- 6 day snow shoe walking / 7 nights in the heart of the Beaufortain Mountains.
- Authentic and unspoilt mountain region.
- Guiding by Mark, International Mountain Leader.
- Free loan of snowshoes, ski/walking poles.
- Based at the charming Hotel Les Ancolies** in the village of Arêches.
Explore the beautiful Massif du Beaufortain on this 6 day snowshoe walking holiday in the French Alps. The Beaufortain is situated about 20km South-West of the imposing bulk of Mont Blanc. It retains an authentic charm where traditional Savoyard wooden chalets blend into the hillsides. The smell of woodsmoke curling up from cosy wooden chalets.
Each day we will enjoy a snowshoe walk taking in the variety and beauty of the area. Turquoise watered lakes reflect the hills with the snow and ice-capped mountains of the Mont Blanc Massif as a backdrop.
Our snowshoe holiday is based from the Hotel Les Ancolies** in the village of Arêches (c.1000m above sea level) in the heart of the Beaufortain. The village is a real, authentic, Savoyard village without the trappings of the large resorts. The hotel is situated right in the centre of the small village with a sunny terrace and cosy bar area. Dinner is served in the dining room and you can enjoy the local Savoyard specialities. Breakfast is taken adjoining the bar where you can enjoy fresh croissants, bread and cereal if you wish.
Arêches / Beaufort is about 30 mins from Albertville and reached by a road that winds along the river Duron. In summer it is possible to continue over the Cormet de Roselend and drop down past Chapieux to Bourg St Maurice in the Tarentaise valley. In winter this route is blocked with snow and will not open again until the spring.
Sat - Arrival and transfer to Arêches – Beaufort. Settle into your hotel and a chance to explore the village.
Sun - Roche Pastire (2108m) via Le Col du Pré (1703m). Fantastic views of the mountains including Mont Blanc reflected in the turquoise waters of the Lac de Roselend.
Mon - La Grande Journée from Le Planay today we will take advantage of one of the chairlifts from the small, family resort of Le Planay to give us some help! From the end of the chairlift we will gain the broad Col de la Bathie (1889m). A new vista opens up to us to the west with the valley of the Tarentaise below and the views towards.
Tue - Mont Clocher (1976m) from Hauteluce. Departing from the pretty village of Hauteluce we climb a spur towards the broad ridge that extends from Les Saisies towards Mont de Vorès.
Wed - Roche Plane. Departing from the hamlet of Le Dray we climb to Plan Villard. Passing through sparse pine trees draped in snow we arrive on more open slopes and views of the Legette du Mirantin. Reaching a plateau on the broad spur we traverse a large bowl towards the Roche Plane. A gentle descent brings us to Lac Couvert and Le Clou. Return via the forests of La Frasse on a silent, snow covered route.
Thu - Le Lac de St Guerin. Nestled amongst the hills.
Fri - Lac de la Girotte. Leaving from Les Granges we ascend steadily to reach La Commanderie and then a small col overlooking the Lac de la Girotte.
Sat - Depart.
6 days walking / 7 nights
Min / Max Group size:
2 - 8 - Private Group tours and Custom tours available.
Hotel (twin rooms)
Hotel - Breakfast, Picnic lunch and Dinner
- Guiding by Mark Tennent, qualified accompagnateur / international mountain leader
- Hire of snowshoes and ski sticks
What's not included:
- Personal equipment