Tête Rousse Hut

Chamonix

Les Houches

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

A challenging loop showcasing the diversity of the Mont Blanc mountain range.

Hiking Severe

Distance
23 km
Ascent
2.2 km
Descent
2.2 km
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
1 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
20˚
Tête Rousse Hut Map

This route takes you on a loop from the center of Les Houches to the Tête Rousse Hut, giving you the chance to see climbers up close on their Mont Blanc attempt.

Description

Going up, you will take the "Chemin des Rognes," a recently rehabilitated trail that provides a quieter (but more technical) alternative to the classic Nid d'Aigle route. Enjoy the calm and the amazing view of the Chamonix Valley, because once you reach the Baraque des Rognes at 2800m, expect bigger crowds. At Tête Rousse, watch as climbers tackle the infamous Couloir du Goûter and enjoy the view of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. Keep following the trail on the way to Bellevue

When you're ready for the climb down, retrace your steps before taking the trail down to the Nid d'Aigle hut, where you'll have the opportunity to get closer to the Bionnassay Glacier. From there, just after a steep bit with some ladders, the trail becomes easier until Bellevue, where the final descent towards Les Houches starts.

A number of alternative routes are available; here you'll follow the old route used by the TDS trail race.

Difficulty

Severe

Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features

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