Lac Blanc - the one hike in Chamonix you cannot miss this summer

August, 18 2017 ( Updated August, 21 2017)


Chamonix is most commonly known as a famous winter destination, especially since the first Winter Olympics were held in this charming town in 1924. But summer is also a season you should not miss in Chamonix. There are several exciting activities to explore the city and its surroundings during this time of the year

Summer is the perfect time to visit Chamonix if you like hiking and want to go on some great walks in the alps. There are many paths to choose from which take you to different parts of Mont Blanc. One of the most popular walks you should definitely not miss here is the Lac Blanc Walk.

Lac Blanc is an alpine lake located at a height of 2,352m and gives you amazing panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Massif surrounded by beautiful alpine colours. Watching the sunrise and sunset from this special place is a mesmerising experience you will still talk about long after. Even during the summer months you can find snow near the lake. Wildlife species like the ibex, chamois, marmots and deers might even cross your path on your way up there. If you want to enjoy the serenity and atmosphere of the area, look for a quiet spot near the lake and sit down with your family and friends to have a picnic. Alternatively, you can head down to the refuge located by the lake to buy drinks, snacks and a meal. Lac Blanc is the perfect spot for photographers who are lucky to shoot some amazing pictures of the lake water reflecting the mountains.

A daytrip to Lac Blanc takes an average of four to five hours including hiking up to the lake, exploring the surroundings, spending some time there and coming back down again. If you want to spend the night at the lake and stay in one of the bunks to see the moon and stars light up the night sky we recommend to book your accommodation in advance. There are three main routes you can take to hike up to the lake. But no matter what trail you pursue, the view will be scenic. 

The highest starting point amongst the three trails is located at 2,525m and can be accessed by the chairlift. This trail is recommended for experienced and fit walkers only as it has a very slippery ground with lots of ups and downs.

If you’re looking for an easier track to Lac Blanc, start at the Flégère mid station at 1913m. This path has a climb of approximately 500m that you have to conquer, but is straightforward for the rest of the way. You can also take a slight detour to Lac Cheserys which is a more scenic route and an easier track to walk on. 

Accept a challenge and take the Trè-le-Champ trail to turn your trip into a full day adventure. This track will lead you through an open forest and provides two routes to choose from – Aiguilette d’Argentiere, which goes past a climbing crag and is recommended for experienced climbers, or Chalets des Cheserys, which is the easier one of both.Even though summer is the best period for hiking to Lac Blanc, it is recommended to check with the Office du Haute Montagne and the staff at the chairlift before you go, as some paths might be closed due to various weather conditions.

Altogether, Lac Blanc is a highly-recommended place to go if you love hiking and want to reward yourself with scenic views of the alps. The serenity of the area is bound to take your breath away and you will be able to admire Mont Blanc in its full majesty from up there. Take your family and friends on a daytrip, but if you want to make the most of your journey stay the night at Lac Blanc. 


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