The Aiguilles Rouges tour in mountain huts

The Aiguilles Rouges Tour is one of the most beautiful hikes of the country of Mont Blanc ! Planned during this trek : wild landscapes, a great variety of ambiance, exceptional panoramas on the greatest summits of the massif, the discovery of the glacial lakes (Lac Blanc, Pormenaz lake, Cheserys lake...). For a perfect ending, we'll ascend Mont Buet, nicknamed 'Women Mont Blanc' since the firsts ascents of Mont Blanc. The view in front of us is exceptional !
An exclusive sportive and committed itinerary to discover THE wild side of the mountains.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 AIGUILLETTE DES HOUCHES - BELLACHAT

    AIGUILLETTE DES HOUCHES - BELLACHAT Rendez-vous at the parking of Les Houches train station at 10am. We start hiking on a small pathway climbing up in laces through a spruce forest. We arrive at the bright glades of the Plan de la Cry at 1450m, facing the Aiguille du Goûter. Magnificent panorama on the Aravis and Fiz mountain range. We join the Pierre Blanche ridge (1697m) from where we dominate the whole Mont Blanc range before continuing in the natural reserve until the Bellachat refuge (2138m).

    5 to 6h of hiking / Difference in altitude : +1350,- 149

  • Day 2 BELLACHAT - MOETE ANTERNE

    BELLACHAT - MOETE ANTERNE We walk along the ridges until we reach the Brévent peak (2525m) from where we enjoy an astonishing view on the Aiguilles de Chamonix and the Verte au Chardonnet. We pass through the Brévent pass (2368m) and descend towards the small valley of Diosaz. We then cross the Arlevé bridge and climb up to the Moede-Anterne refuge (2002 m). We drop off our bags and leave once more for a little roam around the Pormenaz lake.

    6 to 7h of hiking / Difference in altitude : +635m, -1011m / Night at the refuge

  • Day 3 MOEDE - MT BUET - PIERRE A BERARD

    MOEDE - MT BUET - PIERRE A BERARD Our pathway guides us to the pasture of Villy (1885m) through alpine lawns and herds of ibexes. We then climb on nice slopes up to the Salenton pass (2526m) and then acsned Mont Buet at 3096m. The view on the Mont Blanc mountain range, Swiss Alps and Jura is spectacular ! Descent to the Pierre à Bérard refuge (1924m) where we rest our weary feet and have some well deserved rest.

    7 to 8 h of hiking / Difference in altitude : + 1085m - 1172m / Night at the refuge

  • Day 4 PIERRE A BERARD - LORIAZ

    PIERRE A BERARD - LORIAZ Descent to the valley of Berard : we are surrounded by glaciers and hanging patches of snow. We proceed to our hike through the larch forest to climb up the Tré les Eaux valley at the Corbeayx pass (2602m). Only the ibexes are observing us in the Swiss high mountain ambiance. We then cross the border at the Terrasse pass (2648m). We finally descend to the Loriaz refuge (2020m) to spend the night.

    7 to 8h of hiking / Difference in altitude : +1084, - 988 / Night at the refuge

  • Day 5 CHESERYS LAKE - LAC BLANC

    We descend to the hamlet of Buet (1300m) through the diligences pathway. We climb up the Montets pass (1461m), the most Northeast section of the Aiguilles Rouges massif. We climb in laces under the Remuaz. From the Cheserys lake (2211m), we discover the valley of Chamonix and the peaks' reflection ! We the join the Lac Blanc (2352m).

    6 to 7 h of hiking / Difference in altitude : + 1052m, -720 m

  • Day 6 LAC BLANC - LES HOUCHES

    We start our day by joining the Index (2385m) in a mineral universe where the ptarmigan can surprise us ! We walk through a passage of the Glière valley (2461m) at the Cornu pass (2414m) under the Vioz peak. We then join the Plan Praz cable car (1999m). Descent facing the Bossons glacier : we enjoy the last views of Mont Blanc before arriving at Les Houches train station and saying goodbye.

    6 to 7 h of hiking / Difference in altitude : + 109m - 1511m

Not ready to leave yet? We can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. Itineraries can be modified according to the weather conditions or the fitness level of the participants. As a last resort, the accompanist remains the only judge of the program that he can adapt according to the various imperatives that may arise.

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: TAIGR

Included

  • Technical organisation of the trekking
  • Supervision by the mountain leader
  • Luggage transportation
  • Accommodation as described in the program (in lodges and refuges)
  • Half board and picnics
  • Transportation as described in the program

Not included

  • Transfers to and from Chamonix, our meeting point
  • Application fees (18€ per person)
  • Snacks
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and personal expenses in the mountain lodges
  • Meals for the first and the last night  in Chamonix

International flights

We can plan your flight to Geneva regardless of your departure city.

We can also arrange a transfer Geneva-Chamonix and Chamonix-Geneva to facilitate your arrival on site.

