Be aware that you will be walking on a motorised road for some of this walk, so you will have to be aware of any cars approaching you or coming from behind you. Remember to walk on the right side of the road and to walk as close to the outside of the road as possible.
Other than that, there is a section which is currently (June 2017) sectioned off for vehicles, on account of potential falling boulders. It is still possible to walk on this section, and indeed it is only a small stretch. However, if you don’t feel comfortable with this, there is an alternative route that you can take which will take you across the river and around through Entrelevie, before taking you back on the path you were walking. We have provided route notes for this in this description.
Tips and hints
For this walk it is important to bring plenty of water, lunch, and snacks for the day ahead. We suggest bringing these from Chamonix as options are limited around Montroc. There are no other places to stock up on food or water until you reach the Refuge du Lac Blanc, which is several hours climbing away. You could opt to have lunch here, but make sure you bring enough food to keep you sustained until you reach the refuge. Once you make your way to La Flégère and Planpraz there will also be restaurants there.
Point of Interests
The Notre Dame de Guérison Sanctuary
Stood in the backdrop of some majestic snowy peaks notably the Brenva Glacier, this Sanctuary is legendary amongst locals and pilgrims for having healed the sickly and saved the lives of countless mountaineers.
Built in 1792, the Sanctuary has suffered much at the hands of the rugged landscape. In 1816, almost all of the Sanctuary was destroyed, but miraculously, the Statue of Madonna survived, which gives the current Sanctuary, which was rebuilt in 1867, it’s perceived magical and holy status. As a result, the site has become a popular pilgrimage site, and many believers have left artifacts, plaques, stories, or trinkets on the walls of the Church. It was also an important place for mountaineers to both pay their respects before their treks, and to thank Notre Dame for saving them in times of need. It is definitely worth taking some time to look at the many incredible stories and tributes on the walls of this small sanctuary, as it tells the story not just of people’s faith, but of the importance the sanctuary played in the lives of local mountaineers and adventurers.
This walk is included in the following itineraries:
EquipmentWalking boots will suffice for this walk. You won’t be needing walking poles, as most of this will be over either cemented roads, gravel roads, or dirt paths.
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