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Lavancher to Chapeau


Overall rating


Trail Length



Trail Elevation

Elevation + / -

303m / 303m

Trail Type

Trail type

Out and Back

When to go on this trail

When to go

End Apr - Mid Oct

Hiking duration for this trail

Hike duration

45 - 75 Mins

Altitude range for this trail

Altitude Range

1246m / 1543m

Technical difficulty level for this trail

Technical level

Very Easy (1/5)

Natural beauty rating for this trail

Natural beauty

Very Nice (4/5)

Run duration for this trail

Run duration

25 - 45 Mins

Kids age requirement for this trail


4+ Years old

Are dogs allowed on this trail


Dogs Allowed

Are there provision sources on this trail

Provision Sources

1 Snack Bar


This is one of our most recommended family friendly short hikes which will take you through some beautiful forest trails with openings and view points that showcase the Rochers des Mottets and the Aguille Verte. You will be crossing the Torrent du Chapeau which has a nice waterfall right before reaching the Le Chapeau buvette. This snack bar has a nice large wooden terrace with nice views into the Chamonix valley. There is an option to take a short trail to a view point that will enable you to look into the Mer de Glace. This short little trail has a lot to offer and is a great option for families with younger kids.

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Photos of this Trail

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Trail Directions & Safety Considerations

Age requirement for kids on this trail


4+ 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

End Apr - Mid Oct

Risk considerations for this trail

Risk Considerations & Difficulty Assessment

This route has well marked and easy to follow trails with the end point of Le Chapeau clearly indicated on multiple trail markers. The area before crossing the little Torrent du Chapeau river has some rockfall and there will be a sign warning you to not stay there for a long time and move on. The Buvette du Chapeau sits at an altitude of 1576m and should be snow clear from the end of April to the middle of October.

Starting point for this trail

Trail Starting Point

There is a large carpark at the top of Le Lavancher and more parking if you continue driving upwards. If you are using the train then the nearest train station is Les Tines from where you will have to walk up to the hamlet of Le Lavancher. This does add a considerable amount of vertical to the trail. Another option is the bus which stops along the main road between Chamonix and Argentiere. From there it is still a bit of walk up to the Le Lavancher but definitely shorter than the trail from the Les Tines train station. The Petite Balcon Nord runs through Le Lavancher so you can also reach it by foot from either the Argentiere or Chamonix side of this trail.

Step by step trail directions

Trail Directions

From Le Lavancher simply follow the first trail marker that will have Le Chapeau on it. From there on out you cannot miss the trail as there are trail markers all along the way. Once at Le Chapeau you have the option to take a trail to the right side that will take you to a view point. This extra trail takes about 15 minutes.

Points of Interest for this Trail

We have a large database of all of the points of interests in and around Chamonix. These are the points of interest you will find along this trail:

Buvette du Chapeau


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Snack Bar

Beautiful buvette near Chamonix with a big wooden terrace and with great views all around

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Le Lavancher


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Beautifully situated hamlet on a plateau north from Chamonix

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Cascade du Chapeau


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Waterfall next to the Chapeau buvette at the foot of the Mer de Glace

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3D Map & GPS

Trail Route Map & GPS

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3D Map of this Trail

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