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The best hiking routes in the French Alps

The best hiking routes through the French Alps

France is an ideal country for a hiking holiday. There are more than 100,000 kilometres of hiking trails throughout France. There are also many walking routes close to our holiday parks in the French Alps. These routes take you over mountains, through valleys and along clear blue lakes. In this blog, we give tips on some great hiking routes in the French Alps in the regions L'Oisans Region and Maurienne Valley.


Lac de la Grande Léchère

From Saint Francois Longchamp, you can hike a round trip towards Lac de la Grande Léchère. Located halfway along the route, this lake is an ideal stopover on France's 11.9-kilometre hiking trail. In the right season, you can pick wild raspberries, strawberries and blueberries at this lake. This hiking route consists partly of footpaths, but also unpaved roads. During this hike, you will have beautiful views of the Belledonne Mountains and Grand Coin.

➡️ The distance: 11.9 kilometres

➡️ Average time: 03:30

➡️ Highest point: 1,720 metres

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La Crête – Le Cheval Noir

From Saint Francois Longchamp, you can also head towards La crête - Le Cheval Noir. This route consists mainly of unpaved hiking trails. For this route through the beautiful French Alps, you will need a good level of fitness. Along the way, you will have the most beautiful views of the mountains of the French Alps. The route goes to the mountain Cheval Noir. This mountain is located between the towns of Moûtiers and La Chambre. 

➡️ The distance: 10.4 kilometres

➡️ Average time: 04:11

➡️ Highest point: 2,770 metres

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Lac Blanc

Another great hiking route in the French Alps is the Lac Blanc route. This route starts in Saint Francois Longchamp and consists of mostly well-worn hiking trails. The route totals 5.52 kilometres and takes you to the beautiful lake; Lac Blanc.

➡️ The distance: 5.52 kilometres

➡️ Average time: 02:06 hours

➡️ Highest point: 2,150 metres

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Tips for when hiking in the French Alps

If you go hiking in the French Alps, put on sturdy hiking boots. Some of the hiking routes in the Alps are unpaved and also go up and down the mountains, so good footwear is desirable. The weather in the mountains can change, so remember to put on several layers of clothing so you can always take something on and off when the weather changes. Also, always take enough food and drink with you when hiking in the French Alps or find out well in advance where you can stop for food and drink. Always go hiking in the Alps well prepared.



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Follow the most beautiful hiking trails in France from Villa Parcs

Are you getting excited by all these beautiful hiking routes in France? Then book a holiday at Villa Parcs in the French Alps and hike all these beautiful routes from our locations. Parc Madeleine is located in the centre of Saint Francois Longchamp. This park has both luxury chalets and flats for up to 12 people. Soleige Vallandry is located in the Paradiski ski area. Here you can rent holiday flats for up to 16 people. In addition to the most beautiful hiking routes from our parks, you can also go cycling, mountain biking, survival, canoeing and fishing, in short, you won't be bored for a moment. When may we welcome you?



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