Guided snowshoeing holidays in the Ecrins National Park in the Southern French Alps. Make tracks in fresh snow as you explore the pristine winter wildernesses in this little known paradise.
Location: The Champsaur Valley, Southern French Alps
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.
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 Champoleon valley. Or, visit the market in the nearby resort of Orcieres, go for a swim and pampering session in the spa, a self guided snowshoe walk on the high altitude plateau of Rocherousse....
....or, if you would like to explore the winter wilderness alternatively... why not try; ice climbing, husky dog sledging or cross country skiing.
The nearest train station is Gap. Gap is on the SNCF train service which has links from Paris (overnight sleeper), Valence, Grenoble or Marseille.
The nearest airports are Grenoble, Lyon and Marseille, 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 Marseille 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!!