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Snowshoeing and Stargazing in the French Alps

A snowshoe adventure and overnight stay under the stars in a remote refuge. 0.5 days off work.

  • France
  • December—March

This is a unique and authentic experience in the French Alps with an overnight stay in a remote hut among nature. After a long snowshoe hike up towards the summit of Pointe Precée, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views. Enjoy a delicious evening meal with new friends and watch a night sky that you’ll never forget.

This authentic mountain hut experience includes:

  • 2 days snowshoeing
  • 1 cosy night in a remote mountain
  • Snowshoeing equipment
  • 3-course dinner with wine
  • Breakfast and packed lunch on both days
  • Local, certified guide
  • Transport to and from Chamonix
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Those wanting to experience the French Alps close to nature and appreciate the bare beauty.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to Chamonix
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

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This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12.

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

You should be reasonably fit and able to hike 6-7 hours in the snow.

The French Alps offer lots of sunshine and clear skies during the night. From November to April temperatures can drop down to -10° Celcius during the day.

During the days you will be provided with a packed lunch. On the evening at the refuge your guides will cook you a delicious 3 course meal. For the starter we always serve a hot and homemade soup (e.g. courgette broccoli soup, pumpkin soup etc.). For the main course we serve cheese fondue, chili con carne with rice, Italian pasta with sugo (bolognese), chicken stripes with creamy mushroom sauce, goulash. For the dessert there is either a cake, vanilla custard or a fruit salad. With the dinner we serve some hot tea and a glass of wine won’t be missing

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

  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Head torch (on request)
  • 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
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone
  • Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Location

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Located on the western slope of the Aravis mountain range not far from Mont Blanc, Annecy Lake, and Switzerland, Le Grand-Bornand is a summer and winter resort which developed around an old village. Le Grand-Bornand is in a wide part of the valley which has allowed it to develop yet still maintain its traditional French authenticity.

The Pointe Percée is the highest mountain in the Aravis range. It rises to 2753m and has 1643m of prominence, and for this reason, is classified as an ultra-prominent peak.

Start point?
Your guide will pick you up at 8.30 at a pre-determined meeting point in Chamonix. If you wish you can also be picked up from your hotel or Chamonix train station.

Finish point?
Your guide will drop you back at Chamonix train station or at your hotel at 16:00.

Getting there and away?
Chamonix is easily reached by train from Paris by the TGV for the most part of the journey. Travellers to Chamonix will have to take a train (TER) from a transit town to reach their destination. If you like to make your life even more convenient, you host can arrange a transfer from/to Geneva Airport.

Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Saturday: Showshoe hike to Gramuset Refuge

You will be picked up in Chamonix by your guide and will drive 1.5 hours to the Aravis mountain range in the commune area of Le Grand-Bornand.

Snowshoes at the ready as you get straight to your first hike; a gentle trail along a cross-country ski track to get you warmed up. As the trail continues, you’ll travel through scented pine forests to a magical break spot at a little wooden house sat above the tree line. Take a breather and admire the view before you continue the steady climb over deep and wide powder fields until you reach the remote hut sat beneath the summit of Pointe Precée (950m overall height gain) – your bunker for the night (2160m).

Your guide will prepare a 3-course dinner for the group as you warm by the fire and unwind with hut games and great company. Don’t lose track of time as the sunset is breathtaking. Then lie down in the snow and watch the clear sky in silence; with no pollution to mask them, the stars here are simply amazing.

6-7 hours snowshoe hiking

Sunday: Descent over powder fields

Wake to the smell of a rich breakfast after a cozy night’s sleep, to prepare you for the fun of heading back down to the valley. The descent is usually not the most thrilling part of a hike but when the descent is over open powder fields it really is a lot of fun; sliding, rolling, galloping, and why not leave your legacy in the form of a snow-angel.

When you reach the bottom, your guide will drive you back to Chamonix for your forwarding journey home.

3-4 hours snowshoe hiking

Accommodation

The hut is equipped with some bunk beds and a wooden stove. There is no guardian up there in the winter but your guide will take over this position. He will chop firewood and heat up the place to make you feel comfortable and cozy.

Dates & Prices

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Accommodation · Equipment · Guide · Local Transport · Meals As Described · Happiness Guaranteed · 100% Financial Protection · No Single Supplements

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Additional Night Accommodation in Charmonix Payable Before Departure
Dormitory €55.00 Per Person, Per Night
Double Room in 3-Star Hotel Le Faucigny €100.00 Per Night
Single Room in 3-Star Hotel Le Faucigny €140.00 Per Night
Transfer to/from Geneva Airport (one way, per person) Payable Before Departure
Geneva Airport Transfer, one way, per person €35.00

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