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Le Lavancher

Towns & Hamlets

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9

Our Rating

Exceptional

Le Lavancher is a hamlet located on a plateau above Les Tines and Les Bois about 5 kilometers from the center of Chamonix. It is arguably one of the most visited hamlets in the Chamonix Valley as some of the nicest and most popular parts of the Petit Balcon Nord take you through Le Lavancher. The trails from the north going to Le Lavancher are beautiful with a nice wide open fields giving a great view of the Mont Blanc Massif and it is quite rare to have a such nice big open space so close to the valley floor. The approach to Le Lavancher from the south is through beautiful forest with large boulders brought down from the mountain by the Mer de Glace glacier. We got a nice trail starting from Le Lavancher that takes you to the Chapeau snack bar. It is one of our favorites for families


There are no shops in the hamlet but there are quite a number of holiday rental places. It also has two hotels: the fairly large 4 Star Hotel Jeu de Paume and Les Chalets de Philippe which offers small private chalets of various sizes. Both hotels have a gourmet restaurant which is a great start or ending of a hike or run. We have done this multiple times and its always great.


Public transport to Le Lavancher is bit more complicated than many of the other hamlets in the Chamonix Valley. The nearest train station is in Les Tines and requires a bit of a walk to the Le Lavancher. There is a bus stop along the main road at the bottom of Le Lavancher which also requires a bit of a walk up but definitely shorter than the walk up from the Les Tines train station. Our preferred way of reaching Le Lavancher is using the trails. The Petite Balcon Nord runs through Lavancher so you can appraoch it from either the Argentiere side or the Chamonix side. There are many other trails connecting Le Lavancher to Les Tines, Les Bois and the surrounding areas. 

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1209m

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Lavancher to Chalets de la Pendant Loop

6

Our Rating

Above Average

Loop Trail:

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A nice loop starting at Lavancher, climbing up to the Chalets de la Pendant and back via de Tete des Prapators and the Buvette du Chapeau

Trail Length

Length

10.09km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Start Jun - Mid Oct

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

3.0 - 5.0 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+806m / -806m

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

Kids

12+ Years old

How long does it take to run this trail

Running Time

1.5 - 2.0 Hours

The technical difficulty level of this trail

Technical Difficulty

Difficult (4/5)

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

Dogs Allowed

Nearest Town to this Trail

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Lavancher to Chapeau

9

Our Rating

Exceptional

Out and Back Trail:

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A short but very worthwhile little trail with nice views of the Rochers des Mottets. The trail ends at the Le Chapeau Buvette where you can enjoy a variety of snacks and drinks

Trail Length

Length

2.89km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

End Apr - Mid Oct

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

45 - 75 Mins

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+303m / -303m

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

Kids

4+ Years old

How long does it take to run this trail

Running Time

25 - 45 Mins

The technical difficulty level of this trail

Technical Difficulty

Very Easy (1/5)

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

Dogs Allowed

Nearest Town to this Trail

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Le Tour to Chamonix PBN

7

Our Rating

Good

Trail:

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Low altitude, easy and family friendly trail that takes you from Le Tour, to Argentiere to Le Lavancher and ends up in Chamonix using the Petit Balcon Nord (PBN)

Trail Length

Length

12.53km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Mid Apr - End Oct

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

2.5 - 4.0 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+226m / -683m

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

Kids

7+ Years old

How long does it take to run this trail

Running Time

1.5 - 2.5 Hours

The technical difficulty level of this trail

Technical Difficulty

Very Easy (1/5)

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

Dogs Allowed

Nearest Town to this Trail

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Buvette du Chapeau

9

Nearest Town

Exceptional

Snack Bar

Beautiful buvette near Chamonix with a big wooden terrace and with great views all around

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Chamonix

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1543m

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Les Tines

6

Nearest Town

Above Average

Hamlet

Small Hamlet along the Arve river between Chamonix and Argentiere

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Chamonix

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1082m

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Cascade du Chapeau

7

Nearest Town

Good

Waterfall

Waterfall next to the Chapeau buvette at the foot of the Mer de Glace

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Chamonix

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1650m

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Chapelle Saint Theodule

9

Nearest Town

Exceptional

Chapel

Small Chapel for Saint Theodule in Les Tines with a rich history

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Chamonix

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1088m

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Longitude:

6.9063

Latitude:

45.9573

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