Hiking day around Chamonix (haute-Savoie)

Duration : 1 day

France, Northern Alps

Level : intermediate

from 40 € / p. from 1 to 8 persons

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Hiking in Chamonix means a patchwork of trails and great mountain views!

The Chamonix valley in Haute-Savoie offers an incredible variety of accessible day hikes.

Join me and discover the beauty of the natural environment, the history and the local fauna and flora. Are you ready to escape the daily routine and dive into nature?

Let me take you to one of the deep blue mountain lakes overlooking Mont Blanc or explore a high balcony walk on the south or north side of the valley. I also like to hike to small mountain chalets to enjoy a local speciality and pick some blueberries or wild strawberries along the trail.

If you rather like to do a high alpine hike above trees, Chamonix offers that too. We take one of the many cable cars to start and will find some alpine flowers, maybe a group of ibex but for sure lot’s of great views!

Let me know what your wishes are and I will design a great day outdoors for you.


Aiguillette des Posettes - Col de Balme.

Fabulous views over the Chamonix and Vallorcine valleys during this loop hike. Wonderful panorama of Mont Blanc and Le Tour Glacier, Le Buet and Les Perrons in particular. We visit a typical alpine pasture on the way back down to Le Tour but not before stepping one foot into Switzerland at the Balme.
Distance: 12km, altitude differences: +800m, -800m.

Mountain lakes: Lac des Cheserys and Lac Blanc from Col des Montets to Flégere or shorter from Flégère and Index chair.

If you have ever seen a picture where the whole Mont Blanc range reflects in deep blue mountain lakes, that’s here. Lac Blanc and the Cheserys lakes lie in the Aiguilles Rouges Conservation Area. Thanks to it’s protection wild animals like ibex, mountain goats and marmots enjoy this place as much as many wild flowers like Alpenrose and Arnica.
Distance: 11km, altitude differences: +940m, -400m (for the longer version).

Brévent (2525m) and Refuge Bellachat (2183m).

We start our hike above trees at Planpraz and climb up to Col de Brévent and then to Brévent. We might spot ibex today as this is their habitat. On over lush meadows towards the lovely Bellachat refuge for an outstanding blueberry cake.
Distance: 13km, altitude differences: +700m, -900m.

Typical mountain Chalet with glacier views, Le Chapeau.

Viewpoint over the Mer de Glace from a different angle, the Gorges de l’Arveyron, the Aiguilles and the Chamonix valley. But not only!
Le Chapeau is a hidden treasure and a good family hiking option. Enjoy a hiking day and let yourself treat to a delicious mountain lunch on the lovely terrace in the forest.
Distance: 8,5km, altitude differences: +300m, -300m.

Le Grand Balcon Nord with the Mer de Glace.

Scenic Balcony trail underneath the impressive Chamonix granit needles. The highlight is the Signal Forbes viewpoint overlooking Mer de Glace glacier. We also visit the informative Glaciarium before taking the little red train down to town.
Distance: 7km, altitude differences: +400m, -700m.

Chalet des Pyramides (1895m) above Glacier des Bossons.

Splendid view of the Bossons glacier, with its beautiful seracs and ice pinnacles. We enjoy the typical tartiflette at the chalet with it’s panoramic terrace.
On the way down we visit an informative trail that explains all about Le Bosson glacier, the first climbers to Mont Blanc and the wild flowers.
Distance: 8km, altitude differences: +800m, –800m (less if we take the Bosson chairlift).

Packing list for day hiking in Chamonix:

  • Hiking shoes and usual hiking clothes.
  • Day backpack.
  • Gore-tex jacket.
  • Water bottle.
  • Sunglasses and suncream.
  • Camera.
  • Hiking poles.
  • Lunch pack.

The price includes

  • Organisation and supervision by the mountain leader.

The price does not include

  • Lift passes.
  • Lunch.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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