Lake Arvouin loop

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    La Chapelle-d'Abondance

    A beautiful hike which starts from the centre of the village of La Chapelle d’Abondance and offers superb views of the Cornettes de Bise, the lake of Arvouin, the village and the valley of Abondance.

    This hike starts in the centre of the typical Haut Savoyard village of La Chapelle d’Abondance. It is located within the natural site of the Cornettes de Bise, classified Natura 2000.
    You will take the road and then follow a forest path in the direction of Chevenne.

    You will then take a pastoral track and a path towards the Vernaz pass at the foot of the imposing Cornettes de Bise mountain. At the pass, a magnificent view awaits you on its southern face.

    You will then reach the Col de Resse and then the Col du Serpentin and the Tête de l’Avalanche, the highest point of the route at 1854m. This viewpoint on the lake of Arvouin, the Dents du Midi and the valley of Abondance is worth the diversions.
    It is also an area frequented by mouflons, marmots and grouse roosters.

    After a short descent through the alpine chalets, you can enjoy a moment of relaxation at the edge of the Arvouin lake. You may meet Abondance cows or ibexes, which are very present on this site.

    The return to the village of La Chapelle d’Abondance is via a fairly steep path through the Tête de la Maisonnette mountain pasture and a long descent through the forest.

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    Services & Equipment

    • Picnic area
    • Parking
    • Pets welcome

    Customer base

    • Level red – hard
    • For experts / practiced


    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

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


    Free access.


    Route de Chevenne
    74360 La Chapelle-d'Abondance

    Free parking under the tourist office or access to the starting point by shuttle (municipal in winter or line C and line 12).

    Characteristics :

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

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