The Aravis mountain range dominates the view from La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand, with its craggy peaks and wide valleys. The Combe de Tardevant is right in the middle of the range and is the only one in the range to feature a lake.
This hike takes you on a variety of trails, from 4×4 tracks to a scrambly, rocky climb that takes you to the peak. For those not comfortable with heights, getting to the peak might not be for you as the trail becomes very exposed towards the top, however the hike to the lake is incredibly rewarding in itself.
- Difficulty: Difficult
- Altitude: 2110m at the Lake, 2501m at the Peak
- Ascent: 2.5 hrs to the lake and a further 1.25hrs to the Peak
- Descent: 2 hrs from the Peak
- Elevation gain: 1010m
- Distance: 11.6km
If driving, follow the road through Les Confins all the way to the end. There is a large car park with plenty of spaces. If using the local shuttle bus get off at the Chapel de Confins and then follow the road until you reach the car park.
From the car park follow the 4×4 track which traverses the bottom of the mountain range, following signs for ‘Le Paccaly’. After ten minutes or so you will come to the Chalet du Paccaly where you will follow signposts for ‘Paccaly d’en Haut’ and ‘Lac de Tardevant’.
The climb up to Paccaly d’en Haut is not that long but it is steep enough to get the blood pumping. When you reach the chalet continue on past it towards ‘Tardevant’.
The path then climbs up the Chalet du Tardevant. This is where the views back over La Clusaz, and in particular Le Grand Bornand, start to get really good. Make sure you take a moment to take it in!
From the chalet you climb up through the wide, rolling grassy fields that are typical of the Alps. After 30 minutes or so you will find the Lac de Tardevant nestled in the valley. If you’re aiming to get to the peak save your sandwiches for there, but if you want to avoid the exposed peak then the lake makes a perfect lunch stop.
From the lake follow the increasingly steep path towards ‘Ambrevetta’ to get to the Pointe de Tardevant. As mentioned before this path becomes quite exposed and rocky underfoot with sections of scree. However, when you get to the first summit and see the views over Crête des Bénés, La Miaz, and the Mont Blanc, you will forget all the trials of getting up there…
The final stretch to the Pointe de Tardevant is a ridge walk, which can appear a little intimidating but the track is well trodden and very stable. It’s definitely worth getting to the summit as it offers absolutely stunning 360° panoramic views of Trou de la Mouche, Pointe Percée, the Mont Blanc Massif, as well as the Bornes Massif.
This is a straight there and back again route so just turn around and follow the trail the way you came up, making sure to get that last view of Mont Blanc before turning back towards Les Confins.
Just by the car park you can buy fresh goats cheese from the farm, it’s absolutely stunning with a bit of honey!
Options for families
Les Confins is not just a destination for seasoned walkers! If you are in the area with children then there are plenty of family friendly options to enjoy.
A walk around the lake makes for a lovely, family friendly stroll, while other activities on offer include crazy golf, a family friendly golf course, plus an adventure park with a 300m and a 700m – that’s right, 700m – zip line! And if you fancy something a little less adrenaline fueled why not wander over to one of the farms to see the goats and cows?
Once back in Les Confins make sure to stop in at Le Foly where you can sit on the sunny terrace and enjoy a drink with a view over Lac Confins.
Where to stay
Contemporary Lodge Fauspe is situated in Les Confins, boasting exceptional panoramic views of the whole Aravis mountain range making it the perfect base for a hiking getaway. To view our whole range of top end chalets visit OVO Network.