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Cloud 9 Adventure - Activity Company, Chamonix

Taking you on the road less travelled

Cloud 9 Adventure is a small independent adventure travel company that organise guided and self-guided trips for hiking, trekking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and biking.

Trips are diverse and can be anything from snowshoeing in the Chamonix Valley to a multi-day trek such as the Tour du Mont Blanc, from a corporate event staying in luxury 4* hotels to a snowshoe and spa break in the Chamonix Valley, or perhaps further afield such as the Jura, Corscia or the Himalaya.

Cloud 9 Adventure specialise in trips that are off-the-beaten track. Even on their classic trips such as the Walker's Haute Route and the TMB, they aim to take the lesser-known variants. They offer various multi-day hikes in the Chamonix region that take you away from the more popular areas - check out the 3 day Tour des Fiz, the 4 day Tour des Dents du Midi, the 6 day Tour du Pays du Mont Blanc, or the 6 day Tour des Combins.

If you are looking for a guide for your trip, all of their European trek and snowshoe guides are UIMLA qualified International Mountain Leaders or Accompagnateurs, the cross-county ski trips are led by qualified Nordic ski instructors, and their climbing and skiing trips are led by qualified UIAGM guides. They can provide a guide for anything from half-day trips, to full days, to multi-day treks.

For further information or to book a guide or a trek, please contact them directly using the link on this page.

Worth knowing...

Throughout the winter they are offering weekly half-day (€65) or full-day (€100) group snowshoe treks in the Chamonix valley. Transport, snowshoes, poles, transceiver and guide are all included in the price.

In addition to trips local to Chamonix, you can also book treks all over the world!

Instructors & teachers

Emma Jack
Emma is a qualified IML (International Mountain Leader) and has been leading treks and expeditions for the last 17 years. The Tour du Mont Blanc trek is one of her specialities and this year she is set to complete her 50th TMB circuit.  Emma has led trips all over the world, and cites Nepal as her overall favourite. A passionate skier, in 2009 she made the first ski descent of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world (8156m). Fluent in French, Russian and Spanish, she also works as an interpreter and loves to chat.

Emily Andrew
Also a qualified IML, Emily has many years' leading experience.  Based in Chamonix, she's no stranger to the Tour du Mont Blanc; but also enjoys travelling further afield and has recently led trips to Alaska, Norway, Kilimanjaro and Nepal. Emily is a full-time English and Geography teacher, and we just don't understand how she finds the time to stay so fit!  When she's not working, she can be found trail running, road biking and ski touring, and this year she competed in the CCC and the Etape du Tour. Despite claiming to do no training, she notches up some pretty fast times and is certainly one of their fittest leaders.

Gary Daines
A qualified International Mountain Leader, Gary is based in Sallanches and guides many of their snowshoeing and trekking trips both in the Chamonix area and further afield.  He is also an accredited Duke of Edinburgh Award assessor, and this winter he has been training and assessing their Jura snowshoe groups. In addition to having a brilliant laugh most of the time, Gary is also capable of being serious and we love his philosophical approach. It makes him a both a wonderful leader for Cloud 9's adult groups and an inspirational teacher for their youth groups.

Lindsay Cannon
A qualified International Mountain Leader, Cross-Country Ski Instructor, Yoga Teacher & Trail Cycle Leader, Lindsay puts the rest of us to shame: and she's also pretty handy on a mountain bike! Linsday is bubbly, brimming with enthusiasm and energy, and you may recognise her from the many BBC wildlife and environmental progammes she presents in her spare time. Lindsay has been exploring the Alps for the last 20 years - she not only knows every nook and cranny of the Tour du Mont Blanc and Chamonix area, but is an expert on some of their lesser-known trails such as their Snowshoe Traverse of the Chablais and their Wild Tuscany hikes.

Pablo Herráez
A qualified International Mountain Leader and Aspirant Mountain Guide, Pablo is an excellent guide and leader and has quite a following! Pablo is originally from Spain, but came to the Alps to pursue his passion for the mountains. He's not bad at Spanish, and his English and French are pretty good too!

Reviews

  • "Emma - you are wonderful!! Thank you. Travelling the Haute Route with you from Verbier to Zermatt we could not have chosen a better guide. Just the right balance between fun and safety. I would not trek again without you and would recommend you to anyone. Thank you for taking my son on the next leg without me!! Until next time!!" - Sir Richard Branson
  • "We were put in contact with cloud 9, via our mountain adventure accomodation booking and we are so glad that we chose to do this activity. We had a wonderful full day hike, we were picked up at 830am from our accomodation by the friendly guide Emma. Emma drove us to a bakery to pick up our lunch and snacks for the walk. We were concerned about our booking because there was very little snowfall in chamonix when we arrived however Emma had located an alternative snow walk experience in a nearby area (about an hour drive away) which was equally beautiful. We had made a private booking for four and the walk was appropriate for all our abilities. We could have walked to a higher peak depending on the overall group fitness. We had a great day, a lot of fun and I highly recommend this activity to folks of all fitness and ability. It's a wonderful alternative to skiing and we managed to walk into places that felt relatively untouched which was a great change from the bustle of the ski slopes. Emma was friendly and informative giving advice about appropriate footwear in advance of the day and equally friendly throughout the walk. I really appreciate the efforts she went to in order to find a suitable hiking venue for our day hike despite the lack of snow in chamonix itself. It was about 5 to 10. Degrees C throughout our walk so we were all warn enough with normal hiking gear and waterproof footwear. I wore thermals and a vest with a hiking jacket that could be removed when we were in the sun. Remember your glasses and sunscreen as it gets bright in the sun!" - Trip Advisor
  • "We recently booked Emma for 2 days of snow shoeing We are seasoned walkers but had never done any snow shoe walking before. Our first day was introductory and we did a relatively easy ascent up to the top of a mountain. Day 2 was harder but there is no gain without pain and we did the most brilliant walk up quite a challenging mountain. The weather and the scenery were awesome with snow up to the top of the signposts. Our experience was superb in every respect. Emma runs her company Cloud 9 and she is a very professional qualified mountain leader. She is very personable, well informed and knowledgeable. Being a small business you get very personal service-her group sizes vary but are never big and she also does personal guiding. Client safety is an important issue and we wore tracking devices at all times in the snow. For an amazing day out in the mountains or the Tour de Mont Blanc then check her out." - Trip Advisor


Location: Chamonix - Centre


Style

Level: Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced


Services

Activities: Climbing | Cycling | Hiking / Walking | Ice Climbing | Mountain Biking | Mountain Walking | Mountaineering | Skiing | Snowshoeing | Tours / Excursions | Trails & Routes | Via Ferrata

Guides & Instructors: Biking Guides | Climbing Guides | Cycling Guides | High Mountain Guides | Ski Guides | Ski-Touring Guides | Walking Guides


Contact

Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

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