The Aiguilles Rouges Tour in refuges
Day 1 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
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
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
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
Dates & prices
Departures for French-speaking groups:
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Trip code: TAIGR
- 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
- Transfers to and from Chamonix, our meeting point
- Application fees (18€ per person)
- Drinks and personal expenses in the mountain lodges
- Meals for the first and the last night in Chamonix
- 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.
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!
- 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
- 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
- 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
Your guide's advise :
- Warm clothes (polar, pants, bonnets and gloves)
- Rain clothes
- One flask
- Lunch picnics
As for the transferred baggages :
It is forbidden to bring :
- Computers, tablets, hardware
- Valuable objects
- Personal medicine
- Painkillers (paracetamol preferred)
- Intestinal antiseptic
- Light soporific
- Ear plugs
- C vitamin
- 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.
Health information & recommendations
- 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.