Chemin de Bouquetins / des Bergers

This walk is a mixture of the Chemin de Bouquetins which coincides with the Sentier des Bergers in places. It takes advantage of the ski-lift in Fouly to save on the ascent but you can always walk uphill if you choose. These walks are both publicized by the tourist office and are well signposted.

Technical sheet

A Orsières walk posted on 20/08/19 by Alwayswiththehills. Last update : 29/08/19
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 8.40 km
  • ◔
    Calculated time: 2h45 
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    Difficulty: Easy

  • ∞
    Return to departure point: No
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    Vertical gain: + 118 m
  • ↘
    Vertical drop: - 503 m

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    Highest point: 1,991 m
  • ▼
    Lowest point: 1,593 m
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    District: Orsières 
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    Start: N 45.929528° / E 7.107645°
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    End: N 45.936293° / E 7.098166°
  • ❏
    IGN map(s): Ref. 3630OT, 3630OTR

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The village of Ferret and the head of the valley
Petit Col ferret with lower flank and SE ridge of Mont Dolent
Herens Cattle Ready for Milking
Well signpoted


Park at the car park in La Fouly. Walk through the village and take the ski-lift to (S)
Since this hike begins with a ski lift trip, don't use the function "Go to the starting point". It will guide you at the arrival of the walk.

(S) Leave the ski lift, turn right and take the track downhill through some bends to a junction with a signposted path on the left.

(1) Take the path and walk diagonally downhill through pastures to a junction with a path on the right.

(2) Stay on the top path and continue past the low walls of some abandoned buildings next to a farm.

(3) Turn left and head uphill and around the pasture and into a light wood. The path passed up in front of a concrete building and comes to a junction with another path going uphill. (Chemin de Bouquetins: Note in Aug 2019 this part of the walk was closed)

(4) Continue along the path Sentier des Bergers and into more woodland before exiting into the pasture and descending to a milking parlour.

(5) Take the track down from the farm building to pass a restaurant and join the road. Turn right and walk along the road to Ferret. As you enter the village there is a signpost on the left showing the way.

(6) Turn left at the signpost and follow the path to Petit Col Ferret, it will cross a bridge over the river and head through light woodland and then up through a pasture (there may be cows) to the Gite de la Lechere.

(7) La Lechere is a good place to enjoy a drink; their homemade ice cream is delicious. Leave the Gite and follow the track going gently down to a path over the field on the right.

(8) Walk over the field and down to a bridge, cross over the river and join the road again. Turn left and walk towards La Fouly. Just before the village, there is a path on the left.

(9) Take the path off the road which leads down to a bridge, turn right and join the road leading up into La Fouly in front of the ski-lift. Turn left and walk back to the parking.


  1. S : km 0 - alt. 1,986 m - Car park
  2. 1 : km 1.16 - alt. 1,814 m
  3. 2 : km 2.02 - alt. 1,723 m
  4. 3 : km 2.57 - alt. 1,738 m
  5. 4 : km 2.85 - alt. 1,788 m
  6. 5 : km 3.77 - alt. 1,805 m
  7. 6 : km 5.22 - alt. 1,705 m - Ferret
  8. 7 : km 6.12 - alt. 1,703 m - Lechere
  9. 8 : km 6.8 - alt. 1,672 m
  10. 9 : km 7.62 - alt. 1,606 m
  11. E : km 8.4 - alt. 1,593 m - Car park

Useful Information

Restaurant just below the dairy farm at point 5 and a lovely Gite/restaurant at La Lechere with great ice-cream.

The walking is easy to follow and the paths are OK. Approach shoes or even trainers with a good sole with being adequate for this walk.

There are Patou dogs that are used to guard mainly flocks of sheep/goats. You will pass information for these. Please make sure you know how to respond if you find yourself near one of these dogs or if one starts to bark at you.

Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.

During the walk or to do/see around

This is a pleasant walk, there are good views up to the border and of the mountains in the west part of the Mont Blanc range.

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