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. They conducted a series of experiments including the estimation of the time needed to bring water to boil at this altitude. They are the first to use the barometer to measure altitude. 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.
Night in a hut (dormitory) - provision at the hut (picnic).
Day 1 : Vallorcine - Pierre à Bérard hut Elevation gain: 620m
From the Buet village, our trail goes up along the Bérard waters. We then enter the valley of the same name. In this protected valley, the fauna is abundant and invites us to silent observation… The water flows into quiet banks where we can dip our feet. The Pierre à Bérard hut (1920m) is protected from avalanches by its big rock, offers its simple, perfect and warm hospitality.
Day 2 : The Buet Elevation gain: 1170m Elevation drop: 1800m
It is a big day, our morning departure sees us boldly heading towards the summit. The climb is magnificent, among rhododendrons and junipers, on firmly anchored rocks in the alpine lawns. It follows the reassuring marks painted on the rocks. But soon the landscape changes and becomes more austere. The lawn clearly gives way to an immense mountain of schists, at the pace of a geological millennium. The Buet is beautiful. Its ascent is even more beautiful ! After having fully enjoyed the panorama, we will return to the land of the cows by the same route of the climb. Variants are possible on the return, they will be considered on the spot.
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
From Friday to Saturday.
- From July 26th to 27th
- From August 9th to 10th
- From August 23rd to 24th
- From September 6th to 7th
PRICE 2019 (minimum 5 people)
- The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
- Half-board accommodation in mountain hut (dormitory)
- The picnic lunches
- Minivan assistance throughout the trek
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Why choose Compagnie des Guides :
- An all-inclusive program
- Only 5 to 10 people per mountain leader
- Local products for our take-out lunches
At 8.30 am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix on Day 1.
You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
3/5 - The Mont-Blanc des Dames is 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.
By a state qualified trekking guide with a minimum 5 and maximum 10 people per guide.
Important: no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
1 night in a mountain hut (in dormitory). Carrying your own belongings in your backpack.
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.
- 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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