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Refuge Col de Balme

Refuge

Contributors:

8

Our Rating

Very Good

The Refuge Col de Balme is a popular refuge located on the Col de Balme above Le Tour on the far north-eastern end of the Chamonix Valley. It lies on the border with Switzerland. The nearby summit of Tete de Balme has a stone border marker. 


The refuge offers dormitory style accommodation which means they will provide beddings but you need to bring your own sleeping bag liner which is the standard for most mountain refuges. When they are open, the refuge doubles as a snack bar offering snacks and drinks. The Refuge is open from early June to mid September. You should check their own website for the exact dates and to find more booking information including a link to an offsite online booking form.


The easiest access to the Refuge Col de Balme is using the Autannes chair lift which connects to the Charamillon gondola which departs from the hamlet of Le Tour. From the Autannes chair lift its a short straight traverse to the refuge. 

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Le Tour

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2203m

Capacity for this point of interest
Accommodation Type
Phone number for this point of interest
Website for this point of interest

Capacity

Accommodation

Phone

Website

25

Dormitories

+33 (0)60 70 61 630

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Linked Trails & Points of Interest

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Aiguillette des Posettes and Tete de Balme

9

Our Rating

Exceptional

Loop Trail:

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A great discovery loop of the Aiguillette des Posettes and the Montagne de Balme above Le Tour on the north-eastern end of the Chamonix Valley

Trail Length

Length

14.52km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Mid Jun - Start Oct

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

4.0 - 6.0 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+1171m / -1171m

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

2.0 - 3.0 Hours

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

Croix de Fer and Catogne Loop

7

Our Rating

Good

Loop Trail:

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A fantastic little loop which uses the lifts from Le Tour to explore the view points around the Tete de Balme visiting the Croix de Fer and the Chalets de Catogne

Trail Length

Length

7.4km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Start Jul - End Sep

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

2.0 - 3.0 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+391m / -391m

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

1.0 - 1.5 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

Tete de Balme

6

Nearest Town

Above Average

Summit

Round top summit above Le Tour on the north-eastern end of the Chamonix Valley

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Le Tour

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2321m

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Croix de Fer

8

Nearest Town

Very Good

Oratory

Large metal cross mounted on a rocky view point near the Tete de Balme

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Le Tour

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2343m

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Alpage de Balme

8

Nearest Town

Very Good

Restaurant

Nice little mountain restaurant and snack bar near the Col des Posettes

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Le Tour

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1989m

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Les Ecuries de Charamillon

8

Nearest Town

Very Good

Refuge

Refuge and restaurant located near near the Charamillon mid station above Le Tour

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Le Tour

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1914m

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Longitude:

6.9701

Latitude:

46.0267

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