• Sport

Walking route - Tour of Mont de Grange from Châtel

Mont de Grange is a Natura 2000 and hunting reserve.
This hike enables to discover a nature shared between wildlife and alpine pastures. This itinerary offers you beautiful views of Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance and Abondance.

Sport Walking route - Tour of Mont de Grange from Châtel Châtel


Departing from Châtel (74390)
Average length : 09h00
Total elevation gain : 1144m
Vertical drop : 1144m
Distance : 25.7km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

The Mont de Grange tour is a hike for experienced walkers.
Mont de Grange is a 3,000-hectare nature reserve, classified Natura 2000.
It's also a hunting reserve where deer, chamois, roe deer, mouflons, marmots, black grouse, ptarmigan, golden eagles... all live side by side. You can easily observe them early in the morning. This hike also invites you to discover wild flora such as martagon lily, paradise lily, alpine columbine, gentian and genepi.

From Très les PIerres, follow the direction of the Etrye, where you join the GR 5 path via the Pron and Mattes chalets. You'll follow the Pointe des Mattes down to the Chalet de Trebentaz and the Plan des Feux in La Chapelle d'Abondance, take the gravel path towards Enquernaz. You cross the La Chapelle d'Abondance ski area and the Plaine Joux mountain pasture.

From l'Enquernaz, head towards the Saint-Théodule chapel. On the way to the chapel, you'll pass through a number of local villages and discover the traditional houses of Charmy l'Adroit in Abondance.

After the Chapelle Saint Théodule, you'll take a mountain path to the Lenlevay viewpoint, passing the Bailly and Jouly mountain chalets. You'll meet Abondance cows on these mountain pastures during the summer season. A beautiful panorama of Abondance and Châtel awaits you.

From Lenlevay, take the GR5 path again to the Etrye chalets then back to the starting point.

Variations: possible departures from Chapelle Saint Théodule in Abondance or from the Plan des Feux in La Chapelle d'Abondance.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 1144m
Altitude max : 2417m
Vertical drop : 1144m


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 TOP 25 IGN N°3528 ET Morzine Massif du Chablais Les Portes du Soleil

Topoguides references

Walking maps on sale in the tourist offices of the Abondance valley.

Further informations

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    - From Les Mattes, you can branch off to the Trebentaz refuge.
    - From the Chapelle Saint Théodule, you can branch off to the refuge des Tindérêts, via the Lac des Plagnes.

    0/ Departure point: Parking Très les PIerres, Châtel. Climb to the "L'Etrye" chalets.
    1/ Pass the chalet and then the Etrye stream, the path then climbs up to the "Pron" chalets, then to "Les Mattes" and down to "Chalet de Trebentaz". You will then pass the viewpoint "La Corne" and "Les Chalets du Folliet".
    2/ Turn left onto the forest track that leads to "Plan des Feux".
    3/ Take the gravel path towards "L'Enquernaz". You cross the La Chapelle d'Abondance ski area and the "Plaine Joux" mountain pasture.
    4/ At "L'Enquernaz", descend towards "La Chapelle Saint-Théodule". At "Les Fauges", follow the asphalt road to "Les Poses". From here, take the path behind the chalet to "Les Séchets". Follow the asphalt road on your right to "Fontaine Froide". At the crossroads, turn left towards "La Plagnette". At "La Plagnette", the road becomes a path that leads to the "Chapelle Saint-Théodule".
    5/ After the chapel, follow the road to "Lenlevay", passing the "Chalets du Bailly" and the "Chalets du Jouly".
    6/ Finally, at "Lenlevay", turn left onto the GR5 path which passes through the chalets towards "l'Etrye" and down to the start..

    Variants : You can reach the summit of Mont de Grange via the Coincon ridge. You can also start from Saint-Théodule in Abondance or from Plan des Feux, La Chapelle d'Abondance.


    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


    Très les PIerres 74390 Châtel
    Departing from : Châtel (74390)
    Latitude : 46.250418 - Longitude : 6.810034

    Recommended parking: Très les Pierres - Châtel
    The closest bus stop: Shuttle line 1, stop "Très-les-Pierres" (July & August)

    • Not accessible in a wheelchair
    Information update on 03/04/2024 by Office de Tourisme Leman Mountains Explore