Snowshoeing around the Great Saint Bernard Hospice

Snowshoeing around the Great Saint Bernard Hospice

We invite you to enjoy a timeless snowshoeing experience in the footsteps of ancient travellers crossing the Alps. Our destination will be the Grand-Saint-Bernard hospice, situated at an altitude of 2473m on the Swiss-Italian border. It has been run for a thousand years by canons whose mission is to welcome travellers. We'll be using this comfortable place steeped in history and spirituality as a base camp for our daily snowshoe excursions.
Price per person for a minimum of 6 participants3 days / 2 nightsInformation at +33 450 57 82 59
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A snowshoeing holiday around a thousand-year-old mountain refuge

A snowshoeing holiday around a thousand-year-old mountain refuge

Highlights of the trip

  • High mountain scenery.
  • Comfortable, age-old accommodation in the heart of the mountains.
  • A timeless place to recharge your batteries.

Day 1: La combe des morts

D+ 550m Dist 6km 2h30 walk

Meet at 12 noon at the Bourg-Saint-Bernard car park. After a picnic and distribution of safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe), we'll put on our snowshoes and head for the hospice. The programme includes a steady climb up the famous Combe des Morts, where many people lost their lives in the past, as it can be prone to avalanches depending on the snow conditions. On arrival at the hospice, we'll drop off our gear and take a break before setting off again for a light avalanche victim search workshop.

Accommodation: Hospice. Meals: Lunch & dinner.

Day 2: The window lakes

D+ 670m D- 670m Dist 8.4km 5h walk

Today we cross the frozen Great St. Bernard lake into Italy. We leave the hospice behind us, with Mont-Vélan towering above it. Our route runs alongside the road (closed in winter) and then takes the direction of the fenêtre de ferret. We then switch to the fenêtre lakes before returning below the tête de Fonteine to the fenêtre d'en haut. Return to the hospice in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Hospice. Meals: Morning, noon & evening.

Day 3: La combe de drône

D+ 630m D- 1170m Dist 12.7km 5h30 walk

We leave the hospice via the combe des morts. We then turn left into the Combe de Drône, which we walk up to the Lac de Grand Lé. The descent follows the same route.

Meals: Morning & Noon.

Level required for this outing: Confirmed (See the article on snowshoe levels for self-assessment)

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Snowshoeing around the Great Saint Bernard Hospice

The price includes
- Supervision over the three days by a qualified mountain leader.
- Loan of snowshoes and poles.
- Loan of rescue equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe).
- Accommodation at the hospice in dormitories (bunk beds available) on a half-board basis (dinner and breakfast).
- Picnics for three lunches.
The price does not include
- Emergency and repatriation insurance (Compulsory).
- Cancellation insurance (Recommended).
- Transport to the starting point of the tour.
- Drinks and provisions (dried fruit, cereal bars).
- Your hiking equipment.
- Tips.
- Everything that is not indicated in the "price includes" section.
Number of participants
COLLECTIVE OUTING: Confirmed outings only from 6 people booked / niche. Groups can be formed up to a maximum of 8 participants / 1 mountain leader.
The scheduled dates correspond to group outings. Subject to availability, the activity can be organized at another time in the winter as a private engagement. Please contact us for a personalized quote.
Travel organized by the Quartz association
Une organisation du Bureau des Guides d'Annecy
Affiliée à l’Apriam
1267 route de Villards-74290 ALEX
Immatriculation Atout France
IM 073.10.0023
Snowshoe weekend Greater Saint-Bernard
Snowshoe weekend Greater Saint-Bernard
Snowshoe weekend Greater Saint-Bernard
Snowshoe weekend Greater Saint-Bernard
Snowshoe weekend Greater Saint-Bernard
Snowshoe weekend Greater Saint-Bernard
Snowshoe weekend Greater Saint-Bernard

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