Located just across the valley from the Mont-Blanc range, the massif des Aiguilles Rouges presents numerous trails and look-out points, ideal belvederes to admire some of the greatest views and peaks in the northern Alps.
With the highest peak in the Alps in the background, this hike will lead you into Réserve des Aiguilles Rouges, a preserved alpine environment. It is not uncommon to meet a herd of ibexes, or admire the deep blue of the alpine gentian, the pure white of the anemone, or the elegance of the Martagon lily. Great landscapes in the setting, comfortable and wide trails under our feet …
This casual trek will suit all types of hikers, and provide the best photo opportunities. Simply spectacular !
In order to immerse ourselves into a unique alpine setting, we carry all our belongings for the week. Nights in dormitory, in mountain inns or huts. We use public transportation for transfers and get food supplies from villages or from the huts.
Day 1 : CHAMONIX - REFUGE DU LAC BLANC
Our hiking adventure starts with a spectacular hike across “Grand Balcon Sud” and an unbelievable view of the Mont-Blanc range just across the valley from us. The trail continues over mountain passes, Col Cornu then Col de la Glière. Along the way, views keep getting better while we admire the reflection of alpine glaciers in mountain lakes … We spend the night at Refuge du Lac Blanc, located in the Aiguilles Rouges mountain wildlife sanctuary.
Up : 700 m / Down : 300 m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30
Day 2 : VALLON DE BÉRARD
We follow the panoramic trail across the mountain and to the hamlet of Le Buet. Then the trail continues uphill, along the Eau Noire mountain creek and its waterfalls, quiet pools and banks. Higher up we arrive to the refuge of Pierre à Bérard (1920m), naturally sheltered from avalanches by an enormous rock. Then comes the end of the day, peace and silence attract ibexes and whistling marmots near the hut for us to watch and take unforgettable pictures. Young chamois keep their distances while the little hermine hops over rocks near the creek.
Up : 620 m / Down : 890 m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 3 : MOËDE - ANTERNE
Today our hike has a truly alpine touch. We leave our hut to hike to Salenton mountain pass (2526m), before descending into the remote and seldom hiked alpine valley of Villy. The high shear limestone faces of the Fiz range contrast surprisingly with the crystalline rock of the Aiguilles Rouges. We leave our packs at the Moëde Anterne hut and make a quick visit to Pormenaz Lake just a few yards away.
Up : 600 m / Down : 520 m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30
Day 4 : LE BRÉVENT
First we hike to the Diosaz creek and Pont d’Arlevé, where we connect with the Great Alpine Traverse trail (GTA). Our hike continues uphill to the Brévent pass and summit (2550m/8415ft). We take some time to enjoy the breathtaking view above the Chamonix valley! Then we follow the trail to Brévent Lake and to Bellachat hut.
Up : 900 m / Down : 800 m / Hiking Time : 6 H 30
Day 5 : L’AIGUILLETTE DES HOUCHES
For our last day, we hike to the summit of Aiguillette des Houches, another spectacular look-out place ! Later on the trail drops down towards the Chailloux pastures. Then we hike past the Merlet alpine fauna sanctuary. Chamonix is still a couple of hours away, just enough time to think about the great times of the week and plan our next hiking adventure !
Up : 350 m / Down : 1400 m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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2017 DATES : Monday to Friday. July 10th to 14th - August 07th to 11th.
2017 PRICE : 505€ per person (6 people minimum)
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in mountain hut, and hotel (dormitory)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).
WHY CHOOSE COMPAGNIE DES GUIDES :
- An all-inclusive product
- Only 6 to 12 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation
- Local products for our take-out lunches
- Truly mountain oriented our certified leaders are happy to share their knowledge and expertise in the guiding field
LEVEL : The Mont-Blanc Spectaculars hiking trip is a moderate trek. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. For active people who don’t mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.
GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 12 people maximum. For maximum safety and quality guiding, a second mountain leader joins the group at 13 people.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18.
ACCOMMODATION : 4 nights in mountain hut (in dormitory). Each hiker carries all his personal belongings, and the picnic along the entire trek.
MEETING PLACE : At 8.30am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix. You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
INSURANCE : Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD).
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
TRAINING : Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.
CLIMATE : Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. A high pressure moving in can also bring in cool air. You should anyhow bring warm clothes and be prepared for cold or very hot weather, while minimizing additional weight gain.
Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip, and have your own guide !
- Exclusive guide
A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.
- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.
For any further information, please contact Déborah :
Tel : +33 450 53 00 88 or E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org.