Weekend snowshoeing trip with night in Refuge de Loriaz, Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Weekend snowshoeing trip with night in Refuge de Loriaz, Chamonix Mont-Blanc
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  • Spoken languages
    French, English
  • Duration
    2 days
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Activity description

Go on a weekend snowshoeing excursion to discover the mountain around Chamonix!

The snowy mountain is a world of fragile & ephemeral beauty, with a very particular atmosphere. Progressing along a ridge, making your trails in the snow, climbing a summit... Snowshoeing is accessible to all and opens up countless opportunities to travel the winter mountains.

Xavier Gadat is your mountain guide offering you a 2-day snowshoeing excursion during which he will teach you some techniques on different types of snowy terrain: snow conditions, use of your avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe...

In the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges massif, you can contemplate an exceptional panorama of the majestic glaciers of the Mont Blanc! In front of you, you'll see the Aiguilles de Chamonix, Tacul, Mont Maudit, Mont Blanc, Aiguille Verte, Drus...

After the first day of hiking, you will spend the night at an altitude of almost 2000m, in the beautiful Refuge de Loriaz, nestled in an extraordinary setting, under the slopes of the Pointe de la Terrasse and the Aiguille de la Loriaz. The next day, you will explore the surrounding pastures, before returning to the valley.

minimum 12 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
flexible1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made
Offer Description

Practical info:
- Level: On average: walk of 4/5 hours per day on a groomed trail and/or untracked snow.
Around 800m of elevation gain.
- In your backpack: You carry your personal belongings, the picnic of the day (provided) and the security equipment: avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe (provided).
- Accommodation: mountain hut, no showers, mixed dorms
- Transfers: The roundtrip transfer from Chamonix to the starting point of the hikes is provided by the pro by car or minibus.


- Day 1: Meeting at Chamonix train station at 9 am. Transfer to the small village of Buet, starting point of the excursion. After the distribution of the snowshoes, poles, picnics, & checking the equipment, you start the climb between the larches in the Bérard valley. After the summit of Tête des Combasses, you continue your hike. As you gain height, you enjoy beautiful views of the glaciers of Tour, Argentière and the peaks of the Drus, Aiguille Verte, and Aiguilles de Chamonix. You spend the night at Refuge de Loriaz, an authentic mountain hut and rustic comfort (no shower).
Ascending elevation: approx. 800m

- Day 2: The next morning, you hike in the combes and pastures under the slopes of the Pointe de la Terrasse and Aiguille de la Loriaz, before descending to the village of Buet. Back to Chamonix in the early afternoon.

For the safety of the group, depending on the weather and snow conditions or the physical condition of the participants, this programme can be modified.

Activity requirements

Please bring the following equipment:
- Good, warm and waterproof hiking shoes, adapted to the activity
- Pair of socks
- Boxer shorts / hot pantyhose
- Mountain trousers
- Pair of gaiters if your mountain pants don't have any
- Breathable technical t-shirt (no cotton!)
- Warm fleece jacket
- Compact down jacket
- Waterproof & breathable jacket, "gore-tex" type
- Beanie or Buff-type choker
- Pair of gloves or mittens
- Good sunglasses (protection class 3 or 4)
- Gourde or thermos (1l or 1,5l)
- Pocket knife, 1 plastic cover (Spork type)
- Food for the 2 days: some cereal bars, dried fruit...
- A bag sheet for the night in the lodge (only the blankets are provided on the spot)
- Personal pharmacy kit (incl. anti-blister dressing, Elastoplast, sunscreen)
- Toilet paper
- Headlamp
- Mountaineering or ski touring backpack, suitable for carrying back snowshoes (35l or 40l)
- On-bag and plastic bags to keep your belongings inside the backpack dry
- Some cash

Special terms

The departure is guaranteed from 2 participants.

The Assistance and Repatriation insurance covering the search and rescue costs is highly recommended. Be sure to check that you are perfectly insured! Your guide can provide you with an insurance via his partner Impact Multisports (from €3/day).

  • Expert mountain guide
  • Snowshoes, poles, avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe
  • Chamonix roundtrip transfer
  • Accommodation in a hut
  • Breakfast & dinner taken in the refuge (excl. drinks)
  • Picnics for days 1 & 2
  • Insurance
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Do not forget to bring
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Meeting point
Gare de Chamonix Mont-Blanc, 40 Place de la Gare, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Get directions
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