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Week end snowshoeing and night in a tipi (teepee), fire cooked evening meal in France, french Alps of Haute Savoie Mont Blanc.

Overview

A stay out of time, back to the snowshoe roots for better impregnating nature and mountain. In the evening, in true Indian Tipi, discover the single taste of a savoyarde fondue cooked in a cauldron.
You deaden, rocked by the crackling wood fire.
In the early morning, roast your slices of bread on fire for the breakfast!
Make the experiment once in a week-end time of the old trapper ambiance!!
Program
  • Saturday :
    Reception of the group and distribution of the material.
    Departure for your excursion, picnic for lunch.
    While crossing snow-covered forests and clearings you will arrive in end of the afternoon at the tipi, facing the Aravis mountain range, which will ensure a fantastic mountain sun set!!
    Preparation of the fire and tasting of a small tea in the peaceful mountain.
    Possibility to dry the wet clothes of the day. The evening, a good savoyarde fondue cooked in a cauldron will come to satisfy the most famished stomachs!!
    The call of sleeping bags being made hear, each one will fall asleep rocked by the crackling fire.

  • Sunday :
    Hot breakfast prepared with the trapper's method, a good way to take forces for this day of excursion which will be devoted to the recognition of the wildlife indices.
    LODGING :
    The tipi is the nomadic settlement of the Indians of the plains. It is a fresh residence in summer, warm in winter.
    By its form, its proportions, the emotion which it causes, the cordial atmosphere that it gets, the tipi offers a magic immersion in nature and an exceptional experiment to divide in family or with friends!
    Its interior bathes in a soft light which falls from the chimney and diffuses trough the translucent walls. Place of roomy, comfortable and solid life, which resists perfectly the attacks of the high winds, or the pouring rain.
    It gets the single impression to be at the same time under a robust shelter and in contact with the external world, the noise of the wind, the rain, the snow or the glare of the sun. A tipi is before a whole space with living supporting the communication and the exchange.

    DATES

  • 15 and 16 december 2007
  • 12 and13 january2008
  • 19 et 20 january 2008
  • 26 et 27 january 2008
  • 5 et 6 april 2008
  • 12 et 13 april 2008

    PRICE

    159 euros per person

    The rate includes/comprises : the guiding by a graduate mountain leader, all the meals and the sleeping bags, the groundsheet, the material of heating of the meals, displacement (and return) up to the point of return of the excursion, snowshoes, sticks.

    The rate does not include/comprises : the energy food and drinks and in general all that is not noted in the heading the "rate includes/understands"

    GUIDING:
    You are guided by a graduate mountain leader, who's impassioned by the mountain life and the life of the Amerindian trappers.

    SECURITY :
    The Guide, according to the snow and weather conditions of the moment and the level of the group, will choose your route, and will be able to decide to modify it if necessary. You will eat and sleep in a tipi heated thanks to a well heavy wood fire.
    Your sleeping bags are designed to resist a temperature of -14░C, therefore not of concern for frozen extremities!!!

    MINIMUM OF PRESENT :
    The week end is assured from 4 people.
    The group is limited to 9 people maximum, in order to ensure user-friendliness and comfort in the tipi.

    CLIMATE :
    You will evolve/move in mountain, in winter and the climate is rigorous. Take hot clothing; do not hesitate to ask us council!
    Possibility of making dry clothing (socks, gloves, bonnet...) on fire.

    THE PLACE :
    The pastures of les Carroz, facing with the Aravis mountain range, will offer you a single expatriation within the heart of a preserved and wild nature.

    PERSONNAL EQUIPMENT :

  • Winter mountain gear or skiwear
  • a track suit to sleep
  • One sticking
  • 2 pairs of hot socks "with ringlets" or "double layers" against the bulbs on the feet
  • A thick polar fur
  • An average polar fur and a thin polar
  • Under technical clothing preferably (to envisage two of them of which one to change the evening, allows the sweat evacuation)
  • Under clothing of replacement complete to be to the heat and dryness the evening
  • A wind stopper jacket and waterproof standard GORE TEX
  • A pair of spat(optional)
  • Gloves (two pairs including one really waterproof!)
  • A hat
  • A headlamp
  • A knife
  • A bottle of water
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun lotion + lipstick
  • Personal drugs
  • Your camera
  • A toiletbag and a small personal pharmacy
  • With the feet, a good pair of shoes of already ground excursion
  • A great water-bottle (2 litters)
  • To also envisage standard energy drinks and foods

    In the heading "the weight is the enemy", here are councils to gain a few hundred grams :
  • Toilet bag : (small "tuperware limps" for example) Attention does not have water in a tipi!!!
  • But a source of fresh and drinkable water is nearby.
  • Soap format "hotel" is enough one evening
  • A tube of toothpaste started 3/4 will make the deal
  • A small towel (for two) is enough amply and dries more quickly
  • A brush with teeth, etc...
  • Toilet paper (for two) and handkerchiefs

    PHARMACY :
    In more of your personal drugs, you provide with material against the bulbs : "Elastoplast" (a roller) & protective fabric sold in pharmacy under the name of "second skin"
  • A small wire, scissors, switches
  • For the sun, cream and labial stick

    BACKPACK :
    Envisage a comfortable rucksack for your effects of the day (Capacity of 50 litters minimum, to be able to put bulky clothing at it such as polar jacket or Gore-Tex). It is necessary to envisage a little place to transport a picnic and energetic food.
    Infos
    SHAPE :
    3 to 4 hours of easy walk the first day, 3 to 4 hours of easy walk the second.
    To have pleasure from the very start of a trek, it is to be a bit in shape. If you practise jogging with twice per week, dancing, bicycling or any other sport, then not of concern.
    If it is not the case, within a time from two weeks before the departure, we advise you to undertake a small drive (4 or 5 km of jogging, 2 with 3h of walk... all is good).
    To be able to go up on the fifth floor without stopping and taking the elevator is the desirable minimum.

    MEETING POINT :
    Saturdays morning 10am, at the office of the Ecole du Ski Franšais, in the middle of les Carroz village

    DISPERSION :
    Sunday towards 16H30 in les Carroz

    MEANS OF ACCESS TO MEETING POINT :
  • By car : A41 motorway left 19 Flaine Carroz
  • By train : Cluses train station stop then shuttle from to les Carroz
  • By plane : Geneva airport then buses or train to Cluses, links Cluses Carroz by shuttles

    IN THE EVENT OF PROBLEM OF DERNIERE MINUTE :
    Prevent your guide per hour of the appointment to the 0033(0)6 85 02 37 00

    BEFORE the EXCURSION or IF YOU TO WISH TO PROLONG YOUR STAY :
    Possible Lodging in Carroz, lists hotels and lodgings available to the Tourist bureau of Carroz such: 0033(0)4 50 90 00 04