Snowshoeing Week


Snowshoeing Week

Guided snowshoeing holidays in the Southern French Alps' stunning Ecrins National Park. Make tracks in fresh snow as you explore the region's pristine winter wilderness! 

Location: Champsaur Valley, Southern French Alps

Holiday Price
Adult price from: 1293€

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.

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

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!

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.

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 Champoléon valley. You can also visit the market in the nearby resort of Orcières, go for a swim and pampering session in the spa, for a self-guided snowshoe walk on the high altitude plateau of Rocherousse, etc.

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!

You might also be interested in our Snowshoeing Short Break or our other Snowshoeing Holidays.

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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The nearest train station is Gap. Gap is on the SNCF train service which has links from Paris (overnight sleeper), Valence, Grenoble or Marseilles.

The nearest airports are Grenoble, Lyon and Marseilles, both approximately 2.5hrs drive from us here in the Alps.

Throughout the winter the local ski resorts are also served with a regular snow bus from Marseilles airport.

We can arrange local transfers from Gap train station or the local ski resorts for 50€ per transfer (up to 8 people per transfer).

Please ask us about getting here when you enquire - we have become somewhat expert on accessing this beautiful hidden gem of the Alps and can help you plan your journey!!

Sue Thompson - Snowshoeing Holiday

August 2018

Google Review Google Verified Review

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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Mike Clark - Snowshoeing Holiday

March 2014

Customer Review

Ruth and I had a great holiday in a really beautiful area. It was wonderful to be ski-touring and show-shoeing off the b...

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