A few steps from the Franco-Swiss border, in the heart of the Valais Chablais, stands one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the entire Alpine arc. Recognizable among a thousand, glorified by generations of poets, from Ramuz to Hugo, the Dents du midi form the high point of the panorama of all the regions from which they are observed. From the wine-growing hillsides of Lake Geneva, you can admire the massive dominance of their seven peaks over the Rhone Valley, forming like an old lighthouse attracting the last lights of the evening.
This setting of wild nature remains little known in the Alps, even though the route that goes around it was a pioneer in the history of mountain trekking. Departing from the small village of Mex, overlooking Saint Maurice and the Rhône Valley, the route evolves day by day as it goes around the massif. Bucolic and verdant the first days, it rises gradually through the alpine levels, sees the forest disappear in front of the meadow, then the meadow facing the bare rock. In a then mineral and emaciated decor, the bravest will venture to the top of the highest tooth, the Haute Cime and its 3257 meters, during an unforgettable ascent!
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Departures from the end of June to mid-September 2023, as desired
Without luggage transport, in classic accomodation (dormitory):
5-day version: 445€ / person
4-day version: 385€ / person
Options in addition :
Comfort with 2 nights in a double room (nights 1 and 4, subject to availability) : +55€ per person
Full board (pic-nic included) : +80€ per person
This stay is also available at leisure in a 2 or 3-day version, so it is perfect for experienced mountaineers looking for a short weekend trek or for a first 4 or 5-day free roaming.
We can make a trip according to your request (number of days, number of participants, level of the itinerary, choice of accommodation, etc.)
Information and booking by simple phone call or e-mail.
The price includes :
The price does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Altitude difference: from +400 m to +1250 m on average per day.
Walking time: 4 to 7 hours per day.
Type of hiking: Well-laid mountain trails. Some cable passages sometimes aerial but well secured (No Encel)
Good physical condition is required for this trek.
Before departure, we give you a travel file containing:
- 2 TOP 25 IGN maps with route trace.
- 1 road-book with all the necessary information for the hike.
- 1 card holder.
- List of accommodation.
The trail is well marked throughout its length thanks to signs indicating the directions and their walking time. The ascent of the High Cime (optional) is not marked and requires a good orientation ability.
It is best to master the IGN card reading at 1/25'000.
The Dents du Midi tour is a particularly wild route that almost never goes down into the valley and on which the huts are relatively isolated. The majority of them are not accessible by 4x4 vehicle, so for tthese reasons, we do not offer luggage transportation services on this stay.
4 nights in dormitory, refuge or mountain cottage (comfort option possible in 2 persons bedroom on nights 1 and 4, see prices section)
For reasons of isolation, showers are not available every nights (nights 1 and 4 only)
Breakfasts and dinners are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be ordered the day before in each accommodation (average price of picnics: 15 CHF)
Provide Swiss francs for your consumption and personal expenses (not all accommodation takes the credit card)
We can create a trek according to your request (number of days, number of participants, level, accomodation comfort..)
Be able to easily walk 20 km (in plain) in 4 hours maximum.
If this is not the case, within three weeks of departure, 2 to 3 times a week, we advise you to start a good workout: 4 to 5 km of running or 3 to 4 hours of hiking, cycling or swimming. Your physical preparation will facilitate your stay and allow you to enjoy it all the more.
National map of Switzerland 1:25,000:
- 1304 - Val d'Illiez and - 1324 - Barberine
Departure in Mex, commune of St-Maurice, Valais.
BY TRAIN AND BUS
GO: Departure from Geneva Cornavin at 8:10 am, arrival at 9:31 am in St-Maurice.
Then Postal Bus, departing from the Post Office of St-Maurice at 11:45am, arriving in Mex at 12:10am.
RETURN: Departure by bus from Mex at 5:35pm, arrival in St-Maurice at 6:00pm.
Departure of the train at 6:27pm to Geneva Cornavin, arrival 7:50pm.
The times given above are only indicative and must be checked on the official Swiss transport website (train and bus) : www.sbb.ch/en/home.html
From Geneva, follow motorway A1 (pay attention, motorway vignette mandatory) direction Lausanne, then A9 direction Simplon - Grand Saint Bernard until the exit Saint-Maurice. At the roundabout, follow Simplon-Gd st bernard and 1st right on Chemin de Capenu, follow Mex (VS).
Free parking at the entrance of the village, at the church level.
End of the afternoon hike in Mex
Auberge de l'Armailli in Mex
If you are late, contact the agency on +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
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.