Argentière - Lac des Chéserys - Lac Blanc - La Flégère

Brévent/Flégère

Chamonix

A tough hike which starts in forests and then brings you out into spectacular, open mountainous terrain.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
9 km
Ascent
1.2 km
Descent
533 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
2.4 km
Gradient
25˚
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Argentière - Lac des Chéserys - Lac Blanc - La Flégère Map

Description

Start in the village of Argentière, 10 kilometres northeast of Chamonix, which can be reached by car or bus. Just before reaching the Restaurant des Chéserys, at the northern end of the village, there is a carpark on the left and at the back left of this, a path leading into the woods.

Follow the path uphill through the forest for 50 minutes until it emerges out into the open, at the foot of the Chéserys rock slabs. Traverse along the foot of these to the Aiguillette d'Argentière, a spectacular rock pinnacle which is popular with local rock climbers.

Go past this and up a series of ladders to reach another path which continues to climb all the way to Lac Blanc (2352 metres) via the Lacs des Chéserys. Allow 3 - 4 hours to reach Lac Blanc. The view here is staggering, so grab a drink at the Refuge du Lac Blanc and soak it in.

From the Lac, follow a good path downhill for 1.5 hours to reach the top of the Flégère cable car. Ride this down to the village of Les Praz, 2 kilometres northeast of Chamonix.

Difficulty

Moderate

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

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