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!
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Daily departures from mid-June to the beginning of September 2023
With luggage transport
695€ per person in comfort accomodation. Single supplement : 250€.
In option, possibility to sleep in a 3-star hotel at the La Clusaz 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.
Does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Meet at the cable car of Beauregard next to La Clusaz church.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
You have to be in a general good fitness level. Please practice a cardio sport such as hiking, running, cycling or any other sport.
Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
Please find the description of the levels by clicking here: levels of difficulty
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.
With baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our vehicle.
It is possible without luggage transport.
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.
5 nights in hotel in a room of 2 :
- La Clusaz (2 nights) : Hotel**
- Grand-Bornand (1 night) : Hotel**
- Le Chinaillon (2 nights) : Hotel***
On request, you can spend the night at the La Clusaz in a 3-star hotel with spa and in a 4-star hotel with spa at Chinaillon.
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...)
Please inform us about your food allergies and special diets at the time of booking.
We do our best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.
We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)
IGN Top 25 - 3531 OT - Megève - Col des Aravis
IGN Top 25 - 3430 ET - La Clusaz - Le Grand-Bornand
Meet at the cable car of Beauregard next to La Clusaz church.
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 Altibus.com
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.
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.
In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. Under no circumstances, we can replace your personal civil liability.
The repatriation insurance EUROP ASSISTANCE that we offer is dedicated to French speaking people living in Europe. If it is not your case, we advise you to subscribe to another travel insurance which will cover you in case of injury and repatriation during your trek.
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.
Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.
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
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.
You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag, with all your possessions inside, of 10kg maximum per person. Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our logistics vehicle where access is not always easy.
Baggage which is too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers, please think of their backs!