Samoëns Hiking routes

In the heart of the Giffre Mountains, discover the most beautiful itineraries on foot, by bike or mountain bike from Samoëns thanks to numerous routes accessible to all.

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Tour des Vallons

The village of Vallon, splendid and particularly well maintained by its inhabitants, the Cavoêrus, is divided into two parts, Vallon d'en Bas and Vallon d'en Haut. The village became a civil parish in 1730.

Departure : Samoëns Tourist Office

To discover : The Samoëns fruit factory

Departure from Le Criou

Chapelle des Vallons

@Patrice Gain

Itinerary for guidance only.

6.4 km
30m
74340 Samoëns
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Chantemerle and les Suets'town

This village was once inhabited all year round. We can find on many farms stone lintels, testimonies of the presence of "Kegnes and Frahans" (masons and stonemasons).

Its chapel (1684) is dedicated to Saint François de Sales.
Difficulty: fairly easy

Start: Place du Gros Tilleul in Samoëns


From the Place du Gros Tilleul (planted in 1438) pass between the church and the Town Hall, turn right behind the Ecuries du Chateau, then left. Continue along the path that once led to the Tornalta Castle (destroyed by the Valaisans in 1476, the ruins can still be seen at the top of the Jaÿsinia Botanical Garden) which runs along the outer wall of the Botanical Garden, then passes in front of the imposing Simon farm. (direction Chantemerle).

After crossing the road, take the magnificent shaded path, bordered by dry stone walls, which leads, passing above the hamlet of La Grangiat, to the village of Combes. (On leaving the village notice the oratory erected in 1754).

Continue along the wide stony path which is the old access road to Chantemerle.

Cross the village and follow the direction of La Rosière.

A path, then a narrow road lead to the hamlet of Chosalets. Shortly before it, turn right in the direction of “Samoëns via the Forêt des Suets” and follow the path which rises through the meadows.

At the edge of the forest, take a skidding path to the right which climbs up to the ruins of a chalet.

The path descends fairly quickly to the village of Chantemerle and crosses a path at a place called "La pierre du dînna" (in other words the stone of dinner). Follow this path to the left which runs through the very beautiful and game-rich forest of the Suets.

The path enters a reforestation area and offers splendid views of the Vallon plain, the Pointe de Sales and the Mont Blanc range. He will take you back to the hamlet of La Grangiat.

At the Croix des Pleignes, you can return to Samoëns via Levy (straight ahead) or else by the path taken on the outward journey (oblique to the left).

Itinerary for guidance only.

7.2 km
3h 20m
Very easy
Place du Gros Tilleul à Samoëns 74340 Samoëns
Du 15/06/2024 au 15/10/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Walks in the mountain using the skilifts to Samoëns 1600

Thanks to the opening of skilifts this summer, you can go walking with your family and discover some different, breathtaking panoramic views with any strenuous effort beforehand.

When you want a chance to relax and get close to nature, take advantage of the skilifts and enjoy some easy walking in stunning scenery. Regain your sense of well-being in the serenity and peace of higher altitudes as you walk through alpine pastures and along the shores of lakes. In fact, why not do a spot of fishing while you're there?

Looking for ideas for easy walks in constantly-changing scenery? Leaving Samoëns behind, you can get a wonderful view of Mont-Blanc from the Tête des Saix. From there, head for La Combe de Gers with its lake and gîte-cum-restaurant, then return to Samoëns or Sixt Fer-à-Cheval.

Itinerary for guidance only.

6 km
1h 15m
Grand Massif Express 74340 Samoëns
Du 03/06/2024 au 28/08/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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De Samoëns à Verchaix

This itinerary can be broken down into two others, the 1st: from Samoëns to Secouën (1h30)

the 2nd: from Secouën to Verchaix (1h30).


START : Place du Bérouze - Samoëns.


@Patrice Gain

Itinerary for guidance only.

9.5 km
3h 30m
Very easy
Lacs aux Dames village 74340 Samoëns
Du 05/05/2024 au 10/11/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Tour n°10 - Le Bérouze-Mathonex-Vigny

This walk along quiet roads and footpaths provides a glimpse of life in the valley and some of its traditions, through its chapels, shrines, old chalets and Clos Parchet folk museum.
Altitude at start: 700 metres
Maximum altitude: 1,000 metres
Difficulty: none
Type of terrain: footpaths and quiet roads
Itinerary for guidance only.

