Walking & Hiking

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The mid-altitude mountains offer a playground for unlimited discovery of the local countryside. There are many kilometres of marked trails for family walks and trekking in the Portes du Soleil and the Pays d'Evian-Vallée 'Abondance... Will the Summer be long enough for you to see it all?

Hikes for all the family:

The Dranse walking trail: an easy path for pedestrians and bikes, accessible with pushair, it links Abondance to Châtel along the Dranse river by the Chapelle d'Abondance. Discover the culture of the Valley, its nature and its mountain landscapes. With the Colombus shuttle, you can come back to Abondance. 
Lake "Les Plagnes": a Geopark Chablais Unesco to discover with your family, many hiking departures from this awesome natural site.

The Autigny Chalets: An half day hike between forest and moutain pasture. A high difference of 400 meters. A beautiful view from the Autigny chalets to admire the edge of the Mont Chauffé, the Cornettes de Bise.


Intermediate walking trails to discover absolutly: 

Lake Tavaneuse (1805 m): One of the most beautiful moutain lake of the Chablais. Several departures from Pretairié or from the lake Les Plagnes. 
The Autigny top (1808 m): accessible from the Autigny chalets.


Sportive walking trails: 

Conquer the sommits of the Valley: The Mont de Grange (2432 m), the Cornettes de Bise (2432 m), the Mont Chauffé (2000 m), the Roc de Tavaneuse (2156 m), the Pic de la Corne (2084 m)...

In summer, the Portes du Soleil area is accessible by walking with the chairlifts.

For planning your walks, the following practical guides are available (in French) at the Tourist Office:

- Map of the foot and horse trails in the Portes du Soleil : this map is simple and easy to use and shows all the marked trails over an area covering 14 ski domains. The map also has a table showing the time required to get from one point to another. For sale at the Abondance Tourist Office for 6 €.

- Topographic information on the hikes in the Valley of Abondance : 32 ideas for mountain outings, from family walks to intense moutain hiking. For sale at the Abondance Tourist Office fore 5 €.

- Topographic guide "The Portes du Soleil...on foot" : produced by the French Hiking Federation, this guide details 41 of the best hikes to be done in the French-Swiss Alps. For sale at the Abondance Tourist Office for 14,70 €.

Walking map Vallée d'Abondance

Circuits Vallée d'Abondance

Tour of the village Abondance

The moutain guides propose you to discover the mountain and its fabulous tresors according to your level. A weekly program is available in the tourist office of Abondance.


Bureau de la montagne du Val d'Abondance

During the winter, snowshoes hiking guided every afternon from the Sunday to the Friday. Information and registration to the Tourist Office In summer, possibilty of hiking guided for a day or several...

Jean Yves Fredriksen, mountain guide

Jean Yves proposes mountain activities as climbing, via ferrata, ice iking and alpinism.