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Les Houches to Les Contamines via Refuge de Miage

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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. 

difficult
18.1 km
7:26 h
1440 m
1262 m

The journey on the Bellevue telepherique is to be recommended, otherwise the day is quite a tough first day of walking.

There are two options for today's walk, this is the tougher option which is dominated by the Dôme du Goûter and Aiguille de Bionnasay as you pass just beneath the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay. After passing the idyllic Chalet de Miage you descend to Les Contamines. 

For the easier option via Bionnassay, please see seperate route named ' Les Houches to Les Contamines via Bionnassay'.

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
Angus Smith
Updated: 2018-07-25

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
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Altitude
2111 m
995 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 (1003 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.892393, 6.799900
UTM
32T 329312 5084445

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 Variant: Les Houches - Refuge de Miage – Les Contamines

Distance : 18 km

Duration: 7.5 hrs

Ascent / Descent: 1478m / 1318m

Map: IGN 3531 ET ST-GERVAIS

Guidebook: Page 43: Les Houches – Refuge de Miage – Les Contamines

Transport: Optional Bellevue Telepherique from Les Houches to Bellevue. 

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 go down the hill, across the tramlines and turn left to join the variant to Col de Tricot.

Note:  This is a very demanding option, especially if not taking the cable car.

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Comments and ratings (3)

Kevin Sorenson
2018-08-05
An excellent first day, sun was HOT, but the Refuge de Miage was a great break in the day for lunch and a cold beverage.
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Refuge de Miage
Refuge de Miage
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Suspension Bridge
Suspension Bridge
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Entertainment along the hike
Entertainment along the hike
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Sunday, August 5, 2018, 5:26 PM
Sunday, August 5, 2018, 5:26 PM
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Richard Lander
2018-07-10
Great walk and fab weather
Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 17:49
Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 17:49
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Ashley Buckle
2018-07-02
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Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
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Monday, 2 July 2018, 9:01 pm
Monday, 2 July 2018, 9:01 pm
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
18.1 km
Duration
7:26 h
Ascent
1440 m
Descent
1262 m

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