“Being a mountain guide means living in the present. I have to observe, analyse, anticipate, make decisions, perform, participate, cooperate, live with, adapt, support, comfort, give confidence and listen to others and myself.”
Get far away from city life to where the countryside is waiting for you. Learn how to rediscover the flora of the Monts de Genève during a walk which will awaken your senses! Are your shoes laced up and your walking poles ready? Let’s go!
These mountains have the Natura 2000 accreditation and are home to chamois, toads, foxes, deer and even lynx. Never seen them? Take a pair of binoculars and keep on the lookout!
With over 950 hectares of forest and mountains, the Voirons are a real sanctuary for the flora and fauna of the Savoie.
By the way, do you know where its name comes from? Quite simply, it’s because of the ‘full circle’ views it offers. There are stunningly beautiful 360° views of the Monts de Genève and a magnificent panoramic vista of the Lake Geneva basin and the Jura mountains, with the added bonus of views across to Mont Blanc!
The mountain is famous for its forests, which are great for walking. Trails have already been marked out for lovers of nature walks. Numerous marked trails quietly await your arrival in the heart of this lush countryside.
Patrick Loste, a mountain guide and true enthusiast, is keen to help you explore his world and to pass on his knowledge about the flora of which he is so fond.
Walk with him on the hiking trails of the Col de Saxel for an afternoon. But don’t worry, you won’t need to be an expert in order to keep up!
Pay attention to what’s going on around you. There could be a surprise encounter around the corner – with a chamois, for example!
Throughout the walk, Patrick will tell you how to recognise edible plants using your senses, so expect them to be awakened! Observe the colours and shapes of the plants around you in detail. Run your hands along the stems or petals to identify the texture. Smell the delicate fragrance of each herb and remember their scent. Don’t forget to gather a few – you’ll need them later!
Is your herb bag full? Great – it’s nearly time to eat. It’s well known that walking makes you hungry.
However, once you’re back at La Marmotte, there’s time to go to the kitchen before you sit down to eat. Yes! You read that correctly. You were hoping to sit down and eat straight away, admit it! You have to put on your apron before you can do that.
Beginners and experts alike can head to the kitchen for an introduction to the preparation of herbs. Patrick will lead the cookery workshop and you’ll learn how to prepare the plants you’ve gathered to create a traditional dish. You’ll learn traditional, yet updated, Savoie techniques. Sound interesting?
And just as your mouth starts to water from all the cooking, it’s time for everyone to take off their aprons, get their feet under the table and enjoy a meal together prepared by you!
Explore the paths, learn how to get to know the world around you and discover all the tastes available in the Monts de Genève in particular.