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Pasture and its gems

Hiking and Rambling in alpine ...

Les Contamines-Montjoie :: Balade en alpage
Discovering typical farms, authentic granite basins, oratories, cons-sheets in the roof farms, old bridges, terminals etc. Roman, walking trails from our village you will discover our heritage with ever you face the majestic Mont Blanc.
marked trails allow you to safely navigate our mid-mountain territory.

Some ideas of walks:

Jovet lakes : The vast expanse of water of 7.5 acre lake Jovet discovered at 2174 meters altitude. Marmots are happy to welcome you to this grassy meadow surrounding the lake, 8.50 meters deep. A great moment of calm, fullness and freshness! This beauty combines water and the mountain attracts many people during the summer. The second lake Jovet 2194 m is ten minutes' walk. Although smaller 2.5 hectares, is not less deep with 9.40 meters. You can enjoy a touch of solitude to let your thoughts drift into the shimmering water pure. These lakes are dominated by the head of Enclave 2852 m and the Aiguille de la Pennaz 2683 m. Count 2:30 to walk.Randonnée en alpage

Route :
From ND de la gorge, take the "Roman Road" that follows the right bank of the Bon Nant. You'll cross the Roman Bridge from where you can admire the impressive swirl of the stream. You pass near the refuge of Nant Borrant then continue towards the refuge de Balme at 1706m. De la Balme, in 30 minutes you reach a small dam. Here, bear left and cross the small wooden bridge (ignore the path of the Col du Bonhomme on your right). A Plan Jovet 1920 m turn right again and cross the stream. Keep up the green meadow on the flat trail that follows the stream, then attack the last slope. Arriving at the bench, a few tens of meters and the large lake Jovet discovered to you. To access the second lake, bypass any edge by the first lake, then follow the trace amount of large plain in the valley. Ten minutes to walk to reach it.

Tré-la-Tête : Cugnon's parking lot, take the road next to the houses along the forest. At the intersection, take the trail marked "Refuge Tre-The-Head" and reported by the large panel of Nature Reserves. A few meters further, turn left and leave the right path that is steeper and less enjoyable.
After several turns (about 45 minutes), take the right route to the shelter by the way Claudius Bernard. The path becomes flatter over the laces. After passing the small shelter in the forest and the two loops that follow, the refuge is reached after the short crossing below the Great Tre-La Roche-head. The more energetic can, of refuge, take the trail that rises on a grassy knoll. This one will go down slightly to mount on a second hill frankly, indicated by a sign "Glacier Tré-La-Head." Further, one reaches a lookout on the massive glacier. Beware, if you want to continue, better ask a guide to accompany you as you are now entering the field ... glaiciaire Climb: 2:30

Le Truc : From downtown, take the road to La Frasse to the end, then the path that winds through a beautiful forest. The first half hour is a bit steep, but do not be discouraged, you are rewarded!From up there, you enjoy a spectacular panorama, the Domes de Miage to the Aravis massif. This plateau in the short grass is a real breath of fresh air. Depending on the season, you can admire our beautiful gentians Koch. Children can let off steam while parents will enjoy a good blueberry pie ...
Opportunity to attend the milking in the evening from 17h 30 to the alpine farm next to the inn, July and August.

Colombaz : From the hamlet of Baptieu where you can park your car, take the road that passes near the small chapel, 50 m above the road starts to Colombaz. In an hour you come to the pastures where you can enjoy an absolutely magnificent view of the whole chain of Mont Blanc, BUET at Tondu, not to mention les aiguilles de Roselette and la Pennaz.

Auberge de Colombaz

The Mont Joly : Since Colombaz, 50 m after the inn, a path leads to your right. Take it right out there beyond the forest turns into a pretty winding path that snakes regularly. Arrived at the ruin, a break is needed then you will continue your climb. Perhaps you have a chance to see herds of chamois or isolated, many are there-là, on the right in the rocks. Arrived on the bridge, leave the head of Combaz on your left and walk along this ridge, if it is not really close can be impressive. After climbing one last "pile of plates" you reach the summit where a breathtaking view of 360 ° will reward your efforts. Beware, there is no water during the climb, plan ahead. On the other hand, it is essential to have good shoes and be a good walker.


Many other walks are accessible from the Contamines, for all levels and for all tastes. Feel free to ask us for advice or contact the office directly or tour guides.

NB: For mountain hiking it is essential to have appropriate equipment: good walking shoes, warm clothing and rain, sunglasses and cap, enough water.
In the mountains, the weather is often changeable and a departure under the sun does not rule out a return in the rain!


The proximity of the Mont Blanc Contamines ensures exceptional snow conditions allowing a variety of activities such as downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, walking dog sled ...