4 - 5
FATMAP difficulty grade
This is a great full day out with some of the best views of Mont Blanc and the glaciers.
Starting from the characterful hamlet of Le Bettey you will hike through the ancient houses, and up through forests of pine and spruce.
The trail is easy enough, and climbs steadily zig-zagging up the mountainside until eventually you are above the treelike and greeted by fabulous views.
It feels as though you are exactly opposite the glaciers, and you can see all the detail and features on a good weather day.
It gives great photo opportunities of the most famous summit in Western Europe, Mont Blanc.
After a snack stop at the Chalets de Chailloux you can make this day shorter by traversing back left at this point to join your descent route.
However, if you have the energy we recommend you head for the summit of the Aiguillette des Houches which sits at 2285m.
From the Chalets de Chailloux you are in the open above the trees and the views continue.
Hiking up through Alpenrose and heather you will eventually reach the summit where the views are 360 degrees.
A really great spot for lunch and to reflect on the climb.
For the descent you can take the ridge line which is quite spectacular with drops to the right hand side into the valley above the village of Servoz and with views to the cliffs of the Fiz.
After leaving the ridge line the descent trail heads back into the forest, and zig-zags down the mountain until you arrive at the tiny hamlet of La Flatiere and then on to Le Bettey where you began.