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Winter bivouac in the Mont-Blanc region

Winter bivouac in the Mont-Blanc region
Physical Level 5  
Technical Level 4  
Category Snowshoeing
Number of days : 2
Price : 200€

A few places are still available on the departure of January 28th, 2017!

RESERVATION TEL. +33 450 53 94 32 !!

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

An opportunity to spend a week end in a secret place, just next to Mont Blanc. You will learn and master all winter camping basics, including:
- Setting up winter- adapted tepee 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 an ideal 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 Laurence +33 450 53 94 32 or by email

We meet in front of Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix, and drive to the hamlet of Pleine Joux. After dispatching our equipment on the pulkas, we prepare for our snowshoe hike and reach our camp site for the night. We set up the camp paying attention to all the details necessary to spend a comfortable night out. In the evening we 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.

It is hard 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 Pleine Joux. We are back in Chamonix around 16h.

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.

2017 WINTER DATES : Departure 2 weekend of January and 2 others in March. January 7th, and the 28th, March 11th and the 18th.

2017 WINTER PRICES : 200€ per person (groups starts at 6).



Mountain Leader guiding services

Drinks and personal expense (souvenirs…)

Half-board in a tent


Picnic lunches


Snowshoe, poles, and pulkas


Transfer from Chamonix to Plaine Joux and back


- 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 : As it is physically more demanding, this 2-day and overnight tour is designed for fit hikers who already have some snowshoeing and/or summer hiking experience.

ACCOMMODATION : One night under tent.

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 : 9am 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.

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.

For any further information, please contact Laurence :
Tel : +33 450 53 94 32 or E-mail :


190 place de l'Eglise

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88