Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Geneva or Zurich. Transfer to chalet in Valais

On arrival in Geneva or Zurich you’ll be transferred your luxury chalet in the heart of the Pennine Alps, where you'll be surrounded by most of the highest peaks in the alps and some of the most beautiful mountain 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 4-course meal. D

Day 2 – Introduction to Snowshoeing in the Swiss Alps

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 surrounding mountains. 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 Rhone 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 – Val d'Anniviers, St Luc

Today’s objective is the historic Hotel Weisshorn high above the Val d'Anniviers. with commanding views of the Rhone Valley. This is an ideal first outing for our trip with mellow terrain, beautiful views and the possibility to spot chamois and ibex. Starting from St Luc and taking a funicular to Tignousa, we continue along the Planet Trail, a gentle interpretive trail which replicates the solar system. before making our final push to the vantage point where the 1880s hotel sits. After lunch, we'll descend through the forest back to St Luc. 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, Champex-Lac

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. As we descend from the Great St. Bernard Pass region, we'll make a stop in the mountain village of Champex, and have time to explore the historic fort in this strategic setting and do some snowshoeing on the gentle trail that circles the lake. Then it's back to our chalet for hot chocolate and relaxing before dinner. BSD

Day 6 – Bettmeralp and the Aletsch Forest

Today we take a short morning drive from the French-speaking region of Valais into the German-speaking area, and the snow-sure mountain resort of Bettmeralp. This is the perfect spot from which to explore the Aletsch forest along a trail that yields sweeping views of the Aletsch Glacier, the longest in the Alps. We return to our chalet for the evening. BSD

Day 7 – Crans-Montana to Colombire

From the floor of the Rhone Valley, a funicular speeds our ascent to Crans-Montana on the sunny south-facing side of the Bernese Alps. a forest descent takes us to the traditional Alpine farming hamlet of Colombire, a traditional early-season alpine pasture. Here we have commanding views toward the highest peaks in the Alps, and a comfortable setting to enjoy lunch before returning to our chalet. BSD

Day 8 – Depart Valais for the airport or onward travel

You'll have time to do a little last minute shopping and exploring in the morning. Return to the airport or consider extending your stay in the Swiss Alps. B

Bettmeralp Snowshoeing

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 on 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 10,000 meters