France–SWITZERLAND (117 km) 🇫🇷🇨🇭
SPRING, SUMMER, POST-SEASON
from March 15 to October 31
Trails to lose one’s head over. The most beautiful pastures and eternal wild nature.
Here, we make the most of the art
of mountain living, of infinite contemplation and of all-powerful Mother Nature.
Welcome to the Finhaut itinerary.
HIKING, CLIMBING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, LAKES, FORESTS & CHEESE
- Landscape 90% 90%
- Fooding 70% 70%
- Distance 50% 50%
- Activities 80% 80%
Accessible during all seasons, this itinerary takes you to see the wonders of the mountains. From the glaciers to the lakes to the peaks, you’ll see it all.
Depending on the weather, choose the activity you like: skiing, paragliding, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing… and take back from your explorations of the most beautiful villages the best souvenirs to eat or drink.
The descent back down to earth is never easy, but the essential stays with you: a taste of paradise.
A legendary area, the Grands Montets offers the best playground for skiers and snowboarders in Chamonix. From the spring, a hike around the Argentière Glacier, between Aiguille Verte and Aiguille d’Argentière, offers the ultimate mountain experience.
For the second stop, destination Vallorcine around fifteen kilometres north-east of Chamonix. Hidden behind the Montets Pass, just at the foot of the Aiguilles Rouges, the site is a paradise for lovers of mountain biking, climbing, canyoning (in Barberine), fishing and hiking. The best routes are via the Tête de Balme and the Loriaz lodge.
Time to head to Val de Bagnes in Switzerland with an optional stop at the hamlet of Giétroz, Jeurs or Finhaut. Though permanently receding, the glacier remains a major attraction in the region and the view on Lake Mauvoisin is unique. On fine days, the best hikes are around the Jeurs and the Col du Bel Oiseau.
After crossing the impressive arch bridge of Gueuroz, park your van in this small Swiss paradise. Welcome to the wilderness at the heart of a forest of larches where one can even swim, on nice days, in an Alpine pool. Aside from Lake Salvan, don’t miss the hiking trail that leads to the Triège gorges, with its footbridges and three bridges.
You must stop in this small Swiss mid-mountain village where local craftsmanship reigns undisputed: red berries, honey, medicinal plants and Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) raclette cheese to buy. Skiing in winter and on fine days: 400 kilometres of trails to choose from. Not to be missed: the Alpine lake of Champex, a pure mountain gem.
Get ready to climb the Aiguille du Midi. A trip with two stops: Plan de l’Aiguille at 2,354 m, ideal to start a hike or a paragliding flight, and cable car up to the peak of the Aiguille (3,842 m) with a flight over the glaciers and Europe’s highest peaks. Back down to earth, enjoy local specialities to celebrate your adventure.
Before returning the van keys, last breath of oxygen, last snapshot of wonders, last chunk of Tomme de Savoie cheese… imagine anything you like, paradise is always hard to leave.
Alternative route 4 days / 4 nights towards “Finhaut”, 45 km
Lovers of great spaces, follow the signs to Vallorcine. The dream location for any serious hiker and budding athlete. Secret escape to the hamlet of Gietroz. A village in the mountain where you can admire a glacier, tour a lake, contemplate, relax… before going back to Chamonix for a last romantic night.