Walking Holidays in the Aravis
There are over 200km of marked walking trails on the Aravis massif alone. With routes meandering through gentle alpine meadows, or 1000 metre plus climbs, scrambles and exposed ridge walks there’s something to suit all levels. You can even take a ski lift to the top and walk down in July & August.
For those of you not used to Alpine walking, the area offers a great introduction, with many easily accessible half and one day routes starting from the Pre Fleuri. The trails are all clearly marked and many have signs giving times and distances to help navgation and planning. You can go your own way, use our maps and routes, hire a guide or join an organised themed walk.
The scenery is stunning with amazing views of Mont Blanc, which if you’re lucky you can share with the local flora and fauna. You can often see chamois, bouquetin, marmottes and eagles. There’s even a pair of Bearded Vultures – the largest European bird which can have a wingspan of upto 3 metres.
You can buy cheese for your lunch from one of the many farms or dine at one of the guarded refuges. It’s possible to do a multi day tour overnighting in refuges or camping sauvage (as long as you leave the place as you found it).
You can enjoy walking in the mountains all year round, though some of the best times are in May and June when the snows are receding and the days are long and sunny but not too hot.
photos Gilles Lansard