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Le Tour & Vallorcine, Chamonix Valley
Le Tour is a small, quaint little village at the far end of the Chamonix valley in the 'Domaine de la Balme' area with access to some great hiking and mountain bike trails.
Take a stroll around the back streets to see some of the classically Alpine style houses and the church dome. Look up to see the glaciers reaching down towards you, which are really impressive even in the height of summer.
There are three lifts open in this area during the summer months, the gondola from the village to the mid station (Charamillon) the Autannes chair lift and the Vallorcine gondola on the far side.
You can take mountain bikes on all of these lifts in summer as Le Tour and Vallorcine have dedicated mountain biking trails.
Who should go
|Babies||✓||From 12 months|
|Disabled Toilets||✓||At Charamillon|
|Dogs||✓||Must be kept on lead|
|Parapentes||Speed-riding possible in winter|
|Mountain Bikes||✓||Summer only|
|Sports & Activities||✓||Skiing, hiking, mountain-biking, trail-running|
Events in [locality]
During the summer you might find hundreds of trail runners passing through the area as part of the UTMB week, which sees races of varying lengths and difficulty set off around the trails of the Chamonix Valley.
Things to Do in [locality]
Le Tour is a quiet village away from the hustle and bustle of Chamonix centre, with just a few cafés, restaurants and places to stay. If you're looking for somewhere close to beginner slopes this could be the place for you.
In summer the area is a hot-spot for hikers and mountain bikers, the latter ride on dedicated trails so that there's no cross over with walkers, so everyone can enjoy the mountains at the same time. The many walking trails offer spectacular views of the Chamonix Valley and the surrounding mountains.
Why not stay in a mountain hut, or take a guided glacier walk?
Dining in [locality]
There are a small cluster of mountain restaurants in Le Tour and a couple of cafés in Le Tour and Vallorcine, just by the bottom of the lift stations.
Le Tour can be reached best by car, as the train only takes you as far as Montroc. It takes around 25 minutes to drive here from the centre of Chamonix, or alternatively you can take one of the local buses which will also take around 30 minutes from the town centre.
When to come
Take a look at all the summer lift opening dates and timetables.
How to get passes
You can buy summer lift passes at the ticket office once you arrive, or buy a Mont Blanc Multi-pass in advance on line. See all the Summer Lift Prices and if you're not sure which pass to buy, read our Guide.
Find your way around with our maps for summer hiking & walking or the mountain biking and read more about even more Summer Activities in Chamonix.
If you're looking for winter lift access head over to our Ski Lift System Guide, Ski Pass Prices & Ski Pass Options.
Chamonix - Le Tour, Chamonix