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Refuge des Dents du Midi (2884 m)

A stunning ski tour to the Glacier Plan Neve and lac de Salanfe on the Dents du Midi.

Ski Touring Difficult

22 km
2.5 km
1.4 km
1 day +
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
2.9 km
Refuge des Dents du Midi (2884 m) Map

Beginning in Salvan, ascend up the Van d’en Haut. Although the climb is not very steep or technically challenging, it's a long, physically demanding ascent. You climb up the deep, wild valley all the way to the edge of the Lac de Salanfe. Head around the east side lakeshore and climb up to the impressive Glacier Plan Neve. Descend the way you came up the glacier, retracing your ski tracks to the lake where you then turn off following signs to the Refuge de Dentes de Midi. It’s situated on the edge of the lake on a glacier plateau, with unadulterated views of Mont Blanc, the Bernese Alps and Valais’ many spectacular 4000m peaks.




Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between March and April


  • Alpine
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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