Snowshoeing - Monte Rosa - 27 Jan - 3 Feb 2018

Physical rating: Challenging 

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From 18 years old - Group size: 

Accomodation: Standard 

Cogne Snowshoeing trip

Sat. 27th Jan.: ARRIVAL.
Pick up at Geneva airport at group transfer time tbc , welcome by your guide for the week and transfer to Saint Jacques in the valley of Evancon at the foot of the Monta Rosa mountain range. You will stay in the 2* family run and modest hotel Genzianella where the hospitality of the owners will make you feel at home right away. Dinner included in the restaurant Fior di Roccia near the hotel.

Sun. 28th Jan.: Lac Bleu loop walk.
For this first day we will start from the hotel and will walk up following a track relatively steep going East to the Riffugio Ferraro (2086 m). We will continue a more gradual climb through the forest all the way to the valley of Veraz. At 2053 m, we will get to the tiny Alpine Hamlet of Plan de Veraz dessous, only used by the shepherds in the summer. Then the walk continues to the “lac bleu” (2211 m) in an open area. We will descend straight into the valley giving us a different view angle of Saint Jacques and the area.
Walk: 580 m ascent – 12 km
Breakfast and diner included (Fior di Roccia ). Lunch not included.

Mon. 29th Jan.: Tournalin valley.
Today's you will discover the beautiful Valley of Tourmalin, situated west of Saint Jacques and surrounded by high peaks like “Petit Tourmalin” 3207 m or Bacca trecare ( 3033 m). Walk from the Hotel and a track in the forest will lead first to the shepherd chalet of Nana Dessous (2049 m). From there the view opens up and it is possible to continue to the Rifugio Grand Tourmalin (2535 m).
Walk: 820 m ascent – 11 km
Breakfast and diner included (Fior di Roccia ). Lunch not included.

Tue 30th Jan.: Champoluc (1579 m) - Cuneaz valley
After a short transfer to Champoluc, we will walk in the direction of East to the village of Cuneaz, initially not far from the ski slopes.
Once we pass the village of Cuneaz (coffee stop possible) we will then enter a territory of wilderness and high mountains. Many options then are possible depending on the snow conditions, the most likely would be to loop the walk at the highest point of Pian Gony (2310 m) a sort of an altitude plateau before going back down to Cuneaz and Champoluc
Walk: 680 m ascent – 14 km
Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not included.

Wed. 31st Jan.: FREE DAY in Saint Jacques - Champoluc.
Spend the day in Saint Jacques and Champoluc at your own pace, visit the shops around, also worth a look is the Sant Anna Church dating back to the 17th century in Champoluc.
Champoluc is very famous for it clog shoe making which you can have a look too.
Finally you can also try cross country skiing or downhill skiing in the ski domain of Champoluc!
Breakfast and diner included (Fior di Roccia ). Lunch not included.

Thu. 1st Feb.: Valley de Ventina
Today we will start from the hotel and we explore a valley at the foot of the glaciers and giants of Monte Rosa like the Breithorn (4165 m).
Taking a West direction and following the valley of Ventina, the possibilities of hikes are endless to either take a loop walk in the valley “Comba de la Ventina” or try to walk up to col des cimes blanche (2982 m). It wil all depends on the form of the moment!
Walk: 500 mto 1300 m ascent – 10 to 20 km
Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not included.

Fri. 2nd Feb.: Mascognaz valley
Short transfer to Champoluc (1579 m) and walk in the forest to the village of Mascognaz (1810 m). From there we will explore the open and remote valley with the possibility to climb up to the Perrin lake (2633 m). We can also decide to spend more time in the valley and visit all the little old apline summer village buried in snow in the winter of Toulassa (2097 m), Chavannes (2016 m) and pra sec (2152 m) and explore the valley in more details.
Walk: 1100 m ascent max for the lake – 14 km
Breakfast and diner included (Fior di Roccia ). Lunch not included.

Sat. 3rd Feb.: FAREWELL!
Spend the morning at your own pace in Saint Jacques before a transfer to Geneva airport to match the group transfer (time tbd).
Pack breakfast included. Lunch not included.

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