journeys to inspire -
naturally

guided alpine snowshoe
and walking tours

UIMLA International
Mountain Leader

booking & prices

To enquire or make a booking, simply email me at joy@mountainbalance.com. Please be aware I am often in the mountains and unable to reply to emails immediately. However I will get back to you at the first opportunity. You can download a booking form from the link on the right of this page.

As well as pricing, there is information below on how to travel to Chamonix and where to stay when you arrive, plus the insurance you will need to arrange for your tour. Of course, before making a booking it is vital that you check out our small print.

These prices are per person per day in € Euro.

Guiding fee for summer day walks

Prices are per person per day Number in party
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price (Euro) 210€ 105€ 70€ 52.50€ 45€ 40€ 36.43€ 33.75€

Guiding fee for summer multi-day treks

Prices are per person per day Number in party
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price (Euro) 210€ 105€ 76.67€ 57.50€ 52€ 51.67€ 48.57€ 43.50€

A deposit of 25% is required to secure a booking and payment of the balance must be made six weeks before the start of the tour - for booking details see the small print.

The following IS covered in the above fee:

  • Guiding fees
  • Services of a knowledgeable, local International Mountain Leader including assistance to to organise your trip
  • Leader's uplift in Chamonix valley
  • Leader's valley accommodation in Chamonix
  • Transport within Chamonix valley for parties of up to four people. For larger groups most tours in the valley can be reached on public transport which is free using the guest card provided by your accommodation.

The following IS NOT covered in the above fee:

  • All client expenses including insurance
  • Leader's uplift outside the Chamonix valley where applicable
  • Leader's half board accommodation
  • Leader's lunch where this is part of trip
  • Kit hire
  • Transport outside Chamonix valley plus any motorway or tunnel tolls

Prices for tailor made treks

When discussing and organising your tailor made trek I will give you specific information on accommodation or any other costs for your chosen itinerary. While the elements are booked and paid for separately I can coordinate this for you so everything fits together and your holiday runs smoothly.

by train:

You can travel overnight from the UK to Chamonix via Paris and arrive in Chamonix at around 9.30am using the  SNCF 'Corail Lunea' sleeper service.

And to Chamonix without crossing Paris: TGV - Lyria offer weekly direct trains from Lille, with Eurostar connections, to Martigny, Switzerland from where there is a local connection to Chamonix.

  • Snowcarbon: An excellent website dedicated to helping you get to many ski resorts, including Chamonix, by train with journey planning and ticket information. Snowcarbon's information on the sleeper 'Corail Lunea' here.
  • Seat61: The original and extensive rail travel website for Europe and Worldwide. Seat61's details of the TGV-Lyria rail journey to Chamonix avoiding Paris here.
  • Ski Rail Maps of the Alps: This brand new map was launched for the 2011 season and is the first published map to focus specifically on rail routes through the Alps, with a sufficiently large scale to enable travellers to plan their journeys to winter sports resorts by train.

By coach:

  • Snow Express: Snowexpress offer ski coaches which take you directly from Central London all the way to Chamonix.

By air:

  • Geneva Airport is the closest airport to Chamonix. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to reach Chamonix from Geneva.

Geneva Airport to Chamonix transfers

Offsetting

  • Atmosfair: A non-profit foundation that offsets air travel emissions for individual travelers by investing in and developing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that meet the rigorous requirements of The Gold Standard.

Chamonix, Les Houches and Argentiere have a range of accommodation available from family run two star hotels to larger three and four star hotels. Alternatively you may choose chalet-style accommodation or self catering. There are also a number of gites offering hostel accommodation.

More information will be added here soon.

If you would like help to choose and book your accommodation our booking partners Descent Travel are there to help. Contact them here.

It is a condition of booking a tour with Mountain Balance that you are insured for emergency medical and rescue expenses for trekking or snowshoeing. We do not provide insurance and you are responsible for arranging your own policy. There are a number of specialist mountain sports insurers such as Snowcard and the BMC. Whilst we do not recommend any one insurer over another, we would stress that you should ensure you are covered for the appropriate mountain activities and that helicopter rescue charges are included. Many budget, low cost or free insurances may not cover your trip adequately.