• Sport

"Le Mont Granier" hike

Savoie Mont Blanc's choice

Difficult / duration 5h30 / deniv. + 840m / return + loop.
The Mont Granier is an impressive monument whose huge north cliff dominates the valley of Chambéry and the vineyards of Savoie from its 900m high.

Sport "Le Mont Granier" hike Entremont-le-Vieux


Departing from Entremont-le-Vieux (73670)
Average length : 05h30
Total elevation gain : 840m
Vertical drop : 840m
Distance : 10.5km
Signed walking trail
Animals not allowed

You'll have no trouble recognizing Mont Granier, whose sharp profile in shades of gray reflects the movement of limestone rocks and their landslides.
Don't worry: if this mountain collapses on its edges, it is closely monitored and the areas to be avoided are well identified. It's during your ascent from La Plagne that you'll be able to observe this giant in complete safety.
Be discreet, as ibex, chamois and marmots are not far away. The Réserve des Hauts de Chartreuse abounds in both visible and invisible treasures.
There are guides and nature guards on duty in this exceptional area: don't hesitate to go and meet them, they'll be able to tell you all about the underground glacier, the cave bear and other treasures hidden here and there.

Total elevation gain : 840m
Altitude max : 1933m
Vertical drop : 840m


public. To follow your itinerary, poles are in place at the junctions and identifiable by a sign with the name of the walk and the altitude. Between two poles, you will find marked sign made with painting all along the way, it indicates if you must follow the path or not. Pay also attention to small signs to guide you. We recommend to have the map Promenades et randonnées en Chartreuse" with you.

Further informations

Rock, Stone, Grit

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    1/ Leave your car at the La Plagne hikers' parking lot. Take the wide forest track from Le Selet (slightly to the right) up to a second parking area. Follow the yellow markings and continue up the gravel track, which climbs gently to the crossroads at “Le Bouchet”. Turn right (yellow markings) and climb a steep path to the Col de l'Alpette, which takes around 1 hour. 2/ After the pass, turn left towards Pas des Barres, where the path winds along a balcony in a magnificent valley used for summer grazing. The path then climbs to the left, with a magnificent view of Mont Blanc. Follow the path to the Pas des Barres. Climb to the left in the rocky bar and reach the foot of the chimney, equipped with cables and bars to facilitate progress (caution: difficult and vertiginous passage). After the chimney, continue up a winding path between rocky bars to reach a plateau. Continue until you reach a crossroads at 1840 m. 3/ Follow the path to the right, the path to the left will be our return route. The path leads to the summit of Mont Granier, which is quickly reached. Follow the same route back to the 1840 m mark. Take the slightly uphill path on the right. Descend to the Balme à Colon on a very steep path to reach the foot of the cliff and the Grotte de l'Ours. 4/ Enter the cave, which passes through the cliff, to emerge on the “La Plagne” side, and follow a sometimes steep path through the forest to reach the Granges du Priz. Continue along the path into the hamlet of La Plagne, passing the oven and wash-house. Follow the road back to the start parking lot.


    Free of charge.


    Animals not allowed
    Not adapted to strollers

    Period of practice

    From 01/05 to 30/11.


    La Plagne 73670 Entremont-le-Vieux
    Departing from : Entremont-le-Vieux (73670)
    Latitude : 45.443599 - Longitude : 5.906042
    Information update on 24/04/2024 by Chartreuse Tourisme