About Les Houches

Les Houches is a village located in Chamonix valley, in the French Alps. Established in 1951, the Physics School is situated at 1150 m above sea level in natural surroundings, with breathtaking views on the Mont-Blanc mountain range.

Les Houches School of Physics is a structure common to CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes, CEA, Grenoble-INP and ENS-Lyon.


The main building holds a library with the main scientific journals (paper version or online) and some reference books, three working rooms with blackboards, and a computer room with Laser Printer. Wireless and Ethernet connection will be available in the main building only, excluding in the conference room.

Meals are taken three times a day at the school dining room. A coffeehouse is also available to drink coffee, tea (free!) and liqueurs or to play a piano, table football or table tennis. Breakfast: 7:45 am to 8:45 am ; Lunch: 12:30 am ; Dinner: 7:30 pm. Accompanying persons who have registered can take their meals at the restaurant (18 euros per meal).

Participants are housed in "chalets" in individual bedrooms (electricity: AC, 50Hz, 220V). A flashlight is handy at night ; the school chalets are scattered on the mountainside and outside lights may be poor (power failures, storms,...).


The altitude of the school is 1150 m (3800 ft). Temperature ranges from 5 to 25°C in summer. Sport clothes are preferable. Warm sweater(s), rain gear, good walking shoes and home shoes are necessary.  weather forecast for the next days


Go to the school home page for information.

What to do in Les Houches and in the valley?

Les Houches is a paradise for mountain hiking. There are dozens of trails available by foot or within a small driving distance from the center. You can find here a map of the hiking trails in the area.

see for example: http://www.leshouches.com and http://www.chamonix.com