Snowshoeing in the Southern Alps
Gentle snowshoe walks and dramatic landscapes in the Southern Alps
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Dramatic landscapes and breathtaking vistas of sparkling snowfields, towering pine forests and rugged mountain peaks make the Queyras Regional Park one of the most beautiful areas in the Southern Alps. We base ourselves in the small village of Saint Véran, one of the highest inhabited villages in Europe. We enjoy five gentle snowshoe walks, perfect if you are new to snowshoeing or simply wish to admire the surroundings at a steady pace.
* 7 nights at Le Grand Tetras in Saint Veran
* All breakfasts, 4 dinners
* 5 guided snowshoe walks
* Snowshoes and poles
* Tour leader throughout
- Discover the remote Queyras Regional Park
- Enjoy gentle snowshoe walks
- Spectacular snow-covered landscapes
- Friendly family-run hotel with fantastic views
- 5 guided snowshoe walks
- Snowshoes and poles provided
- Group normally 4 to 12, plus leader, min age 16 years
- 7 nights 2-star mountain hotel
Start Saint Véran.
Start Sain Véran**
Introduction to snowshoeing on the south faces of Saint Véran.
For our first day of snowshoeing we will begin with a walk on the south faces of Saint Véran to get comfortable with the snowshoes and introduce the location. From here we enjoy a walk through the alpine forest to Molines where we can relax with hot drink. We will then transfer back to Saint Véran and enjoy a delicious local dinner in the evening.**
Transfer to Molines, set off through sleepy hamlets and through snow covered forests.
After a short transfer to Molines, we will walk in the direction of Gaudissard and Prats Hauts which are beautiful hamlets where you will be able to view traditional, timber-built chalets. The forest that you will explore on this day is particularly fun to snowshoe in as the snow is always very light and powdery. We will generally end the walk with a break at Gaudissard where you can get a hot chocolate.**
Morning transfer to Ristolas near the Italian border; explore Guil Valley.
This morning we will transfer to Ristolas, near the Italian border, where we will explore a remote part of the Queyras. The majority of our walking will be along the beautiful valley of the River Guil where we will have a good chance of viewing Chamois on the slopes. At the end of the walk we can look forward to a stop at a local café in Ristolas or Abries.**
A free day for downhill or cross-country skiing or unguided snowshoeing.
There are plenty of options available for today: downhill or cross-country skiing, dogsledding, paragliding or our leader can suggest some snowshoe walks to do alone. Alternatively, Saint Véran is a lovely place to relax and explore at your own pace.
Start out from Molines and head up to Sommet Bucher for outstanding views.
From Molines we will enjoy a pleasant walk up to the ‘Sommet Bucher’, a pastoral and forest plateau. From the top there are amazing views of the surrounding Ecrins National Park and an orienteering table from where we can identify features of the landscape. There are many ways to the top to choose from and we will complete a loop of the area.**
Through larch forests up to Curlet Cross viewpoint and along the ridge.
Today’s walk will bring us to one of the prettiest vistas of the Southern Alps. We will begin our day walking through a beautiful forest of Larch trees before gradually climbing to Curlet Cross viewpoint from where we will see Saint Véran village, Pic de Rochebrun and the Italian border. Following this we will trek along Curlet Ridge which will continue to give us impressive views of the surrounding area.
End Saint Véran.
Our trip ends in Saint Véran.
Hotel le Grand Tetras 2*
This small friendly 2 star hotel is our base for the week. With wonderful panoramic views of the Queyras from the restaurant and the terrace, a cosy lounge with a fireplace, a small library/book room and a sauna, it is the perfect place to relax after the walks. All the rooms are en suite and have a balcony or terrace. Wi-Fi available at reception.
Single accommodation (double for single use) available on request.
All breakfasts and 4 dinners are included.
Breakfasts are all simple continental breakfasts. Evening meals are 3 courses, usually starting with soup followed by a meat or vegetarian dish such as pasta or stews, and a dessert. All is home cooked. House wine is available for around €10 for a litre, and beer can be purchased – this is often local and on tap. Lunch can be purchased at shops in Saint Véran or the hotel can prepare picnics or sandwiches.
Vegetarians can be catered for but options are limited. Please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.
Snowshoeing is offered at level 2, leisurely/moderate, suitable for beginners. Certain walks are dependent on weather conditions, and alternative routes may have to be chosen as necessary.
The average ascent per day will be 550 metres. Maximum ascent: 630 metres. Expect walking hours of 5-6 hours per day.
Snowshoes are adaptable to fit most trekking boot sizes, however if you wear larger than size US13 boots (or EU47) please let us know at the time of booking. We will then be able to confirm if we can provide suitable snowshoes for you.
The drive to Saint Véran from the airport can take over 3 hours and is predominantly on winding mountain roads. However, there will be minimal drive times on the remainder of the trip.