Circuit découverte : Le pays du Mont-Blanc

Road in Annemasse
183.8 km
  • Departure
  • Difference in height
    2938 m
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
  • Accepted customers
    • Individuals
Points of interest
1 Cluses Tourist Office
The Tourist Office of Cluses is the ideal place of information for the tourists and the premises.<br/>The tourist office welcomes you to offer you its many services!
- In spring, summer and autumn, many adventure game kits developed by our team are available for sale. Do not hesitate to ask to ask us!
- Sale of guidebooks for summer walks and hikes
- Sale of vignettes for the Swiss motorway
- Sale of fishing licenses
- In winter, sale of ski passes for nearby resorts, Reposoir and Romme. You will also find snowshoe routes.
- Provision of numerous free documentation from Geneva via Annecy and Chamonix
- Detailed hiking maps are available for sale
- Cycling information
- Rental of electric and classic bikes for 1 or 3 months
- Ticketing concerts, shows and festivals
- Sale of urban and school transport tickets (subscription, single ticket...) as well as for the Les Carroz > Flaine route
- Daily weather info
- Free and unlimited wifi access
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2 Clockmaking and Screwmachining Museum
Discover the Museum, a real timepiece of the industrial and social history of the Arve's valley. Follow the evolution of the farmer-watchmakers' skills from the XVIIIth century until the advent of the screwcutting technology during the industrial revolution.<br/>Original by its history and its collections, the museum is worth the trip. Instituted at the early XXth century by the National School of Clockmaking of Cluses, the museum used to have 2 vocations : to collect ancient time measure instruments (oldest piece is from 16e century) and to save the local industrial memories.

Located into the Espace Carpano & Pons, an old factory, the museum presents also the story of the National School of Clockmaking by presenting unique pieces of clockmaking made by the pupils in Cluses.

Theme guided tours, theatric visits, workshops, temporary exhibitions are organized all the year round and will make you discover the treasures of the museum.
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3 Sallanches market
The valley's largest and most popular market. Numerous stands selling food, gardening equipment or plants and fashion items.
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4 Sallanches Tourist Office
Welcome to Sallanches Tourism.
The whole team is happy to welcome you to its premises, by phone, email or on its social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin.<br/>The tourist office offers many services:
- shop sale: souvenirs (magnets, postcards, posters, backpacks, caps, tote bags...), books, maps and hiking topos, local products (jams, chocolates, cookies)
- ticket offices for the Culturral and Petits Asticots (Mont-Blanc region) shows, one-off events and various excursions
- sale of fishing licenses
- sale of services for the Office of Guides and Accompanying Sallanches
- sale of guided heritage tours

The tourist office has been awarded the Marque Qualité Tourisme label since 2016.
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5 Combloux Tourist Office
The tourist office provides varied touristic information about Combloux and the surrounding areas.<br/>The tourist office offers these services:
- weather forecast
- hotels availability
- board games loan
- free wifi
- reservation for activities: hiking or snowshoeing, farm visits, guided visits, entries to the ecological lake, outdoor activities, ...
- diverse items: hiking book, ancient post cards, book on the baroque path, posters, photocopies, scans, tee-shirts, caps, ... (online boutique available too)
- on request: touristic documentation (maps, kids guide, ...)

The accommodation service will help you finding the ideal accommodation for your winter holidays with all-inclusive options (accommodation + ski pass + ski lessons + child care centre + ski rental)
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6 Museum of Megève
Located right in the heart of the historic center, the Museum of Megève is in the authentic frame of the former House of Charity, building of the XVIIth century endowed with a baroque chapel.<br/>Bought to a farmer by reverend Blaise Gaspard Orsy, this building, fitted out by two mègevans carpenters, had opened its doors in 1707. It was managed by the Compagnie des Dames de la Charité, established in 1696 by the same priest, with for mission " to serve the sick, visit and help the poor people, protect the orphans and people who were unable to either work or beg ".

After the Revolution, in 1795, the House of Charity becomes a Home which can accommodate 20 poor people, men and women. In 1862, the priest Ambroise Martin gave the management to the Saint-Joseph Sisters.

From 1982, a few years after the opening of the new retirement home, this building had thematic exhibitions, and became officially the Museum of Megève in 1988 till September 2016.

