MTB trail: Col de la Forclaz via La Charme

in Les Houches
Presentation

From the heights of Bellevue cable car, cross the Bellevue plateau along the 4X4 track then go down towards the Col de Voza;-. Alternatively, from Le Prarion cable car, go down to the Col de Voza.

Identical for the descent as far as the Col de Voza.
From there, go up to the pastures of Le Prarion along the 4x4 track as far as the junction marked La Charme.
Once at the La Charme pastures, you will have a splendid, uninterrupted view over the Mont Blanc plain and the Contamines-Montjoie valley.
Carry on along the 4x4 track, an easy route that is flat at first then descends to Le Plancert ski-tow corner pylon.
From there, head up to the Col de la Forclaz. The downward route from the Col de la Forclaz is very steep at first, until the first right-hand bend. From there, leave the 4x4 track and carry on along the footpath to Charousse, a beautiful Alpine pasture.
You'll then meet the 4x4 track again. At Côte des Chavants, it becomes a tarred road, at which point you will almost be back at the resort.

Difficulty
Very difficult (expert)
Starting point altitude
1794m
Highest point
1533m
Elevation gain
280m
Elevation losses
1090m
Round trip timing
2h
Rates
Pass'Sport Bike for a day : 22€
Pass'Sport Bike for 3 resorts (Les Houches, Balme, Grands-Montets) : 32,50€.
Opening dates
From 08/06 to 22/09.
Dates to be confirmed depending on snow conditions.

Subject to favorable weather.
Location
MTB trail: Col de la Forclaz via La Charme
Départ sommet téléphérique de Bellevue
74310 Les Houches