According to tradition, this carnival event was established in commemoration of the march through the Great St. Bernard Pass by Napoleon and his troops in May 1800, during his campaign in Italy.
During this unusual festival, the carnival characters enter the homes of local families, dance along the streets and in the squares and eat and drink whatever they are given.
This trip is organised by Teresa Kaufman who runs photo walks in Chamonix. You’ll travel to the festival in a 7-seater minibus, arriving in the Col du Grand St Bernard where the local population celebrates the Coumba Freida.
You are then invited to take part in the festivities, eat a warm and simple lunch with the carnival characters (not included in the price) after which you will continue with more merry-making.
Included in the price of €65 is photography guide and instruction, transportation, Mont Blanc Tunnel pass. A car-pool is possible with cost reduction.
The carnival takes place on Sunday 26th February and departure from Chamonix is at 08:30 with a return time of 19:00