Intermediate Glacier du Tour vu depuis les Posettes

Published on 27 July 2004 | by Pierre-Alexandre


Aiguillette des Posettes

The itinerary that I propose passes through the Refuge de Balme, Pointe d’Arolette, Tête de Balme, the Col des Posettes, Aiguillette des Posettes, and returns to the parking lot of the cable car. This hike on the Montagne des Posettes offers sumptuous panoramic views over the Glacier du Tour, Vallorcine, Chamonix, and the Emosson dam. You’ll also discover the spring of the Arve river.

  • Difficulty: Intermediate hiking-icon-moyen
  • Altitude: 2,201 m
  • Route: 4 hours 00 min
  • Elevation Gain: 450 meters
  • Round-trip: 9.3 km
  • Map: IGN 3630 OT


Getting There

From Chamonix, head towards Col des Montets by the N. 506 road. Go through the village of Argentière, then take the small road on the right that leads to the village of Le Tour. The parking lot is in front of the station of the cable car of Charamillon.
Take this cable car, then continue with the chairlift of Charamillon-Balme.
Prices and timetables of the Col de Balme ski lifts.

Fares and Timetables of the Col de Balme’s cable car and ski lift

GPS Coordinates (WGS 84) of the Starting Point: 46.003924, 6.946499


At the arrival station of the chairlift of Charamillon-Balme, turn left towards the Refuge de Balme (2,191 m) reached in about ten minutes. From there, go on a path that goes towards the pass visible on the right. The ascent is easy and well marked. Be careful, if névés persist, you have to cross them with the greatest caution. Once arrived at the pass, you discover a magnificent panorama of the Emosson dam. Leave the very steep trail that goes right towards the iron cross to go left in the direction of Pointe d’Arolette (2,333 m). The road goes round the ridge to the left, then forks to the right to go up frankly. The cross is quickly won after a small ascent.
Go down again in the direction of Tête de Balme (2,321 m); The summit is marked by a large cairn and a geographic marker, which also delimits the border with Switzerland.
The place is ideal for a break in front of these impressive landscapes. Continue to the southwest by the trail leading to the arrival station of Tête de Balme chair lift and the ski lift of Des Reines. Descend by the path that follows more or less the ski lift to arrive at the Col des Posettes (1,997 m).
Leave the Chalets of Balme on the left and walk in the direction of the Arête des Crèches by the track with red and white markings. The pathway becomes steeper and goes through between the rhododendrons and the rocks to win Aiguillette des Posettes (2,201 m). The Glacier du Tour is beautiful in the distance. It’s difficult to leave this marvelous spot to reach the Croix des Posettes, which is located a little lower (2,183 m) vis-à-vis the Valley of Vallorcine.


Turn back and head towards Aiguilles Rouges on the Sentier des Frêtes. After passing a cairn then the boundary of the nature reserve, the trail gets steeper but is well equipped with wooden steps. After a left turn in front of the glacier, the footpath forks to follow the direction of Le Tour. The descent among the pines is enjoyable, and after some passages on footbridges, the path leads to the car park of the Tour.

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