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Les Cycl'O gourmandes : The big loop

A 19 km loop with a stop at "L'Artisan du Chocolat" to discover local specialities. The tasting break will take place on the shores of Lac Bleu. You'll return to Taninges along the banks of the Giffre.

Sport Les Cycl'O gourmandes : The big loop Taninges


Departing from Taninges (74440)
Average length : 02h30
Total elevation gain : 158m
Vertical drop : 160m
Distance : 19.64km
Signed walking trail

From 9 years old (height: 1.30 m)

Total elevation gain : 158m
Altitude max : 757m
Vertical drop : 160m


Signposted route from La Chartreuse de Mélan to Verchaix, then from Verchaix to La Chartreuse de Mélan. Follow the detailed itinerary

Further informations

Ground, Hard coating (tar, cement, flooring), Grit

(1) Departure from "Bike Expérience" in Taninges. Take the RD907 towards Verchaix / Samoëns for a few meters, then turn right into "rue de Champfleury", then into "chemin des écoliers". On your left is the "Chartreuse de Mélan" (2), which you will pass alongside, along with its park of contemporary sculptures. As you leave the park, turn right and follow the pedestrian signs with yellow arrows on a green background towards "Morillon par les bords du Giffre" and "lac des Vernays" (3) along the Art et Nature trail.

Continue along the Giffre to Verchaix. You will arrive near the artisanal area. Turn left towards the picnic tables, "Les Hameaux du Giffre" and the village bakery (leaving the marked path). At the bakery, turn left into "rue de l'Epure". A few metres further on, you'll come to "L'Artisan du Chocolat" (4), where you can buy a few sweets at a special "Cycl'O gourmandes" price.

Return along the same path to the picnic table in front of "Les Hameaux du Giffre", and this time go straight ahead following the "Les Grands Bois" pedestrian and mountain bike signs. Continue along the Giffre and at the Giffre bridge, cross the road to reach Lac Bleu (5) for a well-deserved tasting break facing the emblematic Criou summit.

Cross the road and follow the Giffre along its left bank towards La Rivière-Enverse. At the signpost for "Pont Perrière" / "La Grasse" cross the RD4 and take the "route des champs", cross the locality of "Vers le Pont" and follow the blue VTTAE signs for the "Les Grands Bois" circuit as far as the center of the village of La Rivière-Enverse (6).

Go down the route de la Brochère and take the RD4 road on your right for a few meters. At the "Les Places" sign, take the path towards "Vernay de Brochère". Then turn left towards "Lac des Vernays". Pass the concrete plant on the right, go straight on and then take the small climb to cross the Giffre by a small footbridge.

Then take the same route as before towards Taninges and return to "Bike Expérience" (1).


Free of charge. Roadbook available with bike routes and discount coupon free of charge from Haut-Giffre Tourisme information offices. Mountain bike/e-bike rental and the products to taste are at your own expense.


Open to children
Animals not allowed
Languages of documentation : English, French

Period of practice

From 02/04 to 27/04/2024.
Closed Monday and Sunday.
IMPORTANT: check the opening and booking conditions on the circuits.

From 21/05 to 05/07/2024.
Closed Monday and Sunday.


Rue de la Poste 74440 Taninges
Departing from : Taninges (74440)
Latitude : 46.10706 - Longitude : 6.596719
On : Taninges (74440), Verchaix (74440), Morillon (74440)
Information update on 03/04/2024 by Praz de Lys Sommand Tourisme