Grand Balcon Nord : Plan de l’Aiguille du Midi – Montenvers
Hike located on the northern side of the valley, in mid-mountain.
The starting and finishing points are served by ski lifts.
The route is described in the most pleasant way: view, elevation
From the cable car station, descend towards the Refuge du Plan de l'Aiguille. Do not take the two paths descending to Chamonix via the Plan du Trois or the Pré du Rocher. Go horizontally to the right on the path that crosses the Tapia, the torrent and the bottom of the moraines of the glaciers of Blaitière, then Nantillons.
At this point, leave the Chamonix path on the left through the Alpages de Blaitière.
Continue horizontally crossing the Grépon torrent. Above
from Grand-Chalet, take a moment to admire the panorama
impressive Aiguilles de Chamonix: I'M, the Charmoz, Blaitière, the Plan, the Aiguille du Midi... and Mont-Blanc.
Shortly after, at 2 m, a fork: on the left a steep shortcut leads
at Montenvers by cutting steep corridors dangerous in the event of snow (diff.:
for experienced hikers). Take the panoramic path to the right by a winding climb and a crossing which leads to the lower Signal des Charmoz, then to the Signal Forbes (2 m). The view changes suddenly: the Drus, the Verte, the Jorasses... Descend a steep slope on the Mer de Glace side via long bends to reach the Montenvers, the hotel and the train station.
Possibility of doing it from Montenvers to the Aiguille du Midi.
In summer, remember to book your skip for the Plan de l'Aiguille as the number of people using the cable car is high.
Check opening dates and times before you go.
More information available at the Tourist Office or the Office de Haute-Montagne and in our trail guide.
Please note: The conditions of the trails are subject to change, remember to inquire before leaving.