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Walking route - Tour of Mont de Grange from Châtel

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary in Châtel
25.7 km
9h
Hard
  • Mont de Grange is a Natura 2000 and hunting reserve.
    This hike enables to discover a nature shared between wildlife and alpine pastures. This itinerary offers you beautiful views of Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance and Abondance.

  • The Mont de Grange tour is a hike for experienced walkers.
    Mont de Grange is a 3,000-hectare nature reserve, classified Natura 2000.
    It's also a hunting reserve where deer, chamois, roe deer, mouflons, marmots, black grouse, ptarmigan, golden eagles... all live side by side. You can easily observe them early in the morning. This hike also invites you to discover wild flora such as martagon lily, paradise lily, alpine columbine, gentian and genepi.

    From Très les PIerres, follow the...
    The Mont de Grange tour is a hike for experienced walkers.
    Mont de Grange is a 3,000-hectare nature reserve, classified Natura 2000.
    It's also a hunting reserve where deer, chamois, roe deer, mouflons, marmots, black grouse, ptarmigan, golden eagles... all live side by side. You can easily observe them early in the morning. This hike also invites you to discover wild flora such as martagon lily, paradise lily, alpine columbine, gentian and genepi.

    From Très les PIerres, follow the direction of the Etrye, where you join the GR 5 path via the Pron and Mattes chalets. You'll follow the Pointe des Mattes down to the Chalet de Trebentaz and the Plan des Feux in La Chapelle d'Abondance, take the gravel path towards Enquernaz. You cross the La Chapelle d'Abondance ski area and the Plaine Joux mountain pasture.

    From l'Enquernaz, head towards the Saint-Théodule chapel. On the way to the chapel, you'll pass through a number of local villages and discover the traditional houses of Charmy l'Adroit in Abondance.

    After the Chapelle Saint Théodule, you'll take a mountain path to the Lenlevay viewpoint, passing the Bailly and Jouly mountain chalets. You'll meet Abondance cows on these mountain pastures during the summer season. A beautiful panorama of Abondance and Châtel awaits you.

    From Lenlevay, take the GR5 path again to the Etrye chalets then back to the starting point.

    Variations: possible departures from Chapelle Saint Théodule in Abondance or from the Plan des Feux in La Chapelle d'Abondance.

    Whichever walk you choose, we recommend that you :

    - Wear appropriate footwear and always take with you: warm clothing, preferably waterproof, plenty of water, sunglasses, sun cream and a small first-aid kit.
    - Do not set off alone.
    - Inform someone living in the valley of your plans.
    - Do not change the planned itinerary indiscriminately. But do not hesitate to shorten it if necessary.
    - Carry a map and even a torch.
    - Check the weather forecast before setting off.
    - In the event of a thunderstorm, move away from ridges, passes and summits as soon as possible and never take shelter under an isolated tree.
  • Tips
    - From Les Mattes, you can branch off to the Trebentaz refuge.
    - From the Chapelle Saint Théodule, you can branch off to the refuge des Tindérêts, via the Lac des Plagnes.
  • Departure
    Châtel
  • Recommended parking: Très les Pierres - Châtel
    The closest bus stop: Shuttle line 1, stop "Très-les-Pierres" (July & August)
  • Plain text period
    From 01/06 to 30/09.
    Accessible outside the snow period and depending on weather conditions. Check with the Tourist Office beforehand to find out the current access conditions. Recommended practice period: spring - summer - autumn.
  • Environment
    • Mountain location
    • Close to GR footpath
    • Mountain view
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Services
  • Accessibility
    • Not accessible in a wheelchair
  • Equipment
    • Parking
    • Free car park
    • Car park
  • Services
    • Pets welcome
      • Dogs must be kept on a leash because of the presence of herds, Natura 2000 reserve and hunting reserve.
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