Tour du mont blanc

Chamonix week sample hikes

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lac Blanc hike

Grade 1 – Lac Blanc Hike

Lac Blanc – 15k
From Argentier we ascend tracks, fixed equipment and ladders to reach Lac Blanc, we stay high and continue with views of Mt Blanc, this is a big day out!

lac Blanc hike

Grade 2 – Lac Blanc Hike

Lac Blanc – 11k
From the Col des Montets we follow the Grand Balcon Sud to Lac Blanc, we continue to Refuge la Flegere for a cable car (or walk down)

Les chavants

Grade 3 – Les Chavants

Les Chavants, 7k
Our path goes up slowly towards the old village of Charouss we see the oldest chalets of the valley with the chain of aiguille of Chamonix in the background. We continue to the hamlet of Vaudagne and return by the road that returns to Les Houches

dinosaur prints

Grade 1 – Point de la Terrasse

Point de la Terrasse –14k
We will be using fixed equipment on our ascents and descents on this epic arduous day. We may see dinosaur footprints if we keep an eye out.


Grade 2 – Mont Vorassay

Mont Vorassay, 15k
We take the Bellevue Lift up to la Chalette and continue into the next valley. We follow the east ridge to the summit on Mont Vorassay at 2290m. We then descend to Col de Tricot and take a Tour du Mont Blanc trail across the mountainside. Hike up to Col de Voza and descend to Les Houches.

Montenvers-easy hike

Grade 3 – Montenvers

Montenvers 10k
Our route starts from the first Gare on the Aiguille Lift. We depart Chalet du Plan and pick up the Grand Balcon Nord and continue to contour towards Montenvers, this is a busy spot with views of the Mer de Glace. Fantastic aspect and atmosphere after lunch we continue our hike down to Chamonix

summit of Mt Buet

Grade 1 – Mont Buet Hike

Mont Buet – 18k
Get high, 3096m high, over 10,000ft It’s a big day traveling up this classic route. We start from the village of le Buet, and follow the rugged valley of Bérard to Table du Chantre. After a break we continue our hike to the summit.


Grade 2 – Aiguillette des Houches

Aiguillette des Houches 9k, height gain of 1000m
Great peak with plenty of options to continue. We take a zig zag track up the ridge to the summit. We can return or continue to Aiguillette du Brevent.

Grade 3 – Grand Balcon Sud

Grand Balcon Sud – La Flegere 5k, height gain of 300m
The Grand Balcon offers fantastic views of the Aiguille du Midi, although a short walk this is great as a easy day or we can extend to suit on the day.

Grade 1 – Grand Balcon Hike

Grand Balcon Nord – 14k, height gain of 1200m
From les Praz we hike up to the Mer de Glace then continue up to 2200m we then pick up the Balcon to and visit the Glacier de Blaitiere before catching a cable car down.


Grade 2 – Le Brevent

Le Brevent 9k
We take the Telecabine to Planpraz, our hike starts here and ascends to the Col du Brevent, we continue on trails to the Le Brevent Summit at 2525m. Continuing south to the Refuge de Bel Lachat before descending to Chamonix.

Col-de-Balme map

Grade 3 – Col de Balme

Col de Balme 9k, height gain of 400m with a descent of 1000m
We take chair lift to take the sting out of the start of the day and hike over to the Col de Balme, where we look down at the start of the Rhone Valley. We journey into Switzerland and hike with fabulous alpine views. We return to France and descend towards le Tour.

Grade 1 – Mont Vorassay Hike

Col de Voza – 15k, height gain of 1300m.
Departing from Les Houches we take the Bellevue cable car to la Chalette, from there we start this circuit of Mont Vorassay.

Grade 2 – Montagne de la Cote

Montagne de la Cote 12k, height gain of 1500m
We follow a ridge line heading towards the Chalet des Pyramides, passing huge boulders. We continue to Mont Corbeau, then on to Gite a Balmat, maybe get up and touch the ice!

Vallorcine Valley hike

Grade 3 – Vallorcine Valley hike

Vallorcine Valley 10k
This is one of the most relaxed hikes I have ever been on, the valley has traditional farmhouses and chalets. We walk thought picturesque hamlets and forest paths bring us to Vallorcine for afternoon café!

Glacier crossing

Grade 1 & 2 – Vallee Blanche Hike

Glacier day – This is an optional day to cross form the Aiguille du Midi over the Vallee Blanche to the Refugio Torino, fantastic day out.