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Les Houches

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Very Good

Les Houches is a town located on the western side of the Chamonix Valley at the foot of the Mont Blanc Massif. Les Houches is one of the larger towns in the valley with multiple hotels, restaurants, super markets, bakeries and two lift stations servicing the Les Houches ski area. Les Houches has roughly 3000 inhabitants. The commune of Les Houches covers quite a big area on the western end of the valley and includes Taconnaz, Les Granges, Les Chavants and the pictoresque hamlet of Vaudagne on its north western end.


The Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste is the main church of Les Houches located in the heart of the town. The townhall of Les Houches is right in front of the church entrance. On the street across from the church you will find the post office and the Musee Montagnard des Houches, a mountain museum. There are also a couple of restaurants and shops around the this little town center. The tourist information office of Les Houches is also nearby.


Les Houches make a great basecamp for climbing Mont Blanc with the lift station connecting to the Tramway du Mont Blanc which then proceeds all the way up to the Nid d'Aigle. This make the climb to Mont Blanc significantly shorter. Mont Lachat above Les Houches is a more manageable summit above Les Houches and we have a family friendly trail for reaching this lower summit. Other highlights around Les Houches include the Animal Park Merlet with a bus departing from the Les Houches train station. We also have a nice trail that starts at Lac Chavants and takes you to the very nice hamlet of Vaudagne.  Across from Les Houches, on the other side of the Arve river, you will be able to see the Christ Roi statue.


The Saint-Gervais-les-Bains to Vallorcine train line which runs through the entire Chamonix Valley makes a stop at the Les Houches train station. The train station is located on the other side of the Arve river so it is definitely a bit of a walk up from the train station to the town center but you can also take the bus.  There are multiple stops serving Les Houches and running through the valley. 

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Nearest Town

Les Houches

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1007m

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Lac Chavants and Vaudagne

7

Our Rating

Good

Loop Trail:

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A short route that offers an amazing variety of scenery including the Chavants lake, the picturesque village of Vaudagne and ends at nice alpine pastures with nice views of Mt. Blanc.

Trail Length

Length

6.27km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Mid Apr - Mid Oct

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

1.0 - 2.0 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+306m / -306m

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

40 - 60 Mins

The technical difficulty level of this trail

Technical Difficulty

Easy (2/5)

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

Dogs Allowed

Nearest Town to this Trail

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste

7

Nearest Town

Good

Church

The main church of Les Houches in the heart of the town

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Les Houches

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1013m

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Lac des Chavants

5

Nearest Town

Average

Lake

Small lake near the Prarion lift with a small restaurant, playground and rock climbing area

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Nearest Town

Les Houches

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1013m

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Mont Lachat

8

Nearest Town

Very Good

Summit

Small summit at the western end of the Chamonix Valley near the Bellevue lift

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Les Houches

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2115m

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Chapelle de Fouilly

5

Nearest Town

Average

Chapel

Chapel along in the main road between Les Houches and Les Chavants

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Nearest Town

Les Houches

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1037m

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Le Christ Roi

9

Nearest Town

Exceptional

Statue

Large 25 meter tall Statue of Christ the King above Les Houches

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Nearest Town

Les Houches

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1180m

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Le Prarion

7

Nearest Town

Good

Mountain Ridge

Crest Summit above Les Houches near the lift station that bears the same name

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Les Houches

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1969m

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Longitude:

6.7979

Latitude:

45.8897

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