• Sport

Walking route - Mont de Grange from Châtel

This massive mountain is the highest peak in the Abondance valley (2 432 metres) along with the Cornettes de Bise.

Sport Walking route - Mont de Grange from Châtel Châtel


Departing from Châtel (74390)
Average length : 06h20
Total elevation gain : 1141m
Vertical drop : 1142m
Distance : 24km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

The breathtaking views from the top of the Mont-Blanc massif and the Swiss "4,000" (Monch, Jungfrau, Matterhorn, Grand Combin, etc...) will live up to your expectations.

There is a striking contrast between the less hospitable north-facing slopes and the south-facing slopes, with their many mountain pastures.

Start : The path is on your right 50 metres before the bridge from the Pré la Joux car park.
From the car park, follow the track and then the fairly steep path up towards the Betzalin mountain pasture through a beautiful spruce forest along the stream. At the end of this forest, you reach the mountain pasture, only to return under the trees by taking the carriage path on the left above the chalet: this takes you to the Covagnes mountain pasture. Here you reach the sub-alpine level of the mountain environment.

Pastoral activity is still present, in this case for the production of Abondance cheese. Take the path above the chalet, which winds up to a plateau, and turn right towards Lenlevay. The path then runs along the southern slopes of the Grange massif, from where you can gradually see Mont-Blanc.
To get to Mont de Grange, a path rises on your left after about 1 km before joining the Coicon ridge.

The path then winds up to the summit ridge, where you can enjoy one of the beautiful views in the Northern Alps.
The return journey takes the same route.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 1141m
Altitude max : 2432m
Vertical drop : 1142m


Departmental markings called P.D.I.P.R. on beige metal panels with green lettering.

Map references

Portes du Soleil hiking map in France and Switzerland IGN TOP 25 N°3528 ET Morzine Massif du Chablais Les Portes du Soleil

Topoguides references

On sale in the tourist offices of the Abondance valley.

Further informations

Stone, Ground


Free access.


Animals allowed
Not adapted to strollers

Whichever walk you choose, we recommend that you :

- Wear appropriate footwear and always take with you: warm clothing, preferably waterproof, plenty of water, sunglasses, sun cream and a small first-aid kit.
- Do not set off alone.
- Inform someone living in the valley of your plans.
- Do not change the planned itinerary indiscriminately. But do not hesitate to shorten it if necessary.
- Carry a map and even a torch.
- Check the weather forecast before setting off.
- In the event of a thunderstorm, move away from ridges, passes and summits as soon as possible and never take shelter under an isolated tree.

Dogs must be kept on a leash because of the presence of herds, Natura 2000 reserve and hunting reserve.

Period of practice

From 01/06 to 30/09.
Accessible outside the snow period and depending on weather conditions. Check with the Tourist Office beforehand to find out the current access conditions. Recommended practice period: spring - summer - autumn.

  • Pets welcome
  • Car park
  • Free car park
  • Parking


Pré la Joux 74390 Châtel
Departing from : Châtel (74390)
Latitude : 46.236181 - Longitude : 6.79087

Recommended parking: Pré-la-Joux - Châtel
The closest bus stop: Shuttle line 1, stop "Pré-la-Joux" (July & August)

  • Not accessible in a wheelchair
Information update on 02/04/2024 by Office de Tourisme Leman Mountains Explore