Hiking from Bise to Ubine

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  • Alpine pasture of Bise
    La Chapelle-d'Abondance

    A really lovely hike over high mountain pastures and forests, with magnificent views of the jagged mountains, the Natura 2000 sites of Cornettes de Bise and Mont de Grange. The impressive cliff faces of Mont Chauffé contrast with the gentle slopes of summer grazing land.

    The Bise and Ubine hike, nestled in the heart of the Chablais, in the Abondance valley, will offer you an exceptional view of various alpine peaks.

    Starting from the car park of the Bise chalets, you will walk on a downhill forest path then you will reach the Fontaine lake. Following a forest path with a slight difference in altitude, you will then reach the Ubine refuge, where you can take advantage of the tables and an outdoor pool to take a break. The small Ubine chapel was built during the French revolution.

    You will cross several mountain pastures during this hike, these are the ones that allow the cows to graze and then the farmers to produce Abondance, the famous cheese characteristic of the territory and the object of a protected designation of origin.

    You will then reach the Col d’Ubine, under the vertiginous ridge of Mont Chauffé and descend to the Chalets de Mens.
    You will then go up by the Pas de la Bosse with a superb view of the Cornettes de Bise, a nice descent on the GR5 trail to reach the Chalets de Bise and its refuge.

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    Further information

    Whatever your hike, remember to take cereal bars, sufficient water, sunglasses, sun cream, a small first aid kit, as well as clothes adapted to your outing according to the season and the weather forecast.

    Services & Equipment

    • Car park
    • Parking
    • Pets welcome

    Customer base

    • Walkers/hikers
    • Level red – hard


    From 15/05 to 20/11.
    Please check with the Tourist Office for the latest information on access conditions.

    Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.


    Animaux : Accepted

    Dogs must be kept on a leash because of the presence of herds, Natura 2000 reserve and hunting reserve.


    Free access.


    Parking de Bise
    74360 La Chapelle-d'Abondance

    Access (by car): From Thonon-les-Bains, take the D22 towards Vacheresse then leave the village via the hamlets of Villard and Revenette, towards Bise.

    Characteristics :

    • Mountain location
    • Waterside
    • Lakeside or by stretch of water
    • Lake view
    • Mountain view