Pony trecking and hacking in Chamonix valley

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Its good to have friends come to visit with different interests, it prompts you to do things that don’t usually fit into your visit.  And that’s just why we did horse riding this summer.  The kids have done the 10 minutes pony walks in Plan Praz, but never in the UK or France done an hour on a horse. Although our friends were competent riders Christophe and his wife Cathy recommend we go at the level of the least experienced, which actually worked well for all and did result in a little cantering once they were established. Definitely big smiles from my girls as they were quickly put at ease.

We found the stables via the internet and Chamonix.net.  We had come across them before when looking into dog sledging in the winter, but had never made enquiries. Their website actually didn’t do their accomplished English any justice as they replied to my Google translated email in perfect English. They advised that we booked and asked about the height and weight of the riders to make sure they had the right safety equipment and horses ready.

Ski Jorering

Being seasoned UTMB fans who geocache their stables in Les Houches were easy to find on the Balcon Sud just under the Jesus statue. Given it was that race time of year we were treated to the Buff runner Anton Krupicka using the path for a promotional photo shoot before he did the big event itself. It provided great entertainment watching them run in slow motion as the cameras whirled away while waiting for the kids to return. (We also caught a nice sun tan while admiring the view.) – Poor Anton pulled out at Trient, 138.9KM, from pain in his hamstring and Achilles the day after.  We didn’t trip him up, honest!

Anton Krupicka

It’s an activity we’d recommend doing, and it now sounds as though you needn’t be put off by inclement weather as this month they have just opened a 1,000sqm covered paddock in Les Houches itself. So congratulations to Cathy and Christophe, we wish you well with expansion.

 If you are interested in their contact details you can find them below with some information about their pricing too.

Beginners (novice)

!! only walk 

1 hour : 26 euros 

2 hours : 50 euros


Confident riders (walk -trot-gallop) : 

 2 hours : 50 euros

1 day trek : 120 euros (you bring your lunch with you) – 3 riders minimum – 6/7 hours on the horse –  No beginners

3 days trek : 410 euros including 2 nights in “refuge”, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunch packs – No beginners.


Christophe ANDRE
Guide de Haute Montagne, Ski-Joëring, 

Débardage équin, moniteur d’équitation (BPJEPS)
504 chemin des Eaux Rousses
74310 Les Houches

Tél-fax : 0033- 4- – Mobile : 0033-6- – mail : christophe.and@hotmail.fr


P.S.  Having gone past the site this year (2014) we spotted that they had taken the Ski Joering signs down so we assume that the best way of contacting them is as follows:


Centre équestre du Mont-Blanc
130 chemin du Paradis
74310 Les Houches


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