The Lac Bleu (Blue Lake) in Chamonix is an absolute must-see on any holiday in the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Valley. Accessible from June 1 to October 31, the Lac Bleu boasts magnificent settings that nature lovers will definitely enjoy. Do you want to know more about the Lac Bleu itineraries? Follow the guide!
Lac Bleu in Chamonix by Cable Car
If you are looking to stay somewhere that will make it quick and convenient to reach the Lac Bleu, Le Refuge des Aiglons in Chamonix is a hotel of choice. Starting from our 4-star hotel, you can get to the Aiguille du Midi cable car very easily and stop at Plan de l’Aiguille. From there, the beautiful mountain lake is only a 15-minute walk away amid the cornflowers and the whistling of the marmots. It is located at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi, at an altitude of 2,299 metres (7,542 feet) and is easy to access even for inexperienced hikers. With that said, be sure to wear a good pair of walking shoes and watch out of the many stones along the way. The track is well marked, which is perfect for family walks or for a nice romantic stroll. It is, however, not suitable for children under 4.
A tranquil place, the Lac Bleu provides the most wonderful setting for a relaxing picnic. Contemplate the crystal-clear water and enjoy a panoramic view over the Massif des Aiguilles Rouges and the Aiguille du Midi.
How to Access the Aiguille du Midi Cable Car?
The Aiguille du Midi cable car, which makes it quicker to access the Lac Bleu, opens depending on the time of year:
- From 12/12/2020 to 04/11/2021 open every day between 8:10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- From 04/03/2021 to 05/21/2021 open every day between 8:10 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- Weekends in March, open between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- Weekends in April, open between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- From 05/22/2021 to 05/31/2021 open every day between 8:10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Be sure to check the weather conditions before you go!
The Great Lac Bleu Hike
Are you an adventure lover? Do you find hiking stimulating? Then a 6-hour hike to the Lac Bleu and back should be a great option! Be sure to wrap up warm even in the summer, wear sunglasses and protect yourself from the sun!
Starting from the Grépon parking lot, head to the Alpages de la Blaitière via a forest track that twists and turns all the way up. Continue towards the Plan de l’Aiguille until you reach a crossroads at an altitude of 1,231 metres (4,039 feet). Then, less than a kilometre (0.6 miles) away, you will find another intersection where you should keep going towards the Plan de l’Aiguille, leaving the track that goes to the Cascade du Dard behind you. Once you get out of the woodland area, take a moment to appreciate the magnificent view of the Aiguille du Midi and the Bossons Glacier.
Now, you will find yourself amid a rocky environment which offers stupendous views of the Aiguille du Grépon, the Blaitière and the Grands Charmoz in the Mont Blanc Massif. After all this effort, you deserve a break at the Chalet du Plan de l’Aiguille, located at a height of 2,233 metres (7,326 feet).
Leaving the chalet, go right to reach the Aiguille du Midi cable car station. Follow the signs pointing to the Lac Bleu and you’ll be just 15 more minutes away from this superb mountain lake.
Choose the Lac Bleu itinerary that will suit you the best and enjoy your visit!