Approach to Durier Hut

Arve Valley

Chamonix

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

A very long and remote day that can be halved by staying in the Plan Glacier Hut

Also in Haute-Savoie, France

Alpine Climbing Moderate

Distance
9.5 km
Ascent
2.4 km
Descent
102 m
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
38˚
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Approach to Durier Hut Map

Description

From Gruvaz at 1120m follow the well marked obvious 4WD track to the Chalets de Miages at 1559m. Follow the path heading SE from there, heading to the L in ascent of the stream marked on the map as le Grand Pont, briefly heading SW at about 1730m, where it steepens, then SE and E again until about 2130m, where the path heads N. Cross a stream and gain the moraine, following it up NE then zigzagging E.

At 2590m it meets another path from the L, then heads SE off the moraine, before then gaining another moraine, heading NE, to 2690, before heading R to the Plan Glacier Hut. The day could be split here for acclimatisation.

Alternatively continue on up, making it a pretty big climb all the way to the Durier Hut. From the Plan Glacier Hut follow the obvious path, descending slightly then rising, before crossing the Miage Glacier at about 2790m and crossing it, heading to an entry point onto the steep broken rocks, following a vague rib and red markers, to the Durier Hut at 3358m.

Difficulty

Moderate

May involve slightly more complex glacier hikes, easy but possibly long rock ridges and steep snow up to 45 degrees. Equivalent to PD, PD+

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The route features some exposed and/or difficult to protect sections.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

June, July, August

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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