Christ-Roi

Chamonix

Easy hike to the statue du Christ-Roi.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
2.4 km
Ascent
199 m
Descent
191 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1 km
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
16˚
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Description

The Statue du Christ-Roi towers above the town of Les Houches and the Chamonix Valley. Located high on the mountainside, the statue itself stands 25 meters off the ground, making it the second-highest statue in France, according to Wikipedia). Built in 1933-1934, the statue now serves as a logical destination for a short hike from the valley floor.

The climb to the statue is a bit steep at times, but the route follows a wide doubletrack trail with a slightly rocky trail tread that is easy to navigate. The trail switchbacks a few times as it climbs up the mountainside. Along the way, a few small trails junction with the main track, but if you stick to the widest track, you’ll reach the statue with ease.

Upon reaching the Christ-Roi, you’ll be greeted with an incredible overlook of the Chamonix Valley, the town of Les Houches, and the Mont Blanc itself as a stunning backdrop to the entire scene. Of all the hikes in the Chamonix Valley, this hike to the Christ-Roi may be the easiest way to access such a jaw-dropping panoramic vista of the Mont Blanc! Take some time to soak in this view—it’s just absolutely, completely stunning.

If you would like to reach the Christ-Roi with less elevation gain, a number of other trails in the area run to the statue. One of the shortest routes is a quick traverse from the nearby paved road, with very little climbing required.

Difficulty

Moderate

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

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Family friendly

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