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Albert Premier in autumn

We’re enjoying the last golden days before the snow arrives.

This is a fantastic walk to do in Autumn – though it’s wonderful at any time of year, it can get very busy in late July and August, and it’s a real treat to have it mostly to yourself – though you do have to pay for the privilege with a pretty steep haul up to Le Tour, which in summer you can avoid with the lift.

Time from the car park at Le Tour is usually about 2 hours with the lift, add about an hour and a half if it’s not running. If the Albert Premier refuge is open (generally mid-June to September) you can have lunch there, which is very nice, or even sleep over. Call in advance to book for either.


Though it’s mostly uphill, it’s not a particularly difficult path, it’s well maintained and not too steep. But parts of it are quite exposed – there is a section halfway of about 400m in length which has a very big drop. Parts have chains to hang onto, but it may not be suitable for the very vertiginous or some children. This photo of the airy section wasn’t in focus, but shows what I mean.