TRAVERSE THE AIGUILLES ROUGES MASSIF self-guided

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6 days 6 days
Self-guided Self-guided
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 450 € From 450 €

Wild and remote land, close to Chamonix

If Chamonix valley is well known for its omnipresent Mont Blanc, the Aiguilles Rouges massif constitutes its northern border and it remains secret. Composed of sandstone, gneiss and granite, the Aiguilles Rouges massif take its name from the red rocks. This barrier of sharp peaks is surrounded by two exceptional geological formations: to the east... the majestic granite summits of Mont-Blanc and to the west... the sedimentary terrains dominated by the calcareous marl black rocks of Buet and the steep limestone cliffs (almost 1000m high) of the Fiz above Lake Anterne.
During the trek, you'll certainly see ibex, marmots and with a bit of luck you'll spot bearded vultures that nest here. Other hidden treasures include; limestone lapies at Lake Anterne, caves full of history and the biggest area of dinosaur footprints in Europe! 

You will like

  • Breathtaking views of the Mont-Blanc range
  • A day hiking to Lake Anterne, one of the most beautiful lakes in Haute-Savoie
  • "Off the beaten track" trails
  • The diversity of fauna, flora and a mineral world offering a large variety of landscapes

TRAVERSE THE AIGUILLES ROUGES MASSIF self-guided

From 450 €

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Dates & prices

DEPARTURE AND PRICES

Daily departure from 27 June to 6 September 2020

Without baggage transport
485€ per person in classic accommodation (dormitory)

With baggage transport (except Day 1 and Day 5) in classic accommodation (dormitory)
640€ per person on 2/3 person basis
550€ per person on 4/5 person basis
520€ per person on 6 person and more basis

Optional extra 2 nights in a basic twin/double bedroom (*if available): +40€/ per person

Information and booking via e-mail or phone call.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees;
  • A road book: description and IGN maps (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. A supplementary road book for groups of 5 or more. Extra road book supplement 10-25€);
  • 5 nights half-board accommodation in gÎtes, refuges and hotels including dinner on the first evening to breakfast on the last day;
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation (except Day 1 and 5);
  • Transfer on Day 1 from Le Buet train station to the departure point in Les Houches;
  • Tourist taxes.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches;
  • Personal expenses (drinks, touristic visits, etc.);
  • Transfer back to Les Houches from Les Marécottes or Emosson dam;
  • Airport taxes;
  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of total tour cost).

​The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

Day 1

Meet Sunday at 9:00am in front of Le Buet train station, free car park and transfer to the start of the hike in Les Houches.

AIGUILLETTE DES HOUCHES - MONT-BLANC PANORAMA
The hike starts quietly through a beautiful larch forest. Climb the Aiguillette des Houches (2285m) with Mont-Blanc massif as background. You are entering the Natural Reserves of Haute-Savoie for several days. Wild nature guaranteed! Cross the wild Carlaveyron plateau to Bel Lachat refuge. Night at the refuge, without your luggage.
4 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -150m

Day 2

BREVENT - VALLEY OF LA DIOSAZ
Follow the ridge to the Brévent. Stunning views on the Mont-Blanc massif and the high peaks. Descend to Arlevé bridge in the valley of La Diosaz and way up to the pastures of Moëde, overlooked by the high limestone cliff of Fiz. Night in Moëde-Anterne refuge. In option : evening walk to Lake Pormenaz (45 min return). 
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800  -780m

Day 3

ANTERNE PASS AND LAKE
Climb to Anterne pass (2257m) to get into the Nature Reserve of Sixt-Passy, territory of marmots, eagles and vultures. Walk through to "Petit Col Anterne" to enjoy a view over the lake and the high cliff of the Fiz before arriving above Cirque des Fonts. Descend to Chalets d'Anterne and climb to the lake on the limestone pavement. Way back to Moëde Anterne refuge via the other side of the lake and the pass. 
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -750m

Day 4

SALENTON PASS AND "PIERRE A BERARD" VALLEY
Hike through the back side of the Aiguilles Rouges mountains by Salenton pass, close to Mont Buet. Descend into "Pierre à Bérard" valley, then to the village of Le Buet passing by Bérard waterfall and Farinet cave, hiding a renowned local Robin Hood! Night in hotel at Le Buet.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +650m -1200m

Day 5

TERRASSE PASS - DINOSAUR TRACKS - VIEUX EMOSSON HUT
Nice climb in a beautiful larch forest up to Chalet de Loriaz (2020m). Ascension of Terrasse pass (2648m), steep on the last part and descend to the main dinosaur tracks area with visible fossils in Europe. Night in Vieux Emosson refuge, without your luggage.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1300m  -500m

Day 6

EMOSSON DAM - LA LORIAZ - LE BUET
From "Gorge du Vieux", crossing Veudale gorge to reach the old Emosson dam. Balcony trail of Barberine and the pastures of La Loriaz. Descent facing the Mont Blanc massif to the village of Le Buet, end of the trek.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +200m -1050m

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 750m approximately per day.
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours approximately per day.
Type of trek: this tour does not present any technical difficulty and is accessible to children from 12 years.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing:
- 2 IGN TOP 25 maps with the route highlighted. 
- 1 road book containing all the information necessary for the trek.
- 1 waterproof map holder.
- Accommodation list.

SIGNPOSTS AND WAYMARKS ALONG THE TREK

This tour is well-marked, some sections are not marked but are easy to follow, especially around Lake Anterne. 
In France and Switzerland: marks with red and white stripes on Grande Randonnée trails.
It is preferable to know how to read a topographical map at 1/25000. 

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Two options:
without baggage transport: you carry your baggage.
with baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle (except Day 1 and 5)

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC: 5 nights in A dormitory, in a refuge or gîte. 

COMFORT: 3 nights in a refuge or hotel in bedroom for 2/3 persons.  
                    2 nights in refuge or gîte in dormitory.

All accommodation offers hot showers.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accomodation the day before, in the evening.
You can also buy supplies in small local shops on day 1 at Les Houches and on day 5 at Vallorcine. 

CURRENCY

During the stages in Switzerland, Euros are widely accepted and it is not essential to carry Swiss Francs. Plan on having Swiss Francs if you want to buy or eat some cheese at the Emaney pasture. 

MAPS

IGN Top 25 - 3630 OT - Chamonix and Top 25 - 3530 ET - Samoëns (1/25000)

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meet Sunday at 9:00am in front of the train station at Le Buet.

BY TRAIN 
2019 Timetable. Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) the day before at 12:45pm arrive in Chamonix at 7:50pm.
Return: Depart Chamonix at 3:45pm arrive in (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 9:52pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on
https://www.oui.sncf/

https://www.chamonix.com/how-to-get-here,9,en.html

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway to Chamonix.
Free parking: Chemin du Biolay, opposite the Montenvers train station in Chamonix.
If you wish to leave your car in a covered garage, contact:

Chamonix Auto Park: 04 50 53 65 71 (40 to 50€ per week).

End point in the afternoon in Le Buet or Le Châtelard train station.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Hôtel de l’Arve: +33 (0)4 50 53 02 31
Hôtel Vallée Blanche.: +33 (0)4 50 53 04 50
Hôtel l’Oustalet: +33 (0)4 50 55 54 99
Chamonix Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 53 00 24 
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 between accommodation by our logistics vehicle (except day 1 and day 5). 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 to refuges, which access is not always easy! 

Please use one bag per person; gathering together the belongings of two people usually leads to a heavy bag. Two bags of 10kg are better than one bag of 20 !

Luggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!

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