SNOWSHOE TRIPS 2018



 

PRICES:
Prices are costed on a minimum of 4 participants. Trips will still go if we don’t reach 4, but a small supplement may be required.

These prices include:

Not included:


Prices are in €uros. I am willing to take the deposit payment in sterling, at an agreed rate.

2018 will mark the 27th anniversary of Trekking in the Alps. Two years ago we happpily celebrated 25 years but now we’re into unknown territory and every year should be celebrate, not just the big milestones! Certainly we’ll be doing some fabulous trips in 2018 - some classic venues as well as newer ones. As ever we’ll be escaping the crowds and enjoying wonderful solitude in spectacular scenery

After 23 years in the Chamonix region, in 2013 Trekking in the Alps relocated further south and is now permanently based in Provence. This has given me the opportunity to discover new regions in the French Southern Alps which have proved to be wonderful venues for snowshoeing. The Queyras (pronounced "Kayra") is an excellent base for snowshoeing and this venue is now a permanent fixture on my programme. The Queyras is a proper alpine region and there is scope for several different trips there.

Also in the south is the Dévoluy massif, in the French Hautes Alpes, where we have had a fantastic trips these last 2 years, based in a wonderful hotel. The French Ecrins, known as the secret gem of the Alps, was a new venue for 2017 and I did 3 trips there - this region is back on the 2018 programme, with a 5 day trip and a 6 day trip, different programmes, both giving us a chance to explore this fab winter wonderland.  


Grades
Holidays are graded by smiley face , one being the easiest grade, up to three  which means a strenuous grade. However, it must be understood that these grades are only guidelines as, more than anything, the snow conditions dictate what we do. Please do ask for advice on what level to choose if you are in doubt.

IN ADDITION TO THE ADVERTISED HOLIDAYS, I AM AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE SNOWSHOE GUIDING AT ANY LEVEL, FROM ONE DAY TO A WEEK.

If you don't find what you're looking for contact me to see if I might be able to add an extra trip. 

I have a certain number of private groups already booked for the winter season. The listed weeks are those available as open groups. Sign up fast as places are limited and flights will only get more expensive!




Where do we go?

The Queyras region is located in southern France, very near to the Italian border & can be reached from Turin airport - I can arrange a transfer, or by train from Paris which is a very good option. It is quite an unspoilt region and has only very small ski resorts and some minor towns. Both areas provide fantastic snowshoeing at all levels. For those who want an authentic Alps experience far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, the Queyras will be a dream come true .

Dévoluy is a fabulously beautiful and wild area with numerous snowshoe walks of all levels, many of which begin in Narnia type forest, leading to high plateaux and rounded tops, against a backdrop of dramatic rocky peaks. The Ecrins are also in the southern French Alps. The difference being that this is still a glaciated range. Whilst our hikes will not take us onto the glaciers the scenery will include the higher summits.

When do we go and what does it cost? 
The date shown is arrival day. Snowshoeing starts the next day for 5 or 6 days, then fly home the day after the last day snowhsoeing. 

Sunday 21 January Queyras France  
A 5 day trip to the secret valleys of the Queyras massif. This early season trip will be a visit to a winter wonderland with forests cloaked in deep snow, and tiny hamlets silent in their alpine winter slumber. 

Sunday 4 February Aosta Valley Italy   /  Confirmed
This trip is reserved for prêvious Trekking in the Alps snowshoers. Famous for its wine and cuisine, the Aosta Valley also gives access to many high alpine valley and passes where we can choose the best snow and views each day for our walks. 

Saturday 18 February Dévoluy France 
This 6 day trip is based at a rather smart hotel in the midst of the dramtic Dévoluy massif. The food is excellent and the hotel has a spa facility which provides a wonderful way to relax after a day spent snowshoeing. 

Sunday 4 March Ecrins France  New Programme Confirmed   1180€
This is a 5 day snowshoe trip, starting and finishing in Briançon which is easily accessed from Turin airport. Due to demand this trip has an option of a 6th day snowshoeing - arrive Saturday 3 March. This trip benefits from easy access as it starts and finishes in Briançon. There is a weekend shuttle service from Turin airport. 4 dinners not included

Saturday 17 March Ecrins France    /   Confirmed
This 6 day trip is based at a friendly hotel which is ideally based for snowshoeing in the nearby mountains. One hut night. Lots of variety, great mountains....