• Sport

Around the Mont Chauffé

A hike for very good walkers around the Mont Chauffé, which has a Mediterranean-type biotope. You may see chamois, ibex, marmots, black grouse or a golden eagle?

Sport Around the Mont Chauffé La Chapelle-d'Abondance


Departing from La Chapelle-d'Abondance (74360)
Average length : 05h00
Total elevation gain : 906m
Vertical drop : 906m
Distance : 13km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

This sporty hike takes you over the imposing ridge of Mont Chauffé and the Ubine valley.

Mont Chauffé (2093 m) is a wild massif with remarkable landscapes and a Mediterranean type of biotope. It is home to a wide variety of environments, southern plants, rhododendron moors, rocky areas and scree or even lapiaz of rocks sculpted by erosion, sometimes sheltering real alpine gardens.

The departure is from Chevenne in La Chapelle d'Abondance.

You will reach the chalets of Mens (1588 m) and then the Ubine pass on the Portes du Soleil walking tour. The rocky cliffs of Mont Chauffé dominate the surrounding mountain pastures.

You arrive at the hamlet of Ubine and its chapel, you will reach the col de la Plagne through pastures and alder forests.

At the pass, you will discover the southern side of Chauffé, passing through the Sauvage and crossing the Raille mountain pasture and its chalets. Pastoral life is still very present in the massif.

You will reach the start via Chevenne.

Total elevation gain : 906m
Altitude max : 1694m
Vertical drop : 906m


Departmental markings called P.D.I.P.R. on beige metal panels with green lettering.

Difficult passages

Steep end of the route. Steep, rocky passages (handrail between La Raille and Chevenne).

Map references

Portes du Soleil hiking map in France and Switzerland TOP 25 N°3528 ET Morzine Massif du Chablais Les Portes du Soleil

Topoguides references

On sale in the tourist offices of the Abondance valley.

Further informations

Stone, Ground

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    0/ Departure point: Chevenne car park, La Chapelle d'Abondance.
    1/ Cross the stone bridge on the left then take the forest track which leads you to the chalets of Mens (1588m). From there, turn left towards the Ubine pass.
    2/ You are on the Portes du Soleil walking tour. In the hamlet of Ubine, after the chapel, take the path that goes up to the Plagne pass.
    3/ At the pass, switch to the south side of Chauffé by the forest track which leads you to Sauvage. Continue along the track towards the chalets de la Raille, then Chevenne.
    The last section of the route is steep.

    Variation: the tour of Mont Chauffé can be done in the opposite direction from the Sauvage car park in Abondance (see GPS track and map).


    Free access.


    Animals allowed

    Dogs must be kept on a leash due to the presence of herds and wildlife.

    Period of practice

    From 01/06 to 30/09.
    Accessible outside the snow period and depending on weather conditions. Check with the Tourist Office beforehand to find out the current access conditions. Recommended practice period: spring - summer - autumn.

    • Pets welcome
    • Car park
    • Parking
    • Free car park


    Route de Chevenne 74360 La Chapelle-d'Abondance
    Departing from : La Chapelle-d'Abondance (74360)
    Latitude : 46.31015 - Longitude : 6.786179

    Free parking in the Chevenne car park, accessible by the Chevenne road or access by the village on foot by climbing the road of the same name (about 1.5 km, count 30 minutes).

    Information update on 27/08/2023 by Office de Tourisme intercommunal Pays d'Evian Vallée d'Abondance