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Hiking Bivouac escape

Duration: 2 days

Level 1: You have never practiced.

Level 2: You have some initial experience.

Level 3: You practice occasionally.

Level 4: You practice regularly.

Level 5: You have a sustained practice.

Price from: 225€
For more information, contact Pôle Randonnée :
General information

The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix has developed a set of trips with night in bivouac to give you an extraordinary experience right in the heart of the mountains.

- Bivouac trapper, 2 days: Immerse yourself in the daily life of a trapper
- Night in an igloo village, 2 days: Comfortable evening surrounded by nature
- Bivouac hike, 2 days: Rediscover the path to freedom facing the Mont Blanc
- High mountain bivouac, 2 days: Spend a night as close as possible to the stars

The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix has designed a two day hike with bivouac in complete autonomy to take you on the way to freedom! The Aiguilles Rouges Massif, in front of the Mont-Blanc range, is the ideal playground for a wild getaway. Enjoy the green meadows of Pormenaz before spending the night in a bivouac under the stars, with the Mont Blanc as a backdrop. Back to basics, simplicity and sharing will be the key words of this winter escape!

Thanks to our partner Samaya, all the bivouac equipment is at your disposal to keep you warm and to make the most of this extraordinary night.

Group booking

Group session associates several people who don’t 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 : See below for the group booking module

Price 2024 : 260€ per person - based on a minimum of 4 participants

This price includes :
- the organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide
- bivouac kit : tent, sleeping bag, stove, cutlery
- dinner and breakfast
- transfers using public transport throughout the hike

Not included in the price :
- drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)

- repatriation insurance (compulsory). Cancellation Insurance highly reccommended

Private booking

A private booking 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. 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 2024 :
1 person : 960€ per person
2 people : 520€ par person
3 people : 375€ par person
4 people : 300€ par person
5 people : 255€ par person
6 people : 225€ par person

The price includes :
- the organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide,
- bivouac kit : tent, sleeping bag, stove
- dinner and breakfast
- transfers using public transport throughout the hike,

Not included in the price :
- drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…),
- repatriation insurance (compulsory). Cancellation Insurance highly reccommended


Further information

In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).

Meeting point : Meet at 10.30am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix. Return at the end of the day the following day.

Ability level : 3/5 - Moderate trek. A minimum of 700m (2300ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. For active people who do not mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.

Guiding policy : minimum 4 and maximum 6 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.

Accomodation :
- During the stay: 1 night in a tent (bivouac). You carry your personal belongings in your backpack throughout the trip.
- 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.

Documentation :
- 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 60 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)

- Sunglasses
- 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

Our Rental Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard Sports, Ravanel & Co & Concept Pro Shop
Our Equipment Partners : Millet, Dynastar, Julbo, Grivel & Monnet



Day 1 : Towards the summits
We go in search of the most beautiful landscapes and where you will have the most peacful night. There is no pre-defined bivouac site, your guide will decide once they have contacted you. However you can orientate their decision as they will follow your wishes
Elevation gain : from 700 feet - 3,200 feet

Day 2 : Enjoy the moment
We enjoy a sunrise over the massif. The early morning in the mountains is an exceptional moment so make the most of it. After breakfast, we break camp to discoverthe natural environment around us. Today we take our time ! We will get down to the Valley at the end of the day.
Elevation gain : from 700 feet - 3,200 feet

The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.



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