Insurance

We can offer you three formulas :
  • Repatriation insurance : 2% of your trip's price, includes mountain search and rescue fees, disease or injury assistance during your trip.
  • Cancellation insurance : 3% of the price of your trip, includes all accidents or diseases, dismissal, transfer, and any events occurring before your departure and preventing you from achieving the trip.
  • Multi-risk insurance : 4% of the price of your trip, includes the same features as the cancellation insurance, as well as search and rescue fees, hospitalisation, disease assistance, and medical fees refund during your trip.

If you are not willing to subscribe to any of our insurances, you must send us the insurance discharge and your travel subscription confirmation. If you chose any other insurance and assistance contract, please check that the search and rescue cover is suitable : cover sector, fees, risk covered. For your information, a minimal fee of 15 000€ is recommended for an appropriate search and rescue cover. Credit cards offer only a few or no guarantee at all.

Practical info

Staff

Our trip is supervised by a mountain guide who will give you the technical information needed for the good progress of the tour. The guide may have to modify the program in order to insure safety depending on mountain weather conditions or participants physical conditions.

Food

Lunch and diner :

  • Lunch picnics are made of mixed salads, fine meat, farm cheese, crusty bread, fresh seasonal fruits and other local sweet pleasures. They are made by the accompanist at night for the day after: don’t worry if he is leaving you for a short amount of time during the evening, he is certainly making you great food to give you strength the next day!
  • In the evening, diners are taken in the different accommodations
  • Please take provisions according to your own tastes before leaving: cereal, energy bars (chocolate bars can melt), dry fruits... And feel free to bring some specialties from your regions for aperitifs! 

Drinks

Drinks are not included in the trip's price : please take some money (Swiss francs and Euros) for coffees, fruit juices, beers, cokes during breaks.. Most of the time, refuges don’t have any card machines !

Accommodation

  • In refuges, people will sleep in 8 to 10 persons dormitories and will be given some blankets (please bring your own sleeping bag). You can use the refuges’ slippers if you want to, no need to bring shoes for refuges.
  • Bring some earplugs to avoid being bothered by noises.
  • Most refuges are equipped with showers, but not all of them : sometimes there is no tap water in the refuges, only water dripping from the glaciers.
  • Some electrical plugs are available in the refuges, but plan to bring a battery replacement for cameras and turn your phone off during the day.

Budget & exchange

France and Italy are in the Eurozone. Therefore, the unit of the currency is the Euro.
Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc (CHF). It is better to change money before departure, however euros are widely accepted in Switzerland. 

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances (but don’t forget to bring your PIN number!).
ATMs are available in most of the towns you will cross during your stay, but there are no guarantees that your credit card will actually work in France, Italy or Switzerland. Also, refuges often don’t have EPT (Electronic Payment Terminal): it is best to bring cash.
Be aware of the fees usually applied when purchasing products or services on a credit card. 

Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spend your trip constantly feeling short on funds. 

As currency exchange rates can often fluctuate, we recommend to check the following website for daily exchange rates: https://www.xe.com/

Tips

Clients usually pay for the guides’ drinks : you might find it practical to make a group kitty at the beginning of your stay (no obligation). 

Supplied equipment

Equipment for the group (altimeter, compass, maps, medicine) is provided by the supervision.

Material

Technical material

  • Trekking shoes with Vibram sole, that cover the ankle well. You must have already wore them for several trekking so that they are well suited to your feet. Don’t ever leave for a trekking with new shoes or be prepared to face sore blisters.
  • Telescopic poles
  • A liner sleeping bag·
  • Small toilet bag with a quick-drying towel
  • Solar cream (face and lips)
  • Headlamp with replacement battery and bubbles
  • 1.5 litter flask or Camel-back
  • Clasp knife
  • Toilet paper and lighter
  • Two or three plastic bags (100L) to protect your backpack and your belongings if it starts raining
  • A Tupperware for lunch salads, with knife, fork and spoon

Personal equipment

  • Bonnet
  • Hat (or cap)
  • Great quality sunglasses (index 3 category) 
  • 1 pair of polar or warm wool gloves
  • Breathable technic underclothing
  • Technic breathable under-jumper (carline, light polar fur...) with long sleeves
  • 2 technic breathable under-jumper with short sleeves
  • Polar coat
  • One anorak or coat/ down jacket
  • 1 windproof and waterproof Goretex-type coat
  • 1 pair of technic breathable tights
  • 1 pair of confortable trekking pants
  • 1 pair of short or ¾ pants
  • 1 pair of windproof Goretex-type pants
  • Two pair of socks, one thin and one thick (avoid coton that engenders blisters)
  • 1 night outfit

Luggage

A 30L backpack with a large chest strap. Please take a trash bag to isolate your replacement clothes from humidity.

