Lac de Darbon
Situated in the heart of Chablais Massif between the imposing Dent d’Oche in the north and Cornettes de Bise in the south, the Lac de Darbon represents an agreeable hiking objective. The itinerary describes a circuit reaching the Col de Bise, the Col de Pavis, the Lac de Darbon, and the Col de Floray before descending on the Bise hamlet. This hike must be done with dry conditions since the descent is very steep.
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Altitude: 1,813 m
- Ascent: 2 hours 00 min
- Descent: 1 hour 30 min
- Elevation Gain: 590 meters
- Round-trip: 6.0 km
- Map: IGN 3528 ET
From Thonon-les-Bains, take the direction of Morzine and then the D22 road leading to Abondance. Follow the direction of Vacheresse chef-lieu and continue to Bise hamlet. Follow the road to its terminus and park in the parking lot next to the Chalets de Bise (1502 m).
GPS Coordinates (WGS 84) of the Starting Point: 46.330310, 6.765100
From the parking lot, take the path on the left just in front of the Chalets de Bise. Continue to a bifurcation and turn right to follow the direction of the Col de Bise (the path on the left is the one you’ll take for the descent). The footpath is steeper on its way to the pass. After having climbed the pass, go down and walk at the foot of the mountain to go up again to the Col de Pavis (1944 m). Several ibexes live here and are readily observable. Don’t take the right trail going to the Col des Portes d’Oche and stay on the left one to arrive at the Lac de Darbon.
Take the footpath indicated by a wooden pole and going to the Col de Floray (1,955 m) located between Pointe de Pavis et Pointe de Bénévent. After crossing the pass, the descent is very steep at the beginning but becomes smoother as it joins the parking lot. It’s possible to buy some palatable goat and cow milk cheeses at the Chalets de Bise.
Photos of the Lac de Darbon
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