journeys to inspire -

guided alpine snowshoe
and walking tours

UIMLA International
Mountain Leader

client testimonials

Thank you for your letters and emails with your trip feedback. I look forward to welcoming you back to Mountain Balance sometime soon!

Part of what I love about being in the mountains is getting away from it all. My trip to the Queyras with MountainBalance allowed me to do just that.Whilst other parts of France were undoubtedly inundated by half term holiday makers, we stayed in a peaceful gite in Aiguilles (the very lovely Yak Avenir), and spent several days exploring a handful of the many, varied and all very beautiful snowshoeing routes that this national park has to offer.Joy was a pleasure to spend time with. Her love of the mountains combined with her knowledge on the environment and its wildlife provided interesting and varied counterpoints to enjoying the stunning views which were the reward for our uphill efforts!

Susie R, Portsmouth

We thoroughly enjoyed our Alpine hike with Joy. She was great company and has an excellent knowledge of the area. We would definitely recommend Mountain Balance if you are planning to spend some time in the Alps on an activity holiday.

Russell A, Maidenhead

Hi Joy I am just home, I wanted to say thank you for a great week snowshoe in the Haute Savoie.This is my second time, and it was great to see all different areas this time and all the information about wildlife, mountains and culture. Your service is super - transport, the equipment, snowshoes and poles. I enjoyed the walk very much, great views, great excercise, good conversations and super places.It's also nice to get back to Chamonix in the evenings.

Niall F, Wicklow

Thank you for a great few days hiking. It was lovely to discover some new routes around Chamonix. Looking forward to trying out snow shoeing next winter as well...

Julia H, London

As a skier who has spent many holidays in the Alps, I wasn't at all sure that an early Spring walking tour would be enough for me. However, now I'm a convert because the days I spent with Joy were such fun! She is excellent at tailoring the pace; the days were so interesting with breaks to eat and drink (and admire the stunning views!) when we needed them, that it was only in the evenings that I realised my legs were aching and I'd had a great workout overall. Joy is very knowledgable about the environment, especially the Alpine flora: I'm amazed at how many plants and flowers start growing as soon as it warms up - away from the busy pistes at least!

Harriet A, Leamington Spa