The Fiz chain adjoins the Mont-Blanc massif. Wild and unspoiled, the diversity of the latter's landscapes is breathtaking: lakes, cliffs, limestone pavements, mountain pastures, waterfalls and streams ... Endowed with two natural reserves, the flora and fauna are protected and flourish there: ibex, chamois, marmots and mountain flowers are easy to see. The program gives us time to observe the animals, to enjoy the environment and the atmosphere of the accommodation. The nights are in simple mountain huts, warm and family-friendly.
Our “Family” stays are thought out and designed to allow young and old alike to share in discoveries and emotions. The choice of our routes, as well as the interventions of our guides, will try to satisfy everyone’s curiosity, by promoting learning and knowledge of the mountain environment through the transmission of their knowledge.
We carry your all our belonging for the week in our backpacks to make the most of the mountains. Accommodation in mountain huts. Nights in dormitories. Food provided by 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 (Green Lake) 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 - Alfred Wills
As a warm up, we start with a climb to the Col d’Anterne (2257 m). The view of the Mont-Blanc massif is splendid. A beautiful descent leads us to Lac d’Anterne in which the rock faces of the Fiz are reflected, fantastic cliffs overlooking the lake of over 800m. We continue our walk by descending the mountain pastures of Anterne, populated by sheep, before joining the refuge of Alfred Wills (1810m) where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain: 300m - Elevation drop: 450m
Day 3: Alfred Wills - Refuge de Sales
We leave the mountain pastures of Anterne and its four legged occupants and start our day with a descent. Once we have passed the collet of Anterne (1790m) we reach the waterfalls of Pleureuse and Sauffaz (1430m). A veritable haven of peace, the luxuriant flora makes the locals happy. Marmots, eagles and ibex are not far away. The ascent along the waterfalls leads us to the Sales refuge (1870m). If you wish, once we have unloaded our bags at the refuge, we can continue our walk to the Brèche du dérochoir: a grandiose panorama and thrills guaranteed ! Night at the Sales refuge.
Elevation gain : 450m - Elevation drop : 380m
Day 4: Refuge de Sales - Refuge de Platé
We start our day with a walk in the valley of Sales. We will take advantage of the morning to go strolling off the trail towards les Laouchets in search of alpine newts, observe the griffon vultures or the immense bearded vulture in the skies above, or even wonder about the diversity of the rocks which surround us. In short, we take our time to look around us before passing the Col de la Portette (2354 m) from where we will switch to the Platé desert. The surrounding environment is colorful, mineral and dry. This high limestone plateau shelters the longest network of underground galleries in Europe. Night at the Platé refuge.
Elevation gain : 680m - Elevation drop: 300m
Day 5: Platé Refuge - Plaine Joux
Last day of our hike, it's time to leave the hamlet of Platé and its refuge. We begin our descent to the valley. Once past the rocks of Egratz (1871m), a delicate passage where the rocky path follows the rock face, the winding “S” shaped route offers us a remarkable panorama over the Arve valley and the Aravis range. With the help of wooden steps, we gently reach the forest and the rural path of Praz Coutant. Just a few more metres before finding Plaine Joux and the end of our trip.
Elevation gain : 150m - Elevation drop : 830m
This program can be modified at any time by the supervising professional depending on the weather conditions and / or the technical and physical level of the participants.
This hiking tour is accessible only on private booking. No collective group.
Private guiding is the historic relationship between a guide and their clients. It allows you to be alone or in a group with your trekking guide where the guide organizes your outing to suit your specific needs. It is undoubtedly the ideal formula with which you can realize your projects and you are guaranteed a maximum of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (depending on availabilities in the accommodation).
Dates : Your choice, depending on availabilities in the accomodations.
Price : On request, depending on the number of people in the group.
Included in the package :
- The organization and supervision of each tour by a state qualified trekking guide
- 4 nights half-board in mountain huts in dormitory (diner, breakfast and night)
- Picnic lunches
- Shower at Moëde d'Anterne mountain hut
Not included in the package :
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Meeting : meet at 8.30 am at Plaine-Joux 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 : by a state qualified trekking guide with a maximum of 10 people in the group. 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.
Minimum age: 10 years old. Booking accepted for families only, minors need to be accompagne by a legal guardian.
- During the trip : 4 nights in mountain hut (in dormitories). Each hiker carries all his personal belongings, and the picnic along the entire trek. Except for Moëde d'Anterne mountain hut, huts do not have showers.
- Before & after the trip : we have some hotel partners in Chamonix with special prices for our customers. If you want to receive information ask Anaïs.
- Participants must have an insurance with repatriation cover. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended. 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 : you are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
- Ankle supporting boots with notched technical rubber sole (i.e. VIBRAM).
- We strongly recommend wearing new boots (several days and preferably hiking) to break them in before the hike.
- To avoid blisters, try rubbing baby talc on dry feet before using boots (sprinkling talc inside boot works too)
- Minimum size recommended 40 L (bigger is better than too small).
- Take out lunch should fit AFTER packing all your personal belongings.
- Bad weather precaution: pack covers are great to protect pack from rain or snow. We also recommend packing your belongings in a large and solid plastic bag (i.e. garbage bag) for a better protection in case of heavy rainfall.
Avoid using cotton underwear. Compared to technical synthetic material, it is heavier and it dries slowly. Wool is also getting popular amongst sportswear brands. Synthetic and wool are warmer; they dry fast, and allow you to pack light (you can easily wash a piece of underwear in the sink as you arrive at the mountain inn/hut).
Taking enough time to pack is essential, as you are going to carry every item for several days in a row. Avoiding extra weight can easily be done by packing your clothes tightly, placing heavy items at the bottom of the pack, and avoiding empty spaces. As a result weight is better spread throughout your back and weight impression diminished. Your back pack should not exceed 19 pounds (9kg).
- 1 long-sleeve shirt + 1 Tshirt (both synthetic)
- 1 polar fleece + 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)
- 1 pair of shorts + 1 pair of hiking pants
- 1 pair of synthetic hiking socks
- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover
- 1 pair of rain pants (although light Gore-tex pants are expensive, other types of light rain pants work too)
- 1 water bottle (1.5 quart, to 2 quarts minimum)
- 1 pocket knife + 1 « spork »
- Sun hat or ball cap, sunscreen, sun glasses, lip protection
- 1 warm hat and a pair of gloves
- 1 pair of telescopic poles
FOR THE ENTIRE HIKE
- 2 changes of clothes: (T-shirt, underwear and socks) prefer synthetic to cotton
- 1 pair of long underwear (synthetic recommended)
- 1 pair of ultra-light shoes (i.e. flip flops, slippers)
- 1 pocket light or head-lamp
- Personal first aid kit **
- 1 one-person sleep-sheet (silk is the most comfortable and remains the lightest)
- Ultra-light shower kit (feel free to customize ...) + synthetic « dry fast » towel
- ID card or valid passport + small change/ bills for personal expenses.
- A small amount of laundry detergent
- Optional : low gaiters ( early season trekking), camera, binoculars, umbrella, etc …
** Elastoplast (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids, second skin, medicine for common aches and pains (diarrhea, headaches, sore throat…) Don’t forget to bring your personal prescription treatment if you have one. Mountain leaders also carry a complete first aid kit. Remember that packing light is essential.
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