In the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges mountain range
This hike to Lac Cornu and Lacs Noirs is a good option if you have already been to Lac Blanc or if you are looking for a less crowded atmosphere. Allow 5 hours (without break) back and forth Planpraz gondola lift. From 12.
Rates and Contact
- €150 / 4hrs
- €240 / 7hrs
5 to 8 people
- €170 / 4hrs
- €260 / 7hrs
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The Lac Cornu and Lacs Noirs in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
This hiking quotation system is indicative. Hire me as a mountain leader or evolve at your own risk. Please, do not overestimate your capacities. Mountain can be a hostile environment.
For more informations, download this hiking level guide (french only).
Lac Cornu (2276m) and lacs Noirs (2535/2550m) are not as popular as Lac Blanc for those visiting Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. The atmosphere will be less crowded to appreciate an incredible view towards Rochers des Fiz and the Aravis mountain range.
The first part of the hike to Lac Cornu follows the 4WD track. At the sign post take the alpine track pointing Lac Cornu direction.This trail is getting steeper and steeper near lac Cornu Pass (2406m). After the pass, you will discover a splendid mineral landscape overhanging a deep blue lake taking the shape of a heart: Lac Cornu.
Lacs Noirs are just 45min-1h away. There is a lot of chance both lakes are still frozen! Several chamois will look at you from a boulder out of the corner of their eyes. Follow the same track back to Planpraz mid station.
What you should take for this hike
For your own comfort, please follow these recommendations to fully enjoy our guided hike in Mont-Blanc area.
- Windproof/Rainproof jacket
- Hiking socks
- Anti-chafing cream NOK (available at the drug store)
- Real hiking shoes with good studs
- Hiking poles (highly recommended)
If it is hot
- A pair of stretch shorts
- Short sleeves synthetic or Merino T-shirt
If it is raining/cold
- Rain pants
- A pair of pants
- Fleece jacket
- Long sleeves synthetic or Merino T-shirt
- Textile collar like BUFF©
- Backpack (15L min / person)
- 2 litres of water / person
- Polarised sunglasses
- Cereal bars and/or dried fruits
- Cash (€) for a beverage in a refuge