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Happy Tracks Activity Holidays, Chamonix

Unforgettable adventures all year around - trekking, snowshoeing, canyoning & much more!

Happy Tracks organises amazing winter and summer holidays in and around the Mont Blanc Valley. Their charming guides take you on an unforgettable outdoor adventures such as canyoning, hiking, snowshoeing, sledding etc...

 

Happy Tracks is run by Anja and Raphi, two fully qualified experienced enthusiastic mountaineers who speak fluent English, French, German and Spanish. They believe that their close friendship, strong passion for the outdoors and extensive mountain experience makes them the perfect team and they love sharing this passion with their guests!

SUMMER:
They specialise in long distance trails. These generally include transfers, full board and accommodation and include activities such as hikes and canyoning (combination of abseiling and jumping down waterfalls)

Haute Route
This is one of the top ten treks in the world. It covers a distance of 200km and 15,000m of elevation. This incredibly scenic walk takes place over 10 days, connecting Mont Blanc with Matterhorn. You'll pass through beautiful flowered meadows, crystalline lakes and views over impressive glaciers. In the evenings you will stay in some traditional mountain villages and huts. 

Tour du Mont Blanc Trail
This 10 day tour is not technically difficult but can be very demanding. It is 170km long with 8000m altitude variation. It starts in Les Houches (France), and passes through Italy and Switzerland. You'll circuit around the highest peaks in Europe, enjoying forests, glaciers, alpine lakes and meadows. Accommodation is provided each evening in either a local village or a traditional mountain hut. 

Chamonix Day Adventures - Hut to Hut or Hiking Weeks
They take you on the most stunning day hikes in and around the Chamonix valley, guide you on an unforgettable walk with an overnight stay in one of the traditional mountain huts or organise a complete week with exciting outdoor activities for you!

Self Guided Trekking
You want to go by yourself? They provide you with a self-guided package with all information you need for your trek. This will safe you a lot of time organising your trip and you will get expert advice and 24 hr assistance if needed.

Canyoning Adventures
Within and around the Chamonix Valley there are numerous spectacular canyons for you to explore. You can choose to have your adventure in the Valley d'Arve or go further afield to Annecy or even Switzerland.  This activity guarantees plenty of adrenaline as well as fun! Challenge yourself by abseiling down waterfalls, jumping off small cliffs, sliding and swimming in crystalline waters. And it all takes place in a fascinating natural environment where few have explored before! Canyoning is the perfect activity for outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies!

WINTER:
Whether you explore an untouched winter landscape on snowshoes, sledge down a thrilling slope or enjoy a romantic candle light fondue in a cosy igloo - Happy Tracks guarantee you a great time!

Snowshoeing
This is a great winter activity for everyone and Happy Tracks offer a wide selection of guided snowshoe trips in and around the Mont Blanc Valley. Join them on a relaxing half-day tour or challenge yourself to reach an impressive summit on a full-day tour. 

Full Moon Snowshoe Walk with Camp Fire & Mulled Wine
Who hasn’t dreamt of a romantic walk in the twilight? Make your dreams come true with a fantastic snowshoe walk during the night or even during the full moon. Late in the afternoon or early evening Happy Tracks pick you up at their meeting point before you head off on a special snowshoe adventure. You'll travel along the snowy landscape with torches and lanterns, through the dark and mysterious forest before you reach a charming camp created by your guides. On an open fire you'll enjoy homemade mulled wine or tea before heading back down the path to Chamonix.

Igloo Fondue or Overnight Stay
The absolute highlight in Happy Tracks' winter programme is their igloo activities. They have spent many hours creating an amazing igloo that has been built from blocks of snow, just like the Inuit do high up in the north. The only way to reach their igloo is on snowshoes! You can enjoy the beautiful, magical, snowy scenery as you hike up to this unique abode.  Once you arrive you will find plenty of space for between 8 to 10 people. You can relax in the cosy and warm interior on furniture made out of ice are covered with fluffy and comfy sheep skins. They offer fondue lunches or dinners by candle light along with the snowshoe hikes. You can also enjoy romantic overnight stay on the bed carved out of ice that is piled with fluffy sheep skins and a double duvet or sleeping bag. 

Sledding
Sledding is an fun activity for everyone. Challenge yourself to ride down a sledging track in a traditional sled. Their sledding adventures are usually combined with a snowshoe walk to reach the departure point for the ride back down, but you can just do the sledging part if you prefer. The company offer sledding in two different locations and as half-day or day trips.

