Highlights of the trip
- A snowshoeing experience in wild landscapes steeped in history (High Place of the Resistance).
- Isolated mountain accommodation in a typical mountain refuge atmosphere.
- A wild itinerary far from the tourist crowds.
Day 1: From Plateau des Glières to Roche Parnal via Champ Dairy
D+ 880m D- 820m Dist 13km 5h30 walk
We leave the Plateau des Glières for the dairy field via the Montagne des Frêtes forest, off-piste. Once we reach the dairy field, the view opens up over the mountain pasture and the sub-dine mountain. Our route bypasses the latter to the north via the col de l'enclave, a former strategic position for the maquisards when they took over the maquis in the winter of 1944. Arrival at the refuge in the afternoon.
Lodging : Refuge. Meals: Lunch & dinner.
Day 2: From Roche Parnal to Plateau des Glières via Col de Spée
D+ 570m D- 630m Dist 12.7km 5h walk
We set off in the direction of the Col du Freu. The climb is at the foot of the imposing limestone face of the Roche Parnal. It's a little steep before we reach the pass. Then the view opens out over the Tinnaz chalets, the Aravis mountains and Mont-Blanc: magnificent! We descend to the alpine pasture before reaching the Col de Spée and the creux des Sarrazins, which takes us back to the Plateau des Glières.
Meals: morning & noon.
Level required for this outing: Confirmed (See the article on snowshoe levels for self-assessment)