In the Giffre valley, located above the village of Samoëns, lies a beautiful area for snowshoeing. The first day will be a good warm-up to reach the Bostan hut (1763m), located in a wonderful small valley, nestled between the spectacular walls of Dents d’Oddaz and the ridge leading to the Tête de Bostan.
After a night in the calm of the mountains, we will explore the area with a superb hike, enjoying the panoramic view leading up to the top of Tête de Bostan (2295m).
Day 1 : Chamonix - Samoëns - Col de la Golèse - Bostan hut
1h15 transfer takes us to the start of our hike, the Allamands (1096 m), a small hamlet located above Samoens. We climb easily to the Col de la Golèse (1671 m). We are on the route of the GR 5, the famous Great crossing of the Alps that connects Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. We discover the spectacular walls of the Dents d’Oddaz, the Bostan hut (1763 m) is not far.
Elevation gain : 700 m - Elevation loss : 100 m
Day 2: Bostan hut - Tête de Bostan - Les Allamands
In the morning, we go up the vast slopes to gain a foothold on the ridge overlooking the refuge. Like tightrope walkers, we follow this beautiful backbone, straddling the Bostan Valley and the Terres Maudites. Mont-Blanc appears in all its splendor. The ascent of Tête de Bostan (2295 m) is a perfect reward, before starting the descent along the walls of the Dents d’Oddaz and the Allamands rounding off this beautiful 2 day hikeed loop.
Elevation gain : 600 m - Elevation loss : 1 200 m
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 02 & 03 - January 23 & 24 - February 20 & 21.
Price 2021 : 220€ per person based on minimum of 4 participants.
Included in the package :
- Organisation and mountain Leader guiding service,
- one night half-Board in dormitory in a mountain hut,
- picnic lunches,
- shuttles return trip to Chamonix,
- snowshoe, pole, avalanche transceiver (DVA), shovel and probe rental.
Not included in the package :
- Drinks and personal expense (souvenirs…),
- repatriation insurance (mandatory),
- anything not mentioned in « included in the package.
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.
2 people: 440€ per person
3 people: 320€ per person
4 people: 260€ per person
5 people: 225€ per person
6 people: 200€ per person
7 people: 185€ per person
8 people: 170€ per person
Meeting point : meet at 9.00 am at the Compagnie des Guides office in Chamonix
Ability level : 3/5 - moderate trek. For active people who does not mind training to prepare for the hike. Multi-day snowshoe hike for people with trekking experience. 5 to 6-hour hike with average vertical gain between 600 m and 900 m. Snowshoe hikes on steeper terrain. Prior experience recommended.
Guiding policy : each mountain leader can guide a group from 4 to 8 people. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business.
Accomodation : in catered Bostan mountain hut, one night in mixed dormitory.
Before & after the trip: We have some hotel partners in Chamonix with special prices for our customers.
- 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.
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 35 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).
* 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.
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.