Col d’Arvouin and Lac d’Arvouin from the top of the Panthiaz gondola lift

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    La Chapelle-d'Abondance

    This hike takes you to Lac d’Arvouin, a beautiful mountain lake in the Abondance valley. You will then reach the Col d’Arvouin. The path that leads up to the pass offers lovely views.

    Lac d’Arvouin is easily accessible on foot from the heights of La Chapelle d’Abondance. In summer, the Panthiaz gondola lift also allows you to reach the starting point without taking the car (open on certain days of the week, check with the tourist office).

    From the top of the gondola, you’ll enter the forest and then the mountain pastures, reaching the chalets a little higher up. Maybe you’ll meet some Abondance cows!
    Enjoy the panoramic view of Mont de Grange and the Dents du Midi.
    The path then leads into the undergrowth, and the area opens up to offer splendid views. You’ll then follow this path to Lac d’Arvouin, where you may spot goats below or ibex at the lake.

    Situated in the heart of the protected Cornettes de Bise massif, Lac d’Arvouin and its surroundings are classified as a Natura 2000 area.

    You’ll then head for the mountain chalets and the Col d’Arvouin. A magnificent view of the lake and the south face of the Cornettes de Bise.

    Return by the same route.

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    Further information

    The Panthiaz gondola lift is open to pedestrians on certain days in July and August. Free parking is also available at the top of the gondola.

    Services & Equipment

    • Parking
    • Pets welcome

    Customer base

    • Children
    • Level green –very easy
    • For beginners / novice


    From 01/06 to 30/09.
    Accessible except during snow and depending on weather conditions.
    Please check with the Tourist Office for the latest information on access conditions. This route is usually suitable for strong walkers during spring, summer, and autumn, except in adverse weather.


    Animaux : Accepted without supplements

    Pets accepted on a leash only.


    Free access.


    Route du Rys
    Haut de la télécabine de la Panthiaz
    74360 La Chapelle-d'Abondance

    Characteristics :

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

    Spoken languages

    • French