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Transfer from Samoëns to Le Fay. Walk to Refuge de Moëde d'Anterne

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  • La Cascade du Rouget
    / La Cascade du Rouget
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • / Your start point today
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • / Continue to follow the path as it turns left
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • / Cross this footbridge
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • / The Lac d'Anterne comes into view
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • / Keep an eye peeled for these helfpul markers
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • / The Refuge finally comes into view after Col d'Anterne
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A day of steady ascents past waterfalls, through a Nature Reserve and past the picturesque Lac d'Anterne, culminating at the Col d'Anterne before a short descent to the spectacularly located Refuge de Moëde d'Anterne.
Distance 17 km
6:30 h
1,550 m
350 m

Start with a transfer of about 15 minutes out of Samoëns which shortens what would otherwise be a very long day of walking. Starting at the Pont de Nantes, the trail ascends gently intersecting with the road until it leaves the road and enters the Sixt-Passy Nature Reserve. Ascending steadily on a good path, until you reach an open marshy field. The path here flattens out until you reach the Chalets d'Anterne where there are a couple of refuges. The Refuge d'Anterne serves drinks and food, if you want to refuel before tackling the next couple of ascents. From the Chalets, the path becomes rocky and rough, but markers are well placed and bright so it's easy enough to stay on track. Descend gently to the Lac d'Anterne, before ascending again, this time to reach the rocky Col d'Anterne at 2257m, the highest point of your walk so far! 

The Col is marked with a large wooden cross and from here, on a clear day, you will have views to the Mont Blanc Massif. From here a 30 minute descent brings you to the Refuge de Moëde d'Anterne, tonight's overnight location. 

Author’s recommendation

The descent from the Col d'Anterne to Refuge de Moëde d'Anterne is short but steep, be sure to bring your walking poles!
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Sarah Stone
Update: July 25, 2018
Highest point
2,263 m
Lowest point
695 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains - always be prepared and carry appropriate clothing; warm as well as waterproof layers, hat and gloves etc. Please see your information pack for a detailed packing list.

Tips and hints

You can buy picnic items for lunch at the boulangerie and supermarket in Samoëns, which I recommend doing the day you arrive in Samoëns. You can get food and drink at the Refuge d'Anterne, and there is a water point there to fill up. Today's walk has considerably less water refill points than previous days, so take plenty of water with you. 

This tour is available on the following itineraries:



Le Fay, Pont de Nantes (763 m)
46.047522, 6.764238
46°02'51.1"N 6°45'51.3"E
32T 327029 5101757


Refuge de Moëde d'Anterne

Turn-by-turn directions

START POINT: Le Fay at Pont des Nantes. Do not cross the bridge, continue STRAIGHT AHEAD on tarmac road with the river on your right, following the sign for Refuge d’Anterne (please note that this is NOT where you are staying tonight, you are staying in the Refuge de Moëde d’Anterne, which is a couple hours of after the Refuge d’Anterne.

0.50km – The road turns to gravel here, continue STRAIGTH AHEAD ignoring the bridge on your right.

1.60km- Come to Nant Sec (800m). TURN RIGHT and follow signs for Refuge d’Anterne (2hr 50mins).

A few metres after this, BEAR LEFT on ascending path, ignoring the path on your right marked with a red and white ‘X’.

2.20km – Arrive at Plan du Pont (820m). TURN RIGHT here and follow the path.

2.40km- Come to ‘Les Praz’ (840m) and a tarmac road. BEAR RIGHT following signs for Refuge d’Anterne.

2.50km – Cross the bridge and river and continue to the road as it ascends.

2.70km- Come to ‘Pont de Sales’ (860m). TURN LEFT leaving the road and join a rough stoney path through trees, following signs for Refuge d’Anterne.

3.00km- Come to a wooden footbridge below the road. TURN LEFT over the bridge, ignoring the path on the right. Continue on the path as it ascends.

Shortly after, come to a tarmac road, BEAR LEFT and cross the bridge and you will see a waterfall on your left.

3.40km- Arrive at the ‘Cascade du Rouget’. Take in the beautiful views before continuing. Follow the signs to Refuge d’Anterne that have red and white marker on it. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD crossing the bridge with the waterfall on your right.

3.80km – TURN LEFT onto a forest path with wooden steps, following the markers and leaving the road. From now on, the path will be meeting with the road intermittently.

After a few meters, arrive at ‘Fardelays’ (1020m). BEAR RIGHT following gravel path and signs for Col d’Anterne.

4.10km- Come to the tarmac road, TURN LEFT descending for a few metres then TURN RIGHT and rejoin the woodland path as it ascends. Shortly after, come back onto the road and rejoin the path again on the other side.

4.80km- Arrive at ‘Le Lignon’ (1180m). TURN RIGHT following the road through the car park and follow it until the chalet is on your left. BEAR RIGHT and follow the stone path and sign for Refuge d’Anterne (2 hr 15 mins)

5.00km- Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD ignoring the path on you right. A few metres after, come to another fork. BEAR RIGHT. You are now entering the Sixt-Passy Nature Reserve. Follow the wide rocky path, keeping an eye out for red/white markers on trees and rocks as you go.

7.00km- Arrive at another waterfall (Cascade de la Pleureuse). TURN LEFT following the markers and path.

7.20km – Come to ‘Pleureuse’ (1450m). TURN LEFT following signs for Col d’Anterne.

9.20km – Arrive to an open field, there is an electricity pylon ahead of you. The path now levels off for a time. The land around the path can be marshy, so it can be wet. Keep an eye out for toads! They like to hop about the path here. BEAR RIGHT onto the faint grassy path.

10.20km- Cross the wooden foot bridge and TURN RIGHT, so that the river is on now on your right. Keep an eye out for markers as you follow the path.

11.30km- Arrive at the Chalets d’Anterne. You can get hot drinks and snacks at the Refuge d’Anterne, and there is also a water refill point. When you are ready to continue, continue STRAIGHT AHEAD through the chalets and start ascending on the rocky path. From here until the Refuge de Moëde d’Anterne, the path can be rocky, muddy and indistinct. However, the red and white stripes are well and frequently placed, as well as being recently painted, so they are bright and easy to see.

13.20km – Come to a fork in the path. TURN LEFT following the marker.

13.30km – Come to Lac d’Anterne and a sign for it (1hr 15 mins). TURN RIGHT and follow the path which can be indistinct in places, keeping the lake to your right. Depending on the weather, there could be some small streams that need crossing.

14.50km – Leave the lake behind you and begin to ascend again on a rocky path. This path can be slippy when wet so take care. Stay on track by keeping an eye out for markers.

15.80km- Arrive at the Col d’Anterne (2257m), the highest point of your hike so far! A large wooden cross marks the summit. If you are lucky; on a clear day you will have a panoramic view of the Mont Blanc Massif. To your right is the Fiz mountain chain.

BEAR RIGHT following the path as it descends , zig-zagging the mountain side, following the sign for Refuge Col d’Anterne (30mins)

16.70km – Come to a sign for Refuge Col d’Anterne. TURN LEFT at the sign (10 mins to Refuge).

17.00km – FINISH POINT: Refuge Col d’Anterne. 


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

You will be transferred from your hotel to the start of this walk by taxi. Please see your individual documents for more information.


46.047522, 6.764238
46°02'51.1"N 6°45'51.3"E
32T 327029 5101757
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Good waterproof boots are a must and walking poles are highly recommended. Make sure to bring plenty of water and a snack or packed lunch.

This walk is exposed in places so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen on hot days. 

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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