Your guide's advise :


You will put in your backpack :
  • Warm clothes (polar, pants, bonnets and gloves)
  • Rain clothes
  • One flask
  • Camera
  • Lunch picnics

As for the transferred baggages :


9kg max, avoid suitcases. Each overspending of weight can be charged to the owner. In the morning, before departure, you will have to leave your baggages downstairs, the driver will take care of it. The inside of the bags must be openable for the Swiss custom officers. Don’t put any locks.

It is forbidden to bring :

  • Computers, tablets, hardware
  • Camera
  • Valuable objects
Taxis will not take bags including any of those objects.

Medicine

Your accompanist will be carrying a first-aid kit. However, it is recommended to bring your own medicine, checked with your general practitioner: 
  • Personal medicine
  • Painkillers (paracetamol preferred)
  • Double-patching
  • Elastoplast
  • Bandage
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-diarrhea
  • Anti-vomiting
  • Intestinal antiseptic
  • Eyewash
  • Light soporific
  • Ear plugs
  • Antibiotic
  • C vitamin
Non-exhaustive list…

Passport

Please make sure your passport and travel documents are valid.

Visa

  • Up to 90 days visit : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France, Italy or Switzerland.
  • Over 90 days visit : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France, Italy or Switzerland over 90 days.

For further information, please check the following website : https://france-visas.gouv.fr/

Identity card

For EU citizens, you can use your identity card to travel to France, Italy or Switzerland. 

Mandatory vaccines

No required vaccination. 

Health information & recommendations

Before your departure, make sure you are in good physical conditions in accordance with the activities prospected. The regular practice of an endurance sport is compulsory for mountain activities. It could be jogging, cycling, swimming, fitness walking. If you are not trained at all, it will be hard to consider mountain activities without taking the risk of facing too important physical complications that would penalize you and your group. Practicing an endurance sport is compulsory to enjoy the tour as much as possible. Three months before departure, plan to do one to three sport sessions a week of at least one hour and trekking of at least 6 hours with an ascent of 350 meter per hour. The best training for trekking remains mountain walking. Knees problems remain the main issue during that kind of trekking: please talk to your doctor about it before departure. Please inform the agency of any medical indications such as food allergies, diabetes, recent and old cardiovascular events, asthma...

Weather

The weather in the Alps varies up and down the mountain chain. It is a mountainous region between 800 and 4000 meters, so altitude plays a big part in the local weather.
As you climb higher into the mountains it gets 1 degree cooler every 100 meters. It is the case all year around but other factors such as temperature inversions and winds influence the climate.  The sun plays a very important role too. In the winter, when the sun is lower in the sky, some lower or north facing valleys are blocked from the sun by mountains for a large part of the day and are colder.  

Spring can be a bit unpredictable : rain, sometimes even some snow interspersed with hot sunny days. 
It can be quite hot in summer: around 20 to 30 degrees, but the fresh mountain air cools you down during your hike. 
In autumn, temperatures start to cool down, but it is still perfect conditions for a walking holiday.  
During winter time, the higher you get, the more snow you will see. Snow usually starts to fall in November and stays until April. 

Keep in mind that weather conditions are unpredictable. Therefore, the trip organization can me modified for your safety.

Electricity

There will be electricity in most places you will stay. If you are scared to run low on battery, we advise to bring an external battery charger.  

In France the power plugs and sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Power plugs in France have the particularity of being male and female at the same time : they have 2 prongs and a receptacle. If you need an adapter, please purchase if before departure.

The electrical current in Switzerland is 230V, 50Hz. Swiss sockets are recessed, three-holed, hexagonally shaped and incompatible with many plugs from abroad. They usually, however, take the standard European two-pronged plug.

Electricity in Italy conforms to the European standard of 220V to 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz. Wall outlets typically accommodate plugs with two or three round pins (the latter grounded, the former not).

Local time

France, Italy and Switzerland are in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).

Like most states in Europe, Summer Time (Daylight-Saving) is observed in France, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
After the summer months, the time in France is shifted back by 1 hour to Central European Time (CET or GMT+1).

Sustainable tourism

We do our best to offer trips subscribed to the principles of responsible and sustainable tourism. Our aim is to allow visitors to discover the many facets of France, Italy and Switzerland by taking you off the beaten path and getting you in touch with its nature and residents, while ensuring that your visits do not have a negative effect on its natural environment and people.

  • Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
  • France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavours which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
  • Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
  • Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
  • Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.  
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Region
Northern Alps : around Mont blanc
Activity
Summer Trekking
Duration
6 days
Group
5 to 8 people
Code
TAIGR
Price
From €795
Level
4/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
French

Strengths

- The extraordinary views of Mont Blanc, the glaciers and the peaks of the massif.
- A protected wilderness, a paradise for hikers.
- The many glacial lakes.
- The ascent of Mont Buet (Mont Blanc des Dames) at 3099m.

Required level

This route is accessible to any experienced hiker. The stages can have positive or negative elevations up to 1200m and 8 hours of walking during the day. It is therefore necessary to have a physical level and endurance compatible with this stay.
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