Hiking trail from Les Chavants to Col de la Forclaz via Charousse

in Les Houches
Presentation

A mountain pass located in the midst of a spruce forest. This route was used by the Romans back in the 1st century to travel between the Saint-Gervais and Chamonix valleys.

On the Tour du Mont-Blanc trail.

At the top of the village, turn right along the road to la Côte des Chavants. Turn left up the path to the Granges des Chavants (1,256 m) — a 40-minute walk. On the left, there is a path that goes off towards Col de Voza. Turn right and take a footpath that goes along the slope, crossing several gullies before plunging into the forest (Vaudagne reservoir). At a bend, (1,282 m), the path then joins the forest track coming from Vaudagne, which climbs fairly steeply up to the Col.

Routes: You can head down to Vaudagne via Mont-Borrel and Les
Bouchards using the path, part of which is an alternative section of a GRP trail. • It is also nice to head back via the village of Vieux-Servoz and Servoz taking the GRP alternative route via Montcoutant and Le Chatelard as you descend.

Alternative itineraries available from Vaudagne or Le Prarion.

More information at the Tourist Office, the High Mountain Office, and in our hiking guide.
Careful: path conditions may change - remember to check the latest information before setting off.

Difficulty
Medium (on the slopes)
Distance
9.6km
Starting point altitude
1010m
Highest point
1533m
Elevation gain
541m
Elevation losses
541m
Round trip timing
2h40min
Rates
Free of charge. Possible to buy one way ticket from Prarion to Les Houches.
Opening dates
From 15/06 to 25/09.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.
Location
Hiking trail from Les Chavants to Col de la Forclaz via Charousse
Lac des chavants
74310 Les Houches