The Fiz mountain chain adjoins the Mont Blanc Massif. Untouched and preserved, it has an astonishing diversity of landscapes, including lakes, cliffs, limestone pavements, mountain pastures, waterfalls and mountain torrents… Endowed with two nature reserves, the flourishing flora and fauna here are protected, and it is easy to spot ibex, chamois, marmots and Alpine flowers. Enjoy three days of timeless hiking in a sumptuous setting. Two nights in traditional huts with a warm welcome will complete our mountain immersion.
Benefit from the knowledge of our mountain leaders without worrying about the logistics. We carry your all our belongings for the trip in our backpacks to make the most of the mountains. Accommodation in mountain huts. Nights in dormitories. Food provided by the huts.
Day 1: Plaine Joux - Moëde d'Anterne
We meet at Plaine Joux (1360m) in the commune of Passy, for the start of our hike. During our climb, we come across the famous Lac Vert and its emerald-colored water. Continuing upwards towards the Chalets d'Ayères (1640m), we leave the forest behind and reach the pastures where an amazing view of the Mont-Blanc massif awaits us. We continue our ascent via a beautiful winding path below the Pointes d’Ayères. We now see alpine pastures; the refuge is not far away. Night at the Moëde d'Anterne refuge.
Elevation gain: 730m - Elevation drop: 120m
Day 2 : Moëde - Refuge de Sales
To warm up our legs we start via an ascending path to the Col d’Anterne (2257m). There are splendid views over the Mont Blanc Massif from here. A pretty descent takes us to the Lac d’Anterne, in whose waters are reflected the Rochers des Fiz, an incredible set of cliffs overlooking the lake by over 800m. We continue our descent through the Anterne pastures, populated by sheep, and reach the Alfred Wills hut (1810m). Once we have crossed the Collet d’Anterne (1790m), we reach the La Pleureuse and La Sauffaz waterfalls (1430m). This is a haven of peace and its luxurious flora delights the local inhabitants. Marmots, eagles and ibex are never far away. The ascent alongside the waterfalls leads us to the Sales hut (1870 m) where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain : 750m - Elevation drop : 830m
Day 3 : Refuge de Sales - Plaine Joux
We begin our day with a walk in the Sales valley, where we can wander off the paths towards Les Laouchets on the lookout for alpine newts, with perhaps Griffon vultures or a huge lammergayer circling overhead, as we admire the diversity of rocks surrounding us. After crossing the Col de la Portette (2354m), we drop down onto the Désert de Platé and its mountain hut. A colourful, crystalline and arid environment, this high limestone plateau is home to the longest network of underground galleries in Europe. The view over the Mont-Blanc is quite unique from Platé. Having passed the delicate Rochers des Egratz (1871m) section, where the stony path hugs the rock, the S-shaped trail offers up a remarkable panorama over the Arve valley and the Aravis chain. Assisted by wooden steps we easily reach the forest and the sleepy Praz Coutant road. From here there are a few more meters before we are back at Plaine Joux. End of the hike.
Elevation gain : 830 m - Elevation drop : 1130m
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 Friday July 16 to Sunday July 18 - From Friday August 6 to Sunday August 8 - From Friday August 20 to Sunday August 22 - From Friday September 10 to Sunday September 12
Price for 2021 : 360 € per person - based on a minimum of 4 participants.
This price includes:
- The organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide,
- 2 nights half-board in mountain huts in dormitory (diner, breakfast and night)
- Picnic lunches
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 : 1300€ per person | 7 people : 310€ par person
2 people : 720€ par person | 8 people : 290€ par person
3 people : 530€ par person | 9 people : 275€ par person
4 people : 435€ par person | 10 people : 260€ par person
5 people : 375€ par person | 11 people : 250€ par person
6 people : 340€ par person | 12 perople : 240€ 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 8.30 am at Plaine-Joux parking in the commune of Passy.
Ability level : 3/5 - The Fiz Tour is a trek of moderate difficulty. A minimum of 700m of vertical gain and 5 to 7 hours of walking each day. Hiking on good conditioned trails, we can also be brought to walk off trail on easy terrain. A good physical condition and preparation are expected. A previous hiking experience is required.
Guiding policy : minimum 4 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 14 years of age. Registration is not permitted to anyone under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
- During the trip : 2 nights in mountain huts (in dormitories). Each hiker carries all their personal belongings and picnics throughout the entire trek. No showers in the mountain huts.
- 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 particular care in choosing your equipment because it greatly contributes to the success of your stay. As alpine climatic conditions can be very variable with sudden changes, it can get very cold very quickly at altitude, it is better to stack thin layers rather than having one big piece of clothing. It is not uncommon to have snow in the middle of summer, do not skip warm clothes, even if the weather seems favourable. Conversely, the sun can be scorching hot. Without weighing it down, you should always have enough in your backpack to deal with 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. Your bag should not exceed 9 kg.
- A pair of high-top hiking boots with Vibram soles. For new shoes, make them fit your foot first by wearing them front. If you are prone to blisters: talcum powder applied to dry feet and in the shoe in the morning.
For more comfort regarding underwear (T-shirts, boxers, socks), avoid cotton which is heavy, cold and dries very slowly. Opt for synthetic technical textiles, or wool, which is making a comeback. They are hotter and dry very quickly.
- 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
- A change 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)
- 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
- 1 sleeping bag liner (the lightest and most comfortable is the silk bag)
- 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.
- Ultralight toiletries, it's up to you to customize! (including technical towel)
- Identification (passport or ID card)
- Money for your personal expenses
- Provide food for 4 meals (picnics, dinner and breakfast). For example: bread, cold meats, ham, cereal bars, hard fruit (apple), seed mixture and at least 2 litres of water.