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.