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Chavanne Vieille


Overall rating

Below Average

Trail Length



Trail Elevation

Elevation + / -

736m / 736m

Trail Type

Trail type

Out and Back

When to go on this trail

When to go

Mid Jun - Mid Oct

Hiking duration for this trail

Hike duration

2.0 - 3.5 Hours

Altitude range for this trail

Altitude Range

1007m / 1726m

Technical difficulty level for this trail

Technical level

Easy (2/5)

Natural beauty rating for this trail

Natural beauty

Nice (3/5)

Run duration for this trail

Run duration

1.0 - 2.0 Hours

Kids age requirement for this trail


9+ Years old

Are dogs allowed on this trail


Dogs Allowed

Are there provision sources on this trail

Provision Sources



The Chavanne Vieille lies in a wide gulley cut out by the Glacier du Bourgeat and at an altitude of 1726 meters there is an old hut with a nice view up the gulley to the glacier and down to the valley floor below. The trail marker on this hut says Chavanne Vieille making me uncertain on whether the entire gully or just the hut carries this name. The hut is quite charming and it was open the last time I visited it. This trail does not see a lot of tourists and even in the peak months of July and August you are unlikely to run into a lot of people. If you don't have much time in Chamonix then this would probably not be one of the trails I would recommend you do first, but if you know your way around Chamonix and think you have seen it all, then I challenge you to add Chavanne Vieille to your list! The trail starts at the Le Solerey Brewpub which is nice location to start and end your trail. I did this trail as a loop where I crossed the stream beyond the Chavanne Vieille and then went down via de Montagne de Taconnaz on the other side of the gulley. I believe an avalanche wrecked most of that trail though and I do not know if it has been cleared and rebuilt since. On the IGN map the option to cross the stream and go down via the Montagne de Taconnaz is no longer possible and without first hand knowledge I do not want to recommend doing this loop.

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Trail Directions & Safety Considerations

Age requirement for kids on this trail


9+ Years old

Dog rules on this trail


We recommend to keep your dog on a leash

Best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Mid Jun - Mid Oct

Risk considerations for this trail

Risk Considerations & Difficulty Assessment

This route reaches an altitude of 1726m at the Chavanne Vieille hut. Because its orientation there will be snow cover till quite late in the year. The best time to visit is probably between mid June and mid October but check ahead of time and if there is snow then turn back in case you start feeling uncomfortable. The trail to Chavanne Vieille is well marked and there is only one trail heading there. Just follow the signs and use the same route to go back. The trail itself is not difficult

Starting point for this trail

Trail Starting Point

The trail starts at Le Solerey Brewpub in Les Houches. You can park your car here or take the bus.

Step by step trail directions

Trail Directions

From Le Solerey head left on the main road towards Les Houches town center. Take a left to go into Chemin des Longues which is long road that runs next the skiing beginner area right next to Le Solerey. Follow this road next to the river till you reach the end where the trail bends left. The trail goes into the forest. Follow the signs for Chavanne Vieille and there will be only one trail that takes you all the way to the hut. Once you are done having a look around inside and around the hut, simply take the same trail back to Le Solerey

Points of Interest for this Trail

Sorry, there are no Points of Interests currently linked to this Trail. Contact us to suggest one.

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Trail Route Map & GPS

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3D Map of this Trail

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