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Tour du Mont Blanc Guide
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Day 1 Les Houches to Les Contamines

In Les Houches there is a camp site down the road opposite the Teleferique Bellevue

From the starting point at Teleferique Bellevue the first sign post is along the road to the left. The route heads up to the Col de Vosa (1653m) via roads and tracks. The Col de Vosa can come as a bit of a shock with a tramway bringing numerous day trippers. There are various accommodation and refreshment options here.

The route crosses the tramway and descends past the Refuge du Fiox. Then leads through Bionnassey and via a track to Le Champel, La Villette and La Gruvaz. The route follows the river in the valley to Les Contamines. Here you will find a variety of shops and a supermarket. To find the campsite head out of town along the TMB.

Day 1 Variation Les Houches to Les Contamines

Follow the normal route to Col de Vosa cross the tram way and follow it up the hill towards Chalet de l Are. The path goes off to the left through a forest. It contours around and the Glacier de Bionnassay comes into view. Crossing a rope bridge below the glacier the route climbs up to the Col de Tricot (2120m).

The route descends to the small hamlet where you'll find the Chalets de Miage before climbing once more to Sous le Truc (1818m). Passing the Chalets du Truc the route now heads down hill through a forest to reach Les Contamines.

K.Vans-Colina 2008