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R106 Anzeindaz » Col du Demècre
  |   10h15   |   25.3 km   |   1903 m   |   1433 m

Leave Anzeindaz via the Col des Essets heading southward. The pass trail leads down to Pont de Nant. From here, dip into the Vallon de Nant valley and climb over the Col des Perris Blancs up to the Alpe la Tourche. Continue on the high-altitude trail to the Alp Rionda and further along following the southern flank of the Dent de Morcles to the Col du Demècre pass, the stage destination.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Anzeindaz
1877 m
| D  1.5 km / 0h35
Col des Essets
2015 m
| D  3.2 km / 0h55
La Vare
1762 m
| D  2.5 km / 0h45
Le Richard
1541 m
| D  2.6 km / 0h45
Pont de Nant
1232 m
| D  3 km / 1h00
Nant
1502 m
| D  2.4 km / 1h35
Les Martinets
2094 m
| D  1.9 km / 1h15
Col des Perris Blancs
2538 m
| D  1.3 km / 0h35
La Tourche
2185 m
| D  1.6 km / 0h35
Rionda
2147 m
| D  4 km / 1h40
Le Dézman
2056 m
| D  1.3 km / 0h35
Col du Demècre
2357 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Useful topographic maps
  • 272T St-Maurice ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • Grand-St-Bernard / Dents du Midi-Les Diablerets ~ Kümmerly und Frey AG, 3052 Zollikofen (1: 60'000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Unterwallis / Waeber/Steinbichler ~ Bergverlag Rudolf Rother GmbH (ISBN 3-7633-4128-5)
  • Kompass Wanderbuch Wallis 998 ~ KOMPASS-Karten GmbH, Rum/Innsbruck (ISBN 3-85491-773-2)
  • Du Léman à Sion / André Beerli ~ Editions Ketty & Alexandre (ISBN 2-88114-026-2)
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  • Tentorini Chantal - 2015-09-28
    La montée au Col des Perris blancs est très glissante par temps de pluie (glaise). Il y a eu 2 chutes cet été dont une mortelle.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The climb to the Col White Perris is very slippery in wet weather (clay). There were two falls this summer, one fatal.
  • Alpinisten - 2015-08-16
    Man kann sehr gut ab Godey bis zur Alpage La Ware laufen und am nächsten Tag dann bis La Tourche- beide Ziele bieten eine angenehme Unterkunft. Sehr gemütlich ist es bei Bernard in La Ware. Karin Moix von La Tourche ist eine fantastische Hüttenwirtin!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    You can walk up to the Alpage La goods and then the next day to La Tourche- both goals offer a pleasant accommodation very good from Godey. Very cozy time at Bernard in La Goods. Karin Moix of La Tourche is a fantastic warden!
  • Tof - 2015-02-06
    Trieste-Monaco le 10/9/14

    A pont de Nant il y a un jardin botanique des espèces alpines.
    Il est conseillé de prendre du temps pour lire les panneaux explicatifs sur le chemin afin de savoir à quoi ce magnifique secteur à échappé.

    Après le col des Perris Blancs passage en vire des boeufs (attention en cas de neige) pour rejoindre La Tourche. Magnifique ambiance amplifiée par le brouillard levant. Tichodrome echelette observé sur la paroi de la vire exposée nord-ouest.

    Beau panorama depuis la Tourche. Cause départ tardif, itinéraire hors via depuis Rionda. Direction l'Au d'Arbignon sur superbe sentier escarpé en forêt.
    A la ferme de l'Au d'Arbignon ravito et couchage possible. J'ai découvert le fromage local (le Sérac) et la saucisse de boeuf du patron. Merci Manon!

