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During this unforgettable snowshoeing experience you will discover the authentic Vallorcine alpine valley and the magic of the Italian Val Ferret in the Aosta Valley!
Located just on the other side of Col des Montets road pass, Vallorcine is a peaceful village nestled at the entrance of the Bérard alpine bowl, in the Aiguilles Rouges mountain range. Often referred to as the “Bear Valley” (la Vallée des Ours), this area has remains authentically alpine, with Mont-Blanc in the nearby background.
Once on the other side and while admiring Mont-Blanc outstanding south face, we invite you to lunch and enjoy the typical locally cooked “polenta” or a delicious home-made “minestrone” at Auberge Lavachey in the Italian Val Ferret. A few hundred feet above us, we’ll find Bonatti hut and the Malatra alpine bowl, awaiting to welcome us in a magical hiker’s paradise.
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Day 1 : THE UPPER REACHES OF VALLORCINE - LORIAZ MOUNTAIN HUT
We start our snowshoe trip with a tour into the Bérard alpine bowl, home of numerous great mountain animals such as chamois etc. Then we reach Tête des Combasses and the hamlet of Les Granges, before reaching Loriaz hut. The view from this authentic farm-looking hut is pure magic, making the place’s limited comfort seem so insignificant !
Up : 2 640 ft / Hiking Time : 5 to 6 H 00
Day 2 : LORIAZ MOUNTAIN HUT - LES CRÊTES - VILLAGE OF LE BUET
As we hike up to reach higher round ridges above the hut, the view offers so much to please a hiker’s eye: a great panoramic view over the Swiss Wallis mountain ranges. Then we start our descent down the steep trail that leaks into the green spruce forest to the hamlet of Le Buet. Back at the eponymous hotel, we appreciate the tasty home-made cooking in a convivial atmosphere.
Up : 1 320 ft / Down : 3 630 ft / Hiking Time : 5 to 6 H 00
Day 3 : VAL FERRET - LAVACHEY - REFUGE BONATTI
Val Ferret lays along the South face of the northeaster part of the Mont-Blanc range. We leave from Planpincieux and follow the Doire River until the hamlet of Lavachey. There we start our hike up to Bonatti, following a gradual trail up and into the larch pine forest. Built in 1998, this hut belongs to the semi-independent region of Aosta. It provides hot showers, a spacious and comfortable atmosphere with walls finely decorated with pictures to illustrate Walter Bonatti’s adventurous life.
Up : 1 320 ft / Hiking Time : 4 to 5 H 00
Day 4 : REFUGE BONATTI - VALLON DE MALATRA - VAL FERRET - CHAMONIX
Malatra alpine bowl grants outdoor lovers with an amazing snowshoeing and hiking playground. The choice of routes above the hut is wide and it can easily be adapted to snow conditions and participants’ motivation. The descent takes us back to the valley bottom, and along the other side of the river to Planpincieux. We return to Chamonix around 5:00pm.
Up : 660 ft / Down : 2 000 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.
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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 Thursday to Sunday. January 19 to 22, March 30 to April 02.
2017 WINTER PRICE : 450€ per person (groups starts at 6).
Mountain Leader guiding services
Drinks and personal expense (souvenirs…), we recommend euros in small bills
Half-board at the hotel (double room), and at the hut (dormitory)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Hot lunch at Lavachey (on Day 3)
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Snowshoe and pole rental
Transfers during the trip
The Mont-Blanc tunnel toll fee
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 when sleeping at the hut.
ACCOMMODATION : 2 nights in mountain hut (dormitory), 1 night in a family hotel (double room).
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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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.
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