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21 entries.
Christian Mourier from Fontenu wrote on 9 July 2024 at 11h58
Hello everyone! We're back from the Tour, which has 5 stages. A little too early this year, with the Derborence-Rambert stage taking more than 9 hours, because of the snow and the fact that the markers were invisible (under the snow). Our group of 4 decided to split into 2, with the option of returning to Derbo via the Jorasse chairlift, after an overnight stay at Lui D'Aout. (One of us had lung problems). Lots of flowers, and we escaped the rain for all 5 days! Thanks to all the staff at the refuges, with a +++ for Derborence, and to Gilbert for his advice on preparation.
Hello everyone! We're back from the Tour, which has 5 stages. A little too early this year, with the Derborence-Rambert stage taking more than 9 hours, because of the snow and the fact that the markers were invisible (under the snow). Our group of 4 decided to split into 2, with the option of returning to Derbo via the Jorasse chairlift, after an overnight stay at Lui D'Aout. (One of us had lung problems). Lots of flowers, and we escaped the rain for all 5 days! Thanks to all the staff at the refuges, with a +++ for Derborence, and to Gilbert, for his preparation advice.... Collapse
Olivia and Damien wrote on 14 August 2022 at 12h44
A sublime tour completed in 3 days, starting at Pont-de-Nant, with a stop at the Dorbon gite where we were warmly welcomed, both by the owners and by the other hikers. Then it was a fine climb up to the Fenestral hut, where we were again more than welcome, full and energised after a balmy night. What marvels we experienced during these 3 days, out of time, without a network, wandering through the fantastic landscapes Mother Nature has to offer. We had the chance to meet Gilbert just before the climb to the Col des Martinets, who gave us the energy we needed to finish this beautiful stage of the Tour des Muverans. Thanks to the Tour's official website, we were able to organise our rides perfectly. All we want to do is go back 🙂 Olivia and Damien, Neuchâtel.
A sublime tour completed in 3 days, starting at Pont-de-Nant, with a stop at the Dorbon gite where we were warmly welcomed, both by the owners and by the other hikers. Then it was a fine climb up to the Fenestral hut, where we were again more than welcome, full and energised after a balmy night. What marvels we experienced during these 3 days, out of time, without a network, wandering through the fantastic landscapes Mother Nature has to offer. We had the chance to meet Gilbert just before the climb to the Col des Martinets, who gave us the energy we needed to finish this beautiful stage of the Tour des Muverans. Thanks to the Tour's official website, we were able to organise our rides perfectly. We just want to go back 🙂 Olivia and Damien, Neuchâtel.... Collapse
TdM wrote on 8 August 2022 at 12h45
Our group of 11 from the Cévennes was happy to come to the cool of the Swiss Alps. Our 5-day trip was a marvel for everyone, and in everyone's opinion it went from strength to strength (we went clockwise). everyone enjoyed the intermediate stops, either for a tart, cheese or dried meat, and even the Rivella: a discovery. The landscapes, sometimes bucolic, sometimes mineral, are breathtaking. The accommodation is pleasant, and some of it offers magnificent scenery, providing a source of energy for the next stage. One thing that surprised and delighted us: if you want to see MtBlanc in all its splendour, along with its neighbours the Drus, etc., do the Tour des Muverans, or TdM for short, rather than the TMB, Tour du Mont-Blanc for short. The view of the M-Blanc massif is fabulous, and lasts for days... Another surprise was the appearance on the Col des Martinets of a balancing shaman hopping along this tricky section, which enabled some of us to pass the obstacle with our fingers in our noses. Thank you, thank you a thousand times over for all your hard work! Les Escapadeurs de St. Jean du Gard
