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Hike to Lacs de Fenêtres in the Valais

Hike to Lacs de Fenêtres in the Valais
Hike to Lacs de Fenêtres in the Valais
Hike to Lacs de Fenêtres in the Valais
Hike to Lacs de Fenêtres in the Valais

1-day hike in along breathtaking views of Valais to join the Lacs de Fenêtre leaving from Grand Saint Bernard, with Jules, UIMLA mountain leader.

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1 Day

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct


The hike to Lacs de Fenêtre is one of the most famed of Canton du Valais, starting from the legendary hospice of Grand Saint Bernard, to get to these magnificent alpine lakes.

The reflection of the Mont Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses on the Lacs de Fenêtre is reason enough for making this hike.

From the Grand Saint Bernard hospice, between the Swiss and the Italian borders, in the pass with same name for nearly a millennium, the path takes you through a rocky medium in the search of these mountain lakes through three mountain passes. This loop will make you learn the history of this place but also appreciate the affluent nature, and why not, freshen up in one of the three Fenêtre lakes.

The one day hike has an approximate duration of 7 hours.

I invite you to contact me if you are interested in this magnificent hike. We can talk and make a customized plan! It is also quite possible to go for several days and having a great experience and beautiful moments together up there by staying, for instance, in the hospice.


About the guide

UIMLA Mountain Leader and Trail runner
I discovered mountain hiking at a young age with my parents, visiting different refuges in the Alps and in my region. When I was 12 years old I got my first race bike, and a beautiful adventure started where I discovered a fascinating universe. Cycling became a huge passion and I traveled more and more kilometers discovering my region. I increased distances and when I was 16 years old I would take 150-200km trips in the mountain.
At 17, I decided to take a rather crazy challenge: the Tour du Mont-Blanc in 1 day in road bike (320km and 8000m+). I rode a lot during those years and I participated in some cyclosportives during the summer. Trail remained unknown to me. In 2005, I was a volunteer in the UTMB and I thought that all those trailers were a bit crazy. The next years, the CCC was created, and since I was too young to participate I helped my brother.
I decided to start in trail in 2007 with the CCC and I trained only for cycling. The race went quite well and I took a big step towards the race of all races, I planned the UTMB for 2008.
I started to get more and more into trail and to enjoy more and more running in the mountain during the summer. I participated in many trails to get prepared to the UTMB. The initial 60km of the Mont Blanc were a true suffering with gastric problems, but I managed to finish the race. I needed to try it again in 2009 to prove myself. This race was like a dream, and I arrived 27th at Chamonix.
I got more and more invested in this sport, and after the UTMB of course I dreamed of the Grand Raid in the Reunion Island! I ran and arrived 15th in 2010 after an UTMB truncated by bad weather conditions.
But returning from Reunion, I started thinking about a new incredible race: Tor des Géants!
During 2011, because of a professional change, I could dedicate more time to my favourite sport and I could improve a lot during a great season, having been the winner of Tor des Géants, which is considered the hardest on foot endurance test in the world.
Currently, I practice ski-alpinism in winter, and my summers are dedicated to trail, with a lot of bike-trail mixed trainings. The objectifs remain the same, to
go beyond my own limits and to discover the mountains! I can also share my passions by teaching ski in winter and being mountain leader in summer, as well as supervising trail stages around Mont-Blanc or diverse hikes.





What people are saying about Jules Henri Gabiou



October, 2015

Depuis le début de l’année j’ai fais le choix de tout faire afin de me rendre 2 jours par moi à Chamonix afin de m’y entrainer dans des conditions optimales et entre amis. Nous avons donc une connaissance très moyenne des itinéraires idéals à l’entrainement Trail. Le fait d’avoir pu profiter d’une interface tel que Explore-Share.com a quelque chose de magique. En effet, elle permet de rassembler ce que j’aime à appeler les 3 P > Passion, Performance et Partage. Cela nous a permis très rapidement et simplement d’organiser un mini stage de 2 jours avec Jules- Henri, accompagnateur en montagne et Trailer de très haut niveau. Amoureux de la montagne, il nous a permis de découvrir des lieux et paysages magnifiques en cette période d’automne. Vivement le printemps même si on a déjà prévu de le retrouver cet hiver pour du ski de rando !




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