The 10 most beautiful walks around Morzine

Lac de Nyon-Guérin

Need some fresh air? Choose from the most beautiful hikes around Morzine to enjoy an unforgettable stay at altitude.

Morzine is an emblematic mountain village in the Haute-Savoie department. Known as the gateway to theAvoriaz ski resort, this high-altitude village is a pleasant place to be whatever the season. Close to the Swiss Valais region, Morzine offers a wide range of winter sports activities.

Then, when the snow-covered slopes give way to footpaths, the area becomes an idyllic playground for lovers of beautiful, invigorating walks. We’ve selected just some of the most interesting hiking routes around Morzine. Come and admire these breathtaking panoramas in the company of marmots and ibex – they’re just waiting for you!

1. Le chemin du Renard

Le chemin du Renard

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  • Duration: about 1h30
  • Distance: 4.5 km
  • Height difference: 196 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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Looking forward to a lovely summer afternoon? Then take the Chemin du Renard, an itinerary conducive to contemplation. One of the most beautiful walks in the Morzine area, this pastoral path follows the bucolic banks of the Dranse de la Manche.

All along the way, you’ll be able to admire beautiful views of the Chablais mountains. The short, easy trail is particularly suitable for a family outing. Children will appreciate the riddles along the way and the opportunity to swim in the river. The icing on the cake is the superb Nyon waterfall at the very end of the trail.

2. Ascent of Pointe de Ressachaux

Ascension de la pointe de Ressachaux

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 7.4 km
  • Height difference: 1,116 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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One kilometer on foot is easy. A vertical kilometer, much less so: the Pointe de Ressachaux dominates Morzine by over 1,000 m! At an altitude of 2,173 m, this summit has to be earned. To reach it, you’ll have to cross a forest and then alpine meadows on steep, steep paths… which continue up to an aerial ridge line.

Once at the top, the reward is a breathtaking panorama of the Chablais peaks. You can see Mont Blanc and the entire Morzine valley below. Beware of vertigo from the tip! We recommend this route to experienced hikers, equipped if possible with walking sticks… and strong calves!

3. From Lac de Nyon-Guérin to the summit of La Pointe de Nyon

Lac de Nyon-Guérin

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Distance: 7.4 km
  • Difference in altitude: 540 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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This hike around Morzine is fairly short but physically demanding. It takes you to the Pointe de Nyon and its spectacular panorama of the main Chablais peaks and Mont Blanc. Further down, the Dranse de la Manche valley winds its way through the Savoyard mountains, beautiful in all seasons. This route, like the previous one, is suitable for motivated walkers.

In summer, we advise you to bring a good hat because of the sunshine (with strap, the wind can sometimes blow) and water, as you won’t find any on the way. However, you’re sure to come across marmots, ibex and other mountain animals. This area in particular is home to exceptional local fauna: get your photos taken!

4. Le Plan Morand and les Granges via le Pleney

randonnées Morzine : Le Plan Morand et les Granges par le Pleney

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  • Duration: about 3 hours
  • Distance: 9.2 km
  • Height difference: 476 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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This majestic itinerary takes the form of an out-and-back ridge routesome ten kilometers long. It takes you from Les Lys to the summit of Le Pleney, which in summer gives you the opportunity to cross the ski area… which has given way to lush green pastures. These border a forest of majestic conifers, which you can follow along the marked trails.

Outch, this first section is quite steep, reaching an altitude of 1,550 metres! Thirty minutes of effort later, turn your attention back to the horizon: the Chablais and Mont-Blanc massifs stand head and shoulders above the clouds. It’s probably the perfect time to enjoy a picnic in these splendid surroundings before heading back down, don’t you think?

5. Lac de Joux Plane via the Ranfolly summit

Le Lac de Joux Plane

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 11.7 km
  • Difference in altitude: 678 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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This itinerary around Morzine is best enjoyed between May and October. Why this period? No more névés (patches of residual snow), mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine: ideal conditions for climbing the 1,770-metre Ranfolly.

The trail starts at Le Grand Pré, winds up to the Col du Ranfolly and then follows an attractive ridge line. It’s along this ridge to the tête des Crêts that you can contemplate the valley of Les Gets and the Roc d’Enfer, one of the Chablais’ emblematic peaks. Legs starting to drag? Then take a break on the banks of Lac de Joux Plane, the highlight of your hiking tour. Swimming is forbidden, but the view will soon make you forget it!

