This walk follows the footsteps of former smugglers and customs officers who criss-crossed the region until the 1950s.

Sport Walk " On the former smuggler's trail" Châtel


Departing from Châtel (74390)
Average length : 04h00
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

From the old customs building "Vieille Douane", follow the RD22 road to Morgins for about 100 metres, then take the track that leads straight to the border and to markers 1737 and 1891.

Carry on towards "La Pointe du Midi".
There's a shorcut for families to head back through the forest, if needed. For a harder walk, head along the border ridge by the "Plan des Mitres", to the "Col de Fecon". Head home via the "Perthuis" chalets and "Aity" before arriving at the "Vieille Douane".

The view over the Illiez and Abondance valleys reveal a fraction of the many routes taken by the smugglers on their clandestine operations. Their encounters have left some wonderful and revealing stories in this frontier region which are starting to fade from memory.
To learn more about their aventures, you can rent a special battery pack from the "Vieille Douane" or Châtel Tourisme, between June and September, which activates the audio posts ("borne sonore") along the way.

Total elevation gain : 653m
Altitude max : 1895m
Vertical drop : 410m

Difficult passages

Some steep and aerial passages

Map references

Top 25 IGN 3528 ET

Topoguides references

Topo guide Balades et randonnées en Vallée d'Abondance (Walks and hikes in the Abondance Valley) on sale for 5 € at Châtel Tourisme and Carte des Randonnées pédestres des Portes du Soleil (Hiking map of the Portes du Soleil) on sale at Châtel Tourisme for 6 €.

Further informations

Stone, Ground


Free access.


Animals allowed
Languages spoken : French
Not adapted to strollers

Dogs must be kept on a lead due to the presence of herds.

Period of practice

From 01/06 to 31/10.

  • Pets welcome
  • Car park


Parking Caisses du Lac 74390 Châtel
Departing from : Châtel (74390)
Latitude : 46.256 - Longitude : 6.8409
Information update on 28/06/2022 by Châtel Tourisme