At 2,965 meters (9,728 feet), Aiguille du Belvedere sits as the highest peak in the Aiguilles Rouges
("Red Peaks") mountain range. Given its prominent position high above the Chamonix Valley and opposite the Mont Blanc massif, Aiguille du Belvedere's summit delivers the "beautiful view" as its name literally means in Italian. From the summit on a clear day, one is treated to a panoramic view of the entire region that includes the Mont Blanc massif, Aiguilles Rouges and the Swiss alps. With this awe-inspiring perspective, people tend to linger at the top, taking the necessary time to contemplate the infinite possibilities in the region.
Getting ThereAccess by Car
Park near the base of the Flegere
cable car (téléphérique de la Flégère) in the town of Les Praz de Chamonix.
Chamonix is accessible by bus from Geneva with SAT Bus Company
or by train with Swiss Rail
from Martigny, Switzerland or with SNCF
from Saint Gervais, France.
The base of the Flegere cable car is accessible by the Chamonix bus
or by a short walk from the Chamonix / Les Praz train station.
The lower station of La Flegere (1890m) and upper station Telesiege de l'Index (2385m) can both be reached by the La Flegere cable car. Check the operating hours online at Chamonix.com
No permits are required to climb the Aiguille du Belvedere. However, certain restrictions apply in the Reserve Naturelle des Aiguilles Rouges
The Refuge du Lac Blanc
offers overnight accommodation closest to the Aiguille du Belvedere. You can bivouac among the boulders approximately one hundred meters above the refuge and parties respect the dusk to dawn rule. Overnight tent camping is also available in the towns of Chamonix, Les Praz, Argentiere and Les Houches although sites are often crowded during the summer. Other lodging possibilities are also available in the town of Chamonix and throughout the valley.
French Geographic Institute (IGN
) 1:25,000 map Number 3630 OT "Chamonix massif du Mont Blanc"
Office de Haute Montagne (OHM)
The village of Les Praz
is roughly 30 mins north on foot from Chamonix. In Chamonix
, several grocery and outdoor stores can be found along the main street in the center of town.
Time to Go
The Aiguille du Belvedere can be climbed year-round. For the warm-weather climbers, June through October tend to be the preferred months. Note: Lac Blanc often remains frozen until mid-June.