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Hiking in France

Beaufortain Trekking Traverse

Technical lev. : 2.5 / 5

Technical lev. : 2.5 / 5

Intermediate screen between 2 and 3.
Mountain trekking for experienced people, you have experience and skills in the mountains.
Some passages are dizzying and it is sometimes necessary to put your hands to help the progression.
Weather forecast learning and cartography experience: the guide could give you the map to learn how to manage a route.

Physical lev. : 2 / 5

Physical lev. : 2 / 5

Pretty easy hiking. Effort corresponding to 700 to 900 m of elevation gain in trekking.

  • 5 days & 4 nights
  • Participants : 4 to 10
  • PROGRAM FULL
  • All inclusive in Mountain Hut

A fairly easy trek, where you will have time to enjoy the lakes and the environment along the way, with its pretty passes and small summits where we may come across chamois: but above all, this is the paradise of marmots and beautiful alpine flowers fields.

From 630

Beaufortain Trekking Traverse in the French Alps

The Beaufortain is a wild massif, a winter playground well known for the most famous ski mountaineering race "La Pierra Menta". We will leave from the extreme south of the Mont Blanc Massif to cross the Beaufortain in the footsteps of Gargan in its Brèche, to then reach the feet of the Pierra Menta and continue towards Arèches and its summits: the summit of the Grande Journée above Albertville will be above us and maybe the Mirantin to finish in the Beaufort country. 

TREKKING PROGRAM

You can arrive a day in advance and we recommend the Base Camp Lodge in Bourg Saint Maurice.

DAY 1: MONDAY
ALPAGE DE PLAN MYA - CORMET DE ROSELAND - COL DU GRAND FOND - BALME REFUGE

Vertical drop: +850 m and - 700 m
Walking time: About 6 hours of walking

Meeting at the Funicular car parking at 9:30 am in Bourg Saint Maurice. You will be able to park your car in a free car parking for the week. Remember to take your own picnic luch for today.

We leave this pretty farm with beautiful memories, you will surely come back.
We will start the day on a small path to reach the Cormet de Roseland, well known to cyclists, before taking the Nova valley: the walk is regular to reach out the Nova lakes. At the Col du Grand Fond we drop down our backpacks to make a small round trip to Brèche de Parozan: a great and breathtaking cliff on the other side, however the path iss good on our side and the viw is amazing. 
We return to the pass to then walk down to the Presset Lake at the feet of the Pierra Menta, once at the Balme refuge we drop off our backpacks and enjoy this beautiful place.

DAY 2: TUESDAY
REFUGE DE BALME - PIERRA MENTA FEET - REFUGE DE LA CHIRE

Vertical drop: + 700 m and - 600 m
Walking time: About 5-6 hours of walking

We start from the refuge and follow the stream under the Pierra Menta, we might see climbers on the North pillar, the classic route. We will then walk down to the Lac d'Amour and enjoy our meal with the Marmots. We then join the short Pass which, after a quick descent, will takes us to the Refuge de la Coire, where the view between Tarentaise and Beaufortain will be magnificent.

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY
REFUGE DE LA COIRE - LAC SAINT GUERIN - REFUGE DE L'ALPAGE

Vertical drop: + 850 m and - 900 m
Walking time: About 6 hours of walking

After the night at the hut, we set off light for the ascent of the Rey Ridge, a magnificent summit that the "Pierra Menta" Race made famous. If some people wish to rest they will stay quietly at the refuge. Once back, we will collect our stuff to continue the day and reach the lakes of Saint Guérin and its famous Nepalese bridge. We take a nice path to climb to the Alpage refuge, at the feet of the Grand Mont, tomorrow's goal.

DAY 4: THURSDAY
REFUGE DE L'ALPAGE - LE GRAND MONT - REFUGE DES AROLLES

Vertical drop: + 850 m and - 950 m
Walking time: About 6 hours of walking

We will leave the hut in light mode or not, depending on the route you choose together with your guide: the ascent of the Grand Mont should take you about two hours, maybe a little more. It is the mythical summit of Pierra Menta, where the race passes three times at the top. On top you will get a beautiful view! On the way back you will take your backback and we will continue on the path that leads us to the Arolles refuge.

DAY 5: FRIDAY
REFUGES DES AROLLES - COL DE LA BATHIE - COL DES LACS - MONT MIRANTIN- PLANAY

Vertical drop: + 700 m and - 1300 m
Walking time: About 7 hours of walking

Here is our last day: after a good breakfast, we will leave in the direction of "La Grande Journée", a great summit which we will pass by along the Col de la Bathie and the Col des Lacs, before reaching the Mont Mirantin. However the day itinerary can vary depending on the wetaher conditions and your shape, we can shorten it, or even cut it in case of bad weather.
So we may pass by the summits of the “Grande Journée” and the Mont Mirantin: you will discuss the different options with the guide the evening before.
You will end the trekking in Planay and take a transport to return to Bourg Saint Maurice.

Return to Bourg Saint Maurice: 5.30 p.m. You can organise your transport from 6 p.m.