Our group of 11 from the Cévennes was happy to come to the cool of the Swiss Alps. Our 5-day trip was a marvel for everyone and in everyone's opinion went from strength to strength (we did it clockwise). everyone enjoyed the intermediate stops either for a pie, cheese or dried meat, and even the Rivella: a discovery. even the Rivella: a discovery. The landscapes, sometimes bucolic, sometimes mineral, are breathtaking. The accommodation is pleasant, and some of it offers magnificent scenery, providing a source of energy for the next stage. One thing that surprised and delighted us: if you want to see MtBlanc in all its splendour, along with its neighbours the Drus, etc., do the Tour des Muverans, or TdM for short, rather than the TMB, Tour du Mont-Blanc for short. The view of the M-Blanc massif is fabulous, and lasts for days... Another surprise was the appearance on the Col des Martinets of a balancing shaman hopping along this tricky section, which enabled some of us to pass the obstacle with our fingers in our noses. Thank you, thank you a thousand times over for all your hard work! Les Escapadeurs de St. Jean du Gard... Collapse
TdM wrote on 8 August 2022 at 12h00
Superb 5-day solo tour at the end of July 2022 to make the most of the scenery, fauna, flora... and the huts! Day 1: Derborence - Pont de Nant Day 2: Pont de Nant - La Tourche (via the alternative route via Trou à l'Ours/Euzanne/Croix de Javerne) Day 3: La Tourche - Demècre (via the alternative route that passes below the ridges via Chalet Neuf) Day 4: Demècre - Rambert Day 5: Rambert - Derborence It's true that the 3rd day's stage was very short. But I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon watching a dozen ibex that had taken up residence in the area around the Demècre hut, and the place itself is simply magical, with an almost 360° view of the surroundings. And above all, what a sunset! A real favourite! As for choosing the alternative routes, I hike alone and am sometimes prone to vertigo, so be careful. Note that these trails are not at all "boring" and are surprisingly varied in terms of scenery! You should also know that the Trou à l'Ours is literally a hole, a narrow passage through a rocky mass, and that it can be difficult to cross with very large rucksacks and without the help of a second person (to pass the rucksacks). On a slightly unrelated but not overly serious note, the region is suffering badly from drought and a lack of rainfall this year. Some of the rivers you can see on the maps are completely dry and you can't count on them to provide you with water... My water filter came in extremely handy on this tour, so that I could drink the water from the Tourche, Demècre and Rambert rivers, tap water which is... Read more
Superb 5-day solo tour at the end of July 2022 to make the most of the landscapes, wildlife, flora and cabins! Day 1: Derborence - Pont de Nant Day 2: Pont de Nant - La Tourche (via the Trou à l'Ours/Euzanne/Croix de Javerne route) Day 3: La Tourche - Demècre (via the alternative route that passes beneath the ridges via Chalet Neuf) Day 4: Demècre - Rambert Day 5: Rambert - Derborence It's true that the 3rd day's stage was very short. But I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon watching a dozen ibex that had taken up residence in the area around the Demècre hut, and the place itself is simply magical, with an almost 360° view of the surroundings. And above all, what a sunset! A real favourite! As for choosing the alternative routes, I hike alone and am sometimes prone to vertigo, so be careful. Note that these trails are not at all "boring" and are surprisingly varied in terms of scenery! You should also know that the Trou à l'Ours is literally a hole, a narrow passage through a mass of rock, and that it can be difficult to cross with very large rucksacks and without the help of a second person (to pass the rucksacks). On a slightly unrelated but not overly serious note, the region is suffering badly from drought and a lack of rainfall this year. Some of the rivers that you can see on the maps are completely dry and you can't count on them for supplies... My water filter came in extremely handy on this tour so that I could drink the water from the Tourche, Demècre and Rambert rivers, tap water which is basically undrinkable. To conclude, it was a magnificent tour with a wide variety of landscapes, plenty of wildlife, almost impeccable signposting (it was a bit tricky in the scree between Rambert and the Forcle lakes, but otherwise perfect) and top-notch huts! I wish a lot of fun to the next people who embark on this incredible tour!... Collapse
TdM wrote on 8 August 2022 at 10h44
