The 8 most beautiful hikes in the Beaufortain region

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When you think of the Alps, the Beaufortain is not the first massif that springs to mind. And so much the better! As sumptuous as it is secretive, this mountain abounds in valleys, snow-capped peaks and exceptional little villages. Come and discover the most beautiful trails in the « little French Tyrol ».

Although the massif is best known for its excellent and famous Beaufort Comté cheese, the Beaufortain, with its exceptional landscapes, is above all a great place for hiking. A veritable jewel of nature, it winds its way between Tarentaise and Mont-Blanc in a territory as wild as it is unspoiled. And it’s a secret Beaufortain that we’re about to discover.

With hikes immersed in the heart of the mountain pastures, you’ll find marmots and ibex, the happy inhabitants of the massif. With its wooden chalets on the steepest slopes of the mountain, you can also observe (and taste) the best pastoral traditions of the region.

Want to find out more? Let’s discover the most beautiful hikes in the mysterious Beaufortain region.

1. Around Lac de Roselend

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 14.8 km
  • Height difference: 462 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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The tour of Lac de Roselend is the ideal way to discover the Beaufortain on an easy trail. Pleasant as it is beautiful, the route allows you to discover the superb lake from different angles.

With a wide variety of landscapes, you’ll also cross its dam and mountain pastures, the perfect opportunity to discover goats and cows in their summer residence.

This accessible, easy hike takes in some of the Beaufortain’s finest views, and follows the riverbanks as closely as possible. Rhythmed by the gentle sound of the streams, the walk alternates with passages over small wooden footbridges in a bucolic setting.

And, if you’re not already charmed by this exceptional place, you should know that the trail offers incredible panoramic views of the Pierra Menta, the Rocher du Vent and the famous Mont-Blanc. Simply incredible!

2. Col du Coin – Lake of Love

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 6.9 km
  • Ascent: 548 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Not far from Lac de Roselend, let’s discover the Col du Coin hike. This superb trail takes you to the Lac d’amour, while offering a variety of views of the Pierra Menta along the way. With its gradual ascent, this hike presents no difficulties and offers superb panoramic views.

In fact, all the ascent is on the last few meters of the ascent to the pass, but it’s absolutely worth the detour! The view of the Pierra Menta is grandiose on arrival at Lac d’Amour. This is the easy way to discover the Beaufortain with your family, and enjoy the view.

And the little extra? For cheese lovers, there’s a Beaufort cheese cooperative nearby, so you’ll be able to recharge your batteries after the climb.

3. From Lac de Saint Guérin to Lacs des Tempêtes

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  • Duration: approx. 4h30
  • Distance: 12.1 km
  • Height difference: 729 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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This hike is ideal for adventure lovers and a must for discovering the wild and unspoilt Beaufortain. You won’t just be walking, but sometimes scrambling between rocks to reach the Tempêtes lakes. Once you’ve reached the summit, you’ll enjoy a marvellous environment, with 4 high-altitude lakes in a wild, high-mountain setting.

The path takes you through a valley carved out by the Louze stream, and you first reach the Col de Louze. Perched at an altitude of 2,119 metres, it offers breathtaking views over the Grand Maison valley.

You’ll have to keep going until you reach the summit. We love this wild, little-visited hike for its superb views and glacier-blue lakes.

Good to know: remember to bring waterproof hiking boots. Even in spring and summer, it’s quite possible to find snow on the summit.

4. La Roche Pastire

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  • Duration: about 3h30
  • Distance: 9.2 km
  • Difference in altitude: 597 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Let’s talk about a must: the Roche Pastire hike. This breathtaking circuit takes in the Arêches valley and the very heart of the Beaufortain region. Along the way, you’ll find several ridge paths with the sublime Mont-Blanc as a landmark!

The hike starts gently on a small forest path before leading you to the foot of a rocky bar. As you ascend, you’ll witness a metamorphosis of nature, with the undergrowth becoming a high-mountain panorama.

If there’s nothing too complicated about this hike, it’s truly explosive in terms of scenery. Alps, Beaufortain, Bauges, Aravis massif, the panoramas are as far as the eye can see, with the Roselend dam and Mont-Blanc in the background. Unreal, this little paradise in the heart of the Beaufortain is to be enjoyed without moderation!

5. Fairy Lake

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 14.2 km
  • Height difference: 645 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Lac des Fées is pastoral, bucolic and soothing. Between lush green valleys, sublime flower-filled meadows, high mountain panoramas, waterfalls and streams, there’s no doubt that the enchantment will be there. In a rural setting, you’ll arrive at the edge of this magnificent turquoise-blue lake, and with a bit of luck, some marmots will join in the fun!

Although the hike is easy and accessible to all, you’ll need good shoes. The route takes in watercourses, which can lead to muddy areas.

6. Le Rocher du Vent

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 6.4 km
  • Height difference: 574 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Looking for an atypical trail that combines grandiose panoramas and adventure? The Rocher du Vent hike is for you. From a tunnel to a balcony trail, this off-the-beaten-track ascent is sure to be a memorable experience!

It goes without saying that it’s best not to suffer from claustrophobia when taking this route. However, there are alternative routes via the Chalet de la Lauze that allow you to complete the ascent without having to use the more impressive passages. While the trail as a whole offers grandiose and varied panoramas, the arrival at the summit from the Rocher du Vent offers a plunging view of Lac de Roselend.

To make sure your exploration goes as smoothly as possible, don’t forget to pack a headlamp or flashlight to light your way through the tunnel. Also, on the Rocher du Vent, it can be… windy! So make sure you have the necessary equipment to avoid a chill. Finally, if the path is snow-covered, we strongly advise you not to use the tunnel, but to take the classic route.

Good to know: There’s a superb via ferrata to be completed at the Wind Rock. If you have the necessary equipment, it promises to be a magical moment!

7. Le Belvédère de la Grande Berge

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Difference in altitude: 380 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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In a more relaxing but no less sensational atmosphere, discover the Belvédère de la Grande Berge as you make your way through the mountain pastures. This superb, easy and accessible hike offers one of the finest views of Lac de Roselend. It’s a great place to spend some family time, with marmots and a superb view of Mont Blanc.

Although the difference in altitude is slight, the biggest difficulty is finding a place to park! A victim of its own success, we advise you to set off early to make the most of the area. But the hike is absolutely magnificent and well worth the detour.

8. Refuge du Col de La Croix du Bonhomme

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  • Running time: approx. 6h20
  • Distance: 13.3 km
  • Height difference: 881 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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To round off this selection, let’s head up to the mountain pastures of the Refuge du Col. At an altitude of over 1,800 meters, you’ll follow a ridge path carved directly into the rock in 1911 by former alpine hunters.

In the midst of nature, you’ll discover a military and historical heritage that once allowed troops to pass through. Two steles illustrate the work of these men.

In terms of scenery, a sublime panorama of the Mont-Blanc massif and the peaks of the Haute Tarentaise awaits you as you make your way along the ridges.

Add to these grandiose landscapes the recurrent presence of ibex at the Col de La Croix du Bonhomme. All in all, a superb day out in a setting steeped in history!