Chamonix has countless options for a walking holiday in the French Alps. Ascent using the local transport allows you to gain instant height; making some of the walks a bit easier but the views just as rewarding.
Our French Alps itinerary offers two walks each day and requires a reasonable level of fitness, the walks will include some steep sections. Walkers should be comfortable with a degree of exertion and challenge. Alternative, independent walks can be recommended for those who would like a more relaxing day; route guidance and maps provided.
A packed lunch on walk days includes a filled baguette, chocolate bar, fruit, crisps and a drink.
Below is a sample French Alps itinerary of walks.
Moderate Walks: 6 to 9 miles well graded ascents and descents with some rocky or steep ground.
Harder Walks: 7 to 11 miles steeper ascents and descents with occasional exposure.
Day 1 – Arrival Day
After transfer from Geneva Airport enjoy a drink with fellow guests and chat about the week ahead.
Day 2 – Moderate walk – Grand Balcon Sud
3 to 4 hours walking including breaks. A classic walk of the Chamonix valley from La Flegere to Planpraz. An undulating path with superb views of the Mont Blanc massif.
Harder walk – Lac Cornu and Lac Noir
5 to 6 hours walking including breaks. Starting from Planpraz, this walks takes us through the wilder side of the Aiguilles Rouges
Day 3 – Moderate walk – Lac Blanc
4 to 5 hours walking including breaks. From the top of the Index chairlift the walk leads to Lac Blanc before returning to the cablecar station at Flegere.
Harder walk – Lac Blanc
5 to 6 hours walking including breaks.The walk starts from the top of the cablecar station at Flegere.We follow a well graded path to Lac Blanc then onto the Lac de Cheserys. Return on the Grand Balcon Sud. Good chance of seeing Ibex and Chamois.
Day 4 – Moderate walk – Aiguillette des Posettes
4 to 5 hours walking including breaks. From the top of the Charamillon chairlift we head for the Tete de Balme on the French/Swiss border and then to the Aiguillette des Posettes. Impressive views of the La Tour glacier.Alpine flowers in abundance during late June and early July.
Harder walk – Aiguillette des Posettes
5 to 6 hours walking including breaks. We start from the top of the gondola at La Tour, taking the path uphill to the Col de Balme. We head over the l’Arolette, Tete de Balme and the Aiguillette des Posettes, before returning down to La Tour.
Day 5 – Rest Day
Here’s a few things to do in the Chamonix Valley:
| Cable car to the Aiguille du Midi
Montenvers Railway to the Mer de Glace
Brevant and the Restaurant Panoramique
|Tramway du Mont Blanc
The Italian town of Courmayeur through the Mont Blanc tunnel
Day 6 – Moderate walk – Montenvers
4 to 5 hours walking including breaks. A classic walk from Plan Aiguille to Montenvers with superb views of the Mer de Glace from Signal Forbes. A chance to visit the ice caves at Montenvers. Return by train to Chamonix.
Harder walk – Montenvers
5 to 6 hours including breaks. Following the same route as the moderate walk but instead of taking the train we walk down past the Buvette Caillet through the forest before returning to Chamonix.
Day 7- Moderate walk – Tete de Prarion
4 to 5 hours walking including breaks.
The summit of the Prairion has one of the best views of the Chamonix valley. The walk is mixture of rolling meadows and stunning scenery across to Mont Joly and Les Contamines.
Harder walk – Le Prarion
6 to 7 hours walking including breaks. From Le Cote the track leads to Charousse before leading steeply uphill to the Col de la Forclaz.The path from here leads to Le Prarion with superb views of the Chamonix Aiguilles. After admiring the view we take the track down to the Col de Voza and onward to the Bellevue cablecar.
Day 8 – Departure Day
Transport is provided to and from the start of the walks. However cable cars, gondolas and chair lifts are payable locally. For those wishing to walk every day we recommend a Mont Blanc Multipass.
Please note: You join our organised French Alps walking holiday and use our ideas and information at your own risk.