Taking the train from Chamonix to Vallorcine in order to walk the Chamonix Valley is always popular with guests on a walking holiday in the alps.
It’s so close to the Swiss border and this rustic little village has stunning backdrops. This is an easy day’s walking but still has beautiful mountain views throughout.
We start by climbing gently out of the village and over to the Col des Montets passing the tiny hamlet of Le Buet. We camped here many years ago and it has awesome views of Mont Buet 3096m: this mountain is an essential part of the Mont Blanc training programme.
At the top of the Col lies the nature reserve building and it’s well worth giving up some time to take a look around. This area is famous for Chamois, Ibex, and lots of fantastic bird life and the wild flowers are stunning.
We pass through the tiny hamlets of Tre le Champs and Montroc, at the end of June the Mont Blanc Marathon passes through here and is an amazing spectacle to see.
Soon we reach Argentiere, in the summer it’s fairly quiet. In the winter it’s a different place as it’s so popular with skiers. Chamonix is now about a two hour walk away. The trek back along the Petit Balcon Sud is always pleasurable as the views up to Mont Blanc and surrounding mountains are breath-taking.
On reaching the village Les Praz we take a well-earned break before heading along the River Arve to Chamonix. A great day’s walk the Chamonix valley.