END of the TRIP. See you next time for a new adventure!

Arrival

End

Price *

Status

Du 27/06/2022 au 01/07/2022

au 01/07/2022

630

CLOSED

Du 03/07/2022 au 08/07/2022

au 08/07/2022

710

FULL

* Price per person (without insurance)

How to prepare your backpack for your hiking trip in France

The hiking backpack

If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack itself should not exceed 1,5 kilos.

Backpack for 5 days:

  • Small size: 45 liters
  • Large size: 50 liters

Your backpack must have 10 to 15 liters of space for the food that you will carry for lunch and sometimes for the day after.

Kilos to carry - it is better to wash than to carry:

  • Small size: 6/7 kilos max, without water and food
  • Large size: 8/9 kilos max, without water and food

Count 2 liters of water and 1 kilo of food for the day.

Covid 19 Special:

  • a pair of light shoes or slippers to walk inside the hut
  • a light sleeping sheet for the refuge 
  • a pillowcase or light inflatable cushion for the refuge
  • hydroalcollic gel and masks

Head to toe material for your hiking trip:

  • one cap or hat for the sun
  • one hat for the cold
  • one buff or neck warmer, optional but very pleasant in bad weather
  • one type Goretex jacket or equivalent for bad weather
  • one pair of gloves, waterproof if possible
  • waterproof extra pair of ski gloves for altitude treks
  • one warm fleece or thick down to withstand freezing temperatures
  • two sweaters: one light and one warmer, if it's cold we will put all layers on
  • three technical t-shirts 
  • three underwear and 3 or 4 warm socks, you can wash them in the streams near the hut (take a solid soap to the washing)
  • one warm pant
  •  a pair of tights
  • one lighter pant, some come off to make shorts
  • one short pant
  • one over-pants in waterproof fabric or Gore tex type for Treks with altitude passes around 3000 meters
  • a light rain cape or waterproof bag protector
  • a waterproof bag to keep your spare clothes dry
  • a plastic or waterproof bag for dirty items
  • a change of clothes for the refuge
  • a pair of good quality mountain shoes with Vibram type sole or equivalent, if possible try them on before starting your hiking trip, beware of old shoes which can deteriorate very quickly in the middle of the mountains.

Do not forget:

  • sunscreen index 30 to 50
  • a pair of category 3 sunglasses
  • one light headlamp
  • cash and your identity papers

Toiletries:

  • a light, quick-drying hand towel, hiking type
  • one body soap
  • one toothbrush with small toothpaste or a tube already started
  • one small shampoo (small size - specialty stores sell small bottles that you will keep your whole life as a hiker)
  • a pair of aarplugs to better sleep at night 

Pharmacy & others:

  • your usual or personal treatments
  • a light survival blanket
  • a nail clipper
  • what to make small dressings
  • a few compresses and sticking plaster or better Strappal

Your guide will have a more complete pharmacy in the event of a more serious accident.

A small book or card game (less than 150 grams) ... if you want !

Necessary for meals:

  • a light Opinel type knife
  • a fork and a spoon
  • a nice specialty to share with the rest of the team, liquid or solid

The hiker's enemy is weight, but a frozen or wet hiker is a hiker without pleasure! So take the time to properly prepare your backpack.

Technical Level  2.5/5

Intermediate screen between 2 and 3 Mountains.
Mountain trekking for experienced people, you have experience and skills in the mountains.
Some passages are dizzying and it is sometimes necessary to put your hands to help the progression.
Weather forecast learning and cartography experience: the guide could give you the map to learn how to manage a route.

Physical level 2/5

Pretty easy hiking. Effort corresponding to 700 to 900 m of elevation gain in trekking.

Useful information to organise your mountain trip

Insurance

Cancellation and repatriation insurance is advised as well as other insurance guaranteeing search and mountain rescue (10,000 Euros guarantee approximately).

How to reach Bourg Saint Maurice, 73700

  • By train, access by TGV to Bourg Saint Maurice station - the hotel will be reachable by shuttle;
  • By car from Albertville, access by expressway to Moutiers - Bourg Saint Maurice is 2.5 hours from Lyon.

Meeting on the first day

Meeting at the Funicular in Bourg Saint Maurice at 9.30am, you can park your car in a free parking for the duration of the trek.

ACCOMMODATION

Nights in Refuge in room or dormitory according to availability.

Nights after the end of the trek are possible in different hotels in Bourg Saint Maurice, here is our advice:

Budget for your hiking tour in France

THE PRICE INCLUDES

. Guiding of a UIMLA certified hiking guide of our Team;

. Half board accommodation as described in the program;

. Picnics, every day (except for day 1, think of taking your own picnic lunch with you);

. Mandatory transports along the program.

Last night after the end of the trekking on option, ask upon booking.

 

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

. Cancellation / interruption of stay / luggage loss and accident insurance;

. Picnic on day 1: think of taking your own picnic lunch with you;

. Drinks and personal expenses;

. Additional nights outside the program;

. Out-of-program visits and transfers;

. Tips;

. All that is not indicated in the section "The price includes".

 

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