Go out of your comfort zone with this immersive week-end in Chamonix valley. Challenge yourself and dare to sleep in the snow and under the stars, in the heart of one of the most beautiful Mont-Blanc massif panoramas. Go for a 2-days snowshoeing hike in complete autonomy, sleeping under the stars. Our expert mountain leaders will make sure you are safe during this trip. This uncommon experience will connect you to nature and wildlife. We promise you will leave with unforgettable memories! Return to basics, simplicity and sharing will be the key words of this winter escape!
Day 1: Meeting with nature
We leave in the morning to the Chailloux pastures. After a transfer, we can begin our hike on La Flatière. The hike will be adapted to the level and skills of everyone. Are you curious to know where you are going to sleep? We do not know it yet … We have to find a place with enough snow to create our shelters for the night. In this magic environment, we can enjoy a calm and revitalizing night.
Day 2: Slowly going back to civilization
After a gentle awakening in our warm sleeping bags, we are ready to enjoy a wonderful sunrise. We leave this out of time moment, after removing any traces of us being there, we slowly go down to the valley, through the fresh snow. Animals’ tracks in the snow remind us of their timid presence around us.
Guides and leaders may have to adapt program and hiking route to weather/terrain conditions and according to group hiking skills.
Group session associates several people who don’t know each other. It allows for a planned program to benefit from an attractive price on fixed dates. This formula is ideal for people looking for the friendliness of a group.
Dates 2021 : January 26 & 27 - February 13 & 14 - February 24 & 25 - March 02 & 03 - March 13 & 14 - March 23 & 24 - April 03 & 04 - April 10 & 11.
Price 2021: 250€ per person based on minimum 2 participants.
Included in the price :
- organisation and mountain leader guiding service,
- Loan of the tent and sleeping bag
- Transport during the hike. We use public transport to transfer between Chamonix centre and the start/end points of the hike
- snowshoes, poles, avalanche transceiver (DVA), shovel and probe.
Not included in the package :
- In accordance with the hygienic measures imposed by the government due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meals are not included in the price. You will need to have at least 4 meals worth of food (picnics, dinner and breakfast)
- Souvenirs and drinks (make sure you have at least 2 litres of water)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory),
- anything not mentioned in « included in the price.
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip.
- 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.
1 person: 610€ per person
2 people: 325€ per person
These prices follow the same conditions as the collective group formula.
Meeting point: Meet at 1 pm at the Compagnie des Guides office in Chamonix.
Ability level: 3/5 - Moderate trek. Good physical condition and preparation is recommended. About 600 m to 900 m of elevation gain - About 5h to 6h hiking. Previous hiking experience is recommended. Some steep tracks require to be at ease technically. Carrying backpack.
Guiding policy: Each mountain leader can guide a minimum of 2 maximum of 2 participants. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Accomodation: One night in a tent.
- Participants must have an insurance with repatriation cover. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up.
- Participants must also take valid ID with them.
A few days before your departure, your mountain leader in charge of the group will contact you to answer any questions you may have.
We recommend you to pay particular attention to the choice of your equipment. It contributes greatly to the success of your stay. Weight is decisive: you always have to evaluate the ratio weight/comfort, to find the best compromise. In a general way, it is better to pile up several light coats rather than wear one big clothing.
- Boots for snowshoeing should be warm and waterproof. They should also provide high ankle support. New boots should be worn a couple of times before.
- If your feet tend to get blisters easily, you can apply baby talc on dry feet in the morning before wearing your socks.
- Minimum size 40 L (a back-pack with extra room is better than too small).
- Once everything is packed, make sure there is enough room to fit your picnic lunch.
- Although backpack covers are very convenient in bad weather, we recommend using a very large plastic bag as a pack-liner to protect your personal belongings from getting wet.
Underwear : avoid using cotton. Compared to technical synthetic material, it is heavier and it dries slowly. Wool is also getting popular amongst sportswear brands. Synthetic and wool are warmer ; they dry fast, and allow you to pack light.
Taking enough time to pack is essential, as you are going to carry every item for several days in a row. Avoiding extra weight can easily be done by packing your clothes tightly, placing heavy items at the bottom of the pack, and avoiding empty spaces. As a result weight is better spread throughout your back and weight impression diminished).
- 1 synthetic long-sleeve shirt,
- 1 light polar fleece,
- 1 pair of Goretex pants, 1 long synthetic underwear to wear under your trousers,
- 1 a pair of wool socks,
- 1 Goretex jacket,
- 1 pair of fleece gloves, 1 pair of mittens, 1 pair of silk gloves,
- 1 warm hat, a scarf or neck warmer,
- 1 water bottle (1.5 quart, to 2 quarts minimum) isothermal if possible,
- 1 pocket knife + 1 « spork »,
- Cap or sun-hat and sunglasses (category # 3 minimum), sunscreen (face and lips),
- a camera and a pair of binoculars (optional).
What you need for the entire trip
- Down jacket or warm polar fleece,
- long underwear or sweat pants for the evening,
- changes of clothes: (T-shirt, underwear and socks) prefer synthetic to cotton,
- Pocket light or head lamp,
- Individual first aid kit *,
- Ultra-light shower kit (feel free to customize …) + synthetic « dry fast » towel,
- 1 one-person sleep-sheet (silk is the most comfortable and remains the lightest),
- ID card or passport + spare change for personal expenses + paper tissues and toilet paper,
- gaiters (recommended if your Goretex pants don’t have a boot-skirt).
- enough food for 4 meals (picnic, dinner and breakfast). eg : bread, dried meat, ham, cereal bars, hard fruit (apple), grain and nut mix and at least 2 litres of water.
* Elastoplast (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids, second skin, medicine for common aches and pains (diarrhea, headaches, sore throat…). Don’t forget to bring personal prescription treatment if you have one. Mountain leaders also carry a complete first aid kit.
Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shop partners and benefit from a preferential rate Ravanel & Co, Sanglard Sports & Concept Pro Shop.
A 10€ discount voucher coming from the shop Au Vieux Campeur will be given to the first 500 clients from the ‘Cie des Guides’ (voucher to be collected at our office). Closest shop ‘Au Vieux Campeur’ : Sallanches.