trip duration TRIP DURATION
3 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
1 person
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period BEST PERIOD
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP


I invite you to a hike in Haut Giffre valley, halfway between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. It’s a unique opportunity to discover the valley, its mountain pastures, streams and lakes.

Haut Giffre is located in Haute Savoie, which is a department of Eastern France.

The first to have ventured into this valley were the Celtics who came here to hunt. Later, in the 11th century, the monks came and built a monastery in Sixt Fer a Cheval.

It’s your turn now to come and enjoy the beautiful natural reserve of Sixt Fer à Cheval. Going through its pastures, you will have the chance to observe chamois, ibex and marmots. Besides, you’ll also see its famous waterfalls.

Hiking with a donkey is the most friendly way to discover the wonders of this region. In fact, this is the perfect trip to do with your family and children.

As regards donkeys, they will carry the equipment, the lunch packs, the cloth and even help youngest to finish the hike. I usually recommend a donkey for 4 people.

In addition to this, I will share with you my experience about hiking with donkeys and my knowledge about the region.

I will take care of everything after discussing with you about your wishes. This will enable you to fully live the experience and spend time with the people you care about.

Here are 2 examples of the hikes I organize:

3-day hike

The itinerary goes through the Natural Reserve of Sixt Fer à Cheval, between mountain, lakes, streams and waterfalls with abundant flora and fauna.

We’ll depart from Sixt Fer à Cheval and spend the first night in the Gers cottage. The following day, we’ll stay at Refuge Sales and finally go back to Sixt fer a Cheval.

7-day hike 

This hike follows the path of a gentleman: Sir Alfred Wills, who in the 19th century was among the first tourists coming here. Thanks to him, we can find today refuges in our mountain pastures.

We will leave from Samoens, Alpage de la Vieille and spend the first night at L’Igloo (Alpage de Morillon). The second night will be in the Gers cottage, the third night in the Sales refuge and the fourth night in the Alfred Wills hut. Finally, fifth and sixth nights are going to be at Sixt Fer à Cheval, before going back to Samoëns.

On the other hand, there are two different options for this hiking trip:

  • You leave with one or several donkeys and I help you for the itinerary and for booking the huts.
  • We leave together with one or several donkeys. I will take care of everything while I let you discover the fauna, flora and local history.

If you want to be a part off this unique experience, please get in touch with me. I will be happy to be your guide in this beautiful area of Haute Savoie.

Price per person

1 Person170EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee

Other details


Mountain huts.

More info

The prices will vary based on the options you will choose. Here are some reference prices:
- Mountain hut: between 29 and 58€ / night / person
- Lunch: 10€ / person
- Guiding fee: 170€ / day
- Road book: 60€
- Donkey: +/- 55€ / day
Get in touch to discuss about it with me.