Bellevue to Mont Lachat Loop
Elevation + / -
311m / 311m
When to go
Mid Jun - Mid Sep
1.5 - 2.5 Hours
1802m / 2115m
Very Nice (4/5)
45 - 75 Mins
7+ Years old
1 Snack Bar
This is a short route starting off at the top of the Bellevue lift above Les Houches. The trail traverses around Mont Lachat before climbing to its summit. You will have nice views during the entire trail culminating at the top of Mont Lachat where you will have great views into the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc Massif. After spending some time on Mont Lachat you can descend straight back to the Bellevue chair lift. The descend down is a bit steep but in general we would still classify this as a family friend route as long you monitor your kids well. This route can be combined with a visit to the Nid d'Aigle using the Tramway du Mont Blanc. You can visit the Nid d'Aigle first using the train and then descend back to the Bellevue train stop and then do this trail for instance before heading back down with the train.
Photos of this Trail
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Trail Directions & Safety Considerations
7+ Years old
We recommend to keep your dog on a leash
When to Go
Mid Jun - Mid Sep
Risk Considerations & Difficulty Assessment
This route reaches an altitude of 2115m at the Mont Lachat summit. You can expect there to be some snow cover till mid June, especially on the les houches side of Mont Lachat . Make sure to check conditions ahead of time. This route furthermore uses either the Bellevue lift or the Tramway du Mont Blanc to take you to the Bellevue starting point. Navigating this route is very easy and the trails are well marked. Mont Lachat is your main navigation point and after your ascend of the summit you head straight down Mont Lachat towards Bellevue. The trails itself are a bit challenging. At the start you will be traversing Mont Lachat and you will have a fairly steep drop towards Les Houches on your left side. After reaching the Mont Lachat summit the trail down back to Bellevue can be steep and rocky. I would still consider this trail family friendly but probably with older kids and under supervision.
Trail Starting Point
The trail starts at the top of the Bellevue lift which departs from Les Houches. Alternatively you can reach Bellevue from Saint-Gervais-les-Bains using the Tramway du Mont Blanc mountain train
The trail starts in front of the Bellevue lift station in the direction of Mont Lachat. This trail traverses Mont Lachat until it circles around to the back side. There you will find the track that takes you up to the summit of Mont Lachat. From the summit its a very straightforward descend back to Bellevue. You could also do this trail in reverse by the way by first taking the trail up to the summit of Mont Lachat directly.
Points of Interest for this Trail
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Trail Route Map & GPS
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