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Plan Praz to Les Houches

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The final stage of the Tour du Mont Blanc takes you from Plan Praz up to Col du Brévent, before the long descent to Les Houches from where you can catch the train or bus to Chamonix.

moderate
12.3 km
5:04 h
524 m
1526 m

Start your day by taking the cable car back up to Plan Praz, or even le Brévent if you want to avoid the climb. 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 from here a short bus or ride will take you back to Chamonix.

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Author
Angus Smith
Updated: August 08, 2018

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2498 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, hints and links

This tour is available in the following itineraries: WFSTMBR2, WFSTMBC2, WFSTMBCC

 

Start

Plan Praz (2003 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.935636, 6.852843
UTM
32T 333549 5089137

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: 11km

Duration: Up to 5 hours

Ascent / Descent: 430 m / Up to 1530 m

Map: IGN 3630 OT CHAMONIX

Guidebook: Cable car to Plan Praz then follow from page 125: STAGE 11: Le Flégère – Les Houches

Notes:

1. 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.

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. 

Transport:

1. 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

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

3. 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#/ 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Reviews

4.7
(3)
John Darbyshire
September 14, 2018 · Community
This late in season Plan Praz lift does not start until 9 am and closes at 5!
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Mick Parker
September 03, 2018 · Community
Ohffgie
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William Leach
August 24, 2018 · Community
Had to start at La Flegere as yesterday’s walk finished early. Made it a long day in mainly cloudy conditions. Walk past the Col de Brevent was spectacular due to scenery, and marmottes and ibex easily spotted. Long descent to Les Houches!
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.3 km
Duration
5:04 h
Ascent
524 m
Descent
1526 m

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