Hike to Charousse

in Les Houches
Presentation

This old Alpine pasture is made up of five farms. The original pasture has been restored yet still bears the signs of a bygone pastoral age. It is a beautiful site offering views of the Aiguilles de Chamonix and the Chaîne des Fiz.

From the Prarion-Les Chavants parking lot, go to the building of the municipal daycare and tennis courts. Go up the road of S'Nailles on your left towards the Côte des Chavants. This road crosses the typical hamlets of Les Chavants, then goes through the village of Les Chavants.

The Alpage de Charousse, a testimony of the pastoral history and the mountain architecture.
Located on impressive glacial polis which form the base of the Mont-Blanc Massif and the Aiguilles Rouges, the Charousse mountain pasture is a magnificent place which benefits from an exceptional view on the Mont-Blanc Massif.

In order to preserve this place, it is necessary to stay on the path and not to cross the fences.
Very beautiful farms of traditional construction remained preserved form a hamlet. This mountain pasture was a summer transition zone for the herds going to pasture.

A little historical focus:
In 1926, the architect Albert Laprade fell under the spell of this mountain pasture. He bought one of the chalets and above all a large number of traditional objects and furniture that he bequeathed to the commune of Les Houches. This collection is visible in the mountain museum of Les Houches.

Difficulty
Medium (on the slopes)
Distance
1.8km
Starting point altitude
1000m
Highest point
1210m
Elevation gain
210m
Elevation losses
210m
Round trip timing
2h
Rates
Free of charge.
Opening dates
From 01/05 to 31/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.
Location
Hike to Charousse
Parking de la côte des Chavants
74310 Les Houches
Closest bus stop : Le Prarion
Closest train stop : Viaduc Sainte-Marie train stop
Closest parking : Le Prarion - Les Chavants car-park

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