Those looking for an authentic Alpine village experience can enjoy a delightful visit of the hamlet of Bionnassay, located not far from Saint Gervais, in the heart of the Alps in Haute Savoie. However, it is probably the famous Bionnassay Glacier hike that attracts the most visitors. Discover the smallest of the great glaciers on the French side of Mont Blanc.
Le Glacier du Bionnassay
Almost 5 km long, surrounded at the ends by two powerful moraines, the Bionnassay Glacier covers an area of 430 hectares. And yet, these impressive proportions make it a modest glacier compared to the giants that dot Mont Blanc.
It rises above a hamlet of the same name perched at an altitude of 1320 metres, in the heart of a place of great beauty. Visitors can admire an exceptional panorama by taking one of the hiking trails that lead to this unforgettable place.
The Glacier de Bionnassay footbridge : a breathtaking hike
For those who love to experience mountain scenery of unparalleled splendour, the Bionnassay Glacier hike is a must-do on any holiday in Chamonix. The Bionnassay Glacier hike itself is a fun one, with ladders and handrails to help you on your way. On the way to the Col du Tricot, you can pass by the Chalets de l’Are, then follow the path on the left to reach the Nid d’Aigle. On the right, you can admire the seracs and crevasses of the glacier, with the Col du Tricot in the background. The Glacier de Bionnassay, for its part, stands before you. By taking the Bionnassay Glacier trail, you will descend along the glacial moraine to reach the GR5 of the Tour du Mont Blanc, in the direction of Bellevue. Be careful though, the crossing requires some experience. The footbridge of the Bionnassay Glacier, which crosses the torrent, offers a fantastic view (and a few thrills!), but requires a sure footing! Its access is closed in winter.
The Mont Blanc Tramway: for the pleasure of hiking without any hurdles
If the Bionnassay Glacier footbridge seems too dangerous, you will be pleased to know that there is an ideal alternative to enjoy the Bionnassay Glacier trail with your family. The Mont Blanc Tramway, or TMB, from Saint Gervais, takes you to the Nid d’Aigle station near the Bionnassay Glacier.
From the Refuge du Nid d’Aigle, you can take a small path for a one-hour round trip hike that is accessible to all. Note, however, that in winter, the quaint cogwheel train only goes as far as the Plateau de Bellevue, where you can enjoy a pleasant wander in the heart of the Prarion ski area. The climb is well worth it too!
Where to stay to enjoy the hikes to the Bionnassay Glacier?
Our hotel Le Refuge des Aiglons in Chamonix is the perfect place to set off on a glacier hike! Just a stone’s throw away from the most convenient means of transport for summer tobogganing, hiking trails, the Bossons Glacier, ski areas, the famous Grotte de Glace or the Aiguille du Midi, you will find all the comfort you need for your holiday in the Alps.
Take a break and enjoy a massage in our spa or a delicious meal in the hotel’s restaurant. The ideal moment of well-being to unwind after crossing the Bionnassay Glacier footbridge!