Located amidst Mont-Blanc, Vanoise and Gran Paradiso massifs the Ruitor range (3486m) a discrete and often forgotten mountain. As a result, it has kept an intimate character, abled the preservation of its beautiful landscapes, attracting the most curious of us. The difficulty of Its various summits remains modest, with gently flowing glaciers and slopes, sunlight bathed landscapes that give life to a harmonious and silent alpine environment. Here, nature blossoms peacefully allowing mankind to rejuvenate himself, and to hikers to enjoy simple pleasures in a superb hiking terrain.
A beautiful playground for those who enjoy wilderness, crystalline lakes, contemplation of alpine wildlife … for those who love peace, quiet, nature in its most beautiful simplicity, that is hiking in natural environment !
We carry all our belongings in our backpacks for the week, and use local buses for transfers. Accommodation in hostels, or huts. Nights in dormitories. Food and snack supplies are available from mountain villages and huts.
Day 1 : COLLE SAN CARLO - REFUGE DEFFEYES
We transfer to San Carlo pass upstream from the village of La Thuile in the Aosta Valley. Our hike begins on a gentle trail up to Arpy lake and then to La Croix pass (2379m) up the Arpy valley. From there, the panoramic views and landscapes are simply amazing ! The Italian side of the Mont-Blanc massif appears to us majestically. Our trail continues on with a long and pleasant traverse to Bec de l’Aille, before reaching the huge glacier circus of the Ruitor peak. The spectacle is harmoniously magnificent ! Just below Testa del Ruitor, a ridge line splits perfectly the large circus, showing on each side tumbling glaciers continuing on a gentle slope for a thousand meters before giving birth to beautiful turquoise lakes.
Up : 1200m / Down : 510m
Day 2 : COL DE PLANAVAL - PLANAVAL VILLAGE IN VALGRISENCHE
It is time to get closer to the ice and enjoy its cool breeze. We head out towards Planaval pass (3009m). The trail cuts through alpine meadows and glacier lakes, before it reaches moraine scree and a predominantly rocky terrain, where boulders sit in a harmonious mineral chaos. As we hike right under Pointe du Flambeau, the trail leads up the slopes towards the pass. Sometimes, working out in such a magnificent setting generates as much pleasure as the hike itself … Val Grisenche welcomes our steps just over the pass, and our trail leads to the alpine valley of Les Fonds. The descent to reach the hamlet of Planaval is long and we can’t wait to enjoy a rewarding local Moretti beer after the hike !
Up : 540m / Down : 1480m
Day 3 : DEGLI MOUNTAIN HUT
For this really beautiful hiking day, the trail takes us along the eastern slopes of Ruitor peak. The path continues across the hill meandering through cliff bands until it reaches wider grassy slopes allowing comfortable switch backs again. If we feel like it, we can add a short additional hiking time and reach a superb lunch spot on Bec de l’Aouille. The Degli Angeli hut is within reach. The trail zig zags through boulders and we finally reach the hut at 2915m. We are getting ready for an unforgettable evening in this remote eagle’s nest !
Up : 1480m / Down : 100m
Day 4 : COL DU MONT - ARCHEBOC HUT
Just the perfect day : long and beautiful ! Most of the day’s hike remains in altitude and our route goes up and down the high ridge lines, offering a delight to our eyes at every moment. Once we’ve hiked over the ridge of Mont Arp Vieille (2963m), we hike down to Saint-Grat lake, nestled under the southern slopes of Ruitor peak. We finally reach Col du Mont (2639m), the border with France, where we will remain until the next day at lunchtime. As we enter the region of Haute-Tarantaise, above Sainte Foy, the trail drops down to the Archeboc hut, where our group gets a warm welcome from the hut keeper crew.
Up : 850m / Down : 1740m
Day 5 : COL DE TACHUY - BELLA COMBA - LA THUILE
It is the longest day of the trek. We leave the hut early in the morning to start the first ascent towards Montseti pass (2518m). We follow the trail to the Ruitor alpine pastures, then continue along mountain lakes, welcomed by marmots, before we gain altitude again and reach Tachuy pass (2671m). We return to Italy, and follow Belle Combe valley down to the mountain resort of La Thuile. Again, mountain lakes, rhododendrons, ibexes and wild waterfalls are on the program for this beautiful hiking day that completes our tour around the Ruitor peak !
Up : 1150m / Down : 1560m
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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2018 DATES : Monday to Friday. July 16th to 20th - August 13st to 17th.
2018 PRICE : 560€ per person (6 people minimum)
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in mountain hut (dormitory), and basic hotel (double share room)
The repatriation insurance (mandatory)
The picnic lunches
|The shuttle from Chamonix and back|
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
WHY CHOOSE COMPAGNIE DES GUIDES :
- An all-inclusive program
- Only 6 to 12 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation
- Truly mountain oriented our certified leaders are happy to share their knowledge and expertise in the guiding field
LEVEL : Ruitor Tour - Hut to Hut is a strenuous trek. A minimum of 800m (2700ft) vertical gain and about 8 hours of hiking daily day. Hiking on maintained trails with off trail hiking sections, in scree and bouldery areas. Mountain terrain can involve difficult and exposed trails, for sure-footed hikers. Good physical training and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails are required.
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 without a legal guardian.
ACCOMMODATION : 3 nights in mountain hut (in dormitory), 1 night in hotel (double room) . Each hiker carries all his personal belongings, and the picnic along the entire trek.
MEETING PLACE : 8.00am at the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix, 190, place de l'église 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 Anaïs at 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 Anaïs :
Tel : +33 4 50 53 00 88 or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org