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Merlet to Plan de la Cry and Le Christ Roi


Overall rating


Trail Length



Trail Elevation

Elevation + / -

376m / 376m

Trail Type

Trail type


When to go on this trail

When to go

Mid Apr - End Oct

Hiking duration for this trail

Hike duration

1.5 - 2.5 Hours

Altitude range for this trail

Altitude Range

1207m / 1553m

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

45 - 75 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



This is a medium altitude trail which takes you from Parc Merlet to a nice view point at the Plan de la Cry with a slight detour to the Lac Noir. From there you descend to the hamlet of Le Coupeau. Your last stop will be the Christ Roi (Christ the King) statue before heading back to Parc Merlet. You can easily combine this with a visit to the actual park in case you feel like doing a smallish, family friendly trail afterwards. The Christ the King statue is visible from the main road that goes through the Chamonix Valley and it is very recognizable. When actually visiting the statue you will not see much of the statue as there are lot of big trees around it. There is an altar how ever and you can see the small chapel inside the statue from the outside. 

Overall a nice little trail which good views over the Mont Blanc. They will not be as spectacular as the higher altitude trails above like the Aiguillette des Houches but definitely a lot more family friendly.

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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

Mid Apr - End Oct

Risk considerations for this trail

Risk Considerations & Difficulty Assessment

This route reaches an altitude of 1553m and I would expect the trails to be snow free and accessible from mid April to the end of October. The trails are well marked but there are many trails leading in the same direction during this trail and staying on the right one will require a map and gps application. Getting through the Le Coupeau village and onto the right trail towards Le Christ Roi can be a bit challenging too but there are no big mistakes you can make here and there plenty of trail markers in Le Coupeau that mention the Crist Roi. The trails themselves are family friendly and not difficult.

Starting point for this trail

Trail Starting Point

You can start this trail at the parking lots along the road to Merlet. You could also start this from Parc Merlet and add the park to your day. There is a bus going to Merlet from Les Houches when the Parc is open. Check the Parc Merlet website for details.

Step by step trail directions

Trail Directions

Your initial goal is to reach the path up the west side of Parc Merlet. Depending on where you parked or whether you took the bus, you will need to make your way to this junction. From there take the path up and keep going up till you see the trail marker for Plan de la Cry. This is traverse going slowly up and then down to Plan de la Cry. About midway to Plan de la Cry there will be a junction with another trail that heads towards the little mountain lake of Lac Noir. This is very nearby and the lake is quite cute so we recommend taking this slight detour. 

Plan de la Cry is the nicest view point of the trail and worthy of a quick break. After Plan de la Cry you will descend towards the town of Le Coupeau. You will pass by the parking lot and head further down the trail. You could take the main road but the road is quite narrow and its safer to stay on the trails. To minimize your time on the time road we recommend you take a left turn on the main road and head towards a trail that starts at a bend in the road. This is not necessary and you could just follow the main road to the Christ Roi statue. From the Christ Roi statue it is easy to navigate back to the Merlet parking.

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:

Lac Noir


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Small lake above Les Houches between Le Coupeau and Parc Merlet

Nearest town for this point of interest

Nearest Town

Les Houches

Altitude of this point of interest



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Le Christ Roi


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Large 25 meter tall Statue of Christ the King above Les Houches

Nearest town for this point of interest

Nearest Town

Les Houches

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Trail Route Map & GPS

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