Hiking in Chamonix
Whether you want a sedate one hour’s hike to a beautiful refuge or a day-long epic you’ll find it here in the Chamonix valley. The walking is nothing short of remarkable: hike through fragrant pine forests leading to the base of famous glaciers; discover Alpine lakes; follow in the footsteps of Alpine pioneers in the first leg of the ascent of Mont Blanc up to the Tete Rousse refuge.
Here are some of our favourites:
Lac Blanc. Hike up either from the Col de Montets, or get the Flegere cable car before following the route to the Lac Blanc and it’s beautiful refuge. A Chamonix classic, this route throws up dramatic valley views and if you’re feeling brave you can end it with a dip in the lake itself, followed swiftly by a crepe at the refuge to warm up again.
Refuge Belle la Chat: This three hour walk along a section of the 11-day Tour of Mont Blanc route is incredibly rewarding. Starting off in forest it gradually rises above the treeline, scrambling across streams and up over sections of rock before arriving at the Belle la Chat refuge tucked under the Aiguilles des Houches with an outstanding view of Mont Blanc from its expansive terrace.
Le Tour to the Albert Premier hut. A lovely five hour round trip hike punctuated halfway with a refreshment stop at the Albert Premier hut perched 2702 metres above sea level and populated by climbers attempting the Aiguille du Chardonnet and the Aiguille du Tour.