During the 18th century Mt Buet, also called “Ladies’ Mont-Blanc”(3096m) became a mountaineering reference and a first step towards the conquest of Mont-Blanc.
On September 20th 1770, the Deluc brothers reached the top of Mount Buet and lead some scientific experiments. For example, they measured the time required for water to boil at that altitude, and used a barometer to measure altitude. This epic adventure was the first of its kind in the Alps, and the emblematic summit of the Giffre massif, which looks over the alpine cirque of Les Fonds offers an outstanding panoramic view on Mont-Blanc and the surrounding ranges like Aiguilles Rouges and Haut Giffre.
Night in a hut (dormitory) – Food supplies from the hut (picnics).
Day 1 : VALLORCINE - PIERRE À BÉRARD HUT
We leave from the village of Le Buet, just before Vallorcine and hike along L’eau Noire mountain creek in Vallon de Bérard. The abundant wildlife who lives in this remote alpine valley invites us to remain silent and observe… The welcoming creek banks are a perfect opportunity to cool our feet in the refreshing mountain water. Nestled under a huge rocky slab, Pierre à Bérard hut (1920m/6336ft) is well- protected from avalanches. Hut keepers welcome us with hospitality, in a simple and warm atmosphere.
Up : 620m / Hiking Time : 3 H 30
Day 2 : SUMMIT OF MOUNT BUET
Today is the biggest day of our adventure! After an early and very motivated departure, we head out towards the summit! During this magnificent ascent, we enjoy the pleasant smells of rhododendrons and juniper bushes, covering the alpine meadows, and slowly leaving space to firmly anchored rocks and the alpine lawn. We follow the reassuring trail marks, here and there on both sides of the trail. But soon the landscape changes into a large slate- covered hill side, a mineral “mille-feuille” sculpted by the wind and leaving only a lightly marked trail to show the way to the summit. It seems that we have just gone back an entire geological millennium. Mount Buet is absolutely spectacular! After a nice long break to fully enjoy the panoramic view, we will follow the same trail and return to civilization again. We may consider trail options for the way back down.
Up : 1170m / Down : 1800m / Hiking Time : 7 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 : Tuesday to Wednesday. July 25th to 26th - August 15th to 16th - September 05th to 06th.
2017 PRICE : 180€ per person (5 people minimum)
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in mountain hut (dormitory)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Transportation throughout the trek
- 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 program
- Only 5 to 10 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 : The Ladies' Mont-Blanc 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 : Maximum 10 people per guide. For maximum safety and quality guiding.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18.
ACCOMMODATION : 1 night in a mountain hut (in dormitory). Each hiker carries all his personal belongings, and the picnic along the 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