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Between the deep blue of Lake Geneva, the green of the mountain pastures, the Cornettes de Bise: a palette of colors is offered to you. The Portes du Soleil tour follows a path beyond the borders of Valais and Haute-Savoie. Alone or with your family, discover this paradise on Earth.
 

Stage 1 : Châtel (1200m) - La Chapelle d'Abondance (1021m)
The itinerary is a beautiful balcony path that leads you to the lake of Arvouin. Numerous magnificent panoramas allow you to discover the valley of Abondance, on the French side and the Valais on the Swiss side. More to the East, the Diablerets at 3210 meters.Châtel (1200m) - Le Morclan (1970m) : 2H15. Le Morclan - Lac d'Arvouin (1671m) : 2H45Lac d'Arvouin - La Chapelle d'Abondance

Stage 2: La Chapelle d'Abondance (1021m) - Abondance (920m) Stage 2 of this mini-tour of the Portes du Soleil allows you to appreciate the peace of the mountain paths before going back down to the village of Abondance where those who are curious about art and history will be able to satisfy their desire of culture. Of course, the visit of the Maison du Val is a must for those who appreciate Abondance cheese (classified as AOC since 1990).La Chapelle d'Abondance (1021m) -Chalet de la Raille (1607m) by Chevenne : 2H00. Chalet de la Raille - Abondance (920m) : 2H00

Stage 3 : Abondance (920m)- Graydon (1340m)This 3rd stage marks the passage from the Abondance Valley to the Aulps Valley. The Pointe des Follys offers a last view on the Abondance valley with the Mont Brion and the Roc de Tavaneuse, the Mont de Grange, the Mont ChaufféAbondance (920m) - Pointe des Folly (1674m) : 2H40. Pointe des Folly - Saint jean d'Aulps (800m) : 2H10Saint Jean d'Aulps - refuge de Graydon (1340m) by Joranloup : 2H45

Stage 4 : Graydon hut (1340m) - Les Gets (1150m)This stage passes under the Roc d'Enfer (2243 meters), a good place for chamois. Beautiful viewpoints according to the slopes will also delight you, on the Abondance, Aulps valley and Praz-de-Lys sides.Graydon refuge (1340m) - Encrenaz pass (1433m) : 2H50. Col de l'Encrenaz - Les Gets (1150m) : 2H30

Stage 5 : Les Gets - Refuge de Chardonnière (1346m) or des Mines d'Or (1390m)Beautiful panoramas towards the valley of Samoëns and typical mountain chalets will punctuate this last day. You will discover the secret valley of La MancheLes Gets (1150m) - Le Ranfolly (1770m) : 2H10. Le Ranfolly - Cascade de Nyon (1035m) : 2H20Cascade de Nyon - Refuge de Chardonnière (1346m) or refuge des Mines d'Or (1390m): 2H00

Stage 6: Chardonnière hut (1346m) or Mines d'Or hut (1390m) - Abricotine hut (1585m) This day will allow you to cross the Franco-Swiss border and to discover superb landscapes above Champéry. You will also pass below the mythical Swiss Wall of Chavanette, well known by skiers. Refuge de Chardonnière (1346M) or refuge des Mines d'Or (1390M) - Col de Cou (1920m) : 1H30. Col de Cou - Col de Chésery (1992m): 5H15Col de Chésery - Refuge de l'Abricotine (les Brochaux on IGN map) (1585m): 0H45

Stage 7: Refuge de l'Abricotine (or Brochaux on IGN map) (1585m) - Châtel (1200m)During this last day, you will cross some very nice mountain pastures like the one of Mattes, where the view on the Dents Blanches is breathtaking. Refuge de Chardonnière (1585m) (also called Brochaux on the IGN map) - Col de Bassachaux (1778m) : 1H50. Col de Bassachaux - Chalet de Thorens (1733m) : 3H40 Chalets de Thorens - Les Boudimes (1400m) : 1H20Les Boudimes - Châtel (1200m) : 1H10

Hiking at the Portes du Soleil : a real health program

 

The Portes du Soleil tour offers you a wide range of activities on more than 800 km of marked trails, including walks along the lakes, climbs to numerous summits and more...The Portes du Soleil tour is a real health program. It is served by a network of 24 ski lifts that allow you to complete the Portes du Soleil tour in no time. A hiking map and a topoguide are available at the Tourist Office.The Portes du Soleil tour guarantees you unforgettable moments through an exceptional experience.

More informations about the Tour of the Portes du Soleil

For more informations about the walking tour of the Portes du Soleil, consult the hiking map in the tourists offices or contact us.