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Snowshoeing Program in Queyras | France

Snowshoeing Program in Queyras

Join UIMLA Mountain Leader Emma Jack on a snowshoe traverse in the stunning Queyras, one of the oldest mountain ranges of the Alps!


MOUNTAIN RANGES

Alps

DURATION

7 Days

OFFER PERIOD

Jan - Mar

FITNESS LEVEL

Fit

SKILL LEVEL

Beginner

PAYMENT METHODS

Credit Card, Wire Transfer and more!

Description

The Queyras mountains are considered to one of the oldest mountain ranges of the Alps. In addition, the Queyras Regional National Park is one of the most beautiful in France. This is why every year, travellers and adventurers take on the adventure of exploring this unique region. On this specially designed snowshoeing program in Queyras we offer you the chance to discover some its most stunning spots and landscapes. 

First, we begin our tour with a short trip briefing and dinner at the hotel in Aiguilles we will be staying in. In order to get there, we offer a transfer service from Turin airport that leaves no later than 4.30 pm. Therefore, if you wish to arrive on your own, make sure to arrange your transfer options in advance. On the following day, we will start on the first of our excursions into the stunning Queyras region. Every day we will walk between 6 to 10 kilometres, with ascents between 500 and 1000 metres. Consequently, we do require a good level of fitness. However, if you don’t have snowshoeing experience then we are more than happy to show you the ropes and you will get the hang of it in no time! 

Throughout our excursions we will be going through different landscapes and routes. You can expect to delve deep into forests, as well as to walk through dramatic ridges, and also, to encounter stunning peaks and beautiful valleys. Every night, after a challenging, albeit rewarding, day of snowshoeing, we will return to our warm hotel in Aiguilles where we will share a hearty dinner. This means that although we will work hard to get to those summits and peaks, there will also be room for enjoyment and relaxing.

Ready to embark an adventure of a lifetime? Then book your place now  and join me on this 7 day Snowshoeing program in the stunning Queyras region! I will be happy to guide you on the way!

Looking to travel to the Alps in the summer? Then check out our 7-day Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Luggage transfer

Price details

Prices are per person for groups of 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,

Airport transfers (timing restrictions apply).

Not Included:

Insurance (mandatory for every participant)

Lunches,

Flights,

Travel insurance,

Personal drinks & snacks,

Tips.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Turin and transfer to Aiguilles

We will meet at the hotel at Aiguilles for a briefing about the trip and then our first dinner together at the hotel! In order to get to Aiguille we offer a transfer service from Turin Airport, which will leave 4.30pm at the latest.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Day 2: La Croix de Curlet

To begin our trip, we will start by getting a hang of walking with snowshoes by heading up Croix de Curlet. From this lovely spot we will have great views of Saint-Véran and the Cirque de Clausis. Then, upon descent, we may try a different route and will also aim to do some  winter mountain safety training. Finally, on our way down, before heading back to the hotel, we will stop for refreshments. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 5.5 hours

Distance: 7.5km

Altitude gain: +670m

Day 3: Le Sommet Bucher

After breakfast we will head up a narrow valley on our way  to Saint-Véran, which is considered the highest village in Europe at a height of 2050 metres. Then, we will zig zag through the pine forests, to the Sommet Bucher. From this scenic spot we will be able to get a great view of the Col Agnel, which is on the Italian border and links the Queyras valley with the Italian Piedmont area. Finally, as we descend we can stop for a well-earned coffee break in Saint-Véran. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 5 hours

Distance: 6km

Altitude gain: +554m

Day 4: Col de la Crèche

On day 4 we will ascend to Col de la Crèche, with beautiful views over the pretty hamlet of Château-Queyras. First, we will begin with a short drive up the mountainside to our starting point at Les Meyries. Then, we will start a beautiful climb through the pine forest and above the tree line. From this spot we will be able to see the dramatic ridge that leads to the Pic de l’Agrenier. Finally, we will swing round to the Col de la Crèche to reach the summit ridge. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6 hours

Distance: 9km

Altitude gain: +640m

Day 5: Alpages de Fontantie

Our next excursion will take us from the trail head at Montbardon to the Alpages de Fontantie. This is a beautiful landscape and from the summit, at 2500 metres, we will also have great views over the Ecrins National Park. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 5 hours

Distance: 5km

Altitude gain: +743m

Day 6: Crête de la Gardiole

The highest summit of our trip is located at Crête de la Gardiole, at 2656 metres. To get there, we will first take a short transfer to the village of Abriès, which will be the starting point of the walk. After, we will walk through a beautiful valley to the hamlet of le Roux, to begin our ascent to the summit. Expect stunning views along the way, and from the peak. One of the highlights of the trip! 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6 hours

Distance: 8km

Altitude gain: +910m

Day 7: Col de Longet

On our last day, we will climb to the Col de Longet at 2701 metres. To do so, we have some different options. One option is to take a nice circuit route that starts in Saint-Véran, cross the col, and then descend to Fontgillarde, which is the last inhabited village before the Italian border. Otherwise, we can take a smaller loop that starts and ends in Fontgillarde. Options will depend mostly on the snow conditions, but regardless of which route we choose, it will be a great way to end our fantastic journey!

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 7 hours

Distance: 10km

Altitude gain: +800m

Day 8: Departure day

After breakfast we will bid farewell. A transfer back to Turin airport is included, and will arrive at the airport in time for flights departing after 13:00 hrs.

Details

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Insurance

It is compulsory that you take out adequate travel insurance, and it is a condition of booking with us that your insurance covers the following as a minimum: medical expenses, injury, illness, death, repatriation, personal accident, mountain rescue including helicopter evacuation, along with cancellation and curtailment. Your insurance must be valid for the duration of your tour.

Meeting point

Transfer to Aiguilles from Turin airport at a fixed time.

About the guide: -Emma & Guides' team

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-Emma & Guides' team

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Mountain Leader

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 work together with qualified mountain leaders like me, If I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues will take care of you.

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

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What people are saying about -Emma & Guides' team

Paul

5.00

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.

jeanne

4.00

We were Very pleased With Emma guiding us through the hikes. We really enjoyed the entire trip:) As we were just our family we would have loved a little more flexibility hiking in our own pace - felt we were rushed a bit too much. We should have informed Emma about this but we were too compliant:) The explore-share platform was a bit rigid/ formel - it was not clear that exploreshare hired another firm to do the job. Also quite a High fee to explore share We were first told to have an (expensive) extended travel insurance (with mountain rescue) up to departure / after we had plaid. We should have been told this before signing up. Another mistake were that explore share had told us last payment were due closer to departure - so in a rush we had to pay up 60 days before as this is cloud9advenures policy. This made us uncertain if it was fraud. But it wasn’t:) overall pleased with our trip

Fausto

4.00

Bruno our guide was very helpful and profesional

Jill

5.00

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

5.00

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

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