Mountain Food and Hiking Weekend
A fascinating weekend getaway set amid the majestic French Alps
For hundreds of years local artisans have been developing amazing produce in the Alps. This weekend gives you a unique insight into some of these artisans as we spend time with a passionate beekeeper and visit a local cheese farm. Easy hiking trails allow us to journey on foot from farm to farm. A wonderful weekend combining delicious mountain food with easy hiking.
Key information

Weekends in Summer 2021

 Available for private groups with a minimum of 6 pax

Duration: 1 or 2 days

(Fri pm – Sun pm)

 Graded: Easy / Moderate (suitable for beginners)

 Airport: Geneva

 Includes all breakfasts, fresh lunches and evening meals

 Family run hotel in the French Alps

 Outdoor hotel swimming pool and tennis court

 Optional extras include: massage, and airport transfers


At A Glance

Day 1

The weekend begins with a short transfer from Geneva to the Hotel Moineaux in the village of Bellevaux. You will have time to relax and settle into your room and enjoy fantastic local cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant. You also have the option of arriving a little earlier to enjoy the hotel facilities such as outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and mini sauna, or simply take a short walk into the local village.

Day 2

The Alps are known for its incredible local cheeses and today we hike to a local farm producer to taste some cheese and discover this age old process. Haute-Savoie cheeses include:

Abondance / Reblochon / Tomme de Savoie / Chevrotin / Compte

The breeds of cows for producing the milk in these local cheeses are the Abondance, Tarentaise and Montbeliarde.

The tartiflette is probably the most famous Savoyard dish. Along with potatoes, onions and lardons the main ingredient is Reblochon cheese.

Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) is the French certification granted to some French geographical indications for wines, cheese, butter and various other agricultural products. When a product carries the AOC title it is subject to rigorous set of clearly defined standards. Around 40 cheeses have been awarded the AOC label.

In the evening we will enjoy a traditional mountain dish prepared by our local family run hotel.


Day 3

Following breakfast we enjoy an easy two hour hike alongside beautiful lac Vallon taking us directly to beekeeper Nadine Noël’s chalet. Nadine introduces with passion the interaction with humans and bees and takes us through an informative and educational experience set in the rural surroundings of her small farm. We have the pleasure of sharing a wonderful lunch all sourced from local artisans. Our hike back to the hotel passes a beautiful cascade that flows directly into the river Brevon – approximately one hour. We say our farewells bringing and end to the weekend.

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Need To Know

We use the wonderful 2* Family run Hotel Moineaux, 15 minutes walk from the centre of Bellevaux. The hotel has an in-house restaurant that we use on Friday and Saturday evening, outdoor swimming pool, mini gym, tennis court and sauna.

Hôtel-Restaurant Les Moineaux
Le Borgel – 74470 Bellevaux (HAUTE-SAVOIE)
Tél : 33 (0)
Fax : 33 (0)
Email :

What’s included

  • Two nights in a family run 2* Hotel
  • All meals, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 fresh lunches including an artisan lunch, mountain snacks
  • Two guided hikes
  • International Mountain Leader 
Our guides are exceptionally experienced with a passion for sharing the mountains, flora and fauna with you. All qualified and licensed International Mountain Leaders and they will bring the trip alive. We are teamimg up with several local artisans who will enrich he experience significantly by sharing their knowkedge and expertise.
Booking and Price


Twin Room €430 pp

Double room €475 pp

Sunday only – Easy hiking and visiting a local Bee Farm with Artisan lunch €75 LINK for booking

We manage every booking independently to ensure attention to detail and provide a personalised service. 

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Terms & Conditions
Terms and Conditions (updated Jan 2019)All trips are sold subject to these Terms and Conditions (hereinafter T&Cs). 

1. Insurance

All clients need to be adequately insured for all activities they are taking part in. Insurance must include repatriation and details should be provided at the beginning of each trip.

All European clients should obtain a European Health insurance card (EHIC), however, this is not a substitute for travel insurance.

2. Health and fitness

Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. In order to assist with this, all trips are graded and we welcome the opportunity to discuss trip details/answer questions in advance of your reservation. Trip members must be in sufficiently good health to undertake the trip, and if unsure seek medical advice in advance. For your own safety, you need to inform us of any medical conditions in advance or at the start of the trip. Trip members are also required to bring adequate clothing/equipment as advised in the pre-departure information.

