Young ibex in the snow at Merlet Park
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Winter hiking

a unique experience!

Enjoy a hiking with a small group of 5 to 8 people accompanied by a mountain guide. A great way to discover Merlet and its hidden treasures. Embrace the quietness of vast snow-covered expanses and get close up to the animals in the best conditions. After putting on your snowshoes your guide will take you through the forest to a secondary entrance to the park. Once inside, you will enjoy privileged closeness with the animals and will get to know everything about the mountain wildlife in an exceptional setting. You are alone in the world, facing the immensity of the Mount-Blanc mountain chain and, weather permitting, you will marvel at a superb sunset… a rare and truly magical experience!

Reservation and practical information

Between Thursday December 23rd 2020 and Thursday March 10th 2021: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 1 pm to 5 pm subject to snow and favourable weather conditions.
Reservation required. Please contact the mountain guide directly: 06 78 50 03 96 the day before and before 5pm at the latest.

Beware: full until 4th of March 2021 included


€38 /adults, €25/ children (8 years old and above). Transportation and snowshoe rental (+ hiking sticks) included in the price.

Group size:

Minimum 5 persons, maximum 8 persons

The excursion may be cancelled due to insufficient number of participants or bad weather conditions.

Départ - Randonnée raquette hiver au Parc de Merlet

Programme of the snowshoe hike

  • Meet up at 1 pm at Les Houches trainstation
  • Then a short trip with your personal vehicle to Coupeau
  • 3-hour hike with many pauses (photos, comments, explanations etc.),
  • Total of 200 m altitude difference
  • Discovery of the wild animals in the park and Mont-Blanc mountain range
  • Return around 5 pm
Our advice: 
Plan high and waterproof hiking shoes, warm clothes,
water bottle and snacks and don't forget the camera!
This outing requires good physical condition, it is advisable to know how to walk with snowshoes
(access to the park may take longer or shorter depending on snow conditions).