Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Geneva – Transfer to Chalet in Chamonix

On arrival in Geneva you’ll be transferred your luxury chalet in the bustling heart of Chamonix, one of the most historic, dynamic, and beautiful resorts in the world. You'll have a chance to settle into your room and meet everyone at a welcome circle, before tucking into a delicious 3 course meal. D

 

Day 2 – Introduction to Snowshoeing in the Chamonix Valley

A relaxing first day for you to unwind after your journey and to get familiar with snowshoes. The day will begin with a hearty breakfast, before fitting our snowshoes and heading out for the day to get our first views of the Mont Blanc Massif. We will spend the first part of the day practicing snowshoe technique and getting familiar with our avalanche equipment. Although we always walk in very safe areas, transceivers are a vital piece of equipment for everyone exploring the snowy winter environment. Our walk today will take in amazing views of the Chamonix valley and we will enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back down through the forest to get a lift to our cozy chalet. BSD
 

Day 3 – Mont Truc

Today’s objective is the rounded summit of Mont Truc (1811 meters), which sits down valley of Chamonix near to the ski town of Les Contamines. This is an ideal first summit for our trip with mellow terrain, beautiful views and the possibility to spot chamois and ibex. Starting from a small hamlet we ascend through forest to an idyllic high mountain pasture and an attractive farm at Le Truc where we will stop for a picnic lunch. The summit is easily reached from our lunch spot and we will enjoy views of the immense glaciers of the west face of the Domes de Miage and the Aiguille de Bionnassay. BSD

Day 4 – Overnight trip to the Grand St Bernard Monastery

If weather conditions allow we will spend a two-day adventure in the mountains, staying overnight in the famous Grand St Bernard Monastery, that can only be reached by snow shoes or skis. The Monastery sits on a historic mountain pass at 2469m and is completely snowed in for most of the year. If the snow or weather conditions are not safe for the overnight trip, then we have plenty more adventures up our sleeve. We will start the day with flow yoga and breakfast before a relaxing day visiting the Grand St Bernard Museum in Martigny to learn about the Monastery and its history and meet the famous St Bernard dogs. From Martigny we drive up the pass until it becomes covered in snow at which point we continue on snow shoes to the Monastery in time for a delicious meal served by the resident monks. BSD

Day 5 – Grand St Bernard Monastery back to Chamonix

Today we make our way back down from the monastery – taking a slightly different route to take in views down into Italy with views of the Mont Blanc range. It will take a couple of hours to reach our mini bus which will drive us back to our chalet for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the historic town of Chamonix. BSD

Day 6 – Vallon de Bérard and the Col de Bérard

We begin our day early high up in the Chamonix valley near Vallorcine on a narrow track through the forest. Following a mountain stream winding through rocks and waterfalls we reach a huge snowy bowl as the forest opens up into a hidden valley with plenty of animal tracks to discover. As the sun starts to rise we will watch Mont Oreb and the Cornes de Loriaz light up as we ascend the valley towards our high point of the day – the Col de Bérard. We will eat our picnic lunch here, enjoying spectacular views all the way down the Arve Valley. BSD
 

Day 7 – Guided tour of the Aiguille du Midi and evening igloo and fondue adventure

After breakfast we take in the best of Chamonix and Mont Blanc on a guided excursion to the Aiguille du Midi and have time in the afternoon to explore the wonderful shops, museums, and local food specialties found in this two-time Olympic village.

As a treat on the evening we will enjoy a beautiful 1h30 hike up the forest of Grand Montets ski area to reach an igloo where we will enjoy sunset, mulled wine and delicious cheese fondue – a real specialty of the Haute Savoie region! After dinner we will switch on our head torches and walk back down through the forest for an hour to our mini bus which will be waiting to take us back to our chalet. BSD

Day 8 – Depart Chamonix - Onward travel

You'll have time to do a little last minute shopping and exploring in the historic heart of Chamonix. Return to the airport or consider extending your stay in Chamonix. B

Chamonix Winter

Activity Level

Alpenwild trips are designed for people who are energetic, active, and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as moderate. You should be an experienced hiker in good physical condition. You should be capable of walking 4 to 5 hours per day with snow shoes and compacted snow trails at an elevation up to 8,000 feet above sea level. On one day a tram will take us to an elevation of 12,600 meters