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La Fouly to Champex

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This delightful, and easy going walk, has you following the valley floor through typically Swiss farmland and pasture scenery.
moderate
Distance 14.8 km
4:45 h
470 m
601 m
1,600 m
1,049 m
Walking through the Val Ferret with its patchwork of peaceful forests and green pastures is balm for the body and soul on this easiest stage of the TMB. On the way to Champex you will be walking on some of the quietest trails in the Mont Blanc Massif. The village of Les Arlaches, made up of traditional wooden Swiss Chalets, seems to have leapt from a postcard and is a highlight of the day. Your overnight stop is the lakeside town of Champex.
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Sarah Smith
Update: July 25, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,600 m
Lowest point
1,049 m

Safety information

Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains - always be prepared and carry appropriate clothing; warm as well as waterproof layers, hat and gloves etc. Please see your information pack for a detailed packing list.

Tips and hints

This tour is available on the following itinerary:

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Start

La Fouly (1,599 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'573'629E 1'086'814N
DD
45.932401, 7.098681
DMS
45°55'56.6"N 7°05'55.3"E
UTM
32T 352598 5088294
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Destination

Champex

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with the TMB guidebook and IGN maps. 

TMB Route: La Fouly – Champex Lac

Distance: 15 km

Duration: 4 -4.5 hrs

Ascent / Descent: 420 m / 565 m

Map: IGN 3630 OT CHAMONIX

Guidebook: Page 88: STAGE 7: La Fouly - Champex

Transport: You can catch the Swiss Post Bus via Orsières if you don’t wish to walk. Timetables available at the bus stop in La Fouly or on-line below.

Timetables: La Fouly – Orsières/Orsieres to Champex here: http://www.sbb.ch/fahrplan.html 

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'573'629E 1'086'814N
DD
45.932401, 7.098681
DMS
45°55'56.6"N 7°05'55.3"E
UTM
32T 352598 5088294
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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William Leach
August 20, 2018 · Community
Easy start through lovely villages. Climb up to the lac a pleasant surprise, and a nice workout after lunch.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.8 km
Duration
4:45 h
Ascent
470 m
Descent
601 m
Highest point
1,600 m
Lowest point
1,049 m

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