Grand Balcon Nord

Aiguille du Midi

Chamonix

Les Planards

A high balcony run below the Chamonix Aiguilles

Trail Running Difficult

Distance
18 km
Ascent
1.4 km
Descent
1.4 km
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
14˚
Grand Balcon Nord Map

This is a classic circuit which leads across a beautiful, high route above treeline and underneath the towering Chamonix ‘Aiguilles’, or needles. The route climbs to the Refuge Plan de l’Aiguille before traversing to Montenvers, which has a commanding view over the Mer de Glace glacier and the ‘other side’ of the Aiguilles. It is also possible to use the Aiguille du Midi cable car or Montenvers train to avoid either the ascent or descent.

Description

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Difficulty

Difficult

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

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