7 km
3h
Easy
versant sud 74340 Samoëns
Du 11/06/2024 au 11/09/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Strolls from the lacs aux dames to the lac bleu at Morillon

This is a typical family walk, along the banks of the River Giffre between Samoëns and Morillon in a wide forest road

The Samoëns leisure centre is organised around two lakes linked by a small waterfall. The tour of these lakes is in itself a short but very pleasant walk, with the Haut Giffre mountains in the background and more particularly the Criou.


The route to the Lac Bleu de Morillon takes the wooden bridge, located near the refreshment bar, between the two lakes. Shortly after the bridge turn right, then left, to enter a mixed forest: spruce and beech.

A wide path leads you to the R'Biolle footbridge which, with a single span of 17 metres, spans the Giffre.

At the end of the footbridge the path turns right and takes you through the woods of L'Etelley and then along the Giffre to the Lac Bleu de Morillon.


In July and August, the beach of the lake welcomes bathers (supervised swimming) and pleasant lawns invite you to relax.


Allow 1 1/2 hours for the return walk.

Flat ground.

Type of terrain: wide forest track.

Recommendation: no dogs allowed in the leisure complexes in Samoëns and Morillon.

Departure from the Lac aux Dames in Samoëns.

Difficulties: none

Map reference: Route 3 in the Vallée du Haut Giffre ramblers' guide ("topoguide").

Itinerary for guidance only.

7.1 km
1h 30m
Very easy
Lacs aux Dames village 74340 Samoëns
Du 05/05/2024 au 10/11/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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12 km
3h 40m
Easy
Parking de Lédedian, Voie communale N°11, 74340 Samoëns 74340 Samoëns
Du 01/06/2023 au 30/11/2023
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Balade du Frenalay

Within the cirque, walk along the small paths that will take you to the beautiful village of Frenalay.


Departure: Car park of the Fer à Cheval circus


To discover: The waterfalls of the Cirque du Fer à Cheval


@Patrice Gain

Itinerary for guidance only.

2.1 km
45m
Very easy
74340 Samoëns
Du 11/06/2024 au 11/09/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Crossing the Alps - GR 5 - Chardonnière - Samoëns

This hike is on the mythical hike "Grande Traversée des Alpes".
On the route of the GR®5, the mythical "Grande Traversée des Alpes" invites you to hike on the alpine part of one of the most fabulous hiking trails in the world!


Start walking on the shores of Lake Leman and finish 620 km further (3 to 4 weeks walk) on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea ... There is no doubt that the Grande Traversée des Alpes is An unforgettable hike !

Itinerary for guidance only.

10 km
4h
Medium
74340 Samoëns
Du 15/06/2024 au 15/09/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Walk No. 6 - La Bourgeoise

Short hike accessible to all, joining the Bourgeoise from the Col de Joux Plane. This summit, located at 1770 meters of altitude, constitutes a superb viewpoint on the Mont Blanc and the summit of the Giffre massif surrounding.
Starting from the Col de Joux Plane and its lake, overlooking Samoëns to the south and Morzine to the north, this walk without difficulty starts in beautiful alpine landscapes until the Chalets of Mapellet.


Passing under the Pointe de Chamossière, the route offers many panoramas on the Giffre massif: The North Face of the Criou, the Pointe Rousse or the Tête de Bostant. The Mapellet Cross marks your arrival at the top, you will then be gratified from a breathtaking 360° perspective.


The view of the Mont Blanc from the Bourgeois is breathtaking. Also discover the surrounding peaks thanks to the orientation table on site.

5 km
1h 15m
Very easy
Col de Joux Plane versant sud 74340 Samoëns
Du 01/06/2023 au 15/12/2023
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Walk No. 47 - Tour of the Upper Giffre on foot

This superb tour combines several hikes set out in the guide published by the Upper Giffre association.
It enables you to explore all the facets of the Upper Giffre: the valley, its history and its population, the forests, the mountain pastures, and the mountain trails that provide some splendid panoramic views. The tour takes 6 or 11 days to complete and is intended for experienced hikders.


Starting altitude: 1,691m

Finishing altitude: 1,770 m

Particular difficulties: none

Recommended period June to the first snowfalls.

Itinerary for guidance only.

75 km
Easy
74340 Samoëns
Du 01/07/2024 au 31/08/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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route n°36 - Col de Joux Plane street

Thanks to the opening of skilifts this summer, you can go walking with your family and discover some different, breathtaking panoramic views with any strenuous effort beforehand.
When you want a chance to relax and get close to nature, take advantage of the skilifts and enjoy some easy walking in stunning scenery. Regain your sense of well-being in the serenity and peace of higher altitudes as you walk through alpine pastures and along the shores of lakes. In fact, why not do a spot of fishing while you're there?

