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Les Houches to Les Contamines via Bionnassay

· 6 reviews · Hiking trail · Rhône-Alpes
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The Tour du Mont Blanc begins with a steep climb from Les Houches out of the Chamonix Valley to Bellevue at 1801m. 

moderate
17.3 km
6:10 h
1036 m
853 m

The journey on the Bellevue telepherique is to be recommended to bypass the first steep clib to join the Tour du Mont Blanc, otherwise the day is quite a tough first day of walking.

There are two options for today's walk, this is the easier option that winds through beautiful forests and through alpine pastures via Bionnassay to Les Contamines. For the more strenuous option via Chalet de Miage, please see seperate route named 'Les Houches to Les Contamines via Refuge de Miage'

 

Author’s recommendation

This is your first day on the trail, take it easy and don't over-exert yourself. We highly recommend taking the Bellevue telepherique , this reduces the climb out of Les Houches by 800m.

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Author
Neil Lapping
Updated: July 25, 2018

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1672 m
Lowest point
996 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, hints and links

The walk is used on the following itineraries:

WFSTMBH1, WFSTMBC1, WFSTMBC2, WFSTMBCC, WFSTMBCH, WFSTMBHC, WFSTMBR1, WFSTMBR2

Start

Les Houches (1000 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.892830, 6.800276
UTM
32T 329342 5084493

Destination

Les Contamines

Turn-by-turn directions

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

TMB Route: Les Houches – Bionnassay – Les Contamines

Distance: 16 km

Duration: 5 – 5.5 hrs

Ascent / Descent: 646m / 633m

Map: IGN 3531 ET ST-GERVAIS

Guidebook: Page 36: Les Houches – Bionnassay – Les Contamines

Transport : Optional Bellevue Telepherique from Les Houches to Bellevue. T

Optional Bellevue Telepherique from Les Houches to Bellevue.

This cable car reduces the climb out of Les Houches by 800m and is to be recommended.

The lift operates daily between approx. the 10th of June and the 24th of September. Check the link below for specific timetables.

http://www.chamonix.com/telepherique-de-bellevue,231,fr.html 

Note: When you leave the top station follow the path down to Col de Voza to re-join the TMB to Bionnassay.

 

 

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Reviews

4.3
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Julie Hicks
August 20, 2018 · Community
Thank you for your comments David. Please keep them coming. Julie
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David Craft
August 19, 2018 · Community
Delightful and about 2 miles shorter taking the gondola.
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Bellevue Telepherique
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Kevin Sorenson
August 05, 2018 · Community
An excellent first day, sun was HOT but Refuge de Miage was a great spot for lunch and a cold beverage
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Refuge du Miage
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Suspension Bridge
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.3 km
Duration
6:10 h
Ascent
1036 m
Descent
853 m

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