My first night in a mountain hut

For this first time, we propose you to go to the Bargy massif on the heights of Grand-Bornand. Our adventure will start on the Samance plateau above Chinaillon. We are in the alpine pastures where many cows, tarines and montbéliardes graze the good grass of the mountains. Then the ascent becomes steeper as we pass under the aiguille verte. After a pass, a lake is revealed below, nestled in a basin with its alpine hamlet. This is our destination for the night. Our wooden refuge is run by Jean-François and his wife who are already busy preparing good food for dinner. All the ingredients are there to spend a first beautiful night in a refuge!
Le chinaillon
2 half days / 1 night
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Night in a refuge on the edge of a lake

Highlights of the stay

  • A night in a refuge on the edge of a mountain lake
  • An enchanting setting
  • A wildlife easily observable

Day 1 : Climb to the refuge 

Up 600m Down 190m 2h45 of walking

Welcome and briefing.

We start our ascent from the top of Samance. The ascent is progressive on the mountain pastures under the Buclon. Keep your eyes open, we are in the ibex habitat. Then the climb becomes slightly steeper under the aiguille verte. After the pass, our view opens up on the lake of Lessy. We start our descent in direction of the chalets of lessy small hamlet of mountain pasture.

Night in a refuge (Dormitory). Attention no shower and no water in the refuge.

Day 2 : Tour of the lake and return

Up 200m Down 600m 2h30 of walking

After a good night in the refuge and a good breakfast we are ready to go around the lake. Our ascent brings us back to the pass and we start our descent under the "aiguille verte" in order to join the beginning of our journey.

And if you still want more, why not try the multi-day treks?

Tour of the Vanoise glaciers / Trek around Lake Annecy / In the heart of Ampezzo Dolomites / Tour of Mont-Blanc

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My first night in a mountain hut

The price includes
Supervision by a qualified mountain leader.
The night in half-board (dinner and breakfast) in the refuge of day 1.
The price does not include
Emergency and repatriation insurance (Mandatory).
Cancellation insurance (Recommended).
Transportation to the starting point of the trip.
Drinks and food (dry fruits, cereal bars).
Your hiking equipment.
Everything that is not indicated in the "price includes" section.
Trip organized by the Quartz association
An organization of the Bureau des Guides d'Annecy
Affiliated to Apriam
344 chemin de l'oratoire 74290 Alex
Registered with Atout France
IM 073.10.0023
The rate shown is valid for a group of 6 participants. Groups can be formed up to 12 participants maximum / 1 mountain leader.

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Meeting place
Le Chinaillon, Haut de Samance
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