2-day snowshoe hike in Point Percée (Chamonix)

Enjoy a night in the middle of nature on this 2-day snowshoe hike in the Point Percée mountain along with a certified mountain leader in the Happy Tracks team.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    The Aravis is a mountain range located in the Haute-Savoie department, eastern France. It is part of the French Prealps and its highest summit is the Point Percée (2,753 m) I would like yo guide you up there. Are you coming?

    We will start our journey by picking you up in your accommodation in Chamonix. On our first day, we will drive to the Aravis in the Le Grand Bornard area, an important winter sports center located in Haute-Savoie nearby Chamonix. Firstly, we will start hiking with our snowshoes on a ski track. Further, we will hike through a dark pine forest. After a short break, we’ll begin the snowshoeing across a deep field on our way to the Point Percée. After 5 to 6 hours of walking, we will reach the hut in the afternoon.

    The Gramusset Refuge is located below the Point Percée peak at 2,160 meters of height. We will spend the night there and you will be able to admire the most beautiful views of the sunset in the evening and also to watch the stars at night.

    On the next morning, we will have some breakfast and start the descent over the amazing open fields of the mountain. Finally, we will drive you back to your accommodation in Chamonix.

    Are you ready to live a great snowshoe hike to the base of the Point Percée? Do not hesitate and send your request to book! I will be happy to guide you on this incredible adventure.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    170 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Occasional

    Meeting point

    Chamonix

    Accommodation

    Gramusset Refuge

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    We are a team of 2 certified mountain leaders and canyoning guides, Anja and Raphy. We specialize in multi-day and long distance trekking in some of the best spots in the Alps.

    From the amazing Tour du Mont Blanc to the challenging but very rewarding Haute Route, we strive to take our guests on unique adventures in nature. We also offer canyoning adventures in Switzerland, France and Italy.

    Come join our tours. We will make you HAPPY!

     
     


     

     

    What People are Saying about Happy Tracks

     

    I planned this trip as a surprise for my partner for his 50th birthday. I wanted to do something amazing and memorable so I got online and started searching and this is where I came across Explore-Share and was put in touch with Happy Tracks. Anja designed our trip for us and came up with the plan to do a hike to a mountain refuge and to stay overnight. The chosen trip was from Les Troncs to the refuge at the base of Pointe Percee. On a Friday, We met our mountain guide Anja in Le Grand Bornand and then drove to the start of the walk in Les Troncs. The first part of the walk was through the woods. It was a gentle start in fresh snow so it was really very pretty and an excellent warm up. When we got out of the woods, we stopped for a break and put our snow shoes on to continue upward. Having never done this before we were eager to have a go. With snow on top and ice on the rocks below, we were certainly glad of the crampons for extra grip.  We enjoy hiking at home but are not overly fit and I’ll admit it was hard going but our guide was fantastic. Anja was encouraging and a brilliant guide. The terrain was difficult because of the fresh snow, as it had not compacted and was therefore very powdery making steep ascents tricky. Anja broke trail and she made us feel confident that we could do it. We were lucky with the weather so the scenery en route was stunning which spurred us on. We snow shoed for 4-5 hours then came to the last part to get to the refuge, this was a very welcome sight after a long day. It took us about 6 hours in all. When we reached the refuge the daylight was beginning to fade but the views, oh the views were so breathtaking that it moved me to tears. I have never experienced such beauty with my own eyes. I was in awe of the sight and also of my own personal accomplishment. At the refuge the adventure continued. Sawing logs, chopping wood, melting snow and a three course meal with wine. The toilets were a modest affair (compost toilet). Even paying a visit to the loo seemed more exciting. Anja made a path to them through the deep snow and a head torch was a necessity! We had a very cosy night and woke up Saturday morning to more fresh snow and sunshine. It was Andy\'s birthday on that morning. Raphael (Anja’s partner) had baked a birthday cake for Andy and Anja even had a sparkler for the top. Absolutely brilliant surprise. We had hoped to see the sunrise from the Col de Vert which would have given us views of Mont Blanc. Alas the weather conditions meant this final stage would have been unsafe for us novices. So we listened to our guide did not attempt to go. Instead after breakfast we started our descent. It was snowing when we left. We walked and did some body sledging (sliding on our bottoms, or stomachs) in places, it was so exhilarating and so much fun. It took us about 4 hours to get down. This was a truly amazing, memorable and magical experience and I am thankful to all concerned for giving us mere mortals the opportunity to experience such a gift. A special thank you to Anja our mountain guide who was helpful, funny, kind and encouraging and carried the most enormous rucksack I have ever seen. AMAZING.
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    Claire Woodmass
    Anja was a great guide. Knowledgeable, personable, and safe. A great person to hike alongside. Additionally we had to change our route last minute because of weather. It was a great alternative. I would absolutely do this hike again, and I would recommend to anyone interested. Have fun!
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    David Perram
     

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