"Les Contamines" Les Contamines-Montjoie by dvcdw

Les Contamines-Montjoie Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 9 photos

I try to go at least once a year to Les Contamines, since I have also some family living there. It is a village at the end of a valley from Saint-Gervais, and is also one of the better passages of the ?Tour du Mont Blanc?: ?la voie romaine?.
As you are at the end of a valley, most of the walking paths are going up almost immediately. If you want to walk on flat paths, you can have a nice walk between the village and ?Notre Dame de la Gorge?, which is the end of the valley. From the village, you can also follow a bit of the river down the valley (starting at the tenniscourts and the skaterspark in the village).

Mountainbikers who want to train their climbing: from the village to the Col du Joly (via Colombaz).
Initiation for rockclimbing: at ?L?étappe? (sometimes written as Les Tappes). There is a small crag just beside the lake. And at the other side of the valley there is ?La Duchère? which has a smaller part for beginners, and a larger crag which you can reach from the walking path between the village and ?Notre Dame de la Gorge?. There is a local association of moutain guides, that also gives rockclimbing initiations.
As for moutaineering: two classics starting from the village (from ?Le Cugnon?): ?le mont tondu? and ?Les dômes de Miage?.

  • Last visit to Les Contamines-Montjoie: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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