TOUR OF THE DENTS BLANCHES AND RUAN self guided

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6 days 6 days
Self-guided Self-guided
Without baggage transport Without baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level **** Level ****
From 445 € From 445 €

High Alpine route in the wilderness... for experienced hikers !

Between the Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva, straddling the French-Swiss border is a mountain range disconnected from the world... The Dents Blanches, Dents du Midi, Tenneverge and Mont Ruan. Incredibly shaped alpine landscapes, including lunar like deserts, alpine lakes, waterfalls and forgotten pastures. Here there is no human stress, just nature and a preserved wilderness only hikers can discover.

You will like

  • A highly varied landscape due to the strong geological footprint.
  • A wild territory far from crowded paths. 
  • An abundance of flora and fauna.
  • Dozens of waterfalls along the route.

TOUR OF THE DENTS BLANCHES AND RUAN self guided

From 445 €

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • 5 nights half-board from dinner of the first day to breakfast of the last day ;
  • The Roadbook : description and IGN maps (1 roadbook per registration up to 4 people. A supplementary roadbook for groups of 5 or more. Extra roadbook supplement 25€) ;
  • Baggage transport if you have chosen this option (except day
  • Organisation and booking fees

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches (about 10-15€ per picnic in the refuges) ;
  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.), hot shower tokens when required ;
  • Cancellation insurance (4.2% of total tour cost) ;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

Day 1

Meet on Sunday at 10:00am in the Bout du Monde parking in Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.

CIRQUE DU BOUT DU MONDE  -  VOGEALLE
After a short bus transfer, traverse the natural amphitheatre of the Bout du Monde passing numerous waterfalls. The nature reserve of Sixt-fer-à-cheval is full of treasures to discover. Night in Refuge Vogealle (*without baggage).
3 hour walk / Elevation: +900m

Day 2

COL AND LAKE CHAMBRE  -  POINTE DE BELLEGARDE
Cross to Lake Vogealle, then climb to Col de Chambre via the forgotten valley of the Vogeallette. La pointe de Bellegarde, 200m higher offers an enormous view over the Giffre valley. Descend into the wild Chambres valley. Night in Refuge des Folly (*No baggage transport).
6 hour walk / Elevation: +600m -800m (+800m -1000m option Bellegarde)

Day 3

LA COMBE AUX PUAIRES  -  PAS AU TAUREAU  -  BARME
Early morning start to the karstic limestone valley of La Combe aux Puaires, cross the Pas au Taureau at 2500m, with a short cabled passage on the descent. Col de Bostan, direction Barme in Switzerland via the Pas de la Bide. Night in the pretty pastoral village of Barme with the sound of tinkling bells.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m -1050m

Day 4

BARME VALLEY  -  CABANE DE SALANFE
Cross the Pas d'Encel with its path overlooking the impressive gorges, before entering into the wild natural amphitheatre of Susanfe, dominated by the glaciers of Tour Salière (3220m) and Grand Mont Ruan (3057m). Climb to the Col de Susanfe under the Haute Cîme (3200m) and descend via a cabled trail to Lake Salanfe. Night in refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1150 -780m

Day 5

COL D’EMANEY  -  COL DE BARBERINE  -  EMOSSON
Cross to the Salanfe dam, climb to the Col d’Emaney then to the Col de Barberine (2481m). Descend towards the vast Emosson dam. Nuit in refuge on the lakeshore.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1250 -1200m

Day 6

LE CHEVAL BLANC  -  GRENAIRON REFUGE
In the Veudale combe, the trail passes by sandstone slabs with visible traces of fossilized dinosaur. Climb to the Col du Vieux for to reach the summit of Cheval Blanc (2891m) home to chamois and ibex. Descend to Refuge Grenairon via the large Plan du Buet valley and the ridgeline of Mortine. Night in refuge.
7.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -1450m

The trip

LEVEL ****

Elevation: +/- 1100m approximately per day
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours per day
Type of trek: this tour passes via rocky terrain with a few technically difficult cabled sections at the Col de la Golette, Cheval Blanc and at the Col de Susanfe.

ACCOMMODATION

6 nights in dormitory in refuges.
All accommodation has hot showers.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of a healthy salads and local products.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHT WITHOUT YOUR BAGGAGE

For the night without your baggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough!):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities!)

MAPS

IGN Top 25 - 3530 ET - SAMOENS and Top 25 - 3630 OT - CHAMONIX (1/25 000)
MPA (yellow) Trient valley (1/25 000)

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meet Sunday at 10:00am in the Bout du Monde parking in Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.

BY TRAIN
Cluses Train Station www.voyages-sncf.com
then by bus to Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval www.altibus.com

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway to Cluses, then direction Taninges, follow signs to Samoens and
continue to Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval. 

Parking for the week (5€)

CAR-SHARING                                                                                                                                Get in touch with people to share a lift! Here are some website recommendations:   www.blablacar.fr www.covoiturage-libre.fr www.laroueverte.com www.roulezmalin.com

End point Sunday at 3:00pm in the Bout du Monde parking

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Samoens Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 34 40 28
www.samoens.com
Sixt Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 34 49 36
www.chamonix.com

INSURANCE

In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on:

+33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported daily (except Days 1 and 2) between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver, where access is not always easy, please think of their backs! Baggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!

If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.

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