A steep hike of around 3-4 hours will take you high above the Chamonix valley to the top of the Glacier des Bossons. You’re so close to the glacier that you can peer into the crevasses and hear the ice groaning and creaking as it slowly shifts. Eerie but fascinating, a truly unique place to enjoy your sandwiches. In summer start by taking the small Les Bossons chairlift.
Croix des Posettes
A wrought iron cross perched high on a pinnacle at 2183m, overlooking Vallorcine and across the valley to the Emosson Dam in Switzerland. You start this hike fairly sedately from the pastures of Le Tour but the last section takes you along a high narrow ridge walk, that requires a bit of scrambling in places and fairly strong nerves. The view from the top is worth it though and there are plenty of flat stone slabs where you can rest your legs and tuck in to your picnic before braving the descent.
Fenetre de l’Arpette
Over the Swiss border, this hike starts from the small town of Trient and makes up part of the famous Tour du Mont Blanc. At an altitude of 2,665m, and with no lift access, it is a fairly hefty climb up to the “fenetre” (window) that looks over the high mountain pass into the next valley, but it is a truly magnificent view. Once at the top you can perch amongst the rocks and share a few bread crumbs with the bold choucas that soar about the peaks. You can either descend the same way or go over the ridge and drop down into the neighbouring village of Champex, before climbing back up Bovine to circle round back to Trient. Be aware though that this is a very tough route and a long day out, so check the weather forecast and plan your day accordingly. Reaching the Fenetre de l'Arpette via the Circuit de la Forclaz.