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Hike along the Petit Balcon Sud: Les Tines-Les Bossons


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Difficulty : easyOne-way timing : 3h00Distance : 10kmStarting point altitude : 1100mHighest point : 0mElevation gain : 569mElevation losses : 662mGPX Track : DownloadPoint of interest refreshment shack heritage - village

This path goes through the Chamonix valley, taking you to Servoz from Argentière.
All along, there are wonderful views over the Valley and the Mont Blanc Massif.

From Pont de la Corruaz, follow Chemin du Paradis for 500 m along
the right bank of the river Arve. Opposite the next bridge - the Forge Bridge - the Petit Balcon goes up on your right into the woods. Cross under the Raffort cliffs, then under La Flegere cable car into the wide Lanchers corridor (path to La Flegere and ski piste). Once again, the path disappears into the forest crossed by the gullies of La Floria and Le Chable. Cut across the footpaths going to La Floria and La Charlanon and cross the Nants corridor and the power station penstock. The footpath wanders gently along at more or less the same height, sometimes under cover of the forest, and sometimes through clearings.
Shortly after Les Plans corridor, it crosses the forest track and joins the footpath from Planpraz: follow this for 150 m downhill and then take a path off to the right along the flat. Cross under the Planpraz cable car and cut across the Petits Lacets de Planpraz path: you will come to the wide Le Brevent corridor. Where the path branches in the forest, ignore the path on your right which leads to Bel-Lachat. Carry on along the flat above Les Lacs and Les Rochers des Gaillands following the path to Merlet named the “Sentier Henri Vallot” (1853-1922) after the cartographer of Mont-Blanc (see the plaque on a rock). Cross the Les Gaillands corridor and the sparse woodland. To avoid rock falls, leave the path that goes down to Les Gaillands on your left and cross over to join the Ravin des Vouillouds (torrent). Here, a path goes down to the left towards Les Bossons.

More information at the Tourist Office, the High Mountain Office, and in our hiking guide.
Careful: path conditions may change - remember to check the latest information before setting off.

Recommended period *

From 01/05 to 31/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Facilities and services

  • Pets welcome

Before leaving

Mountain conditions informations (La Chamoniarde, High Mountain Office)Weather forecast (Météo France, Tourist Office)+33(0)4 50 53 00 24 (Office de Tourisme de Chamonix)
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