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 night in traditional huts with a warm welcome will complete our mountain immersion.
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 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.
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 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 2021 : Coming soon - based on minimum 5 participants.
Included in the package :
- The organization and supervision of each tour by a state qualified trekking guide
- 2 nights half-board in mountain huts in dormitory (diner, breakfast and night)
- Picnic lunches
Not included :
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip.
- Exclusive guide
A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.
- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.
Meeting : 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 : 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: 14 years old. Minors need to be accompagne by a legal guardian.
- During the trip : 2 nights in mountain hut (in dormitories). Each hiker carries all his personal belongings, and the picnic along the entire trek. No shower in the mountain huts.
- 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
- 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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