3-day hike in the Balcons du Léman

The Balcons du Léman, a magnificent course, bright and wild in the upper Chablais. Lucas, UIMLA certified mountain leader will take you on this 3-day trip.




Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified


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.

Price per person

Group of 3
382 USD

Group of 4
367 USD

Group of 5
358 USD

Group of 6
352 USD

Group of 7
348 USD

Group of 8
322 USD


Price includes

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


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.



  • 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).


Other details

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

- 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.


About the Guide


I discovered the joy of the mountains at a very young age, and I knew that my place was there, in the Jura, the Alps, or elsewhere, but in a place where raised terrain allows to go high...
My experience in the Mountain Troops and the Gendarmerie, together with a regular practice of different mountain sports, allowed me to gain knowledge and know-how that enriched my mountain leader training.
In 2012 I got certified as State Mountain Leader (AEM), which allowed me to start fully living my passion for the mountain, and sharing it with you.
I propose to share very varied activities: walking ,hiking, trekking, snowshoeing. It allows me to enjoy precious moments in nature with you.
To complement my leader training, I discovered trail running 8 years ago, a more sportif and intense way to discover the mountain, always respecting the environment.
I can also offer you my expertise in Morocco, where I have been going often during these last years. My knowledge of the field and of the local correspondants allows me to propose magnificent journeys to you!
From the Jura to the Alps, not forgetting Pyrenees, Corsica and Morocco, my approach to the mountain has always been guided by the search of pleasure and the comprehension of the environment.

FROM 322 USD per person


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