Discover the most beautiful routes in the Chamonix valley with a guided snowshoe trek through snowy forests and along mountain trails, an ideal winter activity in all weather conditions and for all ages.

Chamonix’s Secret Spots
Get away from the crowds and explore the lesser known trails
Get Close to Nature
See alpine wildlife in their natural habitat
Suitable for Everyone
Excellent activity for all ages & fitness levels

SNOWSHOE HIKING IN CHAMONIX

Hike through snowy forests and frosty white trails on a guided snowshoe hike in Chamonix

   

Beginner tech level

 

No experience required

 

Great for non-skiers

 

Photography Opportunity

 

Flexible Options

 

Flora & Fauna

Snowshoeing is the perfect way to explore the beautiful forests, rivers and mountains of the Chamonix valley. Together with a qualified guide you will hike some of the most beautiful trails, either high up amongst the peaks or lower down across the valley floor.

You don’t have to travel far to escape into the wilderness, where you will be surrounded by nature and have a good chance of seeing some local wildlife such as chamois or bouquetin. No matter where you go, you will be treated to the incredible views of the Mont Blanc Massif and the Aiguilles Rouges for which Chamonix is famous.

There is so much to discover in the valley, not least the wonderful mountain refuges where you can enjoy a delicious lunch in a traditional hut and treat yourself to a local dish such as tartiflette or cheese fondue – don’t worry, you can hike off the calories on the way back!

Your guide will show you the correct technique to move comfortably and efficiently using snowshoes and hiking poles, taking you on safe enjoyable routes that are suited to your level of fitness.

Snowshoe hikes can be booked as a day activity with a break for lunch, as an evening activity with dinner in a mountain restaurant, or as a multi-day excursion with an overnight stay in a mountain refuge. All itineraries are planned on an individual basis to give you the best possible experience.

Itinerary

The Chamonix valley offers a wealth of options and we can offer many different itineraries to explore, here are a few of our favourite examples...

Vallon de Berard

Starting off from the little village of Le Buet, this hike takes you through the forest and past some old stone huts before entering the Berard valley. Hiking alongside the river to begin with, you’ll find yourself in a magical environment where icicles hang from rocks and snow-crusted branches arch over the path. Wherever the forest opens out you’ll be able to look over your shoulder to the magnificent view of Les Grands Montets, the snowy peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif and the glaciers that fill the gullies surrounding the Mer de Glace on the opposite side of the valley. Hiking upwards through the forest until we come to a small clearing looking over the Swiss border, this is a great place to stop for a picnic lunch and a flask of hot tea. From here it’s all downhill, back through another pretty little hamlet of wooden chalets, looping back through snowy meadows to the bottom of the Poya ski slope.

Loriaz

High above the village of Vallorcine is a little collection of stone huts that look remarkably like a bar of Toblerone – a perfect row of triangular roofs overlooking the valley. This is an excellent snowshoe hike for those who enjoy a fair bit of ascent, rewarded by stunning views. Starting off in the village of Le Buet, the trail climbs up through the forest, twisting and turning through snowy boughs where you might spot chamois or ptarmigan darting amongst the trees. The trail comes out into high alpine meadows surrounded by breathtaking views, dominated by the peak of Mont Buet looming nearby. The Loriaz huts are nestled on a plateau at 2020m, looking across to a panoramic view of the Aiguille Verte and the Massif du Mont Blanc – the perfect place to stop and enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch! The huts are closed during the winter, so you’ll need to bring your own food and a flask of hot tea or coffee.

Grand Saint Bernard Monastery

Combine nature with history on this longer hike to visit an ancient monastery on the Swiss/Italian border. The monastery was founded back in 1050 by Saint Bernard of Menthon as a safe haven for mountain travellers. It because famous for the iconic rescue dogs of the same name, who were bred here for generations. The hike itself is a long but gradual climb up towards a high mountain pass, traversing deep valleys and overlooked by steep snowy slopes until you reach the monastery just a few hundred metres from the Italian border. The scenery is magnificent and the building is very atmospheric. Take some time to explore the chapel and the museum, and enjoy a meal in the auberge. You can also stay overnight at the auberge, a memorable and unique experience that makes longer snowshoe hikes possible.

Learning Outcomes

Snowshoeing is an ideal winter activity for everyone, from outdoor novices to keen mountain hikers. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the alpine environment and its flora and fauna.

Level Requirements

Experience

Snowshoeing requires no previous experience and can be done by almost everybody.

Fitness

Whilst a reasonable level of fitness and an experience of hiking are beneficial, your guide will tailor the route to suit you and can be done at any pace. The aim is to relax and enjoy yourself, not to break any records!

Equipment

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Sun hat

Sun hat

Hiking boots

Hiking boots

Technical gear

Snowshoes

Snowshoes

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Included or not

Included

IML Mountain Leader fees

Guidance by a fully qualified IML Mountain Leader

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Local Transport

Local transport provided in accordance with instructor/guide's available car capacity

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you on request.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Accommodation in Chamonix

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Additional Services

Equipment Hire

Please see the list of recommended equipment on this page. Most technical equipment can be rented here in Chamonix and we are happy to help you organise this, please contact us if you would like prices and advice on whatever you need. Chamonix has dozens of outdoor shops, so whatever you don't already have you can find it here.

Insurance

We highly recommend that you take out specific insurance for mountain activities. We can organise this at a cost of 8€ per day for EU citizens and 12€ per day for non-EU citizens. This will cover you for search and rescue services, evacuation by helicopter and emergency medical treatment. You should also make sure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for the usual things such as cancelled flights, lost luggage, hospital treatment, etc. Please contact us to organise mountain rescue insurance for your trip.

Airport Transfers

We can help you to organise your transport to/from Chamonix. We work with well-established airport transfer companies that we trust will provide our clients with a great service. Please contact us for further information regarding either shared or private airport transfers.

Accommodation in Chamonix

If you wish to book accommodation in Chamonix we would be happy to recommend some local hotels, gites, self-catered apartments, or chalets and advise on the best locations. Please contact us if you would like help finding accommodation in Chamonix.