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Thematic routes: Fenêtre sur Plaine

"Fenêtre sur plaine" is more than just a walking itinerary, it's a discovery trail around the village and the plain.
3 possible loops ranging from 1 h to 2 h 30.

Sport Thematic routes: Fenêtre sur Plaine La Chapelle-d'Abondance


Departing from La Chapelle-d'Abondance (74360)
Average length : 02h30
Total elevation gain : 170m
Vertical drop : 170m
Distance : 9km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

A discovery trail around the suroundings of of the village and around the plain, a vast, unspoilt area, to explore the many facets of the area's heritage and identity, the mysteries of water, the border and the valley's geological history.

Three loops are available, starting from the church parking lot.
- the full circuit: 9 km; altitude difference: 170 m; duration: 2 h 30.
- variant 1 via lecenter: 3.3 km; difference in altitude: 80 m; 1 hour.
- variant 2 via la Fruitière: 5.4 km; ascent: 150 m; 1 h 30.

Here are the eleven stages that await you on the complete circuit:
1. Saint-Maurice church, La Chapelle d'Abondance (audio-guide available free of charge from the tourist information office).
2. The deer park
3. Mediterranean brown trout in the Chevenne stream
4. The Raffos
5. Downstream
6. Water mystery!
7. Upstream...
8. The Panthiaz dike
9. The border
10. La Plaine biological corridor
11. Timber floating
12. Romantic mountain
13. The hamlet of Passengués

    1 2

    0/ Depart from the La Chapelle d'Abondance church parking lot.
    1/ Take the road opposite the church towards La Batelle.
    2/ Follow this road up to the intersection with the route de Chevenne. Go down a few meters to reach the fallow deer park.
    3/ Continue up this road. At an intersection, take the road on the right towards La Côte.
    4/ At the end of the road, take the forest path to the tarmac road leading to Le Rys. Follow the road towards La Varoz, go down the road, cross the RD and then the Moulin bridge.
    6/ Take the chemin des bords de Dranse to Crêt Béni.
    7/ At Crêt Béni, take the road on your left to the hamlet of Passengués and retrace your steps to the parking lot.
    8/ Take the path along the banks of the Dranse on your left, crossing the bridge. You'll then come to a small parking lot, and take the road on the right which will take you back to the starting point.
    9/ Option 1: at the fallow deer park, go straight down to the village. At the main road, turn right, then left, towards Crêt Béni, then join the chemin des bords de Dranse (point 8 on the full circuit).
    10/ Variant 2: at point 4, before arriving at Le Rys, take the forest path towards Chez Les Thoules, then join La Fruitière and then the chemin des bords de Dranse. Continue on the full circuit path from point 6.


    Free access.


    Animals allowed

    Dogs must be kept on a leash due to the presence of herds and wildlife.

    Period of practice

    All year round.

    Subject to favorable weather.

    • Pets welcome
    • Picnic area
    • Public WC
    • Parking


    Place de l'église 74360 La Chapelle-d'Abondance
    Departing from : La Chapelle-d'Abondance (74360)
    Latitude : 46.295209 - Longitude : 6.781225

    Free parking at the St-Maurice church parking lot, where the routes start. Shuttle bus stop at St-Maurice church for communal routes (winter only), Columbus (winter and summer) and route 121.

    Route de la Batelle circuit starts opposite the St-Maurice church parking lot.

    Information update on 29/08/2023 by Office de Tourisme intercommunal Pays d'Evian Vallée d'Abondance