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7-day Snowshoeing in Samoëns

Samoëns
Samoëns

Join UIMLA Mountain Leader Emma Jack on a snowshoe traverse in Samoëns and discover the beautiful snowcapped landscapes of this stunning region!

Not specified

Alps

8 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar

Occasional

Beginner


Description

Located in the Giffre Valle, Samoëns is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. And for good reason. Its beautiful stone buildings and scenery account for its good reputation. Samoëns is also a great spot from which to make snowshoeing excursions in the surrounding summits. Our 7-day snowshoeing in Samoëns trip allows you to visit some of the most beautiful sites in the region, whether you are experienced or not!

We begin our tour by meeting for a briefing at the hotel in Samoëns where we we will be staying. Then, we will share a lovely dinner together before we begin touring the next day. Because we will have different tours each day, we will be able to explore a variety of landscapes and locations. Also, we will have time to adjust to snowshoeing. For this purpose, we will start with a an easy snowshoe excursion on the first day and then work up to the final summit challenge. This means that although a good fitness level is necessary, prior snowshoeing experience is not required.

Every day we will walk around 5-10 kilometres, with ascents between 400 and 720 metres. Some of the landscapes that we will encounter include lovely forests, valleys, peaks, and cliffs.  But it won’t all be hard work. We will leave some room for rest, and of course for enjoyment. And then, after a thrilling day in the mountains, we will always have a warm hotel to return to where we will enjoy a hearty and well deserved dinner.

Ready to explore some remote areas in one of France’s most beautiful regions? Book your place now and join me on this 7-day Snowshoeing in Samoëns trip. I will be happy to be your guide!

Are you looking for a Summer excursion in the French Alps? Then check out our 7-day Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Samoëns

We will meet at the Samoëns hotel where we will have a short trip briefing before dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Day 2: La Bourgeoise

On the first day of our tour, we will start off  with a nearby summit to ease  into our snowshoes.  At 1770 metres, La Bourgeoise is the perfect spot from which to see all of the area we will be exploring. Hopefully we will be able to have lunch at the cross on the summit, before taking a different route back down to Samoëns. On this route, we will pass below the famous Col de Joux Plane.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 5 hours

Distance: 5km

Altitude gain: +700m

Day 3: Pointe Ratti

On the second day, we will kick off with a transfer to the popular ski town of Morzine. Then, we will climb steadily up to the Col de l’Encrenaz, where we can stop for a coffee before tackling our summit. From there, we will follow a ridgeline to Pointe Ratti (1923m), climbing above the treeline, and enjoying the views of the rugged peaks and cliffs of the Roc d’Enfer. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 4.5 hours

Distance: 6km

Altitude gain: +490m

Day 4: Pointe de la Golèse

After breakfast, to start our fourth day of snowshoeing, we will take a short transfer to the beginning of the trail. A winding climb will take us above the treeline, past ancient farm buildings, and on to open pastures. Once we reach a snowy bowl, we will continue on a ridgeline that will lead us to the summit of Pointe de la Golèse (1835m). 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6 hours

Distance: 10km

Altitude gain: +739m

Day 5: Le Partaset

A trasnfer to Bonnavaz, past a  beautiful old chapel will take us to a forest trail. Then, we will arrive into an open area beneath the Pointe d’Uble, as we head towards Le Paraset (1606m). Finally, from the summit we will enjoy the great views of Pointe Ratti and the surrounding mountains, even as far as the Dents du Midi. Because this is one of the shorter snowshoeing excursions on our trip, we will be able to rest before aiming for our final summit.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 4 hours

Distance: 5.5km

Altitude gain: +420m

Day 6: Bostan Valley

To get to the stunning Bostan Valley, we will meander up through the forest, beneath the jagged limestone cliffs. Hopefully, if we are lucky, at the Refuge de Bostan the guardian will be there to make us hot chocolate, or even lunch! After,  we can explore this beautiful remote valley, and enjoy  the mountains. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 5.5 hours

Distance: 10km

Altitude gain: +714m

Day 7: Tête de la Sallaz

As we will have saved the best for last, the 7th day of our tour will prove to be a fun challenge. Our aim will be reaching the Tête de la Sallaz summit at 2026 metres. First we will take a transfer to the village of Romme.  As we climb,  we will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including the Mont Blanc Massif and the nearby Pointe d’Areu. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6 hours

Distance: 8km

Altitude gain: +700m

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, we will bid farewell.