Tour du Mont Blanc on Snowshoes
The Tour du Mont Blanc is known as one of the most famous and beautiful long distance treks in the world. The trek circles the Mont Blanc and passes through Italy, Switzerland and France.  Although it is usually a summer trek, Happy Tracks have created an unique itinerary to discover the beautiful scenery around the Mont Blanc in the winter time.  Instead of going from hut to hut (summer) you will stay in comfortable hotels and Bed & Breakfasts from where you will start your snowshoe adventures each day. The six day tour is suitable for everyone with a reasonable fitness. You will snowshoe between 4 to 7 hours a day. It is not necessary to have previous snowshoeing experience as it is easy to learn and great fun!

Hut to hut overnight snowshoe tours
If you want to enjoy an unique experience in the mountains Happy Tracks can highly recommend a hut to hut tour. You'll strap on snowshoes and head off for great adventure. Your backpacks will be packed with warm clothes for the night and some food for the day. You will get to enjoy the exceptional scenery and peacefulness of the mountains. You will reach the mountain hut by early afternoon. There are no guardians of the huts during the winter months but your guides will make sure that you have a comfortable stay. They will heat the place up with a wood stove and you can enjoy some hot soup to keep you toasty. Once you are settled in your guides will make you an excellent, freshly prepared, three course dinner. After dinner there is time to relax, socialise and play games. Whilst you are up there - you'll have excellent opportunities to photograph the stunning sunsets, sunrises as well as the stars over the valley at night. When morning comes, your guides will make you a hearty breakfast before heading back down the mountain. 

Worth knowing...

For the majority of their trips accommodation, breakfast and pack-lunches are general included in the price.

Who should go...

Ideal for active people who want to explore the Chamonix Valley on foot.

Reviews

  • "If you're planning to hike the Haute Route from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland, stop whatever you're doing (including reading Kev Reynolds' "Chamonix to Zermatt") and contact Happy Tracks. Raphael is a Swiss expert on and lover of his country's spectacular mountains, flora and fauna, and history and lore. He can either plan your hike for you, or, if you're smart and book him as your tour guide, lead you on a hike of a lifetime. He and his partner, Anja, planned our hike, and then he led us over the Alps along the route. Each day provided stunning new vistas, worry-free hikes (not only did we never fear getting lost, Raphael could adjust our hikes based on distance, weather, our interests, or trail conditions if necessary), accommodations, luggage transfer, and food - including creative and delicious lunches he prepared for us each morning! On top of that, the fact that he's multi-lingual made him the go-to guy for Germans, Brits, Americans, French, Italians, and others who had questions along the way about the Haute Route. We had compared six other tour operators before our hike, and Happy Tracks was by far the best value. Not only will you put your life in the hands of someone incredibly competent, you'll see the Swiss Alps through the eyes of a knowledgeable, articulate native. Priceless." - Trip Advisor
  • "We did the TMB and it was amazing. I can't say enough good things about Anya and RaphI, they have the perfect temperaments to be guides. I hope to take another trip with them, they really make you feel comfortable and at home in the mountains and everything was arranged perfectly. I highly recommend Happy Tracks to anyone who wants an authentic TMB trek." - Trip Advisor
  • "Did the Tour du Mont Blanc in 10 days. Raphael is a great guide, he makes the best lunch, knows the names of all the summits, many things about the area and -most important- where to get the best gelato. The tour was very well organised, the food included was great (especially the trail mix), the lodgings were fine for hikers. The views were spectacular. I had a great time!" - Trip Advisor
  • "Had 10 days amazing time with Anja and Raphael, the maintain view just beautiful, it was fun and challenge as well, the food was very good, good breakfast to star a day, Anja make good lunch, and she even carried watermelons in her backpack for us to eat, she is so caring and warm, thoughtful, passionate of maintaining, 3 courses dinner every night, she paid wine for us to drink with dinner which is not included in price, she simply just beauty, Sometimes we tried and spend too much time enjoying the maintain and view, Raphael always able to come with van to take us to our accommodations, love the 10 days tracking in the beautiful maintains and met some amazing people, I am looking forward do another trip with happy tracks! Thanks Anja and Raphael." - Trip Advisor


Location: Chamonix - Centre


Style

Level: Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced | Family Friendly


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Languages Spoken: English | French | German | Spanish


Services

Activities: Canyoning | Glacier Walking | Hiking / Walking | Mountain Walking | Snowshoeing

Bookings For: Outdoor Activities

Guides & Instructors: Walking Guides

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