Snowshoeing across the Plateau des Glières

Snowshoeing across the Plateau des Glières

Mountain guides from the Bureau des Guides d'Annecy invite you to cross the Plateau des Glières on snowshoes in a "wild" atmosphere, far from the crowded trails. Departure is from the historic plateau. We leave the marked trails right away and immerse ourselves in the forest. You'll immediately feel like you're in the middle of nature, in a "far north" atmosphere. The proposed itinerary crosses the "montagne des frêtes" and then the dairy field, which are only accessible on foot in winter. The route continues at the foot of the montagne sous-dine to beneath the roche parnal and its impressive limestone wall. This is where our refuge is located. After a good night's sleep, we continue our adventure via the steep Col du Freu pass at the foot of the Roche Parnal, where many ibexes have taken up residence for the winter. The view of the Aravis chain and Mont-Blanc is unobstructed. We return to the plateau via the col de spée and the creux des Sarrazins.
Plateau des Glières
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Snowshoeing itineraries

Snowshoeing itineraries

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)

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