High-Altitude Hiking Above Chamonix

07/26/2016 02:07 pm ET Updated Jul 27, 2017

I'm wrapping up the My Way Alpine Europe tour I've been leading. This tour includes ample free time to hike your heart out. And my favorite hike above Chamonix is from La Flᅢᄅgᅢᄄre to Planpraz -- a hike known as the Grand Balcon Sud (Grand South Balcony). Being a lightweight when it comes to hiking, I prefer a trail where I can ride a lift to one end, enjoy high-mountain thrills all along, and then ride the lift down from the other end. This three-hour walk gained just a few hundred feet in altitude, and the entire time I was well above 6,000 feet. What's your favorite alpine hike, and why?


This is Day 65 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I'm reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more on my travel blog.