Traverse of the Chablais
Traverse of the Chablais
Traverse of the Chablais
Traverse of the Chablais
Traverse of the Chablais
Traverse of the Chablais

Traverse of the Chablais


Snowshoeing in France

This is now a 'must do' winter journey over the mountains between the French village of Megevette in the valley of the Arve in the west, through to the shores of Lake Geneva in the east. The Chablais area is renowned for its marvellous snowshoeing country and many of the high points give views to the Mont Blanc range. Since we pioneered this route in 2009 it has become a 'classic' for snowshoe enthusiasts.

Highlights

  • A true mountain journey
  • Explore hidden valleys and wild summits
  • Visit quaint and characterful ancient villages
  • Sample tasty local cuisine and culture
  • Airport transfer to first hotel included
  • Daily transfers of your luggage
  • Only a day rucksack needed!

As we travel on our snowshoes from village to village we pass through remote valleys, under towering limestone cliffs and over high plateaus. Each day our luggage is taken by taxi to our next hotel - no heavy loads to carry!


Alex, our guide, balanced leading with being one of the group very well and was a pleasure to travel with. She took trouble to prepare ahead so that there were no problems for us. With brilliant weather, this trip exceeded expectations. Loved seeing the landscape and small villages away from the crowds.

Itinerary

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  • Your guide will meet you in the hotel bar in the tiny village of Mégevette, when you will have the chance will be available to discuss the itinerary and answer any questions about the week ahead. A group transfer from Geneva airport will be included in your trip cost, see our Trip Information for full details. 

  • Today we begin our journey from west to east, and what a beautiful voyage it is. We leave our hotel and walk through the village, then we begin to climb while wandering through several hamlets where we can enjoy the local architecture of the old farm buildings. After a few km's (miles) we turn off onto a narrow trail into the forest and begin our climb through woodland. After a short time we pass the site of a memorial to the French Resistance which recounts how the local community fought and suffered during World War II. Soon after we are above the trees as we arrive at the Col de la Bray which sits at 1442m (4729ft), just below the summit of the Pointe des Jottis. From here we enter the open plateau that is home to an 'alpage', the ancient summer homes of the cow herders. We then head north through the forest and work our way along a wooded ridgeline towards the Col de la Jambaz, and our overnight at Hirmentaz.

    Ascent: 1053m (3453ft) Descent: 819m (2686ft) Distance: 12 km (7.5 miles) Duration: 6h30 

  • This morning we have a short transfer to our start point at Malatraix where we begin our climb up the south face of the mountain to the vast spaces of the Trè-le-Saix, 1486m (4874ft). This is our only vehicle transfer of the trip and one which cannot be avoided due to limited accommodation options.  The Malatraix area is popular with ski mountaineers and usually we have company as we climb. The views from the top are fabulous, and if it is a clear day we can see all the way to Lake Geneva. We then traverse the plateau and head for the Col de la Balme, 1445m (4739ft), and finally to Col de Seytrouset, 1564m (5129ft). Today involves no less than three Cols, and it is a spectacular walk. Once we gain our third Col we then begin our descent to the Dranse de Morzine. There is a sting in the tail though, as we have a short steep climb to our overnight stop in the ancient village of Biot!

    Ascent: 870m(2853ft) Descent: 1000m (3280ft) Distance: 14km (8.7 miles) Duration: 7h50 

  • We leave the quaint village of Biot and climb past the old chalets to gain a track through the forest. We then head steadily upwards until we gain the alpage of Thex where we often stop under the eaves of the traditionally built farm buildings for a morning coffee and snack. After our coffee stop we make our way under the Pointe de Cercle until the Montagne de Drouzin, 1620m (53131ft). Here the views open up and we can often see all the way to the Jura mountains in Switzerland. A final short ascent, and we are on our way through the forest and down to the famous village of Abondance. We gain the Abondance valley by the north face of the Montagne de Drouzin until we reach the Alpages de Druges. We spend the night in the lovely village of Abondance which is well known for the cloisters at the Abbey and also for its cheese!

