Hiking The Petit Balcon Sud

The 8th most popular hiking trail in France.

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On the eastern side of the Chamonix valley near Argentiere, this route is a 6km doubletrack and narrow trail traversing the lower slopes running from the Brevent lift upper parking lot in Chamonix northeast into Les Tines.

This trail runs all the way from Argentiere to Chamonix on the south facing side of the valley. The trail is a walking track so the top section in Argentiere is very tough. The best option is to join the trail by the turn-off to the Grands Mtets cable car. Following along the right side of the river heading towards Chamonix the trail eventually drops down above the railway lines to Les Tines. Carry on towards Chamonix until meeting an intersection where you have two choices. Up a steep track on the right to the Petit Balcon Sud which carries on all the way to Le Brevent in Chamonix, or continue along by the riverside to Les Praz and then Chamonix. Take the high route for better riding and no traffic as the other trail meets the road in a few places. The Petit balcon Sud is very tough to hike in the opposite direction.

Overall, Petit Balcon Sud is the 8th most popular hiking trail of all 14 hikes in France. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Petit Balcon Sud including Chamonix, Petit Balcon Nord, Hikers Haute Route, Tour Du Mt Blanc, La Flegere and Les MottetsLognan.

Chamonix (France)

Chamonix (France)

Petit Balcon Sud Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Local Tourism (0033) 45053-0024; Central Reservations (01133) 45053-0763; French Tourism, US (212) 838-7800.

Best Season:  Jul. - Aug.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Yeti Lodge Chalets; Le Vert Hotel; Hotel Des Lacs; Hotel Morgane 45053-5715; Vallee Blanche (011) 33-450530450; Hotel du Louvre

Luxury Loding:  Auberge Du Bois-Prin 45053-3351; La Hameau Albert 45053-0509; The Clubhouse (011) 33-450-909-656; Grand Hotel des Alpes

Breakfast Restaurant:  L'M, Chamonix

Reference Source:  click here https://www.chamonix.net/

GPS:  45.98459, 6.92703

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  7/8/2016

ID:  18952

Petit Balcon Sud Hiking Map


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