Chalets du Mouet

Chalets du Mouet

Route: Chalets du Mouet

Area: Chablais Alps, France

Date of walk: 20th August 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.9 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny, very hot

Today was the last day of a wonderful walking holiday in the Chablais Alps. We decided on a high level route which would take us up to 2,000 metres, over 6,500 feet, but thanks to the skiing infrastructure which exists in these parts we’d only have to climb 800 feet

We left our base at the excellent Hotel Macchi in Châtel and made our way up to the Super Châtel gondola, which whisked us up the mountainside in no time at all and with zero effort on our part. We then walked over to the nearby Morclan chairlift, which gave us another effortless leg up to 6,500 feet. The views from the top of the lift were spectacular, albeit rather hazy, and included the 3 Swiss Alpine giants – Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau

We set off along the ridge, which initially involved a steep and rocky ascent and descent. At the end of the descent we walked across the meadows to join a grassy path with steep drops to our right – this section was easy going, and although the mountain scenery was spectacular there were no vertigo issues. The undulating path followed the border between France and Switzerland and at times we found ourselves walking from one country into the next

Eventually we reached a col where a decision had to be made. We could have continued along the ridge, but this involved an additional ascent and descent, the use of chains and some real exposure, so we opted for a less challenging route which would bypass these obstacles and take us to the far point of the walk, Chalets du Mouet. A cooling beer went down well here and suitably refreshed we continued our journey, which was a long and easy descent via paths and tracks back down into Châtel – the end of a great walk and a great holiday

Some notes in conclusion: for anyone interested in the practicalities, we booked our holiday through Inntravel, who arranged the 3 hotels at which we stayed, and also the onward transfer of our baggage from one place to the next, plus a taxi back to the start in order to collect our hired car. We were provided with a local map, the French equivalent of the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, along with detailed notes of the walking routes on offer. In over 50 miles of walking we didn’t go astray once. Thank you Inntravel for organising everything so efficiently

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