• Sport

Chalet et Col d'Orgeval

At the foot of the highest peak in the Bauges, the Arcalod, this family friendly hike takes you into the Orgeval valley in the heart of the National Hunting and Wildlife Reserve.
Hush, a chamois may be watching you walk!

Sport Chalet et Col d'Orgeval École


Departing from École (73630)
Average length : 04h00
Total elevation gain : 767m
Vertical drop : 767m
Distance : 9km
Signed walking trail
Animals not allowed

The start of the hike is quite steep, but don't be discouraged! You are in the shade in the forest, accompanied by the song of the nant which flows below.

On the final climb to the pass, take a moment to admire the scenery and listen to the whistling of the marmots.
Here you are in the heart of the Hunting and Wildlife National Reserve where it is not uncommon to see chamois and mouflons.
Nota Bene :
Caution! On this route, you will cross mountain pastures.
Herds may be present, watched over by patous (herding dogs). Be vigilant. Before setting off, find out how to behave in the presence of patous and remember to close the fences behind you so that the animals do not escape.

This itinerary crosses the Hautes Bauges wildlife reserve, dogs are prohibited.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 767m
Altitude max : 1732m
Vertical drop : 767m


GRP markings (yellow and red).

Map references

TOP 25 IGN 3432 OT Massif des Bauges

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    D/ Nant Fourchu car park

    1/ Follow the road for 300m and turn left on the wide, fairly steep path (signs).

    2/ Go straight ahead on the pastoral track up to the chalets and then take the small path that leads to the pass.

    3/ On the way down, as you leave the mountain pasture, you can take the Coutarse forest track on the left and reach the Nant Fourchu car park via the Coutarse refuge.


    Free access.


    Animals not allowed

    Please respect the specific regulations in the National Hunting and Wildlife Reserve.

    This hike is in the Bauges National Hunting and Wildlife Reserve. Dogs are not allowed, even on a leash.

    Period of practice

    From 30/06 to 01/09.


    Parking du Nant Fourchu 73630 École
    Departing from : École (73630)
    Latitude : 45.645301 - Longitude : 6.236732

    From the village of École, take the "Vallon de Bellevaux" road and follow it to the authorised limit of the Nant Fourchu car park (6 km).

    More informations

    Information update on 17/04/2024 by Grand Chambéry Alpes Tourisme