Lavancher to Chapeau Refuge and Mer de Glace Viewpoint

Chamonix

A short, easy and pleasant walk through the forest to a charming refuge and viewpoint over the Mer de Glace glacier.

Hiking Easy

Distance
1.8 km
Ascent
332 m
Descent
4 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
1.6 km
Gradient
17˚
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Lavancher to Chapeau Refuge and Mer de Glace Viewpoint Map

Description

A lovely short walk through the forest from the charming hamlet of Lavancher to a viewpoint over the Mer de Glace - with the highlight most definitely the charming Refuge du Chapeau which serves simple but delicious fare all day long.

For those looking for something a bit longer or more challenging you could start the walk from Chamonix through the Bois de Bouchet or finish up and over to the 'Lavancher Bowl' from the refuge.

The walk suitable for all ages, though not for pushchairs.

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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