3. Dietary Requirements

We endeavor to work with clients and accommodate their dietary requirements. However such is the nature of adventure travel we may be limited to specific menus e.g remote Mountain Huts, Tea Houses in the Himalaya’s etc. We fully encourage you to contact us in advance to discuss your requirements then we have every opportunity to explore options thereafter.

4. Cancellations and Fee Schedule Per Person

91 days or more prior to departure – €250 cancellation fee

61 – 90 days before departure – 25% of the trip cost

46 – 60 days before departure – 50% of the trip cost

45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Fees are calculated from the date we receive written cancellation notice which can be via email. If clients are unable to access email and cancel over the phone we will confirm in writing the cancellation.

If you cancel 91 days or more prior to departure, it may be possible to transfer to another trip without occurring any fees. Please discuss this with us in the first instance.

With specific departures, there may be an increase in cancellation fee if the accommodation provider T & Cs mean we are liable for payment.

5. Complaints

If you have a complaint, please contact us as soon as possible, in the first instance your leader is often your obvious point of contact. This ensures we have every opportunity to explores solutions to the problem(s) arising and we will do all we reasonably can to resolve the complaint. You must tell us within 4 weeks after your holiday of any complaints that you feel have not been dealt with properly.

6. Alterations By Us

We will tell you as soon as reasonably possible if we must make any alteration to your holiday. Most alterations are minor, but very occasionally we might have to make a major alteration. A major alteration is a change of location or to a lower standard of accommodation for a substantial part of your holiday, a change in start/finish dates or necessary price rise in your holiday caused by rises in costs (e.g. exchange rates, internal transport etc). You may then choose as follows:

  • To accept these alterations
  • To withdraw from the holiday, in which case we will repay all monies paid to us including your deposit and this is the sum of our liability to you
  • To accept an alternative holiday that we may propose to you, in which case if the proposed holiday is a lower price we will pay you the difference and if it is a higher price we may ask for the difference.

You must inform us of your choice as soon as possible after we contact you.

7. Group Leadership

On a guided holiday your leader is responsible for the safety and enjoyment of the whole group and has sole discretion, on behalf of Live Breathe Hike, to exclude temporarily a participant from the group. They may also choose to terminate the participants holiday without the possibility of a refund if the leader thinks the participant is likely to endanger the group safety or spoil its enjoyment.

8. Your Responsibility

Mountain holidays by their very nature are adventurous, with a certain level of risk is undertaken. Individuals need to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner at all times; responding to advice, guidance, and instruction that may be given by the group leader / experienced professional and take all reasonable actions to eliminate accidents or injury.

9. Our Responsibilities

We will take all reasonable care to ensure that the information we give to you is accurate, including on our website, in your schedule and information pack. We will do all that we can to provide the service as described in the information we give to you. We are not liable if any failure is:

  • Attributable to anyone other than us
  • Attributable to a third party unconnected to us, and unforeseeable or unavoidable
  • Due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and could not have been avoided even if all due care had been taken
  • Due to an event which even with all due care we could not foresee or forestall

10. Cancellation By Us

Live Breathe Hike reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup or logistics problems that may impede trip operations. The refund of all land payments received shall relate Live Breathe Hike from any further liability.

Live Breathe Hike must normally make substantial payments to its suppliers far in advance of the scheduled trip departure date. If a trip is canceled due to force majeure; (acts of God, war, strikes, earthquake, flooding etc), Live Breathe Hike will promptly refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible. However, Live Breathe Hike does not guarantee recovery of any or all of the advance payments made.

11. Additional Costs

Live Breathe Hike shall not be liable for (a) expenses such as additional nights and meals not specified in the individual trip itineraries, but which may required to get to from a trip start or end; expenses due to the delay of a trip for any reason (e.g. bad weather, trails conditions, land slides, flooding, sickness etc); (c) expenses occurred in recovering lost luggage by airlines, belongings left behind on a trip or in shipping purchases or other goods home from abroad; (d) visa and other incidental costs.

Live Breathe Hike reserves the right to take photographic or film records of any trips, and may use any such records for promotional and/or commercial purposes without payment.

Albert Einstein

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man”