Walking along the acclaimed Grand Balcon Sud, this stage of the Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most scenic.
Start your day by walking or catching the bus (destination Col des Montets) from Argentiere or Chamonix (depending on where you are staying) to Tré le Champ. From here the trail climbs via Aiguillette de Argentière to the Grand Balcon Sud of the Aiguilles Rouges, taking in a few fixed ladders on the way. It is possible to avoid the ladders by taking the variant via Col Des Montets. You are now in the Aiguilles Rouge Nature Reserve and sightings of Ibex, Marmot and many other furry creatures are common. The refuge at the beautiful Lac Blanc is surrounded by high peaks and gives a grand view of Mont Blanc across the valley and the perfect spot for lunch.
Another hour of descent brings you to the cable car station at Le Flégère, continue past the cable car and take the 'Balcon Sud' route traversing across the mountain side with stunning views of Mont Blanc as you go. The balcony route arrives at Planpraz where you can take the cable car down to the centre of Chamonix.
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.
This tour is available in the following itineraries: WFSTMBR2, WFSTMBC2, WFSTMBCC