At the end of Chamonix valley, Vallorcine lays peacefully at the base of Mount Buet, just on the other side of the Col des Montets. It is a doorway to the Aiguilles Rouges wild life sanctuary and the Bérard alpine valley. This valley offers an ideal terrain for a snowshoe adventure, with the north face of Mont-Blanc as a backdrop. An empowering invitation!
Day 1 : Les Hauts de Vallorcine - Refuge de Loriaz
Our day starts with a hike into the Vallon de Bérard, a haven site for chamois and other mountain animals. After a hike up to la Tête des Combasses, we will continue our hike through the hamlet of les Granges before reaching the authentic Loriaz hut. The panoramic terrace offers an amazing view of the nearby peaks and the Mont Blanc range. In spite of its simplicity, the beauty and quietness of the place will heighten this unforgettable experience.
Elevation gain : 800 m
Day 2 : Refuge de Loriaz - Loriaz hills - Village of Le Buet
Starting from the refuge, we hike up to the sunny ridgelines above. The view slowly opens up to an incredible panoramic view over the nearby Swiss peaks. After the contemplation of the summits we are facing, it is time for us to head back to the hamlet of le Buet. On the way down, we are following a nice trail through a beautiful spruce forest.
Elevation gain : 400 m - Elevation loss: 1 100 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 2020-2021 : December 26 & 27 - January 09 & 10 - January 30 & 31 - February 13 & 14 - March 20 & 21.
Price 2020-2021 : 230€ 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 (no shower),
- 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.
Prices 2020 - 2021:
2 people : 450€ per person
3 people : 330€ par person
4 people : 270€ par person
5 people : 230€ par person
6 people : 210€ par person
7 people : 190€ par person
8 people : 180€ per person
Meeting point : meet at 9:30 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 400 m and 800 m. Snowshoe hikes on steeper terrain. Prior experience recommended.
Guiding policy : each mountain leader can guides 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 mountain huts, one night in mixed dormitory (no shower).
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.
Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard Sports & Ravanel & Co .
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.