The resorts of La Chapelle d’Abondance and Châtel and the National Forestry Commission have joined forces and have created a network of signposted paths through the most interesting areas on the mountains.
These paths are colour-coded with paint marks on the ground and on adjacent trees and rocks. Crossroads mostly have accurate and informative signposts. There are some 150 km of signposted paths, from the gentle 1 hour to the day-walk, enough to live up everybody’s expectations.
You can also choose groups outings, accompanied by qualified guides. Those professionals offer you each week a full range of half-days, 1 day outings or several-days outings with board in a mountain refuge or chalet. There is also possibility of trekking.
High mountain :
The Valais Alps and Mont Blanc are next door, giving easy access to the High Alps.
You too can become one of that band of famous mountaineers, walk across glaciers on crampons, and climb the most beautiful peaks rising to 3000 m to 4000 m (10,000 ft to 13,000 ft) !
Guided trips: the guides offer a large choice of high altitude climbs:
• One-day glacier hikes:
Col de Toule, across the Vallée Blanche, looking for Glacial Mills…
• Two-day glacier hikes:
Dôme de Miage (3670 m / 12,040 ft)…
• Two-day glacier hikes with via ferrata:
Mer de Glace Balcony…
• Two-day snow routes:
Tête Blanche (3429 m / 11,250 ft)…
Day price: minimum 4 people (does not include technical equipment and associated costs of meals, ski lifts, etc.): €65/person
Information and bookings:
Richard Sports Bis G3
Tel. 33 (0)4 50 73 36 69
Tel 33 (0)6 76 41 61 80 / 33 (0)4 50 73 54 62
Rock climbing, via ferrata :
• Plaine Dranse rock climbing site:
26 routes from 5 to 10 m.
• Essert waterfall abseils:
2 abseil lines: semi-humid, humid. Each line consists of 6 abseils from 30 to 50 m.
• The Pas-de-Morgins rock climb:
50 routes of between 10 and 40 metres high, at grades of 3 to 7, and one Alpine route.
Via ferrata of Saix de Miolene
The route climbs a very steep and exposed rock face.
It follows an attractive rocky route made up of a succession of ledges, corners and overhangs.
It consists of three separate sections: le cabri, le chamois and le bouquetin, with an option to use chains.
There are several physically demanding sections of varying lengths in the 2nd and 3rd sections which are open only to experienced via ferrata climbers or under close supervision.
Ridge of Mont Chauffe, Cornettes de Bises, Dent du Midi, Miroir of Argentine…
Information and bookings:
Jean-Yves Fredriksen Tel. 33 (0)6 76 41 61 80/33 (0)4 50 73 54 62
Training course of progress
First flight in tandem with an instructor
Price : 65€
Information and bookings :
Pantins of Eole
Tel 33(0)6 80 87 40 49 / 33 (0)4 50 81 16 74
Served by the Super-Châtel cable car, the two permanent downhill trails have been designed to provide the maximum number of thrills and chills.
The trails are 2.7 km (1.7 miles) long and pass through both woodland and meadows, and their 450 m of vertical drop are equipped with bumps, banked turns and natural obstacles.
Both trails end in a 250-metre X cross.
Downhill mountain biking initiation sessions
Throughout the summer season you can also try out or improve your downhill mountain biking skills with the “Easy Ride” sessions proposed by Sébastien Giraldi, a state qualified instructor.
More than 380 km (40 miles) of signposted trails and 23 ski-lifts open in summer to give you a helping “hand”.
Cultural heritage of the Valley of Abondance
Radio Châtel RTL2 FM 98.8 Mgz
Rafting, canyoning, running waters swimming, hydrospeed, canoeing.
Tennis : 4 courts, 2 walls for training
Golfs in Evian and Montreux
Fishing in lakes and rivers : Vonne Lake
Courses to be in form !