6. Climbing to the summit of Hauts-Forts

randonnées Morzine : L’ascension du sommet des Hauts-Forts

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  • Duration: about 5 hours
  • Distance: 9.8 km
  • Height difference: 1,331 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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Hold on to your hats, you’ve got to earn it! The Hauts-Forts ascent is much more than a simple hike around Morzine. At 2,466 m, it is the highest point in the Chablais massif. It overlooks the resort of Avoriaz.

To reach it, you’ll take a ten-kilometre round trip in the direction of Bramaturtaz. After crossing a pretty valley, you follow a rocky ridge to the Col des Chalettes and Col de l’Encarnette. A few dozen meters of ascent later, you’ll finally reach the Hauts-Forts summit. The 360° panorama of Mont Blanc and the Dents du Midi, and the presence of chamois, marmots and birds of prey along the way, are well worth the detour.

7. Grand tour of the Hauts-Forts summit

Grand tour du sommet des Hauts-Forts

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  • Duration: approx. 13h
  • Distance: 32.5 km
  • Ascent: 2,753 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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Did you like the previous route? You’ll love this one, which is a two-day variant. Or in just one, if you want to gobble up its 33 kilometers in one go! The Hauts-Forts tour begins on the grassy slopes of the ski area, skirting its chairlifts. It continues up a steep scree slope just past Plan Brasy, before climbing to the summit cross.

The route, equipped with cables, sometimes requires you to « put your hands in » to progress from the pass. Please note: we strongly advise against this route for children or people in poor physical condition and prone to vertigo, as some passages are very aerial.

8. Panoramic itinerary from the pointe de Chavanette

randonnées Morzine : Itinéraire panoramique de la pointe de Chavanette

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  • Duration: approx. 4h30
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Height difference: 723 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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Oh, we admit it, this is one of our favorite hikes in the Morzine area. The goal? Pointe de Chavanette from Col de la Joux. The trail winds through the Avoriaz ski area in a sumptuous mountain setting.

Be sure to bring sturdy boots, as the terrain is often rocky: beware of ankles! You’ll need them to cross the Dranse de Montriond valley, dominated by the pointe de Vorlaz, and reach the pointe de Chavanette. The pointe de Chavanette lies right on the French-Swiss border and offers a magnificent panorama of the Dents du Midi.

The descent is a leisurely one to the lovely Lac d’Avoriaz, at an altitude of 1,735 meters. A total of 14 kilometers for this exceptional itinerary, enough to keep you busy for a long summer afternoon!

9. Ascent to Roc de Tavaneuse from Lac de Montriond

Montée au Roc de Tavaneuse

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  • Duration: approx. 4h30
  • Distance: 9.7 km
  • Ascent: 1,059 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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Lac de Montriond is a veritable institution in the Haute-Savoie region. Nestled between cliffs and conifers, people come from far and wide to enjoy swimming, lounging or canoeing. Hikers are also well catered for, with a beautiful trail leading to the Tavaneuse rock. Overlooking the commune at an altitude of 2,156 metres, it offers fine views after a steep climb.

Easy to reach, the starting point of the itinerary is even served by a shuttle bus in summer. In the heart of the Chablais Geopark, you’ll discover the valley’s fascinating glacial history and catch a glimpse of the breathtaking Ardent waterfall. The thousand-metre vertical drop makes for a demanding hike, but what a spectacle!

10. Loop from Morzine to Les Lindarets via Lac de Montriond

randonnées Morzine : Boucle de Morzine aux Lindarets par le lac de Montriond

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  • Duration: approx. 8 hours
  • Distance: 28.3 km
  • Height difference: 976 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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Let’s complete our selection of the most beautiful hikes around Morzine with this loop of almost thirty kilometers. It follows the Route des Crêtes from Morzine to Avoriaz, passing through Les Lindarets and Lac de Montriond.

Just like the previous one, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of this « green lake ». For a picturesque break, the village of Les Lindarets is the place to put down your bags and poles. This little mountain hamlet is a cute little place, with its beautiful meadows, alpine chalets and famous goats. The village also boasts a number of restaurants where you can enjoy delicious traditional recipes. Bon appétit!