Mont Saint Jacques has fabulous views of the Tarentaise valley and the Mont Blanc, Beaufortain, and Vanoise massifs. This lovely trail takes you through an exceptional site with an abundance of Swiss pines.

Sport Hiking trail: Mont Saint Jacques Montchavin-les-Coches


Departing from Montchavin-les-Coches (73210)
Average length : 04h00
Distance : 6km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Drive to Plan Bois. From the small parking area near "Chez Laurette - Le Chalet du Plan Bois" restaurant, take the dirt road in the direction of Plagne Bellecôte (P) for 10 minutes.
When you cross the stream that is often dry, fork left (P) and follow the well-marked trail that climbs through the forest. When you arrive in a large clearing, the trail continues to climb through the Swiss pines. At the next junction, go right (P). The forest thins out little by little, becoming a grassy, flower-covered area inhabited by marmots. After this long crossing, the path comes out onto a wide pass. Cross the large meadow to the right and in about 20 minutes you will arrive at the top of Mont Saint Jacques.

The way back follows the same route but offers completely different landscapes.

2nd option: going back if you have not left a car at Plan Bois:
As you come back down from Mont Saint Jacques, you can go towards the top of Les Arpettes (Plagne Ange) and take Le Carroley path down to the valley of Les Bauches. You go towards Le Friolin restaurant then continue along the road to a small bridge where you will see the path next to the stream that you follow to Les Coches. (Be careful if you have left your car at Plan Bois)

3rd option: going back to your car at Plan Bois or if you take the chairlift:
As you come back down from Mont Saint Jacques, you can go towards the top of Les Arpettes (Plagne Ange), then take the white dirt road on your left and go towards the ski tow rope which overlooks Le Carroley lake. From there, go past Bijolin chairlift and take the white dirt road that goes towards Pierres Blanches lake. Then you can take the blueberry track back down to Plan Bois and either drive down to Montchavin-Les Coches or take Plan Bois chairlift - please note the opening hours of the chairlift.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 581m
Altitude max : 2407m
Vertical drop : 581m

Further informations

Stone, Ground

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    Free access.

    Methods of payment accepted : Bank/credit card, Check, Cash


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

    Whatever hike you opt for, remember to put cereal bars, enough water, sunglasses, sun cream and a small first aid kit in your backpack, as well as suitable clothes for your outing according to the season and the weather forecast

    Period of practice

    From 18/06 to 11/09/2022.

    • Pets welcome


    Restaurant Chez Laurette Plan Bois 1830m 73210 Montchavin-les-Coches
    Departing from : Montchavin-les-Coches (73210)
    Latitude : 45.539534 - Longitude : 6.716638

    More informations

    Information update on 14/06/2022 by Office de Tourisme de la Grande Plagne