• Sport

Col d'Arvouin and Lac d'Arvouin from the top of the Panthiaz gondola lift

This hike takes you to Lac d'Arvouin, a beautiful mountain lake in the Abondance valley. You will then reach the Col d'Arvouin. The path that leads up to the pass offers lovely views.

Sport Col d'Arvouin and Lac d'Arvouin from the top of the Panthiaz gondola lift La Chapelle-d'Abondance


Departing from La Chapelle-d'Abondance (74360)
Average length : 02h55
Total elevation gain : 430m
Vertical drop : 430m
Distance : 7km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Lac d'Arvouin is easily accessible on foot from the heights of La Chapelle d'Abondance. In summer, the Panthiaz gondola lift also allows you to reach the starting point without taking the car (open on certain days of the week, check with the tourist office).

From the top of the gondola, you'll enter the forest and then the mountain pastures, reaching the chalets a little higher up. Maybe you'll meet some Abondance cows!
Enjoy the panoramic view of Mont de Grange and the Dents du Midi.
The path then leads into the undergrowth, and the area opens up to offer splendid views. You'll then follow this path to Lac d'Arvouin, where you may spot goats below or ibex at the lake.

Situated in the heart of the protected Cornettes de Bise massif, Lac d'Arvouin and its surroundings are classified as a Natura 2000 area.

You'll then head for the mountain chalets and the Col d'Arvouin. A magnificent view of the lake and the south face of the Cornettes de Bise.

Return by the same route.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 430m
Altitude max : 1907m
Vertical drop : 430m


The departmental markings called P.D.I.P.R. on ​​beige metal panel and green writing

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 tourist offices at the vallée d'Abondance

Further informations

Stone, Ground, Grit

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    0/ Start: at the arrival of the Braitaz cable car.
    1/ Take the forest path on the left towards "Sevan derrière".
    2/ Once you reach the mountain chalets, head towards "Lac d'Arvouin", then "Chalets d'Arvouin".
    3/ At the chalets, turn right onto the path leading to "Col d'Arvouin".

    Return by the same route.


    Free access.


    Open to children
    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : French

    The Panthiaz gondola lift is open to pedestrians on certain days in July and August. Free parking is also available at the top of the gondola.

    Pets accepted on a leash only.

    Period of practice

    From 01/06 to 30/09.
    Accessible except during snow and depending on weather conditions.
    Please check with the Tourist Office for the latest information on access conditions. This route is usually suitable for strong walkers during spring, summer, and autumn, except in adverse weather.

    • Pets welcome
    • Parking


    Route du Rys Haut de la télécabine de la Panthiaz 74360 La Chapelle-d'Abondance
    Departing from : La Chapelle-d'Abondance (74360)
    Latitude : 46.30138 - Longitude : 6.812066
    Information update on 09/03/2024 by Office de Tourisme Leman Mountains Explore
    Randonnée PDIPR (Plan Départemental des Itinéraires de Promenades et de Randonnées)