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Sentier sonore sur les traces des contrebandiers

Walking/pedestrian in Châtel

3.6 km
Walking/pedestrian
2h 30min
Easy
  • Follow in the footsteps of the smugglers and customs officials who once played cat and mouse in this mountainous border area between France and Switzerland.
    To hear these colourful adventures, go to Châtel Tourisme or the Old
    Customs House to obtain a battery to activate the audio terminals and a copy of the illustrated route guide for the walk.
    Two hikings are proposed:
    - a small loop of a medium difficulty level, to discover with your family. Duration: 2h30, altitude difference: 200m.
    - a...
    Follow in the footsteps of the smugglers and customs officials who once played cat and mouse in this mountainous border area between France and Switzerland.
    To hear these colourful adventures, go to Châtel Tourisme or the Old
    Customs House to obtain a battery to activate the audio terminals and a copy of the illustrated route guide for the walk.
    Two hikings are proposed:
    - a small loop of a medium difficulty level, to discover with your family. Duration: 2h30, altitude difference: 200m.
    - a more demanding circular walk that takes you up to altitude along the border ridges! Duration: 5h, altitude difference: 645m.
    Before doing those routes get informed about weather forecast and wear adapted shoes and equipment.

    Route: From the Old Customs, walk about a hundred metres to the right of the road in the ascending direction until you find the first sound barrier. Then, take the path up to Pas de Morgins and take the track on the right which enters the forest. You will then reach the forest track. At this level, turn off according to the chosen itinerary (family or hiking):

    - Family trail: continue straight ahead, following the signs, up to an area where the landscape opens up. After enjoying the panoramic view of the Cornettes and the border, start the descent to the Ramines car park.

    - Hiking trail: follow the Pointe du Midi trail to the chalets of Pertuis d'en Haut. At this level, the route continues towards the Lèche corridor, with the crossing of a stone wall. You arrive at the Linga ski area. Go down the field to reach the track below and continue up to Les Ramines. From here, reach the hamlet of Vonnes by road.
  • 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 The Old Customs House
Open the door of Châtel's Old Customs House to discover a different side to this cross-border region.<br/>Children and adults will enjoy a fascinating trip back in time, learning about the game of cat and mouse that went on between the smugglers and the customs officers (known as "gabelous") in the mountains of the Portes du Soleil before the advent of winter sports. With lots of eyewitness accounts and a fascinating exhibition packed with documents and illustrations, the Old Customs House tells the story of a picturesque world full of surprises!
Temporary exhibition: "Black gold and grain of salt".
Did you know that salt, the ‘white gold’ of the 18th century, and oil, the ‘black gold’ of the modern day, have much in common? In those far off days as now, these commodities were and are a valuable part of our everyday lives, hence their national strategic importance, both in terms of tax revenue and foreign policy. As a result, both ‘white gold’ and ‘black gold’ have crossed the border as contraband, with rival smugglers and customs officials playing an ingenious cat-and-mouse game…
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