Aiguillette des Houches

Chamonix

A pleasant hike with views of the Mont Blanc Massif

Hiking Moderate

Distance
9.2 km
Ascent
880 m
Descent
880 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
29˚
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Description

The normal starting point to reach the Aiguillette des Houches is from the parking lot “Chemin de Merlet,” located around 500 meters above Les Houches, and offers the advantage of not having to hike too far before reaching incredible views of the famous Mont Blanc Massif on the opposite side of the Chamonix Valley. However, it is also possible to hike up from the bottom of the valley if desired. An overall pleasant hike, it provides with easy terrain, different kinds of vegetation, and a great view at the top!

The hike in total ascends more than 800 meters, but still, the path is pretty friendly. This means there can be people of all ages on the trail, hiking at different paces—from hikers with heavy loads on a longer trip, to trail runners with a small pack.

After parking the car at the parking lot, the path starts off on a forest trail up through the trees. Be aware of roots and rocks on this first part. Further up, passing the tree line, the trail leads on through grassy and open terrain. Here, the stunning views appear! Located at 1930 m.a.s.l. there is a small hut offering snacks and drinks to purchase by cash.

Upon reaching the top, additional views of the northern mountain peaks emerge, including the massive rock wall of Tête á l’ ne, 2804 m.a.s.l. From this point, it is possible to continue along the ridge to prolong the experience and keep on taking in the beautiful natural surrounding.

To return to your car, take the same path back down.

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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