Chamonix Le Tour Trail

Trail running Le Tour trails, Chamonix, France

Le Tour: Quick access to the alpine world

A steep moraine to a flowing descent in a stunning landscape

→ 10km

↑ 1240m

Δ 2702M 

♦ Medium

Θ CCW

A perfectly defined, steep moraine trail sits like a beacon above the tiny ski village of Le Tour, just up the valley from Chamonix. 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 the Glacier du Tour is a classic. It's also steep enough to put it well into the VK category.

Combine an ascent of the moraine with a stop at the Refuge Albert 1er Hut for a coffee, followed by a descent and traverse to the Col de Balme, and you have the makings of a great short Chamonix Valley trail running classic.

LOCATION
Start:   46.003640, 6.946612
Town:  Chamonix
Department:  Haute-Savoie
Country:  France

TIPS
  • Consider the hut an aid station and browse the menu.

  • The trail continues past the 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.

  • The descent has numerous extensions, study the map and consider continuing further to Col de Balme before beginning the final descent to Le Tour. 

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On the glacier moraine headed for the Refuge Albert 1er Hut.

In comparison to the photo above, from fall 2019, is this, from 2004. Note the glacier size difference.

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Just before the hut, the trail leaves the moraine and switchbacks the final meters to coffee and cake.

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The descent splits off the moraine just below the hut, seen in the upper right. This trail is long & smooth all the way to Le Tour.

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After turning the corner away from the glacier valley, you swap glacier for blueberry bushes.

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