Good morning Mont Blanc! It was seven o’clock in the morning when I took this picture before heading out to Les Praz de Chamonix then catch the first telecabin to La Flégère.
“I’m changing rooms tonight, gonna have a different view. Hopefully better“
Lac Blanc is one of the most popular trails in the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc area. To avoid the crowd, I hiked this trail during midweek, arriving at the Téléphérique de La Flégère cable car station right when it opened. I also followed the advice from 10advantures.com by taking the lift all the way to the top of L’Index and started from there. By doing that, I pretty much had the first half of the hike (and the scenery) all to myself.
The trail was stoney, not so comfortable to the feet. But the view was well worth it, with the Mont Blanc Massif to the right.
Other than some step ladders and handrails in certain sections to help secure the footing, the trail was fairly easy and non-technical.
Simply follow the cairns and the red/yellow markers.
It was supposed to be a sunny day, but up in the mountain the temperature was cool and breezy.
Shortly after passing the signpost for the Aiguilles Rouges Natural Reserve, the trail converged with the more popular route from La Flégère and the crowd level increased.
After a steep climb I arrived at the lake.
And it looked like this 😦
What happened to the sun and the view???
There’s a Refuge by the lake with a restaurant and bathroom stop – more about that later.
With the clouds, Lac Supérieur did not look much “superior”
than Lac Inférieur
By the time I finished with it and turned around, the mountains revealed themselves to Lac Supérieur.
Slowly by slowly, the sun shone through.
It was AMAZING the transformation!
It is absolutely forbidden to bath or swim in the lake.
How to get there?
From Chamonix take either Bus #1 or #2, or the Mont-Blanc Express train to Les Praz-de-Chamonix. Bus schedule can be found here. Use google map for train schedule.
From Les Praz-de-Chamonix, take the La Flégère-L’Index lift to either La Flégère (telecabin) or L’Index (chair lift).
From La Flégère, it takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. (one-way)
From L’Index, it takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. (one-way)
Although it took me almost two hours, as I stopped to enjoy the view and take photos.
Trail Detail – Round trip
From La Flégère (according to chamonix.com)
Distance 7km ≈ 4.4mi Elevation Gain/Loss 500m ≈ 1,640ft
Starting Point Altitude 1877m ≈ 6158ft Highest Point Altitude 2351m ≈ 7717ft
Estimated Time 3 hours
From L’Index (according to 10adventures.com)
Distance 6km ≈ 3.7mi Elevation Gain/Loss 269m ≈ 883ft
Estimated Time 2.5 hours
Food and restroom available by the lake.
Bonus Material 😛
Lac Blanc was the first and conditional hike we did during our Tour du Mont Blanc trek years ago. Here are some photos from that hike. I remembered it was rainy and cold that day.
We warmed up ourselves at the Refuge with soup, pâté en croûte and a delicious tarte aux myrtilles, which I was able to “replicate” at home.
We also encountered a couple of ibexes on the trail
which I did not in this particular section this time around. More on that in the next post.
Coming up next: Hiking in the French Alps: Lacs des Chéserys