• Sport

"Le Tour de Nifflon" Hike

The "alpagistes" path: visit Nifflon's Notre Dame des Neiges Chapel built in 1821! An easy and pretty walk through typical Alpine landscapes dotted with sinkholes and chalets.

Sport "Le Tour de Nifflon" Hike Bellevaux


Departing from Bellevaux (74470)
Average length : 04h30
Total elevation gain : 630m
Vertical drop : 630m
Distance : 8km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Nature and Heritage:
“Nifflon” comes from the Latin “Nec Fluere” meaning “where water doesn’t run.” Water seeps into "tannes" worn away by erosion and characteristic of the karstic landscape. Shepherds collected water from the roof in large casks called "toenes". If summer was too dry, they collected snow from the tannes. Nevertheless, this pasture was popular with Alpine farmers for the top quality grass which gave butter a unique flavour.
Route details:
From Sciard chalet, follow the 4x4 route for approx. 1km until you reach a signpost to Nifflon on your left and follow it until "Nifflon d'en bas" (mountain pasture chalets). When you reach Nifflon, explore the chalets and chapel.
Return to the signpost and head for Pointe d'Ireuse (1890m peak) for 360° views of (clockwise) Mont Blanc, the Aravis range, the Bornes range, Lake Geneva, the Jura range, Chablais mountains, the peak of Western Oberland and the Swiss Valley.
Return in a northerly direction to "le Golet de la Chaux" and continue in the same direction to the "Crève Coeur" along a steep slope to La Buchille chalets. From here, take the carriageway back to Sciard chalet (approx. 1km).
Useful information: Yellow or red and yellow markings/high point: Pointe d'Ireuse, 1890m.

Total elevation gain : 630m
Altitude max : 1890m
Vertical drop : 630m

Further informations

Rock, Ground

    1 3


    Free of charge.


    Animals allowed
    Not adapted to strollers

    Period of practice

    From 01/01 to 31/12.

    Subject to favorable weather.

    • Pets welcome


    Départ du Sciard Alpage de Nifflon 74470 Bellevaux
    Departing from : Bellevaux (74470)
    Latitude : 46.275657 - Longitude : 6.564589

    In Bellevaux, follow the road in front of the church until you reach the so-called "Les Bossons". Cross the Brevon via Doubines bridge and turn left to Buchille. Park at "Le Sciard".

    Information update on 25/04/2024 by Office de Tourisme des Alpes du Léman