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Alpine Walks

Here are just a few of our favourite walks in Morzine and Tignes. Our Active Reps will give you Route Cards when you arrive so you can find directions to these walks and hikes more easily. All our guests receive a free walking lift pass with our holidays so you can reach high vantage points easily.

Top Morzine Walks

Les Dérêches Park

  • Vertical ascent: flat
  • Maximum altitude: 1000m
  • Level: Easy family walk
  • Time: 1hrs 40mins
  • Features on our hosted walk 

Follow the paths (which are loops or circuits) alongside the River Dranse and back along the other side of the river. It’s also a great jogging route for morning fitness freaks! The shortest route passes the horse riding centre, crosses via the Dranse bridge and heads back towards the start. 

The longer route runs all the way along the river - just below the village of Montriond, before returning on the other side of the river, it’s about a 1hr 40m loop.

This is a relatively flat circuit with no real rise and fall and a great easy family biking route,too. There are woodland activities to do along the way.

Morzine to Les Gets (the high route)

  • Maximum altitude: 1550m
  • Vertical ascent: 70m
  • Level: Easy family walk
  • Time: 2hrs 30mins
  • Route Card available from our Active Reps

Highpoints: stunning views, Les Gets lake (aqua park & luge)

With your free lift pass (included with all of our holidays) take the Pléney gondola lift from the centre of Morzine for this superb route, and easy family walk at altitude - so be prepared for amazing views!

Catch the Telephérique du Pléney and walk to the top of the Pléney mountain (50m climb). The route follows the ridge towards the Belevarde lift, which passes to the east of the golf course. You then follow the Tour des Portes du Soleil signs, turning right at La Mouille au Blé as you continue to descend. The Balad’Aupl bus from Les Gets bus station will take you back to Morzine.

Variation: Visit the |Les Gets lake (on route) and stop for a go on the Wi-Bit inflatable obstacle course or the luge. Picnic at the lake. 

Foxes trail

  • Maximum altitude: 1000m
  • Vertical ascent: 180m
  • Level: Easy family walk
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30m (4hrs if extended to Lac Mines d’or)
  • Route Card available from our Active Reps

This route starts at Morzine’s church then runs alongside the River Dranse on the Promenade du Renard. There are numerous signs and information boards about foxes, geology, the river and its environment. The Nyon valley opens up at the car park for the Nyon lift. From there it’s a 15-minute round-trip to the spectacular Nyon waterfall. The route continues on the Nyon side of the river, with various villages and hamlets visible on the opposite side. The route crosses the Dranse before finishing at the village of Érigné. The return route re-traces your steps.

Variation: From the Nyon carpark, you can follow signs up to Lac des Mines d'Or. A 2 hour walk to this very special bucolic lake. Catch the bus back if you want to save your legs.


 Le Lac de Nyon Guerin, Morzine

  • Maximum altitude: A gentle walk at 1500m
  • Level: Easy family walk
  • Duration: 1 Hrs 30m
  • Start at Top of Nyon cable car

Highpoints: Beautiful walk at altitude to lake, restaurant at top

This is a gentle walk at altitude (1,500m) across the Nyon Plateau to the lake and offers fantastic views without a great deal of effort!

It is possible to drive to the start of this short walk via the Joux Plane or take the Téléphérique de Nyon (the cable car) to the plateau by using your free lift pass. There is a restaurant or two at the top so lunch options are well provided for. There are also family activities and interesting things to do at the plateau.

Mont Chery - Mont Caly Walk

  • Maximum altitude: 1800m
  • Level: Easy family walk, nothing too strenuous
  • Duration: 2 Hrs (3hrs if extended)
  • Hike from Les Gets car park to top of gondola to lengthen walk 
  • Route Card available from our Active Reps

Highpoints: stunning views all the way, Les Chevrelles restaurant

Hiking Mont Chery gives one of the finest views in the Portes du Soleil!

Les Gets is a 5 or 6 minute drive (or free bus) from Morzine and also offers a wide range of summer alpine and family activities. Your free lift pass will cover the lifts in Les Gets and Mont Chery 

Start at the top of the Mont Chery gondola: Enjoy a scenic route at altitude which will lead you through a mix of forest and alpine meadow all the way to the picturesque hamlet of Mont Caly. The trail undulates along the route with ups and downs but nothing which is too hard. The spectacular view remains in sight for most of the route. When you reach Mont Caly, there is a beautiful restaurant, called Les Chevrelles, an authentic old farmhouse which serves hearty and traditional mountain food and is at 1460m.

The Col du Cou 

  • Time 3-4 hours 
  • Level: Moderate to hard 
  • Vertical Ascent/Descent 550m 
  • Start from the beautiful Lac Mines d’Or 
  • Route Card available from our Active Reps

Highpoints: Start from the bucolic lake Mines D’or, head up to the Franco-Swiss border

This epic hike is one of our favourites in the Portes du Soleil as it goes up to and runs along the Franco-Swiss border. It’s a scenic, but demanding hike and an uphill challenge on the ascent (naturally!) with 550m of elevation along a rocky single track. But, if you're up for a challenge - and of an average to good level of fitness - the breathtaking views will make it worthwhile. 


Le Roc d'Enfer, Morzine

  • Maximum altitude: 1800m
  • Elevation 920m
  • Level: A big climb leading to an exposed traverse
  • Duration: 6 Hrs 30m
  • Start at Graydon (10mins from Morzine) car or taxi required
  • Route IGN map 3528, Morzine - Massif du Chablais
  • Route Card available from our Active Reps

Highpoints: No climbing equipment required, but a tough ascent.

One of the highest peaks in the valley, it provides extremely challenging hikes and treks and rewards you with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Geneva. There's an altitude ascent of 920m and takes 6 hrs 30mins to walk. So make sure the weather is good.


Top Tignes Walks

Le Bois de la Laye to Les Combes village

  • Rating: Easy to Moderate
  • Time: 1.45hrs
  • Distance: 3.7km
  • Vertical: 335m Descent and Ascent

This hike takes you out of Tignes Le Lavachet at 20170m, down the right-hand side of the valley toward Lac du Chevril (formed by Tignes’ dam), taking in gentle alpine grassland descents, springs, waterfalls and larch trees. Various watercourses feed the lake and this route crisscrosses them via several bridges. There are trout in the Lac du Chevril! Returning on the North East side of the valley you pass through the ruined village of Les Combes at 1,840m.


L’Aiguille Percée

  • Rating: Easy to Moderate
  • Time: 3hrs 20mins or 2hrs 5mins
  • Distance: 8.9km
  • Vertical: 705m Descent and Ascent

Along with the Grande Motte, the l’Aiguille Percée is Tignes most well-known landmark. As you walk along the ridge after the Croix de Palafour you pass barriers that are there not to hold back avalanches but to break down the wind that can cause slab avalanches. From the top of the Palafour lift the route levels off and the l’Aiguille Percée goal is visible. The return offers superb view points over the nature reserve.

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