Looking for ideas for easy walks in constantly-changing scenery? Leaving Samoëns behind, you can get a wonderful view of Mont-Blanc from the Tête des Saix. From there, head for La Combe de Gers with its lake and gîte-cum-restaurant, then return to Samoëns or Sixt Fer-à-Cheval.

27 km
2h
Difficult
66 Place de l'office de tourisme 74340 Samoëns
Du 03/07/2024 au 29/08/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Crossing the Tête du Vuargne

This aerial route is a wonderful viewpoint over the Chablais, Haut Giffre and Mont Blanc massifs. The Joux Plane lake is an artificial lake used to water the herds of the mountain pasture and to regulate the course of the Valentine torrent.
Difficulty: easy

Start: Joux Plane lake (located at the top of the Joux Plane pass)

Map reference: Vallée du Haut Giffre topo-guide


From the Joux Plane lake, take the path on the right which leads to the real Joux Plane pass located between the Tête de Vuargne* on the left (which we will climb) and the pointe d'Angolon on the right. From the pass, a path quickly rises up the grassy slope by a few tight switchbacks to reach a rocky projection.

The path skirts around it on the left, crosses the slopes overlooking the lake and then rises in a valley before reaching the ridge.

The path continues, without further difficulty, opening up a splendid view of the Mt Blanc range on the left and the Chablais mountains on the right.

A few hundred metres further on, the Ranfolly chairlift station appears (Les Gets ski area). In front of the station, an orientation table will allow you to put a name on the summits that surround you.

Continuing along the ridge, the path descends quietly to the Col road. Once you have reached the road, turn left to reach the lake.

Itinerary for guidance only.

3.3 km
1h 30m
Easy
Lac de Joux Plane (situé au sommet du Col de Joux Plane) 74340 Samoëns
Du 01/06/2024 au 15/10/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Lake of the Red Gouilles

Although located in the heart of the ski lifts, this short walk from the Samoëns 1600 resort is very pleasant. In July and August the area is covered with blueberries.
Duration: 1h15

Difference in height: 174 meters

Difficulty: very easy

Departure: car park of Samoëns 1600 (which can be reached from Samoëns by following the direction Samoëns 1600)

Carto reference: topo-guide Vallée du Haut Giffre


At the end of the car park, take the wide path which, turning to the left, passes under the Chariande chairlifts and takes you peacefully, through blueberry and rhododendron trees, to the Gouilles Rouges lake.

This artificial lake used to supply the resort with drinking water. It now serves as a water reserve for the artificial snowmaking of the slopes.

From the lake, follow the path on the left which, in a few metres, takes you to a small promontory with a view of the cirque of Vaconnant.

In winter, this cirque is the scene of numerous avalanches which take the corridors in front of you.

The left-most corridor, from the ridge to the Pointe de Trapechet, is called the "couloir des morts" (corridor of the dead). The evocation of this name gives you a chill and reminds you that in winter caution is required.


Itinerary for guidance only.

4 km
1h 15m
Very easy
Parking de Samoëns 1600 (que l'on peut rejoindre depuis Samoëns en suivant la direction Samoëns 1600) 74340 Samoëns
Du 01/06/2024 au 15/10/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Crossing the Alps - GR 5 - Samoëns - Chalet d'Anterne

This hike is on the famous "Grande Traversée des Alpes". It permises to discover different landscapes, enjoy breathtaking views.
On the GR®5 route, the mythical "Grande Traversée des Alpes" invites you to hike on the alpine part of one of the most fabulous hiking trails in the world!


Start walking on the shores of Lake Leman and finish 620 km further (3 to 4 weeks walk) on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea ... There is no doubt that the Grande Traversée des Alpes is An unforgettable hike !


Itinerary for guidance only.

15 km
6h 30m
Medium
74340 Samoëns
Du 15/06/2024 au 22/09/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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Climb to Bostan

This hike takes you through mountain pastures to the Bostan hut.

Starting altitude: 1,096 m

Finishing altitude: 1,769 m

Particular difficulties: none

Itinerary for guidance only.

8.8 km
3h 15m
Easy
Bostan versant sud 74340 Samoëns
Du 11/06/2024 au 11/09/2024
- OT Samoëns -
- OT Samoëns -
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