• Sport

Hiking trail: Le Bief

A trail that gives you an opportunity to discover "le Bief", a reach that used to carry water to irrigate the "montagnettes". This is a pleasant, relaxing walk with wonderful views over the valley and Mont Blanc.

Sport Hiking trail: Le Bief Montchavin-les-Coches


Departing from Montchavin-les-Coches (73210)
Average length : 03h00
Total elevation gain : 230m
Vertical drop : 230m
Distance : 4.5km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

In the shade of fir and spruce trees, follow the route of this old reach, imagining the ingenuity that our ancestors used to lead the water from the mountain streams to these hillocks.
A little history: a reach could be dug into earth and rock or made with wooden planks supported by beams attached to the mountainside.
You can see some of these if you take another footpath: "Montchavin-Les Coches via Praz Salvard"

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 230m
Altitude max : 1770m
Vertical drop : 230m


The path is signposted with beige panels and green writing.

Further informations

Stone, Ground

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    Starting from Les Coches, go to Orgère car park.
    1/ From there, go off to the right to Crévaillet and after 2 hairpin bends you will come to a large clearing, the starting point for a themed walk (information table (P)).
    2/ The path climbs gently to the left, crossing over the ski runs 4 times before arriving in Le Chanton.
    3/ From there, you can return to Les Coches on a small asphalt road, going past the Vanoise Express towards Orgère
    If you continue on the trail
    4/You can also keep on walking towards Fontaine Froid and then along a forest track ahead of you, leaving the path that climbs to the hamlet of Les Bauches where there are other lovely walks to enjoy.
    5/ In this case, you take the same route back to Le Chanton.

    P = signpost on the circuit

    Children aged 7 or 8 will be able to do the walk to Le Chanton. Walking in the cool spruce wood is really relaxing.


    Free access.


    Open to children
    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : English, French
    Languages of documentation : English, French
    Not adapted to strollers

    Whenever you go hiking, remember to take cereal bars, plenty of water, sunglasses, sun cream and a small first aid kit, as well as suitable clothes for your outing, according to the season and the weather forecast.

    Period of practice

    From 24/06 to 02/09/2023.

    • Pets welcome


    L'Orgère Les Coches 73210 Montchavin-les-Coches
    Departing from : Montchavin-les-Coches (73210)
    Latitude : 45.552267 - Longitude : 6.725541

    Go to the Les Coches resort at L'Orgère.
    At the roundabout in Montchavin, take the 1st exit on the right.
    When you arrive at Les Coche, this is the 1st exit, you pass the Chalets de Wengen, then the place known as l'Observatoire and you continue as far as the Orgère car park.

    More informations

    Information update on 28/08/2023 by Office de Tourisme de la Grande Plagne