• Trip duration
    3 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    12 people
  • Mountain range
    Alps
  • Best period
    Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Description

The Balcons du Léman, a magnificent course, bright and wild in the upper Chablais. The ascent of charismatic and sometimes technical summits, overlooking the largest natural lake in Western Europe. Pleasure and escape guaranteed!

During these 3 days, even though we are in a pre-Alpine massif, we go through technical and aerial paths. We will reach two magnificent viewpoints overlooking Lake Léman/Geneva: Dent d’Ôche and Grammont, true sentinels over the lake.

We will hike from hut to hut. Indeed, the location of the huts is quite exceptional:
– The Dent d’Oche refuge is literally clung on a rock and overlooks Lake Léman.
– The refuge at Tanay, with its enchanting lake and the warmth of Swiss hospitality. Certainly one of my favourite sites in the Alps!

A light hike because we have the feeling of walking between sky and earth, with the lake below us. A nice contrast! A wild trek, because we will leave the beaten tracks, to the conquest of ancient horse paths at the border between France and Switzerland. We will also have the chance to observe the flora and fauna present in this massif, ibex are everywhere!

In a few words:
– Around 30 km
– D +/- 2500 m
– 3 days
– Leaving from Novel-Saint Gingolph
– Aerial and technical hike

Are you interested in this beautiful hike? Then please contact me if you are around to organize it together. A unique opportunity to live a good time with friends, family… in an exceptional setting! Another trip that I recommend in the Alps is hiking in the Bauges range.

Itinerary

Day 1

Novel (1210 m) - Dent d’Ôche Refuge (2113 m)

– 6.7 km
– Altitude change +880m / -80m
– Max. altitude 2113 m
Lunch: picnic.
Accommodation: half board at the Dent d’Ôche refuge (guarded in July-August and during the weekends in June and September).

Departure from the parking de la Planche (1210 m), above Novel (Saint Gingolph commune). Bring a picnic for lunch.
Rather short distances, and a “reasonable” altitude change for this short stage that enables us to arrive to the site during the morning. Gradually, as we ascend on the pastures, the environment becomes more spectacular. There are gigantic limestone cliffs plunging into Lake Léman. We move easily until the foot of the Dent d’Ôche refuge. Here, a nice couloir equipped with chains awaits. This ascent is not difficult, but it sometimes requires using our hands. You will discover the site where the refuge is located, it’s amazing! It’s a proper “eagle’s nest” perched above Lake Léman. The 360° panorama is unique, both over nearby Chablais and over the more distant massifs (Jura, Oisans, Valais, Bernese Alps and Mont Blanc).

Day 2

Dent d’Ôche Refuge (2113 m) - Dent d’Ôche summit (2221 m) - Darbon Lake (1813 m) - Bise pass (1915 m) - Ugeon pass (2018 m) - Tanay (1450 m)

– 12 km
– Altitude change +650m /-1250m
– Max. altitude 2221 m
Lunch: picnic
Accommodation: half board in the refuge at the Tanay Lake (Overnight, half board 75 CHF).

The day starts in a magic way. For the brave, if weather permits, we will catch the sunrise at the summit of Dent d’Ôche. It’s an incredible spectacle! Even though the altitude change is moderate, the day is demanding because of its wild and committed characteristics. There is no climbing, rather small paths in balcony, some technical passages where you have to be surefooted and not suffer from vertigo.
After a short climb to the Dent d’Ôche summit, a secret and spectacular path awaits between the limestone towers and hanging crests…
We descend on the Swiss side until the wonderful little Tanay hamlet, nestled at the edge of the lake. Aesthetics, secret paths, imposing cliffs, abundant wildlife. Everything will be pleasurable if you are surefooted.

Day 3

Tanay (1415 m) - Grammont summit (2172 m) - Lovenex (1632 m) - Novel (1210 m)

– 10.5 km
– Altitude change +952m /-1160m
– Max altitude 2172 m
Lunch: picnic

We will reach the Grammont summit first thing in the morning!
Just over 700 m of positive altitude change are required to walk on the lawn of the summit, but what a reward…
You will discover the sublime views over Lake Léman, Lausanne, Montreux, Saint Gingolph at our feet!
But the day is not over yet! Yes, we have done the hard part, but the descent to the lake and valley of Lovenex can be embellished by a detour through the twin towers…
All of these ridge lines between Léman and Chablais offer innumerable unsuspected passages… We will have a picnic in the area before getting to our cars in the parking de la Planche (1210 m).

Price per person

Group of 3339EUR
Group of 4324EUR
Group of 5316EUR
Group of 6310EUR
Group of 7305EUR
Group of 8302EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Half-board meals during trip

Extras

Meeting point

At the parking de la Planche (1210 m), above Novel (Saint Gingolph commune).

Accommodation

- Dent d'Ôche refuge - Refuge at the Tanay lake

More info

Group size: 3 to 12 people Price per person for more than 8 people: - 9 people 300€ - 10 people 298€ - 11 people 296€ - 12 people 295€Picnic on day 3 is included in the price.