This circuit is a classic of the valley, traveled indifferently from the refuge of La Golèse or Bostan. The Bostan pass marks the border with Switzerland.

Sport The Col de Bostan (unmarked route) Samoëns


Departing from Samoëns (74340)
Average length : 06h00
Total elevation gain : 1359m
Vertical drop : 1359m
Distance : 13.45km
Non signed itinerary
Animals allowed

Follow the wide path at the bottom of the parking area. It climbs steadily into the pretty Bostan forest, which you leave at an altitude of 1450m. Continue to the Bostan mountain chalets.
The view opens up onto the splendid Bostan valley, bordered on the right by the Dents D'Oddaz. Continue either along the left-hand combe, leading to the Bostan refuge, or the right-hand combe leading directly to the Lac des Verdets (obviously invisible at this time of year) nestled in a narrower combe.
The Bostan refuge has a small chalet behind it which is open all winter.

Shortly after this passage the slope rises a little to reach the pass. The sign at the top marks the border with Swiss territory.
The view is of the very slender Dents du Midi and the Val d'Illiez.

On your right, the Dents Blanches massif and the Col du Pas au Taureau. A few metres further down towards the Pas de La Bide is the small Swiss rescue hut of Bossetan (spelled Swiss).

The descent is made by the same route.

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    Free access.


    Animals allowed

    Dog on leash. Think of dog poop bags and water bowl. Can be tiring for the pet.

    Period of practice

    From 22/12 to 15/04.

    • Pets welcome
    • Car park


    74340 Samoëns
    Departing from : Samoëns (74340)
    Latitude : 46.11102 - Longitude : 6.747032

    From Samoëns, take the road on the right towards "Les Allamands". The car park is 800 m beyond the village (the road is usually cleared as far as the car park Le Plan des Arches.).

    Information update on 17/04/2024 by Office de Tourisme de Samoëns