This summer of 2022 was a truly extraordinary experience for my family and me, and a real surprise for us. Indeed, for the first time in over 20 years, prompted by the international situation and global warming, we've left Majorca and Puglia, our two usual regions for our annual holiday, behind. Instead of aperitifs on the beach, our son wants to take us for a walk. What a funny idea! Without any conviction, we left our car in Solalex on 21 July. Bags on our backs and hands clutching our brand new babies, we set off up the 4x4 road to Anzeinde, leaving behind a path that a hiker we'd met in the car park had judged too steep for us. Our looks leave no doubt as to our abilities... After much effort and much grumbling, we arrived at a gà®te called La Varre. The first thing we noticed was that the proprietor was not stingy with either his kindness, the rations served or his sound advice! Following on from this, in the afternoon, full and rested, we made our way down to the Auberge du Pont-de-Nant, with an idea germinating in our heads, thanks to that wonderful Gérald de La Varre, to continue the next day in the direction of the La Tourche hut, along a pleasant and relatively shaded path, passing through places with names that sing so well of the terroir of our mountains - Euzanne, Javerne... When we arrived at the Tourche hut, we were greeted by a smiling caretaker and her extraordinary tarts, so we were able to quench our thirst for energy and boost our spirits! What's more, we met our namesake there, a well-informed connoisseur with infectious enthusiasm, who finally convinced us to continue our journey, albeit at our own pace.... Read more
This summer of 2022 was a truly extraordinary experience for my family and me, and a real surprise for us. Indeed, for the first time in over 20 years, prompted by the international situation and global warming, we've left Majorca and Puglia, our two usual regions for our annual holiday, behind. Instead of aperitifs on the beach, our son wants to take us for a walk. What a funny idea! Without any conviction, we left our car in Solalex on 21 July. Bags on our backs and hands clutching our brand new babies, we set off up the 4x4 road to Anzeinde, leaving behind a path that a hiker we'd met in the car park had judged too steep for us. Our looks leave no doubt as to our abilities... After much effort and much grumbling, we arrived at a gà®te called La Varre. The first thing we noticed was that the proprietor was not stingy with either his kindness, the rations served or his sound advice! Following on from this, in the afternoon, full and rested, we made our way down to the Auberge du Pont-de-Nant, with an idea germinating in our heads, thanks to that wonderful Gérald de La Varre, to continue the next day in the direction of the La Tourche hut, along a pleasant and relatively shaded path, passing through places with names that sing so well of the terroir of our mountains - Euzanne, Javerne... When we arrived at the Tourche hut, we were greeted by a smiling caretaker and her extraordinary tarts, so we were able to quench our thirst for energy and boost our spirits! What's more, we met our namesake there, a well-informed connoisseur with infectious enthusiasm, who finally convinced us to continue our journey, albeit at our own pace. With our map unfurled and our smartphone in hand, he helped us make the calls we needed to ensure we had roofs over our heads and places to stay during the stages we planned together, taking into account our lack of experience... Six days later, having admired some absolutely extraordinary scenery, having seen several ibexes and two or three marmots, my eyes and head full of memories, proud as can be to have really completed this wonderful Tour des Muverans, I had a strange feeling when I got back behind the wheel. Proud and happy, tired, yes, but above all sad to be leaving these mountains and all the people I've met. But in the end, one thing is certain: we're going to be leaving Puglia and Mallorca behind a lot more! Collapse
TdM wrote on 16 August 2021 at 12h45
A magnificent 4-day tour. We were lucky enough to have clear weather, which gave us breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc massif, the Combins, the Weisshorn, the Dent Blanche, the Matterhorn and even some of the Bernese 4,000 - just magical! The tour takes you through a wide variety of environments, from flower-filled meadows to the mineral world, passing through moorland and larch and arolla forests - what a treasure trove. As for the wildlife, marmots, chamois, ibex and bearded vultures are just waiting to be discovered! A wide choice of huts, giving you plenty of planning options. Definitely a magnificent tour.
