Snowshoe trail – Pas de Morgins


    This very easy route, accessible to all, will take you from Châtel through the forest to Morgins Lake in Switzerland.

    From the centre of Châtel, head towards Lac de Vonnes, where the path starts at the car park for the inter-domain link.

    You can get there by taking the line 4 shuttle bus and getting off at the “Gabelou” stop.

    From the signpost opposite the car park entrance, follow the path up to the Col de Morgins.

    You are now on the border with Switzerland, and you can go as far as the lake of the same name just after the pass. The view opens out onto the Dents du Midi in Switzerland, dominated by the Haute Cime (3,257m).

    If it’s not covered in snow, the border marker at the pass is very interesting, with carved shields on either side (Swiss and Duke of Savoy).
    Return by the same route or by taking the shuttle bus.

    Alternative route: From Lac de Vonnes, walk alongside the lake and then, at the end of the lake, follow the small road leading to the start of the Vonnes link. Cross the road over the footbridge to reach the car park on the left.

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    Further information

    Safety and rules of good practice:

    - All routes are undertaken at the hiker's own risk, as they are not supervised.
    - Before setting off, make sure you are aware of the weather conditions and the risk of avalanches, and remember to bring warm, waterproof clothing. Mountain weather changes very quickly. A high avalanche risk means that trails are closed.
    - Choose a route suited to your level and physical condition.
    - Follow the signposting instructions.
    - Do not stray from the marked routes.
    - Tell someone close to you about your outing and the route you have chosen.
    - Never hike alone.
    - Don't leave too late in the afternoon to make sure you're back before dark.
    - Do not use the cross-country or downhill ski runs. Crossing the pistes is only permitted on marked crossings.
    - Take plenty of food and water with you. Mountain sports require a lot of energy. Mountain inns and high-altitude restaurants exist on certain routes.

    Equipment required :
    - A hat
    - Gloves
    - Sunglasses
    - Poles
    - Mountain boots
    In the bag :
    - Warm clothing
    - Hot drinks and snacks
    - Mobile phone
    - First-aid kit
    - Sun cream.

    Services & Equipment

    • Parking
    • Pets welcome

    Customer base

    • Walkers/hikers
    • Level green –very easy


    From 23/12 to 21/04.
    Accessible according to climatic conditions and is closed if the avalanche risk is 3 on 5. Please contact the Tourist Office in advance to find out the conditions of access at the time.

    Subject to snow conditions.


    Animaux : Accepted without supplements

    Age range

    Minimum age : 5 years


    Free access.


    Départ du parking de la liaison de Vonnes
    74390 Châtel

    Shuttle line 4, stop "Gabelou". Car park.

    Characteristics :

    • Mountain location
    • Forest location
    • Lake view
    • Mountain view

    Spoken languages

    • English
    • French