Guided Snowshoeing Holiday in the Alps


Guided Snowshoeing Holiday in the Alps

Guided snowshoeing holiday in the French Alps' stunning Ecrins National Park staying in luxury farmhouse accommodation. Explore the region's pristine winter wilderness! 

Location: Champsaur Valley, Southern French Alps

Holiday Price
Adult price from: 1259€
  • 7 nights half board accommodation (evening meal and breakfast) at the luxury farmhouse accommodation.
  • 5 picnic lunches
  • 5 full days guided snowshoeing with qualified UIAGM high mountain guide
  • Snowshoes and poles
  • One free day with options to try out other winter activities (activities are extra)
  • Transport to and from snowshoeing
  • Return transfers from Gap train station

Holiday Highlights:

  • UIAGM High Mountains Guides - highest qualification in the mountains for your safety and to maximise the opportunities for snowshoeing in the mountains
  • Wild and authentic Alpine destination off the beaten track
  • Wide choice of snowshoe walks
  • Authentic luxury farmhouse accommodation with delicious gourmet food
  • Ethical travel - supporting non skiing winter activities in Alpine community

The Southern French Alps - Ecrins National Park

During the trip you will discover one of the most dramatic and beautiful national parks in the Alps - the Ecrins National Park. There are chamois, ibex, deer, wild boar and plenty of birds including golden eagles. There are also wolves in the proximity.

Make tracks in virgin snow away from the well trodden paths, snowshoe through forests, around frozen lakes, across open snow meadows, up to a summit, over a col, along a ridge or along the valley floor with the snowy mountains, ice gullies and cliffs dramatically towering over you.

The Snowshoeing

There are lots of choices for snowshoeing walks in the area and we will finalise the itinerary during the week to make the most of conditions. There are cols, summits, high alpine plateaux and pretty alpine woods so plenty of variety! You can expect to do between 300m and 800m of ascent on an average day with 4 to 6 hours of walking - with plenty of stops!! 

For your free day, you can either rest at your accommodation and enjoy the views or go for a self guided snowshoe walk in the surrounding area. You can also visit the nearby resort of Orcières and go for a swim and pampering session in the spa. Alternatively, if you would like to explore the winter wilderness, why not try some of our fun-packed activities like ice climbing, husky dog sledging or cross country skiing!

Get away from the crowds and admire the mountains in all their winter glory.

Your Guides

All the guides we use are fully qualified UIAGM high mountain guides and will make your safety and enjoyment their top priority.

This qualification is the highest of all guiding qualifications in the mountains. It is UIAGM high mountain guides who take people up the north face of the Eiger! Whilst you won't be doing any mountaineering on this trip, the competence, knowledge and experience of a high mountain guide means he has the flexibility to take you wherever is safe. Other qualifications for snowshoeing are limited to the wide valley bottoms and pisted routes in nordic areas.

Who Would Love this Holiday?

No previous experience is needed to join this trip but a reasonable level of fitness is recommended to be able to make the most of it. Regular hill walkers, nordic walkers, hikers and trekkers will love it!

You might also be interested in our Snowshoeing Short Break or our other Snowshoeing Holidays. If you have a skiing friend or partner who would be keen to try ski touring, we are also running a ski touring trip for the March dates based at the same accommodation so you can both go off and live your passion in the day and share the evenings together!

If you are booking on to this holiday or planning on snowshoeing in the Alps take a look at our snowshoeing kit list for advice on what to pack and read our top fitness tips for the over fifties for preparing for a snowshoeing holiday.

Itinerary

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We have arranged a pick up and drop off transfer from the town of Gap which is well served by a variety of train and bus links from the major airports and TGV fast train services.

BY TRAIN / BUS: 

Gap has a local SNCF train station. There are direct train links to Gap from Grenoble TGV station there is also an overnight sleeper train from Paris to Gap.

There is also a regular coach service which operates from Aix-en-Provence TGV directly to Gap. 

You can plan your train journey using the Oui SNCF website. This works from all major European cities.

BY PLANE:

The nearest airpots are Marseille and Grenoble.  From Marseille airport there is a regular coach service directly to Gap every two and a half hours. Look at times tables. From Grenoble you would need to get the airport shuttle to the train station and then a train from Grenoble to Gap.

Please ask us about transport options when you enquire as we have become pros on getting people to this beautiful region!

Elizabeth Miller - Snowshoeing Holiday

November 2018

Customer Review

Tucked away in a little known area of France is the aptly named Undiscovered Mountains Holiday. On the edge of the Ecrin...

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Sue Thompson - Snowshoeing Holiday

August 2018

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Snowshoeing must be the best and most wonderful way to see the Ecrins area in winter. Not only did we have a great time...

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