ARAVIS MASSIF - LAND OF PASTURES self-guided

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Self-guided Self-guided
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Comfort (room)
Level ** Level **
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Bearded vultures and culinary specialities

That landscape shaped by man and nature is the perfect place for a getaway in the middle of mountain pastures.
Mankind is at the origin of traditional villages covered with "tavaillon", but also of farmland locally known for the cheese reblochon.
Local nature is verdurous thanks to wetlands, the visible work of glaciers and animal species still present in this massif: chamois, ibex, marmots, golden eagles and rare bearded vultures.
From the most emblematic sites (Aravis pass and Colombiere pass, Beauregard plateau, Lake Confins and Lake Lessy) to others that are more secret, this route also runs between the sporty village of La Clusaz and the authentic Grand-Bornand. All in a "cosy" version every night!

You will like

  • Gentle walks in the green mountain pastures
  • Great local products (charcuterie and french cheese : reblochon, tomme, abondance...) to be tasted in cozy accommodation
  • Wildlife particularly present (ibex, chamois, bearded vultures, eagles ...)
  • The stunning landscapes of Aravis limestone walls, facing Mont Blanc

ARAVIS MASSIF - LAND OF PASTURES self-guided

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Dates & prices

DATES AND PRICES

Daily departures from mid-june to the beginning of september 2019.

With luggage transport
615€ per person in comfort accomodation. Single supplement : 250€.
In option, possibility to sleep in a 3-star hotel at the Grand-Bornand and in a 4-star hotel at Chinaillon. 
Please consider a supplement of 40€ to 60€ if the ski lift is closed.

More informations and booking via e-mail or phone call.

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THE PRICE

Includes

  • Organisation and booking fees ;
  • Half board from the dinner of day 1 to breakfast of day 6 ;
  • Accommodation in hotel, tourist tax ;
  • Baggage transport ;
  • Bus transfers ;
  • A road book: description and IGN maps (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. A supplementary road book for groups of 5 or more. Extra road book supplement 10-25€).

Does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.) ;
  • Lunch picnic
  • Touristic visits ;
  • Airport taxes ;
  • Cancellation insurance ;
  • Cable car on day 1 (return ticket : around 8€ per person) and on day 4 (around 6€/person return ticket with host card) ;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

Day 1

Meet at the cable car of Beauregard next to La Clusaz church.

BEAUREGARD PLATEAU 
Climb to 1644m high by the gondola. Start gently on the aptly named Beauregard plateau, classified Natura 2000 mainly for its wetlands. 360° panorama on Thônes valleys, the Aravis massif, the Bargy massif and the Mont-Blanc. 3 different loop hikes based on different levels, depending on your desirs. Night in hotel at La Clusaz.
2 to 4 hours walk depending on the chosen loop / Elevation : +/- 100m, 250m or 350m

Day 2

ARAVIS PASS
A day facing the Mont-Blanc massif, at the foot of the impressive Aravis cliffes. If lucky, you can spot some chamois or bearded vultures. In any case, you will meet griffon vultures ! Loop hike through mountain pastures in one of the most beautiful place in Savoie, legendary thanks to the annual cycling event "Tour de France". As the day before, several itineraries are possible. Go and return by free bus from La Clusaz. Night in hotel. 
3 to 5 hour walk depending on the chosen itinerary / Elevation : +/- 400 to 700m

Day 3

LES CONFINS - TETE DU DANAY
Free shuttle to Lake Confins. Quick walk around the lake at the foot of the famous Aravis coombs and climb to "Tête du Danay" (Danay head). Wonderful 360° panorama over the glaciers. Easy descent on the ridge before getting to the traditional village of Grand-Bornand in a nice spruce forest. In option, start hiking from La Clusaz (+420m).
4 to 4.5 hour walk / Elevation : +380m ; -850m

Day 4

BALCONY TRAIL AND ARAVIS PASTURES
Climb by the Joyère gondola to cross the pastures of Grand-Bornand, south balcony trail, facing the Aravis massif. An opportunity to get to know Abundance cows and breeders, on these reblochon lands. Arrival on the "Terres Rouges" ridge where a 360° panorama extends in front of you before going down to Chinaillon, crossing pastures and blueberry lands. Night at the hotel.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation : +450m ; -530m

