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Trient to Tré-le-Champ (Argentiere) via Col de Balme

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Climb to Col de Balme and skirt around the Vallee de l'Arve, leaving Switzerland before returning to France.

moderate
13.2 km
5:19 h
1108 m
979 m

From Trient, climb to reach the French border at Col de Balme (2191 m). From the col the entire Mont Blanc Massif stretches ahead; the Chamonix Valley, the summit of Mont Blanc, the Aiguilles, the Mer de Glace and the Argentière glaciers! The route then continues via the Col des Posettes and Aiguillette des Posettes, with wonderful views throughout, then descend into the Chamonix Valley at Tré le Champ.  It's also possible to skip the descent by taking the Gondola down to Le Tour and bus to Argentière or Chamonix, please see seperate entry- ''Trient to Tré-le-Champ via Le Tour'.

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Author
Sarah Stone
Updated: 2018-07-25

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2209 m
1291 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 on the following itineraries: WFSTMBHC, WFSTMBC2, WFSTMBR2, WFSTMBC1, WFSTMBCC, WFSTMBR1, WFSTMBCH, WFSTMBH1

Start

Trient (1291 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.054205, 6.993622
UTM
32T 344794 5102027

Destination

Tré-le-Champ

Turn-by-turn directions

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

TMB Route: Trient - Tré-le-Champ – Argentière

Distance: 11 km

Duration: 5 hrs

Ascent / Descent: 1069 m / 970 m

Map: IGN 3630 OT CHAMONIX

Guidebook: From Trient follow the minor road to re-join the TMB at Le Peuty. Page 105: STAGE 9: Col de La Forclaz - Tré-le-Champ Page 110: Follow the directions for the path down to Argentière

Notes: It is possible to shorten this stage by taking the variant described on page 109 to descend to Le Tour, the descent can be further shortened by taking the telecabine. I would not recommend this variant except in poor weather as you are descending through a ski area.

Transport: Optional telecabine to Le Tour. The telecabine and chair to Autannes operates from mid-June to the third week in September. Opening hours change slightly during the season but are normally 09:00 – 16:30. A single ticket for the chair and gondola costs around €25.

In the Chamonix Valley, all the lifts are operated by Compagnie du Mont Blanc and up to date opening hours and tariffs are available on their website here: http://www.compagniedumontblanc.fr 

Bus from Tré-le-Champ to Argentière. There are regular buses to Argentière from Tré-le-Champ, just make your way to the bus stop on the main road, which has a bus timetable attached.

Chambus from Le Tour to Argentière/Chamonix. (Line 02)There are regular buses to Argentière/Chamonix from La Tour, just make your way to the bus stop opposite the lift station, which has a bus timetable attached. Or check online for details: http://chamonix.montblancbus.com/en 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Comments and ratings (2)

William Leach
2018-08-22
Beautiful walking day. Steep walk through the forest from Trient to Col de Balme. Views from the Col are stunning. Lovely views of the Mont Blanc Massif as we walked down towards Argentiere in the sun.
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Robyn Swanson
2018-08-03
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.2 km
Duration
5:19 h
Ascent
1108 m
Descent
979 m

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