Snowshoeing vacation in Chamonix

“Enjoy the majesty of the Alps by embarking on this exciting and often challenging snowshoe experience that will have you outdoors and active for at least 5 hours per day.”

Highlights

Family-run hotel with restaurant | up to 7 hours a day spent outdoors | stunning alpine scenery in the shadow of Mont Blanc and Mont Joly | Aravis mountain range | free day in Chamonix Valley | Les Contamines Valley | follow forest trails and old Roman tracks | majority of walks are from hotel doorstep |

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Our top tip:
Give your limbs some practise prior to heading off and ease away any aches at the natural spa in Toulouse, if you get the chance on your free day.
Trip type:
Small group. Average size 12. Minimum age 16.
Activity level:
Moderate. Fairly demanding, especially on the legs, up to 7hrs per day mountainside.
Accomm:
2 star family-run hotel with en-suite facilities and restaurant.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities, snow shoes, poles and tour leader.
Meals:
7 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
Solos:
Individuals welcome. Limited single room supps available.
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Accepted
Vacation type

Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Snowshoeing vacation in Chamonix

Environment

Activity:
We use local leaders to help preserve the way of life in their area and offer regular training so they can also educate our travelers on how to be more responsible. Walking with snowshoes from one guesthouse to the next requires no ski lifts, groomed pistes and leaves no impact apart from tracks in the fresh snow. Optional activities like cross country skiing, ice climbing and dog sledding are equally eco-friendly. By visiting this remote area, we offer mountain communities alternative low impact forms of winter tourism. Our groups will visit remote mountain huts for cake and drink stops helping to support the economy of this remote community.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with active trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Water can be provided for clients on all trips and water receptacles are recycled or reused where appropriate. As tap water in the region is drinkable, clients will be encouraged to use tap water and to reuse plastic bottles, rather than buying bottled water.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
On this trip we use the Hotel Christiania, run by the Mermoud family for 3 generations. The hotel employs local staff and sources regional produce for its restaurant which serves predominantly traditional Savoyard cuisine. We are based in Les Contamines, just outside the Chamonix valley. Chamonix and its surrounds dominate the tourist industry here, and by going outside of this we are contributing to communities that are less well known internationally and that otherwise can struggle to generate the same revenue.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Snowshoeing vacation in Chamonix

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This was our first experience of a winter vacation and snow shoeing, although a challenge to experience the solitude of the high peaks and silent snow fields was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you are fit and take a t shirt just in case there are some hot days. Can recommend the natural spa in Toulouse to revive the muscles.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The snowshoe walks on the Alps and the stay at Chalet Savoy were the highlights of this vacation. The walks took us to the top of the world, literally. They were invigorating and the scenery was stunning. Chalet Savoy felt like home for a week. The hosts, Oliver and Elaine, made it possible for the group to have the best time we could have while we stayed there.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be fit and have the right equipment for 7-hour walks in the snow. Leave your angst behind and be ready to conquer peak after peak in each of the five walks.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, absolutely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

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