Day 5

SAMANCE PLATEAU - GYPAETE LOOP HIKE
At the foot of the Bargy massif, on the wonderful Samance pastures, walk in a preserved area where ibex and bearded vultures are mostly present, just as farming. At Cuillery hamlet you get the chance to taste local reblochon. In option, climb to "Roc des Tours" or "Aiguille Verte" to extend the hike. Nice panorama on the Mont-Blanc massif and Lake Lessy. Night in hotel.
2 to 5 hour walk depending on the chosen itinirary / Elevation : +/-270m to +/-750m

Day 6

CHINAILLON - GRAND-BORNAND
Cross Vieux-Chinaillon village with its specific roof style and balcony trail to La Culaz, under "Roc des Tours". Ibex and chamois like to rest here. Continue to Tannaz area, less frequented. Desent to Grand-Bornand under nice limestone cliffes and by Replain wood. Way back to La Clusaz by bus.
3.5 hour walk / Elevation : +300m -680m

End of trek in the afternoon at La Clusaz train station.

The trip

LEVEL **       

Elevation: +300m to +480m and -450m to -625m average per day depending on the chosen path.
Walking time: 3.5 to 4.5 hours average per day.
Type of trek: mountain route with no technical difficulty. Accessible to anyone in good shape.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing: 
- 1 IGN TOP 25 maps with the route highlighted ;
- 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the trek ;
- 1 waterproof map holder ;
- Accommodation list.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

With baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our vehicle.
It is possible without luggage transport.

SIGNPOSTS AND WAYMARKS ALONG THE TREK

The Aravis massif is a well indicated territory well know for trekking. The path is well marked and frequented. The Grande Randonnée (GR) itinerary is marked with red and white paint. Yet, you can come across different colours on the other trails. Rely on signs.
It is preferable to know how to read a 1/25000 topographical map.

ACCOMMODATION

5 nights in hotel in a room of 2 :

- La Clusaz (2 nights) : Hotel*** with spa or hotel**, cosy ambiance, renowned for its good cuisine
- Grand-Bornand (1 night) : Hotel**
- Le Chinaillon (2 nights) : Hotel*** with swimming pool or hammam

On request, you can spend the night at the Grand-Bornand in a 3-star hotel with spa and in a 4-star hotel with spa at Chinaillon. 

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered in each accommodation the day before. You can stock up each evening at La Clusaz, at Grand-Bornand or at Chinaillon. That's an opportunity to buy local products (charcuterie and french cheese : reblochon, chevrotin, abondance...)

PERSONALISED TOURS

We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)

MAPS

IGN Top 25 - 3531 OT - Megève - Col des Aravis
IGN Top 25 - 3430 ET - La Clusaz - Le Grand-Bornand

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meet at the cable car of Beauregard next to La Clusaz church.

BY TRAIN
2019 timetable. Depart from Paris-Gare de Lyon train station to Annecy. Several trains each day, from 3:40 to 4:20 hours ride. Then bus to La Clusaz.
Return: Bus from La Clusaz to Annecy and train around 7pm to Paris Gare de Lyon (arrival around 11pm). 
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on Oui.sncf
Consult timetables of bus 62 and 63 Annecy - La Clusaz - Le Grand-Bornand on the website Transdev Haute-Savoie.

BY CAR
Take the A41 motorway, exit number 17 at Annecy Nord and follow Thônes and then La Clusaz. Or A40 to Bonneville (exit 16) and then La Clusaz. Free parking at La Clusaz train station.

CAR-SHARING
Get in touch with some people to share their lift! Here are some website recommendations:  https://www.blablacar.fr/  https://covoituragelibre.fr/  https://www.laroueverte.com/   https://www.roulezmalin.com/

End point at Cluses train station in the afternoon.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Here's a few websites :
La Clusaz
Le Grand-Bornand
Saint-Jean-de-Sixt

INSURANCE

In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.

Our insurance can only be provided to European citizens who speak french. 

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 10kg (for your own ease and comfort carrying your bag up stairs and in the dormitories, we do not advise rigid suitcases, heavy or large baggage).

If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.

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