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Hike along the Petit Balcon Sud: Merlet-Plan de la Cry

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Difficulty : mediumRound trip timing : 3h00Distance : 6kmStarting point altitude : 1483mHighest point : 1595mElevation gain : 338mElevation losses : 338mGPX Track : DownloadPoint of interest heritage - village

A hike that mainly goes through the woods. A trail that offers sweeping views of the Mont Blanc Massif.

Near the entrance to the Park on the Chamonix side, walk up alongside the fence and follow the path on the right to Bel Lachat and Le Brevent for about 10 min. Leave this path and head left over the flat for 400 m. Go down, leaving the Chailloux path to your right. Follow the path as it winds up the hill until you come to a junction: ignore the path towards Les Houches on your left and instead take the path over the flat on the right into the forest. It passes just below Lac Noir then takes you to Le Plan de la Cry.

You can also start out from Les Houches, Les Bossons or Chamonix.
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 15/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Facilities and services

  • Pets welcome

Before leaving

Be careful! This is a medium altitude trail, please check the mountain conditions and the weather forecast before you leave :Mountain conditions informations (La Chamoniarde, High Mountain Office)Weather forecast (Météo France, Tourist Office)+33(0)4 50 53 22 08 (La Chamoniarde, Office de Haute Montagne)
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