Booking snowshoeing in Chamonix privately ensures total flexibility for you. We start by discussing your individual requirements, your interests, fitness and normal activity levels. That way we can design a programme that fits with these. So you can do what you want, when you want, where you want, without the need to consider other group members.
I will show you a different side of the Alps in winter from the experience of downhill skiing or staying in town. That is to say a wilder, more tranquil and scenically spectacular side. Perhaps you’re a photographer wishing to reach exceptional viewpoints and linger over taking photographs. Maybe you’re a cautious walker who wants to go at their own pace. Or you might be an ambitious hillwalker wishing to make a strenuous ascent of an inaccessible summit. Whatever your motivation, just get in touch for a discussion. That way, I can do my best to meet your needs.
Prices include guiding, equipment, and transport from your accommodation for up to 8 people.
Subject to availability – please complete a booking request.
I will take you on a wilderness journey on foot, with the option of lunch at a remote, rustic mountain refuge. We’ll take a short drive (c 30 mins from Chamonix) to the trailhead. In no time we’re leaving civilisation behind as we climb through a tiny hamlet of ancient stone chalets. Subsequently we enter a mysterious gorge full of icicles and towering fir trees. After that, we cross a babbling stream via a bridge (good photo spot) and climb up the other side through forest to join an old drovers track which leads to a high alpine pasture. Wandering across this rolling expanse above the tree line we’ll enjoy amazing views all around. Then there’s the final climb to the mountain refuge, where lunch awaits us (at your own expense). After some well-earned rest and refreshment in this panoramic setting, it’s downhill all the way, as we take a different descent route back to the car, and the return drive to Chamonix.
Take a snowshoeing walk near Chamonix with an emphasis on getting off the beaten track. This is a tranquil experience which also offers the chance of observing local flora and fauna. There are many suitable hidden spots in the Chamonix valley or nearby for escaping the crowds and the bustle of the main ski areas. So we can have a mellow snowshoeing experience, witnessing the local environment in its natural state. Predominantly wandering in the forest, we will progress quietly at a gentle pace. Therefore there is plenty of opportunity to appreciate our surroundings. We may pause as often as you wish, for example to discuss and consider the environment, take photographs, or simply soak up the ambiance.
If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge, the rewards can be spectacular. There are several mid-mountain summits in the Chamonix area which make worthy objectives for a day’s snowshoeing. It’s best to make contact in advance so we can discuss your normal fitness and activity levels, and your aspirations for the day. That way, we can take these and the prevailing weather and snow conditions into consideration in order to plan the perfect day for you. Clients have successfully climbed Mt Truc, Mt Arpille, the Tête de la Sallaz, the Petit Croisse Baulet, the Aiguillette des Houches, the Tête de Bostan, and the Pointe Ronde, to name but a few. All of these are panoramic viewpoints that will blow your mind, accessible only on snowshoes or skis. So they are relatively unfrequented.
When contemplating a privately guided snowshoeing experience in Chamonix, your imagination may be your only limitation! Other possibilities include magical moonlit night-time snowshoeing, overnight expeditions to mountain huts (see also hut-to-hut snowshoeing), or snowshoeing to a mountain restaurant for a typical Savoyard dinner like fondu or tartiflette. We’ve even had snowshoeing marriage proposals! So please do get in touch to discuss the possibilities.