Explore our beautiful valley on a guided hiking tour around Chamonix and the surrounding area. Our trekking tours in the Alps are guided by qualified and experienced IML mountain leaders who will share their passion for the mountains with you.

Personalised Itinerary
There are hikes for people of all physical fitness levels and abilities. We will customize the program to your experience and goals.
Educational and interesting
Learn about the riches of local history, flora and fauna. Our guides are informative and speak english as well as french and other languages.
On day or overnight treks
We offer day hikes as well as overnights hikes with night in a mountain hut or wild camping in a tent.

CHAMONIX HIKES & TREKS WITH IML MOUNTAIN LEADER

Discover the remote tracks and beautiful alpine trails of the Chamonix valley with an IML (International Mountain Leader) hiking guide

À partir de 350,00€

The price is per day per group. Maximum 6 clients per mountain leader.

   

Niveau technique All

 

From 1 day

 

From 2/5 fitness level

 

Available June - October

 

Up to 10 hikers per guide

Chamonix is renowned as one of the world’s premier trekking locations, simply based on its unrivaled variety of terrain. The area offers countless amazing hikes into the wilderness of the French Alps. From beautiful sweeping alpine pastures and pristine blue mountain lakes, to imposing glaciers and rocky mountain cols, Chamonix has it all.

There are myriad options for unforgettable day trips to some of the most amazing places in the Chamonix valley. You can admire the reflection of Mont Blanc in the mirror-like waters of Lac Blanc (2352m), find solitude and breathtaking views along the ridge of the Aiguillette des Houches (2285m), or hunt for fossilized dinosaur footprints at Col de la Terrasse (2648m) near Emosson dam.

If you seek an extra challenge, you can scale Mont Buet (3096m), also known as “Mont Blanc for the Ladies”. Your efforts will be rewarded with amazing views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding glaciers.

Whether you prefer the thrill of hiking using just the power of your legs, or you want to gain a bit of time and save some energy by using the lift system, Chamonix has hikes suitable for everyone.

Chamonix valley and the surrounding region offer treks of all levels: from 3 hours with 150m ascent, to 8 hours with more than 1000m ascent – the choice is yours! Just let us know your fitness level and how many days you wish to spend on the trip and we will propose a custom-made program and budget.

If you wish to venture further afield, we also offer multiday treks, staying overnight in remote mountain refuges. Chamonix is located near the borders of Switzerland and Italy, opening up countless options for longer treks such as the Haute Route from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland, or the Tour du Mont Blanc which passes through all three countries.

We would be more than happy to customize itineraries based on your personal fitness level and the number of days you wish to hike. Please click on the MAKE ENQUIRY button to start planning your hiking adventure with us!

As well as guiding you through the mountains, your guide will share with you their extensive knowledge of the local area – geology, flora & fauna, mountain safety. You can also always rely on a guide to know the best picnic spots and mountain restaurants; lunch is an important part of any adventure!

Itinéraire

The itineraries are customised on demand, but some of our favourite hikes include:

Grand Balcon Sud & Lac Blanc

From Chamonix centre we can either hike up or take the gondola lift to Planpraz at 2000m. Heading north along an undulating trail known as the Grand Balcon Sud, we begin hiking towards La Flégère. The trail takes us through idyllic mountain pastures, past rocky slopes where we often spot marmottes, through alpine forest and finally up to the Flégère ski area. From here we follow a winding trail up to a stunning plateau where we find Lac Blanc, a magnificent crystal-clear lake, named for the snowy peaks that are reflected in its surface. There is a small mountain restaurant here with a lovely terrace, or there are plenty of picnic spots surrounding the lake. We’ll relax and admire the magnificent view of the Mont Blanc Massif on the opposite side of the valley, before hiking back down to La Flégère and taking the cable car down to the little village of Les Praz; from where it is a twenty minute stroll or a short bus ride back to Chamonix.

Lac Brévent & Aiguillette des Houches

From Chamonix centre we can either hike up or take the lift to Le Brévent at 2525m. From here we head south and scramble down a rocky trail to find a secluded mountain lake with stunning views into the neighbouring valley. Continuing along the trail we pass the Bel-Lachat mountain refuge, a charming wooden hut that serves excellent homemade blueberry tart! The trail continues south, winding its way along the vertiginous ridge of the Aiguillettes des Houches, the landscape dropping away in all directions to give breathtaking 360° views far into the distance. We descend via fragrant pine forests and beautiful alpine meadows, passing by the ruins of old stone shepherds huts and the Chalets de Chailloux, to reach Parc Merlet, from where it is a steep but short descent down a forest trail back to Chamonix. We finish at Lac des Gaillands, from where it is an easy ten minute walk or short bus ride back to Chamonix centre.

