Southern Alps Snowshoe Spectacular

Based out of the lovely village of Guisettre which sits on the edge of the Queyras parc Natural in the Southern Alps of France bordering Italy, we spend a magnificent week exploring this area on snowshoes. To say that the Queyras were almost purpose made for snowshoeing would not be a understatment, this is a snowshoe paradise.

Big Ridges, high cols, wide valleys make up this unspoilt region and the majority of it away from the ski resort areas and that is one of the reasons this area is so special. It feels remote and so back country, and is easily accessible with a reasonable amount of fitness and a pair of snowshoes.

Using our catered chalet in Guisettre it gives us access to some of the best snowshoeing terrain out there, also the village is delightful with shops, bars and restaurants which are great to explore after dinner or on your free evening.

 

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We do not have a set itinerary as we believe to have this set in stone does not allow us to maximise the snow conditions and to be safe. Every night our guide/s will look at the weather, avalanche risk and level, snow condition, the ability and feeling of the group and make a decision of where we are going the next day.

But some of our options are

Col d’ Urine loop (2525 MTRS) – 5.5hrs, 890 mtrs Ascent, 6km, Chalets de Clapeyto (2221 MTRS) – 5 hrs, 720 mtrs Ascent, 13km, Vallon du Tronchet (2661 MTRS) – 6.5hrs, 970mtrs Ascent, 12km, Le Alpages du Sommet Bucher (2254 MTRS) – 5hrs, 554 mtrs Ascent, 6km,  Col du Longet (2701 Mtrs) – 4.5hrs, 677 mtrs Ascent, 7km, Croix du Curlet (2301 MTRS) – 4hrs, 520 mtrs Ascent, 3.8km, Col de la Creche (2284 MTRS) – 4.5hrs, 573 mtrs Ascent, 6km, Alpage de Fontantie – 4.5hrs, 743 mtrs Ascent, 5km,

This is a land only based trip and starts and finishes at our catered Chalet in Guisettre. The trip needs a minimum of 4 clients to run and a maximum of 6.

At Big Smile Adventures we work just with small groups to maximise contact time with our guides and to pass through the mountain areas without causing an environmental disturbance. We value this very much and it is very important to our evos and ethics.

INCLUDED IN THE TRIP

  • 7 BREAKFAST, 6 LUNCHES, 6 DINNERS
  • ACCOMODATION BASED ON TWIN SHARING
  • SIX DAYS OF SNOWSHOEING
  • ALL TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED (Snowshoes, poles, Arva kit – Transciever, probe and shovel)
  • FULLY QUALIFIED INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN LEADER, ENGLISH AND FRENCH SPEAKING

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TRIP

  • Travel to & from the start and finish of the trip at our catered chalet in Guisettre
  • PERSONAL INSURANCE COVER (Which must include Winter mountain sports cover and helicopter rescue)
  • DINNER ON DAY 5 (Wednesday) Your free night to eat out in Guisettre

The cost of this trip is €1450 per person

DATES AVAILABLE FOR 2018

SAT 24TH FEB – SAT 3RD MARCH

SAT 3RD MARCH – SAT 10TH MARCH

 

 

 

 

 

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