 

Details

Accommodation

We will be based in a charming 2* hotel in the lovely village of Samoëns. Our group will share ensuite twin rooms - single rooms may be available for a supplement, but are subject to availability and must be requested well in advance. Breakfast and dinner are included.

About the guide

I'm a qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) and I have been leading expeditions for the last 15 years. I have led the Tour du Mont Blanc over 40 times, the Everest Base Camp trek 27 times, Kilimanjaro 10 times, and I have also led trips in Nepal, Peru, Cuba, India, Bhutan, Cambodia, Thailand, the Alps, the Pyrenees, Russia, Uzbekistan and Madagascar, amongst others.

I'm a passionate skier, in 2009 I made the first ski descent of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world (8156m).

Fluent in French, Russian and Spanish, I also work as an interpreter and love to chat.

Languages

Russian | French | English

Certificates

UIMLA

Residence

Les Houches, Chamonix


What people are saying about Emma Jack

Jill Seabrook

5.00

July, 2022

AMAZING! This was a last minute decision and my first multi day trekking tour and it far exceeded my expectations. The communication and preparation was comprehensive and accurate. Our guide (Lindsay) was phenomenal. The route was the perfect mix of challenge and comfort. I will definitely be booking my next hiking trek thru Emma.

Frank Van Nieulande

5.00

January, 2022

Emma is a very humble guide in a good way. Always in a good mood full of laughter who puts safety first and in for a good story about her previous adventures. We enjoyed her company a lot! Thanks Emma we had a wonderful time. Greetings Frank

Piyush Yawalkar

4.00

September, 2019

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Paul Connolly

5.00

March, 2019

Emma was very easy to communicate with (once we we able e in the same time zone, of course!). Our guide Phil was fabulous. Thanks to all.

Jule Mansfield

5.00

January, 2019

We booked 3 full days of private showshoeing in Chamonix. Emma Jack was very responsive to our inquiry during booking and our emails leading up to our trip. We were paired with a local guide, Sebastian, who was very knowledgeable about the Chamonix area and picked the perfect spots for us to snowshoe each day based on the weather and snowfall accumulation. I highly recommend booking your trip with Emma Jack and would use her again if we return.

Heather

5.00

September, 2018

Your service was wonderful - it was easy to use and put me in touch with my hiking guide Suze through Cloud 9 Adventure! I couldn't have asked for a better guide or day of hiking in Chamonix.

Vijay and Rosheen

4.00

March, 2018

Excellent start for us in snow shoeing with Phil our guide who kept things nice and easy - an enjoyable activity to redo.

Siti Aminah Othman

5.00

December, 2017

We had fun on that day!! The sun was shining all the way the there’s a lot of snow ? my kids enjoy the trip. All of the arrangement up to the guide is very professional handled & we enjoy the company..and will definitely booked with explore share again..keep up the good work guys!! ?

Virginie Poulin

5.00

August, 2015

Emma is a very nice and attentive guide. She is super healthy and energetic, always smiling. She has a great enthusiasm in general. Very knowledgeable about nature, she shares and teaches with care. Also, she always pays attention to each and any person, and especially adapts pace so that the hike remains a pleasant adventure and memory for all. Plus, she is very cautious of weather and mountain conditions, and has a lot of resources and ideas to adapt to the situation and hikers. In short, very nice and professional! You feel in good hands.

Mariann

5.00

June, 2015

Emma was a very sweet and knowledgeable guide. She was adaptive to the different personalities and skill level of our group. Easygoing, talkative, friendly and pleasant to be around! Couldn't be happier with our guide!


Prices per person

Group of 4

GBP 1387 Each

Group of 5

GBP 1387 Each

Group of 6

GBP 1387 Each

Group of 7

GBP 1387 Each

Group of 8

GBP 1387 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Breakfast

- Dinner

Price details

Prices are per person for groups of between 4-8 people.

Included: All snowshoe & safety equipment,

7 nights' accommodation on twin-share basis,

All breakfasts & evening meals,

All transport in the itinerary,

Fully qualified & experienced International Mountain Leader.

Not Included:

Lunches,

Flights,

Travel insurance,

Personal drinks & snacks,

Tips.




 

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