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CANYONING

CHAMONIX

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CANYONING CHAMONIX - LES HOUCHES

The history of Chamonix and Les Houches is deeply rooted in the spectacular alpine landscape of the French Alps. The region has been inhabited for centuries, but it was in the 18th century that Chamonix began to attract attention as a tourist destination. In 1741, scientists travelled to the valley to measure Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. This expedition marked the beginning of interest in the mountains and attracted the first mountaineers. In 1760, Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard made the first documented ascent of Mont Blanc. This success contributed to the rise of alpine tourism and Chamonix’s reputation as a paradise for mountaineering enthusiasts. Les Houches, a neighboring village, also shares this rich alpine history, with local mountain guides playing a crucial role in the development of mountaineering. Today, Chamonix and Les Houches continue to welcome mountain enthusiasts from all over the world, perpetuating the legacy of their fascinating alpine history.

CANYONING IN CHAMONIX

Canyoning is a thrilling adventure that combines hiking, climbing, swimming and sometimes even abseiling through natural canyons sculpted by water over thousands of years. In Chamonix, a town in the French Alps renowned for its spectacular scenery and endless possibilities for outdoor activities, canyoning takes on a whole new dimension. Surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Mont Blanc massif, Chamonix offers thrill-seekers breathtaking canyoning courses. Participants can plunge into crystal-clear natural pools, slide down water-polished natural slides and descend roaring waterfalls, all under the imposing gaze of snow-capped peaks. Whether for beginners looking for an introduction to outdoor adventure or for experts seeking more extreme challenges, Chamonix offers an unforgettable canyoning experience in the heart of a breathtaking Alpine landscape.

HOW A CANYONING TRIP WORKS

A canyoning trip offers an immersive adventure in the heart of nature, punctuated by a series of exciting and exhilarating activities. It all begins with a safety briefing, during which an experienced guide explains the basic techniques, safety instructions and equipment to be used. Once equipped, participants embark on their exploration of the canyon, rappelling down waterfalls, sliding down natural slides and jumping into natural pools. Each obstacle offers its own challenge, and participants will have to show courage and coordination to overcome the most difficult passages. In between the adrenaline-pumping moments, there are breaks to enjoy the natural beauty of the canyon, observe the local wildlife and share moments with other members of the group. At the end of the outing, once every challenge has been met and every moment savored, participants return to base with unforgettable memories and the feeling of having had a truly unique experience.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR CANYONING

To enjoy canyoning safely and make the most of this adventure, it’s essential to have the right equipment. First of all, personal protective equipment is essential, including a helmet, harness, appropriate footwear and a neoprene wetsuit. Finally, depending on the level of difficulty of the canyon and the specifics of the route, other equipment such as ropes, carabiners, descenders and buoyancy bags may be required. With the right equipment for every situation, canyoning enthusiasts can enjoy the experience in complete safety.

All equipment is supplied by Prosneige.

PRICE

  • 1-day package: 70 euros per day per person
  • Weekly package: 300 euros per person Monday to Friday
  • Week-end package: 140 euros per person Saturday and Sunday