With its many mountainous massifs, France is a hiking country par excellence. From the Alps to the Pyrenees, via the Jura and the Massif Central, France offers a great diversity of hikes with diverse and varied landscapes. In the Alps, Haute-Savoie is a prime destination, with the Mont-Blanc massif and its unforgettable landscapes on the rock and snow giants overlooking the Chamonix Valley. On the other hand, the walker can also climb the Pyrenees mountains, with landscapes of exceptional quality maintained by traditional livestock farming. Further north, it is the Jura and the Vosges, a mountainous land that has passed through the ages. Finally, one should also mention the Massif Central, whose volcanoes have been extinct for several thousand years. All the hikes described on this page are also possible in winter with a pair of snowshoes or skis, which is an opportunity to discover the landscapes from a different angle.
31 March 2007 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The Bois d’Hermance, located on the heights of Megève, is the object of a beautiful winter hike. Intended for hikers who have already practiced snowshoeing, this itinerary of average difficulty leads under the slopes of Mont Joly after passing through a pretty coniferous forest
13 January 2007 | by Pierre-Alexandre
From the Col de Pierre Carrée, which is the northern part of Flaine ski resort, it is possible to take a pedestrian route that leads among the pines to reach a beautiful point of view on the valley of Cluses and the ski resort of Carroz d ’Araches.
On the other side is the panorama of the immense
21 October 2006 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The Lac Damoz des Moulins is an ideal hiking goal by a hot summer day. Most of the itinerary takes place in a forest where reign freshness and pleasant humidity.
The lake of modest size is nestled at the foot of the Tavaneuse Massif in a calm and serene environment
9 October 2006 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The Chalets du Truc is an easy walk from Les Contamines-Montjoie, facing Mont Joly, with a breathtaking view of Dômes de Miage, the Col du Tricot and Aiguille de Bionnassay.
This outing is accessible to all, because without any technical difficulty
1 October 2006 | by Pierre-Alexandre
ont Billiat is a fabulous site to discover the Chablais Massif.
Although of low altitude, its location offers a panorama on Lake Geneva on one side, Dent d’Oche and all the summits of Chablais on the other.
The well-marked trail is accessible to all
17 September 2006 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The Albert 1er Refuge undoubtedly is the only high mountain shelter accessible with children as the ski lifts of Col de Balme considerably reduce the elevation gain.
The situation of the shelter perched above the Glacier du Tour, in front of Aiguille du Chardonnet and Aiguille du Tour offers
20 August 2006 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The Pont du Diable is a nice little walk near Mieussy as it allows discovering the Giffre in a small valley.
Under the bridge, the Gorge du Giffre is four meters wide, nine meters deep. It is the ideal ground for the practice of canyoning, kayaking, or sport fishing.
The hydroelectric dam, operated by
25 July 2006 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The Aiguilles Rouges National Nature Reserve offers hikers many itineraries in a majestic setting, facing the Mont Blanc Massif. The Lac Cornu and the Lacs Noirs remain one of those marvels revealing themselves to the gaze of the amazed observer. Requiring little effort, the route involves steep
20 July 2006 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The Cornettes de Bise offers a beautiful panorama but requires a real effort to reach its summit.
The hike is difficult because of the length of the course, the important gain and a long very steep passage somewhat exhausting for the legs.
Many exposed passages require great vigilance.
25 June 2006 | by Pierre-Alexandre
This outing is an ideal easy walk on a hot summer day, as the route exclusively takes place in the forest.
The site of the Waterfalls of Angon (Cascades d’Angon) allows discovering a huge canyon by a very well-equipped trail with barriers
3 November 2005 | by Pierre-Alexandre
Little visible from the valley, Pointe d’Ireuse presents itself rather under the appearance of a vast dome than under the aspect of a peak. The itinerary describes a loop passing through the Chalets de Nifflon d’en Bas, then the picturesque chapel of Nifflon d’en Haut, with a return to the
11 October 2005 | by Pierre-Alexandre
I propose here a small walk above Cluses. The Montagne de Chevran offers a spectacular view over the Valley of the Arve, Pointe d’Areu, the Môle, Pointe d’Andey, and many other summits