Le Tour & Vallorcine – Domaine de Balme
Departure: 1480m | Top of the area: 2270m
Activities: Mountain biking, walking, hiking, climbing/glacier hiking
Gondolas: 2 | Chairlifts: 2
Le Tour is situated at the top of the valley and is a traditional Savoyarde village which borders Switzerland. The views back down the valley towards Chamonix are unmissable and create a fantastic backdrop to your walking or biking. You’ll also enjoy the herds of cows which graze the pastures during the summer – listen out for their bells – every farmer has his herd tuned to a different note!
The high mountan pastures of the Domaine de Balme are perfect for rambles, while the Glacier du Tour provides the ideal theatre for moutaineering. Get up high to enjoy views of the Emosson Dam or take a technical trek from the Refuge Albert 1er across the Glacier du Tour. Contact the Resort Team to book bespoke glacier hikes with a guide.
Le Tour is also one of Chamonix’s main mountain biking destinations, offering long trails suitable for varying abilities. Find out more about mountain biking in the valley and booking a guide who will show you the best routes.
Local tip 1: If you’re heading up to le Tour and Vallorcine, we recommend taking the Mont Blanc Express train to Vallorcine instead of the bus to Le Tour. It’s free with your tourist guest card and usually much less busy than the buses, plus you can enjoy the great views on the way.
(Since Summer 2012 there have been works on the line which mean the trains are not running as far as Argentière or Vallorcine, however your Resort Team will be able to update you in Chamonix and provide you with up-to-date timetables.)