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Snowshoeing Week in Vallée de la Clarée from Nevache (French Alps)

Come and enjoy a full week of fantastic snowshoeing in the Vallee de la Claree from Nevache in the beautiful French Alps with UIMLA certified guide Emma.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Spend a week snowshoeing in the beautiful Vallee de la Claree.

  • Enjoy constant views of the French Alps.

  • Spend a night in the lovely Refuge du Chardonnet.

Description

On this amazing week long adventure, you will get to snowshoe in the gorgeous Vallee de la Claree. This amazing area is full of beautiful Cols, summits and villages.

The base of our trip in the Vallee de la Claree will be the small hamlet of Nevache. This quainy and lovely place is where your comfortable hotel will be. Thus giving you a great place to relax and rest at the end of each day.

Throughout this trip, you will be in constant view of the sensational French Alps. And as we make our way up various summits, those views will only grow more and more spectacular. You will also get to enjoy some amazing nighttime views from the Refuge du Chardonnet. At 2,223 meters high the refuge will bring you incredibly close to the moon and stars. There will be several climbing days during this trip. Examples of the spots you will be climbing include the Col des Thurs (2,194m), the Col de Buffere (2,427m) and the Col du Chardonnet (2,638m). You will also get to spend days exploring the Vallon de Creuzet as well as local routes near the hotel in the Vallee de la Claree. One of those routes includes the Chalets des Acles.

During this trip, we will be trekking from 4 to 8 hours, covering distances from 4 to 15 kilometers per day. We will also be ascending between 400 to 900 meters per day. As a result, participants on this trip should be in good physical condition.

The Vallee de la Claree is a tremendous place to explore. And doing it on snowshoes only adds to the fun. To join me on this week long trip, just send me a request.

I also offer a similar week long snowshoeing trip based out of Samoens, also in the French Alps, which you can enjoy here.

Details

Accommodation

The group hotel in Nevache and the refuge du Chardonnet.

More info

Participants should bring the following items with them: walking boots (must be waterproof), woolly hat, gloves, small rucksack, sunglasses, sun hat in warm weather, sun screen, lip balm, water and snacks and lunches.

Meeting point

The group hotel in Nevache

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Nevache

On the first day we will arrive at the group hotel in Nevache, where we will have a group meeting about the trip to come before sleeping for the night.

Day 2: Col des Thurs (2,194m)

Today we will trek to the Col de Thurs, above the village of Nevache and the Lac Chavillon before returning to the hotel for the night. We will be trekking for approximately 6 hours, covering 14 kilometers and elevating 600 meters.

Day 3: Col de Buffere (2,427m)

The day will start with a steady climb up to the Buffere refuge, where we will relax for some delicious hot chocolate. From there, you can either relax at the refuge and enjoy the views, or continue up to the Col de Buffere before returning to the hotel for the night. We will be trekking for approximately 7-8 hours, covering 16 kilometers and elevating 400 meters to the refuge and another 900 meters to the Col.

Day 4: Vallon de Creuzet

Beginning in Plamplinet, a short drive from Nevache, we will explore the beautiful Vallon de Creuzet, below the Croix Carail before returning to the hotel for the night. We will be trekking for approximately 4-5 hours, covering 9.5 kilometers and elevating 800 meters.

Day 5: Refuge du Chardonnet (2,223m)

Starting in Fontcouverte, we will start climbing through the forest to the Refuge du Chardonnet. We will then stop at the refuge to relax and enjoy some refreshments. From there, we can either explore the area around the refuge, or scale some nearby summits. Afterwards, we will spend the night in the refuge. We will be trekking for approximately 4 hours, covering 8 kilometers and elevating 650 meters.

Day 6: Col du Chardonnet (2,638m)

From the refuge, we will make our way up to the Col du Chardonnet, where you can enjoy great views of the Ecrins mountains before descending back to our hotel in Nevache. We will be trekking for approximately 7 hours, covering 15 kilometers and elevating 400 meters.

Day 7: Wind Down day

Today, we will take it easy and either explore the local routes in the Vallee de la Claree, such as the Chalets des Acles, or scale another summit, before returning to the hotel for the night.

Day 8: Departure

The trip will conclude after breakfast.


About the guide

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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.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

GBP 1336 each

Group of 2

GBP 1336 each

Group of 3

GBP 1336 each

Group of 4

GBP 1336 each

Group of 5

GBP 1336 each

Group of 6

GBP 1336 each

Group of 7

GBP 1336 each

Group of 8

GBP 1336 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

Along with the guiding fee, the price also includes accommodations in in a hotel and mountain hut, breakfasts and dinners, transportation and snowshoeing equipment, including snowshoes, poles, snow shovel, avalanche probe and receiver. However, the price does not include lunches, flights, travel insurance, airport transfers, personal drinks and snacks and gratuities.


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