• Sport

Hike to Charousse

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.

Sport Hike to Charousse Les Houches


Departing from Les Houches (74310)
Average length : 02h00
Total elevation gain : 210m
Vertical drop : 210m
Distance : 1.8km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

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.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 210m
Altitude max : 1210m
Vertical drop : 210m


The trail is marked with hiking signs.

Further informations

Stone, Ground

    1 6


    Free of charge.


    Open to children
    Animals allowed
    Not adapted to strollers

    Period of practice

    From 01/05 to 31/10.

    Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

    • Pets welcome


    Parking de la côte des Chavants 74310 Les Houches
    Departing from : Les Houches (74310)
    Latitude : 45.89589 - Longitude : 6.781423

    Closest bus stop : Le Prarion
    Closest train stop : Viaduc Sainte-Marie train stop
    Closest parking : Le Prarion - Les Chavants car-park

    More informations

      Information update on 12/05/2023 by Office de Tourisme de la Vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc