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Les alpages de Charmy l'Adroit

Walking/pedestrian in Abondance

10.9 km
Walking/pedestrian
4h 20min
Medium
  • A beautiful panoramic walking trail on the moutain alpine of Abondance with a view on the Switzerland and Chablais peaks, and a discovery of the mountain chalets.

    Main itinerary: Go down to the lake, follow the direction of Chalets de Lens by the refuge des Tindérêts. The 2 itineraries meet before the Chalet de Cubourré. Shorter variant: go up the stony path, direction refuge des Tindérêts.

    Mark 1: follow the path that goes up the combe d'Ardens in front of you. In this valley, you can...
    A beautiful panoramic walking trail on the moutain alpine of Abondance with a view on the Switzerland and Chablais peaks, and a discovery of the mountain chalets.

    Main itinerary: Go down to the lake, follow the direction of Chalets de Lens by the refuge des Tindérêts. The 2 itineraries meet before the Chalet de Cubourré. Shorter variant: go up the stony path, direction refuge des Tindérêts.

    Mark 1: follow the path that goes up the combe d'Ardens in front of you. In this valley, you can still see below the Ardens chalets, the
    marks the action of the glacier 12,000 years ago, which as it retreated left rock deposits (moraines) in the form of a long cord.
    Mark 2: leave the path to follow the path that goes up to the Tinderets hut. This path is marked out with numbered markers and with the topo guide taken at the tourist office or at the refuge, you can discover the botany of the area.
    Take the path above the refuge through a coppice of green alders; these shrubs colonize the combes and avalanche paths and bend in winter under the weight of the snow.
    After crossing the large schist couloir, climb the few steps shaped with tree roots to reach Aup Couti. This last passage can be tricky for people who are not initiated to the mountain.
    Mark 3: reach the Lens mountain pasture by the path on the left. After 200 m, you will discover the Lens Mountain, below its chalets. The word "Mountain" here refers to the mountain pasture where pastoral activity is practised. When you arrive at the chalets, take advantage of the goat (a wooden fountain dug in a tree trunk) to quench your thirst.
    Mark 4 : continue the path that goes down to the Chalets de Lens . At the crossroads, you can shorten the circuit by reaching the Plagnes car park in 45 minutes (alternative).
    Marked 5 : otherwise, continue the hike towards the Lenlevay chalets. After a long but easy climb, you reach Les Covagnes (or Covagny), you are on the GR5. Turn left, direction the chalets de Lenlevay, just before them, you will have to turn left to follow the path of the chalets du Jouly up then down. From Lenlevay, the highest point, exceptional panorama on the Swiss summits and the Chablais. Alpine meadows and rhododendron moors are the natural habitat of the heather roosters (capercaillie).
    Mark 6: continue the path to the oratory Les Trables (you are on the tour of the Mont de Grange). Take the path on the left which goes down into the grass and joins an old path through the forest (beacon). At the path, turn left towards Tetagotay, then right down to the edge of the meadow. At the bottom of the valley you can see the Lac des Plagnes, you are soon there.
  • 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 Bar Restaurant du Lac des Plagnes
Family restaurant, friendly atmosphere, simple and generous cuisine based on local products. Come and enjoy a true moment of relaxation in a beautiful and natural setting.<br/>Open the winter every lunch during the French holidays school.
Open from July 18 to August 29
(evening by reservation).
2 Refuge des Tindérêts
In the heart of the authentic Abondance valley, join in one hour's walk a beautiful refuge located in a natural site. At 1500 m altitude at the foot of Mount Grange, it proposes you the accomodation and small restauration.<br/>And because a refuge is, first and foremost, a stage on the road of the walker, you only have to follow the path to arrive at the lake of Tavaneuse, at the foot of the mount Grange (2432m) or even to Prétairié .

Each building is equipped with a kitchenette with two gas, dishes, bowls and allows those who wish to be autonomous.

The large building includes the kitchen, a large dining room and a dormitory.

The sheepfold has 13 places, it is a haven of peace, easy to heat in winter thanks to its wood stove.

The small cottage, away from the main building, can accommodate up to 10 people. It is ideal for small groups or large families.

Possibility to sleep in half-board, breakfast+night or in free management.

Library, bocce, games for children.
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