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Hiking in Les Contamines - Hikes around Chamonix

Hiking & Trekking in Les Contamines, close to Chamonix

Col du Bonhomme (Tête Nord du Fours)

Exit parking and follow trail to Notre-Dame de la Gorge. You will then continue on past the church and into the mountains towards the Refuge du Bonne Nant.

The Col is about 2h30 past the refuge and well marked. A great 1h30 addition is the Tête Nord du Fours. Upon arrival at the Col, follow signs towards the Refuge du Bonhomme. When the refuge is in site, you will begin to see signs on your left hand side for the Tête Nord.

Follow signs to this beautiful summit to enjoy a breathtaking 360 view including Mont-Blanc, Italian Alps, Aravis and every mountain all the way to Grenoble! There is a wonderful diagram naming all the beautiful peaks in the distance.

This is a great detour but make sure you have enough time to go down before the sun does!

La Côte d'Auran

This hike takes you through the Natural Reserve of Les Contamines-MontJoie giving you an exceptional view of the village below as well as the soaring Mont-Joly.

The path is mostly forested and will introduce you to much of the region's vegetation. This is a hike that can be enjoyed by all levels.

La Crêt via la Gruvaz

This trail will take you around the Natural Reserve of Les Contamines. This can be done in both summer and winter (with snowshoes!). The trail starts off with a fairly steep climb and mellows out to a lovely forested trail.

Notre-Dame de la Gorge

This is a hike accessible to all levels. Following the length of the Bonnant River, there are numerous beautiful small hamlets and farms to discover.

At the end of the trail is the stunning baroque church of Notre-Dame de la Gorge (Our Lady of the Gorge) which was constructed in 1699 and open daily to visitors. This trail continues on and opens up to an abundance of mountain paths.


For some of these routes you may consider hiring an Indpendant Trek Leader as some of these hikes can be quite demanding