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Hikes in Saint Gervais les Bains

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Ready to take your trekking shoes out of your suitcase to cross the Mont-Blanc country and climb some Alpine peaks? Discover the 10 most beautiful hikes from Saint-Gervais-les-Bains in Haute-Savoie.

Gruvaz Gorges

A very nice walk ideal for families and occasional walkers. The trail is only accessible during sunny days, from May to October. Snowmelt is the best time to observe waterfalls.

  • Length: 1.75 km
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Level: Easy
  • Elevation: 275 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Fairy Paths

Park your vehicle in the parking lot of the Mont-Blanc tram station and take the rue du Mont Lachat. You will see the panel "Chimneys of the Fairies". This route, accessible all year round, is dotted with strange columns surmounted by rocks, the famous fairy chimneys.

  • Length: 3 km
  • Duration: 1h30
  • Average level
  • Elevation: 300 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Bionnassay glacier and Voza pass

This walk will allow you to have privileged views of the Bionnassay glacier, the Mont-Blanc massif and the Chamonix valley. The start is from the hamlet of Bionnassay (Crozat car park).

  • Length: 7 km
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Average level
  • Elevation: 410 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Les Houches and Nan Borrant refuge

This difficult circuit is a variant of the first stage of the Mont-Blanc tour which goes through the Col de Tricot. Note that this is not a circular route. The arrival, the Nan Borrant refuge, is located in the town of Contamines. Consult the bus timetables between Les Contamines and Saint-Gervais for the return journey.

  • Length: 15.5 km
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Level: Difficult
  • Elevation: 1,050 m
  • Loop tour: No

Tour of Mont Vorassay

From the hamlet of Le Champel, reach the chalet du Chalère and the Col de Tricot, then approach the BIonnassay glacier without losing sight of Mount Vorassay.

  • Length: 10.8 km
  • Duration: 5:45
  • Level: Difficult
  • Elevation: 1,115 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Prarion loop

This hike with almost 1,000 m of elevation allows you to cross various landscapes which give it a special charm. You will alternate wooded portions and dizzying mountains, with a sensational panorama from the crest of Prarion.

  • Length: 11.5 km
  • Duration: 5h30
  • Level: Difficult
  • Elevation: 940 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Tour du Mont-Blanc 1st stage

To save some effort, you can take the Bellevue cable car to the Voza pass.

  • Length: 13.9 km
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Level: Difficult
  • Elevation: 840 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Les Houches and Tête Rousse refuge

A short distance circuit but with a very high elevation that will put your calves to the test.

  • Length: 6.7 km
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Level: Very difficult
  • Elevation: 1,310 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Les Houches and La Balme refuge

A great classic around Saint-Gervais, long and tiring, very well marked (part of the GR5). To reach the starting point, take the Bellevue cable car. You will reach the Beaufortain until you reach your goal, the Balme aux Contamines refuge.

  • Length: 20 km
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Level: Very difficult
  • Elevation: 895 m
  • Loop tour: No

Tour of Mont-Blanc

A 9-day hike reserved for the more athletic looking for sensations and huge virgin spaces. The circuit goes through Italy and Switzerland, ending at Lac Blanc in Chamonix.

  • Length: 131 km
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Level: Difficult
  • Elevation: 8,790 m
  • Loop tour: No

Do you refuse to store your trekking shoes? You will find other very beautiful hiking circuits around Chamonix.

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