The Ladies’ Mont-Blanc : The Buet (3096m) played an important role in the birth of mountaineering and the conquest of Mont-Blanc in the 18th century. On September 20th 1770, Deluc brothers reached the top of the Buet. This epic is considered to be the first high altitude mountain in the Alps. Emblematic summit of the Giffre massif, it dominates the Fonds circus. Its summit offers an exceptional panoramic view on the Mont-Blanc massif, the Aiguilles Rouges and the Haut-Giffre. During this 3 days hiking trip we discover the most wild side of the Aiguilles Rouges range. Icing on the cake we will end this hike by the ascent of the Mont-Buet. Nights are planned in authentic mountain huts.
Night in huts (dormitory) - provision at the huts (picnics).
Day 1 : Servoz - Pormenaz chalets - Moëde Anterne hut
We leave this morning from Le Mont village in Servoz (900m) to reach the Pormenaz chalets, by the South side. We regularly hike up and the Mont-Blanc slowly appears, behind the Aiguillettes des Houches. After arriving to the chalets and having a conversation with the shepherd, we go across the mountain pastures to reach the Pormenaz lake (1945m). After a small effort, we finally arrive to the Moëde Anterne hut where we spend the night.
Elevation gain: 1000m - Elevation loss: 200m.
Day2: Moëde Anterne hut - Buet - La Pierre à Bérard hut.
We go up to the Col de Salenton (2526m) after going across the wild valley of Villy. Arriving up, we can see the Mont Buet. The landscape is now very different, with screes and arid areas where only a few animal and plant species remain. At the Mont Buet (3098m), the panorama is breathtaking. After lunch, we descend to the welcoming Pierre à Berard hut. We enjoy a good meal and spend a comforting night in dormitory.
Elevation gain: 1100m - Elevation loss: 1200m.
Day 3: Pierre à Berard hut - Buet village and more …
In the morning we leave for a magnificent descend along the Berard torrent. Arrived at the Buet village, you have several choices: going back to Chamonix, going up to the Cheserys lakes in the Aiguilles Rouges, or admiring the amazing panorama from the Posettes crest. Whatever you decide, you can discuss it with your mountain leader. We go back to Chamonix with the train.
Elevation loss: 600m - Elevation gain: Depending on your choice…
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 23th to Sunday July 25th
- From Thursday August 12th to Saturday August 14th
- From Friday September 3rd to Sunday September 5th
Price 2021 : Coming soon - minimum 5 participants.
Included in the package :
- The organization and supervision of each tour by a state qualified trekking guide/s
- Half-board accommodation in mountain hut (dormitory)
- The picnic lunches
- Shuttle from and back to Chamonix. We will use public transport to reach the Buet hamlet and get back to Chamonix.
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
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).
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.
Rendez-vous : at 8.30 am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix on Day 1.
Ability level : 3/5 -It's a moderate trek. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) 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 : by a state qualified trekking guide with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 people in the group.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 16 without a legal guardian.
- 2 nights in mountain huts (in dormitory). No shower at the second hut. Carrying your own belongings in your backpack.
- Before & after the trip : we have some hotel partners in Chamonix with special prices for our customers.
- 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. It’ll be dry before you finish your first beer!)
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
- 1 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.
- 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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