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Winter bivouac facing the Mont-Blanc

Winter bivouac facing the Mont-Blanc
Technical Level 4  
Number of days : 2
Price : 250€

Join us for a memorable winter overnight stay in the great alpine outdoors !

An opportunity to spend a weekend in a secret place, facing the Mont-Blanc. You will learn and master all winter camping basics, including:

- Setting up winter-adapted teepee tents
- Dealing with cold and learning simple protection techniques
- Making a fire in winter. Choosing wood and learning tricks
- Finding water and making it suitable for drinking
- Preparing meals in a winter outdoor environment
- Orienting yourself and practicing using orientation devices

It is a perfect way to train and prepare for multi-day winter treks, such as crossing the high alpine plateaux of the Vercors range or any winter snowshoe trek in Nordic countries.

For any further information, feel free to contact Anaïs +33 (0)4 50 53 00 88 or by email: anais@chamonix-guides.com

Day 1 : Setting up our camp - Plaine Joux

We meet in front of Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix and before a quick transfer to the hamlet of Plaine Joux. After dispatching our equipment on the gear sleds, we can start our snowshoe hike and reach our campsite for the night. It is now time to set up the camp to spend a comfortable night out. In the evening, we will continue our Nordic adventure and discover the surrounding environment during a short snowshoe hike, before diving in our sleeping bags for a night near the wood stove in our comfortable tent.

Day 2 : Les Ayeres – Packing up the camp

This morning, the hardest part will be to leave our cosy sleeping bags! After eating a hearty breakfast, we head out for a light packed snowshoe hike towards the stone-built mountain hamlet of Les Ayeres. The setting offers one of the most remarkable showshoe terrain in the area.  Later in the afternoon we pack up our camp and slowly head back down to Plaine Joux. We will be back in Chamonix around 16h.

Important : 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


-  January 6th to the 7th
-  January the 27th to the 28th
-  March 10th to the 11th.

Price : 250€ per person (groups starts at 5).


-  Mountain Leader guiding services
-  Half-board in a tent
-  Picnic lunches
-  Snowshoe equipment, shared camping equipment, pulkas.
-  Transfers from and back to Chamonix

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. Individual insurance covering mountain activities is also recommended as a complementary insurance.

LEVEL 4/5 : Strenuous trek. For very active people with a good experience in multi-day snowshoe-hikes.
7 to 8-hour hike with average vertical gain between 2 620 ft. and 3 280 ft.
Snowshoeing on steep slopes that may require some techniques.
For people who can deal with all types of snow and who can adapt to all situations.
Good snowshoeing experience required.

ACCOMMODATION : One night under tent.

GUIDING : For this bivouac trip our mountain leader guides a group of 5 (min) to 6 people (max).
Important : no booking accepted in this scheduled groups for people under the age of 18.

MEETING PLACE : 9.00 am at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, 190 place de l'église.74400 Chamonix
You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.

EQUIPMENT : See attached list

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

If you already have a group we can organize for you a private tour with your own mountain leader !

- 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 Anaïs :
Tel : +33 (0)4 50 53 00 88 or E-mail : anais@chamonix-guides.com


190 place de l'Eglise

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88