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Miage to Tricot and Plan de Glacier

6

Overall rating

Above Average

Trail Length

Length

10.17km

Trail Elevation

Elevation + / -

1181m / 1181m

Trail Type

Trail type

Loop

When to go on this trail

When to go

Mid Jun - End Sep

Hiking duration for this trail

Hike duration

4.0 - 6.0 Hours

Altitude range for this trail

Altitude Range

1565m / 2680m

Technical difficulty level for this trail

Technical level

Very Difficult (5/5)

Natural beauty rating for this trail

Natural beauty

Very Nice (4/5)

Run duration for this trail

Run duration

2.5 - 3.5 Hours

Kids age requirement for this trail

Families

15+ Years old

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

No Dogs

Are there provision sources on this trail

Provision Sources

1 Refuge

Contributors:

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This trail takes you to the high altitude Refuge de Plan de Glacier perched on a rockface on the side of the Glacier de Miage. There is only one trail that you can take to reach this Refuge and it runs between the Refuge de Miage and the Col de Tricot. You can either take this trail as a loop from Refuge Miage or make it a detour on your way to Miage from the Col de Tricot. I personally did this as a run from Chamonix passing by Bellevue and then the Col de Tricot and then I added this detour before reaching Miage. 


The trail itself is not easy. The path up to Col de Tricot is quite steep and rocky and the "Smugglers Path" between de Col and Refuge de Plan de Glacier is quite technical too. It will be slow going or at least that is how I experienced it. The descend back into Refuge de Miage is no cake walk either. All in all its a pretty rough route without any sections that are easier on the knees. What you get in return though is definitely worth it. You will have great views pretty much all the way and the Refuge de Plan de Glacier is something you need to see to believe. Its small and charming and feels to be built in the middle of nowhere.

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Trail Directions & Safety Considerations

Age requirement for kids on this trail

Children

15+ Years old

Dog rules on this trail

Dogs

Too technical in our opinion to comfortably do with a dog.

Best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Mid Jun - End Sep

Risk considerations for this trail

Risk Considerations & Difficulty Assessment

This route reaches an altitude of 2680 meters at the Refuge de Plan de Glacier. It will most likely be snow free from the middle to end of June to the end of September. To be sure I would check with the Refuge itself. If they are open then they will know the conditions. The entire trail is very rocky, steep and will have a lot sections with lose scree. It is also very remote and I would not undertake this unless the season and weather are right for it. The trail is easy to navigate seeing how there are no splits in the road and you making a basic loop around the Miage Valley. You will be able to see the Refuge de Miage for the vast majority of the route. The final section of the Smugglers Path going to the Plan de Glacier is pretty much all rocks and I constantly had the feeling that I should have been there by now. Keep at it and you will reach the Refuge. The trail itself is steep and technical all throughout. Lots of big steps, lots of rock, lots of lose scree.

Starting point for this trail

Trail Starting Point

You can start the trail at the Refuge de Miage or the Col de Tricot if you are making a detour on your way to Miage. There are no real public transport options for reaching the Refuge de Miage.

Step by step trail directions

Trail Directions

From the Refuge de Miage head up towards de Col de Tricot. You cannot miss it and you will be able to see the Col from your departure point. Its a steep climb. From the Col de Tricot you will be turning to your right. There is a trail marker that will indicate the Plan de Glacier. You will be passing though a very nice stone arch on the so-called Smugglers Path. At the end of this path you will see the intersection with the trail going back down to the Refuge de Miage. Instead keep going south east towards the Refuge de Plan de Glacier. You take a rest at the Refuge and if its open you can enjoy a snack here. After that you will head back to the junction and take the trail down to the Refuge de Miage. The final section will be the easiest on your knees as you walk out through the alpine pastures on the valley floor and back to the Refuge.

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:

Chalets de Miage

9

Our Rating

Exceptional

Refuge

Large Refuge with dormitories, private rooms and small chalets in the Miage valley

Nearest town for this point of interest

Nearest Town

Les Contamines

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1560m

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Glacier de Miage

7

Our Rating

Good

Glacier

This glacier forms the Miage valley below the Dome du Miage west from Mont Blanc

Nearest town for this point of interest

Nearest Town

Les Contamines

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2700m

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Col de Tricot

9

Our Rating

Exceptional

Mountain Pass

Mountain pass near the Glacier de Bionnassay and the Miage Valley

Nearest town for this point of interest

Nearest Town

Les Houches

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2120m

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Refuge de Plan de Glacier

7

Our Rating

Good

Refuge

Spectacularly located little refuge perched against a rock side near the Glacier de Miage

Nearest town for this point of interest

Nearest Town

Les Contamines

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2680m

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Trail Route Map & GPS

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