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Snowshoeing and Igloo Dining in the Swiss Alps

Snowshoeing through the Swiss Alps, igloo dining under a glacier, and sleeping in a remote authentic mountain hut. 1 day off work.

Location

France

Fly To

Geneva Cointrin International Airport

Difficulty

Moderate

Snow has a way of making everything seem just a little bit magical; this weekend adventure in the Swiss Alps is no exception.

Starting from the mountain village of Trient on the Tour du Mont Blanc hiking trail, you’ll be surrounded by a landscape of unspoiled beauty from the get-go.

Your days will be packed with snowshoeing to summits of 360˚ views of breathtaking sights of the surrounding peaks and valleys. But this trip offers even more than challenging hikes; you’ll experience the thrill of the mountains’ 3km long sledging slope and descents through deep powder fields.

Your evenings will be spent in the warmth of mountain huts and by open fires. You’ll even enjoy a feast of warm cheese fondue, mulled wine and cookies in a snow-built igloo.

This truly unique adventure includes:

  • 3 days snowshoeing
  • 3 km sledging
  • 1 night guesthouse accommodation
  • 1 night mountain hut stay
  • 1 fondue in an igloo
  • Snowshoeing equipment
  • All meals during the trip
  • Experienced local guides
  • Transport to and from Geneva Airport
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Anyone who seeks a weekend packed with adventure that brings snow, cheese, mountain views... and more snow.

What's Included

Accommodation

Airport Transfers

Equipment

Guide

Local transport

Meals as described

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Itinerary

Friday: Snowshoeing, sledging and igloo dining

You will be met by your guide at Geneva Airport around 10:00 and driven to the small mountain village of Trient, in the heart of the Alps (1.5 hours drive). When you arrive you’ll strap on your snowshoes and hike up a slightly challenging 800m ascent to a summit that will open up 360˚ views of a landscape of unspoiled beauty.

When you’ve taken a moment to appreciate the landscape that surrounds you, it’s time to make the most of it and enjoy some play time on the 3km long sledging slope; sledging the speedy track as many times as you like.

Back on with the snowshoes, you’ll take the short hike through forest and powder fields to the hidden igloo where you’ll be treated to a delicious feast. Warm up by an open fire with a cup of mulled wine and grilled sausages before entering the snow-built igloo where you can cozy down into sheep skins and enjoy a creamy cheese fondue and dips by candlelight. Save some room as the chefs will continue to serve you wine, tea, and cookies for dessert.

Cockles warmed and bellies full, you’ll be transferred to your nearby guesthouse where you will stay the night.

5-6 hours snowshoe hiking

Saturday: Snowshoeing to the mountain hut

An early start today as you are collected from the guesthouse after breakfast and driven to the start of today’s hike (1-1.5 hours drive). Strap on your snowshoes ready for a challenging 800m ascent to a remote mountain hut above 2000m. This hike starts with a steep zig-zag track through the forest before the terrain takes a change to deep open powder fields. When you arrive at the refuge you’ll be reaching for your camera as you’re greeted by simply stunning views of Rhone Valley, Mont Blanc Valley, and an overall breathtaking landscape.

You’ll hike on from here to your overnight accommodation – a real mountain hut! Relax and defrost in front of the fire while your guide prepares you a delicious 3-course meal. Enjoy your evening under the stars and rest up ahead of your final day.

6 hours snowshoe hiking

Sunday: Final descent through powder fields

The final descent after a trip like this can sometimes have you on a bit of a downer (literally!) but this descent is different; making your way through the powder is actually a lot of fun. Before you know it you’ll revert to your childhood; galloping, rolling and sliding your way down – you know you’re itching to have a go at a snow angel.

You’ll arrive at the car park around 13:00 and be transferred back to Geneva Airport (1.5 hours drive) ready for your forward journey home.

2-3 hours snowshoe hiking

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

You’ll spend your first night in a comfortable double room in a guesthouse close to Trient. Your second night will be in a basic dorm room in the traditional mountain hut.

Location

The mountain village of Trient is perhaps best known for its glacier and as a base-camp for cross-country skiing enthusiasts but the remote area in which you will spend your time is away from the ski slopes in a little corner of unspoiled landscape.

The igloo is a romantic, cozy environment; hidden away in the forest beneath the beauty of one of the area's glaciers.

The mountain hut that provides your accommodation on your second night of trip is set in what feels like a winter-wonderland, beneath clear skies and the most amazing stars.

Meeting Point

Start Point

Geneva Airport - 11:00
Your adventure begins with your airport transfer from Geneva Airport (GVA) at 11:00. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. Alternatively, you can also be picked up from Chamonix or Verbier. Please let you host know when booking.

Finish Point

Geneva Airport - 14:30
Your adventure ends back in Trient village around 13:00 and from here you’ll be transferred back to Geneva Airport (GVA) for 14:30. You're free to book any flight at 16:00 or later.

Frequently Asked Questions

Children age 6 and up can join this trip but only as part of a private group.

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to Geneva
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 8.

This trip is suitable for any reasonably fit adventurer; you'll need to be able to ascend for 800m and hike for 6 hours.

The weather can change quickly in the mountains but on average you should expect temperatures of between 10˚-15˚

Simple but delicious! Igloo dining: Cheese fondue with lots of side dishes to dip, grilled sausages, marshmellows, mulled wine, tea and cookies. 3-course dinner in the mountain hut: Soup followed by a warming chilli con carne, and vanilla custard for desert. Lunch packs: Sandwich, chocolate, fruit and nuts (energy food!)

We can cater for any specific diet requirements – just let us know before the trip.

  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Head torch
  • Sledge

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  • Sun glasses
  • Sun cap/hat
  • Warm hat/headband
  • Gloves
  • One pair of synthetic underwear (top & bottom)
  • One functional shirt for the hike (we recommend merino or synthetic)
  • One or 2 layers of socks (merino wool or synthetic)
  • Additional warm, comfortable clothes for the evening in the mountain hut
  • One fleece or merino pullover/sweater
  • Rain / windproof (Gore-Tex) jacket with hood
  • Rain / windproof (Gore-Tex) pant / rain-pants (we recommend either a combination of a thermal layer and a waterproof hard shell trouser or an insulated waterproof skiing pants)
  • 15 to 35 liter/around 1500 cubic inch backpack (You should be able to carry your gear comfortably, we recommend a backpack with a good waist belt)
  • Dry bag or plastic bag to keep the most necessary things dry in the backpack
  • Strong and waterproof leather hiking boots with a high ankle or winter boots with a high ankle
  • Minimum 1.5 liter bottle (thermos bottle recommended)

Other recommendations are:

  • Sun cream at least SPF 20
  • Lip balm
  • One insulation layer to keep you warm (we recommend you a Primaloft or light down jacket)
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone
  • Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

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