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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
The normal starting point to reach the Aiguillette des Houches is from the parking lot “Chemin de Merlet,” located around 500 meters above Les Houches, and offers the advantage of not having to hike too far before reaching incredible views of the famous Mont Blanc Massif on the opposite side of the Chamonix Valley.
However, it is also possible to hike up from the bottom of the valley if desired.
An overall pleasant hike, it provides with easy terrain, different kinds of vegetation, and a great view at the top! The hike in total ascends more than 800 meters, but still, the path is pretty friendly.
This means there can be people of all ages on the trail, hiking at different paces—from hikers with heavy loads on a longer trip, to trail runners with a small pack. After parking the car at the parking lot, the path starts off on a forest trail up through the trees.
Be aware of roots and rocks on this first part.
Further up, passing the tree line, the trail leads on through grassy and open terrain.
Here, the stunning views appear! Located at 1930 m.a.s.l.
there is a small hut offering snacks and drinks to purchase by cash. Upon reaching the top, additional views of the northern mountain peaks emerge, including the massive rock wall of Tête á l’ ne, 2804 m.a.s.l.
From this point, it is possible to continue along the ridge to prolong the experience and keep on taking in the beautiful natural surrounding. To return to your car, take the same path back down.