    Ascent: 780m (2558ft) Descent: 700m (2296ft) Distance: 14km (8.7 miles) Duration: 7h00

  • This is one of our favourite days as we access the remote valley of Ubine. We begin by strolling past the famous 15th century cloister of Abondance with its ancient frescos. We then head along the road for a short distance as we climb to the hamlet of Mont with its immense chalets in the Chablais style. Colourful bee hives line our route and are usually roofed by a blanket of snow. After a climb through the forest, passing ancient chalets, we reach the ridge of Mont Chauffe at Col de la Plagne, 1546m (5070ft). Then its off down into the stunning valley of Ubine which is uninhabited in winter. After visiting the chapel with its beautiful stained glass windows, we then follow a cart track down to the village of Vacheresse where we spend the night. We are often accompanied on the descent by fellow snowshoers or ski mountaineers. It is always pleasant to compare notes with others in the mountains and chat about the highlights of the day.

    Ascent: 780m (2558ft) Descent 880m (2886ft)) Distance: 16km (10 miles) Duration: 6h5 

  • There are several ways to reach Mont Baron from Vacheresse. We choose to head up the Replain valley until we reach the foot of the summit slope. On our way we will pass many old farm buildings, and yet again we can enjoy witnessing the architecture of the area and the 'old life' of the mountain people. In the summer months these slopes are the home to large flocks of sheep, and also the local Abondance cows which produce the excellent cheese of the same name. You can tell an Abondance cow as she has a white face, but wears 'spectacles'! Nothing you can buy in an opticians, but instead she has large brown-coloured circles around her eyes, very distinctive! Once we reach the foot of Mont Baron we climb to the summit at 1556m (5103ft) and enjoy views of our route for the next day. Sometimes we can even see our hotel from the summit, but it requires a keen eye. Finally we begin our descent to the village of Bernex for the night.

    Ascent: 900m (2952ft) Descent: 800m (2624ft) Distance: 12km (7.5miles) Duration: 6h00

  • Today we traverse Mont Benand at 1284m (5407ft), with its summit offering great views of the Gavot plateau and the enormous expanse of water that is Lake Geneva, known locally as Lac Leman. It is indeed one of the latest lakes in Europe. This is a beautiful traverse under the north face of the huge cliff of the Memises where we make our way down to Thollon at 937m (3073ft). At this altitude we may well have to cast aside our snowshoes as we make our way down to Lac Leman itself for a spot of toe dipping in the water! We then travel to the world famous spa town of Évian-les-Bains, where we spend our last night for easy transfer to Geneva airport the next morning. 

    Ascent: 350m (1148ft) Descent: 900m (2952ft) Distance: 10km6.3 miles) Duration: 6h50 

  • Today is departure day after completing a true traverse of the Chablais region. In Evian we normally stay within easy reach of the train station for departures to Geneva on the French railway. However, you can take the morning ferry across Lake Geneva, and then catch the Swiss train system direct to the airport. A wonderful way to end the journey!

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

On all our trips we aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. We are painstaking in our research to give you the best option possible and one that is good value. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

Our trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender. 

However, on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee. We recommend booking as early as possible to secure a single room as these are always limited in number. Please contact us for details. 

Auberge de Mégevette, Mégevette

Auberge

Our meeting point is the Auberge de Mégevette. Auberge is an interesting description to define as most are simply village 'hotels'. A dictionary definition would be an 'inn' in a French speaking area. The Auberge has en suite bedrooms, and dinner is traditional local dishes from the Savoyard region. It is run by the very helpful David and his wife Lydia. 

There is a cosy bar which is often frequented by the locals. David is a butcher to trade, and he is normally the Chef who will be preparing your dinner. 

Hotel Christania, Hirmentaz

Hotel

This is a very comfortable 3* hotel which is family run, and situated on a Col in the hamlet of Hirmentaz. The Christania does excellent meals, and has a heated swimming pool which is great to ease any tired muscles. All rooms have en suite facilities. 

Hotel Les Tilleuls, Le Biot

Hotel

This family run hotel is in the village of Le Biot which is perched on the side of a mountain above the valley. The village is quaint and quiet, and the only shopping experience is the local Boulangerie! The hotel is the most basic on this trip, but nevertheless still offers a cosy bar, bedrooms with en suite facilities, and provides a good evening meal. Gilles our host is one of the stalwarts of the village. 

