Hiking in La Clusaz

Hike and explore the mountains and the village

Summer hiking in La Clusaz

La Clusaz is an excellent base for exploring the mountains on foot. With well-marked mountain hiking tracks starting in both the village of La Clusaz and throughout the resort and beyond, you'll find hikes suitable for all levels and all distances.

Lots of our guests enjoy walking holidays thanks to this expansive range of hiking tracks available in La Clusaz and the surrounding peaks. For a full day of hiking without having to take a heavy picnic in your backpack, consider stopping at one of the mountain refuges for lunch before carrying on to enjoy the picturesque scenery.

Mountain bikers are active around La Clusaz, so make sure you are aware of the mountain biking routes before you head off. See the map further down.

What is Nordic walking?

If you haven't tried Nordic walking, La Clusaz is the perfect place to give it a try.

The sport combines hiking and arm exercise through the use of poles. The constant arm movement makes for a more energetic walk, and the poles provide extra stability during those steep downhill sections. 

It's easy to see why Nordic walking is growing in popularity in the mountains. With breathtaking scenery in every direction and fresh mountain air to breath, your body benefits from the extra workout — and the safety of poles for support when you need it.

If you don't already have Nordic walking poles, you can hire or buy them from one of the local sports shops.

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An easier way up before your hike down

For those who are keen to enjoy the French Alps without too much exertion, there are still plenty of places where you can enjoy the area's wild nature without having to get out of breath.

Some of the chairlifts and bubbles of the La Clusaz ski lift system work in summer, and they're used by walkers, paragliders and mountain bikers who are keen to explore the Aravis region without the steep incline on foot. They also provide a means of transport for handisports and wheelchair access.

Hiking with kids

For families with young children, why not combine an easy hike with another activity that the kids will love? 

La Clusaz has a summer luge, with a fast track and a slow track for the whole family to enjoy! After an easy wander through town, take the Patinoire telecabin and enjoy the fast ride down.

Tempt the kids with a visit to the Hameau des Alpes museum — just a 20-minute stroll from the ice rink beside the river.

The Beauregard telecabin is also open for walkers and bikers, with a number of restaurants open during the summer months for picturesque views of the local flora and the distant mountains. Let the children walk at their own pace on this open plateau, which has views of Mont Blanc and blueberries to pick late in summer.

Mountain biking map of La Clusaz and Manigod

More hiking options in La Clusaz

 Not everyone loves to hike for eight hours a day! Thankfully, some of the higher lifts open in summer in La Clusaz provide access to some excellent hiking spots.

The Crêt du Merle and Crêt du Loup chairlifts provide access to the paragliding take-off area, so you can watch the paragliders run and launch themselves, or try a tandem paragliding flight with a qualified paraglider.

These two chairlifts are also used by hikers and mountain bikers who want to explore the flora and fauna of the higher altitude. 

Why not pack a picnic lunch and a rug so you can listen to marmots and watch birds of prey gliding above.

Find the perfect chalet for your hiking holiday

OVO Network chalets are perfect for summer holidays. Some of our chalets are well suited to hiking holidays, with hiking tracks that go right past the door. Choose from chalets in town or further away, with luxurious extras such as pools and hot tubs or family-friendly chalets with luxurious extras for kids!

Take a look at our full range of chalets in the Alps and find the ideal chalet for your next visit to France.

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