Mont Buet

This hike culminates in summiting Mont Buet, an imposing peak of over 3000m. Starting from the little village of Le Buet, we hike up through a delightful hamlet of stone chalets towards a crashing waterfall, which is worth the small diversion to go and see. Continuing steadily uphill we enter the Berard valley, an incredibly beautiful haven for all sorts of alpine flora and fauna – and an abundance of wild berries that you can snack on along the way! Tucked away at the end of the valley is a mountain refuge, built into the rock and completely buried beneath the snow in winter. The route to Mont Buet climbs sharply up beyond the refuge towards the Col de Salenton, a sharp ridge that drops down into the neighbouring valley. Bearing right, we follow a series of steep and tight switchbacks before the terrain opens out and we find ourselves on the summit of Mont Buet at 3096m. The views from this altitude are quite spectacular and if it is not too windy then there is no better place to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch – otherwise we can head back down to the refuge and treat ourselves to their homemade “plat du jour”. We return via the same route. This hike can easily be turned into a multiday trek by traversing across from Mont Buet to Loriaz, where we can stay overnight in the traditional mountain huts and go to see the dinosaur footprints at Col de la Terrasse on the following day.

Prérequis techniques

We can tailor any hike to suit your level of fitness, but be aware that even the lowest parts of the Chamonix valley are at over 1000m of altitude and this will make any effort feel that bit harder. A basic level of fitness and some experience of hiking or rambling will be of benefit.

Équipement

Vêtements

Bonnet

Bonnet

sous - vetements thermiques

sous - vetements thermiques

T-shirt et couches respirantes (laine ou synthetique)

T-shirt et couches respirantes (laine ou synthetique)

Doudoune legere

Doudoune legere

Veste etanche et coupe-vent

Veste etanche et coupe-vent

Pantalon etanche et coupe-vent

Pantalon etanche et coupe-vent

Gants techniques (fins)

Gants techniques (fins)

Casquette

Casquette

Chaussures de randonnee

Chaussures de randonnee

Hiking trousers

Hiking trousers

Equipement technique

Batons telescopiques

Batons telescopiques

25-30 litres rucksack

25-30 litres rucksack

Other essentials

Lunettes de soleil

Lunettes de soleil

Bouteille d'eau 1 litre minimum

Bouteille d'eau 1 litre minimum

Creme solaire haute protection (visage et levres)

Creme solaire haute protection (visage et levres)

Inclus / Non Inclus

Inclus

IML Mountain Leader fees

Guidance by a fully qualified IML Mountain Leader

Transport

Transport local fourni en fonction de la capacité de la voiture de l'instructeur/guide

Support logistique et assistance

Notre société est idéalement basée au pied du téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi à Chamonix. Notre équipe est à votre disposition pour tout renseignement et pour vous assister à tout moment durant votre réservation avec nous.

Non Inclus

Assurance Secours et rapatriement

Nous vous incitons fortement à souscrire une assurance Secours & Rapatriement pour votre stage. Nous pouvons souscrire une assurance pour vous via notre partenaire assistance. Merci de le demander lors de votre inscrition sur le stage.

Laissez-passer pour les remontées mécaniques

Nous vous conseillerons sur les forfaits de remontées mécaniques dont vous aurez besoin avant votre voyage. Si des forfaits sont nécessaires, nous pouvons les commander à l'avance pour vous sur demande.

Repas, snacks et boissons

Le tarif ne comprend pas le repas du midi, les boissons ou les snacks. Merci de prévoir un pique nique avec boisson et des snacks pour passer une journée entière en montagne.

Hébergement à Chamonix

L'hébergement à Chamonix n'est pas inclus dans le tarif, mais nous serions ravis de vous assister pour réaliser votre réservation.

Se rendre à Chamonix

Le tarif ne comprend pas les transferts jusqu'à et depuis Chamonix mais nous pouvons vous assister selon que vous arriviez par train, avion ou bus. N'hésitez pas à nous demander notre asssistance.

Infos Pratiques

Food

You will be in the mountains for the majority of the day, so you will need to bring a packed lunch and some small sugary snacks like cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts, or chocolate to boost your energy throughout the day. You will usually stop for short breaks every hour or so when you should eat and drink something in order to maintain your energy levels.