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Chamonix Hikes & Treks with IML Mountain Leader

Discover the remote tracks & trails of the Chamonix valley with an IML hiking guide

The Chamonix area offers many amazing treks into the beautiful wilderness of the French Alps, you can also easily cross over the borders into the neighbouring countries of Italy and Switzerland!

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 fossilised dinosaur footprints at Col de la Terrase (2648m) by the 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. 

Take your adventure further on a multiday trek, staying overnight in remote mountain refuges. Chamonix valley 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.

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.

Description

Level Requirements

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. You choose!

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.

Price

280€

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

Course Dates

Any date on demand

Included

Guide Fee

UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide - a fully qualified and experienced Chamex guide will accompany you for the duration of your trip.

Not Included

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

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

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.

Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
A hut on the Haute Route hike from Chamonix to Zermatt
Alpine cows seen on a hike in Chamonix
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
An alpine lake on the Haute Route Hiking Tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Mountains at sunset on the Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
An alpine lake on the Haute Route Hiking Tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Edelweiss flowers on the Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
A mountain hut overlooking the Chamonix valley hiking trails
Enjoying a picnic in the Chamonix mountains with a view of the glaciers
Amongst the mountains on a hike in Chamonix Mont Blanc

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

20-30 litres rucksack

20-30 litres rucksack

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Refuge Albert 1er

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The Albert 1er hut is one of the most easily accessible mountain refuges in Chamonix, making it popular with hikers as well as climbers and mountaineers.

Access is via the gondola lift from Le Tour up to Charmillon; if it is low season and the lift is not running there is a short hiking trail that you can take instead.

Refuge Albert 1er is clearly signposted from the bottom of the Charmillon chairlift, bear right and follow the trail through wide meadows where you will often see marmots hiding amongst the rocks.

The path climbs steadily up, getting more rocky as it progresses. The last section up to the hut is a bit of a scramble over boulders, with the jagged crevasses of the glacier close by on your right.

Tête Rousse Hut

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The Tête Rousse refuge is a popular starting point for climbing Mont Blanc; situated at 3167m it is a good place to spend the night prior to your summit for acclimatisation.

Access to Tête Rousse is fairly easy; we start by taking the Tramway du Mont Blanc either from Saint-Gervais or from Les Houches up to Nid d´Aigle. From here it is a hike of 2-3 hours past the Glacier de la Tête Rousse with fantastic views of the Grand Couloir and the Aiguille du Bionassay.