A magnificent 4-day tour. We were lucky enough to have clear weather, which gave us breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc massif, the Combins, Weisshorn, Dent Blanche, Matterhorn, etc. and even some of the Bernese 4,000 - just magical! The tour takes you through a wide variety of environments, from flower-filled meadows to the mineral world, passing through moorland and larch and arolla forests - what a richness! As for the fauna, marmots, chamois, ibex and bearded vultures are all to be seen! There's a wide choice of huts, giving you plenty of options for planning. Definitely a magnificent tour.... Collapse
TdM wrote on 26 April 2021 at 12h45
We were two friends who had decided to do the tour in 4 days. We planned the tour as follows Stage 1: Derborence - Cabane du Fenestral Stage 2: Cabane du Fenestral - La Tourche Stage 3: La Tourche - La Vare Stage 4: La Vare - Derborence The first stage is a fairly strenuous 8-9 hour walk. But we decided to do it this way to free up more time on the following days and be in 'holiday' mode. Even though we were exhausted after the first day, the following days we were able to really enjoy the tour, without stressing ourselves out. We left at 9am in the morning, taking advantage of eating our soluble pasta at lunchtime, arriving at the hut around 2pm-3pm. On the last day, we arrived at La Vare at 1pm. We made the most of this magnificent place, with an extraordinary hut keeper (Gérald). La Vare was incredible in terms of hospitality. Le Fenestral was also very good with the volunteers, the location and the breathtaking view. However, I was a little disappointed with the Tourche, which was a little too much in the "tourist" mode and less in the "mountain spirit". In any case, it's a good thing we had this pandemic, otherwise we wouldn't have had the idea of doing this tour. It's clear that we'll be doing it again, it's quite simply 4 days where you can see some magnificent scenery and meet some great people. I highly recommend it. Even without any specific preparation, it's clearly doable in 3-4 days.
We were two friends who had decided to do the tour in 4 days. We planned the tour as follows Stage 1: Derborence - Cabane du Fenestral Stage 2: Cabane du Fenestral - La Tourche Stage 3: La Tourche - La Vare Stage 4: La Vare - Derborence The first stage is a fairly strenuous 8-9 hour walk. But we decided to do it this way to free up more time on the following days and be in 'holiday' mode. Even though we were exhausted after the first day, the following days we were able to really enjoy the tour, without stressing ourselves out. We left at 9am in the morning, taking advantage of our soluble pasta lunch to arrive at the hut at around 2pm-3pm. On the last day, we arrived at La Vare at 1pm. We made the most of this magnificent place, with an extraordinary hut keeper (Gérald). La Vare was incredible in terms of hospitality. Le Fenestral was also very good with the volunteers, the location and the breathtaking views. However, we were a little disappointed with La Tourche, which was a little too much in the "tourist" mode and less in the "mountain spirit". In any case, it's a good thing we had this pandemic, otherwise we wouldn't have had the idea of doing this tour. It's clear that we'll be doing it again, it's quite simply 4 days where you can see magnificent landscapes and meet wonderful people. I highly recommend it. Even without any specific preparation, it's clearly doable in 3-4 days.... Collapse
TdM wrote on 16 August 2020 at 12h45
We are two young mountain enthusiasts who did the tour in 2 days. With Les Plans-sur-Bex as our starting point, we set off in a clockwise direction to spend the night at the Rambert hut. It was a very charming first day, with idyllic scenery. After 27 km on our feet, we were happy to arrive and enjoy a little white wine with chestnut liqueur! 😉 We set off the next morning at 7am for the second and final stage, motivated and ready to take full advantage of this magnificent environment. Halfway along the route, we met Gilbert who advised us to take the Col des Martinets. Magnificent, but so tiring! We returned to Les Plans-sur-Bex at the end of the day after 34 km from Rambert. An incredible itinerary, but very physical in 2 days! Thank you and long live alpine hiking!
