A there and back hike up to Roc de Taveneuse with views across to Abondance. This hike offers a challenging initial forest climb (hard relentless cardio but no rock climbs or cables/supports) but then opens up to mountain pastures with full panoramic shot of Mont Blanc (on a clear day). A further climb brings you to Roc de Tavaneuse with 360 views.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From Lake Montriond car park, follow the D228 (Route du Lac) following a Northern-East direction to the trailhead.
(1) Take the path up and at the junction keep the left-hand side. The hike starts with a challenging constant forest climb for 45-60 minutes where you will meet several turns. There are a couple of glimpses down to the lake but sadly not a wide-open view.
(2) The forest finally opens up to mountain pastures where you can look back in the direction of the lake with a full panoramic shot of Mont Blanc (on a clear day). Carry on straight on the windy path up to Châlets de Lens.
(3) The land flattens off as you reach the hamlet of the mazots at Chalets de Lens, each with its own landscaped gardens (always an amazement to see at 1825m). Go straight on the main path up to a fork where you take you right-hand side to Col de Tavaneuse.
(4) The route leaves the hamlet, sheltering under the rocky incline of Pointe de Nantaux before turning right towards Col de Taveneuse where there's an option to drop down into the bowl to Lac de Tavaneuse. Alternatively turn left and a 15 minute climb brings you to Roc de Tavaneuse.
The descent is back the way you came. (D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 1061m - Lake Montriond Car park
1 : km 0.23 - alt. 1071m - Bus stop
2 : km 2.69 - alt. 1639m - View of Mont Blanc
3 : km 3.59 - alt. 1821m - Water point
4 : km 4.6 - alt. 1992m - Cross and panoramic view
D/A : km 10.59 - alt. 1061m - Lake Montriond Car park
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Starting in the abandoned ski resort of Drouzin le Mont in Col du Corbier, this is a moderate mountain climb winding through a forest section & alpine meadows before concluding with a short but challenging craggy rock face. The summit is sheltered by large rocks offering 360 stunning views of Lac Leman to the North and Mont Blanc to the South. It is not for the faint hearted, solo inexperienced or novice if a vertical rock scramble is not your thing, but the rest of hike is far more moderate.
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A busy hiking trail with steep slopes but without any technical difficulty.
N.B. The calculated height difference is over estimated, it's actually closer to 1000 metres.
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