Walking in the Haute Savoie: North

30 day walks - Salève, Vallée Verte, Abondance, Bellevaux, Morzine

By Janette Norton, Alan Norton, Pamela Harris

First volume of a 2-part guide to walking in the Haute Savoie in the French Alps. This guidebook covers the area south of Lake Geneva to the Swiss border including Salève, Chablais and the Vallée Verte, with Evian and Morzine among places to stay. 30 walks include local summits and ridges, but generally straightforward terrain.



Spring and summer, when the snow has melted and the slopes are bright with alpine flowers; autumn, when the leaves are changing, or even winter for some of the lower walks


Evian-les-Bains, Morzine, Abondance, Châtel, St-Julien-en-Genevois, Bellevaux, Boège, Habère-Poche


Variety of routes of differing length and height gain, suitable for most abilities, graded from easy to difficult; none require special equipment or expertise, but the few graded difficult have some exposed sections, often protected by cables, and need a head for heights
Must See

Must See

Major peaks: Cornettes de Bise, Mont de Grange, Dent d'Oche, Pic Boré Lakes: Geneva, Arvouin, Tavaneuse Cols: Cheséry, Cou, Brétolet Historical attractions: medieval abbeys; numerous small chapels, shrines, stations of the cross and statues on mountain tops; smugglers routes over the French-Swiss border cols Nature reserves; bird migratory routes Geological features: limestone cliffs, gorges and caves (Salève); fault-line and microclimate (Vuache)
6 Nov 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
  • Overview

    A guidebook of half and full-day walks in the lovely Haute Savoie mountains of France. This guide describes 30 circular routes of between 7 and 13km, based around Evian-les-Bains, Morzine, Abondance, Châtel, St-Julien-en-Genevois, Bellevaux, Boège and Habère-Poche. Graded from easy to difficult, there are walks to suit most abilities, but a few have some exposed sections and need a head for heights.

    The guide is divided into 6 areas covering the Salève and Vuache, the Vallée Verte, the Vallée du Brevon, Pre-Alpes du Léman and Val d'Abondance. Alongside a detailed route description and map, each walk has a summary of all you need to know before you set out (distance, time to walk, ascent, maximum altitude and instructions for accessing the start). The guidebook includes advice on travel, accommodation and equipment, as well as information about local wildlife and Savoyard food and drink, and a glossary of useful French words.

    Visitors flock to the Chamonix area and the Mont Blanc range, but that is only part of what the Haute Savoie has to offer. With highlights including Cornettes de Bise, Mont de Grange, Dent d-Oche and Pic Boré, the walks in this guide will show you a quieter, less busy side to this outstandingly beautiful area.

    A companion volume, Walking in Haute Savoie: South, is also available (ISBN: 781852848118)

  • Contents

    A short history of the Haute Savoie
    Plants and flowers
    Getting there
    When to go
    Savoyard food and drink
    What to take
    Using this guide
    Salève and Vuache
    Walk 1 Gorges du Salève
    Walk 2 Balcon du Salève
    Walk 3 Grand Piton
    Walk 4 Pointe du Plan
    Walk 5 Boucle de l’Iselet
    Walk 6 Le Vuache
    Vallée Verte
    Walk 7 Signal des Voirons
    Walk 8 Mont de Vouan
    Walk 9 Pointe de Miribel
    Walk 10 Montagne d’Hirmentaz
    Walk 11 Mont Forchat
    Vallée du Brevon
    Walk 12 Mont d’Hermone
    Walk 13 Rocher de Nifflon
    Walk 14 Pointe de la Gay
    Walk 15 Pointe de Chalune
    Walk 16 Haute Pointe
    Walk 17 Pointe d’Uble
    Pré-Alpes du Léman
    Walk 18 Pic des Mémises
    Walk 19 Pic Boré
    Walk 20 Dent d’Oche
    Val d’Abondance
    Walk 21 Cornettes de Bise
    Walk 22 Lac d’Arvouin
    Walk 23 Autour du Mont Chauffé
    Walk 24 Roc de Tavaneuse
    Walk 25 Mont de Grange
    Walk 26 Pointe des Mattes
    Walk 27 Le Morclan
    Val de Morzine
    Walk 28 Col de Chésery
    Walk 29 Pointe de Ressachaux
    Walk 30 Col de Cou

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful information
    Appendix C Glossary of useful French words

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    June 2019

    Walk 13
    (thanks to Mark Charlton)
    The unsupervised Refuge de Nifflon (Nifflon d'en Haut) which lies north of Morzine suffered snow damage over the winter and is currently under repair. I understand it should be back in action later in the summer - also worth noting that the best way to make arrangements to access the key is to telephone the tourist information office at Bellevaux Phone: +33 4 50 73 71 53 https://www.refuges.info/point/4080/cabane-non-gardee/Chablais/Nifflon-d-en-Haut/

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Janette Norton

Janette Norton lived in France, near Geneva, for over 30 years with her physicist husband, Alan, raising four children and working in the marketing field. Her love of mountain walking dated from the time she was a guide in her twenties, and the proximity of the Alps and Jura to her home inspired her to continue her passion. After her children grew up, she branched out to explore other areas of France.

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Alan Norton

Alan Norton studied Physics at Edinburgh and Oxford Universities before moving to Geneva to work at CERN on Particle Physics research. Since retirement, he has continued to participate in CERN experiments as a professor at the Italian University of Ferrara. As leisure activities, he has completed many mountain running events at the rear of the field, and helped Janette with walking and map preparation for her guides.

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Pamela Harris

Pamela Harris

Pamela Harris graduated from Reading University and then moved to Switzerland, where she taught English and Classical studies at international schools in the Geneva area. A long-time member of both the Alpine Club and the Swiss Alpine Club, she has walked and climbed extensively in the mountains of Europe and the Himalayas, and organises walking holidays in both areas for these clubs.

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