Chatel is ideally positioned for walking in the mountains of the Chablais. In the summer a number of chair lifts are open allowing easy access to dramatic ridge walking with a series of superb panoramic vantage points with ever-changing views of the high peaks of Mont-Blanc, the majestic Swiss and French mountains and peaceful Lake Geneva.
There are beautiful mountain pastures full of flora and fauna. During the summer herds of cattle are driven up to the high pasture and the sound of tickling bells often accompanies your walk.
There are numerous walks from the chalet and even the long distance GR5 path passes behind the chalet. There are a number of high mountain refuges where overnight stays are possible, or just a visit for a much needed energy boost of tea and cake! There are some 380 km of signposted paths in Châtel, and Avoriaz, from the gentle 1 hour walk to the all day-walk. There is something to satisfy everyone.
We are happy to put together an itinerary of self-guided walks based on your energy and inclinations. Alternatively we can also find you a guide. Just contact us and let us know your requirements.
The Super-Châtel cable car takes you up to 5400 ft, from where numerous tracks leave across the alpine pasture and around the lakes. From there you can also take the Morclan chair lift to 6460 ft with a panoramic view that will take your breath away.
From Pré-la-Joux village, four miles away, the Pierre-Longue chair lift will take you directly to the summer pasture village of Plaine-Dranse. From there, explore further afield by taking the Rochassons chair-lift … You can even go to Avoriaz by taking two other chairlifts. Another attraction is the ‘goat’ village, at Ardent, a picturesque place with lovely restaurants.
From La Chapelle d’Abondance there is a lovely walk up to Lake Arouvin. The length and difficulty of the walk can be easily varied.
Mont de Grange, Chatel, France (2432m)
Situated behind the chalet, the Mont de Grange area is a nature reserve and therefore bustling with local wildlife including the Chamois Mountain goats, which are native to the Alps. This is a steady climb of between 4-6 hours up and down with fantastic rewards as you peer across to the North East and see the Glacier ranges of Mont Blanc from the top.
Cornettes du Bise, La Chapelle D’Abondance, France (2432m)
Approximately 4kms east of Chatel, the Cornettes du Bise is a slightly tougher challenge with some scrambling involved. An interesting climb with views to Lake Geneva from the rear or a spectacular panorama of the entire Abondance Valley. Also common to see during your hike are Chamois and Ibex along with birds of prey including eagles and peregrine falcons. Approximately 6-8 hours of climbing up and down.