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Col des Montets

Mountain Pass

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7

Our Rating

Good

The Col des Montets is a big mountain pass between Vallorcine and Argentiere. On on side the Chamonix Valley ends and on the other the valley of Vallorcine begins. The D2506 main road runs through the Col des Montets. The col is a major starting point for trails that travel up the Aiguille Rouges and there is a large information center present to help visitors learn more about the flora and fauna of the Aiguilles Rouge natural reserve. There is also a small cafe with some indoor and outdoor seating as part of the information center. There is a large parking area on the side of the col on the right side when approaching the col from the Chamonix Valley. 


The Col des Montets is a popular starting point for trails going up to Lac Blanc. We got a detailed trail description for a long trail that visits Lac Blanc, the Lacs Noirs and Lac Cornu and then descends down to Chamonix using the Planpraz gondola. For people looking for something shorter and simpler, there are trails heading north in the direction of Le Buet and Vallorcine which are absolutely lovely. Going south brings you to Tre-le-Champ and Argentiere. There is also a short Botanical themed loop walk that starts and ends at the information center at the Col des Montets.

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Argentiere

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1461m

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Linked Trails & Points of Interest

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Col des Montets to Plan Praz via the Lacs

9

Our Rating

Exceptional

Trail:

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A tough but beautiful trail that takes you from the Col des Montets upto Lac Blanc and from there you traverse the Aiguilles Rouges and visit Lacs Noirs and Lac Cornu

Trail Length

Length

16.45km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

End Jun - End Sep

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

7.0 - 12.0 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+1552m / -1011m

How old do kids have to be to go on this trail

Kids

15+ Years old

How long does it take to run this trail

Running Time

4.0 - 6.0 Hours

The technical difficulty level of this trail

Technical Difficulty

Very Difficult (5/5)

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

No Dogs

Nearest Town to this Trail

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Lac Blanc

9

Nearest Town

Exceptional

Lake

One of the most popular lakes in the Chamonix Valley with great reflections of the Mont Blanc

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Argentiere

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2352m

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Tre-le-Champ

8

Nearest Town

Very Good

Hamlet

Beautifully situated hamlet with great views at the north western end of the Chamonix Valley

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Argentiere

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1402m

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Refuge Lac Blanc

8

Nearest Town

Very Good

Refuge

Popular Refuge at the shores of the famous Lac Blanc

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Argentiere

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2353m

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Longitude:

6.9236

Latitude:

46.0039

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