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Trient to Tré-le-Champ (Argentière) via Le Tour

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Map / Trient to Tré-le-Champ (Argentière) via Le Tour
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This alternative route goes to the French border at Col de Balme, before descending to the valley floor and the village of Le Tour where it continues to Tré-le-Champ/Argentiere. You may be staying at Tré-le-Champ, Argentiére or Chamonix; please check your accommodation details. For the standard route, please see seperate route named 'Trient to Tré-le-Champ (Argentière) via Le Tour'.

moderate
12 km
4:42 h
1000 m
858 m

From Trient, climb to reach the French border at Col de Balme (2191 m). Where you can then take the lower route to the valley floor and onto the village of Le Tour, then Tré-le-Champ. The walk can be further shortened by taking the telecabine.  We would not recommend this variant except in poor weather as you are descending through a ski area.

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Author
Angus Smith
Updated: July 25, 2018

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2205 m
Lowest point
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 (1290 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.054300, 6.993641
UTM
32T 344796 5102037

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:

1. 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.

2. You may be staying at Tré-le-Champ, Argentiére or Chamonix; please check your accommodation details. 

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 or Chamonix (depending on your itinerary- please check your accommodation details). There are regular buses to Argentière and Chamonix 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 

Public 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

or here:

http://www.chamonix.com/telecabine-le-tour-col-de-balme,48-156934,en.html

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Reviews

4.5
(2)
Sandra Fusco
August 07, 2019 · Community
We hiked from Trient to the Col and the first portion was uneventful. On the way up, we enjoyed views looking back on the valley and the town of Trient. What started out as a drizzle, turned to hale and wind as we approached the Col. Visibility was very limited. The Refuge was packed with people, all of whom were stripping off wet layers and replacing them with dry ones. We had planned to take the gondola down because one of the members of our group was having knee issues. At first, it was not moving though. Fortunately, it started up and they let us on the chair lift and allowed us to pay at the end. We bought a ticket for the chair lift and then gondola to Le Tour for 24.50 Euros each. Money well spent. We were so relieved to get down off the mountain quickly.
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Kate Frewin
July 24, 2018 · Community
We hiked to Col de Balme and then down to Charamillon as my buddies legs were very sore. The view from the top is so worth the hard hike to the top. A wonderful way to end or trip
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Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 3:55 pm
Photo: Kate Frewin, Community

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12 km
Duration
4:42 h
Ascent
1000 m
Descent
858 m

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