Albert Premier: Quick access to the alpine above Le Tour
A steep moraine to a flowing descent in a stunning landscape
A perfectly defined, steep moraine trail sits like a beacon above the tiny ski village of Le Tour, just up the valley from Chamonix, the end stop for one of the bus lines. In the same way climbers seek beautiful lines up peaks or walls, runners seek uniquely defined trails making their way through the landscape. Few natural land forms offer better trails than a glacier’s moraine, and it's also steep enough to put it into the VK category.
Combine an ascent of the moraine with a stop at the Refuge Albert Premier Hut for a coffee, followed by the traverse to Col de Balme, topped with blueberry picking on Aihuillette des Posettes, and you have the makings of a Chamonix Valley trail running classic.
Start: 46.003640, 6.946612
Town: LE TOUR
Consider the multiple huts as aid stations and browse the menus.
The trail continues past the Albert Premier Hut where it finally dead ends on the glacier. It's a great place to explore and see the big mountains a bit more up close.
- For one more extension, angle over to Croix de Fer from Chalet du Col de Balm, a grassy, then rocky ridge to a fine summit point.