• Sport

Hiking loop: sur le sentier des Douanes

A footpath that straddles the Franco-Swiss border reveals the many hidden or forgotten faces of the architectural, historic, rural and natural heritage of the Geneva Basin.

Sport Hiking loop: sur le sentier des Douanes Valleiry


Departing from Valleiry (74520)
Average length : 04h00
Total elevation gain : 220m
Vertical drop : 220m
Distance : 15km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Sightseeing: the remains of the Roman tile-making works in Fargout Woods, the Roman encampment in Chancy, the tile-making works, the castle and church in Pougny, an old bridge over the River Rhône, Chancy Bridge, the old ford across the Rhône, the woodlands and riverbanks, the islands downstream from Collonges (once a river crossing), l'Etournel (biotope protected by a Prefectoral Order), border stone no. 1 (Vers-Vaux) dating from 1816, the fluvio-glacial terraces, the steps and the Sardinian marker. On the way, you will pass through the village of Valleir in Haute-Savoie, Chancy in Switzerland and Pougny in Ain. The walk takes 5 hrs 30 mins.
For more details (map, route, description...), you can obtain the Hiking Guide with 37 walks and hikes: "Pays du Salève et du Vuache à pied". On sale at the Tourism Office

Les Teppes de la Repentance in the Vuache area
The "Guide de découverte du patrimoine transfrontalier, les chemins du bassin genevois" is available in the region's bookshops, newsagencies and tourist offices. Available in Town Halls, tourist offices and local shops is the detailed 1:25,000 map of footpaths in the Vuache area and the FFRP trail guide (Pays du Salève et du Vuache... à pied".

Total elevation gain : 220m
Altitude max : 470m
Vertical drop : 220m


1 to 3: directional posts (France) / 3 to 5: yellow diamond (Switzerland) / 5 to 5: directional posts (France) / 6 to 8: yellow diamond (Switzerland) / 8 to 2: directional posts (France).

Difficult passages

Steep ascent to the level of the Rhône terraces.

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    Pizzeria-Restaurant "Chez Enzo" - 242, route de Bellegarde 74520 Valleiry
    Restaurant "Café du Rhône" - 187, route de Bellegarde 74520 Valleiry
    Café de l'Hôtel de Ville - 19, route de Bellegarde 74520 Valleiry


    Free access.


    Animals allowed
    Languages informatives signs : French

    Recommendation: Hiking boots and appropriate clothing in wet weather. To avoid disturbing the wildlife and farm animals, please stay on the footpaths and keep your dogs on a lead.

    Period of practice

    Throughout the year : open daily (Not recommended in bad weather.).

    • Pets welcome
    • Public WC
    • Car park


    Point de départ: Parking de la Mairie de Valleiry 74520 Valleiry
    Departing from : Valleiry (74520)
    Latitude : 46.106703 - Longitude : 5.965003

    Town hall carpark

    Information update on 17/05/2024 by Office de Tourisme des Monts du Genevois