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

From 350.00€

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

   

All tech level

 

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!

Itinerary

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.

Level Requirements

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.

Equipment

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Sun hat

Sun hat

Hiking boots

Hiking boots

Hiking trousers

Hiking trousers

Technical gear

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

25-30 litres rucksack

25-30 litres rucksack

Other essentials

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Included or not

Included

IML Mountain Leader fees

Guidance by a fully qualified IML Mountain Leader

Local Transport

Local transport provided in accordance with instructor/guide's available car capacity

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Insurance

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you on request.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Accommodation in Chamonix

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Practical Information

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.