Social activities

We encourage you to get to know the other participants outside of a formal setting, and the school at Les Houches provides a wonderful setting to do so. Here are some suggestions of social activities that can be carried out in the context of the school in Les Houches.


Do you play an instrument?

There is a piano available in the café/bar/restaurant area for your enjoyment. If you have any musical instruments bring them along to play at the café during breaks, evenings or weekends.



Les Houches is the heart of the Alps moutains, and as such offer a great setting to get some fresh air in between the lectures. 

However, please note that mountain activities are at your own risk (the school insurance only covers you when you are on the school site, and if you plan hikes please notify the organisers before heading out).

If you are a morning person take advantage of the breathtaking views on the Mont-Blanc mountain range on an early morning run. Feel free to organize group runs as well.


Night sky photography

We hope you will take the opportunity to look up and enjoy the night sky at this spectacular location. Bring your astrophotography gear and enjoy! 


Other recommendations

Before any hike or climb, please put a note on the special book provided and include the name of the participants, approximate itinerary, schedule and phone number.

We draw your attention to the fact we only hold a collective insurance for accidents occurring on the school campus. Please be careful!

Useful Tips

The altitude of the school is 1150 m. Temperature may range from -15 to 5°C in winter and from 5 to 25°C in summer.

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Suggested items to pack

1. A headlamp or flashlight

2. Warm sweater(s)

3. Rain gear

4. Good walking shoes

5. Comfortable shoes to change once inside

6. A water bottle.

7. (Optional) Musical instruments to play

8. (Optional) Bring sports clothes and a yoga mat

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