This hike is intended for experienced hikers and will satisfy the adventurer within you. Wild and preserved, this varied and maintained route is unique and exclusive to the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix. This trip takes place to the north of the Mont-Blanc massif, between France and Switzerland. Using hidden away trails, we will discover rich and sumptuous landscapes and discover the varied histories of the numerous valleys we will cross through.
Benefit from the knowledge of our mountain leaders without worrying about the logistics. You carry your weekly belongings in your backpack to fully enjoy the mountains. Accommodation in hostels or refuges. Nights in dormitories. We use the local transport for the transfers and supplies are obtained in either the mountain villages or at the accomodation.
Day 1 : Buet hamlet - Col de Salenton - Moede Anterne mountain hut
We start our week of hiking towards the famous Mont-Buet. After crossing a superb larch forest, we emerge in the authentic Bérard valley. The tumultuous waters of the eponymous torrent accompany us to the Pierre à Bérard refuge. From there, the climb becomes more demanding in order to reach the Col de Salenton (2,526m). We descend through the valley of Villy, magnificent and preserved by its lack of infrastructure. Night at the Moëde Anterne refuge (2,000m).
Elevation gain : 1 400m - Elevation drop : 750m
Day 2 : Col d’Anterne - Chalet des Fonts - Grenairon mountain hut
We start our day with a short climb to the Col d'Anterne (2,257m). The view of the Mont-Blanc massif and the sharp faces of the Fiz rocks is sublime. We quickly reach Lake Anterne before going down to the Cirque des Fonts. We will take advantage of this classified site for our picnic. The afternoon will be reserved for the climb to the Grenairon refuge (1,950m) where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain : 1 300m - Elevation drop : 1 400m
Day 3 : Les Praz de Commune - Sixt Fer à Cheval - La Vogealle mountain hut by le Pas du Boret
From the Grenairon refuge, we descend towards the pretty village of Sixt Fer à Cheval in the Giffre valley. From the alpine chalets of the Praz de Commune (1,672 m) we enter the famous Fer à Cheval circus, the Gavarnie des Alpes circus! Just before the End of the World, it is time to embark on a real alpine path to climb to Le Pas du Boret, an ancestral path allowing shepherds to lead their flocks to the heights of Vogealle. The valley of the Vogealle is sublime, facing the last Haute Savoie glaciers on limestone rock. Night at the Vogealle refuge (1,902m).
Elevation gain : 1 500m - Elevation drop : 1 500m
Day 4 : La Vogealle mountain hut - Pas du taureau - Col de Bostan - Barmaz mountain pastures
We announced a demanding route to you, the proof of which you will have today. From the refuge, we follow the Vogealle lake to reach the pass giving access to the extraordinary limestone geological delirium of the Combe des Puaires. It is here we find the Jean Bernard chasm, for 20 years the deepest in the world with a depth of -1,602 m. A mineral path takes us to the Pointe Droite pass (2,475 m), then, off the beaten track we come to the Pas du Taureau (2,555 m). Cables through a rocky chimney allow us to advance on the path at the limit of verticality to the Col de Bostan (2,290 m), the border between France and Switzerland. The Pas de la Bide, the second tricky passage of our day awaits us with its famous "mailbox". We end our day in the serenity of the Barmaz mountain pastures (1,492 m) and spend the night at La Cantine de Barmaz.
Elevation gain : 1 000m - Elevation drop : 1 300m
Day 5 : Signal de Bonavau - Pas d’ Encel - Col de Susanfe - Auberge de Salanfe
Early in the morning, we leave in the direction of Pas d'Encel, the climb is sublime between forest and steep rocks, in a landscape sculpted by the passage of the glaciers. We cross through by the memorable and vertigionous Pas d’Encel to gain a foothold in the Susanfe pass (2,494m), the surrounding black rock, turns the area into a lunar landscape. We pass between the Dents du Midi (3,257 m) and the Tour Sallière (3,220 m). The descent takes us to the lake of the same name, before arriving at the Salanfe hostel (2,102m) where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain : 1 400m - Elevation drop : 900m
Day 6 : Col d’Emmaney - Col de Barberine - Cabane du Vieux Emosson
Today we leave for a great day opposite the famous Swiss peaks. From the Emaney pass (2,462 m) or that of the Barberine pass (2,481 m), the panoramic views of the beautiful Swiss landscapes are sublime. The fauna is not to be outdone by the landscapes as the Combe d’ Emmaney is known to shelter many chamois and ibex. The day ends with the crossing of the Emosson Dam to reach the Old Emosson, a smaller but older dam, a remnant of the innovative hydroelectric activity at the time. We will spend the night at the Cabane du Vieux Emosson.
Elevation gain : 1 600m - Elevation drop : 1 400m
Day 7 : Cabane du Vieux Emosson - Dinosaur tracks - Col des Corbeaux - Tré-les-Eaux - Le Buet hamlet
For the last day of the hike we visit a unique site in Europe where we can observe the famous Emosson dinosaur tracks, carved in the rock over 200 million years ago. Finally, we will climb the Col des Corbeaux (2,603 m) to reach the wild valley of Tré-les-eaux. The last descent of our superb weeks hiking takes us back to Le Buet (1,330 m) where it all started 7 days ago.
