The walking route up to the old La Para mid station of Les Glaciers cable car via La Cascade du Dard Refuge is a popular forest route with stunning valley views towards Les Houches through breaks in the tree line.
This first section of the pre Aiguille du Midi cable car route between Les Pelerins and La Para was opened in 1924 in time for the Winter Olympic Games. The second section leading up to Les Glaciers was finished in 1927. Both lift stations were abandoned in 1951 due to their diminished popularity following the opening of the Brevent Planpraz cable. Now hikers enjoy a good nose around this relic which still includes one of the original cable cars.
- Descent: 600m
- Distance: 4km
- Highest Point: 1600m
- Vertical Gain: 600m