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Grand Balcon Nord : Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi - Montenvers

Grand Balcon Nord : Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi - MontenversPlan de l'Aiguille du Midi
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Arrival at Montenvers station at 1913 m

Closest bus stop : Chamonix Sud
Mulet stop : Le Grépon Tremplin
Closest train stop : Chamonix Aiguille du Midi train stop
Closest parking : Le Grépon car-park
+33(0)4 50 53 22 08+33(0)4 50 53 00 24 www.chamoniarde.com/
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Mid to high mountain walks along the northern slopes of the valley. The starting
and ending points of the walks can be reached using different lifts. These routes
can all be hiked both ways but the following descriptions suggest the nicer way
to enjoy these walks (better views, not as steep, etc.)


DescriptionAttention ! Avant de partir, consultez les conditions de la montagne sur le site de l'Office de Haute-Montagne www.chamoniarde.com ou par téléphone au +33 (0)4 50 53 22 08 et les prévisions météo sur notre site.

From the cable-car station, drop down to the Refuge du Plan de l’Aiguille. Do not take either of the two paths going down to Chamonix via the Plan du Trois or the Pre du Rocher, but take the path going off horizontally to the right across la Tapia.
This takes you across the river and the base of the moraines of the Blaitiere and Nantillons glaciers. At this point, ignore the path on your left to Chamonix via the Alpages de Blaitiere. Carry straight on across the Torrent du Grepon. Above le Grand Chalet, it is worth taking a few moments’ rest to admire the impressive view of the Aiguilles de Chamonix: the M, Charmoz, Blaitiere, Plan, Aiguille du Midi and Mont-Blanc itself.
A little further on, at 2 071 m, there is a junction: to your left a shorter but steeper path leads to le Montenvers across steep gullies which can be dangerous if they are snow-covered (diff. : for experienced hikers only). Take the path to the right which winds its way up to the Signal inférieur des Charmoz, then to the Signal Forbes (2 198 m). The view changes dramatically: les Drus, la Verte, les Jorasses.
Go down a long winding path towards Mer de Glace, Montenvers, the hotel and
the railway station.

You can do this hike on the other way from Montenvers to Aiguille du Midi.
In summer time it's highly recommend to book the lift to Plan de l'Aiguille because the Aiguille du Midi lift is crowded.

Check opening dates and times of lift.

More information at the Tourist Office, High Mountain Office and in our hiking guide.
Careful : Tracks conditions may change, let us remind you to be well-informed before going.
Prices
Plan de l'Aiguille return ticket is available for the way down with the train and on the other way also.
Recommended period *
From 01/06 to 31/10.
According to lift opening.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.
* Depending on weather and snow conditions
On the map

Related page

Useful address :
Bus - Le Grépon
Bus - Le Grépon
Useful address :
Arrêt SNCF - Aiguille du Midi
Arrêt SNCF - Aiguille du Midi
At the arrival :
Restaurant du Montenvers
Restaurant du Montenvers
Useful address :
Bus - Chamonix Sud - Gare routière
Bus - Chamonix Sud - Gare routière
At the departure :
Téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi
Téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi
At the arrival :
Mer de Glace et train du Montenvers
Mer de Glace et train du Montenvers
Useful address :
Parking du Grépon
Parking du Grépon
Useful address :
Toilettes publiques - parking du Grepon - tremplin
Toilettes publiques - parking du Grepon - tremplin
Useful address :
Alpage de Blaitière dessous et dessus
Alpage de Blaitière dessous et dessus
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