Chapel visit and permanent exhibition “3 centuries of solidarity in Megève”, which unveils the unique story of the Alms House that became a hospice in 1793, by means of a film, archives and photographs.
Upon request, throughout the year. Admission free.
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7 Saint-Gervais Church
The church of Saint-Gervais, a Baroque masterpiece, was completely restored in 2016 as part of the European ALCOTRA programme. Nine contemporary stained glass windows, created by the artist Kim En Joong, were installed at this time.<br/>The parish of Saint-Gervais was first mentioned in the 13th century. At the end of the 17th century, with the growth of the population and the condition of the medieval church, it was decided that a new church should be built. Thanks to a large donation from Nicolas Revenaz, a native of Saint-Gervais who was a trader in Vienna in Austria, it was built between 1696 and 1702. The bell tower is typical of the onion dome towers that can be found on a number of churches in the area from the 18th century onwards. At around 40 metres high, with five floors, it represents an important part of the history of the site. The four first floors are from the 14th century, while the upper part dates from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Apart from the 19th century geometric stained glass windows on the facade, the church also has windows created in 2016 by the Korean artist Kim En Joong.
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8 2KM3 Saint-Gervais contemporary art platform
Enjoy free daily access to view the art work in the
car park and on the post office wall. Access during opening hours
to view the works at the pool and in the different lift stations.<br/>Urban artists have created a contemporary art circuit within
resort by performing works of art in several unusual places.
The underground car park located in the centre of Saint-Gervais
has been transformed into a monumental and unprecedented
platform dedicated to modern art. The north facing facade
of the post office offers a very different interpretation
of the surrounding summits. Finally, the walls of the gondola
stations in Saint-Gervais, Le Bettex and Mont d’Arbois and those
of the swimming pool in Saint-Gervais, are decorated with
a selection of original works. To complete the picture, discover
the fresco by Francois Durafour: an entire wall painted to celebrate
the 95th anniversary of the landing of the first plane
on the “Col du Dome”
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9 Office de Tourisme de Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc
Office de Tourisme de Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc
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10 Tramway du Mont-Blanc
A ride on the Mont-Blanc Tramway is a pretext for adventure... Discover a variety of alpines landscapes along the journey and some of the most views from the top. More than a simple excursion, a true discovery !<br/>The highest cockwheel train in France awaits you for a marvellous trip to the foot
of Mont-Blanc. Starting in Le Fayet or Saint-Gervais, after a trip through forests and
alpine prairies, skiers and hikers may access the Bellevue Plateau (1,900 m - 6,234
feet) and the Le Prarion ski area at the heart of an exceptional panorama (panoramic
view of the Bionnassay glacier).
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11 Evasion Mont-Blanc ski resort
The Evasion area has more than 400 kilometers of slopes and 109 ski lifts for pure skiing pleasure facing Mont Blanc.<br/>Welcome to the Saint-Gervais ski area: From 1150 m to 2353 m altitude, equipped with more than 900 snow cannons with its breathtaking panorama.

1 pass, 7 resorts! Ski for an entire week and never ski the same run twice!
The Evasion Mont-Blanc ski pass gives you access to the ski lifts
in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc, Megève, Saint-Nicolas de Véroce, Combloux,
La Giettaz, Les Contamines Montjoie and Hauteluce.

This progressive ski area accessible by gondola has all the advantages of a beginner's area: wide slopes, gradual slopes, safe mats and ski lifts and views of Mont-Blanc! As a bonus, the play area "Charlotte la Marmotte" allows the youngest to take a break while having fun.

This winter, the Arbois 2-seater chairlift is giving way to a 6-seater detachable chairlift! This project provides the station with modernization and more efficient service: 2,400 people transported per hour, over the 810m route. In addition, vigilance and fluidity when boarding is increased by an innovative smart camera system. From December, embark on the new Nants chairlift and be the first to make your mark on the emblematic Michel Dujon black run!

Visit for live on-slope weather conditions:
webcams, weather forecast and snow conditions.

Make life easier by renting a ski locker at the foot of the Saint-Gervais
gondola and pick up your warm dry gear every morning!

2 photo hotspots, one at the summit of Mont Joux, the other on
the Epaule chairlift, enable skiers to take a high quality selfie with
the Mont-Blanc in the backdrop. Plus, receive a video via email
when you complete the boardercross circuit on Mont Joux.
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12 Tourist Office
Tourist Office
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13 Nature Reserve
The Nature Reserve of Les Contamines-Montjoie covers the left side of the valley when you enter the village. Forests, pastures, torrents, rocks, snow and glaciers offer a fragile but wonderful alpine environment.<br/>This protected area of 5,500 ha, located within the commune of Les Contamines-Montjoie is a haven of calm and tranquillity. It is classed as a “Nature Reserve” to protect it from development, which all too often ravages the countryside and natural environment. Here you can admire nature in its unspoiled state.
Take time to enjoy and savour its many different facets (lakes, mountain pastures, cliffs, glaciers). Appreciate its varied fauna and flora: chamois, ibexes and black grouse live among the gentians and rhododendrons.
The natural environment is fragile and animal life is easily disturbed, so please help us by being very careful not to interfere with the natural equilibrium.
Help preserve nature for our own and future generations.
Nature Reserves are part of the very rare areas of Haute-Savoie where nature has remained “unspoiled” by human contact. So enjoy them! Savour the silence and don’t forget that the rules exist to remind us that nature must be respected!
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14 Plateau d'Assy
The Assy Plateau is an architectural site of international renown thanks to its former sanatoriums. These buildings illustrate the technical and aesthetic engineering of twentieth-century architecture. They had a considerable influence on our habitat.
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15 Lac Vert
Situated amidst the forest near Passy Plaine-Joux, this lake is surrounded by spruce trees and reflects the Mont-Blanc.<br/>The Lac Vert or Green Lake certainly deserves its name !
Set in an exceptional natural environment, this site is accessible to all the family.
The extraordinary transparency of the water allows one to observe the accumulation of trees and plants on the bed of the lake.
These elements, combined with the presence of blue-green algae, give the lake its remarkable emerald green colour.
Altitude: 1200m. Magnificent view of Mont Blanc range.

Vehicles prohibited from 01/06 to 30/09 and throughout the winter season. Access limited to owners and beneficiaries. Free shuttle every 15 minutes from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm.
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16 Green Lake Loop
Easy walk practiced in all seasons to reach Lac Vert in its forest setting. It is a natural site classified as essential as it is magical.<br/>From Plaine-Joux, go down the road and forest trails, following the markings to reach Lac Vert from below.

In summer, a development allows you to go around the lake in about fifteen minutes. The extraordinary transparency of the water makes it possible to observe an accumulation of trees and plants at the bottom of the lake. These elements, combined with the presence of blue algae, give the lake its remarkable emerald green color. This magical coloring seduces Mont-Blanc, which often gives off its majestic reflection on the calm surface of the lake.

For the return, from the parking lot of the Lac Vert restaurant, go up the track leading to the Châtelet d'Ayères refuge then turn left to pass above the lake and join Plaine-Joux.
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2938 meters of difference in height