    Bivouac difficile avant Plex car sentier en surplomb. Petit coin de plat avant "la fontaine de Moïse", au droit d'une cabane.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 10/9/14 A bridge Nant there is a botanical garden of alpine species. It is advisable to take time to read the information boards on the way to know what this beautiful escaped sector. After the pass of Perris passage turns white oxen (careful in case of snow) to join the Tourche. Wonderful atmosphere amplified by the rising fog. Wallcreeper observed on the wall of the ledge facing northwest. Beautiful view from the Tourche. Cause late check-out via route from Rionda. Direction of the Arbignon on beautiful steep path through the forest. At the farm of the Arbignon of ravito and sleeping possible. I discovered the local cheese (the Sérac) and sausage beef boss. Manon thank you! Bivouac difficult before because Plex path overhead. Corner of dish before "the fountain of Moses," the right of a hut.
  • Elisabeth - 2014-12-05
    Il est déconseillé de monter au col du Demècre par le sentier des vires par temps de pluie. Hélas, la variante par Lau d'Arbignon fait un grand détour !
    Automatic translation [Google]
    You should not go up to the neck Demècre by trail ledges in the rain. Alas, the variant of Arbignon Lau made a great trip!
  • Joc - 2014-10-28
    La traversée en direction de la cabane de la Tourche, au pied de la Dent de Morcle est impressionnante, éviter de s'y engager seul. Superbe vue sur les Dents du Midi et le massif du Mt-Blanc.
    Ne pas manquer d'aller visiter l'ancien abri militaire en bois juste avant le col des Perris Blancs (on le voit aisément quand on monte vers le col, sur la gauche peu avant le col).

    L'Auberge du Pont de Nant est agréable pour une nuit, bien que plus touristique que montagnard.
    La Vare est sympa, mais situé dans une cuvette où il fait frais (voire froid). Bons sirops maison.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The crossing to the cabin of the Tourche at the foot of the Dent de Morcle is impressive, not to engage them alone. Superb views of the Dents du Midi and the Mont Blanc massif. Do not miss to visit the former military wooden shed just before the pass of Perris Blancs (easily seen when you go up to the pass on the left just before the pass). L'Auberge du Pont de Nant is nice for a night, although more touristy than mountain. The Vare is nice, but located in a basin where it is cool (or cold). Syrups good home.
  • Thierry M - 2013-12-27
    Monaco - Trieste

    in between Col du Demecre refuge and cabane La Tourche plenty of possible accomodation off via Alpina (Alpage l'au de l'arbignon 1650m about 15CHF food + bed et chalet Neuf 1860m 10CHF water available)

    Chalet Neuf is 1h down from Col du Demecre, L'au de l'arbignon 30min later

    1h30 from l'au de l'arbignon to reach cabane La Tourche

    La tourche - Col des perris blancs 1h going up

    Col des perris blancs - Pont de Nant 2h30
    25CHF at Auberge communal Pont de nant (super clean)
    possible bivouac in the vincinity (open shelter on the way to La vare)

    Possible to sleep in La Vare (nice and quiet)

