Lac Blanc to Chalet de la Flégère
Country - France
Region - Haute Savoie (74) - Chamonix Valley
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 2.5 km / 1.6 miles
Ascent - 575 metres / 1898 feet
Time - 1.50 hours
This straightforward descent offers incredible views across the Chamonix Valley to Aiguille des Grands Montets, Aiguille Verte and Les Drus amongst many other high mountain peaks. For part of the way the route lies within the Reserve Naturelle des Auguilles Rouges, which protects the mountain fauna and flora and also restricts the construction of skiing infrastructure.
Lac Blanc. Actually two lakes, lie within an impressive mountain amphitheatre with an excellent refuge occupying a grandstand position overlooking the lower lake. Behind the lakes the Auiguilles Rouges rise impressively making it easy to see why Lac Blanc is so popular.
From Lac Blanc descend on the main path to la Flégère. The descends steadily into the valley past a small lake on the right of the path. Losing altitude less quickly the route contours across the mountainside to reach the larger Lac de la Flégère also on your right. Descending more steeply, the path begins to zigzag for the final section down to Chalet de la Flégère.
Notes - this walk connects with walk 6003 making a useful half day route where the emphasis is on downhill walking. Alternatively this walk may be completed as an out and back route from la Flégère using the cablecar from les Praz.
- Carte de Randonnées "Sheet A1 - Pays due Mont-Blanc" published by Rando Editions. 1:50000 scale - Sheet A1
- Map of Mountain Footpaths in Summer - 1:40000 - Published by the Office de Tourisme
- IGN Carte de Randonnée - Chamonix - Massif de Mont Blanc - 1:25000 Sheet 3630OT
French IGN mapping is available in digital format by area and 'cut your own' maps. For more information and availabilty go to the Anquet website.
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