Grand Balcon Nord : Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi - Montenvers

Grand Balcon Nord : Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi - Montenvers

Grand Balcon Nord : Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi - Montenvers
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Natalie
Left Hand, WV7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
This is an easy trail. Not recommend for young or older people. Do not forget to bring food and drinks with you. Ok views.
Written 12 February 2023
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Éva G
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
It took about 4 hours for us, because we took lots of photos, I loved the wiew of the mountains, the fresh air, the flowers and the small creeks...
Written 18 July 2022
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Sylvia R
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
This is a very nice trail to walk. You can go up with the cable, then walk Gran balcon and go down with the little train. Or just walk down. Take a backpack with you with drinks and some food. Also better to take good hiking clothes with you because the wether can change quickly. When it is warm in the village can it be cold on the mountain. Take also a little first aid kit with you.
Written 12 February 2020
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timfl2016
Urbana, IL193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Well, any of the trails will be worth your time. We hiked on some other trails but they would offer you tranquility, grand views, and some exercise.
Written 22 October 2019
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DdraigGoch1948
Watford, UK202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The walk on the Grand Balcon Nord from Plan l'Aiguille to Montenvers is a classic walk particularly after visiting the Aiguille du Midi. Takes about 2-3 hours depending on how often you stop for photos. It is also a great way to visit Montenvers with all that that has to offer.
Written 5 October 2019
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Heslomonick
Birmingham, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
We did this walk with 5 and 7 year old boys. It was a gorgeous sunny clear day on a weekday in August. We went up the Aguille de Midi cable car from Chamonix and this time we stopped at the first stop which is half way up the mountain (we’d been up to the very top last tome). Also, last time we went up this cable car it was very early in the morning and we didn’t need to reserve a boarding time after purchasing our multi pass (see separate review about this). This time it was about 11am when we arrived with our multi passes and we didn’t understand the system at first as the signage is rubbish. But basically we found out that we had to ask a lady for a plastic boarding number (x 4 because there were 4 of us) and then wait for that number to be called. The lady was stood at the cordoned off section called ‘boarding’. Then you go to the ‘I have got a ticket’ section with your plastic numbers and wait for your number to be called. We ended up boarding at about 11.45am having arrived at 11 so there was a bit of a wait. We just went to the cafe and to the toilet whilst we were waiting.

Once at the midway point of the cable car we then set off on our hike to the Montenvers railway. It turned out to be 3 hour walk for us covering nearly 6km along a precipitous track with a cliff edge pretty much all the way along (!) clambering over rocks and going over stepping stones over streams and going up up up then down down down then up up up then down down down. At one point it was so treacherous and close to the cliff edge there was a chain attached to the cliff wall for you to cling onto whilst you navigated that section. As usual on these hikes, my husband went in the front with our 5 year old, at breakneck speed. Then they’d totally lose sight of me (I’m not much of a hiker, more of a cautious pavement Walker) walking with our 7 year old who is a not as cautious as me but happy to go as slowly as I needed to. My husband and 5 year old would stop for a rest miles ahead until we reappeared at which point they would immediately set off again at breakneck speed. So we didn’t really get much rest! Anyway, despite it being hairy and scary, it was a very spectacular walk and such beautiful views and the terrain kept the boys interested throughout and often they’d chose even more challenging rocks to clamber over rather than the treacherous main path.

We also forgot to have any lunch and there are no cafes or facilities along the way so we just had to give the boys lots of unhealthy snacks we had in our bag. Which of course they loved. Plus we found some blueberries growing along the way which we ate.

Suffice to say we didn’t see any other 5-7 year olds doing this walk, let alone as quickly as our 5 year old was going. It was clearly a popular walk though as we saw lots of other walkers along the way and lots of dogs.

There are toilets and cafes at the start and again at the end. We had a bit of a wait for the train back down as it was busy by then. We probably waited 45 minutes before we got on a train. But we were pleased to have managed the challenging walk and in fact I quite enjoyed it despite it terrifying me in places.
Written 18 August 2019
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Jan Willem t
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,432 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The view over the glacier, Mer de Glace, is stunning. It is not only the glacier that catch the eyes but also the mountains that surround the Mer de Glace. We were so lucky that the weather was perfect for viewing and photo taking, success guaranteed! Clearly is visible the grit of the rocks that is created by sanding and crushing the mountain walls and rocks by the ice. Very worthwhile to spend an hour on the Grand Balcon
Written 17 May 2019
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Eva S
Strandebarm, Norway36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
A hike that is quite easy to do. The paths are well marked. Fantastic views. We walked from Plan de L'Aguille to Montanverde. I think that is the best direction to do the hike.
Written 24 September 2018
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Moments4Life
Highland Village, TX1,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
I highly recommend the Grand Balcon Nord trail- Plan de l’Aiguille du Midi to Montenvers while spending time in Chamonix during the summer months. We hiked towards Montenvers, after our visit to Aiguille du Midi. When traveling this direction, the hike begins at the Aiguille du Midi mid-station stop. The hike took us about 2.5 hours (context- mid 40's, active life-style, many stops for pictures along the way). Within 15 minutes of the hike, you'll come across a scenic overlook with a refuge- highly recommend starting the hike "after" breakfast, lunch, or coffee here. A great way to relax before starting out (or finishing if traveling the other direction). The path crosses over a few babbling streams; waterproof hiking shoes come in handy here, but aren't completely necessary. After about an hour, the path splits with two paths towards Montenvers. Follow the Le Sentier path for scenic views; the other path is reported as boring. When traveling this direction, the Sentier path starts with approximately 10 minutes of steep uphill switchbacks. The next 20-25 minutes is gradually uphill, followed by about 30 minutes of a downhill path. Views do not disappoint, though I will admit that traveling the other direction perhaps provides more scenic views of the snow-capped mountains. Pro's of traveling towards Montenvers after lunch is that the sun is on your backside. The glacier is within view for most of the last 30 minutes of the downhill stretch. Prior to that, you'll cross amazing rock formations; nothing like I've ever seen. Once we reached Montenvers, we traveled back to Chamonix via train, but one could continue the hike down to the valley. Sunscreen and water is a must. Hiking sticks do come in handy due to the rocky trail, as do sturdy hiking shoes. We found this trail to be slightly more crowded than the hike from Le Flegere to Planpraz, and beginning in Montenvers seemed just as popular as the direction we chose, as the uphill/downhill fight probably equals out either way.
Written 20 August 2018
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