This walk will take you from the small town of Argentière through the valley in the direction of Chamonix, before you return to Argentière on the other side of the valley.
This relaxing walk is a great introduction to the Mont Blanc area. From Chamonix you can take the bus or train to Argentière, which takes you through several small towns that you will get to explore during your walk. Your walk starts with a stroll through the streets of Argentière. You will pass a pharmacie, an Office de Tourisme with more detailed information about the area, and the quaint church of Saint Pierre. In this initial stage you will also pass the Plan de Joran, a cable car that, once at the top, offers great views of the Aiguille des Grands Montets, towering above you at 3296 meters. After this you will enter a forested area which will take you along mountain paths through the valley until you get to Les Tinnes, which is where you will loop round and walk on the opposite side of the valley back to Argentière. There are restaurants along the way in the various small towns that you pass should you wish to stop for lunch, or alternatively, you can bring some snacks with you from Chamonix to have a picnic.
This whole walk is a lovely way to explore the valley and the quaint French villages that you will see along the way.
After several kilometers, you will cross a small downhill stream, where the rocks could be slippery. Make sure to take extra care with your footing. Other than that, be careful when crossing any of the busy roads.
Walking boots will suffice for this walk. You won’t be needing walking poles, but you can always bring them along if you wish. The walk is fairly flat over smooth terrain and easily accessible walking paths.
Always make sure to dress appropriately for the weather and to check the weather forecast. Bear in mind that conditions can change suddenly in mountainous areas, especially at high altitude. It is always a good idea to bring spare waterproofs or a warm fleece in the eventuality that you get cold or it starts to rain.
There is a pharmacy in Argentière, right accross from the Office du Tourisme. We recommend that you bring plenty of water and snacks for your walk, and lunch from Chamonix if you are planning on having a picnic, as there are not many shops in Argentière. There are a couple of restaurants in the villages that you will pass through, so if you want to stop here for a some food or a refreshing drink, that is also possible. Not all of these restaurants are open in the beginning of the season though, so make sure that you have enough water and snacks to keep you going!
This walk is included in the following itineraries: