journeys to inspire -

guided alpine snowshoe
and walking tours

UIMLA International
Mountain Leader


Mountain Balance is the professional home of me, Joy O'Flanagan, a fully UIMLA qualified International Mountain Leader.

Escape the crowds on a winter snowshoe adventure holiday or short guided snowshoe walk or enjoy the challenge of a summer multiday trek such as the Tour du Mont Blanc or Walker's Haute Route. You can experience an inspirational journey in the Alps and enrich your holiday by discovering more about the alpine flowers and wildlife. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this fascinating region.

Mountain Balance specialises in independent, small group, winter snowshoeing tours and summer trekking. With easy access to the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, Chamonix is the perfect base from which to explore them all in either walking boots or on snowshoes! Why not contact me to find out more?

alpine snowshoeing

Enjoy snowshoeing based in Chamonix, the French Alps. Image courtesy

Guided snowshoeing offers the simplest way to access the mountains in winter. No experience is necessary, just the desire for an adventure, a physical challenge and the chance to reconnect with nature. Novices are welcome. I offer scheduled snowshoeing holidays, bespoke snowshoe packages and private guiding on a day to day basis. Read our introduction to snowshoeing here>

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walking & trekking in the Alps

alking and trekking Tour du Mont Blanc, Walker's Haute Route, Chamonix, French Alps

There is perhaps no better base than Chamonix from which to offer guided summer walking treks in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. Mountain Balance offers guided walking treks from single days in the breathtakingly beautiful Chamonix Valley to complete classic multi-day tours like the Walker's Haute Route and the Tour du Mont Blanc.

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An inspirational journey

Walking, trekking, snowshoeing, Chamonix, French Alps. Image courtesy

Winter or summer, I aim to bring you the finest snowshoeing and walking holidays. My carefully researched tours will take you along the most beautiful trails with the most stunning views. You can discover the best rural hospitality: delicious regional food and wine and the refuges serving the best cake! Trekking in small groups gives everyone the opportunity to join the conversation or to have some ‘me time’ on the trail. Assistance with booking accommodation means you benefit from local knowledge and clarity on pricing.

I also seek to make our impact on the alpine environment and communities a positive one through responsible tourism.

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latest blog

Skis, snow and wild places - winter in Norway

I shall be spending the winter season 2017/2018 ski guiding at Venabu Fjellhotel, on the southern edge of the Rondane National Park in Norway.

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December 4, 2017