Hotel Le Mont Jorat, Abondance

Hotel

 In Abondance we stay at the Hotel Le Mont Jorat which is right in the very heart of the village and opposite the 15th century Abbey. This family run hotel, which sits right by the river, is very welcoming. There are twenty-two bedrooms with en suite facilities.

The hotel serves traditional local food so be prepared for cheese to feature in some form or another. Breakfast is buffet-style so you can eat as much as you wish. All good fuel for the day ahead. 

Hotel Plein Soleil, Vacheresse

Hotel

Our hotel is situated in the old hamlet of Vacheresse with its traditionally built chalets. The Plein Soleil is a new building and is very comfortable with lovely views down the valley. Once again it is family run, and all of the bedrooms have en suite facilities. 

Hotel Bois Joli, Bernex

Hotel

This lovely 3* hotel is in a small hamlet beside then village of Bernex. It is family run, and we always receive a warm welcome. It has a great reputation for its meals, and dinner is to be enjoyed. Upon arrival you might want to take advantage of the spa with its jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. 

Hotel Evian Express, Evian-les-Bains

Hotel

Our hotel is near the centre of Evian-les-Bains, a short walk to the lakeside, and ideally located for the train station and onwards travel on your departure day. The hotel building has a modern spacious feel to it and although opposite the train station we have never noticed any noise from the tracks. We will eat dinner in a traditional restaurant in the town. If the Hotel Evian Express is not available then we would normally stay at the Hotel Alize which is also very nice. If this is the case we eat dinner at the hotel.


  • Arrival

    The Alps are easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane. Geneva is the closest international airport for this trip, approximately 1 hour by road.

    For this trip we include a group transfer from Geneva airport in Switzerland to our start point at the small village of Megevette, which is north of the town of Saint Jeoire in France. The group transfer will be at approximately 17h30, though this may be earlier if the arrival times of the group members allow it. Make sure you allow enough time for your flight to make this departure time. If this is not possible we can give advice on how to get to Megevette.

    Departure

    We finish in the famous French spa town Evian-les-Bains and it is a fantastic end to the trip to catch the morning ferry across Lake Geneva and then the train to the Geneva airport. Timetables are available here. Please ensure that you have allowed enough time to travel to the airport for your return flight. Alternatively, you can travel to Geneva airport from the local railway station, but you may have to change trains.

    If you choose to take the ferry and then a train to Geneva airport you need to buy a ticket at the ferry office or on board to Lausanne Gare, as this includes the cost of the Metro from the boat to Lausanne station. The ferry journey takes 35 mins and you can usually buy drinks/snacks on board.

    When you get off the ferry at Lausanne there is a small park area of grass and trees which you can cut diagonally leftwards across, heading for Lausanne-Ouchy-Olympique where you take the Metro to Lausanne Gare (the train station). It takes about 2/3 mins to walk from the ferry to the Metro. The Metro station is in front of you as you arrive at the buildings and just left of the ‘Restaurant Le Pirate’. The Metro journey takes around 5 mins to Lausanne Gare.

    You will need to buy a ticket from Lausanne Gare (the train station) to Geneva airport. The journey takes 50-55 mins. 

     

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our 'Terms and Conditions' is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Winter mountain weather in the European Alps can vary considerably, and in this respect it is no different to any mountain environment where the terrain influences the weather and it can change from valley to valley. 

    In winter the weather can deliver everything from clear blue skies, and glorious sunshine, to heavy snowfall and strong winds. Essentially, as with all mountain journeys, you should be prepared for any eventuality.

    Temperatures vary depending on the month, generally December, January, and February are colder, but by March and April the temperatures are warming up and spring is on the way. 

    In December and January they can range from -10°Celsius (14°F) to 3°Celsius (37.4F), in February from -5°Celsius (23°F) to 7°Celsius (44.6°F), and in March from 0°Celsius (32°F) to 13°Celsius (55.4°F). 

    The above figures are a general indication only as the weather can vary considerably year on year for any given month.

     

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. This is normally 4, and on some occasions 5. 

    In the 'Dates and Prices' section you can hover over the 'Status' button to see how many more bookings are required for your trip to be confirmed. 

    The maximum number of guests that we take on any given trip is indicated in the 'At a Glance' box on the right hand side of the trip page. 

