The French Alps are a renowned scenic walking destination. The epic mountain peaks of Chamonix which include Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain, are as dramatic as they are tall. In contrast, the gentler hills and meadows that surround Lake Annecy provide visitors with a sense of tranquillity that is hard to find anywhere else.
Walking Highlights in France
Since the first recorded ascent of Mont Blanc in 1786, Chamonix and the surrounding valley have offered inspirational walks among the spruce forests, stunning glaciers and rocky peaks. This area is well sign posted with diverse hiking trails suitable for all ages and abilities, from families to elite hikers.
Taking the lift from Bossons village to 1,425m and joining the famous La Jonction hiking trail is a must. The views between Bossons and the Taconnaz glacier are absolutely stunning and you can follow the route all the way to 2,589m! We also recommend walking to Col de Balme for breathtaking view and lots of marmottes!
There are literally hundreds of kilometres of marked footpaths awaiting you in the mountains surrounding Morzine. The area is an excellent walking destination with an incredible variety of walking routes: enjoy an easy stroll following the Dranse river, ramble around the serene Lake Montriond or hike to the spectacular Nyon waterfall.
Morzine is a great mountain resort for families, and if you want to take the children walking we recommend walking up to the summit of Char des Quais, a leisurely walk that runs through lush, Alpine meadows.
With such a magnificent lake, the walks in and around Talloires are easily overlooked. Don’t be fooled though, this beautiful area offers a vast range of walks. From easy lakeside strolls in the village to rambling in the surrounding hills, there is huge choice of walks for walkers of all abilities.
We recommend hiking along the Bauges Mountain Range to Le Semnoz, the area’s highest peak. Make sure to visit the Reblochon farm along the way and witness, first hand, how this famous cheese is made. You should also take the time to stop off at the Semnoz refuge – an excellent stop for a hot drink and waffles, which you can enjoy while admiring the stunning views.