Elevation gain : 700m - Elevation drop : 1 500m
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
The collective formula associates several people who do not necessarily know each other. It allows for a planned program to benefit from an attractive price on fixed dates. This formula is ideal for people looking for the friendliness of a group.
Dates in 2021 : From Sunday July 25th to Thursday July 29th
Price for 2021 : 790€ per person - based on a minimum of 6 participants.
This price includes:
- The organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide,
- half-board accommodation in refuges sleeping in mixed dormitories,
- picnic lunches,
- Return transfer by train from Chamonix to le Buet hamlet
Not included in the price :
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…),
- repatriation insurance (compulsory).
A private engagement is the historical relationship that binds a mountain leader to their clients. It allows you to be alone or in your own group with your mountain leader who will meet your specific needs.It is undoubtedly the ideal formula realise your projects because it guarentees you a maximum amount of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (subject to the availability in the accommodation). Depending on the weather conditions, the proposed route can be adjusted according to your level and expectations, the professional can suggest alternatives to the itinerary.
Prices for 2021 :
1 person : 3130€ per person | 7 people : 895€ par person
2 people : 1825€ par person | 8 people : 850€ par person
3 people : 1390€ par person | 9 people : 810€ par person
4 people : 1175€ par person | 10 people : 785€ par person
5 people : 1045€ par person | 11 people : 760€ par person
6 people : 955€ par person | 12 perople : 740€ par person
These prices use the same conditions as the collective group formula.
In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).
Meeting point : meet at 7.30am at the Compagnie des Guides office, 190 Place de l’Eglise, 74400 Chamonix. We will take the train to le Buet hamlet where our hike will start.
Ability level : 5/5 - The Dents Blanches hiking trip is a strenuous and demanding trek. More than 1000m (3350ft.) vertical gain and about 7 to 9 hours of daily hiking. Some days may be long and demanding, involving altitude and High Mountain passes (min. 9 190ft.). Hiking on mountain trails and terrain showing exposed and difficult sections. These trips generally require carrying a backpack with personal belongings throughout the trek. For very active, well-trained people with a solid experience in alpine trekking.
Guiding policy : minimum 7 and maximum 12 people per guide. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Important: Registration possible from 16 years of age. Registration is not permitted to anyone under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
- During the trip : 6 nights half board in mixed dormitories. No shower at Vieux Emosson mountain hut. Each hiker carries all their personal belongings and picnic for the entire trek.
- Before & after the trip : benefit from preferential prices from our partner hotels in Chamonix. If you wish to receive information just ask the Randonnée department.
- Participants must have sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up.
- Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Preparing for the trip : There is an information meeting with your mountain leader the day before departure at 6pm at the Compagnie des Guides Office.
We recommend that you take special care in choosing your equipment because it contributes greatly to the success of your trip. As alpine conditions can be highly variable with sudden changes, it can get very cold in altitude, it is preferable to have numerous layers rather than one thick piece of clothing. It is not uncommon to have snow in the middle of summer, do not skimp on warm clothes even if the weather seems favourable. Contrarily, the sun can be scorching hot. Without weighing too much, you should always have sufficient equipment in your backpack to deal with the capricious and severe weather.
- A backpack with a capacity of at least 40 litres (better too big than too small). Make sure you have enough space for the picnic. A small tip in case it rains : even if you have a backpack cover, always protect your belongings in a plastic bag (a big rubbish bag) inside your backpack.
- A compact and solid travel bag, maximum 15kg.
- A pair of top-quality hiking boots with Vibram soles. For new shoes, we strongly suggest that you wear them beforehand to mold them to the shape of your foot. If you are prone to blisters : talcum powder applied to dry feet and in your shoes before you start your days hiking.
For added comfort regarding underwear, (t-shirts, boxers, socks), avoid cotton which is heavy, cold and dries very slowly. Opt for synthetic technical fabrics or wool, which is making a comeback. They are warmer and dry quickly.
For the day :
- 1 short-sleeved t-shirt
- 1 long-sleeved t-shirt (technical fabric)
- 1 polar fleece
- 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of hiking trousers
- 1 pair of hiking socks (technical fabric)
- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover
- 1 pair of waterproof trousers (although light Gore-tex trousers are expensive, other types of light waterproof trousers will do)
- Sun hat or baseball cap
- 1 warm hat
- 1 pair of gloves
For the entire trip :
- At least 2 changes of clothes - t-shirt, underwear & socks (technical fabric)
- 1 pair of long underwear (technical fabric)
- 1 pair of ultra-light shoes (i.e. flip flops, slippers)
- optional : short gators (start of the season)
For the day :
- Sun cream and lip salve
- 1 water bottle (minimum 1 litre but 1.5 litres is better)
- 1 knife
- 1 fork (type "spork")
- 1 pair of telescopic poles
For the entire trip :
- 1 sleeping bag liner
- Flashlight or headlight
- Personal pharmacy : elastoplast, (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids "second skin" kit, compresses, medicines for common ailments : diarrhea, constipation, sore throat, headaches, pain relief, allergies and any prescribed medication. The mountain leader always carries a first aid kit with them. Remember that packing light is essential.
- Toiletries, hand towel, earplugs
- Identification (passport or ID card)
- Money for your personal expenses
- A bit of soap for laundry