Mer de Glace glacier Mont Blanc Massif France
Lac Bleu Chamonix
Lac De Chéserys
Alps Chamonix Aiguille du Midi
Mont Blanc Reflections
Reflection on crystal clear alpine lake, running man
Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc - Chamonix Mountain
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Take your first step from Chamonix
This itinerary offers a first glimpse of the Tour du Mont-Blanc: after a warm-up at Aiguille du Midi or the summit of Brévent, you will come to the Aiguille des Posettes trail in Argentières. Rocky, forest paths to the peaks await! You will finally cross the Aiguilles Rouges Reserve from Vallorcine to reach the legendary Lac Blanc. Warning: although many passages can be made via public transport or cable car, most hikes will require a minimum of physical preparation.
My Trip Tailor tip: The Mont Blanc Multipass offers unlimited access to all lifts.
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Reach the highest peaks with ease! Take the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi and admire the 360° view of Mont Blanc. Take a Step into the Void via a glass cage at an altitude of 3,842m, before heading down by cable car on the Plan de l’Aiguille for a walk to the Lac Bleu or the site of Montenvers – Mer de Glace. You can also head directly to Chamonix before taking a cable car to the summit of Brévent: panoramic views of Mont Blanc and an introduction to paragliding can be found here. Reach Argentière by train to spend the night.
Budding hikers, grab your crampons! A first sporty trek awaits as you exit Argentière. Climb to Aiguillette des Posettes via a well-signposted trail over 1,000 metres (allow a good half-day). Alternatively, head down to the village of Tour, a few minutes by bus, and take the chairlift route. After admiring the view, go down to Vallorcine via a wide path with views of the Swiss foothills, the Emosson dam and the valley. During high season, you can also go down via cable car.
Reach the Col des Montets and head to the visitors’ centre of the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve to gain an insight into the local fauna, flora and geology. Head down to the hamlet of Tré-Les-Champs (which can also be reached by train from Vallorcine) and continue to the Chaiseries Lakes and Lac Blanc. Once again, allow a good half-day for a 1,000 metre climb including some passages with ladders fixed to the rock. Take the cable car down to Praz to catch the bus or train: a nice route along the Arve river get you to Chamonix in less than an hour.
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