Grand Balcon Nord

  • Mer de Glace fromm Signal Forbes - © William Mackesy
  • Aiguille Vert from Signal Forbes - © William Mackesy
  • Across Chamonix valley - © William Mackesy
  • Aiguille du Midi, a view to Point Heilbronner  - © flickr user- tomislav medak
  • Aiguilles Rouges fm Grand Balcon Nord  - © William Mackesy
  • Aiguilles Rouges fm Grand Balcon Nord - © William Mackesy
  • Chamonix Valley - ©  flickr user- William (Bill) Kirby
  • Mer de Glace fm Signal Forbes - © William Mackesy
  • Mer de Glace, Chamonix  - © flickr user- Sally Payne
  • Grand Blacon Nord, Walk to Montenvers Mirko  - © flickr user- Tobias Schafer
  • Mer de Glace, Chamonix  - © flickr user- Sally Payne
  • Mer de Glacr  - © flickr user- Jurriaan Persyn
  • Plan de l"Aiguille  - © flickr user- Phil Max
  • View of Mont Blanc  - © flickr user- Mirko Tobias Schafer

Key information: Grand Balcon Nord

    • The Grand Balcon Nord is a superb traverse from the dramatically sited Signal Forbes, high above the vast Mer de Glace glacier on Mont Blanc's northern slopes, along a (relatively) gentle "balcony" under the spires and serrations of the great mountain's broken flank, high above the Chamonix Valley, to the Plan de l'Aiguille cable car station.
      • This walk is in high mountains. Come prepared.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating86
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points4
  • Total rating86
  • Note: Negs: popularity

Vital Statistics

  • Length: up to 7hrs
  • Maximum Altitude: 2198m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
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Aiguille Vert from Signal Forbes - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

The Grand Balcon Nord is a superb traverse from the dramatically sited Signal Forbes, high above the vast Mer de Glace glacier on Mont Blanc's northern slopes (with views direct onto its famous Aiguille Vert spire and its dramatic neighbours), along a (relatively) gentle "balcony" under the spires and serrations of the great mountain's broken flank, high above the Chamonix Valley, to the Plan de l'Aiguille cable car station, where you can return to Chamonix the easy way (having made a side-trip to the high, dramatic Aiguille du Midi peak) or walk down the several thousand tough feet to Chamonix. 

Fantastic views across the deep Chamonix valley to the broken drama of the Aiguilles Rouges on its northern slopes. 

You can climb the 1,300-odd metres to Signal Forbes on a long, steady, but quite tiring track, mainly in forest, or take a funicular up to the hotel some way below Signal Forbes and walk on from there. 

The whole walk takes up to 7hrs. It is around 2 1/2hrs, including stops, from the hotel to the cable car station.

See our Mt Blanc Area page for photos and further general information on this area.

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Grand Blacon Nord, Walk to Montenvers Mirko  - © flickr user- Tobias Schafer

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

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Aiguilles Rouges fm Grand Balcon Nord  - © William Mackesy...
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