Challancin - Mont Court de Bard
Loop hike “Challancin - Mont Court de Bard”: discovering the winter look of mountains, the snow, the avalanches, the safety in the mountains, the adaptation strategies of animals and plants in winter, etc…
This itinerary goes through the protection forest located above the village of Challancin (1.640 m a.s.l.) and ends at the watershed ridge separating the valley of Vertosan and the main valley. From Challancin we take the paved farm track up to the second turn. After about a kilometer, we take a rather steep path, on the right, and we head on up to the farm track that goes to the chalets of Arpilles. From here we take the trail that crosses a creek and gently climbs through the woods; we then take the right up to Mont-Court-de-Bard at 2.250 masl, where we have lunch on a wide, beautiful clearing, enjoying an amazing view stretching 180 degree from Mont Blanc to Mont Emilius.
Estimated journey time: about 8 hours (lunch stop included)
Meeting point and time: 9.30 a.m. at the car park opposite to the city hall of La Salle
Elevation gain: about 680 m
Length: about 12 km
Kind of activity: group snowshoeing with hiking guide
Altitude of the highest point of the trek: 2.255 masl (Mont Court de Bard)
Terrain characteristics: the itinerary follows the summer trail. The diagonal uphill on a steep terrain from the chalets of Arpilles to Col-de-Bard is the most challenging part. Possible ice in the first morning hours in the late winter-spring
Minimum number of participants to this excursion: 5
See the snowshoeing calendar on the homepage of this site; it is updated every month.
The booking must be submitted within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen.
Difficulty of the snowshoe hike:
WT3 (demanding snowshoe hike), according to S.A.C. (Swiss Alpine Club) rating scale. See the subsection Technical difficulties
Good fitness and health required. Consider a minimum of workout before the departure.
Minimum age: 12 years
N.B.: the times indicated in the technical sheet refer to summer hikes and do not take into account the greater difficulties for average hikers to walk on snow.
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The programme of the tour may be modified for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad snow and weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.). The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary according to snow and weather conditions or for the safety of the group.
Cost per person: 25 € including the hire of snowshoes and trekking poles
The enrolment fee includes:
The support of an Aosta Valley hiking guide throughout the excursion
A third-party liability insurance for accidents due to the negligent behaviour of the guide
Snowshoes and trekking poles hire
The enrolment fee does NOT include:
personal equipment and gear
travel costs to get to the meeting point
food and drinks (packed lunch)
anything not mentioned at “the enrolment fee includes”
in case of change of itinerary for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad snow and weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.) the unforeseen expenses will be charged to the participants.
Equipment list for one-day snowshoe hikes
Backpack of 25 litre max.
Clothes to wear:
Hiking boots (preferably waterproof) or après-ski boots (no moon boot)
T-shirt (preferably of breathable fabric, like microfibre)
Windstopper jacket or fleece
Waterproof shell jacket
Mountain trousers (or ski suit)
Ski tights (to wear in colder months, if necessary)
Inside the backpack:
Water bottle/thermos + snack (like cereal bars, chocolate)
Personal pharmacy kit (painkillers, compeed, aspirine)
Sign up: within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen, by email or by phone at +39 333.7373636