Trail: refuge de Plan Glacier (Mont Blanc)

Looking for a nice trail around Aiguille de Bionnassay and Domes de Miage?
Here is a very scenic 18 km and +1,760 meters loop…

Philippe with Domes de Miage in the background (© A. Gatta)
Philippe with Domes de Miage in the background (© A. Gatta)

Aiguille de Bionnassay and Domes de Miage are very nice peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif. We just did a trail loop on their West flank up to the refuge de Plan Glacier (hut) and Col du Tricot.

Map of the refuge de Plan Glacier trail (© P. Gatta)
Map of the refuge de Plan Glacier trail (© P. Gatta)

Trail description: start at La Gruvaz, near Les Contamines-Montjoie.

Chamois between Plan Glacier and Tricot (© P. Gatta)
Chamois between Plan Glacier and Tricot (© P. Gatta)

The trail to the refuge de Plan Glacier is well marked. It crosses the Chalet de Miage and continue through a steep slope to the hut (2,680 m).

Steep climb to refuge de Plan Glacier (© P. Gatta)
Steep climb to refuge de Plan Glacier (© P. Gatta)

From the hut, take the technical trail to Col du Tricot (pass).

Traverse to Col du Tricot, Domes de Miage behind (© P. Gatta)
Traverse to Col du Tricot, Domes de Miage behind (© P. Gatta)

From the Col du Tricot go down to the Chalet de Miage, follow the GR Tour du Pays du Mont Blanc and leave it to take a steep descent back to la Gruvaz.

View over the Chalet de Miage from Col du Tricot (© P. Gatta)
View over the Chalet de Miage from Col du Tricot (© P. Gatta)

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