Hikes & rambles

EXEPRIENCING THE BEAUTY OF MOTHER NATURE

Taking a stroll or hiking are definitely the best ways to discover the mountains, their majestic landscapes, unspoilt nature, prairies, heritage, certified Pays d’Art et d’Histoire, Natura 200 and UNESCO Chablais Geopark.

At your own pace and following your own desires, we invite you to travel around the 175km of marked hiking trails that link to 575km of paths in the Portes du Soleil. Some of these are steeped in the valley’s history and today many of the paths are marked for their interest in showing you the mountains from a different angle.

Discover the Mont de Grange (2432m) reserve from the village centre and watch the chamois, mouflon and marmots.

La Chapelle d’Abondance is a stage on the Grande Traversée des Alpes and the GR5.
There is a water fountain available in the village centre in the green arena next to the GR5 pathway.

Natura 2000

The Natura 2000 network is a collection of European natural sites, both land and marine territory, identified for the rarity or fragility of its wild animals or plant species and their habitats.

The aim of the network is to preserve the biodiversity of these species in the long-term without banishing all human activity and to promote the natural heritage. In Abondance valley two areas are Natura 2000 sites: one is located on the Mont de Grange and another on the Cornettes de Bise. These listed sites are witness to the treasures of the mountain environment.

The Abondance valley communities ensure that these treasures are preserved, recognised and promoted. These sites harbour prairies that are still in exploitation, forests and one hunting reserve.

As hikers you are spectators, and both witnesses and actors of this biodiversity. With this in mind please respect how to photograph and look, without picking or bothering the flora and fauna that you have the good fortune to come across.

SIGNAGE

You will see 3 types of signs:

  • local wooden signs
  • departmental hiking signs (called PDIPR – Plan Départemental des Itinéraires de Promenade et de Randonnée) on beige metal signs with green lettering
  • French federation for hikers signs (FFRP – Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre), which are red and white markings for the GR (Grande Randonnée), red and yellow markings for the RP (Randonnée de Pays).

The maintenance, installation and signage of these paths are managed by the Communauté de Communes Pays d’Evian Vallée d’Abondance. Even though we regularly check our pathways’ signage, please alert us if you notice any deterioration or problems encountered with these signs.
To improve the quality of our trails, or to point out a problem, log on to the iPhone or Androïd Surcate App and indicate anything to improve.

MAPS & TOPOS

The La Chapelle d’Abondance Tourist Office has the following documents available to discover all the hiking trails :

  • Abondance Valley tourist hiking map: free
  • Topo-guide of local walks and hikes in the Abondance Valley:€5
  • Map of the Portes du Soleil hiking trails: €6

Available at the La Chapelle d’Abondance Tourist Office:

You will also be able to find the IGN Map top 25 n°3528ET Morzine, Massif du Chablais, Les Portes du Soleil for e12.80 in our local shops (Newsagents and Intermarché).

ADVICE FOR HIKERS

Hiking is an activity everyone can do. With this in mind though there are several safety regulations that should be respected for hikers going out alone or in groups. The mountains are a wonderful place to explore and you must be respectful.

CHABLAIS GEOPARK

In addition to its exceptional location between the shores of Lake Léman to the peaks of the Portes du Soleil, Chablais possesses a world renowned geological heritage.

This heritage is at the origins of the extraordinary diversity of its riches: breathtaking landscapes, iconic cultural sites, world renowned mineral water, traditions and Alpine gastronomy.

More than twenty unmissable sites reveal Chablais’ uniqueness, and are registered in the UNESCO Global Geopark Network.

Easy access and suitable for young and old, both a playground and a place for quiet contemplation. The free discovery map is available at the Abondance Tourist Office.

For example, the Lake Plagnes in Abondance is a registered Geopark site. There are free discovery outings available from May to September, the full programme and registration is available at the Abondance Tourist Office.

THEMED PATHS

parcours rando la chapelle d'abondance

Parcours Santé Découverte

From the Chevenne car park: sports enthusiasts to get back in shape, skillfully associated with panels showing the flora and fauna of our mountains. For the contemplative, many benches are installed along the route.

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Thematic route: Fenêtre sur Plaine

“Window on Plain” is more than a journey it is a circuit of discovery around the edge of the village, with views overlooking the town plain.

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Thematic route: In the footsteps of the Chamois

A superb easy and fun mountain walk where you will discover, through panels and games, the life of the Mont de Grange chamois.

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Thematic route: Sapicéa

Follow the character of Sapicéa, imagined by Chapellans schoolchildren and get to know the forest environment and the surrounding landscapes through four informative and fun panels.

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Dranse riverside trail

Dranse riverside trail: for walkers and cyclists! This trail which runs along the riverside from Châtel to Abondance is nearly 16 km long and accessible to everyone: families, sporty types, children and pushchairs.

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Fallow deer park

Visit the fallow deer, installed in a pretty enclosure, 500m from the village center, on the Chevenne road.

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Hikes schedule

Discover day by day the hikes programmed throughout the territory of the Pays d’Evian vallée d’Abondance!

Best hikes in the territory

The Pays d’Evian vallée d’Abondance is a true hiking paradise! Discover the most beautiful circuits to do alone, with family or friends!