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Lac Blanc to Les Houches

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  • Views to the Mont Blanc Massif
    / Views to the Mont Blanc Massif
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure Ltd
  • / Views to Mont Blanc and La Flegere below
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure Ltd
  • / On the way to Planpraz
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The last day of the Tour du Mont Blanc does not disappoint as you follow the Grand Balcon du Sud to Le Flégère, and then continue on a balcony path through woodland and scree with the Mont Blanc massif never out of sight for long. Ascend to the Col du Brévent and then continue to ascend to Le Brévent at 2,525m, one of the best places for views of the Mont Blanc summit.  
difficult
Distance 19.3 km
7:59 h
830 m
2,171 m

Your last day on the Tour du Mont Blanc takes you all the way to Les Houches via the Col du Brévent & the rocky pedestal of the le Brévent  (2525m). Mont Blanc seems within touching distance on the opposite side of the valley. Descend past Lac Brévent and traverse onwards to Bel Lachat before making the descent to Les Houches and a short bus or ride will take you back to Chamonix. This day can be shortened at several points including Le Flégère, Plan Praz and Brévent.

 It is a long day if you do descend all the way to Les Houches so you might want to consider taking one of the cable cars to reduce the descent.

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Sarah Stone
Update: July 25, 2018
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
2,486 m
Lowest point
976 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 itineraries: WFSTMBR1, WFSTMBC1, WFSTMBCH

Start

Refuge du Lac Blanc (2,342 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.981355, 6.892302
DMS
45°58'52.9"N 6°53'32.3"E
UTM
32T 336742 5094135
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Destination

Les Houches

Turn-by-turn directions

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

TMB Route: Lac Blanc – Les Houches

Distance: Up to 20km

Duration: Up to 7.5 hrs

Ascent / Descent: Up to 800m / Up to 2080m

Map: IGN 3630 OT CHAMONIX

Guidebook: Follow trail down to Le Flégère and then Page 122: STAGE 11: Le Flégère – Les Houches

Notes

1. If you don’t wish to descend all the way to Les Houches you can take the cable car down from Le Flégère, Plan Praz or Brévent. The views from Brévent of Mont Blanc are particularly good. If you take this option you will end up in Chamonix.

2. On the ascent between Col du Brévent and Le Brévent, there is a short section of ascent which involves two short ladders and some light scrambling. If you wish to avoid this, take the cable car from Planpraz up to Le Brévent and continue to Les Houches from there. 

2. If you walk all the way to Les Houches you will need to take either the train or bus to Chamonix, where you will be staying tonight.

Transport

1. Le Flégère – Les Praz de Chamonix Telepherique: Check the up to date information here: http://www.chamonix.com/flegere-index,83,en.html  Approx €15:00 for a single ticket

2. Brévent – Plan Praz – Chamonix:Check the up to date information here: http://www.chamonix.com/planpraz-brevent,82,en.html  Approx €15.00 for a single ticket

3. Les Houches – Chamonix by bus. Check the up to date information here: https://www.chamonix.net/english/transport/bus 

4. Les Houches – Chamonix by train. You can take the Mont Blanc Express from the station at Les Houches to Chamonix. Check the up to date information here: https://uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/?redirect=yes#/ 

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Coordinates

DD
45.981355, 6.892302
DMS
45°58'52.9"N 6°53'32.3"E
UTM
32T 336742 5094135
w3w 
///roses.underground.seriousness
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
  • Blister kit
  • 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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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
19.3 km
Duration
7:59 h
Ascent
830 m
Descent
2,171 m

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