Our team's favorite fall hikes

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In autumn, as soon as the trees turn into warm colors, the peaks start to turn white and the temperatures get cooler, the ski resort of Courchevel in Savoie offers a wonderful landscape for hiking. It is here that people like to explore nature, walk along the balcony trails and ridges or hike to the high altitude lakes.
Today, the Courchevel Tourisme teams take you to discover their favorite autumn hikes.

THE ROCHER DE LA LOZE BY KARLA,
Digital service assistant

THE ROCHER DE LA LOZE - 2,527 m
From the Pralong farm

Length : 9km
Positive ascent : 600m
Duration : 4h
Type of trail : loop (from the Lac Bleu)

From the Pralong farm, where you can easily park, you will immediately find yourself in the heights of Courchevel. The gentle slope will lead you, following the bike path, to the departure of the Saulire cable car. From there, you will have to continue to follow the cycle track for 300 m before reaching the path on your left in the first bend that you will cross. This is the beginning of an exotic circuit: a small balcony trail that winds its way to the Lac Bleu. Continue your hike until you reach the hillside reservoir of the Loze pass, which you will have to bypass to reach the start of the path that will lead you to the summit of the Rocher de la Loze. The ascent can be technical in some passages, it is imperative to be well shod! The summit, overlooking Courchevel, is the ideal place to have a good sip of water, take a break for a snack and take some nice pictures. The efforts made on the way up are rewarded: 360° panorama on the surrounding summits with a unique view on the Dent du Villard, the Saulire, the Vanoise, the Beaufortain and the valley floor. You will also be able to see the start of the Eclipse, the Courchevel-Méribel 2023 Alpine World Ski Championships run and the Courchevel altiport! You will go back down the Rocher de la Loze, facing the Dent de Burgin, to join the small path you took on the way up. Back to the starting point with a smile on your face!

My advice for this hike: bring poles for the descent.
The + of this hike for me: the sun never leaves us during this outing and you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Vanoise summits at the top!

THE DENT DU VILLARD BY VICTOR,
Community Manager

LA DENT DU VILLARD VIA THE COL DE LA DENT - 2,284 m
From La Rosière

Length : 10 km
Positive ascent : 750 m
Duration : 4h
Type of trail : loop

This hike gathers everything I like in the mountains. A lake, to start with, and not just any lake : La Rosière lake ! The hike starts with a single in the forest with, at the top, the reward of an incredible view on Courchevel and the neighboring valleys. Then follows an atypical route with craters and gypsum dolines on all sides to finish at the Col de la Dent, on a steep and technical descent to complete the loop!

THE MONT CHARVET RIDGES BY ARIANE,
Head of Digital

THE MONT CHARVET RIDGES - 2,393 m (Col de la Grande Pierre)
From La Rosière

Length : 13 km
Positive ascent : 900 m
Duration : 5h
Type of trail : loop

It's a nice loop of about 13 km and about 1000m of positive ascent. We start at the Rosière lake then we cross the magnificent Avals valley as a warm-up. Then comes the moment of the ascent which has the merit of being done in one go! An asset for those who like to get their cardio up and warm up their legs!
The ascent is very pleasant and not very difficult if you have poles. If we are lucky, we can cross cows, the occasion to admire their talent of climbers! And if you look carefully, depending on the season, you can see sublime tiny colored flowers growing among the rocks and the wild grass. On the right, there are the impressive Dents de Portetta.
After a nice progression, the reward: a breathtaking view over Pralognan, Courchevel and the surrounding summits, which can be appreciated all along the walk on the ridge. The ridge is wide enough to feel comfortable and enjoy the altitude and the landscapes.
The return is done by a forest part which feels really good! The arrival is at the Rosière lake, the occasion to reward oneself with a delicious crêpe at the chalet-buvette, before walking back home by the path at the end of the lake.
This hike is my favorite because it is varied, the elevation gain is reasonable and it can be done in one go. It offers magnificent 360° views!

THE BRÈCHE DE PORTETTA BY EMELINE,
Digital content creator

THE BRÈCHE DE PORTETTA - 2,651 m
From the Belvédère

Length : 11,4 km
Positive ascent : 830 m
Duration : 5h
Type of trail : round trip

This hike is without a doubt my favorite of the whole Courchevel area! Nestled in the Dents de Portetta, nicknamed the little Savoyard Dolomites, this gap offers an incomparable view of the Vanoise glaciers, notably the Grande Casse and the Génépy glacier. From the Belvedere, in Courchevel Moriond, the route starts in the forest and then continues in the Avals valley to the Biol valley. From there begins a sustained climb to a flat area where you walk along a river. Then comes the last part of the ascent, in rocks that become more and more imposing as you approach the summit and that you have to climb with your hands. Once at the top, it is a real stone cathedral that surrounds us. The Beak, the Leaning Tower and the Gendarme form a triptych of giants that stand like a nave above our heads. The perfect place to put down the backpack and take out the snack or the picnic in front of the Vanoise summits. The descent is done by the same route. If you prefer loops, I recommend a nice variant, however more technical, by the Passage of Plassa and its huge cairn. With more than 15 km and 1,200 m of cumulated difference in altitude, it is a hike that you can do all day long and where you can enjoy the panorama on the Vanoise and all the mountains of Courchevel. In both cases, bring a pair of sticks and good walking shoes because the descent of the breach and the crossing between the passage of Plassa and the latter are done in the rocks.

LES CHAVONNES, LA PERRIÈRE AND VILLARNARD BY LAURIANE,
Head of content creation, editing and art direction

LES CHAVONNES (720m), LA PERRIÈRE (750m) AND VILLARNARD (1,030m)
From the Chavonnes hamlet

Length : 7,5 km
Positive ascent : 300 m
Duration : 2h
Type of trail : loop

Departure from the hamlet of Les Chavonnes, in front of Brides-les-Bains. Park at the parking lot at the top of Les Chavonnes or at the level of the Giglary housing estate.
Cross the small hamlet of Champetel and admire the pretty stone houses. At the end of the hamlet, turn left and go down into the forest following the sign for La Perrière. This small path crosses the forest and then dominates the road with a beautiful view on the Grand Bec. The path then goes back into the forest to reach the entrance of the village of La Perrière. Follow the signs to Villarnard. A nice walk in the forest : the noise of the cars and the road fades slowly to leave place to the songs of the birds and the peace of the forest. 2 options are proposed: either to take the carriage road (used by the cars to reach Villarnard) which goes up gently, or to take the small path which cuts the forest but which is steeper. Before reaching the hamlet of Villarnard, you will come across an old wooden barn. Once there, you can discover this pretty hamlet at 1030 m altitude, which has many intact heritage elements: its Saint-Roch and Saint-Bernard chapel, its bread oven, its covered washhouse, its bachals and its former school which has become the Maison du Patrimoine. Once the tour of the hamlet is done, go back down towards La Perrière. A crossroads will be offered to you in the forest, take the direction of Chavonnes/Brides-les-Bains. A small path allows you to arrive just above Les Chavonnes, with a plunging view on the spa.
A walk for everyone, in the middle of the forest!
For your safety, hunting having started at this season, remember to bring a yellow vest!

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