    Pont de nant - Anzeindaz about 2h30

  • Dom Lalot - 2013-09-01
    Pour ceux qui veulent bivouaquer, Rionda est un ancien emplacement militaire avec une vue exceptionnelle, de l'eau, des WC, des terrasses plates.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    For those who want bivouac Rionda is a former military location with an exceptional view, water, toilets, flat terraces.
  • Jean-Louis GIRAUD - 2013-05-19
    Le mauvais temps puis une erreur d'itinéraire dans le brouillard et la neige m'ont conduit à réorganiser les étapes...Aprés la traversée du Col des Perris Blancs,
    j'ai fait étape à la Cabane de la TOURCHE . Peu de monde dans ce refuge de 54 places reconstruit en 2011 sur un promontoire offrant une vue extrordinaire sur le Massif du Mont-Blanc !
    Accueil trés sympa de Karine MOIX .
    Le soir " rosti " de rigueur et "thé de marche" le lendemain matin !
    Nuit tranquille dans un petit dortoir disposant d'une literie et de couvertures neuves.
    Douche et lavabos...avec eau froide !
    Tel : 00 41 (0)79 386 09 68
    Email : info@tourche.ch
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Bad weather and a route error in the fog and snow led me to reorganize the steps ... After crossing the Col des Perris Blancs, I step to the Shack Tourche. Few people in this shelter 54 seats rebuilt in 2011 on a promontory with a extrordinaire view of the Mont Blanc massif! Home Karine MOIX very nice. The evening "rosti" rigor and "walking tea" the next morning! Quiet night in a small dormitory featuring a new bedding and blankets. Shower and sink with cold water ...! Tel: 00 41 (0) 79 386 09 68 Email: info@tourche.ch
  • Wäldlerin - 2012-09-28
    Ich empfehle diese Alpe auch sehr.
    Waren Anfang August bei trüben Wetter dort und die einzigen fremden Gäste.
    Die Leute sind sehr sehr nett und die Lager ausgezeichnet und ohne stinkenden Storm generator wie in Andzeindaz. Ich würde empfehlen hier die Route zu variren und in La Vare zu übernachten.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    I recommend this very Alpe. Were the beginning of August in cloudy weather there and the only foreign guests. The people are very nice and excellent bearings and without stinking Storm generator as in Andzeindaz. I would recommend this to variren the route and stay in La Vare.
  • Mountain Girl - 2011-10-30
    I stayed at La Vare and highly recommend it. A clean, cozy dortoir in a setting that does resemble Mongolia. Instead of yaks, there are plenty of black cows to watch. The guardian and staff are very friendly and helpful. Supper was a savory lentil dish, prepared with locally-plucked herbs. Dessert was an outstanding Breton pie. What a welcome change from normal hut food!
    Le Richard is far more "basic", to put it kindly. I believe the 'beds' are on straw in the barn. No showers that I could see. (Le Vare doesn't have showers either.) On the plus side, you may get to watch grandmere et grandpere making cheese at Le Richard, in a scene unchanged from the last century.
    Pont de Nant is at the trailhead, with a large parking lot and lots of day hikers. Anzeindaz also had TONS of day hikers when I passed through in August 2011.
  • Daniel - 2010-10-17
    I stayed at Pont de Nant (Dorms), which is very comfortable, but has uninterested staff and a generator running all night. But OK if the need a showed or electricity to charge your laptop. But I passed le Richard (which has dorm too), and would have liked to stay there! They sell cheese at le Richard too.
    La Vare looks OK too. When you pass there you feel you are BACK in Mongolia.
  • Daniel - 2010-10-17
    The valley of the Nant is very spectacular in beauty. The military wanted to make this an artillery testsite, instead it was turned into a natural reserve. Going south, it first looks easy but the climb to the Col des Perris Blancs steadily gets steeper. Watch the old army barrack near the col.
  • Daniel - 2010-10-17
    Between Dzéman (spelling!) and Rionda we follow the Rhone way up. This is a spectacular view, the Mont Blanc and the other end the Geneva Lake. On the other side Les Dents Blanc which we passed the day after yesterday (or tomorrow). Rionda is an abandoned military barrack where you can get water. (last waterpoint until Demecre (incuded))
  • Daniel - 2010-10-17
    The relatively new Col de Demecre Refuge used to be an army barrack for soldiers who manned a gun to shoot off enemies rowing up the Rhone. There seems to be an advanced tunneling system under here. Now the refuge is proudly build and run by a local community. During winter you must enter the building by the roof! There is NO running water in or near the hut.
  • Lou Papé - 2009-08-02
    Ne pas hésiter à passer la nuit au refuge de La Vare afin de couper cette très longue étape: accueil très sympa du gardien (un berger corrèzien), repas délicieux et abondant, dortoir impécable. Malheureusement, sa compagne (une bretonne spécialiste des crèpes) était absente lors de notre passage.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Do not hesitate to spend the night in the shelter of the Vare to cut this long stage: very nice home guardian (shepherd Corrèze), abundant and delicious meals, dormitory impeccable. Unfortunately, his girlfriend (a specialist Breton pancakes) was absent during our visit.
  • Lou Papé - 2009-07-28
    Un must comme étape avec comme récompense au col des Perris Blancs une vue fantastique sur le Mt Blanc et sur le lac de Genève
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Must be a stage with as a reward at the Col des Blancs Perris fantastic views of the Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva
Last update : 2011-04-28