Panoramic views from the Point de Vue hike near Chamonix, France
Panoramic views from the Point de Vue hike near Chamonix, France

Pointe de Vue hike

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Pointe de Vue hike

Distance: 2.4mi
Elevation: 1,033ft
Time: 1.5-3h

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Pointe de Vue Hike is an easy Chamonix hike. You trek through the high alpine flowers to an astonishing viewpoint directly facing the beautiful Glacier d'Argentière. From this vantage point you can hear it creak as it carves its ravine. Then explore Refuge de Lognan.

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Getting there

Buses run from all parts of Chamonix to Les Grands Montets ski area. Ideally, get a bus that stops at the lift station - some of them stop at the base of the car park leaving you a 656ft walk up the hill to the lift. Take the Lognan lift.

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When to do

July - Mid September

Backcountry Campsites

No, but there is Refuge du Lognan

Toilets

Yes, at Lognan lift station and the refuge

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Circuit


Pointe de Vue
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Route Description for Pointe de Vue

From the Lognan station, hike left up a wide track, signed “Pointe du Vue”. The track climbs steadily through high alpine flowers and shrubs, crossing small mountain streams at intervals.

After about 45 minutes, there’s a junction. The left path normally has a sign towards the Refuge de Lognan. At this point we prefer to head right and upwards and you will start to see the edge of the ravine containing the glacier. If you have children or dogs with you, keep in mind that it is completely unfenced and a vertical drop.

Argentiere Glacier (Glacier d’Argentière) itself is a colossal mass of ice, constantly moving as it grinds away at the rocks containing it. You can walk out onto the edge opposite the ice fall and look directly up at the face. Keep walking up along the side of the ravine for different perspectives on the panorama – there is also a path further back from the edge (clearly visible) which still offers good views but is less worrying for parents of young children. Once you’ve explored the area, find a spot somewhere you feel comfortable and settle down to watch the movement – it is slow but it is constant, as fragments of ice come loose, from delicate showers to huge serac collapses. This is an ideal place for lunch, or at least a drink and snack.

Once you’re done marveling at the glacier, return along the path you came in by. After about 15 minutes come to an intersection and take the right-hand fork, normally signed towards the Refuge de Lognan.

The narrow path winds down through shrubs and streams, and then hits a clear wide track. Go left towards the refuge. You can stop in here for lunch or a drink, if it’s open, for true high mountain refuge ambience, good food, and a friendly atmosphere. If you don’t want to visit the refuge, continue along the wide path to the Lognan mid-station and take the lift back down to Argentiere.

Insider Hints

  • If it’s running, you can take the lift from Lognan to the top station at Grands Montets. This trip is well worth it for the incredible views of Mont Blanc, the Aiguille Verte and the Argentiere glacier basin. You can often have snow up here in summer. However do note it is glaciated terrain and therefore dangerous to leave the lift station.

  • For a big (and very beautiful) walk, this can be combined via the Alpage de la Pendant and Le Prapator to Le Chapeau (walk 8) ending in Les Bois. Allow 4 hours minimum.

  • There is an excellent restaurant in the woods behind the Grands Montets base lift station - the Cremerie du Glacier (Advisable to call before turning up +33 4 50 54 07 52). Walk up behind the lift base for about 15 minutes, following signs to the “Cremerie du Glacier” or to the helipad.

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Matilda86 8 months ago

A great hike and an awesome climb.

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Villon H. 2 years ago

The views are magnificent. Even though it is family-friendly, it's still important to always guide and look out for your children. The unfenced trails and vertical drops are very dangerous for them!

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Adriadna Y. 2 years ago

Fantastic hike. My kids had a wonderful time exploring the area and discovering the glacier!

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Vincent V. 2 years ago

Amazing vistas and panoramic views! I love it!

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ChaviQ 2 years ago

Pointe de vue was a nice and easy hike. but a good place for an easy day

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Karina M. 2 years ago

The view from the top is undescribable! I felt like a little child when I saw the glaciers. They were gigantic!

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Abraham W. 2 years ago

The view of the ravines and the glaciers were simply beautiful. It's a short hike, but there's a lot of nice views on it. We really love the panoramic views.

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Lena H. 2 years ago

We walked through beautiful sites around the lake, and the view was impressive.

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Ariel R. 2 years ago

Fantastic in every way! I enjoyed it a lot!

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Lorde P. 2 years ago

Impressive view of the lake! You trek through the high alpine flowers to an astonishing viewpoint directly facing the beautiful Glacier d'Argentière. A moderate hike even an amateur can do.

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