Aiguillette des Houches

Starting from the mountain animal Wildlife Park at Merlet, the path winds it's way up through pine trees towards the small Refuge of Bel Lachat (2136 m.) which has unbelievable views onto the Mont Blanc massif on the opposite side of the valley. Behind the refuge, it is a short hike up to the Col du Bel Lachat, from where you head across the open plain to the Aiguillette des Houches (2285 m.), the highest point of the day. There is an awe-inspiring 360° panorama from the Aiguillette, which makes it an excellent place to stop for lunch. The descent is down towards the Chalets de Chailloux and its pastures, before following the path back through the woods to the point of departure at Merlet.

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Walk time: 
7 hours
Altitude Change: 
850 meters gain, 850 meters loss
Grade: 
Moderate/Hard