Best Hikes in Chablais
A spread out massif
The Massif du Chablais is the second largest massif in the northern Pre-Alps and is full of a host of mountains that are accessible to all. The massif is surrounded by the Bernese Alps to the north, the Giffre to the south-east and the Bornes to the south-west. In addition, the massif is made up of sedimentary limestone and silico-clastic rocks.
A diversity of peaks
Le Chablais culminates at 2466 m at the top of the Hauts-Forts on the resort of Avoriaz. The Hauts-Forts is, it must be said, a difficult hike that requires a certain amount of training and a safe foot. In the western part of the massif, it is possible to make many easy outings to the Praz-de-Lys Sommand resort, such as Pointe de Chalune. In addition, I also recommend the Bellevaux region with its peaks offering peaceful walks. I have in mind in particular Pointe d’Ireuse and Mont Forchat.
Among the most striking peaks of the Chablais region, I would certainly mention the Môle (1863 m). Its shape, clearly visible from Geneva, is somewhat reminiscent of that of Mount Fuji in Japan. In winter, the Chablais is a prime playground for skiing and snowshoeing. The resort of Les Gets and Samoëns are ideal places for a winter walk.
You will find below a selection of hiking routes that I have been able to do in the Chablais. Each hiking itinerary is carefully documented with a description, a trail and photos. Feel free to send us your comments or remarks by email or at the bottom of the corresponding articles.
20 December 2015 | by Pierre-Alexandre
Known in winter as a playground appreciated by skiers located a stone’s throw from Lake Geneva, Montagne d’Hirmentaz is a very nice hiking objective for beginners or a last autumn hike. Easily accessible, Montagne d’Hirmentaz
7 November 2015 | by Pierre-Alexandre
Located in the Vallée Verte, in the heart of Chablais Massif, Pointe de Miribel remains an ideal objective for the beginner or for training at the beginning of the season. Very easy to reach, the summit offers a magnificent panorama on alpine pastures and peaks
31 October 2015 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The Signal des Voirons offers a very accessible walk even for youngsters, allowing to discover along the way a magnificent panorama on Lake Geneva and the Jura Massif on one side as well as Mont Blanc and Chablais
25 October 2015 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The Balcon des Mémises is the object of a magnificent hike alternating between paths in the forest, easy climbing in big blocks of rocks, and walking along the crests with a beautiful panorama on Lake Geneva, Chablais, and Jura Massif
24 October 2015 | by Pierre-Alexandre
Mont Ouzon and its rocks remain a very beautiful point of view on the Chablais Alps and the Mont Blanc Massif as well as on Lake Geneva. The climb is quite harsh at first in the forest but gets smoother when reaching the Col de Planchamp
2 August 2015 | by Pierre-Alexandre
Dominating the ski resort of Avoriaz located at the southern end of the Chablais, Hauts-Forts is an ideal goal where one strolls into a desert environment after the winter bustle. The impression created by the scene is part of a double contrast
19 July 2015 | by Pierre-Alexandre
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,
12 September 2012 | by Pierre-Alexandre
Pic du Marcelly is the object of a magnificent hike that describes a loop starting through the pastures of Praz-de-Lys, to continue on the ridges of Pointe de la Couenasse, before ending overlooking Lac de Roy. Formerly classified as “difficult” because
6 July 2012 | by Pierre-Alexandre
Easily accessible, Lake Taney is a magnificent jewel nestled in the hollow of encircling peaks. Dominated by Grammont and Rocher de La Tache, and surrounded by small chalets, the place is ideal for a family hike where everyone will find its happiness
12 January 2012 | by Pierre-Alexandre
From the ski resort of Sommand, many summer hikes are possible in winter. For a discovery of the snowshoe outing, I propose the Col de Cordon that is an easy and safe route. The elevation gain of 230 m is climbed in about one hour depending on the snow conditions
25 December 2011 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The itinerary proposed here is an easy winter stroll starting from the ski resort of Praz-de-Lys and allowing to reach Sommand by the Col de la Ramaz.
It can be an initiation to the practice of snowshoeing as there
16 April 2011 | by Pierre-Alexandre
Pointe de Lachau is a stroll without any difficulty (if not the last part of the ridge a little steep when arriving at the summit), and feasible in half a day. Next to the imposing Mont Chauffé that will accompany us throughout the hike