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Tete de Balme

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6

Our Rating

Above Average

The Tête de Balme is the summit of the Balme mountain at the far north-eastern end of the Chamonix  Valley, above the hamlet of Le Tour. The summit sits at an altitude of 2321 meters. The summit features a stone border marker which marks the border between France and Switzerland. The summit is a round top covered in grass and offers great views all around including views into the Chamonix Valley, Lac Emosson and Loriaz, Mont Buet and towards the Croix de Fer on the swiss side. The nearby Refuge de Col de Balme is a popular stop for people doing the Tour du Mont Blanc.


In winter the Belle Place chair lift stops just below the Tête de Balme. In summer the easiest access is by taking the Charamillon gondola from Le Tour and then taking the Autannes chair lift. From there its an easy traverse to the Refuge de Col de Balme and short climb to the Tete de Balme.

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Le Tour

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2321m

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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

Refuge Col de Balme

8

Our Rating

Very Good

Refuge

Refuge located on the Col de Balme right on the border with Switzerland

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Le Tour

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2203m

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Croix de Fer

8

Our Rating

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

Our Rating

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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Longitude:

6.9665

Latitude:

46.0312

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