In total there are about 4,218 hikes for you to discover within the region of Rhône-Alpes. To get a first glimpse of what’s awaiting outdoor enthusiasts like you in Rhône-Alpes, we created a short highlight list:
From village to village, the tour of the Mézenc - Gerbier-de-Jonc range unveils vast plateaus contrasting with the undulating valleys, and the exceptional landscapes that open up a panoramic view of the Alps in fine weather.
This challenging day begins with a tough ascent from Tré-le-Champ to Lac Blanc, a gorgeous alpine lake, before descending down to La Flégère and further on to Planpraz, from where you take the cable car down to Chamonix.
Starting from the medieval village of Saint-Montan, this trail offers a discovery of the Saint-Baume gorges and their Hermitage. A cave where the hermit Montanus lived in the 5th century to seek peace and meditation here.
A day of steady ascents past waterfalls, through a Nature Reserve and past the picturesque Lac d'Anterne, culminating at the Col d'Anterne before a short descent to the spectacularly located Refuge de Moëde d'Anterne.
The tourist office of Valréas proposes a short walk to discover some of the historical landmarks of the area. These remind us of the small inland area along the Drôme river, which belonged to the popes who settled in Avignon since the 14th century.
This alternative route goes to the French border at Col de Balme, before descending to the valley floor and the village of Le Tour where it continues to Tré-le-Champ/Argentiere. You may be staying at Tré-le-Champ, Argentiére or Chamonix; please check your accommodation details.
Just across the Col de la Seigne lies Italy. Today is an easy day compared to the last two; a short climb to the Col is followed by a gentle descent through the valley with sensational views throughout. Catch a bus from La Visaille to Courmayeur for your overnight accommodation.
Tighten your bootlaces one final time for the Tour du Mont Blanc finale! There’s a climb to Le Brévent which, at 2,525 metres, offers a dramatic 360° panorama, before a long leg-busting descent into Les Houches… back where it all began!
The Col de la Seigne (2516m) lies a steep 750m above the Refuge des Mottets and is where you leave France for Italy. Just wait until you see the view! This tough option climbs via Col Chécrouit to Courmayeur and is a wonderfully scenic ‘balcony’ route.
Your epic Tour du Mont Blanc adventure is finally underway! This is the high route option which goes to Les Contamines via Chalets de Miage, rewarding the adventurous hiker with dramatic views and a splendid introduction to Mont Blanc.