge, Malatra's bowl is a perfect playground for snowshoeing. Wherever we look at, the views are breathtaking ! According to weather or snow conditions and our motivation, we'll adapt the length of the hike before going back down to the Val Ferret. Back to Chamonix around 5pm.
Up : 650 ft  /  Down : 1 970 ft  /  Hiking Time : 5 to 6 H 00

Guides and leaders may have to adapt program and hiking route to weather/ terrain conditions and according to group hiking skills.

Download the trip description

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.

Dates: Departure on Saturday. December 16th and 17th, January 20th and 21th, February 10th and 11th, February 24th and 25th, March 17th and 18th, March 31 and April 01st, April 7 th and 8th.


Price : 210€ per person (groups starts at 5).



-       Mountain leader guiding services

-       Half-board at the hut, hot shower (dormitory)

-       Hot lunch at Lavachey (on Day 1 or 2)

-       Picnic lunch (on Day 1 or 2)

-       Snowshoe and pole rental

-       Transfer from Chamonix and back

-       The Mont-Blanc tunnel toll fee


Not including:

-       Drinks and personal expense (souvenirs…)

-       Repatriation insurance (mandatory)


Documentation :

- 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).

Individual insurance cover for mountain activities is also recommended (i.e. Carte Neige) as a complementary insurance.

Tracés non contractuels

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 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.

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.


190 place de l'Eglise

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88