An ideal itinerary to discover the high mountain and all its elements : forest trails, sedimentary rock cliffs and magnificent panoramas await, as well as your (first) overnight in a refuge! Largely accessible, your course includes some sections that are suitable for the more experienced hiker, but which can be avoided by taking alternative trails. You can also discover local life and history in dedicated museums.
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Begin with a gentle start from Servoz before reaching the old eponymous hamlet. Continue towards the green lake, taking an alternative trail to the Tour du Mont-Blanc for a relatively easy two-hour hike. Enjoy the magnificent lake nestled in the heart of the forest and greenery, before climbing towards the Châtelet d’Ayères via a more rocky and rugged route. Enjoy the evening before spending your first night in the refuge!
Pass Chalets d’Ayères and then Chalets du Souay before arriving at the Passage de la Chorde. Please Note: this superb cliff, both rocky and vegetated, includes passages with cables and ladders… If in doubt, take the Passage des Argentières that also takes you by Lac de Pormenaz. Rest here before taking the 30-minute walk to Moëde-Anterne. If you have the energy, why not end the day with a stroll through Collet d’Écuelle.
A relatively simple stage: climb Col d’Anterne in less than an hour before descending on the other side passing by Lac d’Anterne. You can also take a detour via the Tête de Moëde on the upper ridges for a nice walk opposite Mont Blanc and the imposing Chaîne du Rocher des Fiz. Here you cross a very rocky environment, high above any vegetation, before descending to Lac d’Anterne and far greener surroundings. Take time out for a paddle in the water before reaching the Alfred Wills refuge.
The most difficult and longest stage of the route! The less experienced should retrace their steps as far as Col d’Anterne to get down to Chalets d’Ayères. You will cross a track at the heart of the Passy Nature Reserve where traffic is severely restricted. More experienced hikers should follow a section of the GR5 from the Alfred Wills refuge, bypassing the Chaîne des Fiz: after the Cascade de la Pleureuse, climb up to Dérochoir, a dizzying passage within a crevice, created from the demise of the cliff. You will also cross the magnificent désert de Platé and possibly some ibexes.
Things end on a lighter… and more cultural note! A rugged trail descends from Châtelet d’Ayères to Servoz. You can also go by the mountain, stopping at musée montagnard dedicated to mountain pastures and local life. Continue along the rural path to Servoz and visit the « alpine house » style Tourism Office, also dedicated to local history, agriculture and mountains. Time allowing, why not visit the gorges de la Diosaz to cross the waterfalls and streams.
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