We are two young mountain enthusiasts who did the tour in 2 days. With Les Plans-sur-Bex as our starting point, we set off in a clockwise direction to spend the night at the Rambert hut. It was a very charming first day, with idyllic scenery. After 27 km on our feet, we were happy to arrive and enjoy a little white wine with chestnut liqueur 😉 We set off the next morning at 7am for the second and final stage, motivated and ready to take full advantage of this magnificent environment. Halfway along the route, we met Gilbert who advised us to take the Col des Martinets. Magnificent, but so tiring! We returned to Les Plans-sur-Bex at the end of the day after 34 km from Rambert. An incredible itinerary, but very physical in 2 days! Thank you and long live alpine hiking! Collapse
TdM wrote on 10 August 2020 at 12h45
Tour of the Muveran in 4 days/3 nights in early August 2020 Jorasse - Au d'Arbignon Au d'Arbignon - Pont de Nant Pont de Nant - Derborence Derborence - Ovronnaz Very nice tour!!! Definitely worth doing again. Technically not very complicated (be careful, there may still be a little snow on the summits... even in summer). We took the TDM variants (well signposted) to avoid the more exposed sections. The trou à l'ours (a variant of the Tdm between La Tourche and Pont de Nant) is very nice (don't take the shortcut directly to Pont de Nant - you'll miss out). For refuges: At Au d'Arbignon, don't be afraid to be woken up by the cows at 5am. The atmosphere is very rustic, but also very cheap. The food at Pont de Nant is very, very good. The refuge at Lac de Derborence makes too much of its lakeside location. Personally, next time I'll push on to the Dorbon refuge, which looks a lot nicer. Thanks to the signposter I met at La Tourche for the information on the TdM variant.
Tour of the Muveran in 4 days/3 nights in early August 2020 Jorasse - Au d'Arbignon Au d'Arbignon - Pont de Nant Pont de Nant - Derborence Derborence - Ovronnaz A beautiful tour!!! Definitely worth doing again. Technically not very complicated (beware, there may still be a little snow on the summits... even in summer). We took the TDM variants (well signposted) to avoid the more exposed sections. The trou à l'ours (a variant of the Tdm between La Tourche and Pont de Nant) is very nice (don't take the shortcut directly to Pont de Nant - you'll miss out). For the refuges: At Au d'Arbignon, don't be afraid of being woken up by the cows at 5am. The atmosphere is very rustic, but also very cheap. The food at Pont de Nant is very, very good. The refuge at Lac de Derborence makes too much of its lakeside location. Personally, next time I'll push on to the Dorbon refuge, which looks a lot nicer. Thanks to the signposter I met at La Tourche for the information on the TdM variant... Collapse
TdM wrote on 27 July 2020 at 12h45
We did the Tour des Muverans as a family with our 3 children and our aà®né's girlfriend from 19 to 24/07/2020 in the anti-clockwise direction, as we had been advised, with Pont de Nant as the starting point. We were all enchanted and delighted by the route, its fantastic scenery, its flora and fauna... A real wellness cure, not forgetting the wonderful cabins: La Tourche, Fenestral and Rambert! The signposting is impeccable and the paths well maintained. We also met some very nice people... The weather was exceptional, with a few showers at the end of the day... We passed through Euzane and Javerne, then the alternative route via Au-d'Arbignon. As for the children, they took the normal path and even went as far as the Dent de Morcles from Fenestral, which remains one of their best memories! The whole hike was a real pleasure! A real little paradise in the wild! A very big THANK YOU to Gilbert for all his invaluable advice and his availability during our discussions, which enabled us to make the most of this grandiose setting and reassured me about the aerial passages...
We did the Tour des Muverans as a family with our 3 children and our aà®né's girlfriend from 19 to 24/07/2020 counter-clockwise, as we had been advised, with Pont de Nant as the starting point. We were all enchanted and delighted by the route, its fantastic scenery, its flora and fauna... A real wellness cure, not forgetting the wonderful cabins: La Tourche, Fenestral and Rambert! The signposting is impeccable and the paths well maintained... We also met some very nice people... The weather was exceptional, with a few showers at the end of the day... We passed through Euzane and Javerne, then the alternative route via Au-d'Arbignon. As for the children, they took the normal path and even went as far as the Dent de Morcles from Fenestral, which remains one of their best memories! The whole hike was a real pleasure! A real little paradise of nature! A very big THANK YOU to Gilbert for all his invaluable advice and his availability during our discussions, which enabled us to make the most of this grandiose setting and reassured me about the aerial passages...... Collapse
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