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The Dents Blanches Range (Switzerland - France)

The Dents Blanches Range (Switzerland - France)
Number of days : 6
Price : On request

Million years ago, the ocean “Tethys” disappeared due to continents shifting on the surface of the globe. Sedimentation layers were exposed to colossal ground forces and pressure, lifting and folding them into the great eroded limestone mountain ranges, known as : the Fiz, the Chablais and the Dents du Midi ... Today, as a testimony, dinosaur tracks and fossils still remain.

Away from glaciated alpine valleys and 4000 m peaks, this trek reveals exceptional treasures.
In these 15 000 hectares of protected natural reserve, the hiking visitor can admire marmots, chamois and ibexes, eagles and bearded vultures in their natural home. We invite you to experience privilege …


This destination is not scheduled for this summer, however :
If you're a group of friends, you can ask for a "private formula", and have your own guide !
Advantages : Exclusive guide - Choose your departure date - Flexibility all along the trip.

For any further information, please contact
Déborah.

Day 1 : CHAMONIX - MOEDE ANTERNE
The gondola lift allows us to reach Planpraz and its sublime panorama of the Mont-Blanc massif.  Here is where we start our travels into wonderland !  A short hike stretches our legs as we reach the Col du Brevent where we will join the GR5 trail in direction of the Pont d’Arlevé.  We then need to gain some altitude in order to reach the Col d’Anterne mountain hut at the foot of the towering cliff face of the Fiz mountain range.
Up : 770m  /  Down : 770m  /  Hiking time : 5 H 30

Day 2 : MOEDE ANTERNE - SAMOENS
After hugging around Lac de Pormenaz, our trail takes us into La Chorde, a narrow passage sprinkled with Martagon lilies as far as the chalets at Le Souay.  Here we start the ascent of the Dérochoir, an athletic mountain pass which gives access to the Fiz plateau and its rock formations and marine fossils.  Wandering around here provides a great geology lesson !  To end this wonderful day we will descend towards the Salles, Pleureuse and Rouget waterfalls for some spectacular sights.  Minibus transfer to the gite.
Up : 650m  /  Down : 1700m  /  Hiking Time : 7 H 00

Day 3 : SAMOENS - BARME
From the Allamands, we find forests, meadows and white cliffs as far as the col de la Golèse and the col de Coux, a favourite place for mountain ibex.  We enter into Switzerland at Val d’Illiez, with a beautiful mountain arête leading us to Barme.  Night at the Cantine des Dents Blanches mountain refuge.
Up : 1000m  /  Down : 830m  /  Hiking Time : 6 H 00

Day 4 : BARME - SALANFE
In going around the Dent de Bonavau we can rejoin the Pas d’Encel which opens out onto a small valley and the Col de Susanfe.  Lac de Salanfe shines at our feet as we walk around its banks to join our welcoming mountain refuge.
Up : 1200m  / Down : 750m  /  Hiking Time : 7 H 00

Day 5 : SALANFE - EMOSSON
From Lac de Salanfe to Lac d’Emosson we take two mountain passes: Emaney, giving access for the ascent of Luisin, an excellent viewing point of the Valaisannes Alpes and Mont-Blanc.  The descent into the vallon d’Emaney is serene as far as the Col de Barberine, our second mountain pass, when we plunge down towards the lac d’Emosson in direction of the Gueulaz mountain hut, situated close to the top of the dam.
Up : 1100m  /  Down : 1040m  /  Hiking Time : 7 H 00

Day 6 : EMOSSON - CHAMONIX
Not far from the dam we find ourselves in the Combe de la Veudale which gives access to the sloping slabs of sandstone where saurians left their mark over 200 million years ago: the dinosaur traces are visible after a short detour.  A short time later, we reach the Col des Corbeaux where we continue down into the untamed valley of Tré les Eaux and Couteray.  End of the tour.
Up : 650m  /  Down : 1250m  /  Hiking Time : 6 H 30
If extra detour to the dinosaurs tracks :
Up : 800m  /  Down : 1400m  /  Hiking Time : 8 H 00

For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.

Download the trip description


More pictures on our blog : Randonnée "Les Belvédères du Mont-Blanc

LEVEL : The Dents Blanches Range hiking trip 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.

ACCOMMODATION : 5 nights in basic hotel or mountain hut (in dormitory). Luggage transportation and mini-van assistance along the trip.

GUIDING : Maximum 12 people per guide. For maximum safety and quality guiding.



MEETING PLACE : 9H00 am at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix on Day 1 (190, place de l'église, 74400 Chamonix). You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.



No scheduled date for this summer.

PRICE :
Please contact Deborah at the Compagnie des Guides for a private departure.

Here's an example of our all-inclusive price per person :

INCLUDING

NOT INCLUDED

The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s

Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)

Half-board accommodation in mountain hut, or basic hotel (dormitory)

 Repatriation insurance (mandatory)

The picnic lunches

 

Transportation throughout the trek

 

Luggage transportation throughout the trek

 


DOCUMENTATION :

- 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).



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 "private formula", and have your own guide !

ADVANTAGES :
- 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 : deborah@chamonix-guides.com

MAISON DE LA MONTAGNE

190 place de l'Eglise
F 74400 CHAMONIX

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88
info@chamonix-guides.com