The 8 most beautiful hikes around Chamonix

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Are you staying in Chamonix and want to discover the best views of the Mont-Blanc massif? In this article, you’ll find the best hikes to do around Chamonix!

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc isn’t just a ski and winter sports resort… it’s also an ideal destination for discovering the spectacular scenery of the Haute-Savoie Alps!

All year round, cable cars and hiking trails take visitors to the heights. The panoramic views over the valley, the Mont-Blanc massif and the glaciers are breathtaking. This is without doubt one of the most beautiful regions in Europe!

But how do you choose which trail to take to discover the surrounding area? Without further ado, here are the best hikes in Chamonix.

1. L’Aiguillette d’Argentière

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 4.7 km
  • Height difference: 466 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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This Chamonix hike takes you up to the Aiguillette d’Argentière, at 1,893 meters above sea level. It includes a number of technical sections. You’ll have to climb the rocks of the GR du Tour du Mont Blanc and a few ladders at Lac Blanc.

Avoid if you’re afraid of heights or travelling with children!

2. Lac Blanc via the Grand Balcon Sud

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  • Duration: about 3 hours
  • Distance: 7.7 km
  • Difference in altitude: 583 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Located in the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve, this Chamonix hiking trail is a must. It takes you to the Aiguillette d’Argentière, the Col des Montets, the Col des Dards and the Aiguilles Crochues. Finally, Lac Blanc offers spectacular views of the Mont-Blanc massif.

It is possible to avoid the ladders on the route, but this hike still requires very good physical condition. Bring good shoes, and why not a walking stick? You can also take the La Flègère ski lift, for a fee.

3. Bossons glacier, Chalet des Pyramides and La Jonction

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  • Duration: approx. 6 hours
  • Distance: 13 km
  • Ascent: 1,549 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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The first section of this hike takes you up to the Chalet du Glacier des Bossons, which already offers a fine view of the Chamonix valley. You can also get there by chairlift.

Then head for the Chalet des Pyramides. You’ll be treading the glacier with your feet! Once at the summit, the panorama is simply breathtaking.

This Chamonix hike is for experienced hikers only. But it’s definitely worth the effort!

4. The Dard waterfall

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 4.7 km
  • Difference in altitude: 431 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Let’s take the pressure off with a hike that’s less difficult than the previous ones, although it does include a few steep slopes… Let’s just say it’s a good start.

It takes you to the beautiful Dard waterfall, which dominates the landscape at a height of 20 metres. The little extra? You can eat in a nearby chalet.

On the other hand, avalanches are frequent on the site. Avoid going there when it’s snowing!

5. Le Grand Balcon Nord

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 13.5 km
  • Ascent: 780 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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To start this hike, take the Chamonix cogwheel train to the Montenvers station. The trail then takes you to the Aiguille du Midi cable car. Along the way, you’ll enjoy superb panoramic views of the Mer de Glace, the Chamonix valley and the peaks of the Alps. A true marvel!

The sun beats down hard at altitude, so bring a hat and something to quench your thirst.

6. Les Praz and the Mer de Glace

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 10.8 km
  • Difference in altitude: 857 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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This pretty hike allows you to discover the Mer de Glace from Les Praz. All along the loop trail, you’ll pass through a variety of landscapes… Perfect for getting a great overview of the region!

To make the most of the views of the glacier, take this Chamonix hike when the sky is clear. As a general rule, May-October is the best period.

7. Mount Le Brévent and Lac du Brévent

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  • Duration: about 1h30
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Height difference: 398 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Climbing up to Lac du Brévent gives you access to exceptional panoramic views of Mont Blanc, the glaciers and the Chamonix valley. You start off at the Brévent cable car, then continue your journey through the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve.

The altitude difference is considerable, but this Chamonix hike is still quite accessible. And to top it all off, you can take a dip in the summer in this magnificent mountain lake!

8. L’Aiguillette des Posettes

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  • Duration: approx. 9 hours
  • Distance: 19 km
  • Height difference: 1,288 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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The advantage of the Aiguillette des Posettes is that it offers magnificent views while remaining accessible to any trained walker. Indeed, the walk through fields of blueberries and slate is very pleasant. However, some sections are quite steep, so remember to bring plenty of water.

Once at the summit, you can admire the Mont-Blanc massif, the Tour glacier, the Aiguilles Rouges and Lac d’Emosson. A must-do in any season!