Hiking in Chamonix, France – Le Lac Blanc, Grand Balcon, Le Chalet des Pyramides, Le Col de Balme

At the foot of the glaciers, there are over 350 Km of well maintained hiking trails both low and high altitude types.

The Tour of Mont Blanc affords splendid mountain sceneries, pastures, glaciers and routes. This tour lasts about 7 to 10 days with 5 hours walking per day and crossing three countries – France, Switzerland and Italy.

Le Lac Blanc – Famous for its scenic and pristine beauty, this beautiful lake in the Aiguilles Rouges mountains at an altitude of 2352m offers an great experience. It is less than two hours walk from the Flegere Cable car. Facilities to stay overnight are available.

Grand Balcon Nord – This north facing terrace provides an excellent panorama of Chamonix’s peaks. Walking time is a little over two hours. One can start from the Aiguille du Midi cable car or the Montenvers train station.

Grand Balcon Sud – This faces the Mont Blanc. Altitudes range from 2000m (in Planpraz) to 1877m  (in Flegere). The walk time is about two hours. One can start from the Flegere cable car or the Brevent Cable car.

Le Chalet des Pyramides – With a walk time of about an hour and a half and an altitude of 1895m, this provides an excellent view of Chamonix valley. Starting is from the Bossons chalet.

Le Col de Balme – At an altitude of over 2100m and with a walking time of about two and a half hours, these paths offer excellent view of the Chamonix valley, Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouges Mountains. The starting is at the Cable car of Le Tour.