Traverse over high mountain passes and through small alpine villages on this 10-day trek around Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest peak. Start and end in Chamonix, the self-proclaimed "French capital of Alpinism". See why this town got its nickname as you explore the Alps on foot, wandering through peaceful meadows and taking in the sweeping views.
Hike to Lac Blanc in the French Alps, Chamonix
Enjoy a full day trekking in beautiful Chamonix, hiking to the one-and-only Lac Blanc (Lake Blanc) set at 7760 feet (over 2300 m). This route is set in the Chamonix Valley, offering panoramic views of Mont Blanc, the most famous peak in the French Alps.
You can start in the village of Les Praz, but you can also opt for the gondola up to Flegere (5940 feet (1810 m)) to shorten the ascent. In that case, the moderate hike takes you up 1,650 feet (500 m) along a scenic and well-defined, yet sometimes steep, trail. At the lake, you'll find many beautiful spots to take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch.