Remote and wild, beautiful and welcoming, the massif des Cerces offers exceptional terrain for ski touring. Discover this amazing backcountry ski paradise and cosy mountain huts with our UIAGM mountain guides on a 5 day guided ski tour

Ski options for all levels
The terrain is varied and the itinerary options plentiful. We can easily customise your trip to meet your ski level and goals.
Accommodation
The mountain huts are exceptionally comfortable and welcoming, with good food and showers.
Environment
Picturesque landscapes, varied ski terrain, wild and remote feeling

LES CERCES 5 DAY GUIDED SKI TOUR

NEW FOR 2020 Les Cerces Traverse and Mont Thabor ascent

From 890.00€

Price per person for a group of 6 skiers

990€ per person for a group of 5 skiers

1190€ per person for a group of 4 skiers

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Intermediate tech level

 

Fitness level 4/5

 

5 days ski tour

 

1:6 guiding ratio

 

4 nights in mountain huts

 

Available from March -April

 

Ideal as first hut to hut tour

Join us on a guided hut-to-hut ski tour to discover the secrets of the Cerces massif.

The massif des Cerces is in the southern part of the French Alps on the border with Italy. Located between the national parks of Ecrins and Vanoise, it offers wonderful terrain for ski touring. This area is renowned for its untamed natural beauty and abundance of alpine wildlife, including eagles and other rare birds.

Our Itinerary

This itinerary is ideal for those who have just started ski touring and wish to complete their first hut-to-hut tour. The vertical differences are reasonable and the descents are not very technical. The terrain is wonderfully varied and interesting - couloirs, narrow passages between limestone cliffs, open rolling slopes, and larch forests make it a fantastic skiing experience. 

Private Groups

While the Cerces massif is ideal for easy ski tours, it is also perfect for skiers looking for more sporting and technical outings. The multiple starting points, the dense network of comfortable huts, and the passes connecting the valleys allow for a wide variety of itineraries. We can customize the program to match the technical and physical ski level of any private group.

Accommodation

The huts are exceptionally nice: comfortable, welcoming, hot showers, good and plentiful food - cosy places to relax after a day of ski touring!

Dates

Les Cerces 5 day guided ski tour dates - 2020

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February 26, 2020
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890.00€
March 02, 2020
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890.00€
March 09, 2020
890.00€
March 16, 2020
2
890.00€
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   Limited Availability
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Fully Booked
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Guaranteed
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Two More to Guarantee

Itinerary

Arrival day

Please arrive in Chamonix the day before the start of the tour. We will have a pre-trip meeting with all participants and your mountain guide at our office. The guide will introduce you to the program of the week, the options available, and answer all your questions. He will take the opportunity to check your equipment and help you prepare your bag for the 5 day expedition. If you have booked rental equipment, we will take you to our partner shop to pick up everything you need.

This program is an example of what can be done with good weather and snow conditions. For your safety's sake, your guide may change the route at any time depending on the mountain conditions and the group's abilities.

D1 Chamonix - Névache - Buffere hut (2076m) +450m / 2h

Departure from Chamonix in the morning and transfer by minibus to Névache, in the Haute Vallée de la Clarée - the starting point of the tour. A gentle hike up to the refuge of Buffère will warm up our legs; this cute little nest of a hut has showers and cosy rooms. After lunch, we will start our trip with some essential avalanche safety training. Later on, if time allows, we will hike above the refuge and make your first tracks on the Crête de Baude or Crête de l'Échaillon (+500m / 2h30).

D2 Buffere hut - Chardonnet hut (2223m) via the Grande Manche (2823m)

Today we have several possibilities for the itinerary: one of them being the Grande Manche ascent, a splendid variant to the classic route. Your efforts will be rewarded with a very nice descent to the comfortable Chardonnet hut.

+ 1100 -1000m / 5h

D3 Chardonnet hut to Drayères hut (2180 m) via the Casse Blanche (2914m)

A typically alpine day that winds its way between the Queyrellin ridges through the Casse Blanche pass (2914m). A spectacular dolomitic atmosphere at the edge of this limestone wall, followed by a descent through a wild and secret valley. Finally, a pleasant and gently sloping hike up to reach the Drayères hut. 

+800 -900 / 6h

D4 Drayères hut to Ricou hut (2115m) via the Rocher Grande Tempete (3002m)

Another day of great atmospheric surroundings, with an ascent of the Rocher Grande Tempete at 3002m - a superb summit that offers magnificent views, then a nice descent to the refuge of Ricou.

+800 -800 / 4h30

D5 Return to Névache via Pic du Lac Blanc (2980m)

Last day, last summit! We climb the rolling hills above the refuge up to an aerial ridge leading to the Lac Blanc Peak (2980m). A gentle return to civilization as we descend to Névache after this immersion in the immaculate world of the winter mountains. We enjoy the authentic charm of the small hamlet of Névache, and celebrate with a good craft beer brewed in the village. Tired and happy, it's time to head back to Chamonix. 

+850 -1400 / 4h30

Level Requirements

Physical Fitness

You need to be physically fit enough and happy to hike uphill for 600-1000 vertical meters a day, completing 6-hour ski days without being too tired to do it again the following day.

Technical level & Experience

This ski tour is ideal for skiers who have done few single day ski tours and wish to complete their first hut-to-hut tour.

You have to:

  • Know how to use ski touring equipment
  • Know how to do kick turns
  • Be an experienced and confident off piste skier

Equipment

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Sun hat

Sun hat

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Ski / splitboard skins

Ski / splitboard skins

30 - 40 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

30 - 40 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

Ski touring skis

Ski touring skis

Ski touring boots

Ski touring boots

Crampons

Crampons

Ski poles

Ski poles

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Other essentials

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Washbag and toiletries

Washbag and toiletries

Earplugs

Earplugs

Sleeping bag liner - lightweight

Sleeping bag liner - lightweight

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

5 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Mountain huts

4 nights accommodation in mountain huts with breakfast and dinner included.

Transport

Transport as described in the itinerary is included

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need on this trip / course.  For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Insurance

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

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