Les Chalets de Platé since Praz Coutant
Summer hike
Les Chalets de Platé since Praz Coutant

Les Chalets de Platé since Praz Coutant

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Propulsion into the Desert of Platé by a steep path.
A hike during which you will discover different facets of the local architecture, from sanatorium to alpine hut.

Warning! The passage of Cheminée de Platé is difficult and vertiginous.
A hike who lead you to a landscape on the mineral kingdom of the Desert of Platé, this huge karstic formation.

3 points of interest

  • Sanatoriums

    A sanatorium was a health care establishment when antibiotics hadn’t been discovered yet and tuberculosis was rampant.
    As early as the 1920s, the Plateau d'Assy, enjoying pur air and long hours of sunlight, had been chosen to build several spas. The most daring architects were asked to design revolutionary buildings that relied on the sun for the essential care of the patients. Their fame was worldwide.
  • The fibula

    The trail that leads to the refuge of Platé was already used during ancient roman times to cross the “muraille des Fiz”.
    Evidence of this use was discovered; a fibula, a sort of brooch or pin meant for fastening garments and considered as the ancestor of the safety pin was found on the trail. It is dates back from the High Roman Empire, that spread from 10 to 80 AD!
  • Refuge

    The mountain refuge of Platé

    A depression of greenery in the immense lunar landscape of the Desert de Platé, a few cabins. You have arrived at the refuge called by the same name. Managed by the CAF (Club Alpin Français), its guards reserve you a warm welcome with a personal touch: Italian cuisine, homemade bread and jams, a little naturalist’s library and a telescope to observe ibexes and other wildlife.

    But be careful not to give yourself up too much to this happiness! Sobriety is essential because water and energy are rare here!


Departure from the parking lot Praz Coutant, go up to Chalets de Platé.
  1. Take the direction of Chalets de Platé - Refuge de Platé. Beacon 156.
  2. Stay on the track and head towards Chalets de Platé Refuge de Platé. Beacon 23.
  3. Stay on the track and head towards Chalets de Platé Refuge de Platé. Beacon 147.
  4. Take the track on the right. Direction Chalets de Platé Refuge de Platé. Beacon 24.
  5. Arrival at the Platé refuge. To go back down, take the same way in the opposite direction
  • Departure : Praz Coutant
  • Arrival : Praz Coutant
  • Towns crossed : Passy

Altimetric profile


Hike with a difficult and aerial passage.

Dog on leash recommended.
Bring water with you, there is no pond or spring at the Platé chalets and the refuge does not provide water.

Information desks

Plaine-Joux, 74190 PASSY



04 50 90 23 07


Bus SAT Mont-Blanc L85, stop : Praz Coutant.

Access and parking

Go to the parking lot Praz Coutant located on road D43.
Parking at the entrance with little space at the edge of the road.
Bus line L85 (SAT Mont-Blanc), stop: Praz Coutant.

Parking :

Praz Coutant

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