    We will, on occasion, run trips that have not reached the minimum number because our guests have agreed to pay a supplement to allow the trip to go ahead, enabling them to book their travel. If the trip then reaches its minimum number we refund the difference. Do contact us if you wish to discuss this option. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. This trip has a single supplement of £180. 

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and simply a case of sharing out a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. On a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    On many of our cross country ski trips to remote areas there will also be a few additional items to share such as the grip waxes/klisters, spare pole, and snow shovel. These items are shared in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, and insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors. 

  • This is a general statement with regard to luggage and is not specific to your trip. Please read on.

    Point to Point

    The majority of our point-to-point trips have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to wear a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. 

    On some trips which feature a night in a refuge/rifugio/hut your main luggage may not be available that evening due to lack of vehicle access. Your rucksack should be of sufficient capacity to carry a few extra items required for this overnight. Your trip itinerary will indicate on which nights you do not have access to your main luggage. If in any doubt please contact us

    Centre Based

    For our centre based trips, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all week, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, do refer to the note below with regard to 'size' and the lack of elevators in some hotels. 

    Size of Luggage

    Please note that many hotels do not have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom. 

    On our point-to-point trips where your luggage is moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number because they have to unload and reload the vehicle each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. 

    Luggage on wheels is a good idea, and as stated you need to be able to carry your luggage to your bedroom which may involve climbing several flights of stairs.  

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening and not in the morning when there may be a queue. 

    Norway and Sweden

    Norway and Sweden are the exception to this rule and these trips include a packed lunch in your trip fee. You can also bring a thermos flask and have it filled with a hot drink. The reason for this is the remoteness of the accommodation and the scarcity of shops. It is the tradition is to create your packed lunch from the breakfast buffet and the choice is usually substantial with something for all tastes. Please note that in every other country making your lunch from the breakfast is NOT considered acceptable.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash. 

    On our walking and running trips which take in the route of the 'Tour du Mont Blanc' you will find that Euros will also be accepted in Switzerland as we are never far from the frontier, but the exchange rate will be poor.

    Below is a list of the currency and the currency symbol for each of the countries where we run trips:

    Italy = Euro/€

    Germany = Euro/€

    Sweden = Krona/SEK

    Norway = Kroner/NOK

    Bulgaria = Lev/BGN

    Switzerland = Swiss Franc/CHF

    Finland, including Lapland = Euro/€

    Spain, including Mallorca = Euro/€

    France, including Corsica = Euro/€ 

    Poland = Zloty/PLN = Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

    Czech Republic = Koruna/CZK - Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

  • Food

    On all our trips we prefer if you can experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country we are visiting and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free. 

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. This trip is not suitable for those who follow a vegan diet or those with other more specific dietary requirements. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but you would need to bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness. 

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water that is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    UK residents should obtain and bring with them the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. Our partners are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging our partners to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that any partners with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally our partners may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2019

Sat 26 Jan - Sat 02 Feb
Code: STC2 19
Price: £1345 Book
Sat 09 Feb - Sat 16 Feb
Code: STC3 19
Price: £1345 Full
Sat 23 Feb - Sat 02 Mar
Code: STC4 19
Price: £1395 Book

What's Included

  • 7 nights half board accommodation 2** hotel or similar; breakfast, and dinner, based on twin rooms
  • Professional guiding services of a qualified International Mountain Leader
  • Daily luggage transfers to the next night’s accommodation
  • Taxi transfer to Evian on the last day of snowshoeing
  • Taxi transfer between Hirmentaz and Malatrix
  • Snowshoe equipment - snowshoes, poles, snow shovel, avalanche probe and avalanche transceiver
  • Group transfer from Geneva airport to our first hotel in Megevette 
  • Tracks and Trails memento; a gift to take home

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunches
  • Return transfer to the airport

Alex, our guide, balanced leading with being one of the group very well and was a pleasure to travel with. She took trouble to prepare ahead so that there were no problems for us. With brilliant weather, this trip exceeded expectations. Loved seeing the landscape and small villages away from the crowds.

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At a Glance

From Price £1345
Holiday Type Snowshoeing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1620m (5313ft)
Countries Visited France, Switzerland
Meet In Geneva airport, France
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