Walking shoes on rock Hill walking in Morzine © Morzine Tourist Office

Walking holidays in Morzine, the French Alps

The walking and hiking in Morzine-Avoriaz, in the French Alps is simply stunning. The wild flowers, wild animals and the panoramic Alpine scenery is just breathtaking. Luckily you don’t have to walk miles to appreciate it, as the views from the Chalet Morzine terrace are pretty spectacular. From easy beginner rambles to challenging peaks, there is something for everyone in Morzine making it a great base for a walking holiday.

Chalet Morzine

Hill walking in MorzineThe location of Chalet Morzine is fantastic for walking as you can enjoy the majority of the walks here without using any transport. Just pack your rucksack, put your walking boots on and set off from the chalet. The central village location of the chalet makes the holiday really easy, especially for rambling groups. Some of the group may want to go off on a walk or a hike and others may fancy a rest day. The stunning panorama from a sunlounger on the terrace or one of the other summer activities on offer may be too tempting. As the chalet is based in the heart of the village, everyone can do just as they please.

Download the Morzine Walking Guide 2011 (6.3 MB)

Multi Pass

Portes du Soleil Multi Pass logo The Multi Pass is a fantastic addition to the facilities in Morzine-Avoriaz. For just €1 a day you can enjoy all of the fabulous walks in the Portes du Soleil, as the Multi Pass gives you access to all the chairlifts and cable cars in the area, over 850km of marked trails. As well as the chairlifts, the pass gives you discounts and free entry to numerous summer activities on offer. It is an amazing deal.

Chalet Morzine and the Multi Pass

The Multi Pass is only available to guests staying in chalets and hotels that adhere to the scheme. Luckily for you, Chalet Morzine contributes for the chalet so that all of our guests benefit from this amazing offer. As part of the Chalet Morzine service, your Multi Passes will be ready for you on arrival, so you are all ready to go!

A couple of gentle starter walks

Les Dérèches Park

Dereches signpostA beautiful walk, flat, no hills, around the river in the Dereches Park. It’s a circuit walk with numerous bridges over the river to make it as short or long as you like. The horse-riding centre and children’s play area is also here, so a great morning or afternoon out with the children in this beautiful forest environment.

Lake Montriond

Lake MontriondThe 3rd largest lake in the area, after Lake Geneva and Annecy, and it is a really picture postcard lake. It never fails to impress. This is another circuit walk, which is flat and about 5km in total. You can make it a longer walk by continuing up to the village of Les Albertans and the Ardent Waterfall (not flat!). You can also swim in the lake, go canoeing, pony riding or have a go on the 4×4 quad cars. A great day out for all the family.

A walk for all levels with the Multi Pass from Chalet Morzine

Here is an example of a walk setting off from the chalet, where the first part is great for families with small children, but can also be extended to be a more challenging walk if needed.

Lake Montriond Panoramic View

  1. Take the cable car at Supermorzine (a 5 minute walk from the chalet) and then the ‘Zore’ chairlift. At the top there is the ‘Cretes de Zore’ restaurant and just above is the orientation table where the view is magnificent. For families, just doing this step is a great activity for the children. Have a pancake and a coffee at the top and then either take the chairlift back down or you could walk back down to the top of the cablecar.
  2. Then walk along the ridge to Avoriaz. Keep on the ridge to the Avoriaz road, near the golf course to the restaurant and then take the reverse route to ‘Quart des Puers’.
  3. At the ‘Quart des Puers’, turn right onto the footpath that goes downhill towards the viewpoint (20 mins). This is quite a steep walk down so have good shoes on and walking sticks.
  4. From the viewpoint, retrace your steps uphill and turn right at the first path signposted ‘Col de la Croix des Combes’ that passes through this pretty flower filled coomb.
  5. On arriving at the Croix des Combes, walk back towards Supermorzine around the wide hairpin bends that lead back to the ‘Zore’ chairlift. Here you can either take the chairlift back down to the cablecar or walk down.

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Walking guides

The walking in this area is amazing and there simply isn’t space here to tell you about the walking and rambling routes possible. For a concise guide of walks in the Morzine-Avoriaz, download the guide from the tourist office. This gives you a taster of the walks available in the area, but is by no means exhaustive. If walking is really your thing and you plan to spend the majority of your holiday hiking, then we have lots of maps and walking plans at the chalet. Please feel free to contact us so that we can discuss and prepare a walking itinerary for your group before arrival.

Hiring a guide

For real dedicated hikers, wanting high mountain walks, maybe on a glacier, then it is highly advisable to hire a guide for a few days. They really do have all the best local knowledge and can take you to places off the beaten track where you get the most spectacular mountain vistas. There are numerous 3- or 4-day hiking trips to ‘Les Dents Blanches’ or ‘Aiguilles Rouges’, where you stay overnight in the mountain refuges.

Chalet Morzine recommends…

Guillaume Rosset as the best local mountain guide.
Contact Guillaume on tel: 00 33 450 790797 or visit Guillaume’s website

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“Hull CHA Walking Club stayed with Chalet Morzine 3/07/11 for 11 glorious sunny days. We enjoyed our walking in the flower strewn mountains around the Morzine area with our 1 Euro per day multipass where we could use all lifts and buses and other attractions. It was great to put our feet up afterwards on the patio and relax in the beautiful sunshine. We also used taximorzine to take us on trips to Chammonix and Annecy which were both stunning. Thanks Lindsey with all your help in organising the trips out and assisting us with our walks, we will remember the beautiful Alps and the English tea.”

Norma Mcalpine