Lac de Montriond to Roc de Taveneuse, views to Lac de Taveneuse & Abondance

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.

Technical sheet
No. 18589513
A Montriond walk posted on 14/01/22 by lducken1. Update : 20/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 6h05[?]
Distance Distance : 10.59km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1077m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1077m
Highest point Highest point : 2138m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1061m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Chablais
Location Location : Montriond (74110)
Starting point Starting point : N 46.208567° / E 6.719828°
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Lac de Taveneuse Forest incline hike


(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)

Waypoints :
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

Useful Information

  • An early arrival secures you a parking spot a Lake Montriond (summer and weekends the parking gets very busy)
  • The forest route is a steep decline - walking poles are useful.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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