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Flegere (RED/BLUE) Les Praz to Flegere return.
10km /-900m. Unfortunately at 87cm max width the Flegere telecabine is not wide enough for a Quadrix as this would be the easiest option to reach the top of La Flegere! Instead you will need to climb on a 4x4 track from the golf course car park at Les Praz.
You could also take the number 1 or 2 bus from Chamonix to Les Praz/Flegere and start from the bus stop (the golf course is adjacent and quite obvious).
The route passes underneath the telecabine and zigzags up a track which is very steep, hot and dusty and therefore only to be undertaken by those seeking a masochistic challenge! (Red) The views from the summit are far reaching and you can see the stark reality of the Mer de Glace glacial retreat. At the summit itself there are 4x4 tracks leading off in several directions so you can find yourself a quiet picnic spot.
You descend via the same track but, as you are facing away from the mountain, the descent offers great views and is a much better prospect than the ascent.
(Blue) Having descended you can head back to the car park or follow the balcony trail which takes you to a footpath leading to Chamonix.
Alternatively, you can take the bus from the Les Praz/Flegere bus stop. (GPS routing starts and finishes at the Golf course car park and routes via the balcony trail on the return leg- Flegere.gpx)