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: 1398€ to 1398€
  • 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 Grenoble airport

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 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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Return transfers from Grenoble airport are included in this package. Grenoble is well served throughout the winter season from most major city airports. 

The pick up time is at 16hrs on your arrival day and you will be dropped off at 11am at the airport on your departure day. 

Please make sure you book flights to coincide with these times. We are able to accommodate flight delays of up to 1 hour (leaving Grenoble airport at 17h). Any transfers required outside of these times will be charged as extra. 

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

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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