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Hiking Chalets de l'Essert (loop)

This hike crosses the Alpage de l'Essert where Abondance cheese and goat's cheese are made during the summer. A beautiful view of the Mont de Grange and Abondance awaits you along the way.

Sport Hiking Chalets de l'Essert (loop) Abondance


Departing from Abondance (74360)
Average length : 03h30
Total elevation gain : 470m
Distance : 9.5km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

This hike starts in the centre of the village of Abondance. You will take the direction of the Essert cable car then you will discover the hamlet of Fremoux, its traditional houses and its mountain pastures.

You will be able to admire the whole valley of Abondance from the top of Fremoux.

You will reach the forest path that leads to the Chalets de l'Essert. A beautiful panorama on the Mont de Grange and Charmy l'Adroit awaits you.

You will then take the direction of Fremoux Dessous after the restaurant of l'Essert to join the path of departure and return to the centre of the village.

Total elevation gain : 470m
Altitude max : 1400m


Departmental signposting PDIPR

Difficult passages

The last part of the path that goes up to the chalets de l'Essert includes a steep passage with small stones, it can be slippery. Bring good walking shoes.

Map references

Map of the Portes du Soleil walking routes in France and Switzerland TOP 25 IGN 3528ET

Topoguides references

Itinerary available at the tourist information office in Abondance.

Further informations

Stone, Ground, Hard coating (tar, cement, flooring)

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    0/ Centre of the village of Abondance
    1/ Follow the signs for the "Télécabine de l'Essert". At the Essert car park, just before the bridge on the right, take the marked path below the cable car. Follow the direction "Frogy" and cross the wooden footbridge, then follow the tarmac road on the right which takes you to "Fremoux Dessous".
    2/ After the last farm, the tarmac road stops. Continue on the path for about 100 m and turn right towards the "Chalets de l'Essert". You will arrive at the "Fremoux Dessus" mountain pasture.
    3/ After the last chalet, take the direction of "Col de l'Ecuelle" and then the forest road towards "Vergay". Above the chalets of Vergay, take the small path on the left on the slope towards "Col de l'Ecuelle".
    4/ When you arrive at the Ecuelle, follow the direction of the chalet to follow the path that goes up to the "Col de l'Ecuelle".
    5/ Continue on the steep track to the top of the ski lift at the "Pointe des Follys". Gently descend to the TV relay antenna.
    6/ Take the direction "Chalets de l'Essert".
    7/ Turn left onto the main path which goes down through the forest to « Fremoux Dessus ». From there, you find the route up to the town center.

    Variation: the start of this tour can be at the Plan de Charmy in Charmy l'Envers (see GPS track and map) by joining Fremoux Dessous by the Mont Logis.


    Free access.


    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : French
    Not adapted to strollers

    Pets allowed on a lead only.

    Period of practice

    From 01/06 to 30/11.

    Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

    • Pets welcome
    • Picnic area
    • Car park
    • Free car park


    Centre du village 74360 Abondance
    Departing from : Abondance (74360)
    Latitude : 46.276967 - Longitude : 6.721027

    Centre of the village of Abondance, free parking on site.

    More informations

    Information update on 01/03/2023 by Office de Tourisme intercommunal Pays d'Evian Vallée d'Abondance