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France / Switzerland
Rhône-Alpes / Valais
Chamonix / Vallorcine / Trient
Massif du Mont-Blanc

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R113 La Flégère » Trient
  |   8h00   |   18.5 km   |   1046 m   |   1545 m

This stage uses the GR® Tour du Mont-Blanc, the section is a balcony trail facing the Aiguilles de Chamonix peaks and Mt Blanc itself, until the Montets pass. Then after heading down to the Buet hamlet, it climbs to the Posettes pass and then the Balme pass to reach Switzerland. After the pass, it continues on the right side of the valley down to Trient, the stage destination.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
La Flégère
1865 m
| D  2.8 km / 1h15
Chalet des Cheserys
1989 m
| D  3.8 km / 1h30
Col des Montets
1469 m
| D  1.9 km / 0h30
1339 m
| D  4.1 km / 2h15
Col des Posettes
1998 m
| D  2 km / 1h00
Col de Balme
2200 m
| D  3.9 km / 1h30
1326 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Useful topographic maps
Useful guidebooks
  • Du Léman à Sion / André Beerli ~ Editions Ketty & Alexandre (ISBN 2-88114-026-2)
  • Unterwallis / Waeber/Steinbichler ~ Bergverlag Rudolf Rother GmbH (ISBN 3-7633-4128-5)
  • Du Léman au Mont Blanc - Tour des Dents du Midi - Réf. 504 ~ Fédération Française de Randonnée (ISBN 2-85699-807-0)

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  • Berta - 2018-07-22
    Wir hatten eine nette Auberge ( Gite le Moulin, Tel: 0682333454, Chemin du Moulin ) 30 Min von Col des Montets entfernt, allerdings in die entgegengesetzte Richtung der Via Alpina. Man muß also am nächsten Tag wieder zurück. Es ist aber eine sehr gute Alternative. Netter Besitzer, sauber, ruhig und guter Essen. Lager + Halbpension 41 €
    Automatic translation [Google]
    We had a nice Auberge (Gite le Moulin, Tel: 0682333454, Chemin du Moulin) 30 minutes from Col des Montets, but in the opposite direction of the Via Alpina. So you have to go back the next day. But it is a very good alternative. Nice owner, clean, quiet and good food. Camp + half board 41 €
  • auf-guten-wegen - 2017-09-17
    Die Wegbeschreibung war für uns etwas unklar. Bei der Kreuzung "Tête des Vents" folgten wir dem Weg links zum Col des Montets, wie auch im GPS-Track vorgeschlagen. Landschaftlich äusserst eindrückliche Strecke, gut machbar.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The directions were a bit unclear to us. At the intersection "Tête des Vents" we followed the path to the left of the Col des Montets, as suggested in the GPS track. Very impressive scenery, well feasible.
  • Elisabeth - 2015-10-05
    D'après les panneaux - et confirmation au refuge du Col de Balme - il faut 8h50 - 9 h et non 6h25 pour faire cette étape !! A corriger rapidement. Par ailleurs, parce que l'eau n'est pas potable, la gardienne de ce refuge très peu aimable a refusé de remplir ma bouteille d'eau...
    L'itinéraire "variante" évoqué est devenu l'itinéraire normal entre La Flégère et le col des Montets.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    According to the panel - and confirmation to the refuge of the Col de Balme - it takes 8:50 - 9 pm and not 6:25 to make this step !! A corrected quickly. Furthermore, because the water is not drinkable, the guardian of this very unkind shelter refused to fill my water bottle ... The itinerary "variant" evoked became the normal route between La Flégère and Col des Montets.
  • Daniel - 2015-09-16
    Stay at Refuge de Balme.
    There are many places with about the same name. Take the one right on the op of the pass, on the border.
    The small Refuge de Balme (E55 demi-pension) is exactly at the border. The hut is about 100 years old and is hardly improved since. The old gardiens are suspicous at first, will not open the dorms before 5.30pm, and let you use the poop-hole outside the house until then. But later in the evening the lady gets friendlier and started telling me horrific stories about border patrols caught in avalanches. And about the guest in winter who popped out for a moment to see the Mont Blanc at night, and did not return. Search parties in the next days were unsuccessful. When the snow melted next spring his body appeared just behind the hut!

    Before you leave to Switzerland, look behind. Last view on the snowy Mont Blanc!!
  • mikeb - 2015-07-19
    Col de Montets to La Flegere takes 3:30 - 3:45 hours as shown on the signs at Col de Montets, and not the 2:15 hours as in the above. This is important because of the timing for the cable car from La Flegere down to Chamonix
  • Thierry M - 2013-12-23
    Monaco - Trieste

    Trient - Col de Balme : 2h30 going up

    From there different trails are possible, wrongly followed ski slopes down to Vallorcine where there is food and water tho (also bus and tourist office)

    From col de Balme to Vallorcine took me 2h30 (stopped a lot because great view there)

    Camping place in Les montets is about less than 30min from Vallorcine

    Camping les montets 7,8euros to pitch, hot shower, electricity, water and toilet paper.
  • Arjen - 2013-06-13
    "La Gardienne" is closed!

    Chère visiteuse, cher visiteur,
    Le Gîte la Gardienne a définitivement fermé ses portes au 30 septembre 2012.
    Angela Cappi remercie chaleureusement tous ceux qui lui ont fait confiance pendant toutes ces années.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    "The Guardian" is closed! Dear visitor, dear visitor, the Keeper's Cottage has closed its doors on September 30, 2012. Angela Cappi warmly thank all those who have trusted him all these years.
  • Martin Schreiber - 2011-03-27
    It's hard to get an accommodation during high season in Trient without a reservation.

    I was lucky to get a place at the more unknown "La Gardienne". All other accommodations were already fully booked. It's a really convenient place as well as relatively cheap with very a kind host speaking eng/deu/fr.
    There's also a small (really small) supermarket in the village.

    Angela et Pierre-Alain Cappi La Gardienne
    027/72212 40
Last update : 2019-12-17