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Our first hike in France
Created On: Sep 20, 2011
Last Edited On: Sep 20, 2011

On the way up

We took a taxi from Evian to the village of Bernex. Cost us about 38 CHF.
The hike starts in the forest but soon one reaches the alpine pastures and Chalet d'Oche. View of Chateau d'Oche is from there:
Chateau d Oche

We followed the usual route, which took us to the West Ridge of Dent d'Oche. The trail gets a bit steeper here and soon you are scrambling rather than walking. Chains are there to help those uncomfortable with exposure.
Steeper part of the trail to Dent d Oche

The ridge offers beautiful views down towards the village and Lake Geneva further in the distance. You are sure to notice some imposing towers along the way.
One of the many rock outcrops on Dent d Oche

At the top

Quite unexpectedly we came upon a structure in a location more suited for an eagle nest than a human dwelling. This turned out to be the refuge of Dent d'Oche adorned with flags on the strings in Nepalese fashion. Oddly enough, Nepalese food is also served here. You could taste some delicious looking mo-mos.
Refuge at Dent d Oche overlooking Lac Leman

From here the summit is within reach. The views are fantastic. You see Chablais mountains and white Alpine peaks further away.
View east from the summit of Dent d Oche

On the other side, Lac Leman, so huge that even from 2000 meters above it you cannot see it all. A view towards Montreux shows the northen part of the lake.
View from the summit of Dent d Oche towards Montreux

Going down

On the way down the East Ridge we were greated by curious creatures so common up here. We saw one ibex after another posing on seemingly unreachable rocks.
Yet another ibex on her watch

Ibex observing hikers at Dent d Oche

The whole hike took less than five hours at a leasurely pace. As we had not arranged for transportation for our return trip, we decided to simply walk 17km down to Evian. This took another three and a half hours to make for a wonderful day in Haute Savoie
Dent d Oche form the village of Bernex






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EricChu

EricChu - Sep 21, 2011 6:29 pm - Voted 10/10

Very nice!

Your pictures are excellent! Thanks for posting this - as I'm a frequent visitor of the Lake of Geneva, this is an area that really interests me!
Cheers,
Eric

Vladislav

Vladislav - Sep 24, 2011 5:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice!

Eric,
Thank you so much for your kind comment. It was my first hike here and I could not have chosen a better one. With your encouragement I will be posting more pictures of the area.
Vlad.

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