This snowshoe traverse of the Beaufortain in the French Alps. Our route starts not far from the chic ski resort of Megeve in Haute Savoie and crosses the Beaufortain. You will finish at the village of Grand Naves above the Tarentaise valley.
The first day you will climb gradually to a ridge with views over Megeve and towards Mont Blanc. We stay high on the ridges today before a final descent takes us down to the village of Haute Luce and the end of our first day. A contrast awaits you for the next day through woodland and clearings before descending to the village of Beaufort in the heart of the Beaufortain. We continue to the village of Areches, host to a famous ski-mountaineering competition each year, the Pierra Menta, named after the dramatic rock tower in the middle of the massif.
You will now enter into more remote country as we leave Areches. We pass by the Lac de St Guerin and climb gently to the Cormet d’Areches. A short descent takes us to our first refuge, the Refuge de la Coire, home for the night. Simple basic accommodation but an unforgettable experience away from it all surrounded by the mountains.
Tomorrow we tackle the “crux” of the traverse passing 3 passes (or cols) to reach the Refuge du Nant du Beurre (2075m). Here we have more comfort and can celebrate our achievement. The final day sees us descending to the village of Grand Naves and the culmination of our trip.